Levie Russell McClain is a smoker.
He says he has smoked cigarettes since he was 16 and went to work in a cotton mill.
McClain, who has lived in Madison County most of his life, will be 102 August 31.
“Yep, it’s gonna kill him one of these days,” said his son, Bill McClain, chuckling. “Seriously, he’s never sick.”
McClain still maintains his own household in a home whose original section is perhaps 150 or more years old. His daughter, June McClain, who lives in nearby Jackson County, said the home was purchased by her grandmother, Reesie Mercer McClain, sometime in the 1950s. She said many people have come by over the years who have had connections with the home.
McClain still microwaves and prepares snacks for himself and is provided a daily meal by the Meals on Wheels program through the Madison County Senior Center.
Center director Kelsey Tyner, said she is amazed at how well he manages and was astonished to find out how old he is. Tyner met him while learning the home meal delivery routes shortly after she was hired as the new director earlier this year.
McClain has been married twice, and both ladies are still living. Bill’s and his sister Barbara’s mother, from whom McClain was divorced in 1947, is now 96, remarried and also still enjoys good health.
“They haven’t seen each other since then, and they wouldn’t even know who each other is,” Bill said.
Levie Russell McClain
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