High school sweethearts marry after 63 year separation

High school sweethearts marry after 63 year separation

LAKE CITY, AR (KAIT) - An Arkansas couple has vowed to spend the rest of their lives together, after being separated for 63 years.

Marcella and Johnny met for the first time at a basketball game when they were teenagers. They dated in High School for a little while, but then parted ways. They saw each other every couple years at reunions, but never kept in touch much.

Marcella was married and had three daughters with her husband. They were together for 39 years before he passed away.

Johnny was also married, for 59 years. In that time, he had two daughters and two sons. His first wife has also passed away.

Marcella's oldest daughter, Sheila McCall, said when they would ask their mom about her past boyfriends, Johnny's name would always come up.

"I knew who Johnny Vick was way before I ever met him, so I'm not really surprised that they have ended up back together, because they apparently had a great connection back then when they were young," McCall said.

They were married on Saturday in Lake City, surrounded by friends and their families, who were mostly meeting for the first time. The couple said their families have been very supportive of them.

Connie Caldwell, Johnny's Daughter, said it was so evident how happy her father was.

"He was so happy, you could hear it in his voice when he told me 'I have a date'," she said. "He's been like a young teenage boy out sharing his adventures with his sweetheart."

They exchanged vows, and Johnny sang the song With This Ring, I Thee Wed to Marcella. She read a letter she wrote to him:

"Today I will marry my friend, my teenage sweetheart from 63 years ago. Though life has taken us down different paths, we have both known countless happy times along with sorrows and troubled times through the years we were apart, but now faith has brought us together again and we seem to have just picked up where we left off so many years ago. We have both remained faithful to our spouses until death. We have now found a love much sweeter and deeper than what we had in our teen years. We both understand because of our years, because of our age that we have but a few years left to spend with each other. My promise to you today is to try with everything within me to be the wife you so deserve, and to make our last years the best years of our lives because I want nothing more than to be with you and make you happy as long as I live. I love you from the depths of my heart."

The couple said their families are very supportive of them.

"They just seemed to just pick up right where they left off, and just are best buddies," Caldwell said. "You can see it in her eyes and you can see it in his, and you can hear it in their voices when they talk about each other."

The newlyweds plan to keep Marcella's house in Pocahontas and Johnny's house in Pottsville to be close to both of their families. They plan to spend their honeymoon in Branson, Missouri.

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