Weddings/Engagements

Carr/Ausbon

Cecilia Ann Carr of Saltillo and Robert Mitchell Ausbon of Nettleton were united in marriage Sept. 21, 2002, in an outdoor wedding at Mt. Vernon Place in Tupelo. Pat Carr officiated.

The bride is the daughter of David and Cindy Carr of Saltillo. She is the granddaughter of Patricia Stanford of Saltillo.

The groom is the son of Brenda Martin of Bakersfield, Calif., and Robbie and Dawn Ausbon of Amory. He is the grandson of Elizabeth and Mitchell Worthey of Nettleton, Lydia and David White of Amory, and Landon Ausbon of Amory.

The bride wore a gown of ivory satin featuring a fitted strapless bodice accented with beads, sequins and crystals. Her double-tiered veil fell from a princess-style tiara.

Laura Ridgely of Saltillo was maid of honor. Mallory Torres of Saltillo was bridesmaid. They wore floor-length gowns in champagne with spaghetti straps and long, sheer, off-the-shoulder bell sleeves.

Beth Crawley of Nettleton and Olivia Ausbon of Amory were flower girls.

Robbie Ausbon of Amory was best man. William Felks of Nettleton was groomsman. Pat Jorda and Greg Jorda, both of Amory, and Barrett Womack of Saltillo were ushers. Chris Crawley of Nettleton was ringbearer.

A reception followed at Mt. Vernon Place.

The couple lives in Amory. The bride is a student at Itawamba Community College and an employee of NAPA in Amory. The groom is an employee of Busylad in Amory.

Kuykendall/Henson

Kimberly Ann Kuykendall and John Robert Henson, both of Guntown, were united in marriage Sept. 28, 2002, at the First Baptist Church of Guntown. Bro. Bobby Robbins officiated.

The bride is the daughter of Mickey and Nancy Kuykendall of Guntown. She is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Horne of Sallis, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Kuykendall of Kosciusko.

The groom is the son of William and Patricia Henson of Guntown. He is the grandson of George and Gloria Bell of Guntown, and the late James and Era Henson of Guntown.

The bride wore a formal gown of white matte satin featuring a V-neck tank top, a basque waistline, an A-line skirt and a full cathedral train.

Nancy Kuykendall-Watkins of Collinsville was matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Kimberly A. Henson of Guntown, Kathy Kuykendall and Heather Kuykendall, both of Tupelo, and Emily Watkins of Collinsville. They wore gowns of lavender taffeta.

Katherine Cagle of Guntown was flower girl.

Witt Sullivan of Saltillo was best man. Groomsmen were Andrew Black and Glenn Kuykendall, both of Tupelo, Corey Kuykendall of Guntown and Brad Watkins of Collinsville. Ushers were Tim Mathis of Guntown, Brad Gilmore of Nettleton and Joe Henson of Starkville. Blade Kuykendall of Tupelo was ringbearer.

A reception followed in the church fellowship hall.

After a wedding trip to Nashville, Tenn., the couple lives in Guntown. The bride is lab manager at Spectacular Specs in Tupelo. The groom is assistant service manager at Cruzen Equipment Company in Tupelo.

Kelly/Purnell

Shannon Kelly and Kirk Purnell, both of Oklahoma City, Okla., were united in marriage Oct. 5, 2002, at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Oklahoma City. Dr. Randall Spindle officiated.

The bride is the daughter of Karen Ritchey and Mike Kelly, both of Muskogee, Okla. The groom is the son of Camille Caples of Tupelo and Hugh Purnell of Maumelle, Ark.

Virginia Qualjardi of Chicago, sister of the bride, was matron of honor. Dan Purnell of Tupelo was best man.

A reception followed at the Petroleum Club in Oklahoma City.

After a wedding trip to San Francisco and the Napa Valley in California, the couple lives in Oklahoma City. The bride is a graduate student. The groom is an employee of Ben E. Keith Foods in Oklahoma City.

Self/Barefield

April Elizabeth Self of Pontotoc and Ronnie Kevin Barefield of Ripley were united in marriage June 8, 2002, at West Heights Baptist Church in Pontotoc. The Rev. Ronnie Barefield and Dr. David Hamilton officiated.

The bride is the daughter of Mayor and Mrs. Bill Rutledge of Pontotoc and the late Thomas Self. She is the granddaughter of Cornelia P. Conlee of Pontotoc and the late Roy L. Conlee, and the Rev. and Mrs. Laron E. Self of Algoma.

The groom is the son of the Rev. and Mrs. Ronnie Barefield of Ripley. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Charlie C. Hale of Hurricane, and Mr. and Mrs. Colan E. Barefield of Randolph.

The bride wore a gown of white organza featuring a fitted bodice with embroidery and silver beading, spaghetti straps, a full skirt and a chapel-length train with embroidery and silver beading. Her waist-length veil of illusion was attached to a beaded comb headpiece.

Michelle Self Nelson of Tupelo, sister of the bride, was matron of honor. Jessica Lane Lilly of Corinth was maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Anna Carol Barefield, sister of the groom, of Ripley, Buffie Rutledge Butler of Pontotoc, Lori Michelle Colvin of Caledonia, Lakyn Teal Nelson and Meggin Conlee Nelson, nieces of the bride and both of Tupelo, Nikki Upton O'Brian of Columbus and Heather Martin Westbrook of Oxford. They wore two-piece gowns in sand with embroidered fitted bodices and floor-length, A-line skirts.

The Rev. Kerry Teal Nelson of Tupelo, brother-in-law of the bride, and Robert Allen Vincent of Ripley were best men. Groomsmen were Donald Wesley Barefield, cousin of the groom, of Randolph, Eddie Clinton Bryant and Bradley Charles Davis, both of Ripley, Robert Keith Hill of Tupelo, John Anthony Martindale of Ripley, and Gary Lynn Ray and David Scott Wilbanks, both of Walnut. Ushers were Kenney Blease Butler of Pontotoc, Timothy Brandon Martin, cousin of the bride, of Tupelo, and Adam Hale Stubblefield of Hurricane and Jason Lane Watts of Randolph, cousins of the groom.

A reception followed at the Pontotoc Community House.

After a wedding trip to Gatlinburg, Tenn., the couple lives in Ripley. The bride is a dental hygienist at Okolona Family Dentistry. The groom is the PC/Network manager at Benchcraft in Blue Mountain.

Graham/Prince

Leigh Ellen Graham of Florence, Ala., and John Tilghman Prince Jr. of Tupelo were united in marriage Dec. 21, 2002, at the First Presbyterian Church in Florence, Ala. James Tackett officiated.

The bride is the daughter of Marshall and Carol Humphries, and Steve Graham, all of Florence, Ala. She is the granddaughter of Leon and Mary Graham, Richard and Sara Bruce, and Amanda Humphries, all of Florence, Ala.

The groom is the son of John and Shawn Prince of Tupelo. He is the grandson of Julian and LaVerne Prince of Tupelo, Bonnie Evans of Vicksburg, and the late Robert and Rita Evans.

Anna Hardison and Casey Graham, both of Florence, Ala., were matrons of honor. Bridesmaids were Elizabeth Johnston of Starkville, Wendy Prince and Micaela Maxcy, both of Tupelo, Abby Gregory of Birmingham, Abbie Johnson and Karen Evans, both of Florence, Ala., and Christie Brumley of Madison, Ala. Flower girls were Abby Graham, Molly Graham and Lane Hardison, all of Florence, Ala.

David Sapp of Lakeland, Fla., was best man. Groomsmen were Stuart Ausborn, David Norvell, Steve Graham Jr. and Richard Hardison, all of Florence, Ala., Taylor Stevenson of Oxford, Mike Martin of Russellville, Ala., Nathan Pearman of Tupelo and Drew Phillips of Lexington, Va. Christopher Graham of Florence, Ala., was a junior groomsman. Graham Hardison of Florence, Ala., was ringbearer.

A reception followed at the Turtle Point Yacht and Country Club in Florence, Ala.

After a wedding trip to Disney World, the couple lives in Florence, Ala. The groom is an employee of Extreme Glow Corp. in Tupelo.

Montgomery/Hopper

Erin Hampton Montgomery of Belden and Gordon Allen Hopper of Tupelo were united in marriage Aug. 9, 2002, at the Lou Bland Memorial Chapel of the First United Methodist Church of Tupelo. Dr. Prentiss M. Gordon Sr. officiated.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Wilson Montgomery of Belden. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Wade Hampton Montgomery Sr. of Burlington, N.C., and the late Mr. Montgomery, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Jackson Keith of Mebane, N.C.

The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Terry Allen Hopper of Tupelo. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. John Gordon Wiygul of Shannon, Buford Allen Hopper of Henderson, Tenn., and Gladdola H. Morgan of Plantersville.

The bride wore a formal, strapless, A-line gown of ivory Italian satin featuring a channel-stitched band around the bodice, satin rosettes on the back of the bodice, and covered buttons extending the length of the chapel train. She also wore a simple, shoulder-length veil.

Jill Montgomery Buvens of Dallas, Texas, was matron of honor. Anna Katherine Montgomery of Belden was maid of honor. Sarah Rebecca Hopper of Tupelo was bridesmaid. They wore strapless gowns of sage green Italian satin.

Terry Allen Hopper, father of the groom, was best man. Groomsmen were William Holt Montgomery, brother of the bride, of Belden and Mitchell Leon Hopper, brother of the groom, of Tupelo.

A reception supper followed at the home of the bride.

The couple took a wedding trip to Destin, Fla.

The bride is an employee of the North Mississippi Medical Center and a student at the University of Mississippi, where she is pursuing a degree in education. The groom is an employee of the Cockrell Banana Company in Tupelo.

Hunt/Gjerdingen

Karen DaNee Hunt of Saltillo and Dustin James Gjerdingen of Cologne, Minn., were united in marriage Dec. 14, 2002, at Lakeview Baptist Church in Tupelo. Pastor Harold Chase officiated.

The bride is the daughter of Wesley and Deloris Hunt of Saltillo. She is the granddaughter of Robert E. Norris of Saltillo and Geneva Hunt of the Evergreen community.

The groom is the son of Dianne and Kelvin Lemke of Cologne, Minn. He is the grandson of Mark and Diane Clarno of Deephaven, Minn., Dick and Jeanne Terpstra of Kerrville, Texas, and Jerry Gjerdingen of Bloomington, Minn.

The bride wore a sleeveless ivory gown with a beaded bodice, a scalloped neckline and a train.

April Gjerdingen of Norwood, Minn., was maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Alisha Hunt of Saltillo and Tori Porter of Walls. They wore two-piece burgundy dresses with rounded necklines.

Josh Gjerdingen of Cologne, Minn., was best man. Groomsmen were Robert Hunt of Pontotoc and Eric Dutoit of Walls. Matthew Dunaway of Saltillo was an usher.

A reception followed at the church.

After a wedding trip to Amelia Island, Fla., the couple lives in Cologne, Minn. Both are employed at Eden Prairie in Minnesota.

Hankins/Adkerson

Kimberly Jo Ann Hankins of Tupelo and Paul Clayton Adkerson of Kosciusko were united in marriage Sept. 28, 2002, at Calvary Baptist Church in Tupelo. The Rev. Dr. Bryant Barnes officiated.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Hankins Jr. of Tupelo. She is the granddaughter of Charles Hankins of Pensacola, Fla., and the late Evelyn Hankins, and the late Mr. and Mrs. W.F. Smith Jr.

The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Adkerson of Kosciusko and Belinda Adkerson of Evansville, Ind. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Goss of Kosciusko, and the late Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Adkerson.

The bride wore a satin A-line gown with a beaded bodice and a chapel-length train detailed with metallic thread, pearls and crystals. She also wore a silk illusion veil attached to a rhinestone tiara and elbow-length white satin gloves.

Brandy Meadows Witt of Southaven was matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Emily Louise Megginson and Christie Leigh Bolen, both of Tupelo, Elizabeth Ann Walker of Fulton, Kristen Cheramie Boothe of Fairhope, Ala., and Shellman Elizabeth Nunnery of Leland. They wore two-piece strapless gowns of champagne satin with bugle beading at the bodice and elbow-length champagne satin gloves.

Jeffrey Wyatt Adkerson, brother of the groom, was best man. Groomsmen were Robert Harlan Adkerson, father of the groom, of Kosciusko, Charles Burris Hankins III, brother of the bride, of Tupelo, Christopher Alan Burks of Cordova, Tenn., and Michael Davis Rosenthal and Robert Lee Waits, both of Ridgeland. Ushers were Thomas Wynn Rogers of Ruston, La., and Desten Shelton Segrest of Hermanville.

A reception followed in the church fellowship hall.

After a wedding trip to Ocho Rios, Jamaica, the couple lives in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. The bride is an employee of the Greenbrier, and the groom is an employee of Medalist Golf Inc.

Breckenridge/Young

Shanna Breckenridge of Franklin, Tenn., and Matt Young of Tupelo were united in marriage Oct. 12, 2002, at the First Baptist Church in Verona. Dr. David Hamilton officiated.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marion Breckenridge of DeKalb. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wilmer Breckenridge of Preston, and Georgia Lang of DeKalb.

The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Young of Saltillo. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Young of Verona, and Mr. and Mrs. Harry Caldwell of Saltillo.

The bride wore a two-piece gown of white satin featuring a boned, corset-style bodice and a satin, A-line skirt.

Dr. Jessica Russell of Wesson was maid of honor. Dr. Jessica Sartin of Bogue Chitto was matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Stacey Clark of DeKalb, Dr. Kristi Curry and Dr. Ginger Waycaster, both of Franklin, Tenn., and Michele Harris of West Point. Anna Claire Priest and Addison Priest, both of Saltillo, were flower girls.

Michael McCrory of Oxford was best man. Groomsmen were Brad Fair and Jeff Holladay, both of Tupelo, Tommy Dale Holcomb of Guntown, Michael McHenry of Saltillo and Bobby Ray of Saltillo. Ushers were Brian Fortenberry of Franklin, Tenn., and Scott Fortenberry of Nashville, Tenn.

A reception followed in the church fellowship hall.

After a wedding trip to Oahu and Maui, Hawaii, the couple lives in Franklin, Tenn. The bride is employed at the Kroger Pharmacy in Spring Hill, Tenn. The groom is employed by Carrier Bryant Tennessee in Nashville.

Morgan/Smith

Melanie Morgan of Hattiesburg, and Jeniffer Smith Bird and Richard “Rickey” Smith of Aberdeen announce the marriage of their parents, Peggy Jean Jackson Morgan and John W. “Johnny” Smith. The couple exchange vows Dec. 27, 2002, at the Tupelo Church of God. The Rev. Jack Ezell officiated.

The bride is the daughter of the late Lucian Carl Jackson and Mary Etta of Amory.

The groom is the son of the late Grady and Marette Smith of Aberdeen.

The bride wore a tea-length dress in pastel pink accented with pearls, sequins and rhinestones.

Joyce Logan Peters of Tupelo was matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Jeniffer Bird and Melanie Morgan. They wore ivory dresses.

Rickey Smith was best man. Ringbearer was Thomas Grady Bird, great-grandson of the groom.

A reception followed in the Knox Building.

The couple lives in Mooreville. The bride is employed in the CSP Surgical Department at the North Mississippi Medical Center. The groom is retired from Walker Manufacturing in Aberdeen and currently employed at Cooper Tire & Rubber Company in Tupelo.

Ballard/Stevens

Mica Lorraine Ballard and Micah Curry Stevens were united in marriage June 1, 2002, at Provine Chapel on the campus of Mississippi College in Clinton. The Rev. Michael Powell and the Rev. Mitchell Pousson officiated.

The bride is the daughter of Lorraine Henry Ballard of New Albany. She is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Robert Henry Sr. of New Albany.

The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl W. Stevens Sr. of Laurel. He is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Hodges of Kentwood, La., and the late Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Stevens of Bolivar, La.

The bride wore a two-piece strapless gown of candlelight silk satin organza. Her fingertip veil edged in silk cording fell from a tiara of rhinestones and pearls.

Melissa Richardson Manning of New Albany was matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Christy Phillips Allen, Laura Ashley Jones, Lillian Estus Reed and Jennifer Ellis West, all of Jackson; Sonia June Ballard of Memphis; Amanda Rose Burton of Brookhaven; Lydia Brooks Lofton and Patty Renee Smith, both of Clinton; Julee Stevens Pousson of Madisonville, La.; and Cherilon Norman Stevens of Laurel. They wore dresses of eggplant silk shantung.

Carl Wayne Stevens Sr., father of the groom, was best man. Groomsmen were Matthew John Calvert of Clinton; Jamie Wade Graham of Walker, La.; Matthew Todd Leto and Shane Patrick Lynch, both of Covington, La.; Michael Patrick Moise of Brandon; John Joe Morgan and Brandon Kent Russell, both of Amite, La.; Dr. Rusty Stevens and Matthew Scott Stevens, both of Laurel; and Barry Wayne Wall of Springfield, La. Ushers were Joshua Abraham Ballard of Memphis, Kenneth Dwayne Giardina of Brandon and Trenton White Townsend of Columbus.

Sara Elizabeth Stevens and Madeline Elizabeth Pousson, nieces of the groom, were flower girls. Christian Carl Pousson and Mitchell Dwight Pousson II, nephews of the groom, were ringbearers.

A reception followed in Jennings Courtyard on the campus of Mississippi College.

Kindt/Pollock

Molly Suzanne Kindt and Brian Christopher Pollock, both of Mantachie, were united in marriage Dec. 20, 2002, at Hamilton Methodist Church in Hamilton, Ala.

The bride is the daughter of Eddie and Tina Kindt of Mantachie. She is the granddaughter of Eloise and Verbon Shedd of Mantachie, and Annette Kindt of Saltillo and the late Harold Kindt.

The groom is the son of Kenneth and Carole Pollock of Mantachie. He is the grandson of Garvis Sumner of Mantachie and the late Maxine Sumner, and Owen and Lanette Pollock of Mantachie and the late Laverne Pollock.

The bride is a senior at Mantachie High School and an employee of Centerville Grocery. The groom served in the U.S. Army Infantry in the 2nd BTN/1st INF RGT at Fort Wainwright, Ark., and is currently employed at Hoerner Box in Tupelo.

A reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, 2003, at Center Star Church in Mantachie. Family and friends are invited.

Lindsey/Ruff

Mary Kylie Lindsey of Tupelo and David Clifton Ruff Jr. of Memphis were united in marriage Aug. 3, 2002, at Wesley United Methodist Church in Tupelo. The Rev. Bryan Collier officiated.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Kyle Lindsey of Tupelo. She is the granddaughter of Lucille Gann of Booneville and the late Paul N. Gann, and Erin Lindsey of Booneville and the late Kyle Lindsey.

The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. David Ruff Sr. of Germantown, Tenn. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Guy Ruff of Tupelo, and Dr. and Mrs. Thad Morris of Memphis.

The bride wore a formal gown of silk satin with a beaded bodice and a chapel train. Her fingertip veil of illusion fell from a beaded headpiece.

Elizabeth McFerrin of Tupelo was maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Ashley Barrows, Martha Kellum, Bishop Porter and Holly Sutherland, all of Tupelo, Julie Gregory of Okolona, Carla Crosby of Auburn, Ala., Susan Hobson of Olive Branch and Emily Ruff of Savannah, Ga. They wore two-piece gowns of blue satin.

David Ruff Sr. of Germantown, Tenn., was best man. Groomsmen were Joey Kilgore of Oxford, Michael Watson Jr. and Chad Westmoreland, both of Pascagoula, Raun Wetzel of Biloxi, Ben Lindsey of Tupelo, Taylor Jabour of Vicksburg, Ben Tolbert III of Woodville and Bill Sinnis of Ripley, Tenn. Junior groomsmen were Daniel Ruff and Jonathan Ruff, both of Germantown. Ushers were Cole Giovannetti of Memphis and Ryan Nance of Philadelphia.

A reception followed at Mount Vernon Place in Tupelo.

After a wedding trip to St. Thomas, the couple lives in Cordova, Tenn. The bride is marketing coordinator for American Home Shield in Memphis. The groom is an accountant for Price Waterhouse Cooper in Memphis.

Thorn/Hamilton

Sonja Thorn of Tupelo and James Hamilton of Lincoln City, Ore., were united in marriage Oct. 26, 2002, at the Skyline Baptist Church in Tupelo. The Rev. Castor Buse officiated.

The bride is the daughter of Yates and Ruth Thorn of Nettleton. The groom is the son of Lawrence and Juanitia Hamilton of Beaverton, Ore.

Patricia Brown of Fayetteville, N.C., sister of the bride, was matron of honor. MSG Jaime Rodriguez of Olympia, Wash., was best man.

A reception followed at the church.

The couple lives in Tupelo. The bride is a social worker with Beverly Healthcare, and the groom is a SFC with the U.S. Army.