Francis Mariea, 102, sits on the memorial bench in April 2011 at Mooresville Family Practice, where a plaque was put in honor of his 100th birthday. He used to rest on this bench at the halfway point of his regular mile walk. Mariea died on Saturday at age 108 and 146 days. Diedra Laird dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
Francis Mariea, 102, sits on the memorial bench in April 2011 at Mooresville Family Practice, where a plaque was put in honor of his 100th birthday. He used to rest on this bench at the halfway point of his regular mile walk. Mariea died on Saturday at age 108 and 146 days. Diedra Laird dlaird@charlotteobserver.com

Man who made everyone smile dies peacefully in his sleep at age 108

August 28, 2017 6:24 PM