Cecil and Rita Carpenter of Minford were surprised by a 60th wedding anniversary reception given by their children on May 19 at High Praises Church of God Activities Building, New Boston. About 60 friends and family joined the celebration.
The Carpenters were married by the late Rev. Chester Lemley on May 24, 1952, at Wilkesville, Ohio. Cecil is the son of the late George and Alice Carpenter. Rita is the daughter of the late Amanda and Clayton Cornell.
Cecil and Rita were blessed with four children: Cathy Carpenter, Jeff (Cheryl) Carpenter, Tina (Rick) Compton, and Julie (Scott) Maxfield. They have 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Mr. Carpenter was a dedicated public servant for the State of Ohio where he served as a state trooper. Retiring in 1980, he went on to work as the manager of the Greater Portsmouth Regional Airport and as bailiff at the Scioto County Juvenile Court.