Mike and Brenda Stansell

Mike and Brenda (Padgett) Stansell, lifetime residents of Rome, celebrated their 50th anniversary on Dec.  31, 2016.

Childhood sweethearts, the couple was married by the Rev. Ralph Cantrell, uncle of the bride, on Dec. 31, 1966 at the church where they met and grew up. They have two children, Dr. Keith Stansell of Homewood, Alabama and Kevin Stansell of Rome.

The couple’s fondest memories include the births of their two sons and grandchildren, Aaron and Avery Stansell, and trips abroad. Mr. Stansell, a Vietnam veteran and electrician, retired from inland Paper Company of Rome in 2009. Mrs. Stansell, an educator/counselor, retired in 2010.

Their hobbies include traveling, golfing, and writing. The couple considers commitment to their faith and each other and communication as the secret to a successful marriage. They attend North Rome Church of God.