Mr. and Mrs. Claude (Billy) M. Gantt Sr. of Wagener celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary last week surrounded by friends and family.


Mrs. Gantt is the former Joyce Annette, daughter of the late Paul Ernest and Marty Shumpert of Pelion, S.C. Mr. Wayne C. Gunter married the couple on December 11, 1947. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Gantt were in the wedding party.


After the wedding, Frank, who was also the town police chief hooked Billy’s car behind a tow truck and towed the couple around the town of Wagener.


Officially, Joyce and Billy have five children, 14 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. However, countless others call them Grandma and Grandpa, as well.


The couple has spent their entire married life loyally serving Seivern Church and the community around it.


Seivern Baptist Church recognized them for their service on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013.