Florene and Herbert Linnen

Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Linnen of Georgetown celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary Friday, Jan. 27, with a dinner given by their children at their home in the Dunbar community.

The Linnens were married by the Rev. H.S. Hutchinson, pastor of Nazareth AME Church, on Jan. 27, 1962, in the yard of Mrs. Linnen's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Silas Jackson, in the Oatland community.

They both attended Choppee High School.

Mrs. Linnen, the former Florene Jackson, retired from the Waccamaw Economic Opportunity Council and the Medical University of South Carolina. She serves as the chairman of the Browns Ferry Water Co., and she volunteers as the founder/director of the Georgetown County Diabetes Core Group, a grassroots educational program that brings information and assistance to diabetics living in rural Georgetown County.

Mr. Linnen retired from the Sampit Lumber Co. and worked for several years for Dawson Lumber. He continues to work for Georgetown County at one of its recycling centers.

Both the Linnens are active at Nazareth AME Church. Mr. Linnen serves as a trustee for the church and also sings in the choir. Mrs. Linnen serves on the Steward Board at Nazareth and is the health director and president of the Missionary Board.

They are the parents of seven children: Michael, Andrew, Mark, Michelle, Tonya and Josh Linnen, all of the Dunbar community, and Herbert Linnen Jr., who lives in Philadelphia. They have 13 grandchildren – three in New York, one in Columbia, South Carolina, and nine in the Georgetown area. They have eight great-grandchildren.