How did you meet?
Eddie: I first set eyes on Renee in the summer of 1974 at the Memorial Swimming Pool in Asheboro (It was all about that white BIKINI!!) It was surely Love at First Sight! I saw her, but she did not see me. I was smitten with her!
Renee: As fate would have it, I went to Asheboro High School in the Fall of 1974 as a sophomore, and this guy Eddie had the locker right beside mine. We were in the same homeroom class, and I thought he was cute with his wavy golden hair and beautiful green eyes. He smiled at me, and I felt strangely attracted to him.
Was it love at first sight?
Eddie: Yes! I knew within months that I would marry her.
Renee: Nope, but it didn’t take me long to fall for this kind and caring young man.
When did you know that this was the “one” and you were going to get married?
Eddie: I just had a knowing inside that she was the one from the very beginning. I always wanted to be with her.
Renee: I remember praying to God and asking if he was the right one. I remember feeling very secure in Eddie’s love for me, and my love for him. So God answered, Yes! for sure! He was the one.
Was it always marital bliss?
Eddie: No, but we committed ourselves to an old song back in 1975 by Spiral Staircase, “I love you more today than yesterday! But not as much as tomorrow.”
Renee: The jingle that we say quite often to one another, almost daily and I have lived by it.
What one thing do you feel has made your relationship successful?
Eddie & Renee: We know that the presence of Our Lord Jesus Christ in our lives with His love has strengthened and encouraged us, and bound us together through everything we have exprerienced.
How long have you been married?
Eddie: 39 years on October 21st!
Renee: We have always made a big deal about our anniversary by renewing our marriage vows every year! We go somewhere special on this date and sign up for another wonderful year together.
Tell us one thing about the two of you that not many people know.
Eddie & Renee: We have worked side by side in the same business every day since 1984, and we STILL love each other and we’re still best friends – believe it or not!
What do you like to do for date night?
Eddie: Since we work together every day, we enjoy frequent weekend trips to the beach and the mountains. We enjoy biking, hiking, shag dancing, and very good food. We embrace life and live in the present. We’re practicing for retirement now because we do not know what the future holds – But we know Him who holds the future.
Tell us what your most memorable date was and why?
Renee: My most memorable date was prom night in high school. I was dating Eddie and we went parking on an old dirt country road when his Ventura Spirit sports car got stuck in reverse and we couldn’t figure out how to get home. It was very late when we finally got home, but we’ve been going forward ever since.
Please share some words of wisdom on relationships.
Eddie: The key to a strong relationship is to realize your humanity, that neither one of you is perfect in a relationship.
Renee: Live in the present, forget the past, forgive much, especially each other’s faults and commit to the principles of love (see 1 Corintians 13 in the Bible).
Eddie & Renee: And one more thing, if love doesn’t last forever … then what is forever for?