Barbara and Ervin McIntyre, a local Lincoln Parish couple, celebrated 50 years of marriage Sunday.
Barbara Flournoy McIntyre of Grambling, and Ervin McIntyre of Hampton, Virginia, met in Hampton while the then-Flournoy was a student at Hampton University. After courting each other for a while, McIntyre had enlisted in the US Navy and went to boot camp, but the two stayed in touch.
After Flournoy graduated college, they were married on December 19, 1971, at Saint Benedict Catholic Church in Grambling.
Mrs. McIntyre is now a retired Real Estate Agent after 30 years in the business, working at Century 21 in Hampton and Ruston.
Mr. McIntyre is also retired with the rank of E7, Chief Petty Officer in the Navy, after serving 23 years. He served in Vietnam and Dessert Storm. The family was stationed state side, in Europe and Asia during his service.
After Mr. McIntyre retired, they settled in Grambling, to be near Mrs. McIntyre’s parents, Louis and Mary Flournoy as they were getting older and needed extra help.
The McIntyres were also the former owners of Sweet Pea’s Soul Food Restaurant in Ruston that they ran together for approximately10 years.
They have two adult daughters, Pamela and Erika.