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Photo by Alan Johnston, McDowell County resident and community blogger for Hollow.
After 70 years together, the pair is still going strong and were recently declared West Virginia’s longest-married couple.
Both McDowell County natives, the two met in War in 1941 and were married six months later on Dec. 6, 1941, the day before the attack on Pearl Harbor.
“I was from War and he was from Coalwood,” Juanita said. “We just met casually when we were both walking down the street in War. I was 17 and he was 19 years old. Our first date was to a place where people went to dance in War. We were together about six months before he asked me to marry him.”
McDowell and Mercer counties have again found themselves in the bottom tier of counties when it comes to the well being of children
Both counties ranked in the bottom 10 of the 55 counties in the state, with McDowell County ranking last while Mercer County ranked 49 out of 55, according to the 2011 West Virginia Kids Count survey released Tuesday.
The report found McDowell County ranked the lowest in the state in seven categories including the highest number of students in the state on free-and-reduced lunch at 82.9 percent, the highest number of children in poverty at 52 percent, the highest high school dropout rate at 23.6 percent, and the highest number of children born to mothers without high school diplomas at 33.3 percent.