TYLER, TX (KLTV) - John Barfiled turned 99 years old on March 13, 2019.
Prior to his birthday, his family was interested to see if they could get 99 cards sent to him.
Barfield’s daughter, Sandy Maxcy, said the community went above and beyond.
“Since Daddy was turning 99 March 11, my niece, Leanne, put a post on Facebook to see if he could get 99 cards,” said Maxcy.
“We received a tremendous response from people who were sending cards. He got 405 cards from friends, relatives, classrooms of children -- who drew pictures of the flag, Sherman tanks, crosses and expressed gratitude for his service.”
Maxcy said she and her whole family are overwhelmed with the response.
“We’re reading each and every one to him a few at a time. He is so amazed and proud that all these people took the time to wish him a happy 99th birthday. We want to thank them all for their kindness and generosity.”