AUSTIN, Texas – An Austin couple with the combined age of 211 years will celebrate 80 years of marriage on December 15 and are now the oldest living married couple in the world, according to Guinness World Records.

  • Met in 1934 during class at UT
  • John Henderson is the oldest living former UT football player
  • Husband is 106 and wife is 105 years old

John and Charlotte Henderson met in 1934 in a class at The University of Texas. Charlotte Henderson was studying to become a teacher, while John Henderson was playing as a guard for the football team.

The couple married during the Great Depression and recall spending only $7 on their hotel room on their honeymoon.

John Henderson also holds the title of the oldest living former UT football player. He’s attended at least one Longhorn football game each year for the past 84 consecutive years.

Both are said to be healthy and they say it’s all thanks to their move to Longhorn Village senior living community 10 years ago.

What’s the secret to a successful marriage and a happy life? John Henderson said it’s all about living life in moderation and being cordial to your spouse.

John Henderson is 106 years old and Charlotte Henderson is 105 years old.