In 1940, C.W. Davis hitched a ride from a driver in a red Ford, ultimately securing a movie date with the woman behind the wheel.
About the same time, Margie Wilson and a few co-workers elected to spend an evening at the local movie theater.
“I didn’t know he had a date,” Margie said. “She was a friend of mine. He took me home instead of her.”
Three years later, C.W. was serving his country in the U.S. Air Force in Seymour, Ind. Margie was working for the FBI in Washington, D.C.
“He got leave and came to see me,” Margie said.
In fact, C.W. hitchhiked to Washington to ask Margie a question. He said he dated enough to know she was a different kind of woman.
“She had a quality,” he said. “I couldn’t find anybody I liked better.”
Several moves to several states, four children and two careers later, C.W. and Margie Davis celebrated their 70th anniversary on April 16, 2013. Eleven days later, the Davises were surrounded by their four children, 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren to celebrate.
“We had a houseful this (April 27 and 28) weekend,” Margie said. “It was fun.”
“We enjoyed seeing the latest great-grandkids,” C.W. said, adding two of them live in Baltimore.
“And it’s been so long since we have seen the small kids,” Margie said.
The couple makes sure to spoil their grandchildren and great-grandchildren when they see them. But they say they never treat them or their kids differently.
“We’ve always tried to teach each and every child the same way,” C.W. said. “No favorites.”
Margie added they have always been proud of the way their children and grandchildren have grown up.
“We will have to wait and see with the great-grandchildren,” Margie said with a soft laugh and grin to follow while looking at her husband seated across from her in their home in Oakwood.
They built their home in 1971 and have lived there ever since. A former Hall County School superintendent, C.W. explained he was in the habit of delegating, so he turned over the kitchen to his wife. He handled the rest.
“He stayed out of the kitchen for sure,” Margie said.
“She’s so gifted in so many ways,” C.W. added from a chair opposite his wife.
But they agree they have trusted each other and communicated during their marriage.
In 2001, 81 percent of all currently married couples had achieved at least their fifth anniversary; 53 percent had been married at least 15 years; and 33 percent had reached their 25th anniversary, according to the United States census. A small percentage of currently married couples had passed their golden or 50th wedding anniversary — 6 percent. Therefore, the Davises’ 70 years together puts them in a select category.
“All marriages have an adjustment period and you want to go one way,” C.W. said. “But you are supposed to be ‘one’ now and have to communicate.”
Margie noted they both really enjoyed the same things such as traveling and sports. That came in handy when their son, Jody, was a major league catcher for the Chicago Cubs and later Atlanta Braves. They traveled to see him play as far as Seattle, making stops along the way. They stopped to take in the wonder of Glacier National Park in Montana and visited friends in Nebraska, where they once lived.
But the couple was not always together. They had separate interests and separate jobs. While C.W. worked in education as a teacher, principal and ultimately a superintendent, Margie was the first female mail carrier in Georgia for 14 years followed by 20-plus years as a church secretary. And for fun, C.W. would head to the great outdoors, leaving Margie to indulge in her own interests.
“I never did like to hunt or fish,” she said. “If he went hunting, I’d schedule a bus trip.”
But the pair admitted they mostly agreed during the 70-year marriage.
“I don’t think we ever got really angry,” Margie said.
C.W. said he was advised about how to determine how angry your wife is. He explained that after a fight with his wife, a husband should throw his hat back in the house.
“If she was still mad, she would throw it back,” he said with a laugh.
But he explained he followed one strict piece of advice during his seven decades of marriage to Margie, the only piece of advice he ever gives out regarding marriage.
“When you have problems, you solve your own problems. You don’t go to your parents or neighbors,” he said. “We had to work it out. That gives you the experience on how to work with each other.”