Jean and Bryan Crouch of Poteet celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on Friday, May 1. Their children decided to help their parents celebrate with a surprise vehicle parade in front of their home filled with close friends and family.
“It was truly a family affair,” said Laurie Crouch Miller, daughter to Jean and Bryan. “My brother, Tommy, talked to the Poteet Police Department who agreed to let us have the parade. I then contacted family and friends to participate.”
Everyday around 5 p.m., the Crouches spend their evenings sitting outside their home watching neighbors go by, children playing and enjoy being outdoors. Their children thought that would be the perfect time to plan the parade in front of the couple’s home.
“Tommy’s job was to make sure our parents were outside in time for the parade, which worked out since he used ice cream as the focus.”
Close to 5 p.m., Poteet Police Chief Bruce Hickman came down the road with his sirens blaring followed by vehicles filled with close friends and family of Jean and Bryan greeting the couple with shouts and horn honking.
“It was the most amazing thing ever. I had no idea at all it was going to happen,” said Jean. “I received a beautiful flower arrangement from [Lesley’s Flowers] in Jourdanton. She had asked me what time the parade was and I asked her ‘What parade?’ She got quiet real quick and said it might have been in Pleasanton and left. It didn’t dawn on me what she was talking about until we were sitting outside and heard the sirens, honks and shouts coming down the road.”
Family and friends decorated their vehicles with balloons, streamers and signs to wish the couple a happy anniversary.
“They were both laughing and waving as everyone drove by,” said Laurie. “When the three grandsons – Les Miller with wife Jennifer, Bryan III with wife Codi and Lyle Miller with wife Jennifer – stopped with their carloads of grandkids, it certainly made their day!”
“Bryan is a very serious person so he had thought everyone had lost their minds,” said Jean.
After the parade, Jean and Bryan’s children, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren visited with them while practicing social distancing outside their home.
Jean and Bryan were married on May 1, 1950. Jean was 19 and Bryan was 21. Total, they have three children (Laurie Miller, Tommy Crouch and Robert Crouch Jr.), four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
When asked what the secret to a long, healthy relationship was, Jean said, “Don’t get mad with each other. If you have a fit, walk away and don’t think about it anymore. Bryan and I have never really had a big disagreement, but when we do have our fits, we walk away and don’t come back to it.”
To young couples, she added, “Take your time and get to know each other. Live a Christian life and you will be good.”