Thomas and Rita Winningham celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday, April 13, 2013, at the Weideman Fellowship Hall of Union Baptist Temple. In attendance were their daughter, Susan Tidwell, with her family; the bride’s brother, Klaus, and a niece and great-niece from Germany, along with many friends from the area and across the country. Their son David Winningham and his family surprised the couple with a call from overseas during the celebration.

Mr. Winningham and the former Miss Piepenburg were united in marriage April 17, 1963, at the Kelly Barracks Chapel in Stuttgart, Germany. Pastor Hudson officiated at the ceremony.

Hillermann Nursery fashioned a complimentary corsage and boutonniere for the couple.