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Navarro County, Texas


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6/20/2004 McLauchlin/Higgins Wedding

Hollie Renee McLauchlin and Jeffrey Todd Higgins were united in Christian marriage during worship at 7 p.m. on April 17 at Westminster Presbyterian Church of Corsicana. The candlelit double-ring ceremony was joyfully officiated by the Rev. Dr. Robert M. Young.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Wilson McLauchlin of Corsicana. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Lyda Heinrichs, Mrs. Hazel McLauchlin and the late Mr. Woodrow Wilson McLauchlin, and Mr. and Mrs. Everett Musick, all of Corsicana.

The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Wayne Higgins of Hereford. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Ted Higgins, Mrs. Frankie Ruland and the late Mr. Delbert Ruland, all of Hereford.

The service radiated a sense of worship more than a standard ceremony. Intentional details highlighted the evening and were unique to the couple. A dozen members of Lake Highlands Presbyterian Church of Dallas youth group, where the bride and groom serve as youth sponsors, served as candle lighters and lit over 100 candles that illumined the sanctuary in soft, romantic light. The bride's bouquet was primarily comprised of tulips but also contained delicate grape hyacinth in memory of her grandfather Bill. Dr. Robert Shelton, the couple's pastor in Dallas, assisted in serving communion at the altar to all those who desired to partake in the Lord's Supper. The bride's aunt, Betsy Musick, sang several solos during worship. And to the bride and groom's surprise, the couple was wildly cheered by those gathered to worship and witness as they were announced as husband and wife.

Proudly escorted down the aisle by her father as the congregation sang "Be Thou My Vision," the bride wore a white silk strapless gown known as "Janelle" by designer Ines Di Santo. The gown featured an interesting bust line inspired by baroque architecture and seemed to mimic the shape of the tulip petals. The bodice, intricately worked with silver metallic thread and Swarovski crystals, perfectly complemented the box-pleated skirt featuring a simply elegant sweep chapel train and Basque waist. Swarovski crystals and pearls entwined into the tiara that adorned the bride's head and created soft harmony with a chapel-length silk chiffon veil. The bride carried over 50 red tulips, her favorite flower, in a slightly loose, purple ribbon hand-tied bouquet.

The parents of both the bride and groom created their own marvelous presence in their selections. The bride's mom wore a cobalt hued long sheath gown with a beautiful sheer, floral embroidered jacket. The intricate beading on the jacket was enhanced by a beautiful beaded clutch and by personalized accessories. The mother of the groom wore a long stylish, classy black column dress with gingerly beaded sheer three-quarter sleeve and bust line. Both dads wore classic tuxes, black vests, red ties and red pocket squares.

Valerie Ryzman Mezel of Little Rock, Hollie's best friend since the fifth grade, served as the matron of honor, and was joined by Cathy Bullard of Hereford, sister of the groom, to complete the bridal party. The ladies donned black halter tea-length organza dresses accompanied by platinum silk wraps. Both ladies carried hand-tied bouquets of red and white tulips.

Patrick Ruland of Dallas, the groom's cousin and best friend since childhood, acted as best man and was joined by groomsman Ryan McLauchlin of Lewisville, brother of the bride. The gentlemen sported classic black tuxes accented by platinum vests. Two ring bearers, Clayton McKinley, "twin" of the groom as they share the same birthday 20 years apart, and Nathan Novoselsky, godchild to the bride, attempted to steal the show with their shy eyes and precious barefoot appearance in their tuxes as they dutifully presented the ring pillows.

Serving as ushers were Brent Hendricks, college friend now living in Austin, Brent Clifford, college friend in Dallas, Brent Bullard, the groom's brother-in-law of Hereford, and Greg Signall, a church friend from Dallas.

Several friends of the bride assisted her throughout the day and served as the house party at the worship service and reception. They are: Jennifer Novoselsky, a college friend living in Arlington; Julie Rodgers, lifelong friend and Dallas resident; Beth Jones Dulin, childhood friend and college roommate now in Lubbock; Veronica Lester Ruland, childhood friend at whose wedding the bride and groom met; Heather Hardesty, college friend now in Austin; Allison Sampish, college roommate and Boston resident; Debi Arnold, former roommate now in Denton; and Amy Fincher Smith and Angie Fincher, both childhood friends and now from North Richland Hills and Mesquite, respectively.

Following the wedding, a reception and dance was held at the Palmer Crystal Ballroom. The newly wedded couple entered as they were formally announced by Andrew Rodgers, a dear family friend. The evening continued on as Mr. and Mrs. H.D. Redden were recognized for being the couple in attendance who had been married the longest, and Allison Sampish of Boston was recognized for being the guest who had traveled the furthest. All dads and daughters joined the bride and the father of the bride at the end of the dance appropriately titled the same. And all in attendance enjoyed a special surprise as Jeff had chosen a "candy explosion" table instead of a traditional groom's cake. Guests traveled in for the festivities from as far as Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts and Mississippi and remained on the dance floor all night long until the couple left under the shower of petals, good wishes and two crossed toy swords.

Following a honeymoon in Mexico's Mayan Riviera, the couple will make their new home in Dallas where the groom is a landscape designer for TBG Partners and the bride is a formalwear buyer for Terry Costa.

Festivities before the wedding included a surprise engagement party, several festive showers, an enjoyable rehearsal dinner hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Higgins, the groom's parents, at the Kinsloe House, and a beautiful bridal brunch hosted by the bride's grandmother, Hazel McLauchlin, at the Wicklow Inn. A second reception in Hereford, hosted by the groom's sister and brother-in-law, followed the honeymoon and continued the celebration

6/20/2004 Adams/Means Engagement

Joe and Vicki Adams of Corsicana are proud to announce the upcoming marriage of their daughter Denika Adams to Cody Means.

Denicka is a May graduate of Baylor University with a degree in forensic science. The prospective groom is the son of Reece Means and the late Carroll Means. Cody is a 1996 graduate of Lamar University and has taken employment with Huntington ISD as a teacher/coach. Denika will be teaching biology and coaching in Huntington ISD as she applies to medical school.

The couple will be married at 2 p.m. on July 10 in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, with a reception to follow at Star Hall.

6/20/2004 Crawford/Gillert Engagement

Mr. and Mrs. Russ Crawford are pleased to announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Cadey Crawford to Jeremy Gillert, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Gillert of Athens.

The wedding is planned for Aug. 14. at the First Baptist Church in Athens.

The bride-to-be has an associate of applied science degree in dental hygiene from Blinn College. The prospective groom holds a bachelor of science degree in wildlife and fisheries science from Texas A&M University, and is employed with the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens.


12/26/2004 Crawford-Gillert Wedding

Cadey Crawford of Kerens and Jeremy Gillert of Athens were united in marriage Aug. 14 at the First Baptist Church of Athens with the Rev. Kyle Henderson of Athens officiating at the double-ring ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Russ and Lanelle Crawford of Kerens. She is the granddaughter of Walter and Elaine Williams of Mart, and Joyce Crawford of Kerens and the late D.W. "Ickey" Crawford.

The groom is the son of Mike and Becky Gillert of Athens. He is the grandson of Kenneth and Dolores Lee of Jacksonville, Fla., and Sue Gillert of Athens and the late Ernest Gillert.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a strapless gown of ivory satin and organza with a chapel-length train. The bodice was embellished with iridescent pearl beads and button detail down the back. She wore a sheer fingertip veil in her hair and carried a bouquet of white roses.

A large candelabra on the altar and a smaller one on each side were wrapped in English ivy and adorned with large ivory bows. The altar was decorated with white pillars topped by large Boston ferns.

Honor attendants were Courtney Robertson of Athens, sister of the bride, and Chis Gillert of San Marcos, brother of the groom. Attendants were Niki Whorton of College Station and the bride's brother, Kelley Crawford of Kerens.

The ladies wore halter-style dresses of aubergine bridal silk, trimmed at the neck with iridescent beads. They carried clutch bouquets of dark pink roses, alstromeria and misty blue. The gentlemen were dressed in black tuxedos with white shirts, gray vests and black ties.

Wedding music was provided by organist Marilyn Wright and the groom's uncle, pianist Gary Gillert, both of Athens. Amie Hutchinson of The Woodlands sang, "Lord, Let Your Light Shine on Us."

Ushers were Steven Gillert, cousin of the groom, Jason Lambright and Chad Rousseau, all of Athens. Guests were registered by the bride's cousins, Connor and Chelsea Crawford of Tyler, and Alexandra Albeck of Houston.

The bride's parents hosted a reception immediately following the ceremony in the fellowship hall of the church. A large portrait of the bride was displayed on a table at the entrance. Guest tables were decorated with candles and pink rose petals atop white linen tablecloths. Souvenir wallet photos of the bride completed the centerpieces.

The bride's table, covered with a white linen tablecloth, held the wedding cake topped with a Lenox bride and groom. Nuts and mints were placed on each end of the table.

The groom's table featured a sterling silver coffee service, and a carrot cake topped with chopped nuts and grapes dipped in white chocolate.

Punch was served from a sterling silver bowl, and decorations included a large antique candelabra which held an arrangement of pink, cream and lavender roses with accents of white alstromeria and misty blue.

House party members included Linsey Gillert of Athens, cousin of the groom, K.C. Whorton of Kerens, Kristen Powers and Courtney Prater of Corsicana, and Shanna Schuelke of San Marcos.

Friends received miniature chocolate candy bars with the names of the bride and groom and the wedding date imprinted on the label.

The couple departed for a weekend honeymoon in Hawaii amid a sea of bubbles blown by well wishers.

They will make their new home in Tyler where the bride is a registered dental hygienist and the groom is employed by Texas Utilities

6/20/2004 Joe/Faulk Engagement

Carl and Belinda Faulk of Kerens are proud to announce the engagement of their son 1st Lt. Roderick Faulk of Kerens to Tara Joe of Sacramento. The bride-elect is the daughter of Alex and Mary Joe of Sacramento.

The bride-elect is applying to medical school in Hampton, Va. The prospective groom is attending Williams and Mary College in Williamsburg, Va., in pursuit of his MBA.

The wedding will take place April 23, 2005 in Hampton, Va.

6/20/2004 Jones/Craig Engagement

Cindy Jorgenson of Corsicana joyfully announces the engagement and approaching marriage of her son, Joshua Blaine Craig, to Lindsey Theresa Jones, daughter of Frank and Rozanne Smith of Sugar Land. The wedding will take place June 26 at Sugar Creek Baptist Church in Sugar Land.

Josh is also the son of Clark Craig of Kingwood, and the grandson of Barton and Bobbie Lockhart of Corsicana, and Ken and Jo Gossage of Sherman. He is the assistant manager of Enterprise Car Rental in Spring. Miss Jones is a May graduate of Sam Houston State University with a degree in interdisciplinary studies.

The couple will reside in The Woodlands.

6/20/2004 Collier/Joyner Wedding

Caryn Renee Collier and Philip Byron Joyner, both of Seguin, were united in marriage on May 15 in a double ring ceremony at Twin Oaks Ranch. Justice of the Peace Connie Mayfield presided.

The bride is the daughter of Charlie and Bobbie Collier of Corsicana. The groom is the son of Phil and Gilda Joyner of Corsicana.

Maid of honor was Megan Earley, and Elizabeth Collier, sister of the bride, was the bridesmaid. Sophie Anderson of Seguin served as flower girl, and carried a white satin basket of rose petals. Attendants wore floor-length dresses in periwinkle blue, with bouquets of blue hydrangeas, yellow lilies and peach and yellow roses.

The bride wore a white strapless dress with fitted bodice of beaded pearls and a full skirt of layered tulle. Her crystal tiara sat atop the cathedral length veil which was scattered with sequins. She carried a bouquet of blue hydrangeas, peach and yellow roses, yellow lilies and white daisies.

Phil Joyner, father of the groom, served as best man. Kevin Collier, brother of the bride, was groomsman. Usher was Chad Barron, cousin of the groom.

The couple married outside, on a beautiful evening on the pier overlooking the lake at the Twin Oaks Ranch. The couple stood under a flower-covered cedar arbor made by the groom, and the pier was covered in greenery and twinkle lights. The arbor was decorated in blue hydrangeas, peach and yellow roses, yellow lilies and white daisies. The pier was framed with tall blue lilies and deep green ferns, beautifully decorated by Anna Sanders of Anna's Gardens in Purdon.

The bride entered to the song "From This Moment On" and the service ended with the song "I Do -- Cherish You" performed by Tammie Hodges of B. J. the D. J. of Dawson.

A reception followed on the patio and inside the cabin of Twin Oaks Ranch. Inside the cabin, the buffet tables were arranged to the side of the beautiful three-tiered honeysuckle cake, which was presented under a veil of white tulle done by Alisha Greer of Affordable Affairs in Corsicana.

The entire ceremony was captured in pictures taken by Lana Johnson of Lana Johnson Photography of Corsicana. Guests were present from Seguin, Dallas, San Marcos, Waco, Elm Mott, Cypress and Corsicana.

The couple enjoyed a honeymoon cruise and upon return, will reside in Round Rock.

6/20/2004 Harris/Gooden Wedding

Tonia Nyree Harris and James Louis Gooden II were united in marriage at 11 a.m. June 5 at the Hall of State at Fair Park. The Rev. Aaron Gooden officiated the ceremony, following the Wedding March by Wagner.

The bride is the daughter of Beatrice Harris and Hurbert and Arnita Harris. The groom is the son of James and Jewell Gooden.

The bride, who was given in marriage by her father, wore an ivory strapless gown with beaded rum trim. She also wore a crystal tiara and ivory fingertip veil. Her bouquet was fashioned of cream-colored roses and pearl-beaded stephanotis.

LaKeisha Square, close friend of the bride, served as maid of honor. Telfia Shelton, sister of the bride, was the matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Cheryl McKinley and Amy Herskowitz.

The best man was Nick Jarratt, long-time friend of the groom. Groomsmen were Rusty Smith, Michael Martinez, and Torin Jessie. Rennick Shelton served as usher. Christian Payton and Talaya Allen registered guests, who were from Houston, Toronto, Shreveport, Baton Rouge, Tyler and Corsicana.

A reception was held at Hall of State at Fair Park following the ceremony.

The bride is a business analyst, who attended Tulane University and Villanova University. The groom is a payroll coordinator, and is a graduate of University of North Texas.

Following a honeymoon trip to Toronto and Ontario, Canada, the couple will make their home in Flower Mound.

6/20/2004 Smith/Starr Engagement

Mr. and Mrs. Glen Smith of Corsicana and Mrs. Julie Ellis Starr of Sherman announce the engagement of their children, Laura Elizabeth Smith and Brandon K. Starr. Laura is a 1997 graduate of Corsicana High School and a 2001 graduate of Texas Tech University. She is the granddaughter of Cookie and Ellis Montgomery of Dawson and the late Johnny B. and Frances Smith of Corsicana. The bride-elect is currently employed as a financial planner at Stratford Consulting in Dallas.

Brandon is a 1991 graduate of Sherman High School and a 1996 graduate of Texas Christian University. He is the grandson of the late Dr. John Ellis and Ruth Ellis of Sherman. The groom-elect is currently a financial consultant with TD Waterhouse.

Erika Kay Ponder and Keith Allen Dowdle

Ms. Debbie Ponder, Mr. David Hazzlewood and Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Dowdle of Frost proudly announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their children, Erika Kay Ponder and Keith Allen Dowdle.

The wedding will take place at 4 p.m. Aug. 14 at the Frost Baptist Church. The reception will follow after the wedding.

After honeymooning in Arlington, the couple will reside in Frost.


Davis/Bell Wedding

Kristin Kelly Davis of Purdon and Larry Brett Bell of Dawson were united in marriage May 22 at the Navarro College Courtyard in Corsicana. Dr. Bob Young from Westminster Presbyterian Church of Corsicana performed the double-ring ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Jimmie A. McCarter and the late Sandra L. McCarter of Purdon, and the granddaughter of Pattie McCarter of Purdon.

The groom is the son of Larry and Arline Bell of Dawson, and the grandson of Jeannie Bell of Corsicana.

Matron of honor was sister of the bride, Kimberly McDonald of Purdon. Bridesmaids were Carla Steele of Pursley, Jennifer Housley, bride's cousin of McKinney, Trisha Casubon of Teague, Kami Matthews of Purdon, and junior bridesmaid was Caitlin McCarter, bride's niece, of Chandler. Karley Davis, daughter of the bride, Sadie McCarter, bride's niece, and Logan Melton, groom's niece, all served as flower girls. Tanner McDonald, bride's nephew, served as ring bearer.

Best man was Bo Warren of Waco, and groomsmen were Bryan Kelley of Dawson, Daniel Kelley of Waco, Keith Melton, groom's brother, of Pursley, Michael Bell, groom's brother, of Lorena, and Hunter Melton, groom's nephew, of Pursley. Ushers were Michael McCarter, bride's brother, Tyler McDonald, bride's nephew, Cutter Bell, groom's nephew, and Mark Kelley.

Music was provided by several people. Chris Dyer organized the music, as Misti Hutchinson sang, "God Knew I Needed You" as the bridesmaids entered. Jimmy McDonald, brother-in-law of the bride, sang "I'll Give" as the couple lit the unity candle.

The ceremony was held in the beautiful courtyard of Navarro College and was decorated with white garden chairs with twill bows on the ends, while white lights covered the shrubbery. The archway was decorated with English ivy, bridal bush, and white lights, and on either side were ferns covered in bridal wreath with single hurricane lamps with ivory candles and bows. A table was set up in memory of the bride's mother who passed away, with special pictures of the bride and her mother, along with two poems.

The bride wore a blush-colored designer gown by Eden Bridals. The A-line gown featured a halter neckline overlaid with beaded French twill. The box-pleated back swept into a semi-cathedral train, which the bride wore in a bustle at the end of the evening. The bride's bouquet was made of large white roses, assortment of daisies, solidago and baronia heather, and a mixture of colorful ranunculus small roses, tree fern and misty tied with ivory ribbon.

The attendants wore knee-length summer dresses in peach, sage, lilac, sea foam, pink and pale yellow, all hand-made by Betty French. The flower girls were attired in flowered-print sundresses with decorative flip-flops.

A reception followed at Sydni's Grill, where there was a buffet as well as the traditional wedding cake, groom's cake and fountain of punch. Members of the house party were Paula Morris, Diane Walter, Pamela McCrory, Kristy Melton and Andee Bell. Chris Dyer and Kevin Painter provided music.

After a week-long honeymoon to Cancun, Mexico, the couple will reside in Purdon. The couple would like to thank all of those who helped share their special day.

7/18/2004 Cornelius/Thiebaud Wedding

Keisha Ann Cornelius of Houston and Brian Alan Thiebaud, also of Houston, were united in marriage at 7 p.m. on July 17. The double ring ceremony was held at Paramount Baptist Church of Amarillo, and was officiated by the Rev. Ken deKoning of Corpus Christi.

The bride is the daughter of Alan and Jane Cornelius of Amarillo. The groom is the son of Gary Thiebaud of Houston, and Suzanne Hager of Corsicana.

Musical selections were sung by Constance Redmond of Nashville, and included "Great Is Thy Faithfulness," "Wonderful Cross," "How Beautiful," "Jesus, Lover of My Soul," "Knees To the Earth," and "O Praise Him."

The bride, who was given in marriage by her father, wore a formal gown of white de-lustered Italian satin, featuring a two-piece look. The strapless bodice was banded across the top with hand-beaded pearls, crystals and soft ice blue sapphires. The midriff was accentuated with a soft, asymmetrical drape and modified Basque waist, emphasizing the A-line skirt. The beaded motif was echoed around the bouffant hem of the detachable chapel train.

The bride carried a bouquet of roses and Gerber daisies in a mix of colors. She was attended by Kara Cornelius, sister of the bride, who served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids included Kelly Thiebaud, Jill Leonhart, Heather Vigus, Kristin Rogers, Anna Hartzell, Marcy Kazlow, and Valerie Walker. Katie Thiebaud was the flower girl.

Kurt Thiebaud, brother of the groom, served as best man. Groomsmen were Clint deGroot, Chris Davis, Mikado Hinson, Damon Thames, Jared Pizzitola, Mike Niemi and Jeff Venghaus. Ushers were Craig Thiebaud, Hayden Cornelius, Steve Weldy and Brandon Barker. Colter Cornelius served as ring bearer.

The reception was held on the 11th floor of the Santa Fe Building following the ceremony. Present at the guest register were Melanie Travis and Allyson Hall.

The bride graduated from Randall High School and Texas A&M Corpus Christi with a bachelor of arts degree in speech communications. She is an area representative with Fellowship of Christian Athletes of Houston. The groom graduated from Corsicana High School and University of Houston with a bachelor of arts degree in history. He is also an area representative with Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Houston. Brian and Keisha will work together serving the Cy-Fair and Katy School Districts.

Following a honeymoon in Ochos Rios, Jamaica, the couple will reside in Houston.

7/18/2004 Cummins/Ephlin Engagement

Randy and Kay Cummins are pleased to announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Jill Michelle Cummins to Morgan Conrad Ephlin, son of Ed and Lisa Ephlin of Corsicana.

Jill is the granddaughter of Rayford and Nell Smith of Fayette, Miss., and Rosa B. Cummins and James E. Cummins, both of Corsicana. Morgan is the grandson of Charlie and Dottie French of Wortham, and Rita and Travis Hampton of Fort Worth.

The bride-to-be earned her bachelor of science degree in community health at Texas A&M University, and is employed by the Corsicana Daily Sun in retail sales.

The prospective groom is currently attending Navarro College, and is employed by the United States Postal Service.

The wedding is scheduled for October 2 at First Baptist Church, Corsicana. The couple plan to reside in Navarro County following the wedding.

12/26/2004 Jordan-Laskowski Engagement

Paula Jordan and Mr. and Mrs. Clitis Jordan of Corsicana are pleased to announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter Abigail to Travis Laskowski, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Julian Laskowski of Cypress.

The bride-elect is a graduate of Corsicana High School, and a 2002 graduate of Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in horticulture. She is currently employed at Landmark Nurseries in Round Rock as a systems administrator.

The groom-to-be is a graduate of Cypress-Fairbanks High School and a 2003 graduate of Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in horticulture. He is employed at TruGreen Landcare in Austin as an enhancement manager.

The wedding will take place April 16 at the Kyle House in Bryan, and the couple will make their home in Round Rock

Jackson/Farrish - Wedding - 1918

Married In Car
Rev. G. Mitchell Pullias Pulis New One in Wedding Ceremony
Rev. G. Mitchell Pullias came into the Sun Office today, all smiles, and began at once to relate an unusual experience that he had a few days ago when he performed the ceremony that united Robert Jackson and Miss Minnie Lee Farrish. Rev. Mr. Pullias was called at the WMCA by the contacting parties and as it was pouring down rain at the time he was unable to find a place in which to perform the ceremony. He therefore climbed into the car and performed the ceremony going down the street full speed.
“I have heard about such things,” said Mr. Pullias, “but I have never before did such a thing.”
Mr. Jackson is the son of Mr. Will Jackson of Mildred and the bride resides near Barry. The couple went to Dallas for a honeymoon.

Submitted by Dana Stubbs
Corsicana Semi Light, Nov. 2, 1918


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