Gravette couple celebrates 70th wedding anniversary, ministry anniversary

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

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Submitted Photo Winfield and Laura Fern Poe pose on the steps of the chapel at the Church of God Holiness school at Mt. Zion, Mo., on their wedding day, Aug. 4, 1948. The chapel is on the campus where they first met when Winfield enrolled in Laura's class.

Submitted Photo Winfield and Laura Fern Poe pose on the steps of the chapel at the Church of God Holiness school at Mt. Zion, Mo., on their wedding day, Aug. 4, 1948. The chapel is on the campus where they first met when Winfield enrolled in Laura's class.

A Gravette couple celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary, as well as the 70th year of their ministry, this August. Winfield Poe and Laura Fern Heathman met when he enrolled in a Church of God Holiness School after returning from service with the Army transportation corps in Germany. It happened in a small rural community outside Ava, Mo., called Mt. Zion. When he arrived, Laura, who was teaching there, was heard to say, "I hope that he isn't in any of my classes." Considering the fact that he was older and had military experience, she thought that he would be a troublemaker. When she realized that he was there to learn, she took him under her wing.


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