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The following miscellaneous newspaper clippings and other items were found in a scrapbook compiled by the Imogene Oakley. Sources for the newspaper clippings are not given identifiable sources are The Lexington Republican, the Lexington Progress, and the Jackson Sun. Handwritten dates in the scrapbook for the most part seem to be the date of the event being mentioned and not the date of publication. The scrapbook is now owned by Brenda Kirk Fiddler.

July 24, 1930

Essary-Hardin Marriage

Thursday morning at 10:00 o'clock, in the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jasper Hardin, two miles North of Lexington, Rev. Fleetwood Ball, pastor of Lexington First Baptist Church, said the words which are always a miracle, uniting in Holy Matrimony Mr. Carl Essary and Miss Mary Lou Hardin-making them "no longer twain but one flesh" and the good Lord enjoined that no man should put this bond asunder.

The groom is an employee of the Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis Railway, is known as a hustler, an agreeable young man and has many friends. He is a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Joe Essary, and since the death of his parents, with his two sisters and one brother, has lived the greater part his time in the home of his aunt, Mrs. P. H. Denison.

The bride bids fair to make a typical Hardin woman-domestic, industrious, and will make her husband a. helpmate indeed.

After the ceremony, Mr. and Mrs Hardin went South 'for a motor trip.

April 9, 1931


Announcement is made of a marriage very interesting to a number of friends, which occurred April 9, in Huntingdon, when Miss Evelyn Pearson and Mr. Innis Fanning were married, the Rev. Dr. H. O. Garden, of the Presbyterian Church, officiating.

The bride is a very charming member of a family which has been prominent socially and in the business affairs of Henderson county for years. For several years she has held a clerical position in the First National Bank and is very popular socially and in the business world. The groom is equally well connected and has been very successful in professional baseball and auto racing.

Intimate friends have known of the marriage for some time but in the modern fashion they have kept their secret until it suited their pleasure to permit others to express the good wishes which are so generally felt for their happiness. They are now at home to their friend at Mrs. Pearson's apartment in the old Pearson home.

April 30, 1931


The announcement made by Mr. Thomas H. Temple, of Jackson, of the marriage of her sister, Mrs. Ann Buckley to Mr. Dorsey G. Hudson has occasioned a great deal of cordial interest from a wide circle of friends. The ceremony took place in Humboldt Thursday, April 30th at 3 p.m., the Rev. J. M. Pickens officiating, and was attended by Mrs. Temple, Mrs. A. T. Pigues, Mr. and Mrs. Van Thompson, Miss Hattie Temple, Miss Annie Thompson, all relatives of the bride. Immediately afterward the couple left for a brief honeymoon in Chicago, returning to Lexington Monday, and will make their home here.

Mrs. Hudson is possessed of a charming personality, a lovely hostess and a leader in church work and civic affairs. The Progress is glad also to add its congratulations from the fact that the groom a long-time friend of this force. Mr. Hudson is a man of fine qualities and more than usual ability. His personality makes him almost invaluable to the N. C. & St. L. Railway in the capacity of claim agent and no man has ever been able to satisfy those who has just claims against the railroad than he has been able to do. We wish them all sorts of good luck.

June 4, 1931


An interesting wedding occurred Sunday, June 4th, 1931, in Metropolis, Illinois, when Mr. Hal Milam and Miss Sylvia McConnell were married. Mr. Milam was reared in Lexington and is the son of Mrs. R. H. and the late Dr. Milam. He has been a teacher in the county and engaged in various business enterprises. His bride has lived in Lexington for about a year, her father being connected with the N. C. & St. L. Ry. She lived previously in Kentucky and has many friends both in her old home and in Lexington. They are living at present with Mr. Milam's mother on North Main Street.

The Progress extends congratulations.

June 10, 1931


Mrs. Ella Pearson of Lexington, Tenn., announces the engagement and approaching marriage of her daughter, Elsie, to Mr. Hugh McNeely, son of Mrs. Clara B. McNeely of 3415 Faxon Avenue. The wedding will be solemnized June 10 at the home of the bride's mother.

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The beautiful home wedding of Miss Elsie Pearson and Mr. Hugh L. McNeely, of Memphis, was solemnized Wednesday, June 10th, at 2:00 p. m. Elder Colman Overby of Jackson being the officiating minister. Before the ceremony, Miss Ivy Holland sang, "Sweetest Story Ever Told," and "Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life," accompanied by Miss Ann Clay of Memphis. There were no attendants, the bride and groom entered alone and stood before an improvised altar of ferns with masses of white blossoms and sweet peas, with lighted tapers. Miss Pearson was gowned in a beautiful and becoming model of eggshell chiffon, with a picture bat, slippers and accessories to match, and a corsage of pink roses. For traveling, she 'orn rose colored, rough weave, tailored suit, with hat and accessories to match, After an auto trip to Nashville and Chattanooga, they will be home to their friends at 3415 Faxton Ave., Memphis.

Among the pre-nuptial courtesies extended Miss Elsie Pearson, one of the most enjoyable was a shower given in the home of Miss Herminia Hancock with Misses Georgia Roberts and Mittie Belew as co-hostesses. Gifts for the bride were hidden in different parts of the house, with an alarm clock by each, arranged to go off, one after the other, as each lot was found, After the alarms had all sounded, delicious refreshments were served to over thirty friends of the bride.

June 7, 1931


MARIANNA, Ark., June 8. - Mr. and Mrs. C. K Dozier of Moro announce the marriage of their daughter, Emma, to Mr. W. B. Edrington of Pocahontas. The marriage took place Monday morning at 9 o'clock at the home of the bride, the Rev. A. B. Cooper of Brinkley officiating.

Mr. and Mrs. Edrington will spend the summer in Pocahontas returning to Moro in September, when the bridegroom will again teach in the Moro Consoildated High School. [remainder of article missing]

Married Feb. 6, 1932


Humboldt, Tenn., May 30th. — Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin A. Craddock of this city announce the marriage of their daughter, Beverly Lucille, to Mr. Lewis Houston Herndon, son of Mr. and Mrs. L. H. Herndon, Sr., of Bruceton. The wedding was solemnized Feb. 6 at Little Rock, Ark.

Mrs. Herndon was graduated from Humboldt High School and later attended the Woman's College of Alabama, Montgomery and Lambuth College of Jackson, Tenn. where she was a member of Tau Delta Sorority.

Mr. Herndon is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, where he received the Bachelor of science degree. He is a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and was a prominent athlete during his university career.

Mr. and Mrs. Herndon will make their home in Humboldt, where Mt. Herndon is coach and a member of the Humboldt High School faculty.

—Memphis Commercial Appeal.

Mr. Herndon formerly lived at this place, is a graduate of the Lexington High School and has many friends here who extend best wishes.

Married May 29, 1932

Popular Young Couple Were Married Sunday Afternoon

He is the half-part of a blessed man
Left to be finished by such as she;
And she a fair divided excellence,
Whose fullness of perfection lies in him.
O, two such silver currents, when they join,
Do glorify the banks that bound them in!

Thus wrote the immortal Shakespeare in "King John." The language seems appropriate to a happy couple united in wedlock Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock.

The popular contracting parties in this auspicious wedding were Hulon R. Deere of Johnson City and Miss Omeria Winslow of this place. Their marriage is the culmination of a felicitous romance which has been developing for some years and marks the union of two of the best known and most highly respected families in Henderson county. The marriage banns were sealed in the residence of Rev. Fleetwood Ball, who officiated. Claude Fesmire was the attendant.

The bride, a daughter of Walter E. Winslow and wife, graduated from the Lexington High School in the class of ‘26, since which time she has been an efficient teacher in the county. Vigorous in mind, amiable in disposition, lady-like in deportment, she is one of Lexington's most worthy girls and will assuredly make the man of her choice an excellent help-mate.

The groom, oldest son, of T. Elmer Deere and wife of Warrens Bluff, is a graduate of the Lexington High School in the class of ‘25. For several years he has held a lucrative business position in Johnson City. Shrewd and diligent in business, upright, a thorough gentleman In every sense of the word, he is destined to provide well for his house and approximate the ideal as a husband.

Immediately after the ceremony they left by auto on a honeymoon trip to Nashville and Knoxville, thence to Johnson City, where they will reside. We join their hosts of friends in extending congratulations and best wishes.

Married June 5, 1932


Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Reid, 23 South Claybrook Street, Memphis, announce the engagement of their daughter, Mary Elizabeth, to Mr. John Witt Hughey, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Hughey. The wedding will be solemnized quietly at the home of the bride's parents, June 5, in the presence of only the immediate families.

The bride was born near Warrens Bluff, this county, and has lived with her parents in Lexington. She is a grand daughter of Mrs. Josie Scates of this place. Hosts of friends in Henderson county will read with interest of this auspicious marriage.

Sat., July 16, 1932


A marriage of interest to the friends of the young couple occurred Tuesday evening, June 19th, when Miss Ruth Hill, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Hill, of this place, and Mr. Ray Bogan, of Decaturville, were married in Corinth, Miss. The bride is a pretty, attractive girl who graduated this year from Lexington School and is very popular with the younger set. Mr. Bogan is an agreeable young man of Decatur County, and although they are young and their marriage was unexpected, they will no doubt follow the path of other youthful romances a happy into a happy and useful life. The Progress wishes them every joy.


A wedding of much interest and which was a surprise to her many friends was that of Miss Ruth Hill and Ray Bogan, which occurred in Corinth, Miss., last Saturday. The bride is the charming, vivacious young daughter of John W. Hill and wife. She is a graduate of the Lexington High School and is very popular among the younger society set of Lexington. The groom is an employee of the State Highway Department. The happy couple are temporarily residing at the home of the bride.

Oct. 20, 1932


On last Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, Mr. Lloyd Sisson and Miss Alene Park became as one through the bonds of Holy Wedlock. The ceremony was performed at Benton, Ky., with Judge Gibson officiating.

Following the ceremony the young couple motored to Paducah where they spent Thursday night at the Palmer Hotel and on Friday returned to Lexington and took rooms in the home of the groom's mother, Mrs. T. R. Sisson.

The groom is the son of Mrs. T. R. Sisson and former County Trustee, T. R. Sisson, now deceased. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Park, all residents of Lexington.

Each of the contracting parties is a graduate of the Lexington High School and the groom is employed by the M. H. Britt Grocery Company as clerk. Mr. Sisson is one of the most popular young men of the town and possesses sterling qualities both personally and in business. Mrs. Sisson is one of the most estimable young ladies of Lexington and will make Mr. Sisson a wonderful and deserving helpmate throughout life.

Married Dec. 4, 1932

Miss Jewel Linton of Milan, Tenn.
daughter of Mrs. William Anderson of Lexington,
will be married this morning at 9 o'clock to
Mr. W. Brock Harper, son of Mrs. T. M. Harper
and the late Dr. Harper.

To Wed Dec. 27, 1932

The engagement of Miss Allene Lacey of Lexington, Tenn.,
to Mr. Billy Winslow of Johnson City is announced today
by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. James H. Lacey.
The wedding will take place Dec. 27 at Lexington.

Sunday, Sept. 12, 1933


Dr. and Mrs. C. M. Chaffin of Moro, Ark., announce the engagement of their daughter, Verna Inez, to Mr. William Baber Bass of Wynne, Ark., the wedding to be quietly solemnized Sunday, September 17, at the home of the bride-elect's parents.

Miss Chaffin attended Blue Mountain College, Blue Mountain, Miss., and State Teachers College at Conway, Ark. She has taught at Moro, Monticello and Wynne.

Mr. Bass is the son of Mr. J. F. Base of Wynne, and is employed with the A______ Lumber Co.

October 18, 1933

Miss Louise Hatchett and Thos. B. Stanford Contracting Parties

While a large assemblage of guests looked on Miss Louise Hatchett was made the bride of Tom Banks Stanford at a brilliant wedding ceremony at the National Guard Armory in Jackson Wednesday night, Oct. 18. 1933. staged by the American Legion Auxiliary. The young couple, well known at Lexington and in Henderson county agreed to be the bride and groom of the public ceremony sponsored by the auxiliary to raise funds for their charity work in this section during the winter. Names of the contracting parties were kept secret until the ceremony was performed Wednesday night, the Rev. W. R. Fitzgerald being the officiating minister.

Miss Hatchett made a most attractive bride, arrayed in her wedding finery. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Hatchett of Lexington. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. L. T. Stanford.

Following the wedding a dance was held, Jimmie Allen and his Rhythm Boys providing the music. The wedding music was also played by the orchestra and the wedding procession was most colorful and well known local young women as the bridesmaids and flower girls. Miss Imogene Oakley was the maid of honor and Walter Teer of Lexington was best man.

The bridesmaids were Virginia Swepston, Margaret Lawson, Helen Gwaltney, Virginia Hawkins, Ann Henry, Martha Alice Graves, Frances Williams, Lurline Meeks, Betsy Robbins. Catherine Elliott, Lou Ann Nourse, Evelyn Ward, Mary Hunt, Helena McLeod and Martha Vance McLemore.

The flower girls were Beth Deford, Jean Fonville, Ann Wood Harris, Jaunita Cox, Richie Davidson, Susie McNeil, Barbara Mervin, Patricia McClintock, Nancy S. Smith and Marion Vaughn. Toy Tom Thomas and Jean Johnson were the train-bearers and Ray Hite carried the ring.

The American Legion Auxiliary deeply appreciates the co-operation of the merchants of Jackson in making gifts to the bride and groom, it was said by Mrs. Gordon Smith and Mrs. Paul Witty who headed the committee on arrangemens — The Jackson Sun.

The union of these two young people is culmination of an interesting romance which started when they were students in the Lexington High School, Mr. Stanford being a graduate of that institution in the class of ‘32. The Republican joins their many friends in wishing them much happiness.

Sunday, Oct. 29, 1933


The Rev, and Mr.. E. F. McDaniel of Dresden announce the engagement of their daughter, Eula Floyd, to Mr. William Paul Jeter, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Jeter, also of Dresden. The wedding will take place Nov. 2 at the home of the bride's parents, with her father officiating.

Miss McDaniel attended Lambuth College at Jackson, Tenn., where she was a member of Omega Upsilon Lambda sorority. Mr. Jeter attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. They will be at home at Dresden.

Nov. 2, 1933

—Photo by Robert A. Moore at Jackson

Mrs. William Paul Jeter was before her marriage on Nov. 2, Miss Eula Eloyd McDaniel, daughter of the Rev, and Mrs. E. F. McDaniel of Dresden. The wedding took place at the bride's home, with her father officiating. Mr. and Mrs. Jeter are at home at Dresden.

Sunday, Nov. 12, 1933


Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lee Drake of Osceola, Ark., announce the engagement of their daughter, Ruth Lynn, to Mr. William Ewing Dunlap of Ridgely and Memphis.

The wedding will take place at an early date.

Dec. 21, 1933


Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Wiggs of Gleason, Tenn., announce the engagement of their daughter, Geneva Claire, of Dyersburg Tenn., to Mr. Griff R. Dodds of Lexington, Tenn.

The wedding will be solemnized during the Christmas holidays.

August 4, 1934

[Announcement addressed to Misses Faye and Imogene Oakley]

Mr. and Mrs. George H. Maxwell
announce the marriage of their daughter
Lou Nelle
Mr. Harold Brown Seaton
on Saturday the Fourth of August
one thousand nine hundred and thirty four
Franklin, Kentucky


The announcement Sunday of the marriage of Miss Nelle Maxwell and Mr. Harold Seaton, which occurred on Aug. 4, 1934, at Franklin, Ky., was greeted with much surprise by their many friends. The ceremony was performed by Judge Joe Aspey of Franklin city court, while the bride was a student in George Peabody College in Nashville and had been kept a secret until the an nouncement was unade.

Mrs. Seaton is the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Maxwell. She has lived in Lexington all her life, and attended the local schools from which she was graduated. She has since been a student at Union University, Jackson, and Peabody College for Teachers, Nashville, and at present is the popular teacher of the third grade in the Lexington City School and will continue in that capacity.

Mr. Seaton is the only child of Mr: and Mrs. A. L. Seaton, who moved here three years ago from Jackson. He was graduated from the Lexington High School in the class of 1933, and has since then been emnployed by Odle Chevrolet Co., a position he now holds.

Both are popular young people and are receiving showers of congratulations and good wishes from their many friends They are at home for the present with the groom's parents.

September 9, 1934


Mr. and Mrs. D. P. Parish of 180 Highland Avenue, Jackson, announce the marriage of their daughter, Catherine, to Mr. Bernard Azbill of Lexington. The marriage took place in Fulton, Ky., Sept. 9th, 1934. Mr. Azbill is the industrious son of Floy H. Azbill and wife and has a connection with M. H. Britt's Grocery and Mrs. Azbill is with Kisber's in Jackson. The couple are at home ‘with the groom's parents on Fairground Street.

Sept. 10, 1934

Johnston Connally and Miss Nettie Scates, estimable young people of this place, were married Sunday night at the residence of Magistrate F. J. Azbill who officiated. The bride is the oldest daughter of Mrs. Jennie Lou Scates Scott and the groom is the only son of W. S. Connally and wife. We join their many friends in hearty congratulations and best wishes

Sept. 27, 1934

Miss Maxine Tucker to Wed Mr. Taylor

The engagement of Miss Maxine Tucker, of Dundee, Miss., to Mr. Thomas V. Taylor, of Huron, Tenn., is announced today by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. G. Tucker. The wedding will take place Sept. 27. Mr. Taylor is the son of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Taylor, Huron.

Miss Tucker was graduated from Clarksdale High School, later attending Mississippi State College for Women and graduating from West Tennessee State Teachers College in Memphis.

Mr. Taylor was graduated from Lexington High School and attended State Teachers College.

A series of prenuptial affairs have been planned to compliment the bride-elect. [clipping photo was too deteriorated to scan]

Sept. 27, 1934

Miss McKnight to Wed Thursday
Will Marry Dennis Edward Page At Trenton

TRENTON, Tenn,, Sept. 22 — Of interest to their many friends is the announcement of the engagement and approaching marriage of Miss Margaret Elizabeth McKniight, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. P. McKnight to Mr. Dennis Edward Page, son of the Rev. and Mrs. John Page, of Lexington, Tenn.

The wedding will be solemnized Thursday evening in the spacious living room of the McKnight home before an improvised altar of ferns and fall -flowers. The Rev. S. B. Morrison, of Covington, uncle of the bride, will officiate.

Miss Thelma Hardy, of Gares, Tenn., former roommate of McKnight at Lambuth College, will be the maid of honor. She is to wear dark crepe with a corsage of Sweetheart roses. Mr. Clyde Page, brother of the bridegroom, will be best man.

The bride will be gowned in a frock of black velvet and will carry an arm bouquet of Talisman roses. The young couple will leave immediately after the ceremony for a bridal trip to East Tenness.

Mr. Page is associated with his brother in the Clyde Page Jewelry Co. in Trenton, where he and his bride will make their home.

Oct. 6. 1934


The Rev. Fleetwond Ball, Lexington, Tenn., announces the engagement of his daughter, Mar:y Elizabeth, to Mr. James T. Holmes of Memphis. The wedding will take place in October.

Miss Ball attended Union University in Jackson, Tenn., and is a member of the Chi Omega Sorority. Mr. Holmes received his education at the University of Tennessee. [clipping photo was too deteriorated to scan]

October 12, 1934


Clarence Limbaugh of this place and Miss Ottie Mae Gabbard of Juno were the contracting parties in a happy marriage solemnized Friday night in the presence of Rev. Fleetwood Ball, 319 Clifton street, who officiated. Joe Howard Azbill was the best man, and a dozen or more close friends of the popular couple witnessed the ceremony by which the twain were pronounced one.

Beautiful always, the bride was never more lovely than on this deeply significant occasion in her life. A daughter of C. L. Gabbard and wife Juno, she is in a resplendent degree the embodiment of those gifts and graces which inhere in a good helpmate.

We do not have thc honor of an intimate acquaintance with the groom, but his acceptance as a husband by a young lady of such wise discrimination is a gilt edge recommendation for him. His friends consider him of sterling worth.

Most heartily do we join in congratulations and best wishes.

Nov. 28, 1934


Mrs. William R. McNeaI, 276 Lewis, was before her marriage Nov. 28 Miss Pauline Ivy. [clipping photo was too deteriorated to scan]

Oct. 27, 1934


The lovely home of Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Threadgill was thrown open to friends of Miss Arbie Edna Kent last Saturday evening. The occasion was a bridge shower with Mrs. W. M. Houston, Mrs. Fred Odle and Mrs. Leroy Holmes hostesses. The fall motif was carried out in the decorations throughout the house. In the spacious living room five tables of bridge were enjoyed with Mrs. John W. Dodd winning high score, being awarded a lovely ebony manicure set. The tea guests assembled in the sun room and were amused by novel jigsaw puzzles. In the cut for the consolation, Mrs. Sam Jones was lucky and received a novelty smoking set in China.

At the close of the contests a delicious iced course was served and on the guest of honor plate was found a jig-saw heart. When assembled it gave the directions to the dining room. On entering the room the bride-to-be found a table heavily laden with lovely gifts with a unique filling station fully equipped with salesmen and customers.

For the occasion the honoree was becomingly gowned in black heavy riff crepe with pink metalic trim, wearing a corsage of sweetheart roses, gift of the hostesses.

November 6, 1934

Miss Kent to Wed Robert Huntsman

Formal announcement of the engagement and approaching marriage of Miss Arbie Edna Kent to Robert Allen Huntsman was made last Monday evening, when her cousin, Mrs. T. A. Lancaster, entertained about thirty friends at her home on South Church Street. The reception rooms were decorated in cut flowers and ferns, with the bridal motif emphasized in every feature of the evening, which included bridge for those who cared to play and a con test on "The Bride's In Laws," for others. In the bridge game, Mrs. Joe C. Davis received a mayonnaise set as the ranking player; Mrs. Joe Moor, a linen vanity set for the low score; Mrs. Claude Fesmire, a novelty mirror chest as consolation. In the contest, Mrs. E. L. Stewart won a pair of wall brackets.

The two children participated in the announcement and also officiated in the presentation of gifts to the bride-elect, elaborate preparations of the hostess having included a linen shower in the festivities. Joe Wheeler Moore, representing Dan Cupid, announcer for Radio Station LOVE, told the assembled guests of the ceremony which will be performed quietly on November 6th. Virginia Ann McCall, dressed as a bride, presented the honoree with an enormous bride bouquet, and led her to the dining room where a still larger floral piece cleverly constructed of crepe paper, concealed the collection of lovely and valuable household linens, contributed by the guests.

Heart-shaped sandwiches and a chilled salad were served, with coffee and whipped cream, the decorative mint cups being miniature cellophane' umbrellas.

Mrs. Lancaster wore a handsome dress of black lace, close-fitting and caught in graceful folds with jeweled clasps, with corsage of red roses. She was assisted in receiving by Mrs. Winfred Lancaster, becomingly gowned in red transparent velvet, with pearl beading outlining the neck and descending to the waist at the back. Cornelia Huntsman, sister of the prospective bridegroom, wore a distinctive evening gown of white satin combined with touches of black. Miss Kent was charmingly and beautiful, as usual, in blue tree-bark crepe, made decollette, and further enhanced by a corsage of Talisman roses.

Among others present were: Mrs. Frank Kent, mother of the honoree; Miss Mildred Kent; Mrs. Joe Moore, Mrs. W. M. Houston, Mrs. Wyatt Threadgill, Mrs. Fred Odle, Mrs. John A. McCall, Mrs. Charles MCDill, Mr. E. L. Stewart, Mrs. Griff Dodds, Mrs. John Dodd, Mrs. Lloyd Montgomery, Mrs. Thoburn Holmes, Mrs. Joe C. Davis, Mrs. Joe V. Holmes, Mrs. O. R. Brown, Mrs. Harold Seaton, Mrs. Leroy Holmes, Miss Ardis Florence, Miss Leota Holmes, Miss Lois White, Miss Mary Elizabeth Taylor, Miss Robbie Hart.


A touch of ante-bellum days applied to modern life was seen in the was seen the wedding of Miss Edna Arbie Kent to Robert Allen Huntsman, which was solemnized in the home of the bride at three o'clock in the afternoon, Nov. 6, 1934, the Rev. A. F. Haynes, pastor of the First Methodist Church, saying the ritual according to the beautiful usage of the church, with impressive ring ceremony.

The marriage of this popular young couple unite a scion of a distinguished Kentucky family of Huntsmans with the historical Kent ancestry, long socially and politically prominent in Tennessee. The bride is the daughter and only child of the late J. Franklin and Mrs. Kittie Lancaster Kent, and no girl ever grew to womanhood in Lexington who is more universally beloved than Arbie Edna. She is a young woman of keen intellect and added to a charming personality, makes her deservedly popular. Like that of her father, she has an individuality all of her own. She received her education in Lexington, graduating from high school and school of dramatic art in the classes of 1932, following with a year in dramatic art in Miss Ingram's School Jackson, later teaching two successful terms in the Reagan grammar.

The popular young groom, the only son of Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Huntsman, is the product of Lexington schools, having graduated in t he same class of 1932 with his bride, later taking two years in Webb's school, Bellbuckle, since which time he has held several lucrative positions. At present, he is manager of a new Standard Oil station recently constructed in Lexington. Mr. Huntsman is a young man of excellent business qualifications, and, no doubt, will provide well for his house.

The brilliancy of this otherwise ostentatious wedding was dimmed by the recent death of the bride's father, which caused plans of the event to be changed from the church to a home wedding, which, however, was great in its dignified simplicity, every detail of arrangement bespeaking the cultured trend of the bride's mother. The ceremony was witnessed by about fifty relatives and friends of the young couple. The house was made festive, the decorations being under direction of Vineyard's Floral Shoppe, Jackson. A beautiful altar was erected of ferns between lighted candelabras draped with smilax for a background, with tall baskets of gorgeous yellow chrysanthemums, made a lovely setting.

Preceding the wedding Mr. Winfred Lancaster, cousin of the bride, was at his best in the rendition of two songs, "I love you truly" and "The sweetest story ever told." Miss Louise Keith, beloved music teacher and family friend of the bride, was the accompanist, also playing the masterful Mendelssohn's wedding march and the recessional from Lohengrin. The bride was attended by Mrs Leroy Holmes, her dearest friend and pal, as maid of honor. Mrs. Holmes was attired in blue transparent velvet carrying an armful of souvenir roses. She made a stunning picture as she came slowly through the two long reception rooms preceding the bride to the altar. The groom. attended by Mr. Leroy Holmes, came down the stairs to join the officiant at the altar, awaiting the bride.

The bride attired in ivory color transparent velvet with matching turban and veil, carrying an armful of Easter lillies tied with a huge bow of white tulle, was a never to be forgotten picture of loveliness, her face radiant in smiles, looked celestial as she advanced to take the vows at the altar. The only jewelry worn by the bride was a family heirloom, a pure coral brooch, worn by her grandmother Kent on her wedding day, seventy-five years ago. The brooch served to hold the soft folds of Arbie Edna's lovely dress.

Many and handsome were the presents received by the happy young couple, an entire room being required to display the gifts.

After a brief trip, Mr. and Mrs. Huntsman will be at home to their friends in the home of the bride's mother. The bride's traveling costume was of brown wool crepe with touches of mink fur.

November 11, 1934

Prominent Lexington Young People United in Marriage

Asa P. Lipscom and Dorothy Oeda Davenport, two of the most estimable and respected young people of this place were the contracting parties in a quiet home wedding Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock in the residence of the bride's mother. Eld. R E. Black of Maury City, pastor of the local Church of Christ, officiating in the presence of a number of relatives and close friends.

This marriage is decidedly auspicious.uniting as it does two of the best known families of this section.

The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Glenna Davenport and the late W P. Davenport. A graduate of the Lexington High School of the class of '26, she has for some years held a position as saleslady in the store of Montgomery & Son. Gracious, amiable and sensible, she numbers her friends by her acquaintances. The groom is a son of J. P. Lipscomb and wife of Huron. Manly, upright and industrious, he has lucrative employment with the Holmes Motor Co. He, too, is a graduate of the Lexington High School of the class of '29.

They are the recipients of hearty congratulations and best wishes from a multitude of friends, in which we sincerely join. They are residing with the bride's mother.

Shower for Bride

Mesdames W. C. Fanning and E. E. Butler entertained with miscellaneous shower in the home of the latter, on Stanford Ave., last Monday evening, in honor of their neice, Mrs. Asa Lipscomb, a recent bride. The honoree was attractively gowned in raspberry crepe with gold accessories.

The guests were welcomed by the charming children of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Montgomery — Dorothy Jean wearing a green and white wool ensemble, and Gerald Lloyd in navy blue. Yellow chrysanthemums and ivy were arranged about the rooms where the guests were assembled.

A game of hearts and two contests were enjoyed by about forty friends of the honoree. The prize winners were Mrs. Joe Moore and Misses Lois White and Ruby Davenport. The bride was presented with a kobnail make-up box.

Then the honoree, escorted by Gerald Lloyd, went to the dining room where she found the table laden with many attractive and useful gifts.

Later in the evening an ice course was served. The cakes were decorated with yellow and pink sweet peas.

Nov. 11, 1934

Lexington and Sardis People United In Holy Bonds of Wedlock

A wedding of wide-spread interest owing to the prominence and popularity of the principals was that of Emmett G. Blankenship of this place and Miss Ruby Ann Brown of Sardis which was solemnized Saturday afternoon, Nov. 17th. 1934, at 1:30 o'clock in the residence of Fleetwood Ball, who officiated. The attendants were Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Sissom and Paul Wade.

Friends have noted with deep interest for the passing months the growing dominance between these young people which was so happily consummated. The bride is the daughter of D. T. Brown and wife of Sardis and is richly endowed both by nature and culture for the responsible position in life she has elected to fill. A graduate of the Sardis High School, she studied in Union University, Jackson, and taught in the schools of this county. Beautiful in person and character, she is a veritable jewel of her sex.

The groom is the oldest son of Walter O. Blankenship and wife of this place and is a young man of sterling worth who will assuredly make a good husband and provide well for his house.

After the ceremony they drove to the home of the groom's parents where they will temporarily reside. We join their hosts of friends in hearty congratulations and best wishes,

December 21, 1934

Miss McDaniel To Wed Dec. 21

JACKSON, Tenn., Dec. 8. — The Rev. and Mrs. E. F. McDaniel of Bemis today announced the engagement of their daughter, Martha Elizabeth, to Mr. Richard G. Halladay of Dresden, the wedding to be solemnized Dec. 21 at First ‘Methodist Church, Bemis.

Miss McDaniel is a graduate of University of Tennessee Junior College and is now a member of the Bemis School faculty.

Mr. Halladay attended Southwestern University, Memphis, where he was a member of the Kappa Alpha fraternity. He also attended Cumberland Law School and is now a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives.


The wedding of Miss Martha Elizabeth McDaniel to Mr. Richard Halladay of Dresden, which occurred today at Bemis, is of interest to a wide circle of friends. The church was beautifully decorate in greenery with many gleaming candles which served as a beautiful background for the ceremony in which the father of the bride, the Rev. Mr. E. F. McDaniel, officiated.

Miss McDaniel wore for her wedding a lovely bridal gown fashioned with a train and a veil caught to her hair with orange blossoms. Her flowers were a shower bouquet of roses and lillies of the valley.

She was attended by her mother, Mrs. E. F. McDaniel, as matron of honor, who wore black crepe with touches of gold, and Miss Mary Jeter as maid of honor in pastel blue crepe. Mrs. Paul Jeter, another sister of the bride, acted as first bride's maid, wearing a turquoise blue crepe frock. Miss Edith Numino in American beauty crepe rhinestone trimmed, acted as second maid; all carrying bouquets of pink roses, lilies of the valley, and baby's breath.

Mr. Ed Malden acted as best man, while E. F. McDaniel, John Jeter, Connor Shannon, Paul Jeter and Claude Jeter served as grooms-men.

A program of nuptial music was given by Mrs. L. E. Halladay.

Carolyn Christian in pink, and Lucille McKnight in yellow, carrying bouquets of sweet peas, served as dainty little flower girls.

February 12, 1935

A Wedding of Interest

A lovely home wedding was solemnized Tuesday morning at ten o'clock, when Miss Arel Small became the bride of Plautt Lindsey in the home of the bride's mother in Darden, thus culminating a courtship of long standing and uniting two well known and prominent families of the county.

Only a few relatives and close friends witnessed the ceremony which was performed by Rev. W. F. Boren, using the impressive ring ceremony. While Mrs. Hubert Boren played the wedding march, the bride and groom approached each other from opposite doors entering the living room made lovely with ferns and potted plants. The marriage vows were taken before an altar improvised of ferns and lighted with tall white candles.

The bride, always lovely was attractively gowned for the occasion in a blue and white ensemble. A navy blue suit, full length coat, with blue hat and shoes. She wore a shoulder corsage of white gardenias. Immediately after the couple drove to ____ for a short wedding trip. On their return they will be at their home

The bride is the daughter of Mrs. W. T. Small of Darden, and for the past two years has been an amiable and efficient clerk in the store of John Wadley. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Neal Lindsey of near Darden and is a valued employee of the Britt Grocery. The Progress wishes them happiness and prosperity.

Dec. 25, 1934

Miss Mary Elizabeth Taylor Weds Joseph B. Albright Christman Day

With the soft light of tall waxen tapers gleaming upon her wedding gown of white satin, charming Mary Elizabeth Taylor became the bride of Joseph Byron Albright of Memphis The ceremony was performed by the Rev. A. F. Haynes at 2:30 o'clock on Christmas day (1934), in the home of her grandmother, Mrs. Sallie Dyer.

The improvised altar, was arranged in the living room, the striking background being formed of masses of holly and mistletoe, with woodwardia ferns in the foreground. Branches of Cathedral candelabra, with tall white candles on either side, illuminated the scene. Large floor baskets filled with beautiful Easter lilies were placed in front.

Preceding the ceremony a program of wedding music was given by Miss Elizabeth Summers, pianist, Mrs. Chas. McDill, soprano, Mr. Chas. McDill, basso. Mr. McDill sang beautifully "At Dawning," and together Mr. and Mrs. McDill gave the ever lovely "I Love You Truly." Miss Summers used Mendelssohn's wedding march for the processional and the bridal chorus from Lohengrin as the recessional.

The young bride, who was given in marriage by her father, Robert L. Taylor, wore a vionnet wedding gown of white satin fashioned along Princesse lines, the bodice being finished with a yoke of rosepoint lace. The long full sleeves were caught tight at the wrist and the molded skirt ended in a long train. Her short veil of tulle was caught to a cap of rosepoint and fell in graceful folds. Her bridal bouquet was of bride's roses with a shower of valley lilies and tied with a bow of angel skin satin.

Margaret Taylor, the bride's sister, attended her as maid of honor. She wore a gown of American beauty crepe designed along willowy lines, the bodies and sleeves being trimmed with touches of silver. Miss Taylor wore a silver turban and silver sandals and carried an arm bouquet of talisman roses and sweet peas.

The flower girl, Louise Timberlake Gideon, daughter of G. A. Gideon of Whiteville, wore a dainty little white frock over pink, with a wide sash and hair ribbon of pink ribbon. She carried a colonial bouquet of roses and sweet peas in pastel shades.

Mr. Aibright was attended by Mr. Gilbert Hopper of Sikeston, Mo., as best man.

Following the ceremony Mr. and Mrs. Taylor and Mrs. Dyer entertained with a reception, Mrs. Taylor being gowned in navy blue with touches of gold. Her flowers were gardenias and valley lilies in shoulder corsage. Those assisting the hosts in serving were Mesdames Alice Hills, W. H. Dennison, Edgar Yarbro, LeRoy Holmes and Fred Boren and the Misses Sara Summers, Jessie McCall and Katherine Dennison.

After receiving the congratulations of their friends the young couple left by motor for a honeymoon trip to Nashville, Louisville and points north, after which they will be at home in Memphis. The bride wore for traveling a suit of dark green wool, trimmed with mink, and brown accessories.

The bride was born and reared in Lexington and by her personal and intellectual charm has acquired many friends. She graduated from the Lexington High School and has been a student at West Tennessee Teachers College and the University of Tennessee. It is interesting to know that since she lacks only a few weeks of work to receive her degree, she plans to continue her studies and will receive her degree in June. She enjoyed universal popularity among the college set and was prominently identified with college activities, being a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority.

Mr. Albright is the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Albright of Sikeston, Mo., and is a graduate of West Tennessee State Teachers College. He was prominent in all school activities and is a young man of pleasing personality and good business ability. He is connected with the Strouss Clothing Co., in the Wm. Len Hotel of Memphis.

These from out of town attending the wedding were Mesdames C. .S. Langston, Frank Hall, V. H. Hay; Misses Rose Langston, Willie Fay Hall, Mary Walpole, Onida Hay, Bertha Wadley; Messrs. James Bogle, Robert Bogle, D. M. Wear and Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Billington of Bruceton; Mrs. F. C. Boren of Paris; Mr. and Mrs. T; B. Gideon, G.  . . . [end of clipping]

Feb. 3, 1935

Married in Jackson

Miss Mary Herndon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. L. Herndon, of Bruceton, became the bride of Charles Townes, son of Mrs C. M. Townes, of Huntingdon, in ceremony solemnized here last night in the home of Rev. V.

A. DeShazo.

Miss Herndon is a former student of Murray State Teachers College and is a sister of Coach Herndon of Humboldt. Mr. Townes attended Marion Military Institute in Alabama and Union University.

Only a few close friends of the couple attended the wedding. Among the number was Roger Murray and Tom McCorry, of Jackson, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Pitts, Mrs. V. C. Gilimore, Wilburn Jolly and Miss Mary Sue Carter, of Huntingdon. — Jackson Sun, February 3.

Feb. 23, 1935

Brower-Belew Wedding On Interest Here

Of much interest to the many friends and relatives of Mr. Ernest Brower in Lexington and elsewhere is the recent announcement of his wedding to Miss Myra Carline Belew of Yuma, which occurred on the 23rd of February, 1935, in Shawneetown, Illinois. The weddding was announced on last Sunday by the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Belew from their home in Yuma.

Mr. Brower is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Will Brower who live in this county about five miles south of Lexington. He was educated in the schools here and is well known, having been considered a resident of the town almost all his life. Mr. Brower is now engaged in business in Bruceton where he and his bride will make their home.

Ernest is upright, honest and industrious and we feel sure that he will make a provident husband for the girl of his choice. Mrs. Brower is not very well known here except by reports which have served to stand her in good stead with all of Mr. Brower's friends. May they have a long and happy life together.

Sept. 14, 1935


Much interest will be attached to the announcement of the wedding of Lanoice Hay to Miss Audrey Haverfield, last Saturday in San Antonio, Texas.

The wedding was solemnized at five o'clock in the afternoon at the Travis Park Methodist Church, with the pastor, Rev. Walter Anthony, reading the marriage vows. The bride's parents were the only guests. A wedding dinner at the Plaza Hotel followed the ceremony after which Mr. and Mrs. Hay drove to Corpus Christi for a short wedding trip. On their return they will be at home in Houston, Texas, where the groom makes headquarters as a representative of Swift & Co.

The bride was smartly gowned in current red crepe with black accessories, with a shoulder corsage of gardenias completing her costume.

Mrs. Hay is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Haverfield, of Fort Collins, Texas and met her husband while they were both residents of Denver, Colorado, where she was employed by the Bankers Union Life Insurance Co She is a popular member of several social groups in Fort Collins and active in young Democrat circles.

The groom, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Hay, needs no introduction, having grown to young manhood in our midst and is known and liked by all. Since graduating from Vanderbilt University, where he was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, he has been traveling for Swift & Company.

We wish for "Pie" and- his bride all happiness in their married life.

Sept. 15 [1935?]

Smith-Wilson Wedding

A wedding of especial interest to readers of this paper has just been announced. It was that of Miss Jim Henry Wilson to Mr. Otis Smith which occurred in Decaturville on Sunday, Sept. 15, in the presence of only a few friends.

Mr. Smith is the industrious and efficient son of Mr. and Mrs. I. L. Smith of Parsons and has lived in Lexington practically all of the last four and a half years being employed alternately with the State Highway Department and Cottrell's Cafe that is operated by his sister, Mrs. Freeman Cottrell and Mr. Cottrell.

His reputation as a gentleman and his provident nature stands him in good stead to make a dependable helpmate.

Mrs. Smith is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wilson who live just north of Lexington. She was educated in the schools of Lexington and since leaving school has been employed here. She has proved herself efficient in her work and popular among her friends.

Oct. 4, 1935

Kinkead-Hatchett Wedding

A wedding of much interest to their many friends and acquaintances was that of Miss Claudia Helen Hatchett of Lexington and LowelI W. Kinkead of Johnson City.

The wedding was solemnized at 10 a. in., Friday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Jones, by Rev. A. F. Haynes, in the presence of a few friends.

The bride is a very attractive young lady, the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John R. Hatchett of this place. The groom is the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Kinkead of Johnson City, and for the last few months has been located here as Educational Advisor attached to the CCC camp.

Immediately after the ceremony, the young couple left for a honeymoon trip to Nashville, Chattanooga and other points. Returning here this week, they will make their home in Lexington for a while.

Nov. 1, 1935

Wade-Webb Wedding

The marriage of Miss Sarah Webb to Mr. Paul Wade which occurred in Huntingdon on Friday night, Nov. 1st. 1935, has just been announced. The ceremony was performed by Magistrate McCormick, with the only attendants being Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Connally of this place.

Mrs. Wade is the very popular and attractive daughter of Mrs. Sam Webb, living just northeast of Lexington in this county. She is a. graduate of the Lexington High School and recently had been employed in the TERA office here where she made an outstanding record in her work. Her domestic qualifications are not questioned.

Mr. Wade is the industrious son of Mr. and Mrs. Madden Wade of this place and is employed in the local shirt factory, a position he has held since the factory opened.

At present they are making their home with the groom's parents.

Miscellaneous Shower for Bride

The home of Miss Eddie Belew on Church Street was the setting for a miscellaneous shower for Mrs. Paul Wade, recent bride, on Monday night.

Several interesting and unique contests were enthusiastically entered into by the forty or more guests present and the prizes won were in turn presented the bride.

Climaxing a very delightful gathering was the salad course served.


Note: Imogene Oakley is Mrs. Paul Essary in this time period.

Oct. 15, 1939


Beautiful in its simplicity was the wedding of Miss Louise Austin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jone A. Austin and Troy W. McPeake which occurred Sunday morning, October 15, at nine o'clock at the First Methodist Church with only the families and close friends attending.

Rev. E. W. Crump officiated before an altar formed by a profusion of fern and a smilax covered arch. Giant yellow chrysanthemums and bronze dahlias were arranged in floor baskets. Yellow tapers burned in tall candelabra twined in smilax.

Preceding the ceremony, Miss Jewel Austin, sister of the bride, played "Souvenir" by Drdla and accompanied Henry D. Barry, vocalist, who sang "I Love You Truly." "To A Wild Rose" by MacDowell was played softly during the ceremony. "Mendelsohn's Wedding March" was used as the processional and "The Bridal Chorus"

by Wagner played as the recessional.

The bride entered with, her brother, H. B. Austin, by whom she was given in marriage. She wore a costume of Bay Blue Crepe with black accessories. Her flowers were a shoulder arrangement of Talisman Roses and Lllie of the Valley. There were no attendants. Billy Bob Austin and Fred McPeake were ushers.

The bride was graduated from State Teachers College, Memphis and attended George Peabody College, Nashville. She is a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Honorary Society.

The groom attended Union University and the University of Tennessee. He is a member of Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity and the Lexington Rotary Club. Both the bride and groom are teachers in the Henderson County Schools.

After a motor trip to the Gulf Coast, the couple will be at home in Lexington.

Out-of-town people who attended the Austin-McPeake wedding were: J. E. Howell, grandfather of the groom, Mr. and Mrs. J. R. McPeake, parents of the groom, and Roy McPeake of Decaturville, brother of the groom. Also Mr. and Mrs. J. M. McPeake, Miss Lena McPeake, Mrs. Willie Davis, and Mr. and Mrs. Charlie White, Mrs. E. D. Deere and daughter, Evelyn, Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Deere, Mr. and Mrs. G. N. Wallace, Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Robinson, Morse McPeake, Walter A. Austin of Franklin, brother of the bride, Misses Nina and. . . . [end of clipping]

December 24, 1939


Of widespread interest here was the wedding of Miss Edith Louise Brooks, daughter of Mrs. Lonnie Franklin Brooks, to Mr. Harry Bennett Orio, son of Mrs. Antonnette Orio, of Syracuse, New York, which was solemnized at five o'clock on Sunday, Dec. 24, at the First Methodist Church, with the Rev. Corner H. Hastings, officiating.

The church was beautifully decorated with a background of fern, smilax, and white cathedral tapers burning in tall white candelabra and floor baskets of white gladioli. The prayer bench was covered with white satin pillows with huge bows of tulle caught with lilies of the valley. Large bows of tulle and lilies of the valley on the pews added to the beautiful setting.

Preceding the ceremony, Mrs. Charles McDiIl sang "Ave Maria." Henry Barry sang "At Dawning" and Mrs. McDill and Mr. Barry sang in duet "I Love You Truly." Mrs. Paul Caywood was at the piano.

Miss Brooks was given in marriage by her brother, Joseph Brooks. Her gown was of white chantilly lace over white satin. The slender pointed corselet bodice had long sleeves ending in calla points and tiny buttons from the neckline to the waist. She wore a full length illusion veil bordered with chantilly lace and caught with a halo of seeds of pearls on white satin. Her bouquet was of gardenias and lilies of the valley with streamers.

Miss Margaret Brooks, sister of the bride was maid of honor and Miss Mamie Brooks, another sister of the bride and Miss Dorothy Austin were bridesmaids.

The maid of honor wore a rose taffeta dress with tight fitted bodice full skirt and draped bustle back. Her headdress was of pink taffeta, piped with aqua velvet ribbon and flowers. Her colonial bouquet was of delphinium with blue streamers.

The bridesmaids' dresses of aqua taffeta were of the same style as the maid of honor. Their colonial bouquets were of pink gladioli and delphinium, caught with pink streamers. Their headdresses were of' aqua taffeta piped with pink velvet ribbons and flowers.

Mrs. Lonnie Franklin Brooks, mother of the bride, wore a black crepe dress trimmed with sequins. Her shoulder corsage was of gardenias and Talisman roses.

Edward DeFuria, of Adamsville and Syracuse was best man.

Messrs. E. A. Hay, H. L. Key, Dennie Helms, of Lexington, and Jerry Jennings, of Hughes, Ark., were ushers.

Immediately following the wedding, the couple attended the reception in the home of Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Hay before leaving on a wedding trip to Miami, Fla. For traveling the bride wore a green and brown crepe dress with brown accessories. One of the pleasantries of their trip is to be a visit in Atlanta to the first run of "Gone With the Wind."

The bride is one of Lexington's most charming young ladies and has been a very popular and efficient teacher in the Lexington City School for several years. She attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and was graduated from West Tennessee Teachers College, Memphis. She was a member of Kappa Labda Sigma Sorority and the World Affairs Club

Mr. Orio was graduated from Syracuse University where he was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. Following his graduation, joined the United States Forestry Service and came here as forester at the local CCC Camp. Several months ago he left here and went to Atlanta, Ga., where he became connected with the Railroad Retirement Board.

Dec. 25, 1939


Miss Nelle Rhodes, daughter of Mrs. Sid B. Rhodes was married to William M. Latta, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Latta, of Parsons, Monday night, at the home of the Methodist minister, Rev. Vaughn, who officiated.

The bride wore a blue crepe dress with packet and harmonizing accessories.

Mrs. Latta is a graduate of Lexington High School and attended business college in Jackson. For the past year she has held a position in the office of the Gulf Refining Co., here. The groom is a graduate of South Fulton, Ky., high school and operates a watch repair business here.

They are making their home for the present with the bride's mother.

June 8, 1940

Miss Imogene Butler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elbert E. Butler
of Lexington, Tenn., will become the bride of Willard Donald Richardson of Bristol, Va.,
at 4:30 o'clock this afternoon at the Lexington Church of Christ.

Miss Butler Weds Today
Marriage To W. D. Richardson Will Take Place At Lexington

Special to The Commercial Appeal

LEXINGTON, Tenn., June 8. — In a setting of greenery and white gladioli, Miss Imogene Butler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elbert E. Butler, will become the bride of Willard Donald Richardson of Bristol, Va., son of Mr. and Mrs. L. G. Richardson of Castalian Springs, Tenn., at 1:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the Lexington Church of Christ, with the Rev. H. A. Dixon officiating.

A program of nuptial music will be given by Mrs. John Hinson, Miss Edythe Webb of Bristol, and John D. Wyatt.

The bride will wear a wedding dress of white marquisette and lace, and her triple-tiered veil of illusion will fall from a coronet of tulle and orange blossoms. She will carry an arm bouquet of calla lilies.

Miss Martha Jane Williams will be maid of honor, and Mrs. Lloyd Montgomery, matron of honor. Miss Katherine Denison and Miss Ernestine Hay will be bridesmaids, and Betty Anne Beeler and Dorothy Jean Montgomery, junior bridesmaids. They will wear models of white mousseline de sole and lace, and carry arm bouquets of yellow roses.

Charles Elroy Rollins of Chattanooga will be best man, and the groomsmen will he Charles William Wynne of Gallatin, Tenn., Carl Adkins of Lewisburg, Tenn., Holmes and Woodrow Butler of Lexington.

Mr. and Mrs. Butler will entertain with a reception after the ceremony. The young couple will leave later in the evening for a two weeks' trip to the Mississippi Gulf Coast. They will live at Bristol.

May 12, 1940

Miss Virginia Holcomb, sister of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Sulilvan
of Lexington, Tenn., will become the bride of John Dudley Voigt,
son of Mrs. Henry Voigt of Chattanooga, May 12.
Miss Holcomb lives in Nashville.

June 15, 1940


A wedding marked by the utmost simplicity occurred early Friday morning in the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. O. Boone of 145 Highland Avenue when their daughter, Minnie Lee, became the bride of Carey Glen Ward. An impressive ceremony was said by the Rev. Cal Guy who used the double ring ceremony. The vows were taken in the presence of only the immediate families of the young couple, who stood before an improvised altar formed by floor baskets filled with summer flowers.

The bride wore for her wedding an outfit of white Romaine crepe, belted in red with accessories of white and her flowers were a corsage of red rosebuds.

Mr. Ward is the son of Mrs. Hal R. Moore of Highland Avenue and Mr. G. D. Ward.

The couple left immediately after the ceremony for a short honeymoon in the Smoky Mountains. Upon their return they will make their home in Cherry, Tenn., where Mr. Ward is connected with the State Farm.


Miss Hart Becomes Bride of Mr. Flynn

Miss Robbie Hart, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M. B. Hart, became the bride of Donald J. Flynn, son of Mrs. B. L. Flynn of Logan, W. Va., in a beautifully solemnized ceremony at the Methodist Church Saturday evening.

The Rev. Comcr Hastings, pastor, read the vows for the single ring ceremony before an altar banked with huckleberry vines and palms and contrasted by tall floor baskets of white gladioli. The glow of candlelight formed a beautiful picture as the vows were exchanged.

The bride, who was given in marriage by her father, wore a wedding gown of white mousseline de sole fashioned with a yoke and tiny collar of Chantilly lace. The link, sleeves were fitted in points over the hand and the skirt, which was posed over satin, formed a wide train.

Her full length veil and face veil of bridal illusion was caught to a halo of pleated illusion and attached to a wide band of seed pearls. She wore a circlet of seed pearls at her throat and carried a bouquet of gardenias and lilies-of-the-valley.

Preceding the ceremony nuptial music was given by Mrs. Paul Caywood, Miss Ivy Holland and Henry D. Barry. Mrs. Caywood played "Evening Star" by Wagner and "My Heart at Thy Sweet Voice" by Saint-Saens. Strains of Liszt's "Liebestraum" were heard as the vows were exchanged. Miss Holland song "Believe me if all these Endearing Young Charms" and "At Dawning" was sung by Mr. Barry.

Attending Miss Hart as maid of honor was Miss Virginia Burdette of Logan, West Virginia. Bridesmaids were Miss Mable Hart of Chattanooga, Mrs. Herbert Davis, Mrs. John M. Douglass and Miss Dorothy Austin. They were dressed in picture frocks of mint. green starched chiffon over faille taffeta fashioned with high round neckline, short shirred sleeves and very full skirts forming graduated tiers of the chiffon. They carried fan-shaped bouguets of white lock spur starred with white gladioli and sweet peas.

Julian Fore of Knoxville attended Mr. Flynn as best man. Ushers were: J. W. Flynn, Chicago; W. L. Burdette, Jr., Logan, W. Va., Fred E Way, Jr., Huntingdon, W. Va.; E. E. Thacker, Jr., Bluefield W. Va.; Lieut. Julian Martin, Ann Arbor, Mich.; Norris Hart and Herbert Davis, Lexington.

The bride is a graduate of the University ,of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she received her bachelor of science degree. She was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha and Omicron Nu sororities. She has been assistant home demonstration agent in Davidson county for the past three years.

Mr. Flynn is a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute where he was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi fraternity. He is special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation at Kansas City, where they will make their home.

October 22, 1940

The engagement of Miss Mary Leota Holmes
to the Rev. Charles Milburn Turner of Ducktown. Tenn.,
is announced by her brother, Joe V. Holmes
and Mrs. Holmes of Lexington, Tenn.
The wedding will be solemnized Oct. 22.


Mrs. Paul Essary and Mrs. Joe V. Holmes complimented Miss Leota Holmes, who is to marry the Rev. Charles Milburn Turner, of Ducktown, the 22nd of October, with a tea, Friday afternoon, in the attractive home of Mrs. Essary on Broad Street. Roses and dahlias were used for the decoration of the reception rooms.

The guests were greeted at the door by Mrs. Roy Dennison. In the receiving line were: Mrs. Essary, Mrs. Holmes, Miss Leota Holmes, Mrs. Roy Holmes, Mrs. A. D Bobbitt of Gleason, sister of the bride-elect, Miss Lois White, Miss Louise Oakley and Mrs. John W. Dodd. Assisting in the living room was Mrs. H. D. Barry.

   The guests were served from a lace-draped table which had for its center a crystal bowl filled with pink roses and candles burning in crystal bowls at each end of the table. Mrs. Jack Hennessee served he tea at one end of the table with Mrs. Winfred Lancaster serving at the other. Mrs. Guy B. Amis and Miss Faye Oakley assisted in the dining room.

As the guests arrived they were registered on a beautiful hand-made bride's register which was made by Mrs. Winfred Lancaster and presented to the bride-elect.


Miss Mary Leota Holmes, whose approaching marriage has been announced, was honored with a shower in the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. White last Friday night with Miss Lorene Fesmire, Miss Lois White, and Mrs. John W. Dodd as hostesses.

The White home was artistically decorated with Autumn's loveliest flowers, the gift of friends of the prospective bride. Miss Holmes was attired in a soldier blue ensemble of crepe romaine with a corsage of pink rosebuds, the gift of the hostesses.

The evening was spent in enjoying two novel contests in which Mrs. C. A. Fesmire proved the winner in supplying words. And the next, romantical music contest, the bride, who was perhaps the best versed in romance of those present, was adjudged the winner. Prizes were perfumed soap and linen handkerchiefs.

One phase of the evening which afforded much merriment was the wishes for the bride. These were composed of clipping words and phrases from magazines.

After Miss Holmes was presented a cosmetic set as honoree's gift, a delicious salad course was served the guests. Mrs. Ethel Fesmire, Mrs. J. D. White and Mrs. J. O. White assisted the hostesses.

Then all followed the bride-to-be into a room where a unique display of gifts was shown. A huge white umbrella, upside down and dripping with red hearts and wed-ding bells falling in profusion from the light fixtures, was especially beautiful. Miss Holmes, in a few well-chosen words, thanked everyone present for their gift and expressions of love.


In an impressive lovely twilight ceremony, at the Methodist Church on Tuesday afternoon, October 21, Miss Mary Leota Holmes became the bride of Rev. Charles Milburn Turner, of Ducktown.

Bishop Paul B. Kern, of Nashville, and Rev. Corner Hastings, of Lexington, officiated at the ceremony.

The altar was decorated with ferns and smilax was background for baskets of white asters. Tapers in white candelabra shed a soft glow over the wedding party.

A program of nuptial music was presented by Mrs. Paul Caywood. Henry D. Barry sang "Until" and Mrs. Joe A. Appleby sang "I Love You Truly." A vested choir composed of Miss Ivie Holland, Miss Loraine Fesmire, Mrs. J. H. Lacy, Mrs. John M. Douglass, Mrs. Joe A. Appleby, Mrs. Claude Fesmire, Mr. Joe A. Appleby, Mr. John W. Dodd, Mr. Claude A. Fesmire, Mr. Winfried Lancaster and Mr. H. D. Barry sang "O Perfect Love." "Liebestraume," by Litz, was played softly by Mrs. Caywood during the ceremony. The wedding marches "Mendelsshon's" and- "Lohengrin" were used for-the processional and recessional.

"The Lord Bless Thee and Keep Thee" was given by the choir as the benediction.

Entering on The arm of her brother, Roy W. Holmes, who gave her in marriage, the bride made a lovely picture in her wedding gown of ivory slipper satin, made with a sweetheart neckline and a fitted bodice to which a very full skirt was gathered, ending in a full length train. The leg o' mutton sleeves ended in calla lilly paints at the wrists. She wore a veil of illusion, which fell from a halo of seed pearls to the end of the train.

A string of pearls was her only ornament and she carried a prayer book, decorated with gardenias and shower of tuberoses.

Mrs. A. D. Brobbitt, of Gleason, sister of the bride, served as matron of honor. She wore blue taffeta fashioned on colonial lines. Her flowers were a colorful bouquet of roses and asters, with matching ornament in her hair.

The bridesmaids were Mrs. Roy Holmes, Mrs. John Dodd, Mrs. Joe1 V. Holmes and Miss Lois White. Their dresses were identical to that of the maid of honor but in dusk pink. Their flowers were colonial bouquets and matching flowers in their hair.

Rev. Frank Trotter, of Knoxville, was best man, and Mr. Wyatt Threadgill, Mr. Joe V. Holmes, Mr. Paul Essary and Mr. Leroy Holmes were groomsmen.

Joe Edwin Holmes and Donald Larry Rhodes wore train bearers.

 After a reception in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Holmes the couple left for a short honeymoon, and will be at home in Ducktown, where the groom is the pastor of the local Methodist church.


Following the marriage of Miss Leota Holmes to Mr. Charles Turner, Tuesday evening, a reception was held in the home of the bride's brother, Mr. Roy W. Holmes and Mrs. Mrs. Holmes on Monroe Avenue, for the wedding party, friends and out-of-town guests.

Late summer flowers filled the house; but a scheme of bride white was chosen for the dining-room. White chrysanthemums and white candles in crystal holders decorated the bridal table. The buffet was centered with a tiered wedding cake with crystal bowls of white chrysanthemums at each end.

The receiving group stood in front of the fireplace in the living room. Among the friends and relatives of the bride who were serving, were: Mrs. Jack Hennessee, Mrs. Paul Essary, Mrs. U. G. Hearn, Mrs.O. R. Brown, Mrs. Guy B Amis, Mrs. Leroy Holmes, Mrs. Wyatt Threadgill, Mrs. E. D. Pettigrew, Mrs. Claude Fesmire, Mrs. N. S. Threadgill.

After the reception, Rev. and Mrs. Turner left on a honeymoon through the Great Smokies. Mrs. Turner wore a black woolen suit with kidskin trimmings and matching accessories with which she wore a corsage of gardenias.

Out-of-town guests here for the wedding, were: Mr. and Mrs. Mark Sprago and Mrs. Albert Howell, of Ducktown, Mrs. Joe Aylor, of Nashville; Mrs. Paul B. Kern, of Nashville, Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Bobbitt and sons, Randall and Joe, Miss Ruth Cochran, Miss Reba Oliver, Mrs. H. W. Scott, Miss Opal Richie, Miss Edna Parks, of Gleason; Rev. and Mrs. J. A. Fisher, of Jackson; Mrs. E. D. Pettigrew, of Bemis; Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Bramley, of McLemoresville; Mrs. Evans Jennings and Mrs. Warren Harris, of Parsons; Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Davis, of Darden; Mrs. Roy Bradfield, of Dresden.


Mr. and Mrs. Joe V. Holmes entertained the party rehearsing for the wedding of Miss Leota Holmes and Mr. Charles Turner, and a few close friends who had entertained for the couple before their marriage, and out-of-town guests, in their home on Jackson street, following the rehearsal on Monday.

Chrysanthemums and dahlias were used in profuse arrangement in the reception rooms.

The bride elect gave costume pearl necklaces as favors to her attendants and the ladies of' the choir linen handkerchiefs.

The groom-elect presented his groomsmen and the men of the choir, leatherbound testament.

Mrs. Eldridge Rhodes, Mrs. Paul Essary, Mrs. D. A. Bennett assisted Mrs. Holmes in serving the guests.

November 2, 1940


Mr. and R. H. Hall of Knoxville announce the approaching marriage of their daughter, Ruby Edna, of this place, to Clyde Hickman Johnson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Asa Johnson of Scotts Dhill. The ceremony will be held in Knoxville on Nov. 2.

The prospective bride is a graduate of Lexington High School and is a valued employee of Autry's Beauty Shop. Mr. Johnson attended Freed-Hardeman College at Henderson, and taught school for a while. He is now employed in Greensboro, N. C.

Following the wedding the couple will take a wedding trip in Smoky Mountain National Park, before going to Greensboro, where they will make their home.

December 25, 1940

Johnson-Hall Vows

In a Christmas Day ceremony beautiful in its simplicity, Miss Amanda Marie Hall, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Riley Hall of this place, became the bride of Kenneth Jerry Johnson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Coy Johnson of Scotts Hill.

The nuptial vows v.iere read by the Rev. Chester Holmes at the Methodist Church in Pinson,~ in presence of members of the f amflies and close friends.

The bride, a graduate of Lexington High School, was beautifully attired in a blue sheer outfit, with accessories of light blue. She wore sweetheart roses and baby breath.

Mrs. Clyde Johnson, of Greensboro, N. C., attended her sister as matron of honor. She was attractively dressed in blue sheer, with darker blue accessories. She wore white gardenias.

Clyde Johnson served his cousin as/best man.

The happy couple left on a trip thru the Smoky Mountains, en-route to Whitesburg, Ky., where they will make their home. Mr. Johnson, a graduate of the University of Tennessee, is instructor in vocational agriculture there.

The Leader joins with their many friends in wishing them much happiness.

Dec. 29, 1940


Of widespread interest throughout the county is the announcement of the wedding of Fred Wadey to Emma Smothers, of Memphis, which was solemnized in the Wadley home, on Jackson Street, Sunday evening, Dec. 29th, 1940, at 6:30 o'clock, with County Judge Elmer L. Stewart, officiating.

The bride is a former resident of this county, where she grew to womanhood, later to go to Memphis, to make her home.

Only a few of Mr. Wadley's neighbors and relatives were present for the ceremony. Included among these were: Mr. and Mrs. John H. Wadley, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Wright, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Hardin, Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Warren, Miss Catherine Barry, Mrs. G. T. Ray, Mrs. Rachel Roberts, Mrs. Steve Goff and Miss Mary Oakley.

Dec. 29, 1940


Mrs. John H. Wadley and Mrs. Henry D. Barry complimented Miss Lily McKay Ball, popular bride-elect of the season, with an interesting tea, from three to six o'clock at the home of the former's mother, Mrs. T. Edwards.

The Edwards home never looked lovelier than it did with its lavish Noel motif. Pine, magnolia leaves, and red berries, transformed the reception rooms into an inviting ‘Christmas scene. A large green tree, decorated in the old fashioned way, cast flickering shadows over the reception rooms.

Mrs. Felix Creasy, in black lace, with long crystals, most graciously and charmingly presided at the tea table. The table was draped with a filet lace cloth. An enormous arrangement of American beauty roses, formed the central ornament. Pine branches, silvered pine cones, bright poinsettias, and white candelabra were used in the dining room very effectively.

Mrs. Joe V. Holmes, in pink taffeta, Miss Rebecca Evans in an old rose taffeta, and Miss Mittie Belew in black velvet, beautifully assisted at the tea table.

The guests were met at the door by Miss Fostine Priddy, in a blue and white taffeta gown, with a blue taffeta jacket. Her corsage was of red roses.

Mrs. Wadley received in a classic model of red jersey, with a full pleated skirt. Her corsage was of red roses.

Mrs. Barry received in a model of black crepe, trimmed with golded hobnails, on a white bodice. Her corsage was of pink carnations.

Miss Ball looked lovely in an original model of white chiffon, encircling the bodice. Her only ornament was a rhinestone clip that she wore in her hair. Her corsage was of red roses.

Mrs. Richard Edwards, of Johnson City, sister-in-law of Mrs. Wadley, assisted in the hospitality. Her dress was a model of white and orchid, printed crepe with a large matching orchid girdle. Her corsage was of pink carnations.

Mrs. Clarence A. Noel, aunt of the bride-elect, was a picture in her formal of black net with ermine bows. Her corsage was of red roses.

Misses Flossie Melton and Martha Jo Ball looked lovely in their dresses of powder blue crepe and white net. Both wore corsages of red roses.

Miss Robbie Hart assisted in the receiving and wore a shirtwaist model of red and white jersey.

Mrs. T. Edwards looked charming in a maroon crepe dress.


Miss Marguerite Holcomb entertained with a luncheon at the Hotel Lexington, Thursday of last week. Members of the MCGinley-Ball bridal party and a few close friends were present.

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On Friday afternoon, Mrs. Felix Greasy entertained informally for members of the wedding party and out-of-town guests, in her lovely home on Huntingdon street.

Those present were: Mrs. Hugh McNeely, of Tazwell, Mrs. Richard Edwards, of Johnson City, Mrs. Joe Smith, of Jackson, Mrs. John Wadley, Mrs. H. D. Barry, Misses Flossie Melton and Lily McKay Ball and H. G. McGinley.

Refreshments were served.

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On Friday, Miss Robbie Hart was hostess to Miss Ball and friends at a delightfully planned luncheon in the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. M. B. Hart, on South Main street. Miss Hart presented the honoree cocktail napkins. The guest list included Miss Ball, Miss Flossie Ball, Miss Martha Jo Ball, Mrs. Herbert Davis, Miss Margarette Holcomb, Mrs. M. B. Hart, Mrs. H. D. Barry and Mrs. John Wadley.

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Mrs. Clarence Noel and Mrs. James T. Holmes entertained at breakfast, at the Hotel Lexington, honoring Miss Lily McKay Ball and Mr. H. G. McKinley, on Sunday morning, at 10 o'clock. The breakfast table as appropriately decorated with white wedding bells and candles in silver holders. The beautiful centerpiece was made of white and pale pink waterlilies, each bearing a tiny white candle. Places for the bride and groom were marked by a minature bride and groom.

Miss Ball wore a black crepe dress with black accessories, accented by beautiful string of pearls. Mrs. Noel wore a brown tailored suit with a leopard turban, and Mrs. Holmes wore a dress of black crepe, with a velvet turban trimmed with squirrel.

Guest other than the wedding party, were: Miss Mary Frances Wyatt, Miss Ann Eva Russell, Mrs. H. D. Barry, Mrs. Arthur McNatt, Mrs. E. B. Davis, Mrs. Hugh McNeely.

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Miss Ann Eva Russell honored Miss Lily McKay Ball, at a beautifully appointed luncheon, in the Hotel Lexington, on Saturday, December 28. White and silver were used to decorate the table and places for thirteen were marked by combination cards and mint cups in white and silver. Miss Russell wore a sheer black model, with lace yoke and black accessories. Miss Ball wore a black pebble crepe, two-piece model with sheer lace blouse. Guests included the wedding party and Misses Robbie Hart, Mary Key, Mrs. J. M. Hunter, Mrs. Hugh McNeely and Mrs. E. B. Davis.

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Mrs. Vesta Melton and Misses Flossie Melton nnd Martha Joe Ball entertained with a rehearsal party, honoring their granddaughter and sister, in their home, Saturday evening, Dec. 28th. Guests included the wedding party and close friends of the bride and groom. During the evening, an ice course was served.


Miss Lily McKay Ball, daughter of Reverend Fleetwood Ball and the late Flossie Melton Ball, and granddaughter of Mrs. M. V. Melton, became the bride of Henry George McGinley, of Clinton, son of Mrs. Lena McGinley, Sunday afternoon at five o'clock, at the First Baptist Church. The father of the bride, assisted by the Rev. C. E. Azbill, an uncle of the bride, officiated in a most impressive double ring ceremony, at the close of which the couple knelt for prayer on a white satin Chi Omega pillow.

A program of nuptial music was given by Miss Myrtle Melton, who played, prior to the ceremony, "To a Water Lily," by McDowell. Mrs. Joe Smith, of Jackson, sang, "I Love You Truly" and "Because." Henry D. Barry sang "At Dawning" and "Until." Miss Melton chose for the processional, Mendelssohn's Wedding March, and as the recessional Lohengren's Wedding March. "Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes," was played softly during the ceremony by Miss Melton.

The alter and choir loft were banked with ferns and smilax as a background for baskets of white chrysanthemums flanked b y branched candelabras, holding burning white tapers and small white tapers burned in each window, banked with greenery.

The bride, who was given in marriage by her uncle, F. J. Azbill, was radient in a beautiful white Dutchess satin gown with sweetheart neckline, embroidered in pearls with leg ‘o mutton sleeves. The veil of white illusion was edged in lace and fell from a coronet of orange blossoms to a full train.

She carried a white testament covered with gardenias and from it fell white ribbons and white sweet peas.

Mrs. J. T. Holmes and Miss Flossie Melton Ball, sisters of the bride, served as matron of honor and maid of honor, wearing white taffeta dresses with full tiered skirts, and short puffed sleeves. Their short circular veils were of matching net, caught by American Beauty roses and they carried an arm bouquet of these roses.

Misses Martha Jo Ball, sister of the bride, Mrs. Clarence Noel, of Jackson, Miss Margaret Holcomb, of Bolivar, Mrs. Frank Walpole, of Chicago, were the bridesmaids. They wore dresses matching those of the matron and maid of honor, and carried arm bouquets of American Beauty Roses.

Dr. James Hall, of Clinton, served as Mr. McGinley's best man, and the ushers in the conventional dark suits, with white carnation buttonnaires, were Dr. James T. Holmes, of Wilson Dam, Ala., Mr. Clarence Noel, of Jackson, Messrs. Robert and Joseph Howard, of Paris, and Mr. Lewis Welhorn, of Clinton.

Mrs. McGinley received her education in the Lexington City and High Schools, later going to Union University, Jackson, and received a B.S. degree in home economics. For the past year she has been home supervisor for the Farm Security Administration in Anderson, Campbell and Scott counties, with headquarters in Clinton.

Mr. McGinley received his education in the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he obtained his Master's degree, and has been located in Clinton for the past ten years, serving as superintendent of the City Schools.

Following the ceremony the wedding party stood in the foyer of the church. For going away the bride wore a gray wool ensemble, featuring a full length plaid coat. Her hat was a variation of the turban and red felt, with other accessories of black. The couple disclosed no plans for their wedding trip. They will be at home in Clinton, Tennessee.

Many out-of-town guests were present for the wedding, among them were: Mrs. Hugh McNeely, of Tazwell, Mrs. E. B. Davis, of Jackson, Miss., sisters of the groom. Mrs. Edeth Wilson, of Clinton, Mrs. Arthur McNatt and Miss Mary Frances Wyatt, of Jackson, Miss., Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Howard od Paris, Mr. and Mrs. McCraig, Mrs. C. E. Azbill, Mr. Joe Smith of Jackson, Dr. and Mrs. Lester Olim, of Maryville, Mrs. R. C. Hawkins, of Clinton, and Miss Ann Exa Russell, of Knoxville, Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Morris and Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Morris, Jr., of Bruceton.

April 15, 1941

Davenport-Travillion Vows Said Friday

Miss La Vein Travillion, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Travillion of Sardis, became the bride of Henry B. Davenport, son of Mrs. H. P. Davenport, Friday afternoon at the home of Elder Hugo Allmond minister of the Church of Christ at Union City.

Witnessing the ceremony were a few of the couple's friends and relatives.

The bride was attractively dressed in an ensemble of light gray with white accessories. Her corsage was scarlet rose buds and liles of the valley.

Mrs. William Arnold, Jr., was matron of honor and the bride's only attendant. Mr. Arnold served as best man.

Mrs. Davenport is a graduate of Sardis High School and attended Freed-Hardeman College at Henderson. She has been employed at the AAA office here. Mr. Davenport is a graduate of Lexington High School and attended Union University, Jackson. He is clerk in the local postoffice.

After the ceremony refreshments were served by Mrs. Allmond in the minister's study, which had previously been decorated for the occasion with roses and spirea.

Following a short wedding trip, Mr and Mrs. Davenport returned to Lexington where they are at home at 428 Huntingdon Street.

Feb. 2, 1941


Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Taylor of Huron announce the marriage of their daughter, Mary Kathleen, to W. T. Franklin, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Franklin of Bruceton.

The ceremony was solemnized in the presence of a few close friends Saturday night at the home of the Rev. J. T. Buck, who officiated.

The bride was attractively attired in a navy blue ensemble with matching accessories. She was attended by Miss Nell Bunch.

Mrs. Franklin is a graduate of Lexington High School, and attended a beauty culture school m Henderson. For the past two years she has operated a beauty shop here.

Denny Helms served as best man. Mr. Franklin is editor of The Leader, and is a graduate of the University of Missouri. He is a member of Sigma Delta Chi, professional fraternity.

Immediately after the ceremony, the couple left for a short wedding trip.

April 15, 1941

Miss, Jo Helen Powers Weds Alva Boatright Jr.

In a beautifully solemnized ceremony Tuesday evening, April 15, at the parsonage of the McLemore Avenue Christian Church, Memphis, with the Rev. F. M. Marler officiating, Miss Joe Helen Powers became the bride of Alva Edwin Boatright, Jr.

The vows were pledged before an improvised altar of tall baskets of white gladioli and snapdragon and candelabra holding white tapers.

The bride wore a blue model with a dainty embroidered yoke of pale pink. Her accessories were white and she wore a corsage of gardenias and sweetheart roses.

Miss Bertie Lee Harmon, maid of honor, wore beige with scarlet accessories. Her corsage was Dutch iris.

Robert J. Davis was best man.

Preceding the ceremony a program of nuptial music was given by Mrs. Fred Thomas. Miss Ann Storey sang, "Because" and "O Promise Me."

Mr and Mrs. Boatright will reside in Arcardia, Fla., where he is connected with The Embry Riddle Co.

Those attending the ceremony from Lexington were L. M. Powers, Mrs. K. C. Trammell, Mrs. C. M. Baker and James H. Baker of Fort Benning, Ga

April 23, 1941

Miss Summers Weds John L. Webb, Jr.

A wedding of wide-spread interest was that of Miss Mary Ellen Summer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Summer, to John L. Webb, Jr. son of Mr. and Mrs. John Webb.

The ceremony was solemnized Friday at Corinth, Miss.

Both are graduates of Lexington High School, the bride being a member of this year's senior class.

Following the ceremony the couple left for Philadelphia, where Mr. Webb is connected with the United States Navy.

May 4, 1941

Mrs. John E. Pirtle, who before her marriage,
was Miss Frances Ament, daughter
of Mr. John Ament, this city.

Mrs. William Leonard Clay, who before her marriage
last Sunday, was Miss Rena Mae Pierce, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Pierce, this city.


Miss Rena Mae Pierce, who was married Sunday evening to William Leonard Clay, of Fort Benning, Ga., was complimented last Thursday evening with a miscellaneous shower, in the home of Mrs. Paul Wade. Mrs. Alfred Wallace and Miss Alva Douglass joined in this courtesy to Miss Pierce.

Miss Marie Lacy and Miss Mable England received attractive gifts and prizes in the contests enjoyed by the guests.

The bride-elect received many beautiful and useful gifts which. . . . [end of clipping]


Miss Rena Mae Pierce, whose marriage to William Leonard Clay, of Fort Benning, Ga., will be solemnized Sunday, May 4th, in the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Pierce, was complimented with a tea, Monday afternoon, in the home of Mrs. J. H. Page. Mrs. Page, Miss Louise Oakley and Miss Eula Mae Ringold joined in this special courtesy of Miss Pierce.

Miss Pierce wore a model of white taffeta, with a corsage of pink roses. Others in the receiving line were: Mrs. Page, Miss Oakley, Miss Ringold, Mrs. Frank Pierce, mother of the bride-elect, Mrs. James Lee Wright, Mrs. Rachel Roberts and Mrs. Hubert Weaver, of Jackson.

Spring flowers were used in the reception room. The guests were invited in the dining room by Miss Mary Key, where they were served from a lace-draped table centered with a crystal bowl of yellow jonquils.

White candles burning in crystal holders cast a soft glow over the table. Miss Opal Wright, Miss Faye Oakley and Miss Alva Douglass, assisted in the dining room.


To Wed in June

Miss Robbie Hart, Who Will Become the Bride of Donald Flynn
Early Next Month. Her Engagement is Announced This Week
By Her Parents, Mr. and Mrs. M. B. Hart

Engagement of Miss Robbie Hart Announced

Of wide-spread interest here is the announcement of the engagement of Miss Robbie Hart, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M. B. Hart, to Donald J. Flynn of Kansas City, son of Mrs. Benjamin J. Flynn of Logan, W. V. The wedding will take place early in June.

Miss Hart received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, where she was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha and Omicron Nu sororities For the past three years she has been in charge of girls' 4-H Club work in Davidson county.

Mr. Flynn is a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute where he was a member of Phi Kappa Phi fraternity. He now serves as special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Kansas City, Mo.

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