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At 92, a Sunday school teacher since end of WWII

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    ROBERT LAHSER - rlahser@charlotteobserver.com
    Jim Geer, 92, teaches Sunday school class at Woodlawn Baptist Church in Charlotte.
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    ROBERT LAHSER - rlahser@charlotteobserver.com
    Jim Geer teaches Sunday school class at Woodlawn Baptist Church in Charlotte, Nov. 24, 2013, the day he turned 92. Jim Geer has been teaching Sunday school since 1945.
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    ROBERT LAHSER - rlahser@charlotteobserver.com
    Sunday school students bow their heads in prayer at Woodlawn Baptist on Sunday. Jim Geer, 92, has taught Sunday school at the church since the end of World War II. While in the Army serving in combat during the war, the story goes, Geer made a covenant with God that if he would get him home safely, he would do whatever he asked of him.
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    Robert Lahser - rlahser@charlotteobserver.com
    Jim Geer 92, right, gets a hug from Frances Hite before the start of Sunday school class at Woodlawn Baptist Church in Charlotte on Sunday. It was Geer’s 92nd birthday today. Geer has been teaching Sunday school since 1945.
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    ROBERT LAHSER - rlahser@charlotteobserver.com
    Jim Geer, 92, right, gets a hug from Rose Hagler as she thanks Geer for teaching Sunday school Sunday at Woodlawn Baptist Church in Charlotte. Geer turned 92 Sunday and has taught at the church since returning from World War II in 1945.

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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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