Few 60th Anniversary
William Hurley Few, Jr. and Joan Pearl Butler were married on October 8, 1953, in the Field City Baptist Church, Dallas. Bill earned his Associate's Degree from Decatur Baptist College, now Dallas Baptist University. He and Joan attended Howard Payne University where Bill received his B. A. Degree in 1957. Bill went on to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where he was awarded the Bachelor of Divinity and Master of Divinity Degrees. Bill has served as pastor of Indian Creek Baptist Church near Brownwood for three years, Bethlehem Baptist Church in Porter Springs (near Crockett) for three years, and Memorial Baptist Church in Irving for the last fifty years. Joan, an accomplished pianist, has been the pianist in all three churches. Bill and Joan were employed by the Irving ISD for many years. Bill served as Security Supervisor under Mr. J. C. Cooper and Mr. Paul Barger, while Joan was secretary to Dr. Sam Thompson, Mr. J. L. Hughes, Mr. Paul Barger, and Dr. Jack Rambo. Their combined service to the Irving ISD totaled 54 years.
During this time they were blessed with a son, William Elkanah, in 1957; a second son, Kelvin Hurley, in 1964; and daughter, Candace Joan, in 1965. A third son, Keaton Cleveland, was born in 1968 and lived only 36 hours. Kanah is married to Robbie, and their children are Sarah Karen and William Cagle; Kelvin is married to Tina, and their children are Katie Robin and Keaton Hurley; Candace is married to Paul Donaldson, and their children are Ellen Joan and Andrew Paul.
In celebration of their sixty years of marriage, they were honored with a Paul Barger Fish Fry at the church, Sunday evening, October 6th . The Barger Fish Fry was followed by a worship service which included music by lifetime friends Patsy Ruth Crenshaw Sivley and Nina Joyce Johnson Chamness, along with Mr. Charles Sivley, retired Greenville ISD Principal, Mr. Woody Schober, retired Director of Fine Arts for Irving ISD, and Mr. Jerry Christian, retired Irving ISD Administrator and former Irving ISD Board Member.
Published in the Dallas Morning News on October 6, 2013