Couple Celebrates 70th Wedding Anniversary

Couple Celebrates 70th Wedding Anniversary

By Renita Woodard Raven

 

 

 

On December 7, 1943, Robert L. Woodard and Jessie M. Miller were united in holy matrimony at the courthouse in Hallettsville, Texas. The witnesses to this union were my great-grand-father, Milton Miller, and my granny’s cousin, Sam Pettit.Before the “I do’s”, Bob and Jessie Mae knew each other as children. When Granny was six years old, her father wanted a better life for his family, so the Millers moved to East Bernard, Texas. They lived in a community of about six or seven black families outside of town. Here, the Millers met the Woodards, and the two families became fast friends. One day, Grandpa Edgar Woodard, who had twelve children, visited with the Millers, a family of six children, to welcome them to the community. Papaw was five years old when he accompanied his dad on one of these visits to the Miller household. {{more}}The two families, living in close proximity to each other, gave their children an opportunity to grow up and attend school together. One day as Granny was walking home, Papaw rushed to catch up with her so he could “pack her books”. As the two grew into their twenties, and with a pending war about to erupt, Bob asked Jessie to marry him. Jessie and her family had moved to Hallettsville, so Bob traveled fifty miles on December 7, 1943 to Hallettsville to marry his love.Six months after they married, Papaw went to war. When he returned from World War II, he and Jessie made a home in San Antonio, Texas. Initially, they ran a grocery store. Later, they established a dry-cleaning and laundry business. Also, Bob was a barber along his brother Lonnie.Robert and Jessie built a home on Poplar Street in 1948 – the house where they raised their four children, Robert, Yuhunter, Vanessa, and Jelka. They have five grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. They have taught their children work ethics and Christian values. Granny and Papaw always took their children to church, and they still worship at the Laurel Street Church of Christ where they have been members for almost sixty years.Robert and Jessie epitomize what a marriage made by God should be…two people in love… with the same goal in life and their faith in the Lord. We say congratulations to you, Papa and Granny for seventy years of marriage. May you continue to share your love with each other and with your family.We love you.Renita Woodard Raven, is the oldest grandchild of Granny and Papaw (Jessie and Robert Woodard.A group shot of the individuals in attendance to help celebrate the Woodards’ 70th Anniversary. Photo courtesy of the Woodard Family