J Frank Stark and Mary Lou Parkinson Stark of Bluffton recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. The couple were married Sept. 19, 1964 in Topeka, Kan. The couple were married while they were students at Washburn University in Topeka.
Frank earned a MSW from Kansas University in Lawrence, Kan., in 1970. Mary Lou earned a MSEd from Illinois State University in Normal, Ill., in 1973. They lived and worked in Bloomington-Normal, Ill., Elmira, N.Y., and Washington, D.C./Silver Spring, Md. In 2005, they retired to South Carolina. Mary Lou has recently started a small business as an editor and proofreader.
The couple have two sons, Brian and Mark. They celebrated their anniversary with family and friends at the Sea Pines Beach Club. They renewed their vows with the Rev. Julia Johnson of Unity Church of Hilton Head. Bill Peterson Productions provided music and special entertainment.