Ben and LaVerne Burton

How did you meet?

Their parents actually knew each other and tried to get either Ben or his twin brother to be with her, but they were in high school and didn’t care. Once at Magnolia A&M, Ben and LaVerne had freshman English together and sat in an adjoining seat. “I looked over at her and she was no longer just a family friend, but the epitome of ravishing beauty.” That was a special moment for the two of them.

What activities did the campus offer couples

‘I’m sure they had dances, but I never was one for dancing.” They were both on the newspaper staff.

What did the two of you do for fun/dates?

“We just enjoyed strolling around campus holding hands.”

How many years have you been together?

64 years

Are there any special memories of you two on campus?

“LaVerne was homecoming and beauty queen.” Ben said, “Maybe every couple has this feeling, but we felt that there were people like teachers who were fans of us and wanted us to be a couple…they saw the evidence.”

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