James and Ruth Meeks said " I do" in Murray County in 1943 when they were both young teenagers. 

Ruth was only 14-years-old and James was just 17-years-old. 

On Saturday, the Meek's celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary with some cake and pizza with their whole family from Cleveland and Florida. 

They reminisced back, sharing photos, stories and what initially sparked their interested in each other.

They both told Channel 3 what really kept their marriage together after all these years was their true love for each other, seeing their grandchildren and great grandchildren on a regular basis and overcoming differences before the night is over.

Ruth said, "never go to bed when you are mad at each other."

James said "sometimes you have to let things go in one ear and out the other. Look at her and say, "whatever darling." 

The Meek's have 3 children together and 11 grandchildren and great grandchildren.