Dr. John Leroy Hodge was born Feb. 28, 1920 and according to his family, has always set goals -- one of them being making it to 100 years of age.
Hodge was born in extreme poverty, and he overcame all negativity. He has always played hard and worked even harder.
For a boy who watched snow blow through the cracks in the walls, to joining the Civilian Conservation Corps camps, to joining the Navy and to graduating with high honors at dental school, Hodge's family says he has been very successful.
According to Hodge, he has lived this long by not drinking or smoking. He also knows he has the love and support from a good woman and God.
His favorite activity is fishing for crappie and eating them. He enjoys watching history and war shows.
His daughter, Rena Miller, says he was a World War II veteran and is proud of his service.
Miller said his family loves him and is proud of him and wish him a happy birthday.
His family is celebrating his achievement on Saturday, Feb. 29 during a private celebration in Metropolis.