Charles E. (Ed) Doyle and his wife Edith Cornelia (Nelia) Barker Doyle, of Wewahitchka, celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary on Nov. 22.
The couple first met many years ago, growing up on nearby farms in the rural south during the Great Depression. Nelia decided at age 13 she would one day marry Ed.
Ed, who spent 1940-41 with the North Carolina National Guard joined the U.S. Navy the day after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941 and served overseas during World War II. He and Nelia wed in 1946 after Ed returned to the U.S. For years, Ed worked for the U.S. Navy and was stationed all over the world. The couple settled in Wewahitchka after Ed's retirement in June 1966.
They have one son, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Nelia will be 85 years old and Ed 91 years old in January 2012. They remain active in the community with many hobbies including gardening, geology and youth outreach. Ed is a Master Gardener who has worked with county extension agent Roy Lee Carter for years. Ed and Nelia have known each other since childhood and are still in love after 66 happy years of marriage!