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When Richard E. Bennett went for breakfast at a small nickel-and-dime store in St. Petersburg, Fla., in 1944, he had no idea he would meet the person he would spend the rest of his life with.
Virginia came up to Richard that day at a small table in the store.
“She came along and started talking to me,” Richard Bennett, now 92, said.
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The two dated for nearly four months before Richard took the next step.
“One Saturday morning, I asked her, ‘Will you marry me?’ and she said yes,” he said.
Virginia, 93, and Richard were married Dec. 2, 1944, by a judge in a simple ceremony that cost $20, Richard said.
They moved to Charlotte 48 years ago. Richard worked as a carpet installer for 47 years. Richard’s son, Richard, also joined the business, and was in it for 43 years.
The couple, who still live in their Charlotte home off Monroe Road, just celebrated their 70th anniversary.
Richard said all is well with the couple; “We’re still talking,” he said.
Estelle Tucker of Monroe recently celebrated her 100th birthday.
Born Nov. 15, 1914, Tucker grew up in a farming community in Monroe and later picked cotton with her five daughters, said Tucker’s granddaughter Sharon Phillips.
Tucker still lives on Joe Collins Road, which was named after her father, Phillips said. “It’s a nice, tight community,” Phillips said.
On Nov. 16, the day after Tucker turned 100, her family gathered at Sandy Ridge Baptist in Monroe, where Tucker is the oldest member of the congregation.
Joining Tucker were members of the five generations of her family still alive today, Phillips said. Her daughters Doris Walters, Nancy Helms, Ruth Marshburn, Joyce Renfroe, and Maxine Phillips joined Tucker’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren in celebrating her life.
Tucker also shared what life was like when she was born compared to now, Phillips said.
“She’s seen it all,” she said. “I can’t believe what all she’s lived through.”
Phillips said Tucker’s sense of humor and faith in God has kept her going.
“She’s funny and she is very kind,” Phillips said. “I never hear her say anything negative.”
Twin Eagle Scouts
Twins Brad and Justin Stojetz, both 15, continued their family tradition and earned their Eagle Scout rank the same day, July 31.
Sophomores at Ardrey Kell High School, Brad and Justin are the sons of David and Carole Stojetz.
Both play on the boys’ lacrosse team at Ardrey Kell and hope to attend UNC Chapel Hill, Carole Stojetz said.
Members of Troop 164, based at Providence Presbyterian Church, the boys have held numerous leadership positions in the Scouts, have attended two National Jamborees and are arrowmen in the Catawba Lodge chapter of the Order of the Arrow, Carole Stojetz said.
Brad and Justin have earned the same merit badges in leading up to their Eagle Scout rank, she said.
Boy Scouts run in the Stojetz family; Brad and Justin’s father also earned his Eagle Scout rank by working on a historical property, Carole Stojetz said.
David Stojetz is the troop master for Troop 164, and Carole is the advancement chair.
“It’s a family affair,” she said.
Kensington Elementary second-grade teacher Susan Glasheen recently was honored as the Hometown Hero for November.
Each month, the law firm of Charles G. Monnett III & Associates honors teachers in Mecklenburg, Lincoln, Catawba, Iredell, Cabarrus and Union counties for service in public education, according to a news release.
Winners are chosen based on votes through the firm’s website.
Glasheen has been teaching for 14 years and has been at Kensington for three years, according to the release.
As the Hometown Hero Teacher Appreciation Award winner, Glasheen received a $250 Visa gift card for classroom supplies and a Domino’s Pizza party for her class, the release states.
• Mary Ann D. Koller has received a three-year Army ROTC scholarship to attend The Citadel.
Scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement, extracurricular activities, physical fitness, leadership abilities, a specific accomplishment and personal interviews.
Koller is the daughter of Greg Koller of Mint Hill.
• Army Pvt. Tamria S. Campbell graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia.
Campbell is the daughter of Calvin L. Campbell of Snow Hill and sister of Ikeizja J. Langley of Charlotte.