Cephas and Ernestine Curtis were married on Feb. 19, 2019, however, this wasn’t the first time the couple entered into matrimony. They first married – then divorced – in the 1980s. “My children loved him and considered him their father.” Cephus remarried, but reunited with his former love after the death of his wife. This time, older and wiser, they found they had a great deal in common and brought joy to each other’s lives.

The Proposal

We were talking at dinner and he leaned over and said, “Ernestine will you marry me?” He was too old to get on one knee; he might not get up. The next day we went shopping for a wedding ring.

The Wedding

It was a small home wedding with few frills. Rev. Michelle Rucker of Halls Chapel AME Church in Newton, KS, was the officiant.

During the ceremony, Ernestine’s children, LaDonna and Sylvester Bell, proved to be her “rocks” that kept her together while Ms. Pat kept the reception running smoothly.

The Best Man was Donald Curtis, Cephas’ brother. The Ring Bearer was Hayden, Ernestine’s great-grandson; and the Flower Girl was Kyra, another great-grandchild.

Ever After

The couple loves to chill at home and watch and discuss the actors in old movies. Ernestine loves to cook and Cephas loves to eat.

What is your worst habit? Bride: Impatience Groom: He doesn’t pick up his feet.

Your Favorite thing about your spouse? Bride: Uniqueness Groom: Sense of humor.

What would they buy if they won the lottery? A 1956 Thunderbird

What word best describes your spouse first thing in the morning? Bride: Sunny, ready to go. Groom: He does not do mornings, he gets up at 1 or 2 p.m.

If today were the last day before the end of the world, how would you spend it?

Sitting in our recliners.