James Mathews and his brother Tommy were from the Caney Creek community in Walton County Florida.The two brothers were running a store at Carroll's Crossroads on Highway 2 in Holmes County Florida in 1957.
Ruth Barton was from the New Hope Community, also cated in Holmes County. She and James' sister Alice Mathews had become friends. One day they drove to the store to see Alice's brothers and while at the store Ruth and James were introduced. That is where their love story began.
They were married on June 27, 1959 and have raised 4 children, Mike, Stan, Jan and Chris. They have 9 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren ,and 1 great great grandchild..
Their love story is still going strong after 61 years and counting.