Seventy years ago Willie and Mary Smith met, fell in love, and then were married on November 22, 1948 in Fluvanna County. Many married couples will tell you that marriage isn’t easy. It takes a lot of work and commitment to truly live up to those beautiful vows. It’s easy to question how it’s possible to make a marriage last decade after decade or til death do you part. Many nights Willie walked across the log that extended over the creek to see Mary, even on those nights when snow and ice was on the log. The snow and ice did not stop Willie. He played it safe and scooted himself across the log in his Sunday’s best just so he could see Mary.
Willie worked for over 40 years as a self-employed logger and prior to that he held other jobs traveling from state to state driving truck and worked for a number of years at the GM plant in New York. Mary worked as a teacher aide for the Fluvanna County School System and held other jobs prior to that. After leaving the school system, Mary continued her career as a housewife, mother and baby sitter.
It obvious that all 70 years was not a bed of roses but they never gave up on each other. Their love has true happiness that can’t be brought for a price. They taught their children how to love one another and how to live independently. They raised 5 children; Carol Smith, Willie Smith, Jr. (Julia), James Smith, Sr. (Lula), Stanley Smith (Carmen) and Eunice Baskfield (Melvin). They have 8 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.
Willie and Mary’s 70th wedding anniversary is a milestone worthy of a celebration. On November 24, 2018 the family had a celebration at the Union Baptist Church of Shores, VA with family and friends. This was the family's way of saying thank you and that they will be loved today, tomorrow and forever.