James Burton Kent and Martha Bowen Kent marked their 51st wedding anniversary Saturday, May 22, 2021.
The couple celebrated with a small reception and vow renewal ceremony surrounded by close family and friends and with Pastor Johnathan Taylor of Eastside Baptist Church in Vernon officiating.
Burton and Martha met at Christo’s 5 & 10 store in Chipley in 1970, with Burton proposing not long after their first date.
The Kents have three children: Jonathan Kent of Chipley, Carol Kent Wyatt of Chipley, and Marsha Kent Rodriguez of Tallahassee. They also have eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.