Robert and Faye Bryan of Clinton celebrated seventy years of marriage on August 25. The Bryans met in high school around the ages of thirteen and fourteen. After high school, they broke-up briefly, as they were at different schools for about a year and half. They both transferred to Mississippi State and rekindled their relationship in college. According to Robert Bryan, “the love bug bit” him.
When asked to describe the hardest and easiest parts of marriage, the Bryans say marriage is a give and take proposition on both parts. “Both parties have to be honest with each other, or it will not last,” they said. “Trust one another.”
The hardest time for the Bryans was during the birth of their first child. He was born prematurely, weighing only two pounds and seven ounces. Due to Robert Bryan’s service in the Army, he and his wife were away from family support. The new baby required a lot of time and care.
The Bryans offer this advice to newlyweds: “Make sure to be honest with your mate. Ensure you are in love with your mate. Know what you are doing.”
Robert Bryan retired as vice president of Bryan foods, where he worked for thirty years. Faye Bryan retired from her position as a PH.D. Professor at Mississippi State University. They have three children, four grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.