Jesse and Almeta Radford


How did you meet?

We met at a youth revival the summer before our senior year of high school in 1990. Jesse’s version of the story is that I “dissed” him and played hard to get, but I don’t remember it that way! – Almeta

How quickly we forget! I seem to be the only one who knows the truth about that event! – Jesse

Needless to say, we got together and the rest is history!

What activities did the campus offer couples?

Because of the small community on campus, there was always something for couples to do. Even though SAU is not a “large” school, staying engaged through friends and extra-curricular activities like games or Greek events, provided great opportunities for us to connect as a couple. We could always find something to do, but really, we enjoyed days when we really didn’t have to do anything at all but just hang out and watch a movie or something.

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

Like most folks in college, there was not a lot of money to invest in dates so we had to always be creative. Taking a stroll and chilling on one of the swings on campus or going out for a drive was always nice for us. Truthfully, we also spent some of our “date nights” working together in a local church in Magnolia which we really enjoyed!

How many years have you been together?

We have been together about 26 years and recently celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary. SAU played a huge part in our courtship. We dated throughout our time there and on the weekend we graduated in May 1996, we “walked” on Friday night, had our wedding rehearsal on Saturday, got married on Sunday (Mother’s Day) and left for Virginia that same night to begin our new life together! It seems like it was just yesterday!

Are there any special memories of you two on campus?

We have so many fond memories at SAU. We both were RAs and then moved on to become hall directors. We pledged our sorority (Alpha Kappa Alpha) and fraternity (Alpha Phi Alpha) at the same time. We were very involved in campus life through the Residence Hall Association (RHA) and the Baptist Student Union (BSU) and we made friends who are still in our lives and are like family. Our SAU experience is one that we believe helped to cultivate our relationship, but also prepare us for much of what we are doing now in the public school system, community and in the church we pastor.

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