Vernon and Maxine (Carter) Lavender were married in Spring Lake, North Carolina, December 24, 1955. The couple met while Vernon was stationed at Pope Air Force Base in Fayetteville, N.C., shortly after his service during the Korean Conflict. They have lived in the Ohio Furnace/Franklin Furnace area as well as Columbus for most of their 60 years together, the majority of time spent raising their family and during retirement in Ohio Furnace for nearly 53 years. Vernon worked for Semet Solvay/Ironton Coke and the City of Columbus until his retirement in 1995. He has served faithfully as church deacon and trustee for many years. Maxine enjoys time spent in reading and writing groups as well as gathering with and visiting church family and friends. She has taught Sunday school for many years, tutoring for special needs students learning to read, and is active in church visitation. Maxine also enjoys tending her flowers, especially her roses. Vernon and Maxine have also enjoyed traveling after Vernon’s retirement – some travel with their church group and many other trips on their own. Their children include: Marsha (Terry) Minard of Ironton, Kathy (John) Jimison, of Jacksonville, Florida, Janice (Darrell) Thomas of Franklin Furnace, and David (Marilyn) Lavender of Columbus, Ohio. They have 11 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Vernon and Maxine will celebrate their 60th anniversary with a family gathering in Franklin Furnace, culminating with a Christmas celebration at their home on Big Doney Road, Ohio Furnace.
Vernon and Maxine Lavender