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Austin Couple Crowned World’s Oldest Married Couple

AUSTIN, TX–What’s the secret to a successful marriage and a happy life? For John Henderson, he’ll tell you it’s all about living life in moderation and being cordial to your spouse. John and his wife, Charlotte, would know all about this, as they’re now the oldest living married couple on the planet, according to Guinness World Records.

The Hendersons with their Guinness World Record plaque—the world’s oldest married couple

The Austin couple have a combined age of 211 years—John is 106 and Charlotte is 105 years old. On December 15, they’ll celebrate 80 years of blissful marriage. It was 1934 when this pair met one another in a class at the University of Texas. Charlotte was studying to become a teacher, while John was busy playing as a guard for the football team. Their love for one another and the Longhorns has remained indestructible ever since.

The couple was married during the Great Depression and recall spending only $7 on their honeymoon hotel room. Today, John also holds the title of the oldest living former UT football player. He’s attended at least one Longhorn football game each year for the past 84 consecutive years.

Both are amazingly healthy, and they say it’s all thanks to their move to Longhorn Village senior living community 10 years ago. John still exercises every day!