Harold (Gene) and Sheila Bailey Bates of Rome celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on June 17.
The couple were married on June 17, 1956 at North Broad Baptist Church by Rev. Robert Tucker.
They met at church and have lived in Rome their entire lives except during their 30-year ministry when they lived and served in Arkansas.
The Bates say their secret to a successful marriage is love and devotion to God and to each other. They have four children: Mark Bates and Richard Bates of Rome; Gary Bates of Mobile, Alabama; and Emily Bates Tinkle of Decatur, Alabama.
Especially happy times include the births of their children, their 12 grand children, and their 18 great-grand children.