African-American Couple Celebrates 83rd Wedding Anniversary: “We're Still in Love”
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African-American Couple Celebrates 83rd Wedding Anniversary: “We're Still in Love”

  • African-Americans Cleovis and Arwilda Whiteside have celebrated their 83rd wedding anniversary
  • Arkansas' longest married couple tied the knot on July 24, 1939, in Clarendon and have since spent their lives together
  • The love between Cleovis Whiteside, 100, and his lovely wife Arwilda Whiteside, 96, is still strong even though the pair married over eight decades ago

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Arkansas couple Cleovis and Arwilda Whiteside have marked their 83rd wedding anniversary, making history as the longest-married partners in the state.

Cleovis Whiteside, 100, and Arwilda Whiteside, 96, met as kids at church and got married on July 24, 1939, in Clarendon.

Per Arkansas Online, the groom was 17 and the bride was 13 when they tied the knot to seal their love.

Couple celebrates 83rd wedding anniversary
Photo of Cleovis and Arwilda Whiteside. Credit: @uamshealth
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The couple has lived many historical moments, including World War II, and through other turbulent times, their love grew stronger.

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''We've been together all this long and I still love my wife. She still loves me and we still get along just good,'' said Cleovis.

Cleovis and Arwilda Whiteside were celebrated by Family Council in Little Rock, the second year that Arkansas' longest-married couple has been recognised by the conservative group.

Couple who met in church saves themselves for marriage, admit it was hard but definitely worth the wait

In another story, Briefly News reported that in age where saving oneself for marriage is considered largely “old-fashioned” or even unnecessary, newly wedded couple, Lucia and Teboho Mahlako defied the odds and waited until they tied the knot to consummate their marriage.

The couple dated for eleven months before Teboho popped the question. He proposed to Lucia on her birthday, 29 June 2019, at the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens.

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According to W24, it was not love at first sight for the pair who knew each other for a long time before actually becoming friends. However, over the years they got to know each other and the bond started to form until they officially started dating in July 2018.

Lucia was very fixed on her priorities and goals and unwavering about her standards on sexual purity and waiting till marriage.

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