TIFTON — "She's a wonderful person," said a smiling 94-year-old Talmadge Parr about his wife, 90-year-old Wylene Tucker Parr. The couple celebrated 75 years of marriage Wednesday afternoon at Southern Care Assisted Living.
The facility surprised the couple with a party, which included entertainment by The Halos, red roses, sparkling grape juice, a wedding cake, chocolate covered strawberries and other snacks. The couple has been living at the facility for four years. Staff at Southern Care announced that they were celebrating a miracle.
"We've lived a healthy life and we were blessed," replied Wylene when asked what's the secret to their longevity and marriage.
Talmadge leaned in and said again, "She's a wonderful person." Recalling their youth, he said they were "just kids" and that he knew he would marry Wylene.
"I've always just loved her and that was it," he said. "I just fell for her."
At the celebration were other Southern Care residents and family members — nephew Leon Tucker and his wife, Vanne; Wylene's sister-in-law, Dot Tucker; and a great-great-niece and great-great-nephew.
Vanne said Talmadge and Wylene didn't have any children. Talmadge grew up in Jacksonville, Florida, and Wylene is from Alapaha. He first met Wylene when visiting with relatives in Alapaha. The rest is history.
They got married and moved to Jacksonville, Florida, where they lived until the 1970s. Talmadge worked for the city and Wylene worked for the IRS. They moved back to Wylene's hometown, living there for years before moving to Tifton.