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Cherokee County, Texas


April 2, 2008


   Anniversary reception is April 5
Bests note 'best'...., their 50th

The Rev. Lee Ray and Ethel Lee Chapman Best will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Friday, April 4. A reception in their honor will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at First Baptist Church in Alto. Friends and family are invited.

Rev. and Mrs. Best were married in Plainview after having met while both were attending Wayland Baptist College.

Rev. Best has been a Baptist minister for more than 50 years.

He is currently the pastor of Messiah Baptist Church in Timpson. Mrs. Best is a retired nurse and teacher.

They lived in Jacksonville for many years and have four children who graduated from Jacksonville High School. They and their spouses are Barbara Lee Best and the Rev. David Wayne Marchbanks of Cleburne; Mark Andrew and Pam Best, serving as Southern Baptist missionaries in Durango, Mexico; Robin Dewayne and Dawn Roberts Best, living at Stryker Lake; and Darla Kay Best and the Rev. David Britt of Portageville, Mo. Rev. and Mrs. Best have 16 grandchildren and are expecting their first great grandchild in May.



April 9, 2008


  Jacobs-Slaton vows said

Meagan Michele Slaton and Sgt. Matthew Curtis Jacobs exchanged wedding vows at Dec. 22, 2007, at Lon Morris College chapel with the Rev. Charles Gipson officiating and Dustin Slaton, brother of the bride, assisting.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Slaton of Jacksonville and the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. L.P. Halbert Jr. of Rusk, Mildred Slaton of Athens and the late Weldon Slaton. The groom is the son of Ann Longworth of Waverly, Ohio and Mark Jacobs of Coshocton, Ohio.

Presented in marriage by her father, the bride wore a formal gown of duchess diamond white organza over matching satin. She wore pearls given to her by her uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. O'dean Slaton. Her bridal bouquet was tied with white satin ribbon, along with a handkerchief, embroidered with blue flowers which belonged to her great-great Aunt Emma Dunham. Maid of honor was Ashley Montgomery of Jacksonville and bridesmaid was Melody Slaton, of Howe, sister-in-law of the bride. Best man was Sgt. Bradley Murphy of Idaho Falls, Idaho. Grooms- man was Cpl. Michael Vasquez of Houston. Ushers were Jeremy Davis and Ryan Bullock of Jacksonville and Sgt. Michael Thibault of Belton. Flower girls and ring bearer were Aliyah and Adison Guthrie, nieces of the groom and Tyrus Guthrie, nephew of the groom, all from Coshocton, Ohio. After the giving of the bride, the prayer and charge were given by Dustin Slaton. Wedding vows were presented by Rev. Gipson, after which, the bride and groom signed their family Bible while the violinist, Jamie Reason played "Only Trust Him." Joey Marshall of Jacksonville sang "The Lord's Prayer."

A reception hosted by the bride's parents was held at The Woods of Jacksonville. The flower arrangements for the wedding and reception were created by Michele Slaton, mother of the bride. Members of the hostess party were Laura Grimes, Kendall Marshall, Patti Tarrant and Heather Slaton. The rehearsal dinner was held at Larissa House on Friday, Dec. 21, 2007, hosted by O'dean and Peggy Slaton.

Mrs. Jacobs is a 2005 graduate of Jacksonville High School and a 2007 graduate of Jacksonville College and is attending the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton. The groom is a 2000 graduate of Coshocton High School. Following a honeymoon to Ohio, the couple resides at Fort Hood, where the groom is stationed..



Lacey Greenville and Justin McClure announce their approaching marriage at 4 p.m. May 3 at the home of Alva Joy Jones in Alto. Miss Greenville is the daughter of Angie Greenville of Rusk, the granddaughter of Pat Thompson of Wells and the great-granddaughter of Jack Byers of Forest. Mr. McClure is the son of Bruce and Sonia McClure of Alto and grandson of Bobbie Bowman and the late Jessie Bowman. Family and friends are invited.


April 30, 2008


  Engagement told

The engagement of Ashley Renee Archer and Julian Michael Perrigo-Jimenez has been announced. The daughter of Ricky and Beverly Wallis of Gulf Breeze, Fla., she is a Rusk High School and Stephen F. Austin State University graduate. Her grandmother, Sandra Akin, resides in Rusk. The future groom is the son of Michael Jimenez of Folsom, Calif. and Susan Perrigo of Sacramento, Calif. The couple will be married at 5 p.m. Sept. 6 in Pensacola Beach, Fla.



The engagement and approaching marriage of Laura Aleen McClosky and Justin Daniel Yeley has been announced. Miss McClosky is the daughter of Lori J. McClosky of Rusk and the late Brian J. McClosky Sr. Mr. Yeley is the son of John and Carren Yeley of Jacksonville and Richard and Jonette Renteria of Roundrock. The couple will be married at 2 p.m. May 17 at the Sacred Heart Chapel at the Rusk Railroad Park.


  Hulstine-Smith wed

Maggie Lee Smith and Joshua Michael Hulstine, both of Jacksonville, were united in marriage at 6 p.m. March 29 at Beall Chapel Baptist Church in Jacksonville. The bride is the daughter of Mike and Pennie Smith. The groom is the son of Kathy Hulstine and Johnny Hulstine.

The Rev. Robert Newton officiated. The bride, escorted to the altar by here father, wore a sequin and pearl laced mermaid style gown with an empire neckline.

Maid of honor was Holly Whitehead and bridesmaids were ShelBee Simpson, Jamie Hulstine and Bianca Rios.

Best man was David Wilson and groomsmen were Casey Blakeney, Adriel Mendosa and Aaron Ousley. Flower girl was Sydney Smith, niece of the bride, and ring bearer was Caleb Blakeney, nephew of the bride. The reception was held at the Castle on the Lake. After a wedding trip to South Padre Island, the couple resides in Jacksonville.