James and Claudia Eskew of Payson celebrated 56 years of marriage on Aug. 31. The couple was married in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and has four children, seven grandchildren, with an eighth on the way in January, as well as a great-granddaughter expected in December. They moved to the Payson area in 1990. Shortly after arriving in the community, James joined the Gila County Sheriff’s Office, retiring in 2013. The couple’s two younger children attended Payson schools. Their son owns and operates the Cash for Gold & Silver business in Payson; one daughter lives in Phoenix, another in Las Vegas and their third daughter makes her home in California. All their children and grandchildren joined them for their anniversary celebration at their home in Payson.
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