Originally published Sunday, November 27, 2016 at 06:00a.m.

On Oct. 13, Art and Laquita Searles celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. They were married at the Church of Christ on Chestnut in Kingman, which is now the Desert Church of Christ on Gordon.

Leo Woodman, minister, was the speaker and emcee for the program.

Bill McCall sang the same two songs that he sang at the wedding. Tommy Hafley was Art’s best man. Rose McMichael Cobb was Laquita’s maid of honor. Doyle Sumner was the usher. All of the wedding party was there, along with 85 other family members and good friends to help them celebrate.

After Bill led the group in “Bless Be the Tie that Binds” and Doyle Sumner gave a prayer, the group enjoyed a Mexican lunch cooked by Laquita.

Art and Laquita have four children: Daniel Searles of Corpus Christi, Texas; Randall Searles of Phoenix; Yavonda Russell of Dewey and Roger Searles of Kingman.

They have 13 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

Art was stationed in five areas of Arizona during his 20 years with the Arizona Highway Patrol. After his retirement, he was a juvenile officer in Page, Arizona. He also volunteered as an Arizona Game and Fish officer and Page police officer. He owned his own locksmith mobile shop in Page. For 17 years they were caretakers at Copper Basin Bible Camp in Prescott and then returned to Kingman 10 years ago.