Married on Sept. 12, 1957, the two have spent many years learning the secrets of being married.
White streamers and hearts, other streamers with gold 50s and spirals, and candlelit, sprinkled tables decorated the golden anniversary banquet room where a full program celebrated 50 years of love. Eldest daughter Melanie Thomison emceed, and Webster Sparkman blessed the event with the opening prayer.
The banquet table featured various types of sliced pinwheel wraps, bacon-wrapped chicken, spinach dip, meatballs, mini-quiches, sandwiches, punch, chess squares, and 50th anniversary sheet cake were just a few of the banquet items. The honorees, dressed in gold-accented attire, cut and fed each other a piece of the two-tiered 50th anniversary cake at their special table and drank ginger ale from their anniversary glasses.
The two were pleasantly surprised with a visual documenting of their lives created by Cindy Walton, which culminated with a musical tribute from their four children, son-in-law, and three grandchildren. The music included songs by Etta James and Vanessa L. Williams. Cedric V. Thomison served as videographer for the event while Melissa Burns was the designated photographer.
The honorees' children, Chauncey, Melanie and Missy Thomison, Felecia Thomison Prowell and son-in-law Osric Prowell, sang one of the family's gospel favorites, "I'm Redeemed." Remarks by the children and by other family and friends also told of how the couple had positively affected their lives over the years.
Humor and laughter were sprinkled throughout the evening that was a celebration of a half-century of love, family and community.