Joe and Tomette Persky will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on July 18.
Joe grew up in Orlando, Florida, and served in the Marines followed by a career in industrial maintenance, of which he is now retired. Tomette grew up in Christmas, Florida, and has been a nurse for 35-plus years. They have lived in North Carolina for 25 years and reside in Boonville.
The couple have two children, Kim Billings and Gwynn Pardue; two sons-in-law, Michael Billings and Michael Pardue; and four grandchildren, Brady Billings, 16, Seth Billings, 11, fraternal twins, Will Pardue, 4, and Olivia Pardue, 1 month.
They are both members of Fairview Baptist Church and enjoy working in their yard together. Joe enjoys building furniture and home improvement, while Tomette enjoys growing flowers and sewing.