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By Donna Summerall
Some love stories last a lifetime. Richard and Ruth Alice Echols of West Point are still together after 65 years of marriage.
In this day and age of no â€“ fault divorce, couples who make it to their silver anniversaries are rare, but to still be together after 65 years is something well worth celebrating.
â€śI was working at BellSouth telephone company right after World War II,â€ť said Ruth Alice Echols. â€śMy brother worked at Mitchell Buick with Richard. He thought Richard was a nice guy and told him about me. He introduced us and we started dating. That was it.â€ť
Feb. 13, 1949, the couple exchanged wedding vows at First United Methodist Church and began their life together. Richard had been a U.S. Marine stationed in the South Pacific during World War II, Ruth said. He moved to West Point after completing his stint in the military. He was employed with Mitchell Automotive. After retiring from Mitchell Automotive, Richard taught auto mechanics and repair at West Point High School in the Vocational â€“ Technical Department from 1974 â€“ 1990. When BellSouth closed its West Point site, Ruth Alice said, she became an assistant teacher in the elementary department of the West Point School District.
When their children asked why their mother did not have a traditional white dress, she told them that brides after World War II, found white satin or other traditional fabric for wedding dresses unattainable. Most young women wore their best â€śchurchâ€ť dress to be married. This tradition continued throughout the 1950s.
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