Wayne and Lynn Long of Decatur will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 28, at the Decatur Church of Christ.
The celebration will be hosted by their children – Wayland Long and wife, Carrie, of Poolville and Lisa Long Bradshaw and husband, Steve, of Decatur; and grandchildren – Libby Long of Poolville, Abby Long, who attends Texas Christian University, Binion Long of Poolville, Lyndi Luttrull of Decatur, Lauryn Luttrull of Decatur, Shelby Bradshaw of Decatur, Zack Bradshaw and wife, Kelsea, of Plainview and Kyle Bradshaw of San Angelo.
The couple also has a great-grandson, Kutter Bradshaw of Plainview.
Wayne and the former Lynn Biggs were married June 26, 1964, in Ciudad Acu a, Mexico.
The couple moved to Decatur in 1968 and bought Mobil Oil Wholesale from O.J. Van Meter. They owned and operated Long Oil Co. for 20 years before selling it to Sandford Oil in 1988.
Wayne is involved in farming and ranching. He is a member of the National Cutting Horse Association and has served as a board member. He’s shown cutting horses since 1983 and has won several NCHA titles, leading to his induction into the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame in 1997.
He is also a member of the American Quarter Horse Association. The family has been riding, showing, raising and selling cutting horses for more than 35 years.
Wayne was a member of the Decatur Volunteer Fire Department for 18 years, serving as chief four years. He was also president of the Wise County Youth Fair Board for three years and of the Decatur Booster Club for two years.
Wayne is serving his second term on the USDA Wise County Soil and Water Board, currently as treasurer.
Lynn is also a member of the NCHA and the AQHA. She has ridden and shown cutting horses for more than 25 years, winning many awards. In 2007, she won the AQHA Amateur Cutting Horse World Championship.
She served on the Wise County Youth Fair Board for eight years, and as Decatur 4-H Club organization leader for 20. She is still a Wise County 4-H leader with four decades of service.
Lynn is a member of the Decatur Woman’s Club and General Federation of Women’s Clubs – Texas, an organization for which she is serving as the photography contest chairman. She will serve on the National Capital Committee for two years and is a trustee of the GFWC/Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs historical foundation.
She also serves on the Bryson High School Alumni Board and is president of the Wise County Domestic Violence Task Force.
Lynn and daughter Lisa owned The Magic Pony, a women’s clothing store, for 19 years in Decatur.
The couple are members of the Decatur Church of Christ, where Lynn serves on the board for the Helping Hands clothing ministry. The two have been active in school functions and on various community, county and national boards.