“Appreciate each other.”
Laurence met his sweetheart, Rosa in 1939. They went to school together and soon became high school sweethearts. Laurence wanted to make sure he looked nice. So he would press his pants himself on his mama’s old stove. Laurence moved to West Virginia where he began to work, but he and Rosa continued to correspond through letters. It was through those letters that he fell in love with her.
They were married in York, South Carolina on September 7th, 1947. He was 18, and she was 17. He jokingly says of that day that she had $50, and he only had $30 but they were in love.
A friend of his offered him a job in Williamsburg on a dairy farm. Laurence said he was paid $35/week and that was “big money”. While in Williamsburg, he saved up and bought a house with Rosa in Carroll County, Virginia in 1955. Soon thereafter, a man from Floyd offered him $75 very two weeks to work on his farm. For the next 12 years, he would spend his days on the dairy farm.
Rosa worked as a waitress at the infamous (to us Floyd folks) Blue Ridge Restaurant in Floyd, VA. In addition to her waitressing, Rosa also was a nurse at a retirement home in Floyd.
When asked what Laurence loved most about Rosa, he said “everything.” Laurence reminisces about Rosie’s good cooking. He tells us that she could make the best pies and biscuits you ever had in your life!
Laurence says every night before bed, he tells Rosa he loves her and is sorry for everything he’s ever done wrong.
Laurence finishes by says, “If we die tomorrow, we’ll be together in heaven. She’s my sweetheart and always will be.”
Their love story us about hard work, dedication and appreciating each other.