February 14, 2014

Lasting Love (Celebrating 50 plus years of marriage): The Bivinses

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Every morning, Lee Bivins wakes up, heads downstairs to the kitchen and makes a cup of tea for his wife. He brings it to her in bed and then they pray together.  It’s a tradition they’ve had for many years and serves as a clear example of how they’ve been married to each other for 58 years.

To put it simply, Lee and Sarah Bivins have made God a priority in their lives and in their relationship since day one.

While serving as the president of the Baptist Student Union at Clemson University in South Carolina, Lee met Sarah, whom was also serving as president of her Baptist Student Union at Coker College in Hartsville, S.C.

“He got out of a boat while I was sitting on the dock,” Sarah recalled.  “I looked up at his profile and thought, ‘wow, this is the kind of man I want to marry.’”

Despite going to different colleges, Lee and Sarah began a relationship that would end up lasting the rest of their lives.

The couple began dating that year, which was also Lee’s senior year in college.  After graduation, he went into the Army and was stationed at Fort Benning, Ga.  He continued dating Sarah, although he wasn’t able to see her as often as they liked.

“I used to really look forward to Fridays, because Lee would come home for the weekend and I would get to see him,” Sarah said.  “I didn’t like Sunday nights at all because he would have to go back.”

He served 23 months on active duty and six years as an active reservist.

On August 13, 1955 Lee and Sarah got married.  During the early years of their marriage, Sarah taught as a substitute and learned to cook.  Lee pursued his master’s degree in animal husbandry.

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