A.W. and Helen (Kirkpatrick) McVay are celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary.
They met in high school and married on Jan. 16, 1943 in El Reno, Okla. A.W. served three years in the Army, with 2 1/2 years spent in the 85th Division of the Fifth Army in North Africa and Italy during WWII. Following his return from the service, the couple established McVay Cleaners in Augusta. They owned and operated the local business for 44 years.
The couple has one daughter, Connie (Bruce) Bourget, and one deceased son, A.W. McVay III. They enjoy grandchildren, Rocky, Kyle, Lindsay and Aaron Bourget, Mark (Karie) McVay, Lynn (Claudia) McVay, Natalie Pierron, and six great-grandchildren.