World War II veteran forms unlikely friendship

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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) -- In Roanoke, Virginia, an unlikely friendship is forming and it's all due to the smallest of gestures.

These days, you'll find Scotty Robertson following his routine. Life has a certain rhythm to it. Robertson, though, has a lot of life in those 93 years. He served his country during World War II.

But hands-down, the best part of his life was the woman he met at Norfolk and Western.

“And I asked her for a date that night and she gave it to me, and it went off from there,” Robertson recalled.

Scotty and Betty spent 67 years together.

“It was just a perpetual love, that's all,” he said.

That love met its match one year and ten months ago, when Betty passed away.

“I'd look over at her chair, and she wouldn't be there,” said Robertson. “And it would be awful.”

He spent hours sitting in front of his house, greeting the drivers who went by.

“And I decided, if I get outside and see people, it would help my loneliness,” he said.

Little did he know, just the right person would stop and say hello. Liza Jane Blackwell first visited two months ago -- and kept coming back.

“His service is why I stopped and wanted to learn his story,” she said.

Now, the two are writing a story of their own. They spend hours together, talking about anything - including Scotty's favorite team.

“I love my Hokies,” said Robertson.

“And I said, ‘Well, when was the last time you went to a football game?’ And he said, ‘I can't remember.’ I thought to myself, ‘I want to get him to a game,’” Blackwell said.

So she sent out a plea to Facebook, explaining her friendship and asking for someone to spare a couple tickets. Virginia Tech Athletics saw it and gave them box seats to Saturday's game.

“We went to Blacksburg (Va.) and just had the most wonderful time,” Robertson said.

“You know, we had a beer together and Scotty slurped it down in under five minutes,” said Blackwell.

65 years may separate them but for these two, it doesn't matter one bit.

“In the end, we're all the same and we all need each other,” said Blackwell.

“I hope I'll be a friend of hers for as long as I live,” said Robertson.

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