- Associated Press - Sunday, November 27, 2016

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - Four times Retired Navy Chief William “Wild Bill” Allen asked his sweetheart to marry him before she said yes.

Allen, 91, and Jamie Simpson Shubert, 76, exchanged their wedding vows with smiles and laughter Nov. 20 before a standing-room-only crowd. They were wed in the chapel at the Armed Forces Retirement Home, where Allen lives.

“She has a radiant personality,” said Allen, a World War II veteran who served for 22 years.

“I know how to pick ‘em.”

They had met in January during karaoke night in a club at the Retirement Home.

“I’d never been to karaoke, and I don’t know why I went that night,” Allen said.

“She was sitting at the bar because all the chairs and tables were taken up, so I asked if I could sit with her and she said, ‘yes.’ We later sat on the balcony and watched the full moon.”

“We started talking and we started dating and something happened. We both realized we want companionship,” Allen said.

And they would sing karaoke. He said his favorite song is “I can’t Help Falling in Love With You,” and hers is “Moonglow.”

“I know how to pick ‘em.”

They had met in January during karaoke night in a club at the Retirement Home.

“I’d never been to karaoke, and I don’t know why I went that night,” Allen said.

“She was sitting at the bar because all the chairs and tables were taken up, so I asked if I could sit with her and she said, ‘yes.’ We later sat on the balcony and watched the full moon.”

“We started talking and we started dating and something happened. We both realized we want companionship,” Allen said.

And they would sing karaoke. He said his favorite song is “I can’t Help Falling in Love With You,” and hers is “Moonglow.”

Chaplain Michael Gibson officiated the ceremony, extolling the virtues of love, and at times stopping for laughter.

When asked if he would take Shubert as his wife, Allen smiled broadly and emphatically said, “I do.”

Allen became speechless at one point while reciting his vows. He turned to look at the chaplain, then turned to look at the congregation, and said loudly, “I’m excited!”

Allen kissed his smiling bride’s hands after she finished her vows. And he leaned over to kiss her lips.

“Not yet, Bill,” the chaplain said, eliciting laughter.

He pronounced them man and wife and they finally shared that kiss.

Gibson told the congregation they had truly witnessed a special occasion.

“We have far more funerals here than we do weddings,” Gibson said.

Guests joined the newlyweds in a reception at The Fiddler’s Green, a lounge and karaoke bar at the Retirement Home. The Allens picked the song, “Because of You,” for their first dance. “Tony Bennett, 1951,” the bride said.

Chaplain Michael Gibson officiated the ceremony, extolling the virtues of love, and at times stopping for laughter.

When asked if he would take Shubert as his wife, Allen smiled broadly and emphatically said, “I do.”

Allen became speechless at one point while reciting his vows. He turned to look at the chaplain, then turned to look at the congregation, and said loudly, “I’m excited!”

Allen kissed his smiling bride’s hands after she finished her vows. And he leaned over to kiss her lips.

“Not yet, Bill,” the chaplain said, eliciting laughter.

He pronounced them man and wife and they finally shared that kiss.

Gibson told the congregation they had truly witnessed a special occasion.

“We have far more funerals here than we do weddings,” Gibson said.

Guests joined the newlyweds in a reception at The Fiddler’s Green, a lounge and karaoke bar at the Retirement Home. The Allens picked the song, “Because of You,” for their first dance. “Tony Bennett, 1951,” the bride said.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com

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