Wondrous Roach & Larry Roach

How/where did you meet?

My brother caught a ride home in Fall of 1968, with my future husband and another friend when they were all freshmen. I tried to catch the friend's eye while Larry carried on a conversation with my parents on our front porch. We were not at all attracted to each other at that time. I noticed he was "flooding" and his ankles were "ashy." My first words to him were, "Are you really a preacher?" I was almost sixteen. In Fall of 1970, I enrolled at SAU (Southern State College). This was my first time being away from home, and I'll admit it was scary for a little country girl like me. A couple of days afterward, I got a call from Larry in my dormitory, Bussey Hall, asking me to go to the cafeteria for dinner with him. Our story together had begun.

Are there any special memories of you two on campus

Before he graduated, there were few, if any meals we missed together in the cafeteria. We were seen all over campus holding hands and walking together. On one of those walks across the lawn of Overstreet, he caused my class ring to work its way off my finger. We never did find it even though he had his closest buddies help in the search. For some reason, I wasn't too upset about loosing it seeing how much he cared. Whenever we had disagreements, he'd buy us pizza, and our world was all right again.

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

We spent the majority of our time together going to the free movies in the student center, Cameo theater, or our favorite, the Rocket drive-in. We enjoyed attending the football and basketball games, as well as various campus productions like plays and pageants. We also spent a lot of free time watching TV and playing ping pong in the Methodist student center, If not mistaken, Wesley Hall. That was where in 1972, Larry proposed to me. He graduated that same year.

How many years have you been together?

I graduated in 1974 and we married on July 20th of that year. In all, we "courted" for four years and have been married for forty-five years!

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