John and Joyce Evans

How did you meet?

Joyce had a date with my brother and I had a date with her roommate, we were going to meet up at the basketball game. My buddy had a car at that time which was unusual, so we were planning on skipping the game to go riding around. My date had to play in the game, so I just asked Joyce if she wanted to go for a ride. I went with her ever since.

What activities did the campus offer couples

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

We would go to a movie or out to have a burger at the Chatterbox. There weren’t many places to eat, but there was “Old Man’s Place”.

How many years have you been together?

66 years

Are there any special memories of you two on campus?

Our wedding wasn’t a real wedding. I hitchhiked to Conway and rode from there to Leslie in January. That Saturday there was a blizzard and the roads were closed, so there was no transportation and mobile phones weren’t a thing yet. He finally found someone with a car and went to the telephone office to call in to work and tell them he couldn’t make it, while his friend thought he was calling Joyce to tell her they were going to get married. It was almost dark out and he just knew the court house would be closed, but lights were on because the clerk had to do some filing and the judge happened to be spending the night in town. John borrowed $5, got the marriage license, and went to the judge’s house for him to waive the time constraint which cost another $5, it was about 10 or 11 P.M. then. We went to the minister’s house and told him we wanted to be married right then, but he wasn’t dressed, so I said, “Who cares?” He went ahead and got dressed while my buddy and I went to get Joyce and the minister married us right there. No one knew family wise until a few days later. Joyce says I still owe her that $10

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