Paul and Shirley Wells celebrated 50 years together July 30 with a gathering at the Meeting Place in Elkin, surrounded by family and some lifelong friends. The couple was married July 30, 1966, in Caldwell County by John A. Day Jr., ordained preacher and brother of Shirley.
The couple has five sons and seven daughters, Keith Day of Mulberry, Wendy Burke and husband Art of Jonesville, Tracy Wells and Kevin of Wake Forest, Paula France and husband Tony of Pilot Mountain, Etta Fender and husband Randall of Austin, Nathan Wells and wife Janessa of Hays, Sarah Townsend and husband Neil of State Road, Rebecca Irwin of Jonesville, Daniel Wells and Felicia of Hays, Hannah Harless and husband Daniel of West Jefferson, the late Michael David Wells and Justin Wells and wife Bonnie of Hays. They also have 21 grandchildren.
Mr. Wells worked in the construction business beginning at the age of 15 and owned a successful framing company for more than 20 years. He is now retired and enjoys gardening, spending time with his dogs and visiting with family. Mrs. Wells worked to care for her children and worked outside the home when additional income was needed. She now spends time growing vegetables, canning and sharing jars of honey or canned or fresh vegetables with her visitors.
The couple said the key to staying married is pure, enduring, unconditional love and learning how to love through their faith in God.