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When Cupid strikes…

Posted: February 10, 2012 4:44 p.m.
Updated: February 13, 2012 5:00 a.m.

Pick was the “church mother” of the First Baptist Church of Camden. Now for you uninformed folk, the church mother is the oldest female member of a congregation.

In honor of Valentine's Day, the following are some interesting marriage stories of some of your friends, neighbors, and people who grew up or reside in our fair county.

Richard Reed decided to live off campus as a senior while attending Notre Dame. He and a couple of buddies rented a house which quickly became a party location. On one night of festivities, one of his friends dated a young lady with whom Richard became infatuated. Every time his friend would head to get another beverage, Richard would strike up a conversation with this young lady. Richard succeeded in getting Linda's phone number and sometime later a marriage commitment that has lasted 40 years.

Sam Montgomery and Phil Jackson were doing what a lot of red-blooded young men do during the Sun Fun Week at Myrtle Beach. They were profiling and scoping out the ladies. They happened to make acquaintance with a group of young ladies from Charlotte and Sam became infatuated with a young lady named Eve. Late at night, they strolled holding hands and talking on the beach. When Sam and Phil got in the car to return home, Sam told Phil that he had met the girl he was going to marry and exactly three years later they became husband and wife.

During a girls’ high school basketball game in Virginia in the mid-1930s, one of the players drew the attention of one of the referees. Skip Ring was a chemist for DuPont and was also refereeing high school basketball games. After this young lady graduated, she and Skip started dating and eventually married and spent many years living in Kirkover Hills. They were married for over 50 years before Sally passed away.

Calvin Johnson was a young soldier stationed at Ft. Bragg.  In the early 1950s, he was traveling on the bus to his home in Lockhart. The bus was crowded so when an attractive young lady named Faye came aboard, Calvin took the gentlemanly measure and offered Faye, who was headed home to York, his seat. A nice conversation ensued and Calvin eventually called on Faye at her home. Initially Faye's father was not taken with Calvin and he was warned off with the display of a shotgun.

Faye and Calvin continued to see each other and as the relationship looked as though it would grow more serious, Faye's father traveled to Lockhart to see what color sheep Calvin and his family were. Apparently Calvin passed the color test because the couple has been married over 60 years and today they happily reside on the Lugoff side of Lake Wateree.

Bill Bailey was plowing on his family's field in Ashwood when he looked up and saw a lovely young lady riding a bicycle to her grandmother's house. He stopped her to make his introduction, but she was not impressed with the soldier who was helping out his family. Bill was persistent, but Helen's father would not allow him in the house.  However, the father traveled and Bill would take advantage of those opportunities. The couple married and their next anniversary will be their 67th.

Miriam Pickle moved to Camden when she was 16 years old. Pick, her nickname, worked as a hairdresser. One day a fireman by the name of Buddy delivered her laundry. Buddy would eventually become the city fire chief. Buddy and Miriam began dating and as the romance became more serious, they set a wedding day for Christmas Eve of 1938. Buddy's daddy became upset because Buddy and Miriam would not take him on their honeymoon to Stone Mountain where they were going to stay with his sister Roma, whom everyone called Roma the Rocket.

Miriam Denton, who was always a live wire, was in her 90s when she recently passed away and was proud to have been the oldest member of her church congregation.

Thank you for your attention.

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