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LAUREL, Miss. – A man celebrated his 112 years of life this week and has a simple secret to longevity.

“Treating folks right,” P.J. Lott told WDAM.

Lott has no children of his own but has been under the care of his goddaughter, Brenda Washington of Laurel Mississippi, since 1995.

“He’s got his right mind and everything,” said Washington. “He gets up out of the bed by himself, gets in the chair, he eats and everything. He’s going good.”

His family said that Lott took care of people whenever needed.

“When people have been out on the street and didn’t have anywhere to go, he would take them in,” Washington said.

The family celebrated his birthday with cake and several generations of loved ones.