Barbara and Kenneth Heaton of Beaufort celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on May 9, 2009.
They met in the Catholic Central high school band. They were married at St. Marys Church in Muskegon, MI., in 1959 and moved to Beaufort in 1978.
Kenneth is retired from Parker-Hannifin as Quality Manager and Barbara is a homemaker and volunteer. The couple has six children: Paul Heaton of Savannah; Marijo Baker and her husband Rob of Virginia; Tom Heaton and his wife Becky, of Savannah; Richard Heaton and wife Dee of Bluffton; Dan Heaton and his wife Eve of Beaufort; Mike Heaton and wife Cindy of Beaufort. They also have 13 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
Their children organized and hosted a family dinner cruise on Hilton Head Island to celebrate.