2008-06-11 / Front Page

The best is yet to come

By Terry Toole

It was a fun time as (L-R) Dwayne Daniels, Margaret Ann, Rev. Jimmy Voyles, Walter Daniels and best man, Billy Daniels, enjoy the moment.
Have you ever been to a remarrying, or a renewal of wedding vows ceremony?

On Sunday, June 8, between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., the children of Walter "Monk" and Margaret Ann Daniels hosted a celebration for their parent's 50th wedding anniversary at Cotton Hall in Colquitt.

Dwayne Daniels, their son, welcomed family and friends to this very special occasion and led in a prayer.

Regina Daniels, their daughter, recognized the members of the original wedding party who were present.

Marlon Daniels, their son, introduced the Rev. Jimmy Voyles, a close friend of Walter and Margaret Ann's who attended Norman College with the couple, before they were married.

The Reverend Voyles then opened the renewal of vows ceremony by introducing their children and grandchildren. He then introduced Margaret Ann's mother and other family members who were present. Renee Haire then sang "I Love You Truly" accompanied by Shirley Kimbrel at the piano.

"Monk" plants one on his bride of 50 years, Margaret Ann.
After the Rev. Voyles made some remarks about the couple being married for 50 years, and the many blessings they had received as well as the many situations they had been through as husband and wife, Mrs. Haire sang "Because."

Rev. Voyles then led Walter "Monk" and Margaret Ann in the renewal of their wedding vows. Each one of them vowed to continue to love, honor, comfort and keep one another as they begin their 51st year together.

Renee then sang "Whither Thou Goest."

Rev. Voyles then asked the three children for their approval of their parent's vows. After a short huddle, the three agreed they should keep on keeping on.

Rev. Voyles closed the service in prayer with Denise Daniels Dowdy singing "The Lord's Prayer."

A slide show presentation put together by Alicia Dan- iels, the oldest granddaughter, showed an overview of Walter and Margaret Ann's journey over these 50 years of married bliss.

Alicia, Alexis, Henry and Marlie then presented a scripture of the couple's favorite Bible verses.

The many guests were then invited to enjoy refreshments provided by some of the ladies of Macedonia Free Will Baptist Church.

Margaret Ann thanked everyone for sharing this special time with her and Walter. She stated that she couldn't say that they had not had some differences of opinions in these 50 years, but always said to her husband, "fuss, but don't leave."

Walter stated that even though his bride slept with her boss, he still kept her and loved her. Walter was superintendent of Miller County Schools when Margaret Ann was a teacher at the schools.

A time of hugging and fond remembering continued as family and friends remembered things that had happened in the past 50 years.

Everyone agreed that the best was yet to come.

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