Courtesy Photo | State Rep. Mike Johnson presents a proclamation to Lawrence and Varrie Player, who celebrated 81 years of marriage on January 27, 2016.

Louisiana Family Forum honored Louisiana’s Top Ten Longest Married Couples at a special reception at the Governor’s Mansion, co-hosted by First Lady Donna Edwards.

LFF honors Louisiana’s longest known married couples annually as an effort to encourage individual marriages, build a stronger marriage culture and to remind Louisiana that lifelong marriages benefit everybody.

State Representative Mike Johnson honored Louisiana’s Longest Known Married Couple at 81 years by hosting a Valentine’s Day Reception at their home in Benton. A reception was also held for the Second Longest Married Couple (79 years), at their home in Bryceland.  The couples were presented with an Official Statement of Special Recognition from Gov. Edwards and will be entered into LFF’s “Marriage Hall of Fame.”

Each of these couples have blessed the state with the heritage of long life and good health; they have built a Legacy of Faith and Family; and, incredibly, they remind us that true love takes time to fully mature!

“It is a true delight to honor these two great couples for their examples and their commitment,” said Rep. Johnson.  “In a day when the stability of so many marriages and families is in jeopardy, these folks stand out as exceptional models for all of us.”

Mr. & Mrs. Player are a delightful Christian couple who met in 1925 and were married by the ages of 21 and 15, respectively. (He turns 103 yrs old next month, and she is 96!) They now have 8 living children, 35 grandchildren, and 21 great grandchildren, and 10 great, great grandchildren.

Courtesy Photo | Will Henry and Virginia Teasley of Bryceland were honored as the second-longest-married couple in Louisiana. The couple has been married at 79 years.
Courtesy Photo | Will Henry and Virginia Teasley of Bryceland were honored as the second-longest-married couple in Louisiana. The couple has been married at 79 years.

Mr. & Mrs. Teasley are also an incredible Christian couple who met at the Louisiana State Fair in 1935, and married a year later. He will turn 100 later this month, and she is 98. They have three children and many grandchildren, On their wall is another plaque commemorating their “countless hours of service rendered out of an unselfish love for others” at the local Baptist Retirement Center.

Johnson asked both gentlemen to share their secret to a lifelong marriage, and they gave some great wisdom.

Mr. Teasley said with a warm smile: “Just let her think she’s the boss.”

Mr. Player reiterated: “Work hard, do right, and be sweet and kind to her and everyone. …Oh, and buy her a new car every three years.”