James and Gladys Hightower are celebrating 55 years of marriage. James Hightower and the former Gladys McLennan were married July 14, 1956, in Valley Mills, Texas. The couple moved to Las Vegas in 1965. James is a retired heavy equipment operator. He worked on many different road and dam projects throughout the southwest, retiring in 1991. Gladys worked for Walmart in Las Vegas and retired in 2007. They are the proud parents of Kenn McLennan (deceased), Tracy Hightower, Teresa Sweet and her husband Wendell, Rita Padilla and her husband Willie, and Avis Rose. They have eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. The couple will celebrate the occasion at home with family and friends.