“Still Crazy After All These Years”
On April 3rd, 1971, in Williamsburg, Virginia, twenty-two-year-old local fireman James David Garrison succeeded in marrying Terry Ann Denton, the twenty-two-year-old math teacher at the high school that happened to be across the street from his fire station.
Following her graduation from James Madison University in 1970, Terry fatefully took her first job teaching in David’s hometown of Williamsburg, where David had just returned on a break in his own education. Terry happened to move into the same building as David, who noticed the pretty girl who drove a Chevy Nova like his that would eventually require his mechanical expertise. On April 3rd, 1971, weeks of flickering the fire department mini-blinds and wooing the young math teacher in the classroom across the street paid off, and David married Terry.
David finished his break from school and finished seminary in Kansas City in 1977, and after preaching in the D.C. suburbs for 10 years alongside Terry, they took the two boys they had and moved West to Cameron, Missouri in 1985, where they had their third boy. David, with Terry at his side, served as minister at the Cameron Church of the Nazarene for 10 years.
In 1995, Terry resumed her teaching career, now at Cameron High School, where she taught math and compassion for the next 18 years. David started working for the Missouri Division of Aging, now called the Dept. of Health & Senior Services, from where he just retired last year. David still ministers at the church Kendall Chapel, where he’s preached since 1998, though as all who know David and Terry can attest, the work of a preacher or a teacher is not confined to a church or school.
FIFTY years, three sons, eight grandchildren and counting later --- CONGRATULATIONS DAVID & TERRY!
Love, Your Sons