Gerald and Clara Johnson Somers celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary on Oct. 27, 2017. They were married at the Wilkes County Courthouse Oct. 27, 1956.

The couple first saw each other at Charlie Somers’ store in the southeastern end of Wilkes County earlier that year and had their first date shortly thereafter.

They are the parents of six children, Danny (Shelley) Somers, Barry (Janice) Somers, Tammy (Gary) Wilcox, Sheila (Joey) Lester, Angela  (Marty) Nixon and Regina (Tim) Henderson. They have 16 grandchildren and 10  great-grandchildren.

Mr. and Mrs. Somers and their family celebrated their anniversary with a trip to North Topsail Island. They enjoy being active in church, gardening, cooking and spending time with family and friends.

The couple gives glory to God for blessing them through the years, said a family member.

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