David and Hazel Brigman will celebrate their 63rd wedding anniversary in this exceptional year, being the only time they will ever have their Armistice Day anniversary where the date is 11-11-11, and their children wanted to commemorate this occasion since Mr. Brigman is also a veteran with the U.S. Navy.
It was just 63 years ago that a strapping young man and a lovely young lady met and fell in love. They have lived together all these years, scoring many accomplishments to their names.
In 1948, Mr. and Mrs. Brigman were married by the Justice of the Peace in Lumberton, N.C. Mr. Brigman had served in the Navy and then went to school on the G.I. Bill to pursue his lifelong vocation. Together, they developed and ran a jewelry store and watch repair business from 1948 until they relocated to Florida in 1961. Once they were established in their new home state area, they operated Dave’s Jewelers for another 48 years, until the Brigmans officially retired in 2009. Along the way, they also opened a used car facility and simultaneously ran it beside the jewelry business.
The Brigmans also developed a family during those years, which made Mrs. Brigman especially busy between work and home. They have four children, all 15 and 11 months apart. The two boys, Dennis and Larry, came along first and then welcomed their two sisters, RhondaKay and Trena.
The Brigman children all helped in some capacity with both the businesses and in taking care of the home front. As is always the case, they all grew up, and began their own lives and families on their own, with two living in Florida and two living in the mountains of Georgia and North Carolina.
David and Hazel Brigman heard the call of the mountains too as they finally decided to retire.
They reside in Franklin, with a vacation place still in their local Florida community area. Though they are both still “officially” retired, they say it’s almost impossible after working since they were both teenagers to just stop and not miss it. Therefore, Mr. Brigman still works as a master watchmaker at the request of his loyal customers, dependent upon him from many years of repairing their watches and clocks. Mr. Brigman says, “You can’t keep an ole dog down for long,” referring to his and Mrs. Brigman’s health issues. They feel wonderful, even though at 83 and 82 years young respectively, they continue to enjoy each day together and look forward to reaching 100 years old, Lord willing.
Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Brigman on your 63 years of marriage, and we hope for many more years to come.
Submitted by RhondaKay Brigman