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Mr. and Mrs. Atkinson celebrate 50th anniversary

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Ed and Bessie Atkinson celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a dinner at Thorne’s Chapel Family Life Center in Rocky Mount on July 8.

Hosts were the couple’s daughters, Angela Atkinson, Teresa McNeil and Tammie Atkinson, as well as their granddchildren, Norris McNeil, Jeremy Atkinson, Jasmine Braswell and Jalen Atkinson.

Mr. Atkinson retired from Reuben H. Donnelly after more than 40 years. His wife retired from Donnelly after 28 years.

In addition to their three daughters, the Atkinsons also had a son, the late Edward Atkinson Jr. They also have four great-grandchildren.

Mr. and Mrs. Atkinson were married July 14, 1967. She is the former Bessie Strickland of Elm City.