Johnnie Chaffin and Fannie Chaffin recently just celebrated their wedding anniversary after being married for a whopping 82 years!
The Governor of Texas , Greg Abbott, recognized and praised their marriage, which is the longest in the entire state of Texas.
Just last year, Johnnie and Fannie were first recognized as the “Longest Married Couple in Texas”. The pair is also on record as the third-longest married couple in America.
Mr. Chaffin is 100 and his wife, Fannie, is 97. The couple’s daughter, Linda Reavis, revealed that Johnnie and Fannie were playmates as children as they both grew up together in Texas.
After a separation, that saw them live in different counties, the two reconnected during their teens and managed to make time to see each other whenever they could.
The two decided to get married in 1937. Johnnie was 17 years old and Fannie 15 years old when they tied the knot.
“Being the age they are, a century. They’ve been through so much in 100 years and what amazes me.” Linda further told kcbd.
Through their time together, the beautiful couple has gone through some tough times like the Great Depression and sickness. The couple has also enjoyed good times and brag about having 200 grandchildren, spanning more than 6 generations.
Of course, many have wondered what the key to their happy marriage is.
“Love is all I know. Love is one of the greatest things in the world if done right. And no matter the way it is.” Mr. Chaffin told kcbd.
“I did love you. So much, that’s why we had a house full of kids.” Mrs. Chaffin added.
“They are both very humble, leading a simple life and just seeing this as normal, not necessarily a big deal. But we are all very excited and proud to be part of the family and have them look up to as a great example.” The couple’s youngest granddaughter, Melissa Shaffer, told myparistexas.
Such true and long-lasting love makes me so happy. Happy 82nd anniversary to this beautiful couple.
May God shower them with more blessings as they celebrate recognition of being the longest married couple in Texas.
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