Mansell “Smitty” and Virginia Smith, of Ponder, Texas, celebrated their 50 wedding anniversary on April 5, 2014, with a surprise anniversary party hosted by their children at Lil’ Einsteins Academy in Ponder.

The couple married on April 4, 1964, in Lake Dallas, Texas. Smitty founded Smitty’s Floor Covering in 1958, and both Smitty and Virginia are retired from the family-owned company. Smitty is a member of the Denton Racing Pigeon Invitational Club.

The couple has seven children: Shirley Neece of North Richland Hills, TX; Ricky Smith of Sanger, TX; Darlene Rogers of Krum, TX; Teresa Smith of Ponder, TX; Sil Smith of Ponder, TX; Dodie Spencer of Plano, TX; and Cynthia Sallee of Ponder, TX. They also have 15 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

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