The Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Edward L. Counts Edward Luther and Donna Brittina Abee Counts of Charleston, S.C., are celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary this weekend, June 22 and 23, 2013. The Counts were married on June 22, 1963 in Bethany Lutheran Church in Hickory, N.C. The Rev. G. Dwight Conrad and The Rev. Fulton B. Counts, Edward's father, were the officiating ministers. Their children are son, Scott Edward and wife Kimberly of Evanston, IL., son, Bryan Carroll and wife Silvie of Charleston, S.C., and son, Derek Brittain and wife Elisabetta of Milwaukee, WI. The couple have been blessed with five wonderful grandchildren, Virginia, Lily, Francesca, Christopher, and Alessandro Counts. Celebratory festivities are being given by their three sons and families this weekend. A Baltic Sea Cruise has been planned for later in the summer. Rev. Dr. Counts was Mission Developer and Pastor for Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Hampton, Virginia and Trinity Lutheran Church in Columbia, S.C. He served as Senior Pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church in Charleston, S.C., for twenty years. Dr. Counts retired as Pastor Emeritus of St. John's. Donna Counts taught school at Wildewood in Columbia, S.C., and Ashley Hall in Charleston, S.C. Happy 50th Wedding Anniversary! 2013