North Carolina couple wins contest for longest married couple in the state

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A Charlotte couple married for 77 years has won a contest for the longest married couple in North Carolina, according to WSOC.

Daniel and Willie Williams (WSOC)

Daniel and Willie Williams (WSOC)

Daniel and Willie Williams were recognized Sunday at a church ceremony in Charlotte. The couple told the TV station that the secret to a long marriage is “clean living.”

“Keep your hands in God’s hands, and everything will be all right,” Daniel Williams said.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter, a faith-based marriage enrichment program, held the submission-based contest for the longest married couple. The organization offers workshops to help couples develop a strong, Christian marriage.

Dale and Alice Rockey of Olathe, Kansas, were the longest married couple in the United States nominated in the contest. They have been married for 81 years.