Lifestyle & Human Interest

Couple Married 82 Years Says No Secret for Happy Life Together, Just Be Kind to Each Other


Surrounded by friends and family, a smiling, joyful, 100-year-old couple from Charlotte, North Carolina, celebrated 82 years of marriage.

Wearing his Sunday best, D.W. Williams, 103 years old, sat next to his wife, Willie Williams, who just turned 100.

Laughter was in the air as family and friends arrived at First Mayfield Memorial Baptist Church in north Charlotte to celebrate the couple they say is an inspiration.

The couple’s granddaughter, BJ Williams-Greene, and her mother threw a birthday bash for D.W. and Willie on March 31.

“To see them at this age and still doing well, it’s just a blessing to have them here,” Williams-Greene told WSOC-TV.

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D.W. and Willie have over 80 years of memories together, including the day they met and the days when a taxi fare was just 10 cents.

The couple has lived through The Great Depression, World War II, the Vietnam War, the civil rights movement, and now, pose with grins as they take selfies on smartphones alongside their grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The couple’s lifetime of marriage has helped their family understand what it means to remain committed to each other and continually pursue friendship and love with one another.

During the party, D.W. and Willie joined the family in singing their favorite songs and shared heartfelt memories about the days they have spent together.

When asked what her secret was to a long, healthy marriage, Willie said that there is no secret.

“I don’t have no secret for that, just be nice to each other,” Willie said.

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But after watching her grandparents interact over the years, Williams-Greene believes she has a little extra insight into longevity and a joyful marriage:

“It’s communication and loving each other and working together,” Williams-Greene said. “They are each other’s best friend.”

When asked how they might spend their time if they lived another 100 years, the Williams couple laughed out loud and said they did not know what they would do — “sit around the house,” Willie joked.

Sounds good to us. Congratulations to this sweet couple whose story is now inspiring viewers around the country.

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A graduate of Grand Canyon University, Kim Davis has been writing for The Western Journal since 2015, focusing on lifestyle stories.
Kim Davis began writing for The Western Journal in 2015. Her primary topics cover family, faith, and women. She has experience as a copy editor for the online publication Thoughtful Women. Kim worked as an arts administrator for The Phoenix Symphony, writing music education curriculum and leading community engagement programs throughout the region. She holds a degree in music education from Grand Canyon University with a minor in eating tacos.
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