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Re: Parents of John Carlton Kirkland, b 1914, Cottonwood, AL???
Posted by: Judi (ID *****5844) Date: April 28, 2006 at 16:38:21
In Reply to: Parents of John Carlton Kirkland, b 1914, Cottonwood, AL??? by Hattie Hamilton of 386

From the Dothan Eagle Newspaper:

14 Jan 1945
Miss Mary Beth Marshall Becomes Bride of Lieut. Prather At Ozark Church Rites

Miss Mary Beth Marshall only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M. A. Marshall of Ozark, and Lieutenant Edmund Ellis Prather were united in marriage at five o'clock on the afternoon of January 2 in the Methodist Church at Ozark. The Rev. J. L. Daniels officiated.

Decorations which were confined to the chancel, were of white gladioli arranged in floor baskets against a background of smilax and greenery.

As the candles were lighted by the ushers, C. A. Lisenby, of Ozark, and Daniel Jones, of Autaugaville, Mrs. R. M. Do*ling, organist, played Schuberts Ave Maria. The march from Lohengrin was used for processional, Mendelssohn's march for recessional, and the ceremony melody was "Liebestraum". Mrs. Ralph Holman sang as a solo "Oh Promise Me."

Mrs. Edward E FLowers, was the bride's only attendant. She wore a turquoise blue suit with white accessories and she carried an arm bouquet of Talisman roses.

The bride entered with her father by whom she was given in marriage and they were met at the altar by the bridegroom and his bestman, Lieut. R. M. Prather, Jr.

The bride's wedding suit was of navy sheer wool and her other accessories were also in navy. Her flowers were white carnations, Calla Lillies and gardenias.

Mrs. Prather was graduated from Alabama Polytechnic Institute in 1942 receiving her degree in home economics. During her college career she became affiliated with Kappa Delta Pi, Phi Kappa Phi and Cardinal Key honor societies. After graduating from A P I, she taught in the schools at Roanoke and Ozark.

The bridegroom received his B. S. degree in agriculture from Alabama Polytechnic Institute. He continued his studies at the University of Michigan where he was awarded his Master's Degree in Zoology. Before entering the Army Air Forces, he was associated with the Extension Department at Auburn in wildlife research. He received his cadet training at Yale University and after receiving his commission he was assigned to duty with the Third Mapping Squadron. He recently returned to the States after serving with the Army Air Forces for more than a year in the China-Burma India Theater of War.

Following the wedding ceremony, a small reception was held at the home of the bride's parents for the wedding party, members of the two families and out of town guests.

Lieut. Prather and his bride left later in the evening for Buckle Field, Colorado where Lieut. Prather will report for his current assignment.

Out of town guests at the wedding included. Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Prather, Missis Helen and Jessie Prather, of Autaugaville; Mrs. E. L. Dutton, of New York City; Winston Prather, of Brewton; Miss Marguerite Johnson, of Auburn; Hill Cory, Mrs. H. H. Cory and J. D. Jones, of Prattville, Dr. and Mrs. S. D. Culver, of Jacksonville, Fla.; Mrs. D. A. Jones of Selma; Mrs. Ralph Edmundson of Bellwood; The Rev. Daniel Jones, of Autaugaville; Misses Merle Ca* and Sara Webster of Dothan; Mrs. John T. Marshall and Miss Allie Marshall, of Cottonwood.


John & Allie, did they marry in Dothan? Couldn't find a marriage notice...

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