Former A-State professor receives surprise birthday parade

Longtime professor gets surprise birthday parade

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - A longtime Arkansas State professor was given a birthday surprise Saturday that he’s likely never to forget.

Wilbert Gaines is celebrating his 82nd birthday this weekend.

On Saturday, friends and family drove past his Jonesboro home in a parade style to show their love and support.

“Surprised. Absolute surprise. I am so overjoyed with this. I had no idea this was coming. I had no idea this was coming. It’s a great moment. And it’s something that I feel like you know, I don’t deserve it, but there are those that feel like I do deserve it. And I’ll accept that and I appreciate that,” Gaines said.

Gaines is a member of the Circle at Arkansas State University and helped start radio station KLEK.

He is also a member of the Arkansas Referees Hall of Fame and the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.

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