Barry and Deborah Sechrist celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020.

The Sechrists were married on October 3, 1970, at the Singers Gap United Methodist Church. The Rev. Frank McCaslin, assisted by J. Roy Morgan, Deborah’s grandfather, officiated the ceremony.

Barry is the son of the late Robert and Virginia (Swope) Sechrist and Deborah is the daughter of the late Bill and Lawanda (Wilson) Morgan. The couple reside at their home in Hill Valley where they have lived for almost 40 years.

The pair have two children. Barry Sechrist Jr. and wife Lisa, St. Francisville, Louisiana and Sarah (Sechrist) Helton and husband Matthew, Hill Valley. They have been blessed with five grandchildren, Thaddeus Sechrist, Tori (Sechrist) Blood, Tyler Helton, Andrew Mowery and Davis Mowery, and two great-grandsons, Talon and Apollo Blood.

Barry and Deborah are both graduates of Mt. Union Area High School. They were long time members of the Singer’s Gap UMC and more recently attend the Pentecostal Freedom church in Mt Union.

Barry is retired from SCI Huntingdon as the garment factory foreman and Deborah retired from the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

They enjoy traveling and camping in their RV, especially to their son’s home in Louisiana. Barry enjoys hunting, classic cars, bird watching, woodworking, and is a member of the Mapleton Hunting Camp. Deborah has a real “green thumb” for gardening and flowers and likes to sew. She also enjoys reading, especially James Patterson Novels and books about history.

The couple spent their anniversary camping in Georgetown, Kentucky with their son and daughter-in-law and friends from Louisiana where a surprise evening reception was held in celebration of their special occasion. A partially enclosed structure, overlooking a lake, was elegantly decorated in gold with a fall theme. Husband and wife danced to their wedding song, “Unchained Melody,” by the Righteous Brothers and served each other from a beautiful wedding cake. The 18 family and friends in attendance wore costumes from the 1960s and they danced and enjoyed music from that era.

Upon returning home, a dinner party celebrating their golden anniversary was hosted by the Bride’s brother, Bill Morgan and wife Betsy, McVeytown. Close family and friends attended.

Happy anniversary, Barry and Deborah!

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