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Terry and Larry Cross

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We’re looking for young married couples to tell us how they fell in love. How did you meet? What were your first impressions? How was your first date? What attracted you to each other?

Terry and Larry, both 54, met as teens in 1974 at the small high school in Apex. Though Terry was instantly attracted to Larry, they didn’t begin to date till their senior year of college. They were married July 9, 1983 and now live in Concord. Terry tells their story.

School days: My family had been serious jet-setters while my dad was in the Marine Corps., but when he retired my sister and I started school in Apex. I remember seeing Larry in the hallway and thinking “What a hunk!” I found out he was Larry Cross, superstar athlete. We got to know each other over the years but, because we were different races, we made people uncomfortable. There was a societal barrier.

At last: We went our separate ways for college, but Larry called me before my senior year. “Larry who?” I asked, which he never let me forget. We weathered a long-distance relationship until I moved to be near him at Indiana State University, where he played football. When a head injury ended his athletic career, he joined the Army. We spent the first two weeks of our married life in a camper in my parent’s driveway before moving to his first duty station in Germany.

Milestones: For our 25th anniversary we returned to Charleston’s Indigo Inn, where we had honeymooned, to take a picture in the same spot in the lobby. The desk clerk had worked there for 25 years and just might have been the original photographer.

Going strong: Thirty years and four children later, we’re still beating the odds. I made a list ages ago of my favorite qualities in Larry: strong, easy-going, good sense of humor. Those are all still true and, yes, he’s still quite a hunk. Hilary Trenda


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