December 20, 1956, fell on a Thursday. It was his last day of school before the winter break, and his fellow teachers pitched in a few cents to get a movie to play for the kids at Cave City Middle School. He got permission from his principal to leave once the movie started, and drove to Columbia to pick her up. She wore a simple dress as she left her childhood home behind. From there they drove straight to Bowling Green to pick up their marriage license before the courthouse closed. His brother, Yancey, along with their friends Gladys and Maurice, met them at State Street Methodist Church and were witness to their small ceremony of marriage. Gladys invited everyone back to her house where she threw a quaint party to celebrate the newlyweds. After bidding their friends goodbye, they drove south and didn’t stop until they hit Florida. They returned to Kentucky just before she started back to University, and he went back to Cave City to teach. From there, they built their life and family together.
This year they’ll celebrate their sixtieth anniversary, and they’re still filled with love and laughter.