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Watts/Wells Wedding

Candice LaRee Watts and Jason Patrick Wells were united in marriage on Saturday, June 30, 2001 at 7:00 in the evening at Bentwater Yacht Club in Montgomery, Texas. The double ring ceremony was officiated by Reverend Ron Ramey of Houston.

The bride is the daughter of Michael and Cari Watts of Corsicana. She is the granddaughter of Jerry and Jeri Shelton of Chatfield and Dana and Peggy Weiss of Rockwall and the late Guy Dean Watts.

The groom is the son of Tom and Lynda Wells of Houston. He is the grandson of B. W. Wells of Bryan and the late Letha Wells and Sue Lattier of Covington, Tennessee and the late Slim Furry.

The wedding took place before a white lattice garlanded with needlepoint and silver variegated ivy. The chairs down the aisle at the ceremony were decorated with rose pomanders of fuchsia, orange, and yellow, each hung with a fuchsia satin ribbon.

The bride entered on the arm of her father wearing a gown of diamond-white silk Dominique. The sleeveless cami bodice was beaded with Australian crystals and pearls with a princess style dropped waist. The grand skirt and court style train were layers and layers of silk organza with touches of beading falling here and there from waist to fingertip. The bride's veil was fingertip-length accented by an Australian crystal and pearl headpiece. The bride carried an elegant nosegay of white roses, intertwined with delicate wax flower and pearl enhanced stephanotis. The stems were wrapped with white satin ribbon and a bow completed the bouquet. The bride was given in marriage by her mother and father.

Maid of honor to the bride was her sister, Cathleen Watts of Corsicana. Bridesmaids were Lindsey White of Corsicana, Meredith Fethkenher of Corsicana, Carolyn O'Brien, sister of the groom of Houston, Jessica Loftis, cousin of the bride of Corsicana and Sara Davenport of Corsicana. The attendants wore two-piece sleeveless floor length satin gowns in fuchsia, and each carried a vibrant nosegay consisting of fuchsia, orange, and yellow roses. The bouquets, tightly arranged, achieved a soft velvety appearance, and the rose stems were finished with fuchsia organza ribbon and a bow.

Flower girls were Anna Leigh Watts, cousin of the bride of Corsicana and Megan O'Brien, niece of the groom of Houston. The flower girls wore white floor length dresses with pearl inlayed bodices and silk organza skirts, and they wore halos made of mini spray roses in fuchsia and yellow and wax flower.

Best man to the groom was Kevin Gerold of Houston. Groomsmen were Dana Watson of San Antonio, Gabe Grote of Ft. Worth, Michael Mills of Houston, Kenneth Hinojosa of Houston and Joe Comer of Houston. Gavin O'Brien, nephew of the groom, served as ring bearer. Ushers were Matt Loftis of College Station and Shane Loftis of Corsicana, both cousins of the bride and Kent Libal of Corsicana.

Ceremony music was provided by JL and Company of Conroe. The flute, cello and violin trio performed Canon in D during the processional and the bride made her grand entry to the Bridal March from Wagner's "Lohengrin". The bride and groom departed to the Wedding March from "A Midsummer Night's Dream".

The bride's parents hosted a dinner and dance reception at Bentwater Country Club. The buffet displayed a large heart shaped ice sculpture featuring the initial "W" etched in the center. The bride and groom danced their first dance to "At Last". Each table at the reception exhibited a bowl laced with willow around the glass and filled with over a dozen fuchsia, orange and yellow roses. Yellow goldenrod was interspersed among the roses and green strands of bear grass were weaved over the rose tops. The rose bowls were given to family members at the conclusion of the evening.

The bride's cake was a ten-layered square white cake with lemon creme filling and butter creme frosting. There were roses in the brides chosen colors separating five tiers, a large arrangement of roses topped the cake, and rose petals encircled the base of the cake. The groom's cake was a three-layer buttermilk chocolate cake with raspberry filling and chocolate fudge frosting. It resembled a suitcase decorated with travel decals of the couple's honeymoon destination. Both cakes were designed and prepared by Barbi and Andy Loftis, the bride's aunt and uncle, and given to the couple as a wedding present.

Sarah Shelton of Corsicana, cousin of the bride, attended the guest book. Guests were registered from Texas cities of Austin, Bryan-College Station, Burleson, Corsicana, Fort Worth, Houston, Huntsville, La Grange, Montgomery, Rockwall, Victoria, and Arizona, Tennessee and Illinois.

The bride and groom left the reception through a passageway of sparklers to their awaiting white limousine. Following their honeymoon in Tortola, British Virgin Islands, they will reside in Houston, Texas. The bride graduated from Corsicana High School in 1997 and will graduate in May 2002 from the University of Houston with a degree in English. The groom graduated from Cy-Falls High School in 1995 and graduated from Southwest Texas State University in 1999 with a degree in business management. He is employed by Caminus Corporation in Houston as manager of technical consulting.

Derden/Vaughan Wedding

Sharla Derden and Les Vaughan were united in marriage June 30, 2001, at Plymouth Park United Methodist Church in Irving, Texas. Dr. Mark Bailey, president of Dallas Theological Seminary, officiated the ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dick Derden of Irving, Texas. The bride is the granddaughter of Mrs. Lorena Ross and the late L.C. (Yank) Ross of Kerens, Texas and the late Mr. and Mrs. Richard Derden of Malakoff, Texas. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Vaughan of Ft. Worth, Texas. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Vaughan, Mrs. Kathleen George and the late Scott F. George of Fort Worth, Texas.

The bride wore a white silk A-line princess style dress with pearl detailing on a scoop neckline and Venice lace with accents of pearls on the bodice and hem. The train was aproned and cathedral length. The bridal bouquet was a dome of white roses.

Attending the bride as matron of honor was the bride's sister, Rhonda Davison of San Diego, California. Her bridesmaids were Julee Lacey and Sandy Hertog of Hurst, Texas; Dawn Brenek of Flower Mound, Texas and Janna Smith of Fort Worth. Attendants wore two-piece floor length gowns of magenta crepe with an overlay of chiffon on the A-line skirts. Their accessories were dainty rhinestone necklaces and earrings. They carried garden bouquets of yellow, white and pink flowers.

Attending the bridegroom as best man was the groom's friend, Mark McClure, of Haltom City, Texas. Groomsmen were the groom's cousins, David George of Indianapolis, Indiana and Scott George of Austin, Texas; brother-in-law, Neal Clark of Houston, Texas and friend, Scott Meador of Watuga, Texas. The groom wore a traditional black tuxedo with a white vest and white windsor tie. The groom's attendants wore traditional black tuxedos with silver vests and windsor ties.

The flower girls were Geneva and Emily Clark, nieces of the groom, of Houston, and Cara Davison, niece of the bride, of San Diego, California. They wore white tea-length dresses with overlays of white organza and carried white wicker baskets of various colors of spring flowers.

The reception followed with a lunch buffet. The reception hall was decorated in a garden theme with ficus trees, an archway and lattices decorated with ivy, flowers and tulle. One area was highlighted with a gazebo, a park bench and lamppost accented with boston ferns. Baskets of flowers decorated the buffet and cake tables. Centerpieces for the guests' tables were pewter candle lanterns placed in rings of ivy and roses. The bride's cake was a five-layered white cake with almond flavoring and all white flower decorations. The groom's cake was a two-layered chocolate cake with chocolate covered strawberries and swirls of shaved chocolate cascading from the layers.

The bride received a bachelor's degree from the University of North Texas and is a first grade teacher in Irving, Texas. The bridegroom received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a sales executive for FedEx Corp.

The couple will live in Irving.

McCaslin/McClain Wedding

Candi McCaslin of Kerens and Bradley McClain of Corsicana were married August 18, 2001 at Liberty Hall. Leroy Elmore officiated.

The bride is the daughter of Ann McCaslin of Corsicana. The groom is the son of Sandra Pryor of Kerens.

Maid of honor to the bride was Tanya McCaslin. Bridesmaids were Kasi McCaslin and Mindy Howell. Flower girl was Whitney McCaslin.

Best man to the groom was Ray Hines. Bubba Copeland and Freddy Walters were groomsmen. Troy McClain was ringbearer and Aaron McClain was usher.

Harper/Warren Wedding

Lea Ellen Harper of Corsicana and Donald Curtis Warden of Houston, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Donald Warden of Houston, were united in holy matrimony at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Harper, Jr. at 6:00 in the evening of April 7, 2001.

The wedding took place in the garden of the bride's childhood home. The ceremony began with the entrance of Audra Jo Harper, bridesmaid and sister of the bride. Miss Harper was followed by ReneŽ Bruce of Lubbock, Texas. Miss Bruce and the bride are recent graduates of Abilene Christian University. Each of the attendants wore knee-length, sleeveless dresses of pastel orchid silk cut in princess lines. Each young lady carried a bouquet of cut pastel pink and cream colored roses. Each attendant made a beautiful picture as she walked along the winding brick walk to the fountain area where the groom and his groomsmen awaited their arrival.

The groomsman was Casey Tipton of Plano, and the groom's best man was Jason Magor of Little Rock, Arkansas. Mr. Tipton and the groom are both graduates of Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas. Each was attired in formal black tuxedos and wore white rose boutonnieres.

The bride, escorted through a vine-covered, brick archway by her father, who was also dressed in a formal tuxedo, made their way through the garden to the iron gate where the vows were to be exchanged. The large black wrought-iron gate was interlaced and interwoven with white tulle, ivy, and ferns and was flanked on either side by large potted palms and ferns. The area set apart for the ceremony was further delineated by a large fountain in which red azalea petals floated. The quiet was broken by its falling water which provided natural background music in the tranquil setting for the couple's exchange of vows.

The bride was beautiful in a classically designed off-the-shoulder candlelight silk faille floor-length gown which was trimmed in Belgian point and satin embroidery. This motif was repeated in a set-in cummerbund-effect waist which joined the fitted bodice to the flared floor-length skirt. A finger-tip illusion veil fell from a lovely pearl tiara and pearl necklace thus completing the bride's costume.

The ceremony was conducted by Mr. Brian Mashburn, church of Christ minister of youth of the West Houston Church of Christ of Houston, Texas. Mr. and Mrs. Mashburn have stood-in as parents to the groom since the death of his mother in 1989.

Mrs. Harper; the bride's mother, wore a linen dressmaker suit of pastel blue; Mrs. Mashburn wore a linen A-line dress of periwinkle blue.

Those also in attendance were the bride's brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Trey Harper and their son Logan; the bride's grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Jolin Kenner of Powell, Texas; and Mrs. and Mrs. Robert E. Harper; Sr. of Corsicana: Numerous aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews and other relatives of the bride came from Huntsville, Kerens, and Corsicana. Lifelong friends of the groom from Houston and Dallas, Texas and Nashville, Tennessee were also in attendance.

Following the ceremony, the newly-wedded couple led the way in the bride's father's white 1938 Mercedes sedan to the Off the Beaton Path Tea Room. Guests followed to be served a delightful buffet assortment of canapes, fruits, sandwiches and other finger foods.

The bride's lace-draped table was centered with the three rose bouquets. An amber colored fruit punch and the bride's cake were presented at opposite ends of the table. The cake was three-tiered, iced in a basket-weave pattern and festooned with fresh roses and pastel flowers.

The groom's cake was a creamy dark fudge concoction iced with pale chocolate and covered with large chocolate-dipped strawberries.

The couple took a short holiday trip to Dallas after the festivities and have since moved to Houston where the groom is employed. Mr. Warden received his bachelors degree from Harding University, Searcy, Arkansas in 1999. Mrs. Warden is a 2000 graduate of Abilene Christian University, Abilene, Texas.

Freeman/Orta Wedding

On June 23, 2001 at 4 p.m. in the afternoon, Stacy Lyn Freeman and James Christopher Orta were united in marriage at Northside Baptist Church in Corsicana. Rev. Clayton Smith conducted the double ring ceremony. Stacy is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry A. Freeman of Corsicana. James is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Orta of Trinidad, Colorado and the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Saragosa Orta of Fort Worth.

Traditional wedding music was provided by Cindy McCary, organist. After the lighting of the mother's candles, Kevin Hartis, vocalist, sang "Somewhere In The World." The bride was escorted to the altar by her father and given away by her parents. Tom Curtis, vocalist, then sang "I Know How The River Feels." Her bridal gown, designed by Maggie Sottero, was a two-piece strapless corset gown in delustered matte satin with A-line skirt that had a wide brocade band at the hemline and a chapel length train. Swarovski crystals were hand sewn on the top band of the brocade bodice. The veil was elbow length, trimmed in satin and attached to a jeweled tiara. She wore opera length white gloves and carried a bouquet which was a round colonial style of 36 red Charlotte roses.

Matron of honor was Rachel Tidwell, childhood friend of the bride. Maid of honor was Melanie Bishop, friend of the bride. Bridesmaids were Heather Harvick, friend of the bride, Mira Lipscomb and Lori Jordan, college friends of the bride. Their two-piece dresses consisted of a red brocade jacket over a red satin ankle-length skirt. Each carried a round colonial style bouquet of white tineke and cream colored vendela roses. The flower girl was Alexis Orta, niece of the groom. She wore an ankle-length white dress with a halo of babies breath in her hair. She carried a teddy bear, collared with a red spray of roses.

The groom was dressed in a black waistcoat with dress tails by Joseph and Feiss, with white vest, bowtie and gloves. He wore a red rose on his lapel. Best man was Nathan Vaughn, friend of the groom. Groomsmen were Robert Orta, brother of the groom, Chris Rutherford, friend of the groom, Brent Freeman, brother of the bride and Johnny Lipscomb, friend of the bride. Their attire was a black five-button tuxedo with black vest and bowtie. Each wore a white rose on his lapel. The ring bearer was Garrett Lipscomb. He carried a white satin covered pillow tied with white bows holding the bride's grandparents wedding rings. Programs were distributed by Jayson Lipscomb, Chase Lipscomb and Lance Lipscomb. Each of the young men were also dressed in black tuxedos.

Church decorations were designed by Rob Cook of Blossoms. White lattice served as a backdrop for the exchange of vows. Sprays of cascading red roses climbed over the lattice columns to create a garden backdrop. Twin urn arrangements of red roses flanked the columns. A large center arrangement of red roses, vendela roses and bells of Ireland served as a center point. The unity candle was atop the communion table with red roses and white larkspur. The registry table located in the church foyer, was decorated with a pedestaled arrangement of red roses, white stock, eucalyptus, white larkspur and white roses. A framed engagement picture of the couple was also on the table. Guests were registered from Oklahoma, Colorado, Illinois, California, and Texas by Misty George, friend of the bride.

The reception was held at the Corsicana Country Club. The newlyweds arrived in a convertible driven by Wes and Sandy Harrison, special friends of the couple. After being announced by DJ, H.M. Davenport, the couple enjoyed their first dance together. Guests were treated to a buffet and dance. The buffet table was decorated with two silver trumpet vases with red roses and white larkspur. Dining tables were decorated with hurricane lamps containing red tapers and red rose petals scattered about. The bride's cake was a five-tier square cake of red velvet and vanilla layers, all covered in white butter cream icing. It was decorated with open red roses, white stock and fresh greenery. The groom's cake was all chocolate formed in the shape of a picnic basket. Fresh strawberries and grapes cascaded from the open basket. Chocolate covered strawberries with tuxedo designs adorned the base. Both cakes were designed by Lorraine Clark. Servers were Christie Laseter and Billie Jo Hamilton, both cousins of the bride.

Small commemorative silver bells, rung by the guests, announced the departure of the bridal couple. The couple left in a white limo for their wedding trip to Eureka Springs, Arkansas. After the trip, they are making their home in Ennis where Stacy is a first grade teacher at Bowie Elementary and James is a recruiter at the Naval station in Mesquite.

Prior to the wedding, a bridesmaid brunch was held at the Off the Beaton Path Tea Room. Each attendee was presented with a special gift from the bride.

On Friday evening following the rehearsal, a catered dinner was hosted by the groom's parents. The beautiful decorations, in the bride's chosen colors of red and white, along with the delicious barbeque dinner, were provided by Becky Thurston. A pictorial video of the bride and groom, from birth through their engagement, was shown. This was created by Rodney Coppock of Vi-Comm Videography.

Erwin/Bauer Wedding

Rachel Claire Erwin and James Warren Bauer were united in marriage Saturday, July 21, 2001 in Washington, D.C. The Reverend Gregory Brown officiated the double ring ceremony which was held on the roof terrace atop the Hay-Adams Hotel.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Erwin of Corsicana. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Ruth Erwin Lavender and the late Walter Erwin of Corsicana and the late Mr. and Mrs. B.B. Tomlinson of Corsicana. The groom is the son of Mrs. Robert Gimbel of Marmora, New Jersey and Mr. James William Bauer of Hot Springs, Arkansas. He is the grandson of Mrs. Dorothy Dailey of Marmora, New Jersey.

The bride was attended by her sister-in-law, Deborah Erwin of New York City. Joseph P. Wilson of Ft. Lewis, Washington was best man.

The Fredericktowne String Quartet provided a musical prelude which included "Allellula" from "Exultate Jubilate" by Mozart, Handel's "St. Anthony Chorale", and Bach's "Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring".

Wearing a strapless gown of candlelight silk organza and a veiled tiara of crystals and pearls, the bride was escorted by her father. Wedding vows were exchanged at twilight before a floral altar overlooking the White House and Washington Monument.

A cocktail reception was held immediately after the ceremony on the roof terrace of the hotel. This was followed by dinner and dancing in the historic John Hay Reception Room where round tables for eight were skirted to the floor in muted gold damask. Tall silver epergnes which contained hydrangeas, lilies, roses, and orchids in shades of white and cream served as centerpieces for each table. White tapers and votives illuminated the candlelight dinner which was followed by dancing to the Zem Zemarel Orchestra.

After a honeymoon trip to North Carolina's outer banks, the couple will make their home in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The groom is a member of the United States Army Special Forces, and the bride is an interior designer.

Crenwelge/Green Wedding

Mr. and Mrs. Johnnie Green, Jr are pleased to announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their son Justin Thomas Green to Clare Ann Crenwelge, daughter of Ellen Crenwelge of Buffalo, Texas. and Clarence Crenwelge of Fredricksburg, Texas.

The wedding is planned for Sept. 29, 2001 at Moody-Bradley House in Fairfield.

The future groom is a 1996 graduate of Fairfield High School, and a 1998 graduate of TSTC in Waco. He is employed with TXI in Streetman, Texas.

The future bride is a 2000 graduate of Teague High School.

The groom is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. W.F. Smith of Mildred, the late Johnnie Green, Sr of Mildred, and the late George Buck of Purdon, Texas.

Schmidt/Spivey Engagement

Suzanne Taylor and Don Nunamaker, both of Corsicana, are pleased to announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Lisa Anne, to Matthew Jerred Spivey, son of Tommy and Ginger Spivey of Kerens.

Lisa is a 1998 graduate of Corsicana High School and is employed at Catfish King in Waxahachie. Matt is a 1998 graduate of Kerens High School and is employed by J& D Contractors of Kerens.

The October 6, 2001 ceremony will take place at Camp Wanica in Mildred, Texas

Crawford-Robertson Engagement

Mr. and Mrs. Russ Crawford of Kerens are pleased to announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter Courtney Ann Crawford to Cody Matthew Robertson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Robertson of Murchison.

The wedding will be October 20, 2001 at First Baptist Church of Athens at four o'clock in the afternoon.

The groom-elect is a 1997 graduate of Brownsboro High School, and a 2001 graduate of Baylor University, where he received his B.B.A. He is employed as assets manager of Venture Properties in Athens. The future bride is a 1999 graduate of Athens High School and is attending The University of Texas at Tyler.


Mr. and Mrs. Pedro Felipe of Corsicana, and the late Ana Felipe are proud to announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Maria Isabell Felipe, to Michael Carry Snowden, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gary Snowden of Corsicana.

Maria is a 1998 graduate of Corsicana High School, and is currently employed at Friedman's Jewelers. Michael is a 1996 graduate of Mildred High School, and is currently employed at the Corsicana State Home.

The wedding is planned for November 3, 2001 at two o'clock in the afternoon at Immaculate Catholic Church. The couple will reside in Corsicana.

Willis-Jackson Marriage

Tamesha Milee Davis Willis of Corsicana and Corey Dion Jackson of Hutchins were married Saturday, September 22, 2001 at Straight Way Missionary Baptist Church. Rev. W. G. Brown performed the single ring ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Lily Mae Davis of Corsicana and J.C. Willis of Dallas County. The groom is the son of Mrs. Rosie Ann Washington of Dallas County.

Maid of honor was Constance Cloud. Matron of honor was Shirley Stewart. Bridesmaids were Tiffany Davis, Tiffany Stewart, Tanya Lee, Kamesha Harris, Annie Frierson, Rotonda Jackson, Barbara Davis, and Vickee Emerson. Jasmine Cloud, Chasity Davis, and Tamiah Frierson were flower girls and Taliah Davis was junior bride.

Best man was David Lankford. Groomsmen were Erik Jackson, Derik Jackson, Jeffery Davis, Henry Wilson, Gregory Stewart, Eddie Brown, Billy Washington, and Corey Nash. Ringbearers were Dominic Kelly, TaVeon Kelly, Edward Allen, Robert Brown. David Lankford Jr. was junior groom.

Trent-Coston Marriage

Lisa Delaine Trent and Christopher Lee Coston, both of Corsicana, were united in marriage Friday, July 20, 2001 at Community Baptist Church in Corsicana. Brother Dale Leggett officiated the double-ring ceremony.

Lisa is the daughter of Jerry and Gracie Trent of Corsicana, the granddaughter of Elmer and Faye Trent of Corsicana, and the granddaughter of Faye McKnight and the late Earl McKnight of Corsicana. Chris is the son of Sharon Langford of Corsicana, and son of Larkin and Kim Coston II of Corsicana, the grandson of Jimmye Bonner and the late Earl Bonner of Corsicana, the grandson of Larkin and Angie Coston I of Corsicana, and the grandson of Kenneth and Polly Knott of Corsicana.

The church pews were decorated with hunter and navy bows adorned with white roses. The altar held two heart-shaped candelabras adorned with ivy, and an arch adorned with greenery and red, yellow, and white roses. Guests were greeted by Angela Rice of Kerens, friend of the bride and groom, who attended the bride's book and distributed programs of the ceremony. A picture of the couple, rose petals, and a silver cross accented the registry table. The ceremony music was played by Michael Brooks of Dawson, friend of the bride and groom.

The bride was escorted by her father and given in marriage by her parents. For the wedding, the bride chose a princess style, white satin gown designed by Michelangelo. The gown featured a choker style, high neck of satin, lace, and pearls. The choker and pearls made a heart shaped opening on the bride's chest. The gown also featured a squared-off heart open back. The gown had a long, full, satin and lace skirt with embroidered noses, hearts, and pearls. The cathedral train was made of satin and lace with satin roses and embroidered hearts and pearls. To complete her gown she wore a two-tiered illusion veil and matching headpiece belonging to her mother. She carried a white rose bouquet adorned with red and yellow rose buds and hunter and navy streamers.

Maid of honor was Leslie Trent, sister of the bride. Bridesmaids were Emily Griggs, cousin of the bride, and Mylea Coston, sister of the groom, all of Corsicana. The bridesmaids wore long, fitted, sleeveless, satin, hunter dresses. Each bridesmaid carried a white rose cascade drop bouquet. Flower girls were Autumn and Brianna Grounds of Corsicana, cousins of the groom. They wore white, A-line dresses and carried hunter and navy baskets.

Best man was Jarrod Null of Blooming Grove, cousin of the groom. Groomsmen were Daniel Estes, friend of the bride and groom, and J.R Trent, cousin of the bride, both of Corsicana. Ushers/candlelighters were Arron Cottongame, cousin of the bride, and Josh Wilder, cousin of the groom, both of Corsicana. Ringbearer was T.L. Griggs of Corsicana, cousin of the bride. He carried a heart-shaped, satin pillow adorned with a pale, yellow rose with navy and hunter streamers. The groom's party all wore black tuxedos.

The reception immediately followed the ceremony in the church fellowship hall. The bride's cake was a three-tiered, heart-shaped cake decorated with yellow roses and white doves. The cake was topped with an almost kissing bride and groom in front of a wooden heart. The bride's table was decorated with a large arrangement of roses. The groom's cake was a giant chocolate chip cookie, designed perfectly to describe the groom. The groom's table was decorated with a white church with red roses, two white doves, and a heart inside. The punch table was decorated with several pictures of the bride and groom, and a porcelain bride doll. The reception tables were decorated with small lantern candles, lined with rose pedals, and small ivy plants.

Members of the house party were Jeri Stovall of Kerens, cousin of the bride, Emily and Amber Null of Blooming Grove, cousins of the groom, and Amber Bronson of Waco, friend of the bride and groom.

The couple spent the weekend in Dallas, then honeymooned a week in Ixtapa, Mexico. Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Lee Coston will reside in Corsicana while the groom works with UTI-Patterson, and the bride will continue pursuing a degree in business/accounting at UT Tyler.

Helen Bice and Joe Richey

11/4 Dancing seniors plan for wedding at center


In July, he asked her for a dance and she said, "Yes.". Three months later, he asked for her hand in marriage.

She said, "Yes," once again, and the happy couple plan to exchange vows at the Senior Activity Center Nov. 10 where guests will celebrate the union with dancing, the newlywed's favorite pastime.

Helen Bice and Joe Richey met at a dance at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post and quickly discovered they share a passion for kicking up their heels to a lively country-and-western beat.

For several months, Richey has helped Corrine Blackwell teach dancing at the Senior Center, showing fellow seniors the basics of the two-step, waltz, polka, line dancing and a passel of others.

His love for dancing goes back to the days when he owned a tow-truck business in Tucson, Arizona. According to his own legend, he frequently parked his truck in front of the Roundup Saloon and Dance Hall for an evening of dancing.

"When I got a beep on the thing, I'd take the girl with me if she'd go, then we'd haul the car and come back and dance some more," Richey said.

Bice spent her 30-year career working as a bookkeeper and clerk for Western Union, retiring in 1983 after "doing just about everything there except Morse code."

Even though she had to wait until she was 18 to dance because of her parents' rules, she wasted no time learning when she had the chance.

Now, the two dance together whenever they can and walk a couple of miles in the park on off days.

For a while, Bice and Richey went dancing together up to four times a week with no solid commitment, but about three weeks ago, there was serious talk of marriage.

Would anyone be hurt, they wondered, or would they lose their pensions? How would their children react?

The answers were "No," "No," and, "Let 'em live with it!"

"We like to do the same things together, so I asked her to marry me," Richey said.

"We both like western movies," Bice added with a smile.

If anyone questions her about her whirlwind romance or chides her for moving a little too fast, Bice reminds them that she knows what she's doing.

"I knew my first husband three months before I married him, and lacked six months of being married 50 years," she said.

"If two people agree, then why not," Richey added.

The couple is in the process of remodeling a home in Emhouse where they plan to live, a home where music and dancing will never be in short supply.

They're happy to say it will be plenty big enough to hold their seven children and spouses along with Bice's 11 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren for family gatherings

Even after they say, "I do," the newlyweds will stick to an unspoken rule they have lived by since they fell in love.

"We have a free spirit," Richey said. "I can dance with whoever I want to, she can dance with who she wants to, but we go home together."

The children were adamant on one point even though he couple wanted to use their money on something besides wedding rings.

"My youngest daughter told him, 'You're not marrying my mother without a ring,'" Bice said.

They also insisted on giving their mother a "proper wedding" since she married at the minister's house the first time.

"They're taking me to buy a dress and boots and a hat - it's going to be western," she said. "They're going to outfit him, too, with a nice shirt and pants."

After the wedding is over and the cake is gone, the couple will continue to pursue the busy lives that keep them healthy and active.

"I love to build things," Bice said. "I like carpentry and plumbing - you name it and I like it."

While Richey doesn't share his bride's passion for major construction projects and seldom dons a nail apron, he stays active raising registered collie dogs.

And the happy couple keeps on dancing.

"We try to say busy," Bice said.

Miss Hattie Frances Inmon Weds Sgt Jack R. Williams

Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Inmon have announced the marriage of their daughter, Hattie Frances Inmon, to First Sergeant Jack R. Williams on May 15 at high noon in Waynesville, Missouri, with Rev. J. L. Hicks, Baptist Minister officiating.
The bride's going away dress was a Kelly Green suit with beige accessories.
 She chose as her wedding dress a Navy Blue sheer, accenting it with white accessories.
Mrs. Williams received her education in Kerens having graduated from the Kerens High School in 1941, she is very well known in and around Kerens and is very popular with the younger set.
Sergeant Williams, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Williams of this community, also received his schooling in Kerens, and six years ago joined Uncle Sam's army, completing his second term of service last February. He is now stationed at Fort Leonardwood, Missouri.
First Sergeant and Mrs. Williams will be at home in Crocker, Mo.
The Kerens Tribune May 22, 1942


  • Jack Rogers Williams b. 6 March 1915 - d. 17 April 1983

Rosemary Giles & Wayne Earl Farmer

RECENT-BRIDE - Rosemary Giles, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. Russell Giles, Jr., 416 East Drane avenue, and Wsayne Earl Farmer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy M. Farmer, 2705 West Sycamore, were married September 10 at 1 p.m. at the parsonage of the Emmanuel Baptist church with Rev. G. W. Turner officiating at the single ring ceremony.  The couple is residing at 604 South Twenty-Eighth street, Corsicana.  Both are Corsicana High School graduates.  The bridegroom is employed at Roberts Motor Company

Virginia Elaine Giles & Marvin Paul


Mr. and Mrs. William A. Giles, Route 1, Malakoff announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Virginia Elaine, to Marvin Paul, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Paul of Corsicana.  The wedding will take place on January 8 at the Tri-Cities Baptist church.


Angela Fidler of Mobile and Richard Yates of Mobile announce the engagement of their daughter, Christy Leigh Yates, to Douglas Blake Rodenberry, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jeff E. Rodenberry of Northport.

The wedding will be 2 p.m. Dec.2 at Towle House in Mobile.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Florence Price Yates of Mobile and the late Joe L. Yates and Cora McElwreath of Corsicana, Texas, and Ronald Fidler of Magnolia Springs.

She is a 1996 graduate of Mobile Christian School and attends the University of Alabama, where she is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She plans to graduate in May 2001.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Rodenberry of Tuscaloosa and Reda Blanton Crowe of Northport and the late Dewey Bascom Reed.

He is a 1994 graduate of Tuscaloosa County High School and attended the University of Alabama, where he graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in December 1999. He is employed as an engineer by Washington Group International Corp. in Birmingham

Tuscaloosa News - Alabama

Rogers-Lewis Marriage At Chatfield Sunday Will Live In Ennis

The marriage of Johnie Butler Rogers, and Miss Tennie Fae Lewis was solemnized Saturday night at 9 o'clock at the home of the officiating minister, Rev. Sissiron at Chatfield.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Lewis of that community. The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. O. Rogers.  He is an employee of the Ennis Steam Bakery.  Mr.  and Mrs. Rogers will be at home at 407 South Main St.


  • This clipping was found in the bible of my grandmother, Tennie Fae (Lewis) Rogers.) The date of the marriage was May 8, 1926.    
  • Submitted by Tanna Rogers Haynes June 2002

Caxton R. Bivin & Myrtle Marie Metcalf

(Newspaper clipping from Corsicana newspaper (June or July 1937))


Miss Myrtle Marie Metcalf, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Metcalf, 124 North Twentieth street, and Caxton R. Bivin, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Bivin, 1201 West Thirteenth avenue, were married Monday, June 28, in Texarkana, Ark.

After a short stay there, they returned to their furnished apartment at 1921 West Fifth avenue, where they are at home to their friends. Caxton is working for his father in the Bivin Radio Service at 1201 West Thirteenth avenue.

On Friday afternoon Mrs. Bivin complimented her daughter-in-law with a surprise shower at her home. Mrs. W.C. Lewis had charge of the contests and games while Mrs. Bivin went for the bride. After her arrival she was escorted to the chair of honor which was beautifully decorated, and was presented a large, decorated basket which held 40 or so lovely gifts. After all had inspected the gifts, refreshments of fruit jello and drop cookies and lemonade were served.


Other notes from Myrtle Marie Metcalf-Bivin's journal:

The surprise shower was held on Friday afternoon at 3:30, July 2, 1937 with 25 guests:

Helen Crowe, Mrs. Garvin, Magdalene Crowe, Mrs. Z. S. Munphree, Mrs. D. F. Price, Mrs. A.C. Nutt, Mrs. W. C. Lewis, Mrs. John Smalling, Miss Genelle Flowers, Miss Louise Roe, Miss Frances Marsh, Georgia Ruth Bivin, Mrs. William Bivin, Mrs. Otis Jordan, Mrs. Earl Smalling, Miss Verline Taylor, Miss Julia Morris, Mrs. Gentry, Mrs. W.A. Lawler, Mrs. J. S. Miller, Mrs. Tom Howard, Mrs. L. D. Terry, Mrs. W. H. Milam, Mrs. Bill Brown, Mrs. Jimmie Andrews.


  • clipping from 1937 of my grandparents marriage announcement. Also, my grandmother's journal listed the attendees of her bridal shower.
  • Submitted by Rhonda Cravins - Aug 2002

W. H. Holmes & Helen Hardy

Washington Post, 28 October 1914


Miss Helen Hardy Will Wed W. H. Holmes at Corsicana


Daughter of Representative Chooses for Husband Lawyer Thought to Have Political Future in Louisiana.

The marriage of Miss Helen Hardy, daughter of Representative Rufus Hardy, of Corsicana, Tex., to William H. Holmes, an attorney of Shreveport, La., and formerly private secretary to District Commissioner Frederick L. Siddons, is to take place some time next month, probably during the Thanksgiving holiday, at the Hardy home in Texas.

Representative Hardy and family, with the exception of his son, left Monday for the South. At his Washington home, 1414 Sixteenth street northwest, young Mr. Hardy said last night that he was not prepared to give out any information concerning the marriage without first communicating with his family. Mr. Hardy is his father’s secretary, and will remain here to look after affairs in his office in the House office building. It is Mr. Hardy’s custom to give each of his children a wedding gift of $10,000.

Mr. Holmes could not be located yesterday, and his friends were not certain whether he was in the city or not. It was stated by some that he left for Shreveport a few days ago, and would go from there to Corsicana for the wedding. He formerly lived at 3301 Thirteenth street northwest, and since leaving there has stayed at the Delta Chi fraternity house, 1432 Rhode Island avenue, when visiting the city.

An intimate friend of Mr. Holmes is responsible for the statement that he has political aspirations and is making preparations to seek a nomination for congress from Louisiana. With that end in view, it was stated, he and his bride will live in Shreveport.

Mr. Holmes is a graduate of Georgetown University law school.


  • Submitted by Don Brownlee 3/2003

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — Allison Butts of McAllen and Jeremy Green of Corsicana plan to marry May 17 at Chapel by the Sea at South Padre Island with Doug Hale officiating.
The bride-elect is the daughter of Dr. D. Leon and Claire Butts, formerly of Odessa, now of McAllen. She is a 1996 graduate of Permian High School, a 2000 graduate of the Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif. with a bachelor of arts degree in sociology, and plans to graduate in May at the University of Texas Pan-American in Edinburg with a master of arts degree in communication disorders.
Her fiancé is Larry and Cheryl Green of Corsicana. He is a 1996 graduate of Corsicana High School and a 2000 graduate of Navarro College and attends Texas A&M University Commerce at Navarro. He is employed by Carroll Early Childhood Center of Corsicana Independent School District


The College hill Church of Christ of Corsicana will be the scene for the March 12 wedding of Miss Elna Sheets and Glenn Beaird, according to announcement by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. N. H. Sheets.  The future bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Turner, Route 6, Corsicana.

The Bride-to-be is a graduate of Corsicana and is now attending Navarro Junior College, from which she will be graduated in May.  Her fiancé was graduated from Mildred High School.  He is currently attending Navarro Junior College and is employed by Tom White Chevrolet Company.

- Corsicana Daily Sun, Feb 28, 1971


Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Hunter, 808 South 20th St., announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter Shirley to Ronnie William Albrecht, son of Mr. and Mrs. M. S. Albrecht, 419 North Lane Toad, Texas City.

The bride-to-be will be a 1971 graduate of Corsicana High School and is employed at Willis Real Estate.  Her fiancé, a 1967 graduate of La Marque High School, was graduated from Navarro Junior College in 1970 and is currently stationed at Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi.

The couple will be married March 28, at 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Baptist Church in Corsicana.

- Corsicana Daily Sun, Feb 28, 1971


Mr. and Mrs. George Fitzgerald announce the engagement of their niece, Miss Patricia Ann Fields, to Roy Sanders Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Sanders of Jewett, texas.

The bride-elect is a 1967 graduate of G. W. Jackson High School and has attended Navarro Junior College.  The future bridegroom was graduated from G. W. Carver High in Jewett in 1965 and has been employed as a baker for Mrs. Baird's Bakery in Dallas.

the couple plans to be married March 27 at Love Chapel Missionary Baptist Church.  They will make their home in Corsicana.

- Corsicana Daily Sun, Feb 28, 1971


Brantly Harris -  Willie Dean McAfee

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The Corsicana Daily Sun - March 10, 1943


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