Charles Whedbee was dressed in another way from anybody Ivalee Yancey experienced at any time witnessed the 1st time she saw him.
“It was back again when boys wore knickers and it was the initially time I at any time saw a boy sporting the knickers,” states Ivalee, who was 5 or 6 years aged and at a funeral with her moms and dads when she caught the 1st glimpse of Charles. “I just passed it off. I just in no way experienced found a youthful gentleman dressed like that.”
Ivalee’s spouse and children was from the Mansfield space but they experienced moved away and returned a several situations by then. Charles’ spouse and children, as well, experienced still left and moved back again, so they have been primarily equally new young children in faculty. Charles hadn’t recognized her at that somber function when they ended up tiny, but she caught his focus when he saw her on the university bus when they have been a couple of years older.
He started out saving a seat for her on the bus, so they could sit together and talk on the way to school.
“He lived two or a few miles, as the crow flies, but he would occur on Sunday afternoon to my household, on horseback. We didn’t have autos back again then,” Ivalee states.
They took long strolls together down the grime street by her family’s household.
“We took a great deal of walks,” she says. “We would see the adult males out chopping wood for their fireplace or their wooden stove to warmth their homes and we would just see individuals out in their yards and we would say hello to them and go on.”
They had dated for a yr or two when Charles asked Ivalee’s father for her hand in relationship.
“My dad asked him if he thought he could make a residing for me,” she claims. “He reported, ‘Well, I assume I can.’ He was however in large college then.”
His proposal to her was indirect.
“He just reported, ‘How about we get married?'” she says.
They have been married Jan. 11, 1946.
They didn’t have an appointment and they experienced to wait around for the preacher to appear down from where he was roofing his household and go shave right before he was prepared to do the ceremony.
Ivalee had quit school by then, but Charles had attended courses as usual that day, and she did not even know what time he would be at her property to decide on her up.
“They borrowed the agriculture teacher’s motor vehicle to appear get me,” Ivalee suggests. “They experienced to stroll out to his home and repair a flat on it before they could depart.”
Their initial household as newlyweds was in a place on his family members farm, dubbed the Weaning Home.
“That’s wherever all the young children lived when they bought married, right before they moved on,” Ivalee says. “It experienced three rooms — a significant kitchen and a smaller residing home and a side room. There was a back again porch and a entrance porch all throughout the front.”
They lived there for a number of several years off and on, between relocations to Oklahoma and a variety of Arkansas towns.
“Charles labored for a painting business enterprise, and then soon after we have been married he surrendered to preach and we moved to unique destinations so he could do that,” she claims.
Ivalee remembers Charles telling her he needed to preach as they walked home from the Dayton Baptist Church one night. They were both Sunday College instructors, he for a course of junior boys and she for a class of junior women.
He was doing the job at an ice plant in Fort Smith at the time, commuting to and from each and every working day with her father and bringing household 100 kilos of ice from work, which permitted Ivalee the luxury of storing milk and some of the other groceries she experienced to have home from the Dayton store.
“We had an ice plant in Mansfield at that time, alongside the railroad tracks, and the ice gentleman would run and you experienced a card that you would hold on your front monitor displaying how a lot you wanted,” Ivalee states.
They failed to have electrical energy in the early several years of their marriage. Ivalee did laundry on a rub board with h2o she carried from the effectively. She sewed their garments, and they grew most of their possess food stuff.
“We did not know any various back again then,” Charles claims. “Everybody lived the identical way.”
Charles has led churches in Very little Rock and Fort Smith as nicely as a number of some others in among. Dayton Baptist Church provided him a part that allowed them to move back to the area exactly where they had grown up.
They stay in a property they experienced developed about quite a few many years on the Whedbee family farm, paying weekends and days off in it when they had a likelihood.
“We were being happy to be back again dwelling,” she states of the time they at last received to settle in.
Charles and Ivalee have a few young children — Tom Whedbee of Mansfield, Barry Whedbee of Liberty, Okla., and Pam Williams of Fort Smith. They also have 6 grandchildren and 20 good-grandchildren.
The decades have gone by speedy, Ivalee says.
“But if you read through at least one particular or two chapters of the Bible each and every working day — a person from the Outdated Testament and a single from the New Testomony – that assists you along the way,” she suggests.
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The initial time I saw my upcoming partner:
She says: “He was donning knickers.”
He says: “We ended up going to faculty and I assumed she was a superior-on the lookout female. She experienced extended darkish hair. I made a decision I required to go out with her.”
On our marriage ceremony day:
She claims: “I packed my matters and received prepared and waited for him and Truman to appear and get me.”
He states: “I by no means did make long-assortment options, so when we understood we preferred to get married, I claimed, ‘Well, we’ll just come to a decision on a day,’ and we married on my birthday.”
My information for a extensive joyful
She claims: “Put each and every other initially.”
He claims: “The very best commencing was that we determined that we wanted the Lord in our lives and in our relationship and we have followed him all these many years.”