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Asbury alumni Carl ’51 and Jo Ann ’52 Spivey celebrated this past Valentine’s Day just as they do every day — with a love note, a tradition Carl began four years ago. Now, however, a lot more people know about it. The couple was called out on the Huffington Post web pages as the readers with the longest marriage.

Carl graduated in 1951 and lived with Jo Ann's parents until she graduated in 1952.The feature tells about how the couple met at Asbury in 1949, where they began a relationship that has lasted through 61 years of marriage: “Carl had been in the service for four years. He came to Asbury two years before me,” Jo Ann explained. “He was standing there wearing a shirt and a tie. He was always well-dressed. We started talking and he asked if he could walk me back to my dorm. He walked me home and we never separated. It’s just a strong love.”

To read the rest of the story and view a photo slideshow of Carl and Jo Ann, visit the Huff/Post 50 web pages.