Charles and Alice Ring recount the early days of their marriage during a dinner party Lake City officials held Friday for couples who have been married more than 50 years. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)
LAKE CITY — Alice and Charles Ring sat back in their chairs at the Lake City Community Center and recounted living in France when they were newlyweds 57 years ago.
They said they enjoyed living in France, but there was that little issue known as the language barrier.
“Did you speak a lick of French?” Lake City Mayor Willie Oswalt asked Charles Ring.
“Not the kind they were speaking over there,” Alice Ring quipped.
The Rings were five couples honored by the city Friday for being married more than 50 years. A dinner party was thrown in their honor.
The other couples honored included former First Baptist Church of Jonesboro pastor Charles Carter and his wife, Margaret; Linda and George Stavro; Flora and Robert Payne and city Councilman Bobby Williams and his wife, Molly.
Oswalt said four other couples had been expected to attend the dinner, but had to send their regrets at the last minute.
The couples who attended the dinner recounted stories from the beginning of their courtship or, in some cases, their wedding day or the early days of their marriage.
Carter — who celebrated his 57th wedding anniversary with his wife Monday — closed out the evening by leading a reflection on marriage and old age that was filled with humor. At one point, he recounted a story of how one old couple once described the secret to staying together.
“She said, ‘There’s nothing he wouldn’t do for me, and nothing I wouldn’t do for him, so we just sit around doing nothing,’” Carter quipped.