Ernie and Marilyn Ball, founding parishioners of St. Mary in Athens, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Dec. 1.
The Balls were married in 1962 at Corpus Christi Church in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The officiating priest was Father James Carney. They have two children, Chris Ball of Daphne, Ala., and Lisa Derrick of Etowah; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Mr. Ball is a Navy veteran and retired from Coca-Cola, where he served as an account manager. The couple celebrated their 50th anniversary with a family gathering and dinner.