Jack and Daisy White, both residents at Life Care Center of Columbia, Tennessee, celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary on Sept. 5, 2019, surrounded by family, friends and fellow residents.
The couple’s love story began when they attended elementary school together at Bryant Station School in Maury County, Tennessee. They also attended church together, and their families were well acquainted with one another. They continued their friendship through middle and high school, with Daisy graduating two years ahead of Jack.
After school, Jack and Daisy kept in touch through Daisy’s brother, who was one of Jack’s best friends.
“I always had a special fondness for her,” said Jack. “I loved her for a long time but never thought I was good enough for her.”
After high school, many young couples were getting married to keep from going into the Army, and one day Daisy asked Jack if he wanted to get married. He said he was smitten with her and thought getting married sounded like a good idea!
They married on Sept. 5, 1944.
The Whites have twin sons, Jack and John, and two grandchildren.
When Jack was asked the secret to a long and happy marriage, he said, “Behave yourself! When I said, ‘I do,’ I meant what I said.”
Jack added that they have never had a reason over the past 75 years to doubt one another.