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Richard and Frances Felts Neal celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Jan. 2 with a reaffirmation ceremony at the Blue Ridge Missionary Baptist Church on the Blue Ridge Parkway. They were married on Dec. 27, 1950.
Attending the Jan. 2 ceremony were their children and spouses, Susanna and Ray Dyer, Melanie and Chris Crabtree, and Linda Neal. Also attending were grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and other family members and friends.
A musical solo by Heather Hanks of “Ave Maria” opened the ceremony, and a reception was held in the fellowship hall.
Frances Neal attended the church as a child. She later moved to Washington, D.C., and met Richard. They raised their family in the Washington area and then moved to Smith Mountain Lake.
The Neals reside in Winston-Salem, N.C.