Weddings/Engagements

Keeton-Moore

Rhonda Keeton of Horn Lake announces the engagement of her daughter, Shana Lee Keeton, to Justin Tyler Moore, son of Terry and Janice Moore of Southaven.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Dottie Leonowitz of Horn Lake, Lloyd Jester of Kenosha, Wis., and Callos and Anne Keeton of Kentucky.

The prospective groom is the grandson of the late Lila Swindoll and James Moore of Clarksdale, and the late Bertie and Henry Sledge of Eudora.

The bride-elect is a student at Northwest Mississippi Community College and an employee of MP&R. She is a former Miss DeSoto County.

The prospective groom is a graduate of Christian Brothers High School. He continued his education in civil engineering at the University of Mississippi. He is a general contractor for MP&R.

The couple will exchange vows Sept. 9, 2005, at The Cadre Building in Memphis. A reception will follow.

Thomas-Gafford

Mike and Joyce Thomas of Ripley announce the engagement of their daughter, Donna Elizabeth Thomas, to Willis Edward Gafford, son of Ray and Barbara Gafford of New Albany.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Henry Mark Culver of Myrtle, the late Ester Lee Alberson of Ashland, and the late D.R. Thomas and the late Opal Christine Thomas of New Albany.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Paul Edward James and the late Rebecca Williams of Oxford, and Willis Dewitt Gafford and the late Edith King Gafford of New Albany.

The bride-elect is a graduate of New Albany High School, where she received the Drafting II Award. She earned an associate's degree in computer-aided drafting and design at Northeast Mississippi Community College, where she was a dean's list student. She is a draftsman for Southland Construction Company in Tupelo.

The prospective groom is a graduate of New Albany High School, where he was a member of the band and recipient of the J.S. Hanry Award. He earned a certificate in automotive mechanics and service technician at Northeast Mississippi Community College, where he was a member of the band. He is a mechanic at Community Ford in New Albany.

The couple will exchange vows at 5 p.m. Sept. 17, 2005, at Calvary United Methodist Church in New Albany. A reception will follow in the fellowship hall. Family and friends are invited.

Penro-Spight

Myron and Brenda Penro of Tupelo announce the engagement of their daughter, Brittany Okitziah Penro, to Shadrach Lee Spight, son of Annie Spight of Ripley and the late Lee Jr. Spight.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Earl and Lula Penro of Tupelo, and the late Elmer Young and Annie Young of Booneville.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Elizabeth Rutherford, Lee Roberts Spight, Jessie Johnson and the late Tom Johnson, all of Ripley.

The bride-elect is a graduate of Tupelo High School, where she was an administrative assistant, recipient of the Science Award, and a member of the chorus, Drama Club and Student Council. She attended Itawamba Community College for three years. She works in medical records at the Cardiology Associates in Tupelo.

The prospective groom is a graduate of Ripley High School, where he was a drum major, a member of the baseball team, soccer team and chorus, and a participant in a musical drama. He earned an associate of arts degree at Northeast Mississippi Community College and an associate's degree in funeral science at East Mississippi Community College. He was a member of Sigma Phi Sigma. He is an employee of Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany.

The couple will exchange vows at 3 p.m. Sept. 17, 2005, at Emmanuel Church of God in Christ in Tupelo. The reception site will be announced at the wedding. Family and friends are invited.

Wells-Willingham

James and Linda Wells announce the engagement of their daughter, Denise Wells, to Jim Willingham, son of Neil and Jan Hunt of Nauvoo, Ala.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Pauline Gazaway of Sturgis and the late W.L. Gazaway, and the late Hester and Olean Wells of Ackerman.

The prospective groom is the grandson of the late Curtis and Tessie Swindle of Nauvoo, Ala., and the late Leon and Irma Willingham of Jasper, Ala.

The bride-elect is a graduate of Booneville High School. She earned a bachelor of social work degree at Delta State University. She is a service coordinator at the Lee County Health Department in Tupelo.

The prospective groom is a graduate of Carbon Hill High School in Carbon Hill, Ala. He earned a bachelor of science degree at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. He is an occupational therapist in Tupelo.

The couple will exchange vows at 2 p.m. Sept. 17, 2005, at the New Albany Church of God. A reception will follow in the church fellowship hall. Family and friends are invited.

Kimbrough-Davis

William A. Kimbrough and Deborah O. Kimbrough, both of Saltillo, announce the engagement of their daughter, Kellie Leigh Kimbrough of Saltillo, to William Daniel Davis III of Tupelo, son of William Daniel Davis Jr. of Guntown, and Mr. and Mrs. John R. Behrman of Tupelo.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Doris Oaks of Tupelo and the late Daniel Randolph Oaks, and Joyce Kimbrough of Baldwyn and the late Billy Kimbrough.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Martha Dean Davis of Guntown and the late Billy Davis, and Mr. and Mrs. Bob Wheeler of Baldwyn and the late Johnnie Campbell.

The bride-elect is a 2000 graduate of Saltillo High School, where she was a member of the softball and basketball teams. She was a member of the homecoming court, Who's Who, Junior J's and Who's Who Among American High School Students. She attended Northeast Mississippi Community College for two years. She was a diamond girl for the baseball team, and a member of the modeling squad, the softball team and Who's Who Among American Junior College Students. She received a bachelor of science degree in educational psychology from Mississippi State University, where she was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and the National Dean's List. She is a case manager for Region IV Mental Health in Booneville.

The prospective groom is a 2002 graduate of Saltillo High School, where he was a member of the football team, the Tupelo Football Club United Soccer Team and the Key Club. He attended Mississippi State University, where he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. He is a student in the landscaping program at Northeast Mississippi Community College and an employee of the Wal-Mart Distribution Center in New Albany.

The couple will exchange vows at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 17 2005, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Blain in Baldwyn. A reception will follow. Family and friends are invited.

Price-Kirk

Steve and Kathy Price of Corinth announce the engagement of their daughter, April D. Price, to Adam Kirk, son of Rickey and Judy Kirk of New Albany.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Carolyn Cutberth of Walnut.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Anna Lee Kirk of New Albany and the late Loin Kirk, and Edith Whitehead of New Albany and the late Willis Whitehead.

The bride-elect is a graduate of Alcorn Central High School in Corinth. She attended Northeast Mississippi Community College and earned a B.S. degree in mathematics and statistics at Mississippi State University. She was a Tiger Dancer, a Northeast homecoming maid and queen, and a member of Phi Theta Kappa and American Mathematical Association. She works in management at Enterprise Rent-A-Car in Corinth.

The prospective groom is a graduate of Ingomar Attendance Center. He attended Northeast Mississippi Community College, where he was a class favorite in 1999. He is a cum laude graduate of Mississippi State University with a master's degree in counselor education. He was a member of Golden Key, Phi Theta Kappa and Kappa Delta Pi. He is a teacher for the Tupelo Public Schools.

The couple will exchange vows Sept. 17, 2005, at J.P. Coleman State Park in Iuka. A reception will follow in the park's banquet room. Family and friends are invited.

Reed-Collins

Nathaniel and Ruby Williams of Tupelo announce the engagement of their daughter, Catherina Sherria Reed, to Benjamin Ricardo Collins, son of Dan Collins II and Mildred Collins of Tupelo.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mary Reed of Pontotoc and the late Jean Reed, and the late Louise and Hilton Harden of Belden.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Edna Collins of Tupelo and the late Dan Collins, and the late Willie Mae Owens and the late Willie Purd of Palmetto.

The bride-elect is a graduate of Pontotoc High School. She earned an AAS degree in microcomputer at Northeast Mississippi Community College and a B.S. degree in office systems and technology at Mississippi State University. She is a CDP Processor II at Renasant Bank Technology Center in Tupelo.

The prospective groom is a graduate of Shannon High School. He is a material handler at Hunter Douglas in Tupelo.

The couple will exchange vows at 3 p.m. Sept. 17, 2005, at the BancorpSouth Center. A reception will follow. Family and friends are invited.

Lawson-Turner

Leslie Telena Lawson and Sammy Scott Turner, both of Tupelo, were united in marriage May 14, 2005, at the Lee Acres Church of Christ. Jerry Grammer officiated.

The bride is the daughter of Ronnie and Sondra Lawson of Tupelo. She is the granddaughter of James and Nella King of Tupelo, the late Charlie Thompson of Oneida, Tenn., and Shirley Fair of Baldwyn and the late Ray Fair.

The groom is the son of Sam Turner of Tupelo and Linda Turner of the Palmetto community. He is the grandson of Ray and Nancy Skelton of Memphis, and the late Burton and Palmer Turner of Tupelo.

The bride wore an A-line gown of matte satin with an organza overlay accented with embroidery and beading and featuring a strapless bodice and a 2-inch wide matte satin hem.

Chance Beck of Brewer was matron of honor. Brandi Best of Brewer was maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Tracey Boone of Tupelo, Allyson Moore of Okolona, Crystal Mask of Shannon and Melody Byars of Tupelo. Flower girls were Madalyn Grace King and Olivia Rose King, both of Tupelo. The bridesmaids wore gowns of cobalt blue satin featuring spaghetti straps with rhinestones at the base of the straps and empire waists.

Richard Gann of Pontotoc was best man. Groomsmen were Kenny King, Justin Lamb, Rob Hensley, Michael Ritter and Brent Byars, all of Tupelo. Ushers were Matt Boone and Jackie Hall, both of Tupelo. Hunter Baggett of Shannon was ringbearer.

A reception followed in the church annex.

A honeymoon trip to Orlando, Fla., will be taken at a later date. The couple lives in Tupelo. The bride is employed by Renasant Bank, and the groom is employed by the North Mississippi Medical Center.

Crosbie-Riddle

Tracie Ann Crosbie and Jeremy Brent Riddle, both of Oxford, were united in marriage May 28, 2005, at Oxford-University United Methodist Church. The Rev. Warren C. Black officiated at the ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael R. Crosbie of Oxford. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Thomas, and Mr. and Mrs. J. Gilbert Crosbie, all of Delaware, Ohio.

The groom is the son of Mackie A. Riddle and Rose M. Vess, both of Oxford. He is the grandson of Mrs. Curtis Riddle of Tishomingo and the late Mr. Riddle, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Louis Vess of Iuka.

The bride wore a strapless gown in gold Italian satin. A wide band of bugle beading, seed pearls and crystals accented the fitted waistline, which met a full skirt. Beaded treatment also accented the chapel-length train. The veil was a single layer of illusion, edged with beadwork.

Amy Jo Kilmer of Oxford was maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Jill Bounds Holcomb of Ocean Springs, and Lori Michelle Redding and Angela Tubbs Robinson, both of Oxford. Each attendant wore a strapless tea-length dress in burnt orange satin featuring a rhinestone belted waistline.

Stanley Rayburn Sparks was best man. Groomsmen were Cecil Hartness Farrell of West Point, Christopher Ryan Massey of Jackson and Timothy James Nunley of Tishomingo. Ushers were Michael Thomas Crosbie, brother of the bride, of Oxford; Michael Louis Riddle, brother of the groom, of Oxford; Kris Allen Riddle, brother of the groom, of Tupelo; and Justin Cousar Robinson of Oxford.

The flower girl was Anna Laine Ahmed of Oxford. The ring bearer was Stanton Brent Sparks of Oxford.

A reception followed at the home of the bride's parents in Oxford.

After a honeymoon to the Riu Resort in Cancun, Mexico, the couple lives in Oxford. The bride is a teacher and a cheerleading coach at Lafayette Middle School. The groom is an electrical technician with Advanced Technology Services in Oxford.

Holcomb-Archer

Darbi Nichole Holcomb and Adam Blake Archer were united in marriage June 4, 2005, at the Iuka Baptist Church. Bro. Jim Holcomb, father of the bride, and Bro. Kim Leonard officiated at the ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Bro. Jim and Lourie Holcomb of Iuka. She is the granddaughter of Betty Sue Holcomb of Southaven and the late Oscar Holcomb Jr., and Bill and Betty Hallmark of Munford, Tenn.

The groom is the son of Ralph and Robbie Archer of Iuka. He is the grandson of Donna Archer of Iuka and the late Ralph Archer Sr., and Robert and Marie Henry of Bethel Springs, Tenn.

The bride wore a white, A-line gown with a tank-top bodice and a semi-cathedral train, all trimmed in Schiffli lace.

Amber Shockley of Boston, Mass., was matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Stephanie Archer, sister of the groom, of Iuka, Shelley Jo Jaggers of Pontotoc and Jenny Tanner of Booneville. They wore black and white.

Chris Meyer of Iuka was best man. Groomsmen were Dusty Holcomb, brother of the bride, Grant Smith and Reid Daniel, all of Iuka. Brad Holt of Iuka was an usher.

A reception followed at the Iuka Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.

After a honeymoon trip to Gatlinburg, Tenn., the couple lives in Iuka. The bride is a full-time student at the University of North Alabama in Florence, Ala. The groom is a technical analyst for Software Unlimited Corp. in Tupelo.