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Football brought them together for winning match

By Kimberly Dishongh

This article was published March 19, 2017 at 2:20 a.m.

Jean and Joe Overturf met at a junior high school football game in North Little Rock in 1946, and their first date was to a high school game a couple of weeks later. “We have loved each other through the years,” Joe says.

Jean and Joe Overturf met when she was 14 and he was 17, and have been together their entire adult lives. “I just can’t imagine what it would be like ...

The first time I saw my future spouse:

She says: “I thought he was handsome. He had dark hair and brown eyes.”

He says: “She was just a girl. But she impressed me with her looks and the way she acted.”

On our wedding day:

She says: “We went back to North Little Rock to eat dinner that night at a restaurant where my sister-in-law worked.”

He says: “Of course I was nervous. We are all nervous on those occasions.”

My advice for a lasting marriage is:

She says: “Put God first.”

He says: “You should go into it with the idea of staying married. You need to go into it with the expectation of fulfilling the promises that you made to your wife or husband and to God.”

Fortunately for Joe Overturf, the North Little Rock High School football team was scheduled to play away from home on the fall night in 1946 when his high school friends decided to take in a game. They went to the junior high football game that night instead, and that's where he met Jean Bell.

Jean and Joe Overturf met when she was 14 and he was 17, and have been together their entire adult lives. “I just can’t imagine what it would be like ...

The first time I saw my future spouse:

She says: “I thought he was handsome. He had dark hair and brown eyes.”

He says: “She was just a girl. But she impressed me with her looks and the way she acted.”

On our wedding day:

She says: “We went back to North Little Rock to eat dinner that night at a restaurant where my sister-in-law worked.”

He says: “Of course I was nervous. We are all nervous on those occasions.”

My advice for a lasting marriage is:

She says: “Put God first.”

He says: “You should go into it with the idea of staying married. You need to go into it with the expectation of fulfilling the promises that you made to your wife or husband and to God.”

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