They were born into tobacco growing families in 1930's North Carolina. While the country was sinking in economic depression, tragedy forever altered the homes of Roscoe and Helen as well. Both of their mothers died, leaving their fathers to care for large families and struggling farms. Proving to bean insurmountable reality, both their fathers made the unimaginable choice to send their children to the orphanage.
Within a year of each other, Roscoe and Helen entered the Barium Springs Home for Children. An orphanage is a dark place; it is against nature for child to be separated from parents. In part, this is what makes Roscoe + Helen's story so extraordinary.
“After you got over the homesickness, it was a wonderful life,” Roscoe explained. At a time when the rest of the nation was suffering, Roscoe described their childhood like this: “We had no wants! Everything was supplied. We feel sorry for the people who didn’t get to go to the orphanage.”
There, at the Barium Springs Home for Children, Roscoe and Helen grew up alongside each other, as the world around them was shaken by global war, modern industries, and shifting societal rules. They were married at Little Joe's Church, twelve years after they first met in the orphanage.
Roscoe and Helen are about to celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary, but they've lived together for over 75 years. Their's is a story of longterm faithfulness and genuine joy in the quiet parts of life.