Couple Who Met on Facebook Take Drives to Ease COVID Stress

Marion County Folks Tell the Jimp About Dealing with Unusual Times

Coping Oscar _ Lolette StephensonBy BOB PALMER
Jimplecute News Editor

JEFFERSON – Oscar Sonny Stephenson III took a sip of his cold drink and let the swing glide back and forth as he told the Jimp how close COVID-19 has come to him.

“My son [Oscar IV] has COVID in New Boston,” Sonny said. “He works at Red River Army Ammunition Depot. One of his guys came up to him and said he didn’t feel well.”

Oscar IV sent the sick man to get tested.

“Then the company sent my son to get tested,” Sonny said. “Both tested positive.”

While the worker had to go to the hospital, Oscar IV reports that he has had no reaction.

Sonny and Lolette have been married eight years. It is a second marriage for both of them.

“My wife and her husband passed away a week apart,” Sonny said. “We met on Facebook. I like to run my mouth on Facebook.”

Lolette still works at AEP SWEPCO while Sonny is retired from Domtar paper mill in Ashdown, Arkansas, where he worked 28 years.

Mastercraft Coping Sponsorship April 2020 Sample2It was Lolette and her first husband who purchased the property on Lake O’ the Pines.

“I love it here,” Sonny said.

The couple works in the garden and watches “Wheel of Fortune” on television in the evenings.

To break the routine they will take drives, being careful not to stop and visit.

“I like to drive to Gilmer on 300,” Sonny said. “I then go into Longview. I try to glide through Longview without somebody running over me.”

The route takes them to Marshall, then to Karnack on SH 43. If they don’t have much time, occasionally they just drive around the lake.

Before meeting Lolette, Sonny lived in New Boston, but visited Jefferson for the annual Boo Run on his motorcycle.

“If you look at my Facebook page, you’ll see I’m pretty red,” Sonny said. “I’m a Republican. I back our president.”

Even though Sonny no longer rides his motorcycle, he keeps a biker’s attitude.

“I enjoy the heck out of life,” he said.

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