Robert and Neita Dillard of Saltillo announce the engagement of their daughter, Kelly Len Dillard, to Andrew Lee Gardner, son of Connie Gardner of Smithville and the late Bro. Lee Gardner.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Charles and Juanita Dillard of Saltillo, and Gene and Virginia Knight of Pontotoc.
She is a 2005 honor graduate of Saltillo High School. She was STAR Student and a cheerleader for six years. She attended Itawamba Community College, where she was a member of Phi Theta Kappa and the Hall of Fame, and vice president of the Student Government Association. She earned a bachelor of science degree in nursing at Mississippi University for Women, where she was a McDevitt Scholar, president of the Student Nursing Association and a member of Phi Kappa Phi.
The prospective groom is the grandson of Bunch and Martha Gardner of Shannon, and the late Gene and Maxine McKay of Baldwyn.
He is a 2005 honor graduate of Smithville High School. He was senior class president, and a member of the football team and the Hall of Fame. He attended Itawamba Community College, where he was president of the Baptist Student Union and a member of Phi Theta Kappa. He attended Mississippi State University, where he was a dean’s scholar and a member of Phi Kappa Phi. He is the youth director at Smithville Baptist Church.
The couple will exchange vows at 7 p.m. May 22, 2009, at Auburn Baptist Church of Tupelo. A reception will follow at the Fulton Country Club. Family and friends are invited.