The couple renewed their wedding vows at 4 p.m. in Bunker Hill United Methodist Church, the same church where they were married in 1960. The Rev. Robert Moales, the same minister who performed the ceremony 50 years ago, officiated for the renewal of their vows. Following the ceremony, the church bell was rung 50 times and 50 white birds were released in memory of their parents, John and Beulah Burgess and Earl and Ada Smith. More than 100 guests, many original wedding guests, attended the celebration.
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The flower girl was their granddaughter, Elizabeth Sperry. Ushers were their grandson, Jonathan Breeden; and sons-in-law Will Sperry and Max Breeden.
Sara Dove was pianist, Doug Palmer Jr., served as videographer, and photographers were Pam Ramey and Michelle Cantaral.
Following the vow renewal, John and Sherry traveled in their 1925 Model T-Ford to a reception at South Berkeley Baptist Church in Inwood. It was hosted by their daughters, Janelle Sperry and Julie Breeden. The tables in the social hall were decorated with centerpieces made by Janelle Sperry. She also catered the buffet dinner. Also assisting with the reception were Juanita and Jack Sperry, Vickie and Steve Scott, David and Tonya Sperry, Lynn Jefferson, Elaine Von Scio, Ellen Jefferson, Barbara Noll, and Julie Breeden. A cake using the original wedding cake topper was served by Barbara Palmer and Nancy Ricketts. A toast was given by Doug Palmer Jr.
The Smiths have resided at Pine Hill Hideaway in Bunker Hill their entire married life. Mr. Smith worked at Clearbrook Woolen Co. and W. S. Frey Quarry. Mrs. Smith retired from Virginia Tech in Winchester after 37 years of service. They own and operate Pine Hill Mobile Home Park in Bunker Hill.
They attend Paynes Chapel United Methodist Church, serve on the Morgan Historical Cabin Committee and volunteer with Berkeley County Schools in providing college scholarships.
The Smiths enjoy driving their antique vehicles and participating in the Norwalk Car Club and the Henry Equestrian Arena. They celebrated their Golden Anniversary with a Caribbean cruise.