November 18, 2012
Richard Wilkes Spann and Christina Lorene Patterson, both of Columbus, were married June 23, 2012, at 6 p.m. at the English Garden at Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point, with Andre Nicholas Cannady officiating. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Lester Phillips of Columbus. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Avery Junior Dyer, and Mr. Tommy Lamar Crowley, all of Columbus. The bride was given in marriage by her stepfather, Mr. Gregory Lester Phillips. She wore a gown of ivory royal satin. The strapless elongated bodice with sweetheart neckline was embellished with pewter beading. The draped A-line skirt cascaded into an asymmetrical chapel-length train. Her veil of silk illusion was finished with crystal beaded trim. Laura Catherine Yeatman of Madison, sister of the groom, served as matron of honor. Karla Annette Nicholson of Columbus served as maid of honor. Serving as bridesmaids were Cassie Lauren Atkins, April Jeanette Thompson, Amanda Caroline Wells and Elizabeth Fraser Yates, all of Columbus, and Kristi Presson James of Clinton. Bridesmaids wore floor-length sage chiffon strapless gowns with sweetheart necklines, pleated crisscross bodices and flowing skirts. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Henry Spann of Columbus. He is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Julius Franklin Spann of Columbus, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Rayford Wilkes Cash of Columbus. Richard Henry Spann, father of the groom, served as best man. Serving as groomsmen were Douglas Bruce Branch, Larkin Edward Demoville III, John Hampton Holley, John Adam Honsinger and Michael David Patterson, all of Columbus, and Thomas Luke Yeatman of Madison. Following a wedding trip to St. Lucia, the couple resides in Columbus, where the groom is a deputy with the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department and the bride is a teacher.
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