Marlin and Idella Loudin of Buckhannon were surprised by family and friends on Sept. 20 with a small barbecue in celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary. The couple were greeted with a convoy of honking vehicles gathered in their driveway and shouts of happy anniversary from their children and grandchildren.
Idella Loudin had previously mentioned that she did not need a big celebration, so she was quite surprised to find the entire family in her front yard. Marlin Loudin was not nearly as surprised, but was quite pleased nevertheless.
Attending the celebration were the couple's children, Christina Loudin and Curt Edwards and her children, Traci, John and Evan Loudin; Marg and Les Davis; Doug Loudin and Shelly Corbitt and their children, Spencer, Andrew and Hunter; Matt and Stephanie Loudin and their children, Kaleb, Wade and Hannah; Eric Loudin and Crystal Neely and her children, Sophia and Brennan, and a few other friends and family.
MR. AND?MRS. Marlin Loudin
The barbecue and potatoes were prepared by family friend Greg Fassett while family members attending provided a variety of covered dishes for the celebration. The couple's golden anniversary cake was created by chef Sierra Loudin.