Cleveland Yelder had tied the knot 16 times but that didn't keep him from taking wife No. 17 last month.

"I never heard of a man being married that many times," said the latest Mrs. Cleveland Yelder, 48. "It didn't bother me a bit."Yelder, 46, said his divorces show that marriages can be ended without violence.

"In all those marriages I've never killed anyone. I've never shot anyone," he told the Birmingham (Ala.) News.

He has been married to 15 different women. Records show that Yelder married the same woman in 1965, 1976 and in 1979.

Probate courts in Jefferson and Tuscaloosa counties list 16 of Yelder's marriages, starting at age 18 when he married a 15-year-old girl. Yelder said another marriage took place in Charleston, S.C., in 1967 or 1968.