Celebrating 70 Years of Marriage

Through the great depression, wars, and disasters great and small, they've stood side-by-side.  J.D. and Lois Lewis of Murchison have been married now 70 years, living on the same piece of land they still call home.

72 years ago, J.D. first laid his eyes on Lois. She was in a truck with her sister outside the Henderson County Courthouse he followed her home and the rest is history.

"We were together for two years before we got married," said Lois, "We went to a movie saw Shirley Temple in 'Good Ship Lollipop'. We went came back to Athens and went to the studio had our picture made.

A picture that still sits on their mantle. Reminding them of January 9, 1938, the best day of their lives.

"What is there but love?," said Lois, "We lived in 5 different locations on the farm. We came back to where we started."

They were married nearly sixteen years before their only daughter Sandy came along.

"Then that is when we started to live," said Lois, "We have always have Christ in our lives. He is what makes it work.

But it hasn't all been smooth sailing.

"In 1948 March the 1st tornado came through and knocked us clean," said Lois.

"It just dissappeared when that tornado hit," said J.D. "The Lord has been so good to us. Those times will draw you closer together."

And together, they've made names for themselves all around Athens, working with children, their church, and then as 4-H leaders for over 30 years.

"They elected us to be leaders for the blackjack community and it just kinda snowballed," said Lois, "That's what life is all about. Helping others."

Even an area at the Henderson County Fairpark Complex bears his name, JD Lewis Arena.

"He worked up there so much he couldn't tend to his crops," said Lois.

Now the couple says each other is still all they need. And say they can't wait to celebrate anniversary number 71.

"Our greatest activity right now is staying at home and taking care of each other. That is all we can do," said Lois.

Danielle Capper, Reporting. dcapper@kltv.com