Originally Published: September 1, 2011 9:41 p.m.
Max and Shirley Kearley are celebrating their 72nd wedding anniversary. They were married Sept. 2, 1939, at the First Baptist Church in Compton, Calif. Max served in the U.S. Navy in WWII and, after the war, in 1947, they relocated to Prescott, where Max was a building contractor. He was the contractor for the building of First Baptist Church sanctuary on Marina Street in Prescott.
Max and Shirley were blessed with three children: Gary (Audie) of Big Bear, Calif., Susan (Gene) Wussow of Scottsdale, Ariz., and a son, Dale, who died in 2009 (daughter-in-law Patti lives in Prescott). The Kearleys have six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.