Tommy Lee and Carma Suzanne Stricklin Grimes are celebrating 50 years of marriage on Oct. 5.
Both were born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. They were married in Kennedale, Texas, on Tommy's 21st birthday.
They have two children, Michelle who lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband Aaron, and Tommy Alan Grimes, who lives in Grand Junction with his wife Mandy. They also have seven grandchildren, Aaron II, Lauren, Lily, Gage, Austin, Riley and Hannah.
The Grimes moved to Colorado in 1976. They first lived in Montrose for 25 years, then moved to Delta for 11 years. They also have also lived in Cedaredge and now in Nucla.
Tommy was a pressman in Texas and Colorado before a call to the ministry in 1981. He was ordained through the Church of God in Anderson, Ind., and the Assemblies of God. He served as pastor of Delta First Church of God for 11 years. He is currently pastor at Community Bible Fellowship Assembly of God in Nucla.
He and Carma also traveled full-time in national music ministry.
Carma has worked as a bookkeeper, office manager and activities director at Valley Manor Care Center in Montrose. She has always enjoyed sharing her musical skills. She recorded three CDs of original songs, in Nashville, Tenn.
The Grimes will celebrate their anniversary with their children and church family at Community Bible Fellowship in Nucla Sunday, Oct. 8, at 5 p.m. Another celebration will occur later this fall in Cedaredge.