Temple: At 92, retired pastor still tends a flock

TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) Retired pastor, Chester Harrison, 92, has been a crossing guard at Meredith-Dunbar Elementary School in Temple for 27 years.

Retired pastor, Chester Harrison, 92, has been a crossing guard at Meredith-Dunbar Elementary School in Temple for 27 years. (Photo by Megan Vanselow)

When he retired from his full time ministerial job in 1992 at the age of 65, he didn't want to quit working altogether, so he started his crossing guard job and continued to minister at a local church.

He has since retired as a part-time pastor as well, but says he wants to work at the school for as long as he can.

"I love children, I love people, love to greet people and talk with them you know," Harrison said.

He says he loves the job as much as he did on his first day, and refuses to take any day for granted.

"I know I'm not here because of my goodness not here because I've been better than anybody else but God saw a favor to let me live," he said.

The job also allows him to stay active, which he says is the secret to living a life as long and healthy as he has.

"If you sit down and don't stay active your body will kind of decay and go down you know? It's better to work out than rust out," Harrison said.

The Temple ISD recently honored Harrison with its Superintendent Leadership Award, and he also received congressional recognition.