Dalton and Diane Brinkley Frachiseur celebrate 50 years together

Dalton and Diane Brinkley Frachiseur of Gillham, were married 50 years ago on Oct. 18, 1969. Diane said that she and Dalton met at a basketball game at Gillham High School.  She was a student at Gillham but Dalton had graduated before she moved to Gillham.  

At the time Dalton was attending college at Southern State in Magnolia.  They married after Dalton joined the army but before he was to ship out for Vietnam. 

“We were young but we knew we wanted to marry before he left,” Diane said. “It was towards the end of the war, there appeared to be no end in sight, as far as we knew at the time.  So many young men didn’t come home. It was a worrisome time. Thank God Dalton did come home to me uninjured, yet no one returns from war unscathed.” 

She said their daughter, Jill Brinkley, and husband, Joe, along with their three grandchildren, honored them in their home with a family celebration of their lives together on Saturday, Oct. 18.

Judy Morris Smith of Gillham, had her annual Halloween get-together at her home on Saturday, Oct. 19. There were in attendance: Milton and Frances Morris, Gary, Amber, Brent and Liza James, Curtis Morris of Gillham and John Wayne Morris of Mt. Pine, Larry and Michelle Bohannon of Gillham, William and Donna Morris, and Sandy Vanderpluym  from Hot Springs, Paula Morris and Emmet McCastin, Alissa Morris from Mt Pine,   Jim Beasley from Texarkana, James, Cody, and Dust Mills, Judy’s grandsons, as well as Brooklyn Browning, Keeley Thomas and  Noah Jacobs, all from Hooks, Texas.  A great time was had by all though there were no costumes, at least not on Facebook!

Sidney and Freda Kyles of Gillham, attended an Oktoberfest Celebration on Saturday, Oct. 26. The event was hosted by friends who had just returned from Munich Germany! While there they attended the “official” Oktoberfest Celebration. The couple served German dishes and craft beer brewed by the host.  There were approximately 40 friends and family in attendance at their cabin on the Cossatot River.  

A photo booth, music, cornhole game and S’mores around the campfire completed the fun filled celebration. The host was born in Germany, where his father was stationed during his military service.

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