60th Anniversary Mr. and Mrs.
Mr. and Mrs. Willis Roy Gathright of Victoria celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on November 24, 2011, at their home in Nursery with a combined anniversary and Thanks-giving dinner hosted by their family.
After being introduced by a mutual friend, Otis Pittman, Doris Faye Crouch and Willis Roy Gathright were married on November 24, 1951, at Central Church of Christ. They have 3 children: Sharon Garrison (husband, Gary R.) of Victoria, Lynn Gathright (wife, Renee) of Bell Buckle, TN, and Wayne Gathright (wife, Frances) of Austin.
The couple also has ten grandchildren: Caleb Garrison (wife, Erin) of Victoria, Laura Garrison of Victoria, Sean Gathright (wife, Tia) of Waco, Kevin Gathright of Austin, Joshua, April, and Shannon Gathright, all of Bell Buckle, TN, Nathan Gathright of San Marcos, Kristen Gathright, of Austin, and the late Melody Gentry; and 8 great-grandchildren: Garrison and Jeremiah Gentry, both of Tulsa, OK, Gavin, Kaitlyn, and Caden Garrison, all of Victoria, Anna Kate, Isabel, and Hudson Gathright, all of Waco.
Willis is a loved and respected husband, dad, granddad, and great-granddad, a godly Christian man who loves his family. A native Victorian, Willis served in the United States Navy during WWII and the Korean War; his ship, PCER 849, the Somersworth, was the first to dock in Tokyo Harbor at the end of WWII.
Willis taught elementary school in Corpus Christi and Victoria before retiring from VISD as principal at Vickers Elementary. Writing became more than a hobby when Willis had his first book published, DeWitt County (The Bloody Years), a historical novel on the Sutton-Taylor feud.
Doris is a godly Christian woman, beloved wife, mother, granny, and great-granny who has devoted her life to family. Having grown up in Victoria, Doris worked at the Victoria Theater and Heinek's (Rosebud Café), and was fondly known as "Pee Wee". Doris later designed her own patterns and garments for those in need of extra care; and so started her successful business, Creations by Tu-Rights. This was more than a business to Doris; it was a ministry as she talked with people all over the United States, Canada, and even as far away as London, not just about how her
patterns or garments could help in caring for loved ones, but about the Lord.
"Thank you, Mother and Dad, aka Granny and Granddad, for showing us what it means to know and love Jesus Christ. Congratulations on your 60th anniversary! We're so proud of yall!"