Couple near 80 years of marriage

March 4, 2013 at 3:54 PM

GOLDSBORO, N.C., March 4 (UPI) -- A North Carolina couple preparing to celebrate their 80th wedding anniversary said their advice to young couples is to "be humble and have patience."

Robert Gerald, 97, and Virginia Gerald, 95, of Goldsboro said they married when Robert was 17 and Virginia was 15 and they are now preparing for their 80th wedding anniversary April 12, The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer reported Monday.

The couple, who the Observer said may be the longest-married in the state, had their first child within a year of being married and eventually had a total 11 children and Robert and Virginia could not agree on whether they had 36 or 40 grandchildren.

The couple said they have advice for couples seeking to reach the 80-year mark in their relationships.

"Love one another till death do you part," he said. "Remember that God is in charge. Be humble and have patience. Behind every cloud, the sun will rise again in your life."

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