Linda Ballard

Linda Ballard

During an era where 40 to 50 percent of married couples in the United States divorce, it is refreshing to find those who have made a marital commitment and stuck by those words “for better or worse, in sickness and in health.”

On Friday afternoon, in the reception halls of Arbor Grace of Kilgore, Edward and Carol Tillery celebrated their wedding anniversary.  

“Believe it or not, we have been married 60  years,” Carol said with a laugh. “I don’t really know how we did it; I am quite proud of it. There are some who can’t stay together 60 days.”  

With their birthdays being 11 days apart, the couple attended grade school and high school together in Laurel, Mississippi.  

“I considered her my girlfriend in junior high,” said Edward, and quipped, “But, she thought otherwise. We never really dated until during the summer after we graduated from high school. She went off to Mississippi State College for Women and I went to Mississippi State.  She graduated with a teacher’s degree and home economics.

“I went into the oilfield and we were transferred to 17 different places all over the United States. In 1979, we were transferred through Champion Chemicals to Kilgore and that’s where we have been ever since. I helped build the location on Highway 135.”

 Carol received another degree in interior design and worked as an interior designer out of Longview.  She also, is quite an artist according to her husband, although she  doesn’t like to toot her own horn.

The couple also owned C & E  Distribution  and Manufacturing Company of oilfield products.

“She is extremely smart,” said Ed. “You can tell because she married me.

“She suffered a couple of strokes and Arbor Grace folks are taking real good care of us. The employees are so kind and she is doing so much better.”

The reception was well attended and both were very excited about seeing family and friends.

“This anniversary party is so unlike him,” she said. “He always let me do it all when it came to entertainment before. He invited half of East Texas and I worried there would not be enough cake.”

Ed saw to it there would be plenty of cake as he didn’t stop at just one beautifully decorated sheet cake - he had ordered two. You could tell by the look on her face, it was a job well done for his loved one.

Their daughter and son-in-law Leslie and (Sheriff) Larry Smith of Tyler couldn’t make it on Friday as Larry had to be at a convention in San Antonio; neither did their son, Rusty, from Wylie, who also had work related commitments, but cake was held on reserve for Saturday. In the meantime a grandson and granddaughter stepped in to help with the reception.

How did they manage 60 years? You make a commitment and stick to it, according to the Tillery’s.

“If you have a fight, get over it,” said Ed. “I learned a long time ago two words you need to know and that is, Yes, Ma’am.”

“We participated in church and with the families and kids and it makes a big difference. The Lord has led us safely all around the world.  We have had a great life and wonderful children.”

(Happy 60th Anniversary to the Tillery’s. May there be many more.)

THE QUEEN PRICE GARDEN CLUB of Overton was more than a bit concerned over the summer rays of Texas beating down on them last Saturday, but eight members arrived to participate in the Adopt A Highway program.  

“We had a great time,” said LeAnn Bazar. “We started at 7 a.m. and were finished with our (2 mile) stretch of highway by 10:30 a.m. It was hot, but it sure looked better. We picked up 29 bags of trash!”

The members of the garden club have agreed to clean up the highway four times per year. BACK-TO-SCHOOL supplies and other items such as bottled water and can goods are needed at the Hi-way 80 Rescue Ministries. Please drop off at J deGraffenried Dentistry located at 238 Lawrence St., Kilgore, Texas. They will be delivered on Wednesday, August 14th where they are offering a free day of dentistry.  For more information call 903-229-4705.

THE GREAT TEXAS BALLOON RACE  returns for its 42nd year to East Texas Regional Airport this weekend. Activities started on Friday evening and will continue through Sunday morning. Let us know what fun you had this year.

May His Love and Laughter Fill Your Hearts and Your Homes Throughout the Week. We may be reached at or 903-984-2593.


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