Bill Seay and Nedra Dees Seay

How did you meet?

Early in our first semester as freshmen we tried out for parts in a play and met as we were standing at the bulletin board reading our names on the list of those chosen by Ms Horton to be in “My Three Angels.” We realized that we were also in the same freshman English class. Nedra broke the strict “sign out” rules by accepting Bill’s invitation to go for a coke after an evening practice. By the end of the semester we were inseparable.

What activities did the campus offer couples?

The union was available, often for planned music and dancing, but more important to us was the availability of quiet places like the Greek Theater for hours and hours of conversation and just being together. There was also a television set in a small building available to couples who did not wish to watch under the eyes of the dorm mother. Many of our activities centered around the Baptist student center across the street from the college.

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

We enjoyed college sports events on campus, especially basketball, and participated together in the theater department productions. Our off campus dates for movies, picnics, etc. were often with Nedra’s high school friends, Frances Whitefield and Joe Leslie Wilson in the Chevrolet belonging to Joe’s dad. This couple became our very best friends and our children grew up knowing each other from many later activities accomplished in spite of living far apart.

How many years have you been together?

Our first date was 59 years ago.

Are there any special memories of you two on campus?

Besides our freshman English we were together in one other class, French. We still have the matching shirts we wore often that were a fad at that time. We especially liked the teacher and were delighted that he had trouble remembering that Nedra’s last name was not “Seay.” Perhaps that was why he took the trouble to attend our wedding on March 7, 1959!

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