Gene and Malta Roberts of Ashland celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Sept. 22, 2012, with a vow renewal ceremony at the Rockdale Freewill Baptist Church. The ceremony was performed by pastor Joe Hutchinson. Also taking part in the ceremony were brother and sister-in-law, Jimmy and Judy Roberts; daughter, Jeannie Lawson; and nephew, Jerry Roberts.
Following the renewal ceremony, a reception was given by Judy and Jimmy Roberts in the church fellowship hall. Also assisting with the reception were Libby Hutchinson, Missy Hillman, Susan Schnieder and Kelli Roberts.
The couple were married on Sept. 21, 1962, in Paintsville.
The Roberts are the parents of Keith (Linda) Roberts of Naples, Fla., and Jeannie (Herschel) Lawson of Ashland. They are the grandparents of Kaitlin and Michelle
Roberts of Florida and Noah Lawson of Ashland.
Mr. Roberts retired from AK Steel in 2007. Mrs. Roberts is a homemaker.