2019-01-10 / Personalities

Popes honored at 50th wedding anniversary luncheon Dec. 30


Susan and Edward Pope Jr. Susan and Edward Pope Jr. Susan and Edward Pope Jr. were honored on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary at a surprise luncheon Sunday, December 30, in the Mary Callaway Burton Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church.

The luncheon was hosted by their children and families, Katherine, John, Anna, and Caroline Gentry of Athens, Susan, Edward, Wesley, and Eliza Pope of Washington, and Jenny, Craig, Ellie, and Wyatt Thomas of Maryville, Tennessee.

The couple was married January 4, l969, at First Baptist Church by Rev. Montague Cook.

The Popes were totally surprised when leaving church through the fellowship hall due to the rainy weather, to find all their children, grandchildren, other siblings, a host of friends including those from their Sunday school class, and other out-of-town friends waiting to greet them for the celebration.

The fellowship hall was beautifully decorated for the occasion. Tables were covered in white cloths. The register table was centered with a tall lantern and lighted pillar candle nestled in cedar, magnolia, and frosted greenery. A framed copy of the invitation and family pictures were displayed. Guests signed a 50th anniversary platter and placed cards in a nearby tray.

The buffet held an exquisite holiday arrangement of red roses, white lilies, Alstroemeria lilies, Fuji chrysanthemums, Monte Casino, red hypericum berries, cedar, pine, and smilax with other holiday sparkles nestled in a swirl of sheer gold. Pictures of the couple flanked the arrangement.

Guest tables held alternating arrangements of holiday bouquets of matching flowers in sheer gold with accenting strands of gold beads and large clear votives with lighted hurricane pillars centered in settings of pine, magnolia, cedar, and gold beads. Framed family pictures in gold frames accented all the tables. The beverage and dessert table held the same designs and family pictures. Magnolia, gold cherubs, and a lighted lantern also decorated the piano.

Ed Pope III welcomed everyone and honored his parents with his comments. His father in turn expressed the couple’s deep appreciation for their family, friends, and the occasion after which son, Edward, offered the blessing for the delicious meal.

The children were assisted by family friends, Kay Nelms, Rosemary Hopkins, and Melanie Wells, in decorating.

Approximately 60 guests attended. Out-of-town guests were former Washington residents, Amelia and Charles Hopkins of Elberton and Teresa and Bill Bishop of Calhoun.

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