Earnie and Freda Sowell of Shirley celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Jan. 4, 2014.

The couple was married Jan. 4, 1964. They have two children, Michael Sowell and his wife, Kristy, of Dennard, and Beky Gentry and her husband, Johnny of Greers Ferry. They also have seven grandchildren, Joshua, Ashley, Cassandra, Trisha, Katrina, Michala and Faith; and five great-grandchildren, Blade, Clair, Sierra, Ian and Riley.