As Oscar Penny enjoyed time with family and friends at his birthday party, Lester Ingle was busy chauffeuring Penny's guests in a golf cart to and from the party.
It's not that the walk to the Penny's Oriole Street home was terribly far. But, when the birthday boy is 102, you've probably known him long enough to appreciate the ride.
Penny, born on August 16, 1906, celebrated turning 102 years old Saturday at the home he shares with wife Daisy. The two, married in January of 1947, have lived in Columbus since 1957 and have three children, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
"I don't recognize 102," said Penny, adding when asked how he felt, that "I'll take an inventory."
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Penny retired from the US Army in 1962 after 20 years of service, spent 10 years as the kennel manager at Fort Benning, and is an active member of the Masonic Lodge and Shrine.
He said he has enjoyed good health and credits his longevity to good living, staying active, and having a large group of supportive friends.