FAIRFIELD, Iowa — Elisabeth Smith of Fairfield, Iowa, and Robert Tupaj of St. Croix, Virgin Islands, have announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Mariah Jean Dockter, to Christopher David Kohler, son of Charlie and Lorena Fuqua of Batesville and the late David V. Kohler.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Harriet Smith of New York.
She graduated with a degree in education from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She teaches third grade at Chenal Elementary in Little Rock.
SOUTHSIDE — Chester and Corrine Tate of Southside and Robbi McPherson of Cushman have announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Samantha England, to Wesley Wilmoth, son of Jim and Sharon Wilmoth of Pleasant Plains.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Robert and Fern Franks and Willene Keller and the late J.V. Keller, all of Batesville, and Dorothy Tate of Southside and the late Willie Tate.
Connie Caudle and Chris and Deanna Swaim, all of Batesville, have announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Kimberly Danielle Kirks, to Harley David Sours Jr., son of David and Georgie Redmon of Jonesboro and David and Jamie Sours of Wyoming. The bride-elect is also the daughter of the late Gary Kirks.
She is the granddaughter of the late Dee and Agness Smart of Batesville, the late Romel Kirks and the late Wiladean Housten of Murray, Ky.
She is a 2006 graduate of Batesville High School and is employed at Citizens Bank and Dairy Queen.
CHARLOTTE — Robert and Evelyn Edley of Charlotte will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday.
Robert Edley and Evelyn Rutledge were married by the Rev. J.W. Collard at his home in Newark on Sept. 5, 1959.
They have a son and daughter-in-law, Calvin and Denise Edley of Charlotte.
No local celebration will be held. A trip to Missouri is planned.
Emogene Wilkins of Batesville has announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of her daughter, Lynda Wilkins, to Keith Dew, son of Anna Euton and stepson of Dutch Euton of Heber Springs. The bride-elect is also the daughter of the late John Wilkins.
She is employed in surgical services at White River Medical Center.
The prospective groom is a carpenter.
The couple will exchange vows at 6 p.m. Sept. 12 in a private garden ceremony at 20 Easy Lane. In case of rain, the ceremony will be held at 100 North Gainer Ferry Road.
A reception will follow.
HELENA — Steve and Dina Jones of Helena have announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Sarah Kaye Gabbie, to Joshua Stanson Carlson, son of Kevin and Joy Camden of Batesville.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Bill and Linda Glover of Little Rock and Jimmy Bevel of Helena.
She is a graduate of Southside High School.
The prospective groom is the grandson of J.P. and Ruth Reaves of McGehee.
He is a Cushman High School graduate.
The couple will exchange vows at 5 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Cornerstone Community Church at Cushman.
SULPHUR ROCK — Richard and Ruth Ashcraft of Sulphur Rock recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Ruth McHenry of Long Beach, Calif., and Richard Ashcraft of Monticello were married July 31, 1959, in Winterhaven, Calif.
Mr. Ashcraft is a retired truck driver for Unocal. Mrs. Ashcraft is a retired registered nurse.
They have three children, Charles Ashcraft and his wife, Laura, of Springfield, Mo.; Steven Ashcraft of Ghana, Africa, and Linda Latus and her husband, George, of Sulphur Rock; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
MAGNESS — Sonny and Helen Garner will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Magness Community Center.
Helen Hutchison and Sonny Garner were married Aug. 28, 1959, at the home of the Rev. J.W. Collard in Newark.
They have three children, Tommy Garner and his wife, Nanette, of Newark; Regina Schendl and her husband, Bob, of Denver; and Beverly Garner and her fiancé, Danny Thomas, of Little Rock.
The reception will be hosted by their children.
All family and friends are invited to attend.
GREERS FERRY — Sid and Jeanette Hazelwood of Greers Ferry and Michael and RoxeAnn Rohrer of Conway have announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Madalynne Rohrer, to Cheston Cooper, son of Garry Cooper of Batesville and Bill and Karen Killion of Gamaliel.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Fred and Judy Rogers of Greers Ferry and George and Martha Rohrer of Edgemont.
She is a 2003 graduate of West Side High School in Greers Ferry. She is employed as shift manager at Pizza Hut in Batesville.
Harold and Alene Winkle of Batesville will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception at 2 p.m. Aug. 29 in the Citizens Bank Community Room in Southside.
Alene Moser and Harold Winkle were married Aug. 21, 1959, in Rosie by George Roberts.
They have three sons, Mark Winkle and Blake Winkle, both of Batesville, and the late Phillip Winkle.
They are members of White Drive Baptist Church.
The reception will be hosted by Mark and April Winkle.
All friends and relatives are invited.
Timothy Owens, Joyce Sims and Ottis Wooldridge, all of Batesville, have announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Talisha Owens, to NyJel Strickland, son of Cornelius Strickland of Searcy and Ercenia Strickland-Lewis of Batesville.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Annie Dixon of Batesville.