'Half man, half amazing'

Eighty-seven-year-old still works every day finishing concrete

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

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Westside Eagle Observer/JANELLE JESSEN Lindy Chamberlain, 87, of Gentry, pours concrete at a job in Siloam Springs.

Westside Eagle Observer/JANELLE JESSEN Lindy Chamberlain, 87, of Gentry, pours concrete at a job in Siloam Springs.

Last week, Lindy Chamberlain was hard at work helping pour a concrete slab for an art studio behind a Siloam Springs home. As the concrete truck rumbled and men hurried to smooth out the concrete spilling into the mold, Chamberlain used the chute and his handy shovel, nicknamed "Lucille," to make sure the cement was applied evenly across the area. The only thing that made the scene unique, outside of Chamberlain's well-practiced skills, was his age. At 87, he still works eight hours a day on a concrete finishing crew. Chamberlain, who lives in Gentry, has been working in construction for nearly 64 years -- since he was 24 years old.


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