The following is a profile of a Denton County resident who turns 100 years old Thursday.
Name: Norman W. Clark
Date of birth: June 1, 2017
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.