Fort Worth Rev. Turns 108 on Leap Day

Rev. credits long life to plenty of water, no liquor

By Angela K. Brown
|  Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012  |  Updated 2:30 PM CDT
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Fort Worth Rev. Turns 108 on Leap Day

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A North Texas man has turned 108 years old on Leap Day, or did he turn 27?

Either way, the Rev. Eugene Florence joked Wednesday that his secret to living so long is staying away from liquor. He also says he never gets mad and drinks plenty of water.

Florence was a pastor at a Fort Worth church until about 10 years ago. He kept preaching and speaking to groups until several years ago.

His relatives say he loves listening to baseball games on the radio and playing dominoes.

Florence earned a master's degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1951. But it was segregated then and didn't allow black students to receive master's degrees. So in 2004 when Florence was 100, the seminary in Fort Worth awarded him the master of divinity degree.

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