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77 years for Dot and Loy
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Dot and Loy Rouse celebrated their 77th wedding anniversary on Aug. 24. - photo by Amy French Dawson County News

After four dates, they snuck away and got married.

After 77 years of marriage, they still hold hands.

Dot and Loy Rouse celebrated their 77th wedding anniversary last Wednesday at the Dawsonville McDonald's with friends from their breakfast club.

"We come every Wednesday and eat breakfast here," Dot said.

The group gathers every week for breakfast and live music.

This week, Bill Tate, who oversees the club, announced their anniversary to cheers and applause.

"They are a special couple," said Louise Garrett, who is a part of the breakfast group.

The two met in 1939 when a friend of Loy's wanted to find a couple of girls they could take up to campmeeting at Lumpkin Campground.

"Max Looper came down there to pick my sister and I up to bring us up here for campmeeting," Dot said. "We went out that night. We went out Saturday night, Sunday afternoon, Tuesday night, Wednesday night and snuck off and got married Thursday night."

Did Loy know after just one date that Dot was the one?

"I guess," he said.

They often get asked what the secret to their longevity is.

"We don't fuss a lot," she said. "We just shut up."

The breakfast club presented the couple with an anniversary cake and the two made their way to the back of the restaurant to cut it-while holding hands.

Dot and Loy had five children, all of whom Dot reared, before going to work as a nursing assistant for 18 years at Cobb General Hospital.

Loy is a World War II vet and the two say they like to just get out and do things together locally.

They moved to Dawsonville 15 years ago from Lithia Springs.

"They are sweet, country people," Tate said. "Really sweet."