Jan and Bob Knowles of Brooksville recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They met on a blind date on Sept. 9, 1961, and were married June 14, 1962, at their minister's home in St. Petersburg.
They have four children: Kimberly Kay and her husband, Barry Ryczek; the late Carolyn Helen Knowles; Melissa Joy and her husband, Rod Miller; and Robert Franklin Knowles and his wife, Elizabeth.
Mr. and Mrs. Knowles celebrated their anniversary at one of their favorite restaurants, the Spaghetti Warehouse in Ybor Square in Tampa. Also, to their surprise, they were given a renewal of vows ceremony, with Buddy Jimmerson officiating, at the Marriott Waterside Hotel in downtown Tampa. About 30 friends and family members, along with most of their 10 grandchildren, were in attendance.
Eugene O. and Sadie B. Brown of Spring Hill recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. They were married July 6, 1947, by the Rev. L.M. Foster, pastor of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Albany, N.Y.
Mr. Brown's career started in electronics with the Western Electric School of Audio Science. Later, he became vice president of the Allied International Union of Special Police and Law Enforcement Officers in Mineola, N.Y. He was also a licensed private investigator for the state of New York and is a 33rd Degree Mason. He received a degree from Cornell University.
Mrs. Brown was a registered occupational therapist and worked in a child-life program as a recreational director at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. She received her degree from New York University.
The Browns claim four children: nephews David Brown of New York City and his late brother, Leon, whom they raised after their mother died at an early age, and adopted children Bishop James and Lena Dixon of Spring Hill. They have five grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
The couple moved to Spring Hill in December 1991 from Westwood, N.J. They are founding members of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Hudson, started a senior center program, are lifetime members of the African-American Club of Hernando County and are members of the NAACP Hernando County Branch.