Beverly and Jimmie “Jim” Phillips of Sumter recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. They were married June 22, 1957, in Winter Park, Florida.
Their children are Janet (Thom) Rake of Hampton, Virginia, and Jeff (Tracie) Phillips of Sumter.
They have four grandchildren – Samantha, Josh, Chris and Justin – and two great-grandchildren, Cayden and Rylynn.
They celebrated their anniversary with friends in Myrtle Beach.
In her own words
Q. How did you meet?
A. At a skating rink in Orlando, Florida. He was skating, and I was watching. He came up to ask me what time it was – with a giant clock on the wall above. He just happened to have two tickets for the Elvis Pressley concert, so that was our first date.
Q. What was your favorite part of your wedding day?
A. It was a small wedding – 50 people – but very special for both of us.
Q. What do you wish you’d known your first year of marriage?
A. I thought I could boil potatoes, but they burned.
Q. Tell us about a favorite moment in your marriage.
A. Jim was in the Air Force for 30 years (we were married for 28 1/2 of those years) and we did a lot of traveling. On our 25th anniversary, we were living in Germany and went to a restaurant in a castle. We celebrated our 50th birthday with a party at our home, a trip to Las Vegas and a cruise. We still enjoy traveling.