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Key to Relationships Is Time

By Staff | Feb 10, 2016

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it is important to consider what makes a strong, lasting relationship. There are many great examples of lasting marriages in Tyler County, including George and Lil Mathess, who will be celebrating their 65th anniversary, William and Sharon Hartwell, who will be celebrating their 57th, and Jim and Dorothy Shreves, who will be celebrating their 51st anniversary this month.

Junior and Barbara Fletcher have been married for more than 65 years. They met at Tyler County High School back when President Truman was in office. Junior lived at the Jug, and Barbara lived nearby in Alma. They went roller skating and saw movies together. They still hold hands in church, kiss each other daily and spend a lot of time with each other.

Junior and Barbara have raised four boys who would go on to be successful men in Tyler County. They have many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

The Fletchers contend that although times have changed, the basics remain the same. The secret to their successful marriage is to make time for spouse, family and to worship God.

“I never let my job, my farm or even my children interrupt our worship,” said Junior, a longtime local pastor. “No matter what, our church life came first. Same way with your family. You got to show some attention. We try to go to all our kids’ ballgames. They were athletes in high school. We were there. Now, we go watch our great-grandkids play football, baseball, volleyball, soccer – all there is. We’re a close family, but you got to work at it.”

In the end, that’s the key to a loving relationship – time. Treat every day all year as a special occasion to be with a loved one.