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Thaddeus and Tetlah celebrate 50 golden years

Published:Sunday | March 14, 2010 | 12:00 AM
The Butlers strut their stuff on the dance floor. - Contributed photo
The Butlers with Tetlah's mother, Sylvanney Walker. - Contributed

In 1959, 19-year-old Thaddeus Butler met 16-year-old Tetlah Smith while participating in a domino match in Omeally, St Catherine. They fell in love and were married at Tetlah's grandmother's home on February, 12, 1960. In 1961, Thaddeus emigrated to the United Kingdom; Tetlah followed a year later.

In June 1963, the couple's first child, Charmaine, was born, followed by their only son, Owen, in August 1964. Diane came in 1965, and then Patsy in 1967. It was a pleasant surprise when the youngest child, Sylvia, arrived in 1973. The couple worked very hard for more than 45 years, and also raised their family before returning to Jamaica in March 2005. They were reunited with Tetlah's mother, Sylvanney Walker.

February 20 was a most memorable day for Thaddeus and Tetlah, who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. This included the renewal of vows at the Linstead Baptist Church where the Reverend Luke Shaw and Pastor Collin Grant conducted the ceremony. The formalities were witnessed by their children, who had travelled from the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada, joining more than 100 guests.

The bridal party comprised the children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews of the couple. They were serenaded by saxophonist Tafany, who also accompanied Tetlah as she walked down the aisle.

The bridal party wore outfits from Beautiful Brides and Mr Tux and the best man made his own suit. Tetlah, who was escorted down the aisle by her son, wore a most beautifully decorated African-inspired outfit from Kamit Revisited. Thaddeus looked most dapper in a suit from Beautiful Brides and Mr Tux.

At the end of the service, 50 butterflies were released representing the Butlers' 50-year union. The reception which followed at Ena Nuggent's Hall, Rodney Hall Road, in Linstead, was a grand affair. They feasted on a scrumptious array of dishes in a beautifully decorated hall. Planner Dorrette Douglas and her team used fresh flowers to add a touch of elegance to the venue. The evening ended with guests complimenting the Butlers for a memorable occasion.