PEMBROKE, Ga. (WTOC) - A Pembroke couple reached a remarkable milestone this week when they celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.
Faith and family have been the keys to a lasting relationship for Louis and Rachel Bae Hill.
The celebration was tempered by the time we are in but was no less special because of the amount of time it honored.
“I’m looking for something great in 2021. I’m looking for something great,” Bishop Louis Hills said.
That is what Bishop Louis Hills and his wife have shared since January 6th, 1951 - the day they were married and the day they remembered Wednesday - on their 70th wedding anniversary.
“I was 19. She wasn’t but 16. After we saw so much going on and we got married, we figured we would do better.
“We were young and sweetie and everything was goodie, goodie. And we could make it up.”
Like every couple, they’ve had their moments.
“We didn’t agree on a lot of things. But we never went to bed until we told one another I’m sorry, would you forgive me?
But their relationship grew stronger over time - and through a shared faith - with Louis becoming a pastor almost 30 years into their marriage.
“I tell anybody, to keep a good marriage, you need to turn your life over to the Lord. And he’ll take you through it. And I’m really happy about it.”
And although only a small portion of their family could share their day with them, no anniversary party could have equaled the living celebration of their life together -- the six children, 13 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren that have always kept the Hills going.
“I want to raise my children. I don’t want my children to come up the way I came up. I came up rough. But my kids went to school just as nice as any other kids. Because God performed, he blessed me, he blessed her. That’s why we stayed together so long; I was a good provider. I took care of them all. They never had to worry about nothing. That’s why she stuck with me so long.”
Well, there is another reason.
“I love him. I love this man. I love her too.”
And they still do, even after 70 years.
“Yeah man, sure. Yeah, I love this man. She can be in the bathroom and if she stays in there too long, I’m going to find out why she’s in there. I’m for real. I want to know what’s going on, I want to know what’s going on with my wife.”
Bishop Hills is the pastor at God’s Greater Mission in Brooklet. He and his wife have been hosting mass in their front yard during the pandemic.