It’s unusual to see couples who have been together for a long time in our society because so many marriages end in divorce. That is one of the things that makes this Texas pair stand out from the rest.

On December 15, John and Charlotte Henderson of Travis County, Texas, will commemorate their 80th wedding anniversary. But that’s not the only characteristic that sets them apart.

They are 211 years old as a group. Charlotte is 105 years old and John is 106. They got married in 1939 and have been together since the Great Depression.

The couple was recently recognized as the “Oldest Living Couple in the World” by the Guinness Book of World Records, a distinction that John and Charlotte, as well as others of their family and community, have celebrated.

The two fell in love while taking classes at the University of Texas in 1934. John played football, and Charlotte was pursuing her teaching certification.

In the lives of this amazing couple, the University of Texas continues to play a significant role. Every year for about 84 years, John has liked going to football games.

John credits the former guard’s continued activity for making him the oldest active University of Texas football player.

Even though the couple moved into an assisted living facility in 2009, John continues to exercise frequently and makes an effort to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Longhorn Village, the assisted living home where they live, really has connections to the University of Texas. The complex is linked to the college’s alumni organization.

The pleased husband replied, “Live life in moderation and be polite to your spouse,” when asked the key to a long and fulfilling marriage.

With busy social schedules and a love of spending time together, John and Charlotte don’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon. It’s possible that the divorce rate in the US would go down if more couples followed John’s advise and were considerate of one another.

Do you concur with John’s suggestions for maintaining a long and fulfilling marriage? If you’re astounded by this couple’s incredible achievement, make sure to tell your friends and family about their unwavering devotion and love.