Mr. and Mrs. Dean Pike were honored at a reception and dinner in celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary given by their family on June 12. The special event was held at Servant’s Chapel General Baptist Church in Conway where the couple have been faithful and valued members for many years.

Ivan Dean Pike and Betty Lou Hiland were married at First General Baptist Church in Conway by the Reverend Royce Ward on June 17, 1960. The ceremony was followed by a reception of friends and family at the home of the groom’s sister and brother-in-law Amilee and Royce Ward.

Dean is the son of the late Bradley and Beatrice Pike of Morganton. He was born in Quitman and is a graduate of South Side High School. His early years of employment were with Virco Manufacturing and International Shoe Company, after which he began working at the Conway Human Development Center and devoted 28 years there until his retirement in 2000.

Betty is the daughter of the late Arthur M. and Eureka Hiland of Conway. She was born in Beebe and is a graduate of Conway High School. She then attended Arkansas State Teachers College and graduated with a bachelor’s of science in education in home economics in 1961 and acquired a master’s degree in 1964. 

She began her teaching career in Leslie, Ark. After completion of her first year, she began teaching 7th-grade social studies in Conway. She was a devoted and loving teacher for 32 ½ years in the Conway Public School District until her retirement in 1992.

The couple was blessed with one son, Timothy Dean Pike, who now resides with his wife Kristina in Palisade, Colo.

In their 50 years together they have touched the hearts and lives of so many people and they are cherished and loved by all who know them.

Numerous family and friends attended the celebration to honor the couple on their special day, including out of state guests and family members from Oklahoma, Colorado and Texas.