David "Allen" and Beatrice "Bea" Smith of Mineral Wells will be celebrating their 50th anniversary. They were married Oct. 28, 1961, at Stephenson United Methodist Church in Parkersburg by the Rev. Seibert, where they continue to attend and are members.
He is the son of Christine and the late Jennings Smith of Cairo and she is the daughter of the late Thomas Orian and the late Dorothy Lucas of Parkersburg. He was employed at Marbon/Borg-Warner Chemical/GE of Washington until retiring in 1993 after 35 years of service. After retiring from GE, he worked for Mike Barker Construction doing finish work for new homes until 2000 when he retired completely. She was employed by Public Debt and Wood County Schools, last working as a teacher's assistant at Mineral Wells Elementary School until retiring in 1999. Since retiring, they have been active in the Pioneer Antique Car Club where they show their 1957 Chevrolet Bel-Air, restored by Allen similar to the car they dated in and owned when they got married.
The couple has two sons: Roger and Darren; two daughter-in-laws; one grandson; and two step-grandsons. Roger, his wife Annette and stepsons Justin and Derek live in Charlotte, N. C. Darren, his wife Melissa and their son Zachary reside in Mineral Wells.
The couple will celebrate with an open house held by their sons, daughter-in-laws, and grand-children on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the fellowship building at Stephenson United Methodist Church, 805 Liberty Street, Parkersburg. Family and friends are invited. The couple requests no gifts but cards and well wishes are welcome. Cards or letters can be sent to them at 80 Oakbrook Circle, Mineral Wells, W.Va. 26150.