Brian and Sherry Allender of Batesville have announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Brianna Dawn Allender, to Thomas James Virden, son of Bobby and Tracy Smith of Conway and Jeff and Mistie Virden of Morrilton.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Jim and Carolyn Watkins and the late Carl and Oleta Allender, all of Batesville.
SAFFELL — James and Ruth Mize of Saffell will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Mount Harmony Free Will Baptist Church fellowship hall at Saffell.
They were married July 11, 1959, in Oak Ridge Methodist Church in Cord with Obie Eagans officiating.
They have two daughters, Darla Huskey and her husband, Scotty, of Saffell and Dena Davis and her husband, Gary, of Smithville; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
All family and friends are invited.
The couple requests no gifts.
PLEASANT PLAINS — Ashley Lynn Staggs and Steven Gregory Hernandez were united in marriage June 6 at Union Grove Baptist Church in Pleasant Plains.
Don Robinson officiated.
The bride is the daughter of Kenny and Shelia Staggs of Pleasant Plains. The groom’s parents are Steve and Diane Hernandez of Clinton.
Burnt orange Calla lilies and fall yellow ribbon adorned each pew. Three sprays of burnt orange and yellow flowers with greenery decorated the stage.
Shannon Newkirk sang “The Father Says I Do.”
Gary and Tammy Ferrell of Batesville have announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Shalyn Ferrell, to Will Carlile, son of Buddy and Missy Carlile of Batesville.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mordecai and Joy Marlin of Cave City and Troy and Eileen Ferrell of Batesville.
She is a 2006 graduate of Cushman High School and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration at Lyon College.
She is an insurance agent at Bone Insurance Agency.
Darrell and Teresa Baker of Batesville have announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Nikki Joe Baker, to Craig Alan Amos, son of Rickey and Linda Amos of Conway.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Jeanette Collins and the late Rex Collins and the late J.C. and Thelma Baker, all of Batesville.
She is a 2003 graduate of Batesville High School and received a bachelor of arts in Spanish with a concentration in secondary education from Lyon College. She is a high school Spanish teacher and basketball coach at Cave City High School.
David and Nikki Boutwell of Batesville have announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Stephanie Reneé Boutwell, to David Wade Hendricks, son of Brent Hendricks of Batesville and Shiela Hendricks of Evening Shade.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Ray and Carolene Tosh of Cave City and Deletta Boutwell of Cushman and the late Fred Boutwell.
She graduated from Cushman High School in 2007 and is a sophomore at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. She is employed by Independence County.
Stacey Lessley and Lonnie Clark were united in marriage June 22 at Alabama Point Beach in Orange Beach, Ala.
Glenn Henson officiated.
The bride is the daughter of Joyce Dowell of Batesville and Gary Dowell of Bethesda. The groom’s parents are Sky and Paula Clark of Batesville.
A reception will be at 6 p.m. Saturday at Collietown Cabins in Cushman.
Maid of honor at the reception will be Morgan Lessley, daughter of the bride.
Best man will be Kieler Clark, son of the groom.
The couple will reside in Batesville.
WEINER — Tim and Shelly Sitzer of Weiner have announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Lora Michelle Sitzer, to Patrick Wayne Sullins, son of Tony and Tracy Sullins of Weiner.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Leonard and Katherine Sitzer and the late Ray and Martha Fowler, all of Weiner.
She is pursuing a licensed practical nurse degree at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. She is a certified nursing assistant at Wood-Lawn Nursing Home.
Judy Beard and Steven Young Jr. were united in marriage June 18 at Riverside Park in Batesville.
Shirley Green officiated.
The bride is the daughter of Fred and Sandra Beard. The groom’s parents are Steven and Diana Young of Atlanta.
The bride was given in marriage by her daughter, Shanika Mills.
Groomsman was Earnest Vance of Batesville.
The couple will reside in Batesville.
Mr. and Mrs. Danny J. Mitchell of Batesville plan to take a short trip to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary.
They were married June 30, 1984, at Calvary Baptist Church in Batesville by the Rev. R.A. Bone.
Mrs. Mitchell is the daughter of the late Dwain and Rudene Winkle of Batesville. Mr. Mitchell is the son of the late J.W. and Oma Lee Mitchell of Batesville.
They have a daughter, Heather Kelley of Jonesboro.
Robert “Bob” and Helen Ann Parman of Batesville are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary today.
Helen Ann O’Quinn and Robert “Bob” Parman were married June 30, 1949, in Odessa, Texas.
They have a son, Mark Parman and his wife, Mary, of Centennial, Colo.; a daughter, Melissa Tulberg and her husband, Gene, of Batesville; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
SPERRY, Okla. — Alan and Denise Keith of Sperry, Okla., have announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Mandy Janeen Keith, to Jonathan Michael Hix, son of Pam and Charley Hix Jr. of Batesville.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Pat and Patty Keith of Pontiac, Ill., and Pauline Swayne of Sperry and the late Doy Swayne.
She is a 2006 graduate of Sperry High School and a 2009 graduate of Arkansas State University in Mountain Home with a degree in funeral service. She is employed at Roller-McNutt Funeral Home in Conway.