Greenville Life Winter 2019 - Page 11

J That loving feeling ewel and Brandon West met when they both worked at the Walmart in Stephenville, Texas, earning what they could to put themselves through college at Tarleton State Uni- versity. She was working in the clothing department and he in sporting goods. It was 1999, and she says it was “love at first sight” for both of them. Jewel, 19, and Brandon, 21, be- gan talking, getting to know each oth- er at work, and then dating. The two worked the night shift, and Brandon would get on the intercom late at night and anonymously serenade her – and everyone else in the store – with “Un- chained Melody” and “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling,” before quickly jump- ing off the intercom so he wouldn’t be found out. “No one else knew who was sing- ing except me,” Jewel recalls. The spontaneity in their relation- ship continued as the two wed in April 2002. They had set the official wedding date for September, but Brandon picked Jewel up on her lunch break between classes that spring and surprised her by driving them to the courthouse to get a marriage license. (She still laughs about him driving first to the DMV, assum- ing that’s where marriage licenses were granted.) Mere weeks later, the two went ahead and got married, months ahead of the original September date. “He couldn’t wait any longer,” Jewel says, laughing. The couple lived in Greenville for nearly a decade and now lives just out- side of town. They have two sons: Bro- dy, 10, and William, 6. Brandon is as an investigator with the Greenville Police Department and Jewel works with the Hunt County Children’s Advocacy Center. “It was love at first sight, and af- ter 19 years we’ve never lost that loving feeling,” she said. D Love Is All Around Zapata Women’s Health Center welcomes Jennifer Carter to the practice Jennifer Carter, WHCNP Malissia Zapata, MD Now offering Bio-Identical Hormone Pellet Therapy in office (903) 454-2130 WINTER 2019 Greenville Life 11