Couple celebrates 70 years of love

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Surprise cookout greets Lunsfords for anniversary celebration

By The Staff

Virgil and Leoda Lunsford of Lawrenceburg celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary July 31.

They were married in Madison County on July 31, 1940.

This year, on July 24, their children and grandchildren honored them with a surprise cookout — 48 family members attended the event.

Throughout the celebration, Leoda could be found sitting in her chair talking and laughing with family members as they came into the house, and Virgil sat under the shade tree in the back yard watching the family play corn hole and taking in the activities of the day, family members said.

Virgil was a farmer and Leoda retired from Texas Instruments after 25 years of service.

The Lunsfords’ children are Clyde Lunsford and his wife, Diane, of Versailles, Ruby Brown of Richmond, Ruth Carter and her husband, Donnie, of Lawrenceburg, Ricky Lunsford and his wife, Nancy, of Lawrenceburg, the late Kenneth Lunsford and the late Darrell Lunsford.

Family members say the Lunsfords never pass up an opportunity to have company.

Virgil and Leoda always try to meet the needs of their visitors, making sure no one goes hungry or thirsty.

If the couple doesn’t have what a visitor wants, Virgil will go to the store to pick it up. 

Known as “Mom and Daddy” to their children and “Granny and Pa” to their grandchildren and great-grandchildren, they have a genuine love for each other as well as their family.

Above even that is their love and devotion to the Lord, family members say.

They pray together and read their Bible faithfully. One of their favorite scriptures is John 14:13-14, “And whatsoever you shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you shall ask anything in my name, I will do it.”