LANDIS, N.C. -- Bob Phillips admits his proposal to Gail 61 years ago was not very romantic.
"I had taken her home and before she got out of the car, I said 'Gail will you marry me?' That was it. How's that for romantic?" Phillips told WBTV.
However, that may have been the only time in the past 61 years that Bob was less than romantic.
Every day, the couple showers each other with affection.
"My years with her have been for better or for worse," Bob told WBTV. "But worse with her is better than better with anybody else."
On their anniversary, Bob decided to write about his feelings. His letter was published in the Charlotte Observer.
"I look at newspaper pictures of new brides every Sunday," Bob read from the first line of his letter to the newspaper. "I'm searching... I want to see if there is now or ever will be a bride as lovely as you are. Been doing that since June 27, 1953."
Gail says sometimes she doesn't feel like she deserves it.
"Sometimes it's overwhelming because I don't feel like I come up to the mark sometimes." Bob interrupts with a sweet disagreement, "Way over. Way over the mark."
As for the brides he's looked at for the past 61 years, not one has been as lovely as his.
"I found two that came close," Bob said, referring to their two daughters.