LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Local couple George and Ruby Philpot happily celebrated their golden anniversary in August 2011. They will be celebrating their 53rd wedding anniversary later this year.
Married on August 3, 1961 in a simple justice of the peace ceremony in London, the Philpots say honesty is the key to a happy marriage.
“We’ve been together because we trust each other and we’re kind to each other,” George said.
“You have to mean what you say but honesty is the most important, ”Ruby added.
When asked if it was love at first sight, she said, “It must have been.”
She explained both she and George were from farming families. Ruby, 68, grew up in Langnau, Ky., and was the second of six children. George, 73, is from Portersburg in Clay County and was the second of seven. They both lived and worked on a farm but also spent many years working in various factories. Ruby spent many years at Therm-o-Disc in London before retiring, while George worked at Chaney Lumber and retired from Phoenix Manufacturing after 28 years.
They first met in 1958.
“We were stripping cane for molasses at his cousin’s house,” Ruby said. “I was 12.”
“We flirted around with each other," George said. "She was young then. I had just started driving and we got to writing letters to each other.”
They decided to get married just three years later. Ruby was 15 and George was 21.
“We were sitting on the front porch at my mother’s house and he asked me to marry him. I said 'yes' but I made him go ask my mother,” she said.
Ruby's father had died when she was three and her mother had to sign for her to get married because of her age.
“George was nervous and had to work up the courage. I think he was more afraid of my mom than he was me,” Ruby said.