Mr. and Mrs. Marvin E. Smallwood of rural New London will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on July 11, 2014.

Mr. and Mrs. Marvin E. Smallwood of rural New London will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on July 11, 2014.

Marvin E. Smallwood and Dorothy V. (Hendren) Smallwood were united in marriage on July 11, 1964, at the South Side Christian Church in Hannibal. The pastor, Elba Martin, officiated at the ceremony. Kenneth J. White (a very dear friend of the couple) was the best man, and Esther Hendren (Dorothy’s oldest sister) was the maid of honor.

Mrs. Smallwood is the daughter of the late Rollie (Tony) Hendren and the late Frances L. David Hendren (Vaughn).

Mr. Smallwood is the son of the late William E. (Lonnie) Smallwood and the late Pearlie Belle Taylor Smallwood.

They are parents of two children, Anthony (Tony) Smallwood of New London and James (Jim) Smallwood (Kisha) of Schulter, Okla.

They are the grandparents of Russell Cooper of Ohama, Neb., Amy (Travis) Mathews of Memphis, Mo., Kaysi (Clint) Foster of Centerview, Mo., Christopher and Jacob Smallwood of Midland, Texas, Alexandra and Kelsey Smallwood of Jacksonville, Fla., Justin (Shelby) of Mounds, Okla., Wyatt and Albany McKee of Schulter, Okla.

They are also the grandparents of the late Emily LynneAnne and Anthony William (T.J.) Smallwood.

They are the great-grandparents of two great-grandchildren, soon to be three. The two are Karli E. Foster (Kaysi and Clint) and Aiden H. Mathews (Amy and Travis). The new great-grandson on the way is due in late September (Amy and Travis).

Mr. Smallwood is a veteran, who served in the U.S. Air Force from 1960 to 1964 during the Vietnam era, where he served in France as a mechanic working on aircrafts.

He is also a retired ironworker of 26 years and the Ralls County Highway Department of 12 years. He enjoys hunting and fishing, and he still works on the family farm on which he grew up and resides today with his lovely wife.

Mrs. Smallwood started working at Kline’s in Hannibal before she met the love of her life. She spent many years as a stay-home wife and mom. Years later when the kids were grown and gone she went to work for Cerf Brothers Bag Factory, where she worked until the day they closed. She enjoys putting together photo albums and crocheting towels that she gives away as gifts.

There will be a reception from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 12, at the Saverton Fellowship Hall across from the Saverton Church. No gifts, please, just a card shower and fellowship.