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Labette City couple to honor 55th wedding anniversary

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Posted: Friday, March 24, 2017 10:59 pm

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Davis of Labette City will celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary with an open house for friends and family from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 1, at the Oswego Community Center, 203 North St. Their four children will host the event.

Charles Davis and Dorothy Ann Burrows became pen pals while Charles was in the Marines in Norfolk, Virginia, and Dorothy lived in Oswego. The couple wrote each other for about a year when Charles’ enlistment ended. Charles drove to Kansas to meet Dorothy, and they met for the first time on Nov. 4, 1961. Within a week of that visit, Charles proposed and Dorothy said yes. Six weeks later, at Christmas, Charles mailed a gift to Dorothy, an engagement ring.  In March 1962, Dorothy traveled to Ohio to meet Charles’ parents, and the couple planned to get married. Dorothy was 19, and the legal age in Ohio was 21, so the couple returned to Oswego to be married. The ceremony was at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5, 1962, at the Church of God in Oswego. The Rev. R.C. Benz performed the nuptials.

The Davises lived in Springfield, Ohio, where he worked for William Bailey’s Window Co. In January 1964, they moved to Wichita, where he served newspaper stands for the Wichita Eagle and Beacon. They moved to Labette City in April 1966 to raise their four children. They have lived in Labette since 1966 with the exception of a three-year period that they lived in Great Bend. 

Mr. Davis worked for Ruskin Manufacturing until May 1980, and then he opened Davis Upholstery in Parsons. The shop burned Dec. 30, 2000. In 2001, he bought a concession trailer and followed his dream of making and selling Charlie’s Cinnamon Rolls, which he and his wife operated until October 2007.

Through the years Mrs. Davis has worked at the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant, Labette County Medical Center and Parsons State Hospital and Training Center. While in Great Bend, she worked at Distinctive Drapery. Throughout their marriage her main job was taking care of the home and the children. She enjoys cooking, quilting, camping and traveling. Charles enjoys woodworking, cooking, quilting and supporting the Ohio State Buckeyes.

The Davises attend the Free Will Baptist Church in Parsons, and Mr. Davis is a member of Brown-Bishop Post No. 704, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Gen. William A. Kurtis SEK Detachment No. 612 of the Marine Corps League.

The Davises have four children, Steve Davis and his wife, Debbie, of Siloam Springs, Arkansas, Donna Booth and her husband, Martin, of Abilene, Texas, Melinda Bogner of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Winnie Payton and her husband, David, of Miami, Oklahoma. They have seven grandchildren, Andrea (Booth) Thetford and her husband, Jeremy, Kelsey (Booth) Rule and her husband Tex, Rachel Booth, Ashley (Davis) Goodyear and her husband Tyler, Brook Davis, Nick Bogner and Matt Bogner. They also have five great-grandchildren, Camdon and Esther Davis, and Noah, Joel and Hannah Thetford. 

Friends and family are welcome at the open house. The Davises request no gifts.

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