Mr. and Mrs. Roy Blackburn

HOPEDALE – Roy and Claren Blackburn of Hopedale celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Memorial Day weekend with their children and grandchildren at Possum Lodge near Piedmont Lake.

They were married on June 8, 1963, in Lakewood, Ohio.

He is the son of the late Ralph and Ruth Blackburn, and she is the daughter of the late Glenn and Lucille Branch. They own and operate Blackburn Funeral Homes in Hopedale, Jewett and Bergholz. She retired from teaching and substitute teaching in the late 1990s.

They have four children: Roy of Tampa, Fla.; Robb of Manassas Park, Va.; Forrest of Monroeville, Pa.; and Christine of Denver. There are five grandchildren.