Dallas and I continued to make plans. Unknown to me, my best friend was visiting Sherry, trying to talk her out of the marriage, because he thought I wasn’t ready! I don’t think that delayed the marriage. It did put some doubt in Sherry’s mind about how my parents felt. So, Sherry had a long talk with my mama, and learned they were very happy she was coming into the family. After that things came into place.
For weeks something happened to prevent the marriage. Not fussing, just ‘things’ prevented the ‘happening’. AND THEN on one Short weekend, I arrived home around 5PM on Saturday and learned THIS WAS THE WEEKEND FOR SURE! There was a wedding cake and everything. The wedding party was also arranged, family and close friends.
The USMC has many dress uniforms, the most recognized is called Dress Blues. I packed them every weekend to wear for the wedding. So I rushed to get dressed. We were in front of Justice Nunn at 7:25PM, in York, SC..
Someone laughed When he asked me if I took Sherry for my lawful wedded wife, and I said “Yes SIR”. (Not “I do” for this Jar Head.) Sherry followed suit with a ‘Yes Sir’, so on September 22, 1956 we were married..
Then back home to the church parsonage. I am a happy guy!
We had a small celebration, mama arranged for pictures. Everyone was happy. Dad loaned us his Rambler and he drove my Chevy (which I had wrecked on the drivers side on the way home, have I mentioned my good driving ?) Yeah, she still married me. I am one lucky dude!
Here we are the day after our one night honeymoon at Lake Lure, NC
To be honest it was after noon and we went into THE restaurant and ordered breakfast. That wasn’t done that often in 1956. I said THE Restaurant, because many years later ‘Dirty Dancing’ was filmed there.
A slow drive back to Belmont, an evening of loving at Sherry’s house, then time for me to head back to the base. I was floating on air.
LIFE WAS PERFECT. Time to really plan to get into that base trailer park.
Thanks for coming this way.
There have been times in my life I dotted the i’s and crossed the t’s, kept my mouth shut and done something RIGHT!