TIPP CITY — James W.Wooddell and Iris L. Fahnestock were wed 65 years ago on Jan. 14, 1951. They were wed at the Church of the Brethren in Bradford Sunday, Jan. 14, 1951. They reside in Tipp City, Ohio.
They are 1950 graduates of Bradford High School; Iris was Salutatorian. James served as an Army Staff Sergeant in the Korean War. He is a retired business owner of his home improvement business in Troy, Ohio Iris worked for Selective Service and retired after 24 years of civil serviceat WPAFB, serving in the International Logistics.
They have three children, Dr. Scott Wooddell, senior pastor of Eastridge Park Christian Church of Mesquite, Texas; Julie Kihm of Tipp City, manager of food services at Tipp City High School; and Karen Younce of Tipp City, who works at Marriott University of Dayton as senior account executive. They have nine grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
They both have been faithful in serving in their local churches for 54 years, serving in Troy Baptist Temple, James as a deacon and choir member, and Iris as lead pianist and choir pianist from 1963-1989. From 1990 to 2008, James served as trustee and music director; and Iris as lead pianist and organist at Calvary Baptist in Troy. Currently, they are members of Vandalia Baptist Temple since 2008.
An open house anniversary celebration will be Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, from 1-4 p.m. at Monroe Grange, 4729 Peters Road, Tipp City, OH. The couple requests that gifts be omitted.