When I was 10 years old, my family moved from Ardmore to Los Angeles,. We attended a small church of 100 people. It was called “The Evangelistic Tabernacle.”


When I was 10 years old, my family moved from Ardmore to Los Angeles,. We attended a small church of 100 people. It was called “The Evangelistic Tabernacle.”

 

When I was 18, I was considered a ruffian. One Sunday, the most beautiful girl I had ever seen started attending our church.

 

She was innocent looking, dressed immaculately and was a living doll. I thought she was too classy for me, but a few months later, she and I were paired together for a date to see Billy Graham’s first crusade in a tent in L.A.

 

After that date, we both were in love. Her name was Betty June Wilbanks, from Missouri, an only child. We began to see each other every day and I told my parents I found the girl I was going to marry. My mom and dad agreed she was perfect. We dated for five months, then got married while both of us were teenagers.

 

Our church friends said it would not last because I was a ruffian and she was an angel. We fooled them as we celebrate our 61st anniversary on March 11, 2011. Our first child, Alan, was born on Valentine’s Day. Our other children are Kathleen, Charleen and Dennis. We also have 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

 

In 1972, after a career in the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department and starting two businesses,

 

Betty and I moved to Ardmore. We have been members of the First Baptist Church for 38 years.

 

Ask me what the secret of a long and happy marriage is and it is to marry a Christian and God will bless your marriage.