Weddings/Engagements

Guyton-Childs

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Hardin Guyton of Tupelo announce the engagement of their daughter, Amanda Beane Guyton, to Bennie Heath Childs, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bennie H. Childs of Ripley.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mrs. Wiley Gus Beane of Tupelo and the late Mr. Beane, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Joe Hardin Guyton of Blue Mountain.

The prospective groom is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. James Franklin Wall of Blue Mountain, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Shafter Houser Childs of Ripley.

The bride-elect is a graduate of Tupelo High School. She attended Mississippi State University and earned a bachelor of science degree in nursing at the University of North Alabama. She is a registered nurse at the North Mississippi Medical Center's Center for Digestive Health in Tupelo.

The prospective groom is a graduate of Pine Grove High School of Ripley. He earned a bachelor of business administration degree in marketing at Mississippi State University. He is a professional sales representative for Solray Pharmaceuticals in Tupelo.

The couple will exchange vows at 1:30 p.m. April 2, 2005, at the First United Methodist Church in Tupelo. A reception will follow at Park Heights in Tupelo.

Adams-Brown

Larry and Denise Adams of Mantachie announce the engagement of their daughter, Natasha Adams, to Curt Brown, son of Eddie and Donna Brown of Baldwyn.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Adams of Mantachie and the late Moveline Adams, Mr. and Mrs. J.C. King of Mooreville, and Mr. and Mrs. James Humphres of Mooreville.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Mae Brown of Baldwyn and the late Leonard Brown, and Gene Prentice of Baldwyn and the late Ruby Prentice.

The bride-elect is a graduate of Mantachie High School. She was homecoming queen, and a member of the varsity softball and basketball teams, the Beta Club and various other clubs. She earned an associate of applied science degree at Itawamba Community College. She is a physical therapist assistant at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth.

The prospective groom is a graduate of Baldwyn High School. He was Mr. Baldwyn High School, and a member of the varsity baseball and football teams. He attended Northeast Mississippi Community College, where he was a member of the baseball team. He is an employee of the Prentiss County Electric Power Association.

The couple will exchange vows at 4 p.m. April 2, 2005, at the Shiloh United Methodist Church in Mantachie. A reception will follow in the church's Family Life Center. Family and friends are invited.

Lewis-Berry

The Rev. and Mrs. James A. Lewis announce the engagement of their daughter, Charlotte Ann Lewis, to the Rev. Gary Lee Berry, son of Dr. and Mrs. Gerald L. Berry Jr. of Raymore, Mo.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. L.T. Purdon of Pontotoc, and the late Mr. and Mrs. John T. Lewis of Meridian.

The prospective groom is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Clark of Hutchinson, Kan., and the late Mr. and Mrs. Gerald L. Berry Sr. of Bedford, Mo.

The bride-elect is a 1982 graduate of Blue Mountain High School. She is a 1986 graduate of Mississippi State University with a bachelor of business administration degree. She is senior staff assistant at the National Food Service Management Institute in Oxford.

The prospective groom is a 1983 graduate of Smith-Cotton High School in Sedalia, Mo. He is a 1988 graduate of the Baptist Bible College with a bachelor of science degree in pastoral theology. He is the senior pastor at Southland Baptist Church in Belton, Mo.

The couple will exchange vows at 1 p.m. April 2, 2005, at the First Baptist Church of Pontotoc. A reception will follow in the church fellowship hall. Family and friends are invited.

Skinner-Mitchell

Earnestine Skinner of Tupelo announces the engagement of her daughter, Jonita Lashun Skinner, to Wendell Derrick Mitchell, son of the late Lee Ethel and F.R. Mitchell of Baldwyn.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Alma and Cleotis Brinker of Verona.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Eula Mae Young of Baldwyn and the late Bubba Young, and the late Sally and Lee Mitchell of Batesville.

The bride-elect is a graduate of Shannon High School, where she was a member of the French Club and Who's Who Among American High School Students. She earned an associate's degree in psychology at Northeast Mississippi Community College and a bachelor of science degree in psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi. She was a dean's list student, and a member of the French Club and the Residence Hall Association. She is an administrative officer with the Tupelo Police Department.

The prospective groom is a graduate of Baldwyn High School, where he was a member of the football, basketball and ping pong teams, the prep squad and the Drama Club. He attended Itawamba Community College. He is an employee of Foamade Industries in Saltillo.

The couple will exchange vows at 4 p.m. March 26 at Morning Star M.B. Church in Tupelo. A reception will follow at the Tupelo Furniture Market, Mississippi Complex, Building D in Tupelo. Family and friends are invited.

Graham-Burchfield

Robert and Terri Graham of St. Augustine, Fla., announce the engagement of their daughter, Terra Graham, to Jeremy Burchfield, son of Randy and Jan Burchfield of Tupelo.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Al and Nancy Mortimer of St. Augustine, Fla., and the late Frederick and Elizabeth Graham of Boston, Mass.

The prospective groom is the grandson of the late Carl and Daisy Burchfield of Abernant, Ala., and the late E.W. and Evelyn Isley of Birmingham, Ala.

The bride-elect is a 1999 graduate of St. Joseph Academy in St. Augustine, Fla. She received her associate of arts degree from St. Johns River Community College in 2001. She completed her dental hygiene training at Florida Community College in Jacksonville, Fla., in 2003. She is employed by Morse Family Dentistry in St. Augustine, Fla.

The prospective groom is a 1994 graduate of Brandon High School. He received a bachelor of arts degree in banking and finance in 1999 from the University of Mississippi, where he was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. He is the assistant vice president and branch manager for Southtrust Bank in Jacksonville, Fla.

The couple will exchange vows April 2, 2005, at Good News Presbyterian Church in St. Augustine, Fla.

Curlee-Russell

Martha Elizabeth Curlee of Tupelo and Dr. Ryan Douglas Russell of Moorhead were united in marriage Oct. 23, 2004, at the First United Methodist Church in Tupelo. The Rev. William T. McAlilly officiated.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John McFerrin Curlee III of Tupelo. She is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. John McFerrin Curlee Jr. of Booneville, and Mrs. Paul Gibbs Sr. of Fulton and the late Mr. Gibbs.

The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Overton Russell of Moorhead and the late Lynn Warnock Russell of Moorhead. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Harris Douglas Russell of Sunflower, the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles Boyd Warnock, and the late Margaret Richardson Neal.

The bride wore a diamond white gown featuring a V-neckline, an empire bodice of Italian silk satin, a detachable watteau train of Italian lightweight organza, and an A-line skirt of silver thread organza worn over a slim underskirt of silk charmeuse. Her chapel-length, double-tiered veil of silk illusion fell from a rhinestone tiara.

Emily Johnson McClain of Fayetteville, Ark., was matron of honor. Emily Holland Koon of Fulton was maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Leslie Tribble Boykin of Memphis, Jennie Bradford Curlee of Tupelo, Moira Brodnax Parker of Tuscaloosa, Ala., Lucia Elizabeth Richards of Moorhead, Laura Koon Richardson of Florence, Ala., Caroline Stauffer of Tupelo and Linda Chumley Thigpen of Jackson. The attendants wore A-line gowns of Turquish gold iridescent taffeta featuring scoop necklines, empire waists and accent drapings in the back.

Douglas Overton Russell of Moorhead was best man. Groomsmen were John McFerrin Curlee IV of Tupelo, Dr. Phillip Patrick Fowler of Jonesboro, Ark., Thomas Shane Hodges of Ocean Springs, William Jerry Nobile Jr. of Moorhead, Evan Murphy Pugh of Santa Rosa, Fla., Jon-Brighton Russell of Sunflower, Todd Warnock Russell of Moorhead and Chipper McCarty Sligh of Sunflower.

A reception followed at the GumTree Museum of Art in Tupelo.

After a wedding trip to Seaside, Fla., the couple lives in Tupelo. The bride is a staff writer in the Marketing and Public Relations Department at the North Mississippi Medical Center. The groom is an optometrist at the Tupelo Eye Clinic.

Bucci-Simmons

Amanda Leigh Bucci of Tupelo and William Gregory Simmons of Shannon were united in marriage Dec. 17, 2004, at Auburn Baptist Church in Tupelo. Dr. Gary Permenter officiated.

The bride is the daughter of Robert and Pam Bucci of Tupelo. She is the granddaughter of Norma Hurst of Tupelo and Elizabeth Lindley of Boston, Mass.

The groom is the son of Danny and Angie Simmons of Shannon. He is the grandson of Annie Parchman and Sally Simmons, both of Shannon.

The bride wore a strapless gown of white Italian satin with metallic embroidery and crystal beading accenting the empire bodice and the front of the split A-line skirt.

Marilyn Lauderdale of Shannon was maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Heather Edwards of Wiggins, Mary Allison Leach of Columbus, Carie-Katherine Clark of Grenada, Kate Pope of Aberdeen and Laura Hurst of St. Joseph, Mo. Junior bridesmaids were Sarah Hurst and Anna Hurst, both of St. Joseph, Mo. Kaylee Simmons of Shannon was flower girl. The bridesmaids wore two-piece gowns of cherry satin with strapless bodices, A-line skirts and beading at the waists.

Danny Simmons of Shannon was best man. Groomsmen were Keith Simmons of Shannon, Brandon Doyle of Corinth, Rob Bucci of Tupelo, Scott Simmons of Shannon and Daniel Bucci of Tupelo.

A reception followed at the church.

After a wedding trip to Gatlinburg, Tenn., the couple lives in Tupelo. The bride is a counselor intern at Saltillo Elementary School, and the groom is the youth minister at Riverbend Baptist Church in Aberdeen.

Cooper-Lyle

Kelly Jo Cooper of Columbus and Bradley Loren Lyle of Steens were united in marriage Nov. 13, 2004, at Zion Presbyterian Church in Tupelo. The Rev. Ron Richardson officiated.

The bride is the daughter of James L. and Rebecca Cooper of Columbus. She is the granddaughter of Reese Turner of Quitman and the late Merna Ree Turner, and the late Samuel Grover Cooper and the late Bertha Jennings, both of Starkville.

The groom is the son of Barry L. and Marian Lyle of Tupelo. He is the grandson of Paul and Ione Sudduth of Tupelo, and Drexie Lyle of Tupelo and the late Robert Lyle.

The bride wore a gown of antique gold Italian satin featuring a strapless bodice accented with metallic embroidered appliques and silver bugle beading; a full skirt with a pleated side drape and embroidered appliques; and covered buttons down the chapel-length train. Her waist-length veil was layered illusion with satin cording.

Emily Loraine Rutherford of Columbus was maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Courtney Carruth Hatfield of Garland, Texas, and India Nicole Chancelor and Chloe Elizabeth Chancelor, both of Demopolis, Ala. Flower girls were Asia Ray Chancelor of Demopolis, Ala., and Haleigh McNeil of Quitman. The bridesmaids wore different style floor-length dresses in cranberry satin.

Scott Taylor Lyle of Tupelo was best man. Groomsmen were Daniel Henderson of Flowood, Jason Hair of Jackson and Adam Sudduth of Tupelo.

A reception followed at the Wade O'Callaghan house in Tupelo.

After a wedding trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., the couple lives in Steens. The bride is a computing consultant at Mississippi State University in Starkville. The groom is an electrical engineer at Marathon Equipment Company in Vernon, Ala.

Kraemer-Smothers

Melissa Sue Kraemer and David Brian Smothers, both of Milwaukee, Wis., were united in marriage Oct. 9, 2004, at Calvary Lutheran Church in Oshkosh, Wis. The Rev. Robert Rosenberg officiated, and Gary Bailey assisted.

The bride is the daughter of Kathleen Kraemer of Oshkosh, Wis., and Boyd Kraemer of Benson, Ariz. She is the granddaughter of Edith Mulder of Volga, S.D.

The groom is the son of David and Jennifer Smothers of Tupelo. He is the grandson of Bob and Becky Cook, and Doyle and Pearline Smothers, all of Tupelo. He is the great-grandson of Mamie Marlin of Tupelo.

The bride wore a gown of candlelight French Alencon lace over silk matte satin and iridescent sequins with a deep V-neckline, accents of taupe satin at the waist and a walking train. Her shoulder-length veil of illusion was set in beaded and sequined Alencon lace.

Heather Kraemer Sitter of Milwaukee, sister of the bride, was matron of honor. She wore a floor-length gown featuring a wine satin halter top and a black satin skirt.

Reid Bryson of Petrolia, Calif., was best man. Groomsmen were Blair Shores of Birmingham, Ala., and Michael Sitter of Milwaukee, Wis.

A reception followed at the Algoma Club in Oshkosh, Wis.

After a wedding trip to Ixtapa, Mexico, the couple lives in Milwaukee. The bride is a student in the Ph.D. program in psychology at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. The groom is a family therapist at Clinicare Inc. in Milwaukee and a student at the Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology in Milwaukee, where he is pursuing his Psy.D. degree.