2009-07-16 / Family

Smiths Celebrate 50th Anniversary

The Smiths in 1959 The Smiths in 1959 Larry and Doris Smith of Needmore recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in the Upper Room of Hancock United Methodist Church.

The couple celebrated on Saturday evening, June 20, with their children, grandchildren, many family members, several wedding attendants and close friends. Following a dinner prepared by the family and served by eight of Doris' sorority sisters, the couple shared the "Story of Their Life" in the church sanctuary. The video was made by Daryl Hixon and narrated by Bailey Elbin. Friends Roland and Becky Cline of Hancock honored the couple with a song entitled, "Love Is." The guests returned to the Upper Room for serving of the anniversary cake which was cut by Sylvia Shives and served by their four grandchildren: Bailey, Marley, Tanner Elbin and Tylar Smith, who were wearing personalized aprons and vest designed and made by Helen Layton. Approximately 110 guests attended from Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia and Florida. The wedding gown and bridesmaid dresses were displayed along with bride's portrait, bride's book, 25th anniversary book, family pictures, etc. Carolyn Pelton set up the display as well as creating beautiful flower arrangements throughout the social hall.

The Smiths in 2009 The Smiths in 2009 The couple also celebrated with their church family Sunday at noon, June 21, 2009. A buffet luncheon was served, followed by an anniversary cake. Approximately 90 guests were in attendance.

The Smiths were married in a candlelight service in Hancock Methodist Church on Sunday, June 21, 1959, by Rev. Lorne Burton.

Mr. Smith worked for McCray Building and Supply Co., Warfordsburg, prior to 30 years service with General Motors in Martinsburg, W.Va., retiring in September 1998. Mrs. Smith also worked for McCray Building and Supply Co., Warfordsburg, prior to her 20 years service with U.S. Silica Co., Berkeley Springs, retiring in June 1998.

The couple have two children, Sharon (Smith) Elbin and her husband, Craig; son, Rocky Smith and his wife, Angie, all of Needmore, Pa. They have three granddaughters: Bailey and Marley Elbin and Tylar Smith, and one grandson, Tanner Elbin.

The couple would like to thank all of their guests for attending and making their 50th such a special occasion as well as for the beautiful cards.

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