Longest marriage for a living couple-world
record set by Herbert and Zelmyra Fisher
BROWNSVILLE, NC, USA -- Herbert and
Zelmyra Fisher have been married for more than 84 years-setting
the world record for the Longest
marriage for a living couple.
They watch TV together but she leaves when
the baseball game comes on. They now have separate bedrooms
and she says he can stay up until the last ball is thrown.
The two sit on the porch and as a train
goes by they count the cars. They also watch the neighbors
who walk by.
Photo: Liz Bowles/Sun Journal (enlarge
Herbert was born June 10, 1905. His hearing
is going but his mind is sharp.
Zelmyra was born Dec. 10, 1907. She uses a walker
to get around the house and yard.
The two of them can still give their reasons
for marrying on May 13, 1924.
“He was not mean; he was not a fighter,”
Zelmrya said. “He was quiet and kind. He was not much to look
at but he was sweet.”
The couple also have different religions but it
did not tear them apart. He is a member of Pilgrim Chapel
Missionary Baptist Church.
She is a member of Jones Chapel African Methodist
Episcopal Zion Church.
The churches are in James City, where they both
grew up. For all of their married life they have attended
their own churches. They go their own ways on Sunday morning.
He looks towards her with love and concern. She
looks towards him for strength and guidance. They also said
that they both share the title of 'boss.'
They both agree if they had to do it again, they
wouldn't change a thing. Perhaps it is just the respect they
had for each other, and the interest in raising a family together.
Zelmyra said Herbert was the only boyfriend
she ever had. "We got along good," she said. "There was no
They both seem to possess a sense of fairplay.
Between the rests, they enjoy their children, ten grandchildren,
nine great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Herbert worked as a mechanic at the Coca-Cola
Bottling Company in New Bern for 35 years. He took a bicycle,
caught a cab or had a neighbor drive him to work. That hard
work and savings put all five of the children through college.
with input from Francine Sawyer/ courtesy of
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
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