Weddings/Engagements

Roberts/Miller

Melissa Ozbirn Roberts and Troy Lee Miller announce their engagement.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry W. Ozbirn of Baldwyn. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Wood of New Albany, and Ileene Ozbirn of Baldwyn and the late B.E. Ozbirn.

The prospective groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Stone of Tremont. He is the grandson of Edna George of Tremont.

The bride-elect is a graduate of Baldwyn High School, where she was a member of Future Business Leaders of America and Future Homemakers of America. She attended Itawamba Community College and earned degrees in EMT Basic and CNA. She is employed at Cedars Health Center in Tupelo.

The prospective groom is a graduate of Tremont High School, where he was a member of the Technical Students Association, Creators Writers Club, Students Against Drunk Driving, Future Farmers of America and Beta Club. He earned a degree in English at Itawamba Community College where he was a resident assistant, and a member of SIFE, Young Republicans Club, English Club, newspaper staff and the outreach program. He is a Baptist minister and an employee of American General Insurance in Tupelo.

The couple will exchange vows at 3 p.m. Oct. 11, 2003, at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Vina, Ala. A reception will follow in the church fellowship hall. Family and friends are invited.

Sharp/Collins

Roy and Suzy Collins of Shannon and Steve and Lynn Sharp of Belmont announce the engagement of their daughter, Jessica “Jesse” Sharp, to John Collins, son of John and Betty Collins of Tupelo.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Lavada Tackett of the Pontocola community.

She is a 1995 graduate of Shannon High School. She attended Blue Mountain College and Itawamba Community College in Tupelo. She is employed in shipping and receiving at Lane Wood Distribution Center in Wren.

The prospective groom is a 1989 graduate of Mooreville High School. He is employed at Super Sagless in Tupelo.

The couple will exchange vows at 3 p.m. Oct. 18, 2003, at East Main Church of Christ in Tupelo. A reception will follow at the church. Family and friends are invited.

Downs/Pounds

Amanda Downs, and Mr. and Mrs. Mike Downs, all of Booneville, announce the engagement of their daughter, Brooke Downs, to Bradley Pounds, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Randle Pounds of New Site.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Edward and Joy Dean Downs of Booneville, and Billy Smith of Booneville and the late Virginia Smith.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Estelle Pounds of New Site and the late Randle Pounds, and the late Elbert and Evelyn Franks of Mantachie.

The bride-elect is a 2000 graduate of Booneville High School, where she played varsity basketball and softball. She completed the practical nursing program at Northeast Mississippi Community College in August 2003.

The prospective groom is a 1998 graduate of New Site High School, where he played varsity basketball. He is employed with Pounds Farms and Baldwyn Grain.

The couple will exchange vows at 2 p.m. Oct. 18, 2003, at East Booneville Baptist Church in Booneville. A reception will follow in the church's Family Life Center. Family and friends are invited.

White/Taylor

Jessica and Justin Moreland announce the engagement of their mother, Brandie White, to Brent Taylor.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Larry and Angela Pounds of New Site, and Dale and Rhonda White of Iuka. She is the granddaughter of Horace and Rachel Barrett of Baldwyn, and Louise White of Booneville and the late Melvin White.

The prospective groom is the son of Theresia Taylor of Marietta and the late Bobby Taylor. He is the grandfather of the late Mr. and Mrs. C.A. Taylor of Burton, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Carl Franks of New Site.

The bride-elect is a graduate of New Site High School. She earned an associate's degree in science at Northeast Mississippi Community College. She is a registered nurse at Baptist Hospital in Booneville.

The prospective groom is a graduate of Booneville High School. He attended Northeast Mississippi Community College and graduated from Mississippi State University with a degree in agricultural economics. He farms and works at Smurfit/Stone Container in Saltillo.

The couple will exchange vows at 2 p.m. Oct. 25, 2003, at the Marietta Church of Christ in Marietta. A reception will follow in the church fellowship hall. Family and friends are invited.

Schorfheide/Jumper

David R. and Dovie Schorfheide of Ripley announce the engagement of their daughter, Megan Elizabeth Schorfheide, to Jonathan Kyle Jumper, son of Terry L. and Janie Jumper of Dry Creek.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late J.B. and Wilda Menees of Ripley, and the late Albert and Irene Schorfheide of Nashville, Ill.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Fagin and Johnnie Carpenter of Dry Creek, and the late Neville Harold and Bonnie Sue Barnes Jumper of Dry Creek.

The bride-elect is a graduate of Pine Grove High School. She is a student at Northeast Mississippi Community College.

The prospective groom is a graduate of Pine Grove High School. He is an employee of Eutaw Construction in Pontotoc.

The couple will exchange vows at 4 p.m. Oct. 25, 2003, at Chapman Church of Christ in Ripley. A reception will follow. Family and friends are invited.

McBrayer/Roberts

Myra and Chuck McBrayer of Guntown announce the engagement of their daughter, Shae McBrayer, to Coleman Roberts, son of Martha and Roger Speck of Brandon, and Benny Roberts of Fort Bragg, Texas.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Elsie and Charles McBrayer, and Glenda and James Rogers, all of Guntown.

The prospective groom is the grandson of David and Betty Wallis of Ozark, and Dorthy and W.C. Speck of Baldwyn.

The bride-elect is a graduate of Saltillo High School. The prospective groom is a graduate of Baldwyn High School.

The couple will exchange vows at 2 p.m. Oct. 25, 2003, at the Guntown First Baptist Church. A reception will follow at the church. Family and friends are invited.

Holt/Wright

Emily Cecelia Holt of Knoxville, Tenn., and Sammy Wiley Wright Jr. of Tupelo were united in marriage Feb. 15, 2003, at the Independent Presbyterian Church in Birmingham. Dr. James Carter officiated.

The bride is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. William P. Holt of Knoxville. She is the granddaughter of Dr. and Mrs. William T. Holt of Knoxville, and the late Mr. and Mrs. John Calvin Phillips of Charleston, Ark.

The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Sammy Wiley Wright Sr. of Tupelo. He is the grandson of Mildred J. Myrick of New York and the late Charles Grantham Myrick, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Eli Wright of Greenville.

The bride wore an ivory, princess-style gown with a silk organza overlay and embroidery and beading around the square neckline and hemline.

Kimberly Holt Smith of Clinton, S.C., sister of the bride, was matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Holly Wright Boyd of Tupelo, Mollie deShazo of Birmingham, Sondra Du Bon of Knoxville, Missy Hill of Mobile, Ala., Catherine Jones of Birmingham, Allison Kelso of Knoxville and Jill Quillin of Knoxville. Flower girls were Taylor Boyd and Madeline Boyd, both of Tupelo, Mary Grace Smith of Clinton, S.C., and Emily Holt of Louisville, Ky. The bridesmaids wore strapless gowns of garnet color taffeta.

Sammy Wiley Wright Sr., father of the groom, was best man. Groomsmen were Brandon Johnson of Florence, Ala., Nathan Ledbetter of Atlanta, Harold Patterson of Birmingham, Lane Siddall of Decatur, Ala., Blair White of Huntsville, Ala., Jonathan Wright of Tupelo and Adam Wylie of Birmingham.

A reception followed at the Highland Park Golf Club in Birmingham.

After a wedding trip to Negril, Jamaica, the couple lives in Birmingham. The bride is a training manager for Yellow Book USA, and the groom is an account executive for Yellow Book USA.

Fields/Swanson

Rachel Fields and Ryan Swanson were united in marriage July 1, 2003, at the Church of Christ on Highway 15 in Pontotoc. Robert Kingsley and Jeff Collums officiated.

The bride is the daughter of David Fields of Memphis and Bonnie Fields of Pontotoc. She is the granddaughter of Q.T. and Joanvee Aron of Pontotoc, and Doris Fields of Pontotoc and the late Zane Fields.

The groom is the son of Randy and Cathy Swanson of Pontotoc. He is the grandson of Harrison and Helen Swanson, and John and Arther Rhee Dillard, all of Pontotoc.

The bride wore a gown of white bridal satin featuring accents of seed pearls and sequins on the wide straps and bodice, and an A-line skirt with a chapel-length train. Her double-tiered, fingertip-length veil was attached to a pearl and rhinestone tiara.

Nicole Long of Pontotoc was maid of honor, and Erin Allen of Clinton, S.C., was the bridesmaid. They wore two-piece gowns of sky blue satin with sleeveless tops and floor-length, A-line skirts.

Cason Pearce of Pontotoc was best man. Brandon Swanson, brother of the groom, was groomsman. Ushers were D.J. Fields, brother of the bride, Brian Baldwyn, Jonathan McNutt and Josh West.

A reception followed in the church foyer.

After a wedding trip to Hawaii, the couple lives in Henderson, Tenn. Both are attending Freed-Hardeman University.

Christian/Bruce

Carrie Christian of Tupelo and Casey Bruce of Shannon were united in marriage June 7, 2003, at Shannon First Baptist Church. Bro. Lowell Johnson officiated.

The bride is the daughter of Don and Pat Christian of Tupelo. She is the granddaughter of Robin and Izetta Christian of Mantachie, and Clyde Walton of Mantachie and the late Geneva Walton.

The groom is the son of Nancy Bruce of Shannon and the late Ralph Wade Bruce. He is the grandson of Mavis and Tom Littlejohn of Saltillo and the late Lamar Bruce, and Clyde Walton of Mantachie and the late Geneva Walton.

The bride wore an A-line gown of white satin featuring a beaded lace empire bodice, and an apron back and tulle train trimmed in Venise lace and pearls. The matching veil of silk illusion was attached to a rhinestone tiara.

Andrea Loden of Shannon was maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Stacy Christian Credille and Tracy Christian Holland, both of Fulton and sisters of the bride; Leslie Bruce Monaghan of Saltillo, sister of the groom; Amy Carnathan of Tupelo; and Kellie Duffie Howell of Shannon. Flower girls were Callie Holland and Marly Credille, both of Fulton and nieces of the bride. The bridesmaids wore floor-length, two-piece gowns in apple red satin.

Jacob Bruce of Shannon, brother of the groom, was best man. Groomsmen were Johnny Bruce, brother of the groom, Daniel Johnson, John Kelly, John Vaughan and Jason Wilson, all of Shannon. Ushers were Trey McMasters, Jason Greer, Jeffery Wilson, Russ Howell and Will Vaughan, all of Shannon. Andrew Monaghan, nephew of the groom, was ringbearer.

A reception followed in the church's Family Life Center, followed by a second reception at Market Place Showroom in Tupelo.

After a wedding trip to La Paloma Lodge in Costa Rica, the couple lives in Shannon. The bride is a nursing major at Itawamba Community College and an employee of Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis. The groom is an employee of Lauderdale-Hamilton Inc.

LaValley/Doorenbos

Judy Tucker LaValley of Mooreville and David Doorenbos of Saltillo were united in marriage in Hamilton, Ala. The Rev. Dick Stephens officiated at the simple, Bible-based ceremony attended by the bride's parents, James and Clytee Tucker of Mooreville; the bride's nephews; and the groom's children, Garrett, Jacob, Barbara and John.

After a wedding cruise from New York City to St. John, New Brunswick, and Halifax, Nova Scotia, the couple lives in Mooreville. The bride is employed at North Mississippi Medical Center, and the groom is employed at the Tupelo Neurology Clinic.

McFerrin/Boyd

Jodie Elizabeth McFerrin of Mantachie and Garry Martin Boyd Jr. of Tremont were united in marriage July 26, 2003, at the Mantachie First Baptist Church. The Rev. Tracy McMillen officiated.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe E. McFerrin of Mantachie. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. H.R. McFerrin of Mantachie, and Gwendola Camp of Mantachie and the late William Herman Camp Sr.

The groom is the son of Richard and Nancy Wilson of Tupelo, and Garry “Sonny” and Lori Boyd of Golden. He is the grandson of Ellen Boyd of Golden and the late Stansel Boyd, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Murry Dyer of Tremont.

The bride wore a strapless, princess-style gown of ivory silk with a platinum beaded band over a sheer ivory bodysuit. She wore her mother's veil of ivory illusion.

Dixie Lynn Fennell of Mantachie, cousin of the bride, was maid of honor. Molly Riley of Mantachie and Stephanie Owen of Batesville were bridesmaids. Judi-Beth McMillen of Mantachie was junior bridesmaid. Madison McMillen of Mantachie was flower girl. The bridesmaids wore formal, princess-style gowns in dark platinum with strapless bodices.

Garry “Sonny” Boyd, father of the groom, was best man. Groomsmen were Brad Pounders of New Albany and Jeffery Wood of Golden. Dalton McMillen of Mantachie was junior groomsman. Chandler Allen and Chase Allen, both of Golden, were ringbearers. Ushers were Joey Allen of Golden, and Andy Holley and Brandt Nichols, both of Tremont.

A reception followed at the George Poteet History Center in Mantachie.

After a wedding trip to Cancun, Mexico, the couple lives in Southaven. The bride is employed by the Desoto County School District in Olive Branch. The groom is a sales representative for Ferguson in Memphis.