50 years ago: Parsons-Bodden wedding draws a crowd

West-bay-50-years-finalIn the Oct. 5, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, news from West Bay included:

“On Sept. 29, Miss Nella Jane Parsons became Mrs. MacArthur Bodden at a ceremony performed by Rev. John Croft at the Pilgrim Holiness Church West Bay.

“The congregation was ushered in by McTear Ebanks and Delano Bush. On the arm of her brother, Goldburn Bodden, the bride entered the church beautifully dressed.

“The bride was attended by flower girls Patricia Bodden and Leandra Mendoza. The bridesmaids were May Parsons, maid of honor, dressed in gold; Carol Bodden, in yellow; Oralee Parsons in turquoise; Marva Bodden in blue; Mary Borden in rose pink; and Blanche Parsons in pink. Waiting on the groom were Lowell Panton as best man, Eugene Ebanks, Brian Bothwell, Ladner Watler, Kelvin Thompson and George Bodden ….

“A reception was held at the home of Mrs. Vincent Garvin and a dance at the Blue Horizon completed a very happy occasion.”
In the same issue, West Bay correspondent Leila Yates wrote:

“Mrs. Roman Welds returned on Sept. 29 from Jamaica where she met her husband who was on the S.S. Ore Conway.

“Mr. Lenard Bodden arrived on Sept. 25. He was an employee on the Conway. His father Mr. Augustus Bodden arrived on the 29th from the same ship.

“Donavon Gregory, son of Mr. and Mrs. John S. Ebanks of West Bay, celebrated his first birthday on the 26th.

“After spending four weeks’ holiday at home, Miss Anna Deane Powery returned to Shortwood Training College. We wish her success in her studies.

“Mrs. Ertis Ebanks, her son Rodney, and her mother, Mrs. Marion Christian, arrived on the 2nd from New Jersey, having had an enjoyable visit with relatives there. Mr. Stanley Orrett arrived the same day from his job in the U.S.

“Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Moore (Cleo) are the happy parents of their first child, a daughter born on Sept. 25.

“The family of the late Mrs. Lena Yates wish to express their sincere appreciation to all who so thoughtfully sent cards, floral tributes and other expressions of sympathy during their recent bereavement.

“Through this medium the family of the late Charles Orrett wish to thank all relatives, friends and well-wishers who sent wreaths, cards, telegrams, letters and other tokens during their recent sad bereavement.

“Eddington Ebanks was drafted on the Aug. 18 at the same time as Clifton Smith volunteered. These two men have always been close friends here in Cayman from school days. It had been some time since they have seen each other. They were, therefore, pleasantly surprised on finding each other at the U.S. Army training centre at Ft. Benning, Georgia, where they now serve under the same training brigade and battalion. They are both marksmen in the M-14 rifle. Since they have both qualified for aircraft maintenance, they hope to be students at the same training institute after basic combat training.

“Mr. Henry Hydes left on the 29th to join the Paris Island in Jacksonville.”