Charles and Lessa Whiteman of Gold Hill celebrated their 50th anniversary Jan. 18 with a dinner reception in Medford. Hosts of the event, with 15 guests attending, were their children, Ernest (Wendy) Whiteman of Central Point and Joseph Whiteman of Central Point. A larger family celebration is planned for this summer.

Charles Whiteman married Lessa Speece on Jan. 18, 1958, at the First Methodist Church in Portland.

Charles graduated from high school in Yakima, Wash. Lessa graduated from high school in Okmulgee, Okla. After their marriage, they moved to Yakima, Wash., where their children were born and they lived until 1973.

Charles worked in the fruit industry while in Yakima. After moving to Longview, Wash., in 1973, he became a lumber grader at a local mill where he worked until his retirement.

Lessa worked in the nursing industry. While in Longview, Wash., she started a nonprofit organization to help elderly and low-income residents.

They moved to Gold Hill after their retirement.

The Whitemans have four children, Ernest and Joseph, both of Central Point, Faith of Longview, Wash., and Charles Jr. of Ilwaco, Wash. They also have 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

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