Essex man celebrates 103rd birthday with family and friends

Published: Oct. 11, 2015 at 9:08 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 12, 2015 at 4:08 PM CDT
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ESSEX, MO (KFVS) - The oldest man in Essex, Missouri just got older.

Eldon Stafford celebrated his birthday on Sunday.

He is a whopping 103 years old.

"I never thought I would get this far," Eldon said.

Earlier in May, we caught up with Eldon as part of our Everybody in the Heartland Has a Story segment with Mary-Ann Maloney.

Eldon is the oldest resident in the little town of Essex in Stoddard County.

On Sunday, he was met by dozens of family and friends as he celebrated another year of life at the Olive Branch Baptist Church near Essex.

Eldon says he is grateful for the support from his family and friends.

"They've give me a little support and I've managed to have a job away from them but to where I can get to them anytime I wanted to," Eldon said.

Eldon at 103 years old is still very active. He still drives his car to places, including up to Cape Girardeau to visit his 100-year-old brother at the Missouri Veterans home.

While he looks back on his past, he thanks all his family and friends that have been there for him and that are here celebrating his birthday.

"I hope that I've done something that make them appreciate me being here," Eldon said.

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