The Sparrow couple celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary | Local News
According to staff reports
The Reverend and Mrs. Ralph Sparrow Jr. celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on August 19 and were honored with a special reception on September 3 to commemorate the milestone.
The reception, hosted by the couple’s children, Kimberly Sparrow Nichols (Kenny) and Lt. Col. James Sparrow (Sarah), was held at the Life Enrichment Center at Berea Baptist Church in Mooresville.
Balloons marked the entrance to the fellowship hall and were scattered around the hall serving as decoration.
Glass jars filled with flowers or greenery and decorated with burlap and the number 60 or photos and their names placed on a slice of wood served as centerpieces on each of the guest tables.
Photos of the couple and their family over the years, along with other keepsakes, were placed on a table for all to see throughout the afternoon.
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When guests entered the communion hall, they could sign the register and greet the honored couple, after which they were invited to enjoy a variety of dishes and a specially made two-tiered birthday cake made of chocolate and red velvet.
Ralph Linwood Sparrow Jr. is the son of the late Ralph Linwood Sparrow Sr. and Catherine Templeton Sparrow of Mount Morne. Doris Carolyn Kistler Sparrow is the daughter of the late Thomas Guy Kistler and the late Lois Clodfelter Kistler of Mooresville. Ralph and Doris grew up together and Ralph was best friends with Doris’ brother. They began dating when Ralph was in the Air Force writing letters to each other and were married on August 19, 1962 at Berea Baptist Church.
The couple have three grandchildren, Captain Zak Sparrow (Gabriella) of Lawrence Township, New Jersey, and Catherine and Lydia Strange of Shelby and two great-granddaughters, Aria and Emery Sparrow.
Ralph is a graduate of Southeastern Theological Seminary and has pastored churches in Virginia, South Carolina and North Carolina. Doris is a graduate of the Lowrance School of Nursing and has held several positions as a registered nurse. They are both enjoying retirement life in their hometown of Mooresville. Ralph loves ham radio and they both enjoy being active in their church, traveling, listening to Southern gospel music, and spending time with their families.