70 years of love

Posted at 4:05 PM, Feb 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-15 16:05:30-05

(WSMV) -- A Tennessee couple is celebrating 70 years of a love that began through the written word.

James and Florence Chatham have saved more than 900 letters written during a long-distance courtship while he was away fighting in World War II.

The couple met when James Chatham was in the Army Air Corps. He spent 48 hours leave in Los Angeles and met his future wife at a church revival.

"I just fell in love with her there and then," James Chatham said.

But it wasn't that fast for Florence Chatham.

"Well, I liked him, but I had other boyfriends, too," she laughed.

Those other boyfriends faded away as Florence and James Chatham began writing each other. A total of 937 letters criss-crossed the oceans.

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