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Sylvia Burton - Special for The Stokes News

Approximately 130 friends, neighbors and family turned out to help Alfred and Anna Leigh Dunkley celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary Sunday, January 31. It was a wonderful event filled with laughter, food and fellowship in honor of two of Francisco’s finest people. Jane Bowman, niece of Alfred and Anna, wrote a very touching and humorous tribute to her aunt and uncle highlighting their dating years, family life and hard- working ethics that the Dunkley’s are known for. Abbey Dunkley, daughter-in-law, shared her thoughts on being a part of the family. She was a little emotional when speaking of the house that she and husband, Allan, live in. This is the same house that Alfred and Anna lived in when they first got married. Virginia Vaden, Sue Payne and Sylvia Burton prepared plenty of food for the celebration that was enjoyed by everyone. The fifty year anniversary is a milestone to say the least, but probably more uncommon was the fact that Alma Dunkley, Alfred’s mom, was there to celebrate the festivities. The residents of Francisco are truly blessed to have this precious family here in our community.

The “Our Communities” Initiative group will have their first meeting of the year Monday, February 15. The Northwest Stokes Community Supper and Forum will be held at the beautiful farm of Daniel and Ann Wilson located at 1155 Wilson’s Farm Road (off Dearmin Road between Francisco and Westfield). The supper will consist of Moravian Chicken Pies and Baked Spaghetti purchased through a fundraiser for students at Nancy Reynolds Elementary School. The 4th and 5th graders are planning a field trip to Washington, DC in March. The chicken pies and spaghetti are being made at Mrs. Pumpkin’s Bakeries which is famous for their Moravian pies. Please bring a side dish or dessert. Sodas and donations are also welcome. This event will be held from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

Sylvia Burton is a resident of the Francisco community and can be reached at or 336-351-3216.

Sylvia Burton

Special for The Stokes News

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