At 112, Man Says Tobacco, Pipe Hardest Habits To Break
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) _ Fred Clark, at 112 years old, says he’s stopped drinking, but still chews tobacco and smokes a pipe occasionally.
Those habits, the Chattanooga man said Monday at a birthday celebration with his family, are ″the hardest thing to stop.″
″I feel pretty good,″ said Clark, who walks with a cane and has suffered some hearing loss but remains an active deacon in the Prospect Missionary Baptist Church.
A former carpenter, plumber, bricklayer and knife sharpener, Clark said he lived ″a pretty rough life″ as a youth before turning to religion.
Clark, whose relatives say they have Social Security records documenting his age, has a simple explanation for his longevity.
″The good Lord wants me to live this long,″ he said.