NY couple, 85, to remarry 48 years after divorce

Associated Press Modified: July 31, 2012 at 6:21 pm •  Published: July 31, 2012
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Davis proposed to Henderson over the phone around Easter and she accepted, even though they hadn't seen each other since a family funeral in 1996. Before that, the two hadn't been face-to-face since splitting up in 1964, though they had stayed in touch and kept up with each other's lives through the children.

Their oldest daughter, Johnnie Mae Funderbirk, had been urging her father to return to New York since his wife's death.

Davis was receptive, especially to the idea of reconnecting with Henderson.

"I had always kind of had that in mind, mostly because of the children," he said. "You never forget someone that you cared for at one time or another."

Henderson and Davis both said it was "nice" to see one another again, this time as an engaged couple.

The children are less reserved.

"I'm as excited as some 9-year-old whose parents are getting back together," Funderbirk said, "and I'm 65 years old."