SPECIAL OCCASIONS: Beamons celebrate golden anniversary (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Published: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 01:58 PM.

Walter Beamon graduated with a biology degree in 1960 and taught school for several years. He graduated from the Virginia Union School of Theology in 1969.

Ikie Beamon, a retired registered nurse, followed her husband when, as the Air Force Chaplains Service's ninth black chaplain in its 69-year history, he was transferred to South Korea.

During Saturday's celebration, Chaplain Col. (ret.) Robert Jemerson, senior pastor at Second Baptist Church in San Antonio, led the Beamons in renewing their wedding vows.

As church and Air Force friends offered tributes to the couple, Chaplain Col. (ret.) John Blair likened the Beamons to TV's Jeffersons.

"Since they were from Mississippi, they had their piece of the pie, but unlike the Jeffersons, fish would fry in their kitchen and beans would burn on their grill," Blair said to laughter.

While thanking their guests for sharing in their celebration, Pastor Beamon offered some advice for a long, happy marriage.

"The best way to stay married this long is to learn this phrase: 'Yes, dear,'" he said.

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