Gene and Pat Simpson will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary today.
Pat Lillard and Gene Simpson were married on June 4, 1960, by Dean Fugett at the home of the bride’s parents.
They have two children, Gayla Hopson of Sherwood and Greg Simpson of Gainesboro; and two grandchildren, Brittani McClurg of Batesville and Landon Austin of Little Elm, Texas.
GREERS FERRY — Carol and Ken Ekenseair of Greers Ferry and Mark and Debbie Conn of Chatham, La., have announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Rachel N. Conn, to Brad A. Smith, son of Joey Smith of Maumelle and Terry R. Smith of Little Rock.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Paul and Daphne Higginbotham of Mountain View.
She is a 2003 Southside High School graduate and attends the University of Louisiana at Monroe, where she plans to graduate in 2011.
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph L. Branstetter are celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary today.
Aida Ridgway, formerly of Shelbina, Mo., and Ralph L. Branstetter, formerly of Mansfield, Mo., were married May 25, 1985, in Kansas City, Mo., by Dr. Jimmie Lady, pastor of Gashland Baptist Church.
They will travel to Yellowstone National Park next month.
Mike and Vickie Justice of Batesville have announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Stephanie Justice, to Colby Felts, son of Kevin and Tammy Felts of Cave City.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Linda Rolins and the late Richard Rolins.
She is a 2008 graduate of Cushman High School.
The prospective groom is the grandson of Roy and Geniave Felts.
He is a 2004 graduate of Cave City High School.
The couple will exchange vows at 6 p.m. May 29 at Bethesda Community Center.
A reception will follow.
All friends and relatives are invited to attend.
Dr. Dale and Amy Jo Ladd have announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Ashlin Brooke Ladd of Conway, to Jordan Kyle Austin of Conway, son of John Austin and Robin Gay.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Ladd of Lake City.
She is a graduate of Batesville High School and attends the University of Central Arkansas.
The prospective groom is the grandson of James Felts.
He is a graduate of Batesville High School and the University of Central Arkansas with a bachelor’s degree in health science.
CHARLOTTE — Terry and Rhea Jennings of Charlotte have announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Destiny Lee Jennings, to Michael Robert Bruce, son of Noel and Brenda Bruce of Newark.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Burt and Diane Power of Charlotte.
She is a graduate of Cedar Ridge High School. She is employed at Kroger Pharmacy.
The prospective groom is the grandson of Orbra and Mammie Hawkins of Newark.
He attends the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. He is employed at Furniture Factory Outlet in Batesville.
MOUNTAIN VIEW — Together with their families, Melissa Hopper of Mountain View and Carl Ring of Cave City have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.
The bride-elect is a graduate of Mountain View High School.
She is an employee of White River Medical Center and is pursuing a career in the field of physical therapy.
The prospective groom is a graduate of Cave City High School.
He is employed statewide by the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department of Little Rock.
Khekashi Swu and Michael “Chick” Wolford have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.
The bride-elect is the daughter of Hexuto Simi Swu and Hetoli Sumi Swu of Dimapur, Nagaland.
She received a master’s degree in Bible college administration from Landmark Baptist College in Haines City, Fla.
The prospective groom is the son of Monnie Ann Wolford of Newark and the late Robert Wolford.
He is owner/operator of Chick’s Carpet Steamer.
The couple will exchange vows at 6 p.m. May 14 at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Mount Pleasant.
A reception will follow in the fellowship hall.
CAVE CITY — Mitchel and Janny Brewer of Cave City and David and Amy Beth Anderson of Batesville have announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Joanna Anderson, to Tim Appleget, son of Ray and Renee Appleget of Batesville.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Iva Jewel Campbell and the late Ernest Campbell and Vera Mae Anderson and the late Elmo Anderson, all of Cave City.
C.J. Robey and Rusty Elumbaugh were united in marriage at Halcyon Beach, St. Lucia.
The bride is the daughter of Andrew and Jennifer Robey of Batesville. The groom’s parents are Rick and Margaret Elumbaugh and Dave and Debbie King, all of Batesville.
The ceremony was held in a gazebo overlooking the ocean at Halcyon Beach Resort in St. Lucia.
Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a sleek white one-shouldered gown with a train attached by a crystal cluster. She carried an arrangement of fresh St. Lucian florals. She was barefoot.
R.B. and Nona Floyd of Batesville will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Batesville First Church of the Nazarene.
Nona Moore and R.B. Floyd were married April 22, 1960, in Batesville at the parsonage of First Church of the Nazarene with the Rev. A.D. Martel officiating. Best man was Jerry Duty, and maid of honor was Betty Sue Gray.