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By Camille McClanahan

On Oct. 26, 1946, Russell and Virginia Warman of Demossville, were married by Rev. Smith at the preacher’s house in Covington.
Russell served three years in the military just before he met Virginia.

“It was a friend of a friend of a friend thing,” said Russell.
Since that time, the couple has had six children, five boys and one girl.  From those six children, they have 14 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren.

“We moved around a lot because I worked in construction but we lived in Covington for eight years,” said Russell.
In 1957, they found a place to settle down in the country and raise their family.

Their secret to a long and successful marriage is letting each other be themselves.
“You need to behave yourself and let each other make their own decisions,” said Russell.

“Find the right man and hold on to him,” said Virginia.
The couple was fortunate enough to have retired early, and traveled before they got older.
The couple stressed that it takes faith and trust to make it.
“Don’t do any thing that you wouldn’t want her to do,” said Russell.