Merrel and Martha Banner of Hoschton celebrated their 50th anniversary on Sept. 24, 2010. A golden anniversary party held in their honor at Luna's in Gainesville was given by their daughter Lisa Banner O'Connor, daughter and son-in-law Maria and Alan Cleveland, daughter and son-in-law Sonja and Jim Bullard and sister and brother-in-law BJ and Stewart Martin.
Retired Col. John and Barbara Avery of Hoschton celebrated their 50th anniversary on June 10, 2010. A reception was held in their honor at Grace Church in Gainesville and was given by their children Angela Brisendine, Jill Scoville, JohnAvery and Linda Wood.
The couple have four children, nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
T. J. and Grace Kemp of Gainesville celebrated their 25th anniversary on May 17, 2010. The couple celebrated with a renewals of their vows at Chicopee Baptist Church in Gainesville with son-in-law the Rev. Douglas Collins and the Rev. Phil Carpenter officiating. A reception was given by their daughters Jeanene Escover and Lisa Collins and their families at Chicopee Baptist Church in Gainesville following the ceremony. The couple took a cruise to the Panama Canal.
The couple have two children and four grandchildren.
Larry and Josephine Payne of Gainesville celebrated their 50th anniversary on July 25, 2009. A dinner party held in their honor at their son's residence was given by Jeff and Hart Payne, Kim and John Yarger and Melanee and John Payne.