“It was nice to be just the two of us,” Billie said.
After moving a couple times, the Thompsons moved into the home they’ve lived in since 1957. They’ve raised their three children there.
A lot has happened during their 62 years of marriage, and they say that each year is better than the last. Doyle graduated in 1968 after four years of night school in order to get a better job, and Billie got her GED. They both worked at Stellite for a few decades, and Doyle is retired from United Technologies in Huntington.
Even during low times, they rallied together. Two years ago, Doyle could hardly walk and he started to forget things, along with getting bad headaches. The doctor said he had the beginning of Alzheimer’s, but a second opinion told them otherwise. Doyle had fluid on his brain and he had to have surgery. Billie prayed.
“If you leave your love in the hands of the Lord, he’ll be alright,” Billie said. “I know I’m not gonna lose him, he’s gonna stay with me. Til death do us part.”
Her prayers were answered. After surgery, Doyle was as good as new and his symptoms were gone.
“If I had to have my arm cut off, that’s what it would feel like to lose Doyle,” Billie said. “I don’t know what I’d do without him.”
If she ever had any doubts that things weren’t back to normal, they were soon forgotten one day. As she was coming back from the mailbox, she saw Doyle standing in the driveway, smiling at her.
“He said, ‘I’ve got the most beautiful wife in the world,’” Billie said. “And he gave me a big kiss. I thought, ‘Oh, I’ve got my husband back.’”