JONESVILLE — The writer of Colossians 3:14 seems to have had Jimmie and Nancy Childress in mind when writing, “And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”
The Childresses celebrated their own perfect union on Dec. 3 exactly the same way as they have for the previous 56 wedding anniversaries — by driving to Jonesville from their North Wilkesboro home and having lunch at the Wood Box.
For well over five decades, the couple has been carrying on the tradition that began the very first day they were wed and making the same trek to the same restaurant each and every year. Unlike the couple, however, the restaurant has changed hands several times since their initial 1960 visit.
On the young newlywed’s maiden trip, the restaurant was named Rose’s Village Barbeque. At that time, it was owned and operated by restaurant originator, Tom Rose. Needless to say, 57 years is a long time and the Childresses have seen several owners and name changes come and go.
On several notable anniversaries, the couple made the trip only to find the restaurant closed, but that didn’t stop them from celebrating.
When asked what they did, Nancy responded, “We ate cheese crackers or take-out in the parking lot.” That indelible spirit is no doubt why their marriage has been so successful.
On two milestone occasions, the couple has even renewed their wedding vows inside the establishment.
Their 25th- and 50th-year anniversaries were both vow renewal celebrations spent surrounded by family, friends, and, of course, barbecue.
Wood Box owner Cindy Wood said, “It’s nice to know there are people that can maintain a marriage for 57 years and I hope to see them for many more years.”
This year’s 57th anniversary, displayed on the Wood Box marquee, serves as a testament to the staying power of love and good food.
Dawn Bagale can be reached at 336-835-1513.