BUFFALO, N.Y. They got hitched while in their teens, divorced 20 years and four children later, and are getting remarried after nearly a half-century apart.
For Lena Henderson and Roland Davis, both 85 years old, the second time around is finally here. The couple plans to get married again Saturday, with four generations on hand to see it happen.
Its every childs dream, every child who has ever been in a family where divorce has occurred, that your parents would come back together, their youngest daughter, Renita Chadwick, said Tuesday as wedding preparations were in full swing.
Henderson and Davis met as teenagers in Chattanooga, Tenn., and were married by a justice of the peace. There was no reception or honeymoon.
Oh no, Henderson said with a laugh. He went to work, and I went home. Davis was a hotel bellhop at the time, about to begin a career in the military.
This time around, a church wedding is planned, at Elim Christian Fellowship Church in Buffalo, and then a reception at an Amherst restaurant.
There will be no honeymoon trip, though.
Im just happy that were here, said Davis, who recently moved to suburban Buffalo from Colorado, where he was living alone after the death of his second wife in January. Henderson also was widowed after remarrying.
Davis proposed to Henderson over the phone around Easter and she accepted, even though they hadnt seen each other since a family funeral in 1996. Before that, the two hadnt been face-to-face since splitting in 1964, though they had stayed in touch and kept up with each others lives through the children.
Their oldest daughter, Johnnie Mae Funderbirk, had been urging her father to return to New York since his wifes death.
Davis was receptive, especially to the idea of reconnecting with Henderson.
I had always kind of had that in mind, mostly because of the children, he said. You never forget someone that you cared for at one time or another.
Henderson and Davis both said it was nice to see one another again, this time as an engaged couple.
The children are less reserved.
Im as excited as some 9-year-old whose parents are getting back together, Funderbirk said, and Im 65 years old.