Brad Thompson celebrated 88 years of living Tuesday with more than 30 of his closest friends.

"I never thought I would make it this far. And let me tell you how much it means to have everyone here today. The older I get, the deeper my love for each of you comes," Thompson said, touching his chest.

Thompson was overwhelmed as friends and family members gathered with the "Old Goats" for coffee and cake and to recall fond memories and funny stories about the Thompson.

Stephenville Mayor Nancy Hunter even made a surprise visit.

"Brad is one of my boyfriends," Hunter joked. "He is one of the people in Stephenville that makes this town a great place to live. Brad continues working hard every day to make an impact in the community."

Thompson is a member of the Turnbow-Higgs Post of the American Legion. He recently visited Washington D.C. during an Honor Flight - a trip honoring World War II veterans.

He is an active member and past president of the Stephenville Lions Club and Lodge No. 267 of the Freemasons.

Thompson served as the president of the Chamber of Commerce in 1962 and was a founding member of the Stephenville Industrial Foundation (now Stephenville Economic Development Foundation).