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Century Club: Norman W. Clark

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The following is a profile of a Denton County resident who turns 100 years old Thursday.

Name: Norman W. Clark

Age: 100

Date of birth: June 1, 2017

Birthplace: Dallas

Current residence: The Vintage Retirement Community in Denton

Family: Wife, Jane Clark, deceased; son, Michael David Clark, deceased; daughters, Jeannine Jordan and husband Chet; Sue Wooldridge and husband Ronnie; and Cathey Brownlow and husband Larry Gardner; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren

Former occupations: Truck driver for Canada Dry in the 1930s, covering territory from Missouri to El Paso. Also delivered gasoline to East Texas. Worked in the experimental department for Ling-Temco-Vought. Owned a family grocery store in the 1950s in Irving. Worked for Southwest Airmotive. Worked for Bell Helicopter during the mid 1960s through the mid 1970s.

Education: Completed 11th grade in high school

Place of worship: New Hope Baptist Church in Aubrey; served as a deacon.

If I could change one thing in my life, it would be: Love more people.

The best book I ever read: Love all westerns and mysteries.

My favorite television show of all time: Love watching the Texas Rangers and the Dallas Cowboys.

During the Great Depression, I: Drove trucks for Canada Dry and also delivered gasoline to Longview and Gladewater. My father owned a grocery store during this time, so we always had something to eat.

During World War II: Served in the U.S. Army but did not see service overseas.

I'm happiest when: I'm visiting family.

The most important thing I've learned in 100 years: Never take anything for granted.

If you have a family member who will be turning 100 years, and would like him or her to be recognized in the Denton Record-Chronicle's Century Club, contact Mark Finley at 940-566-6884 or via email at mfinley@dentonrc.com.