Love Blooms, Grows, and is Rekindled On the Hill
Featuring Couples from Welch High School

 Elizabeth & Charles Lovett
 Charles attended Welch schools for 12 years and graduated in 1937.  He was in the high school band for seven years (5th grade on.)  Elizabeth attended Welch schools for 12 years and graduated in 1941.  They were married in the First Presbyterian Church on June 20, 1947. Charles passed away March 30, 2008.

Elinor Turner & Sandy Bright
Elinor was a freshman and Sandy a junior when they met in 1961.  According to Elinor, "I took one look at him and flipped. ....he was everything cool - from his letterman's jacket to his pegged pants - and I could only wish, drool, and dream every day."  They remained friends until Sandy's graduation in 1962.  Four years later, when Sandy came home from his stint in the U.S. Air Force and he and Elinor begin dating.  They celebrate their 33rd anniversary in June 2000.  They "have two wonderful children and, as of 11/17/2001, two PERFECT grandsons."

Brenda Lucado & Warner Laxton
Brenda, a 1960 graduate, and Warner, a 1959 graduate, are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary 
this year 2000.  "We began dating in 1957 and dated throughout high school.  We lived in Hampton, VA until retirement in 1998.  We now live in Palmetto, FL (Tampa Bay Area)."

Jerry Farris & Wilma Marshall
"We grew up together in Capels, her dad was a miner and my dad was the bookkeeper for the coal company. I was in the class of 1957 and she would have been in the 1958 class. We married in 1957 and moved to Tallahassee, Florida after I got out of the army in 1959."

Jerry & Wilma - 2002

Jack Farthing & Wanda Burton
"I attended Welch from the first thru the eighth grades, the ninth thru the eleventh at Beaver High in Bluefield and my final year (1947) at Welch High. Wanda, from Premier, attended thru her 1948 graduation and we met the year prior to my attending Welch in my last year which was her Junior year. We dated on and off. After graduating from Concord college I met her again at a dance in Welch. From there it blossomed into the real thing and we got married September 5, 1953. I was working in Cleveland and she in DC.. We got married in Capital Heights, MD and then lived in Ohio until the end of 1982. We lived 2 years in Salt Lake City and have now lived in Florida for the past 15 or so years.  We have two daughters, one in Naples, FL with two granddaughters, 17 & 14,  one in Tampa with our only grandson, 3 years old. We live in Punta Gorda, FL which is almost half way between the two daughters."
Note:  Jack passed away April 6, 2003.

Dante Castrodale & Sherry Compton
"Dante and I really didn't know each other in high school.  I was in his brother's (Bobby Castrodale) class. They both went to Staunton Military Academy after junior high and graduated from there.  One summer night in 1970 I was on a double date with Dante and his date.  In a few days, he called to ask me out.  The rest is history.  We wanted to be married on Valentine's Day, but it was in the middle of the week so we were married on February 17, 1973.  We celebrated our 27th wedding anniversary this February (2000) with our two beautiful daughters, Cari Lyn who is 15 and Jelisa Ann who is 20.  We hope to celebrate MANY more anniversaries together."

Bill Tolley, class of '55 & Shirley Price, class of '56
"Still in love, enjoying life and having a good time" 
"We were married on August 15, 1957 and will celebrate our 43rd anniversary this year.  We have a 
daughter, age 36 and a son, age 25.  We have one grandson, age 7 and he is absolutely the king of the hill!" 

Bob Wilson & Carol Sigmon
"She was in the class of '58. We were around each other growing up in Carswell, but I never noticed her until she was in the ninth grade. She seemed to have changed some! It wasn't until 1956 that I began to think about her, I was going overseas in the service and stopped by her house, she kissed me goodbye. She wrote once or twice; she was very pretty and had lots of friends. When I came home during her senior year, we dated some, I would pick her up "on the hill" in my red convertible! In July '59 we married, this summer will be our 41st anniversary. She has changed little, still very pretty."

Buford Muncy & Mary Virginia Grego
Buford was a member of the WHS class of 1957, when Mary Virginia was a sophomore. They married in July of 1958. Buford passed away July 2, 1982.

Raymond Muncy & Margaret Lambert
Raymond was a 1965 WHS graduate. 
Raymond passed away December 26, 1999.

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