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August 25, 2007

275 years of marriage

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Leroy Glen and Ruth Marcum were a hard working couple with five children. They taught the children the value of a hard day’s work and to thank God for their blessings when they were through for the day. They disciplined their children but each child knew they were loved.

Leroy Marcum died just before their 50th wedding anniversary. The value of marriage they taught the children has stayed with them. All five children, Louise, Leroy, Virginia, Bill and JoAnn have been married for a total of 275 years. Louise and Bronell Ratliff have been married 62 years, Leroy and Laquawana Marcum have been married 58 years. Virginia and Robert Hall were married 53 years before Robert died in 2005. Bill and Cherie Marcum have been married 52 years and the baby of the family, JoAnn and her husband, Billy Owen have been married 50 years this month.

The Marcums moved to Washington when Louise was 14 and she and Johnny Bronell Ratliff both graduated from Washington High School. Bronell remembers the first time he saw Louise. She was coming up the stairs, going in the typing room and walking toward the home economics room.

Louise remembers seeing Bronell from the study hall and walking to the FFA building. It was love at first sight for both of us, Louise said, but they didn’t get together until Bronell’s senior year, when his class was having a skating party in Lindsay.

“We had to go in Hi Emerson’s truck to the skating rink,” Louise said. “We skated together all of the time and our hearts grew fonder for each other the next three years. He had graduated and I was still in school so the love letters really flowed. We became engaged and were married on a Sunday evening, Dec. 30, 1945, at the First Baptist Church in Washington.”

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