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WEB EXCLUSIVE: Jasper couple celebrates 79 years of marriage

JASPER, AL (WBRC) - FDR was about to be sworn in as president and the Golden Gate Bridge was just breaking ground on this day in 1933, and at the Walker County courthouse, Awtrey and Delora Stewart were saying their "I Do's."

Now, 79 years later, the Stewarts are celebrating another wedding anniversary.

Awtrey and Delora Stewart were just 18 years old when they walked into the probate judge's office in 1933 and exchanged their vows. They'd met at Parrish High School and courtship turned to love.

Now, 79 years later, each of them confess their memories of that day are fuzzy.

"I don't remember, that's a long time ago. Do you remember?" Delora asked her husband.

"You should remember. You's the one," Awtrey said, interrupted by his daughter who said, "She asked you."

"He's just full of stuff," Delora said.

And in that one exchange, we may have gotten our best glimpse at what's made this marriage work for almost 80 years. The ability to laugh with and at each other, and forgive and forget.

"Can you remember all that?" Delora asked again at one point.

"I can remember some of it, but I can't remember all of it," Awtrey responded. "It's better if you can dismiss," Delora said with a wave of her hand.

At the age of 97, both Awtrey and Delora still move around the house easily, Awtrey even walked about two miles a day up until a couple of months ago.

One of their daughters lives right down the street, the other in Georgia, and the Stewarts are the proud grandparents to four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

And it's those next generations who will benefit from advice like this:

"You more or less mature in marriage, or life, or whatever, I think," Awtrey said. "You plan a lot ahead of time, but by the time you get along, what you've planned on is altogether different."

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