Lance Thomason of Hull sat in his recliner at his Hwy. 72 home July 22 and held the hand of Lillian, his wife of 71 years.
A birthday cake sat in front of him, a sweet reminder of his 95 years on earth.
Lance smiled as he remembered meeting Lillian many years ago.
“She worked at the Five and Ten store and she was waiting on a ride and I was really attracted to her,” said Lance. “I said, ‘Do you have a way home? Do you want me to carry you?’”
Lillian declined the offer, already having a way home. But she agreed to a date. And the two rode to Calhoun Falls in South Carolina the next Sunday. They were married six months later at Hull Baptist Church on June 21, 1942 — the “hottest day the Lord ever sent,” recalled Lillian.
Lance said it was “love at first site.”
The two have been married since the early days of WWII. Lance worked in Marietta during the war, constructing B-29 bombers, like the one that flew over Hiroshima.
“I felt like I had a part in the bomb,” said Lance.
Lance and Lillian Thomason
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