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WWII Veteran Brings Smiles To Faces Of Goodwill Shoppers

Posted at 6:35 PM, May 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-08 13:51:18-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — If you go to the Goodwill on Leestown Road, it’s likely you’ll run into Glendell Bennett. He’s a well-liked greeter there with an interesting history.

The 96-year-old World War II veteran is posted up by the store’s entrance on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. He always has a big smile on his face.

He’s been a Goodwill greeter for the past two years. Decades before, he served in WWII.

“It was segregated, and we was pushed to the very limit, saying things that black boys couldn’t do. But we showed them,” he said.

Bennett is focused on the present, and his future. He has big plans to break the record of oldest veteran.

“I try to keep myself busy cause I got to go to 122,” he said.

He said that continuing to work and catch up with his regulars at Goodwill is key.

“I meet a lot of interesting people and I enjoy talking to them, and they seem to enjoy talking to them. They always come back,” he said.

He doesn’t plan on leaving Goodwill anytime soon.

“They said, ‘Daddy, why don’t you go home and sit down?’ I said, ‘No, Daddy ain’t going home to sit down. Daddy going to keep going as long as I can go,'” he said.