Chance meeting turns into whirlwind courtship and longstanding marriage
Editor’s note: This piece is part of our new ‘Around Town’ segment, which will run each week. We’ll include community notes, like weddings and anniversaries that readers submit, as well as photos of some interesting things going on around the county.
Christine and Jimmy Knuckles met by chance in October 1950. Christine was working at Belk’s downtown location – which at that time filled nearly an entire city block bordered by Trade, Tryon, College and Fifth Streets. Her friend and fellow co-worker needed to get some merchandise from Charleston, S.C., and Jimmy happened to be their driver.
A six-week whirlwind courtship ensued before Jimmy and Christine were married on Dec. 19, 1950, at the York, S.C., courthouse – with Christine dressed in an elegant brown suit. “I believe I still have that suit somewhere,” she recalled. Witnesses included her twin sister Jean and a co-worker. The newlyweds traveled to Vermont by way of Virginia to spend a few days accompanied by family on their honeymoon.
A Proud Past and Present
Born in Gibson and residing in Marshville for the early part of their marriage, the Knuckles settled in Stallings more than 38 years ago. The move seemed logical since Christine’s father lived in Monroe at the time.
Jimmy and Christine are the proud parents of two children. They have 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Their daughter tragically succumbed to breast cancer years ago, but left behind a legacy of eight children. “She devoted her life to her family,” Christine said. Son David is the father of three and works as a U.S. mail carrier.
The Knuckles are retired from their jobs in sales at Belk’s and a career at McLean Trucking, respectively. Today, Christine spends her time volunteering at the Matthews Help Center. “I bought my two-piece dress there that I wore for our anniversary celebration,” Christine added.
Words of Wisdom
Longtime members of Garr Memorial Church off Independence Avenue in Charlotte, it is fitting the church was the venue for their 60th wedding anniversary celebration. Christine notes this is the first large-scale anniversary they’ve ever celebrated, and the couple was pleased to be surrounded by family and friends.
Although they recommend young couples to wait a while to get to know each other before getting married, both agree it was the right decision for the two of them. “We’d do it all again,” Jimmy said. “The Lord’s been good to us.”
As far as words of wisdom to other married couples, the Knuckles advise others to be patient, to listen to one another and to act like good Christians.