It was just that—a pearl of a party—Friday evening at the Patterson Civic Center when almost 100 people turned out to honor Pearlie Mack (center) with a surprise 78th birthday party. Pearlie and Obie Mack (right with microphone, paying tribute to his wife) will be married 60 years in November. "We had so many helping with the planning it was a miracle that she didn't get wind of it," Obie Mack said. The event was complete with a lavish buffet meal served up by family and friends. Surrounding the honoree (above L-R) were the couple's children: Linda Thomason of Fort Worth, Melissa Murray of Dallas, Larry Mack (behind Pearlie) of San Antonio, Brenda Teler of Hurst, Peggy Payne of Watauga (near Fort Worth) and Willie Ben Mack of Denton. Each gave a spoken tribute to their mother. Gospel soloists were Flower Gipson, Wendell Tyler and Pastor Roderick D. Jackson of New Hope Baptist Church. Praiser dancers were Vera Rivers and Deborah Crawford.