Mr. and Mrs. L. Joe Baker were honored by a trip to Gatlinburg, Tenn., with a surprise visit from family, April 15th, in celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary.
The three-night stay at Olde Gatlinburg Place Condominiums was arranged by Ann Marie Baker and Vickie Baker, who are the Bakers' children. Gatlinburg was chosen because it was the original honeymoon of past.
Mr. and Mrs. Baker were surprised to see sisters and spouses, children, and cousins in the parking area when going to retrieve luggage from the car.
In addition to their daughters Vickie and Ann Marie, from Thomson and Atlanta, Ga., respectively.
Others who shared in the fun were: Betty's sister-in-law, Evelyn Cason of Thomson; Joe's sisters, Fran Nelms of Naples, Fla., Earline Foster and Virgie Harville of Michie, Tenn., Jane Austin of Savannah, Tenn., Chloe Rose and husband, C.G. Rose of Gallatin, Tenn.; Joe's brother-in-law Eugene Neill of Savannah, Tenn.; nieces Patricia Anderson of Knoxville, Tenn., Janice and Freddy Gray of Michie, Tenn., Brenda and Dan Brown of Adamsville, Tenn.; Nephew Lynn and Connie Baker, with son Jed (great nephew), of Michie, Tenn.; great nieces, Elizabeth Anderson of Knoxville, Tenn., and Amanda Anderson Rollins with husband Ken and children, Kathryn, Connor and Vince, all of Chattanooga, Tenn.
Brothers and sisters who were regrettably not present for the occasion were: Ann Johnson of Iuka, Miss., David Baker of Michie, Tenn., and George Paul Baker of Jacksonville, Fla.
Betty Ann is the daughter of the late H.H. and Annie Cason of Thomson and Joe is the son of the late E.M. and Myrtle Baker of Michie, Tenn.
Mr. and Mrs. Baker were wed April 15, 1954, by the late Rev. Raymond Shumpert at Sweetwater Baptist Church, being the last couple to be married in the old Sweetwater sanctuary prior to renovation.