The Kelly siblings and their spouses are shown at Deep Springs Missionary Baptist Church near Dryden in Lee County on Saturday. Photo by Stephen Igo.
DRYDEN — The ties that bind were snugged even tighter Saturday for eight siblings and their respective spouses during a marriage vow renewal ceremony at Deep Springs Missionary Baptist Church near Dryden in Lee County.
The Kelly siblings grew up on the family farm in what is known as Poor Valley, not far from the church where they gathered with their spouses, other family members, friends and well-wishers. Eight couples, sixteen individuals in lifelong pairs, brought to the Deep Springs altar a total of 383 years of marriage between them.
Deep Springs Pastor Rick Phillips said he presided over a mass marriage vow ceremony in the church two or three years ago, ranging in marriage years from 64 to “eight, nine or 10” with five or six couples, but none were siblings. And that made Saturday’s ceremony extra special.Read more of this story in Sunday's print edition of the Times-News or the expanded electronic edition.