Dr. and Mrs. Melvin C. (Nancy) Barber of Conway were honored by a reception in celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary at their home on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, given by their children, Melanie Kirk and Cliff Barber and grandchildren, Justin Kirk, Cecile Kirk, and Natalie Kirk.

A blessing service was led by Pastor Don Chandler and his wife Maggie. Suzanne Banister and Canon Hoover sang "Till There Was You," accompanied by Shirley Wallace.

The fall decor was complemented by 50 yellow and orange roses in the table centerpiece.

Nine of the original wedding party members were present: Mel and Nancy Barber, Janis Banister, Jerry Barber, Retha Bush, LeAnne Winters, Patrice Duncan, Brad Banister and Peggy Harrison. Paris Magee modeled the flower girl dress worn in their wedding.

Mel and Nancy are planning a Rhine River cruise and a visit to Switzerland later this month to celebrate.