Willie B. and Dorothy Devereux are proof that a person can find love a second time around.
Willie, 87, and Dorothy, 82, were both divorced when they met in January 1983 at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church in Atlanta. Dorothy, who was 54 at the time, was trying to leave church when her car wouldnât start.
Thatâs when she noticed 59-year-old Willie and asked him to help, which was the perfect opportunity for Willie to finally talk to her.
âI had been watching her at church for a while,â he said. âI use to look at her every Sunday but I never got up enough nerves to say something to her.â
However, Willie didnât have his eyes on Dorothy first.
âAt first I was looking at the other lady sitting beside her,â he laughed. âThen later on I began looking at her.â
He used his jumper cables to start her car and then got herÂ phone number. That moment turned into 30 years of marriage for the couple.
The Devereuxs dated for six months before they married on
July 9, 1983. On their first date the two went to Dorothyâs friendâs house to have a few drinks and talk.
âIt was real nice,â Dorothy said. âHe was the perfect gentleman. He wasnât forcing me or trying to kiss me.â
Because Willie worked two jobs during the week he could only talk to Dorothy after he got off work, then he would see her on the weekends. It was during one of the nightly phone conversions when Willie asked Dorothy to marry him. But, Dorothy turned him down.
âI said, âno. You have to look me in the eye and then I will let you know,ââ she said to him. ââYou have to ask me in person.ââ
âI asked her the next weekend and she said yes,â Willie said.
Their union brought together two families. Willie had five children from his previous marriage, two boys and three girls, and Dorothy had three daughters from her previous marriage.
The couple now live in the East Atlanta section of DeKalb County.
Their first Valentineâs Day together was not a big fanfare but was still a special occasion for the couple.
âHe got me a box of candy and some pretty roses,â Dorothy said. âI like the colors yellow and red so he brought me yellow and red roses. We also went out to eat at Pascalâs [restaurant].â
Because of financial concerns and Dorothy using a walker to get around, they plan to stay home for Valentineâs Day this year and enjoy each otherâs company.
âIâll probably get her some candy and roses,â Willie said.
The one thing Willie said he loves most about Dorothy is her selfless spirit.
âShe likes to do things for people,â he said. âShe does everything she can for me and I like that.â
Dorothy couldnât decide on what she loves most about Willie.
âHe is kind, heâs loving, heâs truthful, heâs respectful and I love him,â she said.
The one thing the two said that keeps a loving marriage going strong is trust.
âYou got to learn to trust each other,â Willie said. âYou canât be jealous and want to know this or that. I learned that from the first [marriage] and it didnât work. You have to trust each other and try to be true to each other.â
âYou have to have faith in each other,â Dorothy said. âTrust each other, love each other and do what you know is right by each other.â