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RIGHT TIME RIGHT PLACE: First date with Doc turns into 67 inseparable years

By Kimberly Dishongh

This article was published December 3, 2017 at 4:27 a.m.

Billye and Dewitt “Doc” Porter were married on Dec. 30, 1952.

The first time I saw my future spouse:

She says: “I knew he was a nice guy and you wouldn’t have any problems going out with him.”

He says: “I just thought she was a pretty young lady. She looked nice and she was always the kind of person who dressed nice. She was always pretty every time I saw her at school or anywhere else. I just fell in love with her.”

On our wedding day:

She says: “I was real excited to get married but of course it came a flood that day. We had planned to go to Shreveport for our honeymoon but we ended up staying at a hotel in town. It was raining so hard you could hardly see to drive.”

He says: “I was probably a little nervous because I thought I was taking on a pretty big responsibility. I was going to have to go to work and try to take care of my money and support her. I wanted her to have a nice home and I knew her mother and daddy dressed her well and I wanted to continue that.”

My advice for a long happy marriage:

She says: “You have to respect each other and you also have to stay together. We have stayed together a lot. When one goes one place the other does, too.”

He says: “I won’t say that we didn’t have a little fuss every once in a while. You know, we just loved one another and took care of one another. We made a home and we treated one another like we were supposed to treat one another.”

Billye Porter wasn’t so sure she wanted to go out with Dewitt “Doc” Porter 65 years ago. “We’ve got along real well and we’ve raised two nice girls,” ...

Billye Davis didn't think Dewitt "Doc" Porter was her type, but she listened to her mother and now rarely goes anywhere without him.

The first time I saw my future spouse:

She says: “I knew he was a nice guy and you wouldn’t have any problems going out with him.”

He says: “I just thought she was a pretty young lady. She looked nice and she was always the kind of person who dressed nice. She was always pretty every time I saw her at school or anywhere else. I just fell in love with her.”

On our wedding day:

She says: “I was real excited to get married but of course it came a flood that day. We had planned to go to Shreveport for our honeymoon but we ended up staying at a hotel in town. It was raining so hard you could hardly see to drive.”

He says: “I was probably a little nervous because I thought I was taking on a pretty big responsibility. I was going to have to go to work and try to take care of my money and support her. I wanted her to have a nice home and I knew her mother and daddy dressed her well and I wanted to continue that.”

My advice for a long happy marriage:

She says: “You have to respect each other and you also have to stay together. We have stayed together a lot. When one goes one place the other does, too.”

He says: “I won’t say that we didn’t have a little fuss every once in a while. You know, we just loved one another and took care of one another. We made a home and we treated one another like we were supposed to treat one another.”

Billye Porter wasn’t so sure she wanted to go out with Dewitt “Doc” Porter 65 years ago. “We’ve got along real well and we’ve raised two nice girls,” ...

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