Wallis-Raines

Benny and Regina Wallis of Ripley announce the engagement of their daughter, Emily Kay Wallis, to John Kevin Raines, son of Johnny and Mary Lou Raines of New Albany.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Peggy Menees of Ripley and the late James W. "Joe" Menees, and Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Wallis of Ripley.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Jewel Hall and the late Ernest Hall, and Mr. and Mrs. David Raines.

The bride-elect is a graduate of Ripley High School. She is a cum laude graduate of the University of Mississippi with a B.S. degree in elementary education. She is pursuing a master of education degree in curriculum and instruction. She is employed as an intervention specialist for the South Tippah School District in Ripley.

The prospective groom is a graduate of Ingomar High School. He earned an associate of science degree at Northeast Mississippi Community College. He is a refrigeration technician for Ken Jeter's Store Equipment in Tupelo.

The couple will exchange vows at 7 p.m. March 24, 2007, at the Ripley Church of Christ. A reception will follow in the church fellowship hall. Family and friends are invited.

John Kevin Raines and Emily Kay Wallis

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Box-Ballard

David and Theresa Box of Shannon, and Janet and Charles Ballard of Wren announce the engagement of their children, Tina Box and Patrick Ballard.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Jerry and Janice McBrayer of Saltillo; the late Junior and Virgie Box of Shannon; and Charlotte Gray of Shannon.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Eva June Martin Rosentreter of Wren and the late Adolph M. Rosentreter, and the late Bobbie Jean and C.S.O. Ballard of Memphis.

The bride-elect is a graduate of Shannon High School, where she was a member of the choir for four years.

The prospective groom is a graduate of Shannon High School. He is an employee of Eutaw Construction in Aberdeen.

The couple will exchange vows at 2 p.m. March 24, 2007, at Central Grove Baptist Church in Wren. A reception will follow in the fellowship hall. Family and friends are invited.

Patrick Ballard and Tina Box

Reed-Forrester

Elizabeth Kirkman Reed of Tupelo and Phillip Tate Forrester of Amarillo, Texas, were united in marriage Dec. 30, 2006, at the First United Methodist Church in Tupelo. The Rev. Andy Ray and the Rev. Raigan Miskelly officiated.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Raymond Reed Jr. of Tupelo. She is the granddaughter of Jack Raymond Reed Sr. of Tupelo and the late Frances Reed, and Elizabeth Shannon of Birmingham, Ala., and the late Dr. David Hart White.

The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Donald Forrester of Amarillo, Texas. He is the grandson of the late Dr. and Mrs. Robert Spence Tate of San Antonio, Texas, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Mack Forrester of Amarillo, Texas.

The bride wore a strapless ballgown of duchess satin with a ruched bodice and rosettes scattered around the skirt.

Frances Clayton of Tupelo was maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Ashley Breed of Washington, D.C.; Erica Stone and Eloise Harper, both of New York City; Kate Burson of St. Louis, Mo.; Shannon Richardson of Los Angeles, Calif.; Jenny Bromley of Augusta, Ga.; Dr. Cooper Ogg, Margaret Wicker, Ariel Owens and Elizabeth Fikes, all of Tupelo; Heather Russell of Amarillo, Texas; Margaret Forrester of San Antonio, Texas; Abby Cunningham of Lexington, Ky.; Palmer Haslam of Atlanta, Ga.; and Nash Molpus of New Orleans, La. Flower girls were Dakin Reed and Lilla Reed, both of Tupelo, and Fairbanks White of Birmingham, Ala. The bridesmaids wore tea-length gowns of smoked celadon shantung silk.

Robert Forrester Jr. of Seattle, Wash., and Robert Forrester Sr. of Amarillo, Texas, were best men. Groomsmen were Paul Smith, Neil Shelton, Patrick Ware, Andrew Bivins and Hugh Russell, all of Amarillo, Texas; William Morton, Will Overlock and Stuart Selig, all of New York City; Matthew Taylor and David Murfree, both of Washington, D.C.; Tyler Bromley of Augusta, Ga.; John Steele of Nashville, Tenn.; Jorge Rangel of Austin, Texas; Tony Ankar of Birmingham; and Jack Reed III of Tupelo. Robert Donald Forrester III of Seattle was ringbearer.

A reception followed at the Tupelo Country Club.

After a honeymoon trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, the couple lives in New York City. The bride is an editor at Spiegal & Grau, a division of Random House Publishers. The groom is an analyst at Morgan Stanley in the Investment Banking Division.

Mrs. Phillip Tate Forrester

Wallace-Grubbs

Carrie Wallace and William Henry Grubbs Jr., both of Fulton, were united in marriage Nov. 11, 2006, in an outdoor ceremony at the Fulton Country Club. Glyn Wiygul officiated.

The bride is the daughter of Tony and Patti Wallace of Fulton. She is the granddaughter of Angie Lou Summers of Fulton and the late Graden Summers, and Lucille Wallace of Fulton and the late M.L. Wallace.

The groom is the son of Bill and Mitzie Grubbs of Fulton. He is the grandson of Myrtle Grubbs of Tupelo and the late Henry Grubbs, and the late Mr. and Mrs. F.G. Wiygul Sr. of Fulton.

The bride wore a gown of diamond white Italian satin. The A-line gown featured a scoop neckline; a fitted bodice and skirt detailed with crystals and bugle beading; and a chapel-length train decorated with covered buttons.

Candace Dulaney of Belden was maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Brooke Newsom of Cleveland, Robyn Perkins of Madison, Jennifer Sullivan of Tupelo and Dixie Wallace of Fulton. Neely Grubbs of Fulton was flower girl. The bridesmaids wore floor-length gowns in kiwi shantung with mushroom-pleated empire bodices and A-line skirts, and matching shoulder shrugs.

Chad Grubbs of Fulton was best man. Groomsmen were Chris Montgomery, John Schmidt and Jason Wallace, all of Fulton. Ushers were T.C. Grubbs, Kory Payne and Russ Payne, all of Fulton. Ryder Grubbs of Fulton was ringbearer.

A reception followed at the Fulton Country Club.

After a honeymoon trip to Gatlinburg, Tenn., the couple lives in Fulton. The bride is a teacher at the Itawamba Vocational Center in Fulton. The groom is employed by JESCO at Cooper Tire in Tupelo.

Mr. and Mrs. William Henry Grubbs Jr.

Bratton-Bedford

Carrie Elizabeth Bratton of Plantersville and Nathan Forrest Bedford of Tupelo were united in marriage Sept. 16, 2006, in the garden of The Magnolias in Aberdeen. The Rev. Lynn Fair officiated.

The bride is the daughter of Sarah Williams of Plantersville. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas S. Williams of Plantersville and Fulton.

The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Bedford of Tupelo. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Hoyle Bedford of Tupelo, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Walter Brock of New Albany.

The bride wore a strapless drop waist gown of ivory satin with accents of cavier lavender floral beading on the bodice, hemline and chapel-length train. Her tiara and cathedral veil were accented with matching cavier lavender beading.

Angie Gilmore, sister of the bride, was matron of honor. She wore a strapless gown of lavender satin and lavender organza overlay with an A-line tea-length skirt. Bridesmaids were Kirsten Aguirre of Memphis, Laura Edger, Gretchen Ganas, Bridgette Chrestman and Janessa Faulkner, all of Tupelo, and Kristen John and Ericka Montgomery of Oxford. The bridesmaids wore strapless two-piece, tea-length gowns of ivory satin. Kaitlyn Edger was flower girl.

Jimmy Bedford, father of the groom, was best man. Groomsmen were Jonathan Aguirre of Memphis, Danny Harris of Saltillo, Chris Hutcheson of Shannon, and Chris Hicks and Jay Hawkins of Tupelo. Ushers were Scotty Gomez and Jim Farrar of Tupelo.

A reception followed in the reception rooms and garden of The Magnolias.

After a honeymoon cruise to the West Caribbean, the couple lives in Plantersville. The bride is an employee of AmSouth Bank in Tupelo. The groom is assistant manager of O'Reilly's in Tupelo.

Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Forrest Bedford

Kennedy-Armstrong

Ashley Marie Kennedy and Jonathan Larry Armstrong, both of the Evergreen community, were united in marriage Dec. 31, 2006, at the Dorsey Southern Baptist Church in Dorsey. Bro. Mike Todd officiated.

The bride is the daughter of Randy "Bubba" Kennedy of Evergreen and Delora Kennedy of Tupelo. She is the granddaughter of Robert and Melissa Winter of Tupelo; the late Dorothy Payne of Pisgah, Ala.; and Maxine Kennedy of Nettleton and the late Marvin Kennedy. She is the great-granddaughter of Lorene Kennedy of Evergreen and the great-great-granddaughter of Geneva Gann of Nettleton.

The groom is the son of Larry and Pamela Armstrong of Evergreen. He is the grandson of Mary Herndon of Evergreen and the late W.L. Herndon, and the late D.D. and Loraine Armstrong of Evergreen.

The bride wore a medieval-style gown with cap sleeves, a lacy floral bodice with beading and a long satin train. Her veil was gathered to a pearl tiara.

Margaret Bean of Fawn Grove was maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Mindy Long of Red Bay, Ala., cousin of the bride; Brittney Wiygul of Fulton; and Tifphanie Franks of Mooreville. Abby Dickens of Tupelo was flower girl. The bridesmaids wore floor-length, A-line gowns of chocolate brown matte satin with strapless bodices and cotton candy belts at the midsections.

Jason Jones of the Carolina community was best man. Groomsmen were Wade Bennett of Peppertown, James Marlin of Fulton and Justin Franks of Mooreville. Ushers were Randy Kennedy, brother of the bride, of Evergreen, and Brandon Long, cousin of the bride, of Red Bay. Sam Mabus of Fulton was ringbearer.

A reception followed at the church.

After a honeymoon trip to Gatlinburg, Tenn., the couple lives in Florence, Ala.

Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Larry Armstrong

Martin-Beasley

Cassidy Kay Martin and Jonathan Michael Beasley were united in marriage Feb. 10, 2007, at the Eggville Freewill Baptist Church. The Rev. Gerald Gann officiated.

The bride is the daughter of Addie Martin and Glynn Martin of Mooreville. She is the granddaughter of Lois Greene and Clifford Greene of Tupelo, and Helen Gable of Mooreville.

The groom is the son of Pam Beasley and Mike Beasley of Saltillo. He is the grandson of Penny Beasley of Tupelo and Judy Dunaway of Saltillo.

The bride wore a long, strapless gown of white satin with a jewel-studded bodice, and a mid-length veil.

Donna Spillman of Nettleton, aunt of the bride, was matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Melissa Turner of Eggville and Carrie Nichols of Saltillo. Caitlin Nichols of Saltillo was flower girl. The bridesmaids wore floor-length gowns of Victorian lilac satin with spaghetti straps.

Brian Beasley of Saltillo, brother of the groom, was best man. Groomsmen were Josh Conley of the Auburn community and Jeffrey Martin of Mooreville. Will Nichols of Saltillo was ringbearer.

A reception followed in the church fellowship hall.

The couple lives in Mooreville. The bride is an employee of TCPS in Belden, and the groom is an employee of Comfort Engineering in Tupelo.

Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Michael Beasley

McFadden-Bethay

Betty McFadden of Saltillo and Sammy Bethay of Fulton were united in marriage Jan. 21, 2007, at the Delta Riverboat at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tenn. Perry Michaels officiated.

The bride is the daughter of Mary Coggins of Saltillo and the late L.E. Coggins.

The groom is the son of the late William "Jack" and Daisy Bethay of Fulton.

Bobbie Jaggers of Tupelo was matron of honor. Tim Sanders of Saltillo was best man.

A reception followed at the Cascades Restaurant at the Opryland Hotel.

After a honeymoon in Nashville, the couple lives in Saltillo. The bride is an employee of OB-GYN Associates in Tupelo. The groom is an employee of Lanier Clothes in Tupelo.

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