A drive-by parade of friends and family helped Jim and Ernestine Green celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary at the Bedina Church of Christ on Saturday, July 18, just three days after the actual anniversary.
Jim Green, known as Jimmy, and the former Ernestine Rawlins, known as Ernie, met during her junior year at Visalia High School in Visalia, California.
Jimmy had just turned 20, but Ernie was still enrolled in high school when they married on July 15, 1950. They joined many other couples in marrying that year as the nation faced the Korean conflict.
Both underage, Jimmy and Ernie needed their parents’ signatures on a permission form to be united in marriage. They shared their wedding vows in a double wedding with Ernestine’s brother, Deral Rawlins and his bride La Dona Enterline, at the Noble Avenue Church of Christ in Visalia, California.
Jimmy was soon drafted and shipped out of San Francisco, California for Korea with the First Battalion, 9th Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division in the U.S. Army.
Their firstborn, Frederick “Fred” Green was born in 1951, followed by Joni Green and Cathi (Green) Madrigal.
Jimmy helped his dad ranching in Paso Robles, California but later joined Union Oil in 1955. Jimmy’s ranch life developed skills he needed to build the couple’s mountain vacation home in Shaver Lake, California.
In 1988, after 23 years, Ernestine retired from the Bank of America. Jimmy chose to retire in 1990 after 35 years with Union Oil.
Some of their most rewarding times were spent working with the Sojourners, a Church of Christ missionary RV group, providing physical assistance and expertise for camps and churches.
The couple parked their RV after 14 years of sojourning and settled in Bandera, Texas in 2003 near one of their last work projects.
On June 16, 2020, Jimmy turned 90 years old, and on July 15, 2020, Lord willing, they celebrated 70 years of marriage.
When asked what accounts for a successful marriage, Jimmy replied, “All I say is ‘Yes, dear’.”