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September 5, 2007 (Cherokeean Herald)


Hunt-Adams wedding vows said in Palestine Elmwood Gardens


Amanda Danielle Adams and Jason Travis Hunt were united in marriage in an outdoor ceremony at 8 p.m., on Saturday, June 30, in the Elmwood Gardens at Palestine.

The double-ring ceremony was officiated by Pastor Joe Ballard.

Following the ceremony, the brides' parents hosted a reception in the ballroom on site. On the eve of the ceremony, a rehearsal dinner was also hosted in the outdoor dance pavilion of Elmwood Gardens.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Layne Adams of Jacksonville. She is the granddaughter of Margaret Helm Smith formerly of Rusk and the late Warren W. Helm and Virginia Swinney of Jacksonville and the late Ed Swinney.

The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Hunt of Copperas Cove. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Plummer of Waldron, Ark.

Presented in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father in a horse drawn carriage, the bride selected an elegant gown of satin designed by Maggie Sottero. The A-line, corset back gown was accented with a laceadorned bodice and delicate cap sleeves that are richly accented with crystals creating a jeweled effect.

Beadwork cascaded down the skirt of the gown. She carried a cascading bouquet of white calla lilies and greenery.

Amberly Benedict Arnold of Rusk served as the matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Brooke Robinson, Lindsey Williams of Jacksonville and Tara Sudduth of Fayetteville, Ga., cousin of the bride. Serving as flower girls were Montana Pope and Regan Pope of Grand Prairie, cousins of the bride.

Members of the house party were Heaven Leigh Swygert of Fayetteville, Ga., the bride's cousin, and Jo Brown and Rachel Swinney, both of Jacksonville, cousins of the bride.

Shean Hendrick of Rusk served as bestman. Groomsmen were Cliff Statham of LaPoyner, Tim Malloy, Tennessee Colony and Kyle Adams of Tyler, cousin of the bride. Serving as ringbearers were Travis Hunt of Palestine, son of the groom, and Taylor Swinney of Jacksonville, cousin of the bride.

The bride is a 2000 graduate of Jacksonville High School, and has attended Tyler Junior College and Lon Morris College. The groom is a graduate of Copperas Cove High School. The couple resides in Palestine.


Gail and Robert Hammontree of Schulenburg announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Laura Ashley, to Jason Lee Reina, son of Terri and Tommy Grogan and Milo and Carolyn Reina of Alto. The couple will be married at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 22 in the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Schulenburg. Miss Hammontree graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2005 with a degree in communications journalism. Mr. Reina was reared in Linwood, graduated from Alto High School and received a Bachelor of Business Administration from SFA in 2003.


  Hagner-Transier will wed  Ceremony planned Sept. 15


Karen Robertson of Grapevine and Mark Hagner of McKinney announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Suzanne Renee, to James Wallace Transier, son of Rhonda and Jody Transier. The couple will be married at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at The Woods Country Club in Jacksonville.

September 12, 207 (Cherokeean Herald)


Simpson-Dewbre vows said at Salem Baptist

Christy Jo Dewbré and Jeremy Craig Simpson were united in marriage at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11 at the Salem Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Tommy Mabry officiating.

The bride is the daughter of Shelly and Stephen Hughes and Kevin Dewbré, all of Rusk. She is the granddaughter of Billy and Joeann Hoppers of College Station, Adell Maxwell of Rusk and Jessie Hughes of Rusk. She is the great-granddaughter of Pat Hoppers of Palestine.

The groom is the son of Harold and Judy Simpson of Rusk. He is the grandson of Nellie Kay Blackwell of Rusk and the late James Blackwell and Clifford Simpson and Ruth Simpson.

Betty Collins was instrumentalist and Phylena Castleberry, vocalist.

The bride was given in marriage by her father, Mr. Dewbré.

Matron of honor was Kandiss Hood of College Station. Maid of honor was Kristen Joyner of Rusk. Brian Joyner of Rusk was bestman and J.J. Jones, also of Rusk, was groomsman.

Avery Kinney and Landri Bayless served as flower girls. Andrew Johnson was ringbearers. Ushers were Hayden Dewbré and Hunter Joyner, both of Rusk.

Mrs. Simpson is a 2005 Lon Morris College graduate. She will graduate in December from Stephen F. Austin State University with a BSIS in interdisciplinary studies. She is currently employed by Rusk ISD.

Mr. Simpson is employed as an operator with Flint Energy of Kilgore.

September 19, 2007 (Cherokeean Herald)

Lucas-Vaught wedding vows said

Autumn Brooke Vaught became the bride of Shad Carter Lucas on Saturday, July 28, in a double ring ceremony at the Rocky Springs Missionary Baptist Church in Dialville. The Rev Josh Lindsey officiated.

The bride is the daughter of Darren and Jeannette Vaught of Rusk and Cedia Vaught of Jacksonville, grand daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Vaught of Rusk, Carol Smith of Jacksonville and Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Smith of Liberty.

The groom is the son of Ronnie and Donnita Lucas of Rusk, the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wallace of Frankston, the late Jack Lucas, Mrs. Laverne Grogan of Alto, the late Wilson Grogan and the late R. D. Carter.

Registering guests in the bride's book at a table with a bud vase of roses and calla lilies were the bride's sisters, Brianna Buel and Haley Zackel.

The bride, given in marriage by her parents, chose a strapless formal gown of summer satin. The bodice, front and back was heavily beaded with iridescent sequins, beads and pearls.

The full-skirt fell to slipper length and flowed into a long cathedral train. Her headpiece was a pearl and beaded headband attached to a veil that fell to cathedral length.

Shaye Lucas sister of the groom of Madison Ala., was maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Lainie Cochrum, Cami Curtis, Casey Sosby, Amy Salazar and Courtney Adams, all of Rusk.

They all wore lipstick pink colored chiffon over satin gowns. All carried long stem pink roses and white callas. Karli Vaught, cousin of the bride, and Briley Carter, cousin of the groom, were flower girls. They wore white satin dresses and shoes and carried white satin baskets with rose petals.

Trent Vaught, brother of the bride, was best man. Groomsmen were Lance Hart, Chad McKinney, Cord Lucas and Aaron Salazar. Ringbearers were R.D. Carter, cousin of the groom, and Phillip Smith, cousin of the bride. Ushers were Ryan Vaught, uncle of the bride, and Kyle Guel, brother of the bride.

A reception was held in the church fellowship hall. The bride's table held a staircase wedding cake over a fountain. Topping the cake were roses and a bride and groom.

The groom's table was decorated with a rubber boot arrangement. Cat tails accented with duck decoys adorned the table.

The table also held a silver coffee service and a red velvet groom's cake decorated with camo netting and chocolate covered strawberries.

Cedia Vaught, mother of the bride, hosted a catered meal of Mexican Fajitas and trimmings. Mr. and Mrs. Lucas, parents of the groom, hosted the rehearsal dinner in the fellowship hall of the church. A barbecue buffet meal was served. Home-made desserts were provided by Vivian Vaught, the bride's grandmother. After the meal a video of precious moments from the couple's childhood days were shown by Darren and Jeanette Vaught. The presentation was set to music.

September 26, 2007

Melinda and Paul Gates of Dialville announce the engagement of their daughter, Sonya Renee, to Jonathan David Alexander of Rusk. The wedding will be at 3 p.m. Oct. 20 at the First Apostolic Church in Dialville. Friends and family are invited.


 Engagement told
The engagement of Trish Alexander and William Bergemann, both of Rusk, has been announced. Miss Alexander is the daughter of LuAnn Mannix of Rusk and Jay Mannix, also of Rusk. Mr. Bergemann is the son of Ana and William Bergeman of Rusk. The couple will be married at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at Eagle's Bluff Country Club in Bullard. Friends and family are invited.