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Good to be golden: ‘Dragging’ led to 50 years of marriage for Rowan County couple – Salisbury Publish

Good to be golden: ‘Dragging’ led to 50 years of marriage for Rowan County couple

Revealed 12:02 am Saturday, January 14, 2023

You may suppose love at first sight is simply an overused Hollywood trope, however Terry Eller will inform you in any other case.

He knew he liked Myra Jane Gaskey the primary time they met whereas dragging Foremost Avenue in Salisbury again in 1971, and it turned out he was proper.

On Jan. 6, Myra Jane and Terry celebrated their fiftieth marriage ceremony anniversary.

The as soon as widespread and now outlawed extracurricular exercise often called “dragging” doubtless conjures to thoughts at the very least a reminiscence or two for anybody round to expertise it. For Myra Jane and Terry, it’s going to at all times imply way more.

“If we hadn’t been dragging city, I do not know that we might have met,” Myra Jane mentioned. “I used to be driving, and my sister was using. She was speaking junk to them, you already know. She was the talker, I used to be extra, simply let me drive, and also you do all of the speaking.”

Myra Jane and her sister, Shirlene, had been in a white 1965 Ford Galaxie. In the meantime, Terry was in a 1971 Pontiac Ventura together with his pal Johnny.

“You bought to know all kinds of individuals from dragging,” Myra Jane mentioned.

When Terry found that the sisters had been planning to go to the Rowan County Honest the following day, he and Johnny agreed to satisfy them there.

The truthful can be the positioning of their first kiss, which occurred on the Octopus trip.

“Once I first met her, it simply appeared proper,” Terry mentioned.

Nevertheless, Terry’s affection was not instantly reciprocated.

“He needed to go regular straight away,” Myra Jane mentioned. “I wasn’t positive.”

Terry added, “What can I say? I fell in love.”

summer season love

The 2 did begin courting and wound up in Myrtle Seaside for the Fourth of July in 1972. There was an residence complicated in Myrtle Seaside referred to as Mooney’s, owned by a person with ties to Rowan County, and many individuals from Salisbury would keep there.

“They at all times had copies of the Salisbury Publish and Cheerwine within the bottle since so many individuals from Salisbury would hire from him,” Myra Jane mentioned.

In the meantime, Terry and his household stayed at Sherwood Forest, a campground not too removed from the residences.

“We simply ended up randomly being down on the seashore on the similar time for the Fourth of July,” Myra Jane mentioned. “Since we had been courting on the time, I believed, effectively, this works out good.”

Terry would drive his Pontiac Ventura to the residences to see Myra Jane however needed to stroll again dwelling because of the engine’s noise.

“I did not need to crank it and wake all people up,” Terry mentioned.

It was solely a short while earlier than the unusual summer season seashore journey would flip into one they might always remember.

“Close to the tip of the journey, we might stroll up and down the seashore on a regular basis, however we went out on the pier,” Myra Jane mentioned.

Terry proposed to her on the fourth seat on the left, beneath the fourth gentle submit on the Windy Hill Pier.

By the fireplace and rain

Myra Jane’s father labored for the Coca-Cola facility in Salisbury and helped Terry get a job there. Sadly, a few week after the couple was married, Myra Jane’s father died immediately, leaving Terry to take over his route from him.

On the time, Terry was 19, and Myra Jane was 20.

“She’s a cougar,” Terry mentioned with a large grin.

The couple would quickly have fun the beginning of dual daughters, Tonya and Sonya.

“Six years later, right here comes our son, Joshua Shane,” Terry mentioned.

Not lengthy after the beginning of their son, Myra Jane turned pregnant with one other daughter Lauren Renea.

Elevating a household meant sure commitments.

“I used to be the homemaker, and he labored,” Myra Jane mentioned. “Even again then, to pay any individual to maintain your kids did not make sense to us.”

As mother and father, the Ellers have needed to watch their kids undergo near-death experiences. Lauren Renea and Joshua Shane had been each concerned in critical automobile accidents. By these trials, the Ellers discovered solace in each other. Nevertheless, when Terry was injured on the job in 2014, a lot of the burden fell on Myra Jane. Forty surgical procedures later, Myra Jane nonetheless says she would do it once more.

“You simply do what you gotta do,” Myra Jane mentioned. “The one time I could not was once I had my again surgical procedure.”

Terry added, “She is the explanation I am nonetheless right here. Most males suppose they’re the spine of the household, however that’s flawed. A person can’t do what a girl does.”

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“Do not attempt to marry anybody to alter them,” Terry mentioned. “You’ll collide.”

Thankfully for the husband of fifty years, it was by no means a priority of his.

“I did not see something in right here that wanted altering,” Terry mentioned. “It simply, at the very least, it appeared to me to be good.”

Terry will inform you he lucked out, however a sure compatibility drew the couple collectively.

“You have got your ups, and you’ve got your downs, however you must marry somebody that you’re suitable with,” Terry mentioned. “Marry your greatest pal. Ask what she likes to do as a result of when you don’t love doing what she does, you bought an issue.”

The couple indicated they love visiting the seashore, gardening, and mountain climbing collectively, though Terry’s 2014 accident has hampered mountain climbing these days.

“The one factor she does not do with me is singing within the choir,” Terry mentioned.

He is not flawed.

Terry joined the South Salisbury Hearth Division and has volunteered there for 45 years. Myra Jane joined that very same yr as a woman auxiliary member.

“If we had been out on calls and did not get fed, she and different women introduced food and drinks to us out on the scene,” Terry mentioned.

Myra Jane, “That’s simply what you do.”

Fifty years later…

“It doesn’t look like 50 years,” Myra Jane mentioned. “It’s laborious to consider that it has been that lengthy.”

Terry is thought for his trademark Santa-esque look, a far cry from the baby-faced teenager Myra Jane mentioned could not even develop a beard once they met.

By the years, the household and love have solely grown. Right now, the Ellers have seven grandchildren and a great-grandchild. So what’s up subsequent for the Ellers? Solely time will inform.


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