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At 92, a Sunday school teacher since end of WWII

Jim Geer celebrated his 92nd birthday on Sunday by doing what he’s done most Sundays since 1945: teaching the Bible.

His Sunday school at Woodlawn Baptist in Charlotte is made up of fellow seniors.

Geer traces his longevity as a Sunday school teacher to World War II, when he was a member of the U.S. Army’s 2nd Armored Division – the “Hell on Wheels” outfit – under the legendary Gen. George Patton.

One night in a French foxhole, when he felt he couldn’t go on any longer, he says, he made a covenant with God: If the Lord would get him home safely, then Geer would do whatever God asked him to do.

He made it home. And on the first Sunday back, Geer, then 24, was asked to teach Sunday school. He’s been doing it ever since.

In World War II, Geer saw combat in France, Sicily and North Africa. He was later awarded the French Legion of Honor for his role in helping to liberate France from the Nazis.

On Sunday, before his 9:30 a.m. Sunday school class, Geer was feted by church members with cake. Tim Funk

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