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Meet Chattanooga's Newest Centenarian!

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By Amy Morrow

Eyewitness News Anchor/Reporter

HIXSON (WRCB) - A Chattanooga native celebrates one hundred years of life with friends and family and we were just lucky enough to get an invitation to the party and a chance to get in on the insight of Clarence Vincent.  

He says, 'I was 100 years old today, 100 years ,a century."

Indeed, Vincent was born on January 27th, 1911, went to St. Elmo Elementary and graduated from City High.

He adds, "It's something I didn't expect to get there, I forget a lotta things but iIhave people around me that can answer any questions you have."

Vincent lives in a Hixson retirement community, with what might seem to be about 100 of his closest friends.  We're told he's quite the socialite.

His daughter Patricia Vincent says, "He has four absolutely wonderful caregivers who have encouraged him to thrive and be as active as interested as he is today."

Vincent started his own silk screen printing company in 1939, later known as Vincent Printing Company, one on the largest printers of outdoor advertising in the country.

Daughter Patricia says, "I think he's best described as a tough old nut."

A tough old nut, who's cracking a few smiles with his joke and may likely be the life of the party even when it's not his birthday.  We're told he's usually the party organizer, hiring the band.  But friends say this time, Vincent wanted to hear the conversations, not the music.

Vincent says, "I hope when I get to 200, I hope we'll do it again."

I added, " I hope we can make it."

Vincent is a member of First Baptist Church. He's a 33rd degree Scottish Rite Mason and a member of the Alhambra Shrine Temple.

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