James Thomas Braxton, a pillar in our community is celebrating a milestone. He turned 100 years old on Wednesday, September 18. He's served Lubbock for more than five decades in education and civics. His passion for music's led to band and orchestra programs in east Lubbock. 

"He's educated a ton of people at the elementary school, middle school and high school level," said Thomas Braxton, J.T's son. "People just speak very highly of him because of the kind of person he has been in the community and he's showed me how to be a great father and a great husband."

J.T. Braxton is also a well known jazz musician, just two years ago he and his son were inducted into the West Texas Walk of Fame. Mr. Braxton's love for music all started when he was a kid. After having served in the army during World War II , Mr. Braxton pursued a career in music education. He came to Lubbock in the 1960's recruited by Edward Charles Struggs to teach.

Braxton said there's no secret to his long life, his son, however disagrees.

"All my life he's never worried about anything," said Braxton. "His personality has always been kind of like this, even keeled."

Family and friends will celebrate Mr. Braxton's 100th birthday this weekend at the First United Methodist parlor, highlighting his achievements and reminiscing on good times.