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Guilford County's Oldest Volunteer Turns 97

9:19 AM, Jan 8, 2014   |    comments
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Guilford County, N.C. -- He's Guilford County's oldest volunteer and he's not stopping anytime soon.  At 97-years-old, Thurman Haynes volunteers faithfully every morning and most afternoons at the Meredith Leigh Haynes Bennie Inman Education Center in Jamestown.

Haynes works bus duty, assists in physical education classes, moves equipment, helps with the school sound system and performs many other volunteer tasks at the school named in honor of his granddaughter.

Haynes has volunteered for five years and has no plans on stopping.  A widower who has lived through two World Wars, Haynes embraces his age with humor, "It ain't no fun getting old, but I sure had fun getting here!"

As a special thank you to their honorary grandpa, the Haynes-Inman students and staff are planning a festive birthday party on January 10, 2014, just two days before he officially turns 97 on January 12, 2014.

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