These two Greensboro octogenarians are thankful for one thing: 'each other'

“I didn’t have a boyfriend,” she said, “and didn’t want one.”

Bill and Shirley realized they lived a few houses and a turn down a street away from each other.

Soon, he was joining her on walks when she came past his yard.

She dropped off plates of food.

“I knew she was the one person I wanted to spend the rest of my life with,” Bill said.

They bonded over Randy Travis concerts on DVD.

She liked to talk. He liked to hold her hand.

One day in early September, they were sitting in his living room.

“I said, ‘What if I asked you to marry me?’ “ he recalled.

She sat there, speechless for once.

“Oh, I’m not sure,” she replied.

Now, they’ll be together forever.

“I know he cares for me,” Shirley said. “I like that and I feel the same way.”