Couples announcements for June 2012




Celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on June 2 are Raymond R. and Dorothy E. Adams of Payson. Mr. and Mrs. Adams, whose families moved to Phoenix in the 1950s, met as employees of KOY Radio while working their way through school. Just a few months after their marriage on June 2, 1962, Mr. Adams was drafted for the Cuban Missile Crisis and was assigned to the Army Signal Corps. Following military service, the couple returned to Phoenix where Mr. Adams began his engineering career in the cable television industry and Mrs. Adams worked in the financial industry. During that time, Mr. Adams became a commercial pilot and flight instructor, and decided to move into the aviation electronics industry. In 1976, they moved to Olathe, Kan. where he worked for King Radio, and Mrs. Adams worked as an officer of Southgate State Bank. Three years later, Rockwell/Collins in Melbourne, Fla. extended an invitation to Mr. Adams to work for their research and development facility, where he became a design engineer and technical director in aircraft radios and chief pilot of aviation radio flight testing. Mrs. Adams’ financial career advanced to vice president and corporate secretary of American Bank in Merritt Island. In 2005, Mr. and Mrs. Adams returned to Arizona as retirees to be closer to family, settling in “cooler” Payson. Mr. Adams, who has been an amateur radio operator since 1959, is immediate past president of the Tonto Amateur Radio Association. The couple are also members of the High Country Garden Club. Mrs. Adams volunteered in the Visitors’ Center at the Chamber for a few years until the need arose to assist her aging mother in Phoenix on a regular basis. They both immensely enjoy being back in Arizona after a long absence and especially appreciate seeing family more often, visiting old friends, and making new friends and neighbors.



James M. Hinton and Karen Sue Wainner Hinton rededicated their wedding vows at their 50th anniversary celebration at the LDS Stake Center in Payson, Ariz. April 21, 2012. They were married on April 21, 1962 in Barstow, Calif. Bishop Wilford Wiseman, who performed the wedding in 1962, came to Payson from Barstow to perform their rededication. Bishop Wiseman was the Bishop of the LDS Church in Barstow and also Jim’s high school English teacher. The couple had 85 friends and relatives attend the celebration. Friends and family came from as far as Texas, New Mexico and California to be with Jim and Sue. The couple stayed in California until 1971 where Jim was a deputy sheriff with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office and the Barstow Police. In 1971, they moved to Sue’s home state of Texas were Jim was a chief of police in Clute, Texas and Lake Jackson, Texas and retired from the Brazoria County Sheriff’s Department as chief deputy after spending some 30 years in law enforcement. Sue retired from the Dow Credit Union in 2004 after 27 years. They moved to Payson in 2004 because Jim, who was originally from Seligman, Ariz., loved northern Arizona. Jim and Sue have a daughter, Charla Cook, who lives in Bastrop, Texas with her husband Joe, who works for the Bastrop Sheriff’s Department. Their son, Steven Hinton and wife Dawn, are currently living in Payson having just moved from Kingman, Ariz. Jim and Sue have 11 grandchildren: Alexa, Dareon, Jershon, Jadyn, Kaylan, Karras, Gavin, Christopher, Brandon, Alan and Travis. One of their grandsons, Ashton, died in 2005. They also have four great-grandchildren: Mary, Kaleb, Haylee and Rayne.


Connolly and Arthur

Carter Thomas Connolly and Angelina Lynn Arthur are pleased to announce their upcoming marriage on June 16, 2012 in the Mesa Arizona LDS temple. Carter is a 2008 graduate of Mogollon High School and is the son of Jimmy and Lauree Lee Connolly of Payson. Angel also graduated in 2008 from Kirtland Central High School in New Mexico. She is the daughter of Sam and Stacie Arthur of Queen Creek. Friends and family are invited to a reception in their honor from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, June 16 at the LDS church 1150 W. Combs Road in San Tan Valley. The couple plan to make their home in Houston, Texas where the groom is employed with Pinnacle Securities.


Janecek and Janecek

James and Mari Janecek celebrated 45 years of marriage June 17, 2012. They were married in Milwaukee, Wis. three months after Jim completed four years in the U.S. Navy. They have two sons, Robert and Jason, and a granddaughter, Jordan, who all reside in Arizona. The couple moved to Payson five years ago from the Valley and continues to enjoy each other and the many friends in their lives.


Stevens and Stephens

Mr. and Mrs. Wendell L. and Catherine Stevens of Payson would like to announce the marriage of their son, Eric Day Stevens, to Megan Leigh Stephens, daughter of James and Connie Stephens of Kingman. The couple was wed on June 2, 2012 in Gold Canyon. The bride is a 2000 graduate of Kingman High School, and a 2003 graduate of Northern Arizona University with a bachelor’s of science degree in hotel and restaurant management. She is employed as a director of sales and marketing for Texas Western Hospitality in Chandler. The groom is a 1997 graduate of Payson High School, and a 2004 graduate of the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s of science degree in agricultural education. He is employed as a high school agriculture teacher in the Agua Fria Union High School District in Goodyear. The couple will reside in Phoenix with their two dogs, Memphis and Reggie Ray.


Phillips and Valead

Mr. and Mrs. CR and Gail Hewlett of Payson are pleased to announce the engagement of their son, Michael Phillips to Brittany Valead, daughter of Allen and Diane Valead of Glendale.  The prospective groom is a graduate of Ironwood High School and is employed by Macayo’s Restaurant. The bride graduated from Skyline High School and is employed by Wells Fargo. A March wedding is planned. The couple will live in Glendale.