Emma Jo (McLaughlin) and Preston Reid will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Dec. 16. They were married at the United Methodist Church in Blanket. They have lived in Blanket for the last 43 years. They have been members of the First Baptist Church of Blanket for 43 years also. 

They have tow children, Donna Ford and David Reid. They have five grandchildren, four of whom they adopted and raised. They also have six great-grandchildren.

Besides being active in their church, they are also on the board of directors for Hope for Tomorrow, a child placement agency with the home office in Early, Texas.

"God has bless us with a great family and so many wonderful friends," the couple said.