Jackie (Suter) and Marvin Lawley celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary on June 7, at the Suter Farm on the Cumberland Plateau where immigrants from Switzerland settled in the late 1860s.
An estimated 100 family members and friends turned out for the celebration under blue skies and enjoyed barbecue and music by the Buzzard Mountain Boys, a blue grass band from the hills of Georgia.
The Lawley’s two sons, Stephen and Michael, their wives, and eight grandchildren were present for the occasion.
Among the guests was Connie Sharkey, 92, of Tracy City, whose husband, the late Rev. William L. Sharkey, officiated at the Lawley’s wedding on June 5, 1965, in an Episcopal service at the Dubose Conference Center in Monteagle. The wedding was an outdoor affair under the center’s pavilion.
The Lawleys relocated to the Suter Farm, in the north end of Grundy County, in 2012 from Fairfax Station, Va., where they had a successful construction firm. They are active members of Christ Church Episcopal in Tracy City and the Grundy County Swiss Historical Society.
he Suter Farm was established in the Colony in 1885 by Jackie’s great-great grandfather, Leonard Suter.