n Al and Bobbye Machen will be celebrating 50 years of marriage Thursday, Nov. 8. They were married in Lampasas Nov. 8, 1957. Brady has been their home since their marriage. Machen is retired from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) after working 35 years as an engineer tech. Mrs. Machen retired after working 25 years for Brady Independent School District as a teacher aide in the elementary school level. Their children are Rick and wife, Debra, of Uvalde and Suzanne and husband, Lee Coffman of Whitney. Mallory and Kyle Machen and Bradley and Ryan Coffman are their grandchildren. Their family will be hosting a reception in their honor Saturday, Nov. 10.