PIQUA — Charles and Belva (Draving) Black are celebrating their 69th wedding anniversary. They were married Jan. 31, 1947, at St. Paul’s Evangelical Church in Piqua, Ohio, by the Rev. Paul J. Gehm at 7:30 p.m. A formal reception was held in the church social room following the wedding ceremony. They went to a hotel in Lima, Ohio, on their honeymoon. A big snowstorm occurred while they were there. They came back home and went to work.
Belva’s parents are the late Clarence and Gladys Draving on Piqua, and Charles’ parents are the late James and Minnie Black, also of Piqua. They are the happy parents of four children: Diana (Craig) Pottorf of Charleston, S.C.; Linda (Larry) Weikert of Troy, Ohio; Kim (Dave) DeLong of Lawrenceville, Ga.; and John (Lucinda) Black of Raleigh, N.C. They enjoy 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Some of them visited Chuck and Belva at the recent Christmas holiday.
Both are longtime active members of Piqua Baptist Church. Belva was involved with the Red Hats’ Scarlett O’Hatters of Piqua and Lydia Circle at PBC. Charles is an active member of Kiwanis Club. Charles retired from Le Roi Dresser Industries in Sidney, Ohio, in 1990. Belva worked as a secretary and receptionist, and retired in 1987.
Belva is 33 days older than Chuck. She was born on Willard Street on May 29, 1927, and Chuck was born one block away on Leonard Street on July 3, 1927. They met at the Piqua Central High School and were married six months after he was discharged from the U.S. Navy, WWII-Navy.