Bobbie and Evelyn Hawes renew wedding vows on 50th anniversary
Bobbie and Evelyn Bradley Hawes of Tignall celebrated 50 years of marriage as they renewed their wedding vows at a reception and dinner at White Columns Inn in Thomson on Saturday, February 27. The celebration was given by their children, Otis and Connie Hawes of Bamberg, Germany; Jule and Vivian Hulin, Richard and Linda Cook and Janet Norman-Davis of Tignall; and Bobby and Malette Hawes Jr. of Hinesville.
Mr. and Mrs. Hawes were married at the Wilkes County Courthouse on February 27, 1960.
For the anniversary festivities, Mrs. Hawes chose a fourteen-caratgold full-length tiered gown and sheer jacket with an embellished shawl collar. She carried a hand-tied bouquet of gold and ivory roses and greenery. A tiara adorned her hair. Mr. Hawes was presented an ivory rose boutonniere for the lapel of his black tuxedo.
The renewal of the vows was officiated by Pastor Joe Glaze of Pole Branch Missionary Baptist Church in Tignall and took place on the grand staircase in the foyer. Lighted garlands adorned with gold bows enhanced the railings from top to bottom and flanking each side of the base of the staircase were sevenbranched candelabra decorated with sheer ivory and gold bows.
The couple’s great-grandson, Antwan Pack of Augusta, assisted by his grandfather, Baron Pack of Hephzibah, rolled the aisle cloth.
The couple’s granddaughter, Lakisha Hulin of Atlanta, sang “The Lord’s Prayer” during the lighting of the candles.
After the ceremony, the couple was escorted into the banquet hall by their oldest granddaughter, Rishaunda Hawes of Augusta, and Charles Bradley of Tignall, Mrs. Hawes’ brother.
Prayer and grace was given by Mr. Hawes’ brother, Rev. Larry Hawes of Tignall. After a welcome by Bobby Hawes Jr., Lakisha Hulin sang “Wind Beneath My Wings” and dinner was served.
Reflections honoring the couple were given by L.H. Johnson of Lancaster, S.C., Randy Luke of Tignall; and the couple’s oldest son, Otis Hawes.
Remarks were given by the honored couple and they were serenaded with a song, “Mama, Daddy, We Love You,” by their children and granddaughters, Rishaunda Hawes and Deneshia Norman of Tignall. A benediction was offered by Pastor Glaze.
The banquet hall was beautifully decorated by daughter-in-law, Malette Hawes, as a gift to the couple. Ivory cloths and gold napkins decorated the tables. Lighted votives nestled in greenery and “50” confetti scattered about the tables were used throughout.
A focal point of the room was the anniversary cake. This table, overlaid in ivory, featured a setting of three separate cakes showcased on varying heights of pedestal plates. Each cake featured a gold ribbon around its base. All three were brought together by cascades of ivory roses and greenery. The traditional “50” topped the tallest tier.
A toast was offered to the couple by Robert “Cartrell” Hampton of Athens who had served as the best man at their wedding 50 years before.
As a gift to the couple, Toombs McLendon IV of Washington provided a limousine service for the evening.
Approximately 120 guests attended and many lovely gifts were presented to the couple.