What began as a meeting through mutual friends in their early 20s has led to 70 years of marriage, laughter, smiles, love and life.

Phyllis and Leon “Elwood” Cheers were married on Oct. 25, 1952, at Sunset Baptist Church in Wilmington. They got married at ages 21 and 24, respectively and have served the role as parents to four children and played the role as local staples in the Shallotte community.

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