Elderly man receives birthday surprise

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -- She sang happy birthday to the President...and Thursday morning, she came to Wiregrass, sort of.
A movie star from the past made an elderly man's birthday made extra special.

It all started with a social media post.
And it forever changed the life of Thomas Kelley.
"Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday Mr. Tom-happy birthday to you."

A local woman dressed up as Marilyn Monroe, surprising, Mr. Tom for his 88th birthday.
At Hardee's... where Mr. Tom eats with his friends every morning.

Tom says he has liked Marilyn Monroe his whole life.

Friends say they put this together because Tom is worth more than an average celebration.

Amber Whitehead, who is a friend says:
"He has been a regular customer of mine now for about 8 years now at the Blue Plate south restaurant. He is just wonderful and he comes in there about every day, if not every other day… everybody in town knows him and loves him."

Kelley says:
"They're good to me and I love them all, and we have breakfast just about every morning and I have lunch with her at noon."

The brains behind the idea came from Amber and Dennis Kite, another friend.

Whitehead says:
"She was so, so nice to come help us out this morning, then Dennis was helping us and he's got a sister coming into town from about a 4 hour drive to be here later on today so we just kind of wanted to make this day special for him."

Kelley says:
"I'm proud to be 88 years old."
He hopes for good health and happiness in year 88.