Two low-key personalities clicked as a couple

Posted: January 28, 2018 at 2:15 a.m.

Virginia Rhodes and Elton Taylor were married on Nov. 9, 1974. They met on the campus of Arkansas Agricultural, Mechanical and Normal College — now the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff — in 1971. “I didn’t think he was my type — initially, that’s what I thought,” Virginia says. “It turned out he was.”

Virginia Rhodes and Elton Taylor were married on Nov. 9, 1974. They met on the campus of Arkansas Agricultural, Mechanical and Normal College — now the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff — in 1971. “I didn’t think he was my type — initially, that’s what I thought,” Virginia says. “It turned out he was.”

Elton Taylor looked all over his college campus for the woman of his dreams, only to discover that she was in a couple of classes with him.

The first time I saw my future spouse:

She says: “I really did not know he would be my future spouse. I had no idea. That was the farthest thing from my mind.”

He says: “I was dumbfounded. I was shocked, sort of — I was very excited, the first time I saw her.”

On our wedding day:

She says: “His fraternity serenaded me at the wedding. That kind of took me by surprise — I wasn’t expecting that. And my mother, who had never eaten gumbo before, freaked out when when they put a crab on her plate. She made a scene because she did not want that crab claw on her plate.”

He says: “My parents were there and her parents were there. It was small, but it was good. I guess that’s why we can remember pretty much everybody who was there.”

My advice for a long happy marriage is:

She says: “I believe you’ve got to keep the lines of communication open. And the utmost thing is to be a praying couple. You’ve got to keep Christ in your marriage. That’s the No.1, most important thing.”

He says: “Be compatible. Have some things in common. We both like sports. She was a coach at one time and we would go on the playground and help out. We go to church and Bible study together. We spent time together — we try to find some quiet nights for a date night or something.”

Elton and Virginia Taylor have been married for 43 years. He looked for her all over campus for weeks after he saw her the first time, and when he fou...

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