Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Couple Celebrate Fulfilling Careers, 50-Year Marriage

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Couple Celebrate Fulfilling Careers, 50-Year Marriage

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For Glenn and Delores Long, 50 years of marriage in Callahan has been made sweeter by fulfilling careers as educators in the town.

The couple met in Callahan in 1954 and were married June 17, 1956. They celebrated their golden anniversary June 17 with a celebration service and party at their church. They have one son, Glenn Ferrell Long, who's finishing medical school.

Glenn Long is a native who's lived in Callahan all his life except to attend college and serve in the U.S. Army. After attending Callahan High School, he went to Gordon Military School in Barnesville, Ga., and Mercer College in Macon, Ga., graduating in 1952. He served in the Korean War for a year as a second lieutenant.

When he returned home, a pretty young teacher working at his high school alma mater caught his eye. Long asked family friend and Callahan math teacher Vida Hardee how he could meet her.

"We'd seen each other from a distance, but we had never actually been introduced," Glenn Long said.

Hardee arranged an introduction, and the couple met at the high school's 1954 junior-senior prom.

Delores Long had just gotten a teacher's degree from Georgia Teacher's College, now Georgia Southern. She finished in 1953 and saw an advertisement for an English teacher at Callahan High School.

She went on to spend her entire teaching career there. She also was a girls' sports coach. She retired from West Nassau High School in 1984.

After they married, the couple moved into a brick house just yards from their current home east of Callahan. Their current house was finished Dec. 3, 1956, built mainly with pine and cypress wood from neighboring forests.

In the 1950s, there were between 20 and 30 seniors in the school's annual graduating class, Delores Long said. First-graders through high-school seniors attended classes in the brick building that today houses Callahan Elementary School.

With the small classes, Delores Long was able to get to know each student personally, she said.

"I'm very close to my students," she said. "Country people are different than the people you find in a city. …

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