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Mr. and Mrs. John Byrd recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
He is a native of Baywood and was graduated from Galax High School in 1951. Lorena Byrd is a native of Sheldon, Iowa.
They met while students at Milligan College, Tenn., and were married in Paris, France, where he was stationed with the U.S. Army.
John Byrd taught at Galax High School 1958-1966. Lorena held temporary teaching positions at Fries High School, Independence High School, Oakland Elementary, and Galax High.
He then taught in Iowa and Illinois before the family moved to Seoul, South Korea, in 1979 when he was chairman of the English Department at Seoul Foreign School, and Lorena taught psychology and history. After teaching 20 years in Korea, they retired to Iowa in 1999.
He also served as lay minister for Churches of Christ, including Locust Grove Church, Galax.
They have four children: Allen, of Lombard, Ill.; Stephen, Primghar, Iowa; June Milliken, Seoul, Korea; and Rose Gifford, Brighton, Colo.; and nine grandchildren.