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Fort Smith man celebrates 90th birthday with drive-by party

Raymond Jeffries and his family handed out goodie bags to friends who dropped by.

FORT SMITH, Ark. — Raymond Jeffries celebrated his 90th birthday over the weekend and had one special request, a drive-by party.

On Friday (Sept. 3) well-wishers drove by Raymond's house in Fort Smith, honking and celebrating the special day.

Raymond and his family handed out goodie bags to friends who dropped by.

In his 90 years of life, he's worked a few different jobs, but friends say he only had to leave the workforce due to the coronavirus pandemic.

His family says he's been everything from a Sam's Club door greeter to a restaurant manager. He's even spent time serving on a submarine. 

"You know, I put 20 years in the navy. I went in when I was 17 and retired when I was 49. I'd go back tomorrow if they'd let me," Raymond said. "In fact, we was up by the mall the other day and the navy had a sign there said 'we're hiring' I was going to go in and ask them if I could go to work."

From all of us at 5NEWS, happy birthday Raymond!

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