December 19, 2011

Chickasha couple celebrates 65 years of marriage

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— The children of Bill and LaVelle Thomas are honored to announce the 65th anniversary of their parents.

Bill and LaVelle were married on Dec. 21, 1946, at the home of Walter Roysden, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Ninnekah, with family and a few close friends present.

Bill was inducted  into the Army in 1945, taking his basic training at Camp Livingston, La., later serving his country as a medic in Japan. Upon returning to the states, he was sent to Borden General Hospital in Chickasha, his hometown.

It was about this time that Bill and LaVelle began dating, having known each other since high school at Ninnekah. They enjoy reminiscing about those days when they would go to movies, ride up and down  Chickasha Avenue in Bill’s 1940 Plymouth, or sit in front of Kress store along with the other young couples and watch the people pass by.

When Borden General Hospital closed, Bill was sent to Fitzsimmons General Hospital in Denver, Colo. and he and LaVelle were married when he came home on a short leave. After being honorably discharged from the Army, they returned to make their home in Chickasha, having lived here ever since. Bill entered carpentry construction, later owning his business while LaVelle cared for the family as a homemaker.

Their marriage has been blessed with three children: David (now deceased), Rick and Gaynelle and son-in-law, Larry Wyatt.

Bill and LaVelle are active members of First Baptist Church, Chickasha, where Bill is a deacon emeritus and served many years as a Sunday school teacher. LaVelle has taught various classes over the years, especially enjoying teaching adult women. They feel very blessed by the Lord to have had these 65 years together and look forward to serving Him in the future in whatever capacity He leads.