Stanley Markey Bannister and Patricia Ann Watson Bannister celebrated their 50th anniversary March 17 with a dinner and reception in the fellowship hall at From The Heart Church Ministries of Belpre. Their son Mark of Atlanta, Ga., attended the celebration.

They were married March 16, 1963, at the First Presbyterian Church in Fort Wayne, Ind.

He is the son of the late William F. and Lillian Reynolds Bannister of Louisa, Va.

He is retired, having been employed for 38 years at Willow Island, formerly American Cyanamid Chemical Plant, which is currently Roche.

She is the daughter of the late William H. and Cora McDowell Watson of Fort Wayne. She was employed by the city of Parkersburg for 24 years.

They are the parents of Stanley M. (Vivian) Bannister Jr. of Conyers, Ga., Melissa D. Traugh of Vienna and the late Marshall A. Bannister.

They are the grandparents of Alexis H. Bannister of Parkersbug, Mark A. Bannister of Conyers, Ga., and Cyrus D. Traugh of Parkersburg.

They are the great-grandparents of Julian Williamson, who was born on their 49th anniversary.

They enjoy babysitting and traveling to visit relatives.

They are active members in their church and community services.