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North Carolina centenarians celebrate their 82nd wedding anniversary

Posted at 6:27 PM, Apr 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-01 19:27:50-04

The secret to a long marriage is communication and trust.

But a Charlotte, N.C., couple who have made it through more than 80 years together knows there’s much more than that.

D.W. Williams, 103, and Willie Williams, 100, celebrated their birthdays in addition to toasting 82 years of marriage.

WSOC-TV in Charlotte detailed how their granddaughter B.J. Williams Greene threw them a special party at First Mayfield Memorial Baptist Church in north Charlotte.

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

The couple chuckles about meeting with each other when they were first dating when cab rides were a dime. They have lived through The Great Depression, wars and the Civil Rights Era.

But they profess no real secret to keep their love alive for so long.

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

And, it doesn’t hurt to be able to talk to each other, their granddaughter said.

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

Both of the Williams’ birthdays were earlier this month, only seven days apart.