Our Folks


Carl and Becky McLaughlin are our Valentine Sweetheart couple and feature family for OUR FOLKS this month. They have been attending Cross Lanes United Methodist church for less than a year.

They had attended a couple dinners and had been engaged in a few other activities before attending regularly when neighbors Don and Sharon Griffith invited to services. Being morning people, they began attending the early service and attends the Fellowship Sunday School class taught by Ron Raether. They now prepare the brunch on Sunday mornings.

Carl and Becky met at WV Tech in Montgomery. Carl obtained his degree in History and Government and Becky graduated with a Language Arts degree. Both have obtained Master’s degrees. Carl obtained two degrees-one in Counseling and Guidance and the other in Judicial Leadership. Becky’s MA degree was in Speech Communications.

Carl, working 30 years in Kanawha County, became Deputy Chief of Juvenile Probation for the Supreme Court. Becky taught at Sissonville High School for 36 years where she sponsored the prom committee, the school newspaper, and organized international travel for students and adults. She still substitutes at the same school.

The couple will be celebrating their 49th wedding anniversary this June. They are the proud parents of two daughter: Amy and her husband Shaw in live in Charleston while Amber and her husband Sean live in Alexandria, VA. They have a five year old granddaughter named Kelsey and a grandson named Tyler.

Their advice to other is to spend time with family and friends, stay active, continue t have “date nights,” and to share common interests-which for them includes domestic and international travel, watching tv together and talking. Becky is a member of a book club, Purple Hats, and volunteers at as assisted-living home. Carl is active with Kanawha State Forest Foundation and serves as the forest’s historian. He spends much time making certain the CCCers ( Civilian Conservation Corps) are remembered for their efforts in establishing the forest. Both have been avid hikers and both enjoy cultural activities.