People around the world look at their birthday as being a milestone in their life but there are some birthdays that are bigger than others. Perhaps at the top of the list is the 100th birthday, and James South is about to celebrate his.
On October 7, South turns 100 years old and he has a special birthday wish. He wants to receive 100 birthday cards in the mail and his assisted-living facility is trying to make that wish a reality.
South lives in Watauga, Texas, near Fort Worth at the Brookdale Senior Living center. That assisted-living home put an image of South on their Facebook account on Friday.
The soon-to-be 100-year-old man was holding a sign that said: “Hello! My name is James South and I am a proud World War II Veteran! I will be turning 100 on October 7th, 2019 and I would like to receive 100 birthday cards.”
He grew up as part of a large family of sharecroppers in Northeast Texas according to his son, Jim South. In 1940, he joined the Army and went to Normandy seven days after D-Day. His girlfriend, Sophie, faithfully wrote to him every day of his service.
“They were married for 55 years until she passed in 2001,” said Jim South, their only child.
Even though South retired when he was 65 years old, he continued to stay active by gardening, playing golf, growing a garden and going to church. When he was 98 years old, he moved to Brookdale.
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A three-day celebration is in the works for his big birthday. His son plans on having him out golfing, enjoying some catfish and chicken fried steak at his favorite restaurants and spending time with loved ones.
“My dad taught me that a hug is better than a handshake,” said Jim. “And that money wasn’t the goal in life — it was happiness.”
If you would like to send South a birthday card, send it to:
5800 North Park Drive
Watauga, TX 76148
The local post office has already been notified that an increase in the mail is possible. Any cards that South receives will be hung on his wall.
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