Former Gallia County residents, Cecil and Rita Carpenter, were surprised by a 60th wedding anniversary A reception was given by their children on May 19, 2012, at High Praises Church of God Activities Building, New Boston, Ohio. Approximately 60 of their dearest friends and family joined the celebration. Large decorative frames with photographs depicting their life together were displayed for everyone to enjoy.
The Carpenters were married by the late Rev. Chester Lemley on May 24, 1952, at Wilkesville, Ohio. Cecil is the son of the late George and Alice Carpenter. Rita is the daughter of the late Amanda and Clayton Cornell.
Cecil and Rita were blessed with four children: Cathy Carpenter, Jeff (Cheryl) Carpenter, Tina (Rick) Compton and Julie (Scott) Maxfield. They have 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Mr. Carpenter was a dedicated public servant for the State of Ohio where he served as a state trooper. Retiring in 1980, he went on to work as the manager of the Greater Portsmouth Regional Airport and as Bailiff at the Scioto County Juvenile Court.
The Carpenters are active members of the High Praises Church of God. Both Cecil and Rita are dedicated parents, grandparents and Christians. The couple is a source of much faith, strength, encouragement and wisdom for their family. Friends and family were honored to celebrate this special milestone with the couple. The Carpenters currently live in Minford, Ohio.