Benton man, 89, walks a mile, bakes pies every day

Ernie Gibson (photo by the Saline Courier)

BENTON (Saline Courier) - Whether facing rain, sleet, snow or the fact that he turns 90 years of age on Thursday, nothing will stop Ernie Gibson of Benton from walking a mile or cooking unique pecan pies for the community every day.

"I just started making pies and people got to eating them. The more they ate, the more I made them and I just stayed with it," he said with a laugh. "I don't know why I make the pies, it's just something I found out I could do and people seem to like it."

Not long after his wife Dorothy Jean -- who only answered to Jean -- died in 2005, Gibson began a daily routine. Every day since then, he gets up before the crack of dawn, usually around 3 a.m. and without the aid of an alarm clock. He sits down, reads a few verses in the Bible and then heads out for a stroll.

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