Frankie and Lynda McConnell will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on September 7, 2013. A Renewal of Vows Ceremony will be held at Rains-Talley & Cothron Chapel. The reception will follow at Eastern Hills Church of Christ Fellowship Hall hosted by their children and grandchildren.
The couple was married September 6, 1963, in Marshall. Since their marriage they have lived in Texarkana, Atlanta and Marshall. They have three children, Frankie McConnell II and wife, Mandy, of Acton, Calif., Amie Grubbs and husband, John, of Jefferson and Eric McConnell of Woodlawn. They have four grandchildren, Austyn McConnell, Mason McConnell, Cameron Grubbs and Parker Grubbs.
Mr. McConnell served in the U.S. Army and worked more than 40 years as a newspaper photographer at the Atlanta Citizens Journal, Marshall News Messenger, Lone Star Eagle and the Texarkana Gazette, where he was named “Employee of the Year 2000.” He assisted George Foreman with Public Relations jobs and was instrumental in securing a place for him in the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in Waco.
Mrs. McConnell worked in photography before graduating from ETBU with a BSE and UT Tyler with a MEd and a MRT certification. She taught for Marshall ISD for 28 years.
Mr. and Mrs. McConnell are members of Eastern Hills Church of Christ, where Frankie serves as Deacon and Lynda teaches children’s bible classes.
Their hobbies include attending their grandchildren’s activities and traveling on Amtrak.
Published in The Marshall News Messenger on September 1, 2013