Lake Charles man celebrates 109th birthday

Lake Charles man celebrates 109th birthday

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Saturday a very special celebration took place at Pats of Henderson.

"I was just telling them, that's the first one I've had in my life," said Frank Levingston, Jr.

Frank says it was the first big birthday party thrown for him in his life.

Family members came in from across the U.S. to celebrate the 109-year-old's milestone birthday.

Frank was born in 1905 and may be the oldest living World War II veteran in the country.

"It's amazing, the things that he's seen, the places he's gone, you know, the history he's learned and how he's seen time change is just amazing to be in his presence," said his niece Jackie Allen.

Hosea Levingston, Frank's nephew added, "He's a great inspiration to our family, helped us through school and everything. Every time we needed something, call Uncle Frank. And he's still the same kind of man right now at 109."

Along with birthday cards from loved ones and President Obama, Lake Charles Mayor Randy Roach proclaimed November 15 Frank Levingston, Jr. day in his honor.

As for Frank, in 2013 he told KPLC he was, "108 and feeling great!"

This year he's 109 and feeling fine, "My appetite and my memory is good. But my knees... and I ain't got no teeth can't talk well. But I can hear pretty, very well."

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