Celebrating Black Brides: Profile #20

Couple: Commodore H. Monk and Barbara Liles

Date of Wedding: July 9, 1972

Place: St. Mark AME Church (Smithfield, NC)

Officiant: Rev. R.L. McCormick

Fun facts

The bride and groom were introduced by a friend at the request of the groom who saw his future bride and declared she would be his wife.

The couple met in March 1971 in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and went on a few dates before the groom relocated to Indiana for new job training in July 1971.  The bride lived in Baltimore, Maryland.

The couple dated long distance from July 1971 until December 1971 when the groom proposed on Christmas Day.

The couple took a chance in marrying after only seeing each other a few weekends because of the distance.  They recently celebrated 46 years of marriage and credit God for keeping them together.  

The bride is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and her groom is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.