Jim and Dot Fox

James and Dorothy Fox, of Front Royal, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary Sept. 1 with a party at the First Baptist Church in Front Royal. Over 100 people attended.

The couple were married Sept. 1, 1946, at the Clarendon First Baptist Church in Arlington. The Rev. Mark Jordon, who married the couple originally, renewed their vows during the celebration.

Fox is a retired Baptist minister, intentional interim minister and former minister of Marlow Heights Baptist Church in Front Royal. He received his clinical training in mental health at St. Elizabeth’s Mental Hospital in Washington, D.C. The Fox family had a barber shop on Main Street in Front Royal in the early 1900s for many years.

Dorothy Fox worked for the Mount Vernon Baptist Association and led women’s consciousness raising groups in the 1970s. She picketed the White House for the Equal Rights Amendment. Betty Ford welcomed her group to come into the White House,  where they had tea.

They are the parents of four daughters, Linda Fox Dickinson, of Airville, Pennsylvania; Lorrie Fox, of Arlington; Karen Fox, of Front Royal; and Debbie Fox Ports, of Annandale. They have six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.