John and Doris (Skeen) Townsend were married March 7, 1953. The marriage ceremony took place in the First Baptist Church of Okemah by pastor Joe L. Ingram. Both are graduates of Shawnee High School, Doris in 1952 and John in 1953.
Three of the couple’s four children were here to help them celebrate: Elizabeth from Texas, Ramah from Virginia; and Deborah from Michigan. Their son John Jr. is presently in Afghanistan.