SPECIAL OCCASIONS: Beamons celebrate golden anniversary (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

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Ikie and Chaplain Col. (retired) Walter Beamon celebrated their 50th anniversary Saturday at Hurlburt Field's Soundside Club.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 01:58 PM.

HURLBURT FIELD — Chaplain Col. (retired) Walter and Ikie Beamon celebrated their golden anniversary Saturday at the Hurlburt Field Soundside Club surrounded by more than 250 family members and friends.

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The Beamons and their guests were serenaded by The Wesley Boys gospel harmony quartet, the First United Methodist Church of Crestview bell choir, and a solo rendition of "The Lord's Prayer" performed by Dorothy Washington of Shaw Temple A.M.E. Zion Church in Atlanta.

Col. Beamon is a retired former associate pastor at First United Methodist, where the Sunday school class instructed by the couple is the largest in the church.

The evening's Master of Ceremonies, the Rev. Oledia Bell, said the couple met at a school dance at Tougaloo College in Mississippi during Ikie Beamon's sophomore year.

"She had told God she would have anyone he sent her but she didn't want a preacher ... and then came this guy who couldn't even dance fast," Bell said.

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