- Last Updated on 07:08 AM 02/14/14
- BY Ashley Hodge
Commonwealth Assisted Living will be filled with love this Valentine’s Day, especially for two married couples, Roy Long Sr. and Annie Long and Lewis “Albert” Chaney and Lucille Moore. The first, a couple who grew up knowing each other, married at the verge of adulthood and have loved each other ever since. The latter, a man and woman who went to the same school growing up, but later parted ways as they got older.
The two married their first spouses, but eventually both were widowed. That’s when they found each other again.
The Long’s love story really took off in 1952 when Roy Long came home at Christmas time after serving in the Air Force in Wisconsin.
His wife, Annie Long, recalls her husband telling her, “I got to go back next week, but when I go back I’m taking you back with me.”
She replied, “You are?”
He said, “Yes, I want you to marry me.”
The couple had known each other since they were young growing up on farms across from each other and attending the same Presbyterian church.
Mrs. Long grew up in a house full of six brothers, and Mr. Long would come over to fish with her brothers and cousins.
Even though the boys tried to go fishing without her, her grandmother wouldn’t let them, so Annie always tagged along, and that’s when she became smitten with the boy at the fishpond.
Mr. Long’s military service began in the Air Force, and after the couple wed at Clover Baptist Church in 1953, Mrs. Long joined him as he traveled.
They lived in Wisconsin, Nebraska and Little Rock, Arkansas before returning to live in Clover in 1968.
As they packed up their car to leave Arkansas, the song “I Hear Little Rock Calling” began playing on the radio.
Mr. Long turned up the radio, and Mrs. Long said, “I don’t hear it calling me.”
“Me either,” said Mr. Long as the two headed to their new home where they would rear not only their four sons, Nick, Dean, Richard and Woody, but “half the neighborhood.”
In 1968, the two purchased a big colonial home that Mrs. Long’s uncle had built, and Mrs. Long became a “mama” to most of the children in Clover.
“If we went to go play Bingo, you know Nick, he’d meet us in the backyard. He’d say y’all be quiet, it’s wall-to-wall boys upstairs and wall-to-wall girls in the dining room,” said Mr. Long.
Neither one minded the friends saying they were all good, and it was one of the many things that gave them such a good life.
Over the years, the couple never stopped showing their love for each other, and they still do to this day.
Mrs. Long said her husband would bring her flowers anytime, and he never forgot a birthday or an anniversary.
“There wasn’t a special occasion where he didn’t bring candy, flowers, something,” said Mrs. Long.
Two special gifts she recalls were given on two of their trips.
After Mr. Long retired, they went on two “romantic” cruises to the Bahamas, and he said, “We did everything that was doable.”
While on the trips, Mr. Long gave his wife two jewelry sets, one oval shape necklace that has seven different stones that can be switched out and another that is heart-shaped.
Even to this day, Mr. Long can be heard telling his beloved wife that he loves her a hundred times a day, and he says he still spoils her.
“She’s rotten…I love her heart, body and soul,” said Mr. Long.
Even though the two reside at an assisted living home now, that still doesn’t stop them from having good times.
“A lot of people don’t let other people see them enjoying themselves all the time, but I want to enjoy myself, and I want them to know that I do,” said Mrs. Long.
The two enjoy participating in various activities put on at the home, and there favorite is dancing. The couple used to teach for Arthur Murray Dancing School and still love to dance to this day.
Mr. Long could have recently been spotted doing “Elvis Presley dancing” at their “Elvis Presley party.”
Sometimes Mr. Long will dance with other women, and other times Mrs. Long steps in and says no.
One time this woman asked Mrs. Long if she could slow dance with Mr. Long, and Mrs. Long responded, “Look I have my partner now, you find your own. Not jealous, just telling it like it is. I’m not getting rid of my good dancer.”
After all these years, the couple is kind of surprised they haven’t collided any.
Mrs. Long sees herself as more of an outspoken person that “tells it like it is,” and Mr. Long “beats around the bush.”
Regardless of their differences, the couple is still as happy as ever.
“At night time, we’ll lay in bed, and Roy will call me baby and say I love you, I love you, I love you,” said Mrs. Long.
Albert Chaney and Lucille Moore, while they have a different story, the ending is the same.
The two grew up going to the same grade school, and Chaney can remember noticing a girl with long curls who loved to climb trees.
“I just thought she was the prettiest thing,” said Chaney.
Both of them ended up going to different schools when they got older and didn’t get together then.
Each married and went their separate ways.
Chaney joined the Navy and had three children with his first wife. Moore and her first husband didn’t have any children. Later in life, both Chaney and Moore both were widowed.
Things soon changed for them as they reconnected with an accidental phone call.
Chaney said he accidentally called Moore one day, but since he had her on the phone, he asked her if she was going to Walmart anytime soon.
When she said she was going in the morning, he asked if he could join her.
The next day they met at Walmart, then afterward went on a date in Clarksville. Moore suggested the two “go and get a bite to eat.”
What they didn’t know that day is that would be one of the many trips to Clarksville they would take together.
After that day, Moore would sit at her window and watch for Chaney’s Cadillac to come down the road.
Her neighbor told her “You better get that Albert Chaney now” as she noticed many women seemed to be taking an interest in him.
“A whole lot of women were after me, but I liked Lucille. She was my pride and joy, and she is still as sweet as she can be,” said Chaney.
The two dated for a little while before Moore agreed to marry Chaney.
That was 15 years ago. The two married at Black Walnut Church.
Chaney said they “went on five honeymoons the first five days” of their marriage at Myrtle Beach.
When they returned, for a while, they lived in Chaney’s house near Ernie’s restaurant before moving to Moore’s house in Vernon Hill.
Often times they returned to Myrtle Beach to see “shows.”
Moore didn’t care much for the beach, so the two would go see “shows” where celebrities would “get up there and sing.”
“They had the biggest time. But that’s why we went to Myrtle Beach, we enjoyed it,” said Chaney.
The two enjoyed the beach trips so much that by the time they got home they would have already decided they were going back the next day.
When they weren’t making those longer trips, the two would venture back to Clarksville to eat.
Oftentimes the couple would just go to Hardee’s to get a chicken sandwich or chicken tenders.
The couple said they simply do everything together.
“When I was driving, we went everywhere together. We’d go out to eat. We done everything that brought us closer together,” said Chaney.
Over the years, Moore received many gifts from her husband. He used to send her flowers anytime, and even though he hasn’t given her any “heart jewelry,” he has given her plenty of other jewelry and gifts.
“It’s unbelievable how much jewelry she has, and she has more clothes than any person I’ve ever seen,” said Chaney.
Now that the couple resides at the assisted living center, Chaney can’t give her as much as he used to, and they don’t get out like they did, but the couple doesn’t mind.
“We are just two wonderful people here together. Everything we do, we do it together. We don’t bother nobody, and don’t nobody bother us,” said Chaney.
And the couple agreed they are just happy to be 90 years old and to have each other.
Out of all the activities at the assisted living center, what they enjoy most is going to hear the people who come to sing. The couple used to dance, but now Chaney can’t dance due to his “bad legs.”
A lot of times the couple chooses to miss out on activities, so they can go to bed early or just stay in bed until 10 or 11 just talking.
To this day, Moore says that her husband is “a good man, one of the best” that looks out for her.
Chaney enjoys tending to his wife. “She don’t have to worry about nothing. I love her more than anybody I’ve ever loved. She’s a sweet person and just a good person,” Chaney said as he smiled at his wife.