Andalusia couple celebrates 67th wedding anniversary

Published 9:23 am Wednesday, October 20, 2021

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Russell Derrel Johns, Sr. and Doris Annette (Adams) Johns of Andalusia will celebrate their 67th wedding anniversary on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021.

Doris was born in Opp and is a 1952 graduate of Opp High School. After graduation, she worked with the local telephone company as a telephone operator. She met Derrel when he came home on military leave from the Navy. At the time, he was stationed in Orange, Texas.

After a brief courtship, they married on Oct. 27, 1954, and moved to Orange, Texas, where they lived for about a year and a half.

Derrel was then deployed to the Philippines, where he served a total of 10 and a half years in the Navy.

He is a World War II veteran and received several medals while serving his country. Those medals include the World War II Victory Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal, Honorable Service Pin-Ruptured Duck, and an Honorable Discharge Button.

Doris was a stay-at-home mother and Derrel retired from Southeastern Box Factory in 1992.

Together, Doris and Derrelhave 6 children, 19 grandchildren, and numerous great and great-great-grandchildren.

“At the time of our wedding we did not know what the future would hold, but one thing is for certain,” Derrel said. “The good Lord has been good to me and Annette and I will sign off, for now, saying, “Amen, Amen, and Amen.’”