Gerald Riddley and Jearlean Petrey Stowe were married Dec. 30, 1967 at First Baptist Church in Foley with the late Rev. Bryant Scott officiating.
The Stowes celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Dec. 30, 2017, at the Foley First Baptist Church CLC with 80 family and friends coming from far and near to help them celebrate this special occasion in their lives.
The event was hosted by their daughter and son-in-law Steve and Natasha Stowe Gebhardt of Gulf Breeze, Fla.
The CLC was beautifully decorated in gold, ivory and white.
Throughout the last 50 years the Stowes have had contact with all of the attendees from their wedding and reception except their best man. Without their knowledge daughter Natasha, with the help of the internet and Facebook was able to find him. They exchanged messages and he was able to get a letter to her to be read at the celebration along with a picture of him and his wife. What a surprise it was that after 50 years we heard from him.
We would like to say thank you to all who came to share in this special event with us. It was an awesome evening with family and friends enjoying fun, food and fellowship.