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  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 photo)

 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 trouble."

   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 Sun Journal

    Tuesday, March 3, 2009

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