Paul Michael and Shirley Day Wells celebrated 50 years together on Saturday, July 30, 2016, at noon, at the Meeting Place in Elkin. Members of their family and some of their lifelong friends attended.

Mr. and Mrs. Wells were married July 30, 1966, in Caldwell County, by the Rev. John A. Day Jr., Mrs. Wells’ brother.

The couple has five sons and seven daughters. They are: 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, Justin Wells and wife, Bonnie, of Hays and the late Michael David Wells. They have 21 grandchildren.

Mr. Wells worked in the construction business beginning at age 15. He owned a successful framing company for more than 20 years. Mr. Wells is now retired and enjoys gardening, spending time with his dogs and visiting with his family.

Mrs. Wells was a homemaker, caring for her 12 children, and worked outside the home to help support the family when necessary. She now spends time growing vegetables, canning and spending time with her grandchildren and family.

Mr. and Mrs. Wells believe that “The key to staying married is pure, enduring, unconditional love. We have all learned how to love through our faith in God,” said a family member.

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