By Teresa Barbian
Longevity, it’s something most adults think about. We often ponder how long our lives will be and what activities or things we will be able to enjoy as we get older. What is the secret to longevity? Have you ever stopped to ask anyone in their late 80’s or 90’s? You’d probably get a different answer from anyone you asked. One Anson resident is loving his life at 98.
Buddy Haley turned 98 on January 7, 2016. I met Buddy at Lozano’s Taqueria. According to Gabriel Lozano Sr., owner of the taqueria, Buddy comes in every day. He was enjoying Gabriel’s company and drinking his coffee when I sat down to talk with him.
Buddy was born January 7, 1918. He moved to Hamlin in 1939. He played baseball for the Abilene Black Eagles and was nicknamed “Fireball Haley” because of his accurate and consistent pitching skills. Buddy recalls always pitching against the House of David team. For 15 years, Buddy worked for EJ Worley on the farms. He then went to work for J.H. Strain driving trucks. He was employed with them for 37 years until he retired at the age of 85. Can you imagine working until you are 85? I know a lot of people who are eagerly and happily ready to retire in their 60’s.
Buddy settled here in Anson when he married Vera Haley thirteen years ago. Between Buddy and Vera, they have 2 sons and 2 daughters. Buddy says he has so many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren that he’s lost count. Buddy and his wife are very involved with their church and when he’s not driving himself to the taqueria and visiting with folks, he’s at home watching sports. He especially loves watching baseball and basketball.
Buddy told me he’d never been sick a day in his life, never had any health problems or had to take medicine until he had his accident two years ago. Buddy was walking down a ramp at his home and he fell and broke his ankle. The break was so bad that it snapped the joint and the doctors just couldn’t save it, so they had to amputate. He now gets around with the use of a prosthetic leg. Buddy simply enjoys living his life. He thanks God every day he is able to get up and live his life. The entire time I talked with Buddy, I didn’t hear any negative comments or complaints about anything. He has such a positive attitude about his life and everything in it, despite the medical problem he has to live with daily. Maybe that’s the secret to longevity, having a positive outlook on life. Whatever the secret is, Buddy Haley is absolutely loving his life at 98.