New world’s oldest couple make it to the Guinness Book of Records

A Texas wife and husband with a combined age of 211 have been named the oldest couple in the world by the Guinness Book of Records.

The announcement comes just one month before John Henderson, 106, and Charlotte, 105, of Travis County, are due to celebrate their 80th wedding anniversary on December 15.

When the couple tied the knot, it was during the Great Depression in 1939. The world may have changed since then, but their togetherness hasn’t.

They met in 1934 while attending the University of Texas. John was guard for the football team, while Charlotte was taking classes to become a teacher.

John is now the oldest living University of Texas football player, and makes sure to attend at least one game every year, a tradition he’s maintained for 84 years.

They are still healthy, and John keeps up an exercise regiment each day.

In 2009, the couple moved to Longhorn Village, a senior assisted living complex associated with the university’s alumni group.

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