John and Rose Ray were married Nov. 16, 1957 in Hernado, Miss. They moved to Salem, Ark., in 1959.
The couple has four children: Connie (James) DeLargy, Vickie Ray (and friend Willie Sexton), Douglas (Melissa) Ray and Beth (Chris) Waltrip. They have 12 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and two more on the way.
The Rays celebrated their anniversary with a family gathering.