Cumberland Times-News

August 14, 2011

Teters celebrate anniversary


Cumberland Times-News

— MELBOURNE Fla. — John and Judith (Harman) Teter recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Born and raised in Cumberland, Judith is the daughter of the late Harlan and Ruth Harman and was a 1958 graduate of Allegany High School.

John, from Ridgeley, W.Va., is the son of the late Ira and Georgia Teter and was a 1957 graduate of Ridgeley High School.

John and Judith met and dated while in high school, but went their separate ways in 1958. Judith went to Washington, D.C., to work for the government and John joined the United States Air Force.

In 1961, John and Judith resumed their courtship and were married on July 2, 1961, in the First United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C.

An enlisted man for 14 years, while serving in the United States Air Force John was accepted into the Air Force Officer Commissioning. Program, graduated from Mount Saint Mary’s College, received his commission in 1972, and retired at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, in 1982 as an Air Force captain.

Prior to retiring for good in 2002, John was employed with Pan Am World Services, Grumman and Computer Sciences/Raytheon. His educational background includes two associate degrees, two bachelor degrees, and a master’s degree.

John played softball throughout his Air Force career and continues to play in local, state and national senior softball tournaments in the over 70 division. As a matter of trivia, in February of this year, his team won the National Senior Softball Tournament of Champions. This was his 56th national championship since he began play in 1989.

Judith initiated her higher education program when John was still in the military. She earned several degrees in the field of education, including two master’s degrees as well as a specialist degree. She taught elementary school for 25 years, specializing in programs that dealt with educating children with learning disabilities. In 1997, Judith was selected as Area Teacher of the Year for the Brevard County School System, and for the last nine years of her distinguished teaching career she served as the District Mentor Teacher for the county’s 85 schools and 75,000 students. Judith now devotes her time volunteering in community work such as Habitat for Humanity, senior citizens center, school board events, sorority events and church community projects.

John and Judith are the parents of two children, Glenda Michelle Linder and Jon Scott Teter. Glenda and her husband, Dan, are the proud parents of Sophie Michelle, age 9. Jon and his wife, Lisa, have two sons, Jacob, age 12, and Samuel, age 10. They also extended their family and raised two other daughters, Latonya and Mekesha, who were former students of Judith. Latonya has two daughters, Jadah and Harmony, and Mekesha has a son, Tyson.

Because their children and grandchildren live in the local area, John and Judith stay busy attending their school programs and sports events.

One of the highlights for them this year was hosting the annual get-together for former classmates who reside in Florida year-round or part of the year. This year’s guest list included classmates from Allegany, Fort Hill  and Ridgeley. A great time was shared by all.