Gary and Jerilyn Laramore of Panhandle celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, with family and friends. They were married on Oct. 7, 1964, in First Baptist Church Chapel in Amarillo.
Their lives have been blessed with one son and his wife, Gary B. Laramore and Stacie. Their three grandchildren, Carter, Makenzie and Andrew Laramore, all of Texline, bring them great joy.
The couple previously resided in Stratford and Canyon. They have lived in Panhandle for 27 years and are members of First Baptist Church.
Mr. Laramore retired in 2009 after serving as a Texas public school educator and administrator of 42 years. Mrs. Laramore retired in 2009 after teaching 30 years in Texas public schools, most of that time in elementary music education.
A reception was held Saturday, Oct. 4 in First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall in Panhandle. The event was hosted by the Gary and Stacie Laramore family.
Welcome to the Anniversaries section
Billy married the former Wilma Earles on July 3, 1964 in Lefors, Texas. Billy is the son of Imogene McMinn and the late Floyd McMinn of Pampa, Texas. Wilma is the daughter of the late Bill and Elsie Earles of Lefors, Texas.
The McMinns have been blessed with 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
A ‘Legacy of Love’ table was created by their daughter-in-law Traci McMinn to commemorate the history of long lasting marriages in the McMinn, Earles, Conway and Holloway families - totaling 450 years.
Billy spent 43 years in law enforcement until his retirement in 2008 and Wilma is a retired bank teller. They enjoy golfing, camping, and hanging out with grandchildren. The couple currently lives in Lefors, Texas.
Four generations of Stamps relatives gathered Saturday evening, Feb. 22, 2014 to celebrate the 90th
birthday of JW Stamps, as well as the near 67 years of JW and Leona Stamps’ marriage. The group of
55 came from Arkansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, Illinois, and all over Texas to a celebration dinner hosted by the couple’s children, Gaylon and Pat Stamps, Ann and Gary Beddingfield and Adelia and Clyde Ketchum.
Memorabilia, American flags, and “90” paper airplanes, made by great-grandson, Grayson Davis, served as decorations for the event. Young and old alike enjoyed the “glider” airplane party favors!
The dinner was followed by a time of Gospel singing, led by Gaylon. Set aside also, was a time for folks to honor the birthday, World War II United States Army Veteran and the couple, by reminiscing. Shared were tales of acts of kindness which might seem miniscule to the giver, but epic to the recipient.
Many were able to worship together at the Church of Christ on Sunday morning, the actual day of JW’s birthday. After the worship service, 31 family members regrouped for lunch and “goodbyes”. JW is the original owner and operator of Stamps Spraying Service, a business that is in its third generation of ownership, and has served the Panhandle community and farmers for the past 52 years. JW and Leona continue to take good care of each other in their home at 701 Franklin Street, where they are “blessed to be a blessing.”
“As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15
You are invited to join with family and friends of Joe and Helen Garcia in celebration of their 65th wedding anniversary this Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 from 2:30 to 4 p.m., at the War Memorial Building in Panhandle.
Joe Garcia married the former Helen Coronado on Oct. 20, 1948 in Clarendon, Texas. They have lived in Panhandle for 65 years.
They both are retired from the Carson County Sheriff’s Department and are members of the Grace Fellowship Church in Panhandle.
Children of the couple are Joe Garcia, Jr. and wife, Dawn, Rick Garcia and wife Judy, Tim Garcia and wife Connie and Susan O’Neal, all of Amarillo; and Gracie Langehennig and husband Dale of Panhandle. They are blessed with 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
To God be the glory for the great things He has done.
John Dale Kelly and Clara Jayne West were married in Hereford, Texas on July 26, 1953, on a Sunday afternoon at the Church of Christ. The bride wore a dress made by her mother. After the wedding, Daddy pulled Mother in a cart down Main Street in front of the movie theater where Trouble Along the Way was playing! A sign of things to come? After 60 years of marriage, there may have been a bump or two in the road, but they quickly faded into the past, replaced by so many good memories. Daddy always knew he wanted to farm and ranch and Mother’s chosen career – homemaker! They have both excelled in their professions!
They moved to Panhandle in 1953, eventually buying a corner lot from Dee Cummings to build their first home where they would raise their family. While there, Daddy was busy with the farming and cattle and Mother was a member of a ladies club. It wasn’t long until a new 4-H club was started west of Panhandle. There were lots of sewing/cooking lessons and raising calves for the stock shows. Those were good times!
While active members of the community, Daddy and Mother’s lives have always revolved around their strong belief in God and a desire to honor and obey Him. While serving in the local Church as an elder, Daddy also served on the boards of Lubbock Christian University, PCA, and 55+. More recently, they have actively served on the Panhandle Chamber of Commerce. People have always mattered to them, they have loved sharing their home with family and friends, and are always ready for a game of forty-two or eager for a good visit!
They have two daughters - Jackie, married to Ben Mereness, who currently live in Amarillo, Texas, working for Eastern European Missions - and Johnette Kelly, who pursued a public accounting career in Fort Worth. The Kellys are quite proud of their three grandsons – Kevin Mereness, an architect in Dallas, Kent Mereness and his wife Brynn working at the Bible Chair at West Texas A&M in Canyon, Texas, and Kory Mereness and his wife Mandy of Roseburg, Ore., where Kory serves as youth minister. There is also one very special great-granddaughter, Lucy Jayne Mereness - who is awaiting the arrival of a brother and a sister in late November! We are all very excited about this news of twins!
We love being together as a family and so the decision was made to celebrate this special anniversary with a four-day family trip to Angel Fire, N.M. While options for riding the zip line, golf, good food, games of forty-two were available, the primary purpose was spending a time of celebration with each other. After 60 years, there are a lot of stories to tell and memories to share – passing along a rich heritage to the next generation.
Many of you have been so kind to send cards and notes of congratulations and we are extremely thankful for your expressions of love and good wishes to our parents. We deeply appreciate and value the many years our family has been blessed to call Panhandle “home”. Panhandle has indeed proven to be a wonderful place for the Kellys to raise a family and we are abundantly blessed to be a part of such a caring, close-knit community!
They are the parents of two sons: Tad and Kelley Smith, and Del and Stephanie Smith, all of Pampa. They have four grandchildren that bring great joy to their lives; Ryan, Kambry, Addison, and Brooklyn, all of Pampa.
A reception is planned for Saturday, Aug. 3, from 4-6 p.m. at the First Baptist Church Parlor in Panhandle.
They are the parents of three children, Debbie Hollis of Panhandle, Kerry Scheller and Stacy Scheller, both of Amarillo and Kevin of Fort Worth. The Schellers are blessed with seven grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.
Amy and David Q. Strange of Amarillo will celebrate their 60th Wedding Anniversary on Monday, Dec. 24, 2012.
David married the former Amy June Holden on Dec. 24, 1952 in Las Cruces, N.M. They have resided in Amarillo for 20 years.
The host for the event will be their daughter, Linda Gail Martinez of Amarillo, other daughters include Carla Martinez, Jo Katherine Strange, Donna Dawson and Paul Zielsdorf, all of Panhandle.
The couple was married on Nov. 23, 1952 in the home of her sister and brother-in-law, Ann and Red Weatherly, on Euclid Street in Panhandle.
The couple are the parents of five children: Danny and wife Linda of Amarillo; Pam and husband Gary Walker of Amarillo; Roy and wife Terri of Panhandle; Janet and husband John Wilson of Childress; and Betty and Ken May of Kerrville.
They have been blessed with six grandchildren: Debi Ferguson of Amarillo; Roy Tarpley and wife Rebecca of Panhandle; Jason Tarpley of Amarillo; Kathy and husband Rocky Wilks of Memphis; Marsha and husband Shane Simpkins of Childress; Andrew May and wife Heather of Cotulla; Megan May of Kerrville; and Brandon Wilson of Amarillo.
They also enjoy spending time with their great grandchildren: Lana, Brant, Brody, Chloe, Helene, Susie, Tommy, Justin, Kalee, Kandense, Kada, Jadon and Tucker.
Tommy and Helen have been blessed with love, family and friends for 60 years, and their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren wish them many, many more happy years together!
Archie and Gladys Looten of Panhandle will be celebrating 65 years of marriage. Archie and former Gladys Detten of Panhandle were married on Oct. 25, 1947 at St. Francis Catholic Church in a double-ring ceremony with Gladys’ sister, Blanche Detten, and the late Bernard Koetting, Archie’s childhood friend. From that day when Archie and Gladys became one, the family has been expanding ever since; seven children, 17 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren fill their lives and their photo frames.
Archie is a man who has never met a stranger, can turn any 10-minute drive into a two-hour agricultural tour, and has a boisterous laugh that can fill up a room. Gladys is a woman who can instantly put you at ease, savvy enough to keep up with the family on Facebook, and has great stories to tell for any occasion.
Archie was a farmer for many years. As the head of a household of seven kids, he had a lot of responsibility and hard work to fill his days. Since retirement and grandchildren, he loves the ease and beauty of the retired life. Gladys was a homemaker. The woman is always said to be the heart of the home, and she has poured out lots of devotion on entire family and all her friends. But don’t let her sweet exterior fool you; she’ll still annihilate you in a good game of cards. Their travels have taken them all over the United States and the world, but the Panhandle area has always been the place they are proud to call home.
Their children are James and wife Priscilla Looten of Spicewood, Texas; Kathy and husband Tom Krile of Lubbock, Texas; Carl Looten and wife Angela of Amarillo; Clara Lively of San Antonio; Teresa and husband, Mike Sarzynski of Amarillo; Dan Looten and wife Patricia of Panhandle; and JoAnn and husband, Jeff Cox of Dewey, Okla.