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
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
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
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
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.
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.
Candi McCaslin of Kerens and Bradley McClain of Corsicana
were married August 18, 2001 at Liberty Hall. Leroy Elmore
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
Best man to the groom was Ray Hines. Bubba Copeland and
Freddy Walters were groomsmen. Troy McClain was ringbearer and
Aaron McClain was usher.
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,
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
By JOAN SHERROUSE/Daily Sun Staff
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
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
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
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
"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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
R. Bivin & Myrtle Marie Metcalf
(Newspaper clipping from Corsicana newspaper (June or July
YOUNG CORSICANA COUPLE WED MONDAY IN TEXARKANA, ARK.
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
- 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
Washington Post, 28 October 1914
TO BE MARRIED IN TEXAS
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
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
Mr. Holmes is a graduate of Georgetown University law
- Submitted by Don Brownlee 3/2003
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
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.
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.
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
the couple plans to be married March 27 at Love Chapel
Missionary Baptist Church. They will make their home
- Corsicana Daily Sun, Feb 28, 1971
Harris - Willie Dean McAfee
Willie Dean (McAfee) Harris-Williams Biography Page
The Corsicana Daily Sun - March 10, 1943