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CALABASH—Don’t call Joyce Davis a matchmaker.
Would fixer-upper be OK?
The Calabash resident says she used to introduce people who later got married.
This Valentine’s Day, she is remembering one of her longest-lasting couples, Chuck and Carolyn Schreiber of Calabash. They were introduced to each other by Davis in 1998.
A year later, in December 1999, they were married.
More than 14 years after their introduction, the Schreibers, along with their dog Squeaks, are still blissfully together.
“I put ’em together cold turkey,” said Davis, who used to oversee a singles group called The Links at Seaside United Methodist Church in Sunset Beach.
Davis denies she’s a matchmaker, but once upon a time she had a knack for bringing people together.
She estimates she’s connected 10 couples over the years, though she says she doesn’t have time to do that anymore.
“I was never called a matchmaker,” Davis emphasized. “I just brought people together. I had seven women and no men.”
Davis said she would invite men who’d lost their wives to join the group for dinner.
“I started out with all women,” Davis said. “I just found people that needed to be out in the world. I didn’t match ’em up. I introduced ’em.”
She consulted her friend and neighbor, Gary, a friend of Chuck’s. Gary gave her Chuck’s phone number.
“All I had was a name and number,” Davis said.
Chuck was a divorcee living across the state line in Little River, S.C. Davis phoned him and invited him on one of the group’s excursions.
After the outing, Davis asked Schreiber which lady he liked better—the blonde or the redhead?
“He picked the little redhead up the street,” Davis said, referring to Carolyn, who was a widow when Davis introduced her to Chuck.
Davis then called Carolyn to find out what she thought.
“She said he was OK,” Davis said. “I took care of things right then. He called her. That’s when they started seeing each other.”
Carolyn described their meeting as a social get-together.
“I happened to find somebody who’s compatible,” she said.
Davis said she uses common sense when introducing people.
“Either they click or they don’t click,” Carolyn said.
She said the night she danced with Chuck for the first time, at the former Toby’s Restaurant (now Mulligan’s) in Little River, “I felt like I was interested.”
While Davis can bring people together in social settings, “It’s up to them if they make eye contact,” she said.
“She just talks to people,” Chuck added.
“I like happiness,” Davis explained. “I like to see people out and having fun. Don’t sit in the house and get bored.”
Davis also fixed up an older couple who live in her neighborhood.
Davis says she isn’t an official matchmaker or singles director.
“It’s too much work,” she said. “I don’t have the time.”
Davis also doesn’t have time to be “fixed up” herself. She said she’s too busy taking care of her sister.
The way to find someone is to get out there and be introduced to people, she said.
“People draw people.”
Last week, Davis brought a vase of red Valentine’s roses to the Schreibers, who just got back from a trip to Hawaii.
“They’re still my cupid couple,” she said.
Laura Lewis is a staff writer at the Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or email email@example.com