The Gift of Love

By Jason and Dawn Cashatt

Bill and Carolyn Anderson were married 65 years ago when she was just 16 years old, and he was 19. They met in school together in Latta, South Carolina. Five daughters, seven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren later, Bill and Carolyn are still as much in love as ever. “He’s still my honey after 65 years,” Mrs. Anderson shared. The Andersons have had their share of challenges, including the loss of one of their daughters, but their attitude of thankfulness to the Lord for his blessings gives them joy and so much love to share with others.

The Andersons started their family when Carolyn was only 19 years old, and they enjoyed growing up with their girls. Their home was a welcome place for their daughters and their daughters’ friends, and they instilled in their daughters the importance of integrity above all else. “Be honest and true. Never lie. Always treat people the way you want to be treated. If you want to have a friend, be a friend.”

Bill and Carolyn modeled this type of integrity in front of their daughters in their marriage. As parents, the Andersons wanted their children to learn to see others and not become self-focused. Though their large and growing family is more scattered in distance, their family is tied together by the love that formed the foundation of the Anderson home. Mr. Anderson believes the remedy for cross words is to wrap your arms around the person who’s angry and love them. “You’d be surprised how much that changes things,” he smiled.

The Andersons believe family is the greatest gift in the world. When asked what she’d like most for Mother’s Day from her children, Mrs. Anderson replied “Come see me. Nothing means more to me than a hug and a kiss and my children letting me know they love me. It’s always the first thing they do,” said Mrs. Anderson.

Bill and Carolyn Anderson are residents of Bethea Retirement Community in Darlington, South Carolina.

“So now faith, hope and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” – I Corinthians 13:13

Happy Mother’s Day from the Bethea Retirement Community! To learn more, contact Jenny Doll at 843-393-2867.

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  • Jason and Dawn Cashatt

    Jason and Dawn Cashatt

    Jason and Dawn Cashatt are a husband and wife web and print design team from Columbia, SC. They have built their creative communications agency, Basic Shift, LLC, on the foundation of effectively sharing their clients’ stories through thoughtful design and copywriting.

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  1. Tracy Anderson Wood says:

    This is my Mom and Dad. My Mom is my best friend. You could not have chosen a more loving and caring woman. Even though my husband and I live in PA, We see them as often as possible. I love my Mom with all of my heart. She is an amazing person and has been my role model for everything. When confronted with difficult situations, I always think, “what would Mom say?”

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