James D. and Marilyn Jean (Schafer) Hawkins were married June 18, 1967, in Tampa, Fla. James, who served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War, is retired from Teamster Local 348th. He is employed at The Flood Company in Hudson. Marilyn Jean is retired from Cuyahoga Falls Board of Education, and she worked at the Akron Rotary Camp.
They have four daughters: Hope (Ron) Morrison of Brimfield; Faith Smiley of Cuyahoga Falls; Lorain (Allen) Graves of New York; and Charity Hawkins of Brimfield. They also have 10 grandchildren: Andrew, Bethany, Caleb, Geneva, Megan, Kelsey, Marilyn, Trey, Sami and Matthew.
Their family and friends surprised them with an anniversary party June 16.