Jerry and Carol Hilliard of Salem celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 9 with friends at Polinori's in Alliance - the same restaurant where they had gone on their first date in 1960.
The former Carol Hasson, daughter of Lorraine Hasson of Winter Garden, Fla., and the late Robert Hasson, married Mr. Hilliard on June 9, 1962, at the First Presbyterian Church of Salem. He is the son of the late George and Betty Hilliard.
The couple moved back to Salem in 2009 after Mr. Hilliard retired as a professor emeritus from East Tennessee State University. He also worked for newspapers in Florida, Tennessee and Ohio, beginning his career at the Salem News.
Mrs. Hilliard's banking career started at the First National Bank of Salem, and she later established her own custom sewing business in Tennessee.
The Hilliards have two sons, Doug (LeAnne) Hilliard of Johnson City, Tenn., and Mike (Melanie) Hilliard of Limestone, Term. The couple also has seven grandchildren, Zak, Kelsi, Mollee, Madison, Olivia, Jake and Callie.