Renewal of vows
Joyce Weatherford Hovis and Jack Fredrick Hovis exchanged their 1955 wedding vows in a â€œRenewal of Vowsâ€ service celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. Rev. Charles Ingle officiated the Jan. 29 service at First Baptist Church in High Shoals.
Carol Anderson, Joyceâ€™s sister, was her matron of honor. She was her sisterâ€™s Maid of Honor in 1955.
Joel Hovis, the coupleâ€™s son, was best man. Their grandson, Tyler Hovis, presented his grandmother to his grandfather.
Ushers were Tyler Hovis and Paul Goding of Simpsonville, S.C.
Helen Rice, vocalist, sang the same selections she sang in 1955. Cathy Martin was organist. Lelia Hall Lattimore was harpist.
Members of the 1955 wedding party were honored guests. Mrs. Sue Lineberger Huss, Mrs. Shirley Rice Nantz, Mr. Charles Hovis, Mr. Bill Abernethy of Lincolnton, Mr. Ronnie Kay and Mr. Tony Griffin all attended.
A reception followed the ceremony in the churchâ€™s Fellowship Hall. Joyceâ€™s original wedding gown and portrait were displayed along with a table of family photographs and memorabilia.
The celebration was given by Mr. and Mrs. Joel Hovis and Tyler, the coupleâ€™s son, daughter-in-law and grandson.
Following the celebration, the couple took a trip to Charleston, S.C. and Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Mr. Hovis served in the Korean War and retired from Homelight Chainsaw in Gastonia in 1995. Mrs. Hovis was employed 41 years at Carolina Mills and retired in 2001 as manager of Carolina Mills employees credit union.