An octogenarian couple who married in their teens and later divorced are to remarry on Saturday after nearly half-a-century apart. The bride and groom are both 85-years young.
Lena Henderson and Roland Davis were first married as teenagers after meeting in Chattanooga, Tenn. Twenty years and four children later, the couple divorced. Now, after almost 50-years apart, Emirates 247 reports the couple are due to tie the knot to each other for a second time on Saturday, with a church wedding planned at Elim Christian Fellowship Church in Buffalo.
Roland Davis said "I was young and I probably made some mistakes," as he spoke of his first marriage at the age of 19. Speaking of their reunion Davis said "I always thought it might happen."
Following the split the couple stayed in touch but never met face-to face. Their daughter Renita Chadwick told the Buffalo News "My mother never had a harsh or contrary word to say about my Dad, and my Dad never had anything but loving remarks to make about my mother."
Chadwick is excited at the prospect of her parents' remarrying. She said "Every person I share this story with smiles, cries or laughs." Her excitement has spread amongst the community as workers at Buffalo City Hall cheered the couple as they went to collect their marriage license.
The bride-to-be foresees one problem ahead, but it is not insurmountable. She said "He leaves his underwear out now. But that's not a problem. We can deal with anything that comes our way."