Jack and Phyllis Meece, Eagle Drive, Elizabethton, will celebrate their 68th wedding anniversary Monday, Nov. 11, 2013.
The couple married in Decatur, Ill., on Nov. 11, 1945. They started dating when Phyllis was 14 and Jack was 15. Their dates consisted of riding bikes, playing cards and going to movies, and they had to walk everywhere they went. They never went with anyone else.
Jack joined the U.S. Navy at age 18 and served aboard the USS Colorado during World War II. His ship participated in bombing campaigns at Guam, Saipan, Tinian and Marianas. He witnessed the signing of the treaty in Tokyo Bay that ended World War II.
They couple are avid golfers, having golfed in 21 states and on many islands in Mexico. Golfing has been an important part of their lives. They also enjoy travel and have visited Europe a few times and have visited almost all the U.S. states.
Mr. and Mrs. Meese are the parents of Terry and Monica Meece, Debra and Dave Wortman and the late Pam Johnson. They have seven grandchildren. They are proud of the fact all their children and grandchildren have college educations.
They also have nine great-grandchildren.
For their 68th anniversary, the couple plan to celebrate with family.