Century Club: At 103, Luther Dupree relies on Bible, exercise

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Luther Dupree of East Liberty, who turned 103 Monday, hasn't slowed down a bit. He exercises four or five times a week and eats healthy foods such as sweet potatoes and green vegetables. Well, mostly healthy -- he has lots of sweets, too.

He was born Nov. 25, 1910, in Dillon, S.C., the 12th of William and Laura Jane Dupree's 14 children. He is the only surviving member of the family.

In March 1937, he married Gertrude McCall and they moved to Pittsburgh. They had five children: Mary Thompson of McKeesport, Gladys Dupree of Alpharetta, Ga., Elaine Wood of Penn Hills, Luther J. Dupree of Point Breeze and Gertrude Dupree (deceased).

Mr. Dupree worked for 37 years for Westinghouse Electric, retiring in 1975. He then worked as a photographer at various Pennsylvania driver's license centers until retiring in 1993. His wife died in 1999 after 62 years of marriage.

He enjoys watching television, talking to people and reading the Bible, newspapers and magazines. He is a deacon emeritus at Unity Baptist Church in Braddock, formerly Bethel Baptist Church. His favorite Bible verse is Matthew 5:16: "Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your father who is in heaven."

He celebrated his 103rd birthday with his children, four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren at his home.

If you or a friend or a relative recently turned 100 or will soon do so, the Post-Gazette would like to hear from you. To be included in Century Club, send the honoree's biographical information and your phone number to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Century Club, Attn: Kevin Kirkland, 34 Blvd. of the Allies, Pittsburgh 15222. Fax: 412-491-8452. Email: kkirkland@post-gazette.com.

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