KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — WWII veteran Rubel Harrison is turning 101 on Monday. He celebrated a little early this week at his favorite Fountain City restaurant.

“I don’t have any secrets,” Harrison said as to the longevity of his life. “No secret to it. All I can say is the Lord’s been good.”

Harrison was one of nine children born on a farm in Claiborne County. The modest WWII vet was a howitzer specialist in Europe and North Africa.

“I didn’t do anything a million other didn’t do,” he said. “I was just luckier than a lot of them.”

Harrison returned to the United States and went to work at a car dealership. He retired in 1980 but he hasn’t slowed down. Harrison still mows his lawn, exercises each day and cooks breakfast for his friends on Saturdays.

“He’s such an inspiration,” friend Kathy Pruitt said. “It’s like if he can do it, we can do it and he’s been so strong in everything he does.”