Butch and Bonnie Sheppard celebrated their 50th anniversary.

They were married June 29, 1968, at the McLeod’s Homestead in Lowell, Ohio, by her father.

He is the son of the late Delbert “Jack” and Wilda Sheppard. He served in the Vietnam War and retired from the WV National Guard Armory US Army SFC in 2007.

She is the daughter of the late Rev. Edwin and Eliza McLeod. She is a graduate of Mountain State College and retired from Province, Webb and Associates.

They are active members of Parchment Valley Baptist Church in Ripley, where he is a Sunday school teacher, choir director and the worship leader; and she is a Sunday school teacher, the organist and the church’s treasurer.

They have two children, Aaron Todd Sheppard and Angela Dawn (Eugene) Lowe.

They have three grandchildren, Layne Richard, Zackery Jennings and Amanda Lynn Jean Lowe, and three great-grandchildren, Kylie Dawn, Bentley Zayne and Brooklynn Eliza Lowe.

He is a member of the Sheppard Brothers Bluegrass band, while she sells the band’s merchandise. They travel to many cities performing each year.

Cards may be sent to: 109 Breezy Lane, Cottageville, WV 25239-6500.