Howell-Willis Marriage Vows Are Solemnized

Aiken – (Special) – In a lovely ceremony at the

First Baptist church in Aiken at 5:30 p.,m. December 28, Miss Mary Lou Howell became the bride of Theodore Braxton Willis of Chester.

The Rev. A. D. Howard, pastor of the church, performed the double ring ceremony assisted by the Rev. A. L. Willis of Chester, father of the bridegroom.

The church was decorated with floor baskets of white chrysanthemums, candles in tall candelabra and greenery.

William T. Slaughter, organist, and Miss Deri Ross of Blaney and Hoyt A. Forrest of Aiken, soloists, gave a program of music for the wedding.

Just before the ceremony began the candles were lighted by Robert Duke, Jr., of Columbia, nephew of the bridegroom, and Kenneth Gaver of Aiken.

Miss Patricia Maddox of Camden and Columbia, former roommate of the bride at Furman university, was the maid of honor. The bridesmaids were Miss Mary Bishop of Travelers Rest, Miss Catherine George of Aiken, Mrs. Willis K. Herndon, Jr., of Aiken and Mrs. T. Connor Guess of Denmark.

The attendants wore ballerina length dresses of purple nylon net over taffeta. The fitted strapless bodices were of satin, and the bouffant skirts featured a bustle bow. Matching stoles and headdress of matching net ruffles, purple satin pumps and long white gloves completed their outfits. They carried bouquets of pink camellias fastened to fans made of white feathers.

The junior bridesmaid was Miss Annie Lynn Howell of Aiken, cousin of the bride. Miss Julianne McGraw, also a cousin of the bride, was the flower girl. They wore identical dresses of orchid marquisette over taffeta made with bouffant skirts and ruffles edged in lace to outline the neckline. They wore matching ruffle headdresses and carried bouquets that were miniatures of those carried b the bridesmaid.

The bride, who was given in marriage by her father, Albert Thomas Howell of Aiken, wore a gown of ivory duchess satin. The gown was fashioned with a low, round neckline, a nylon net yoke, and the full skirt ended in a long train, a design on the skirt. The bodice back and the long fitted sleeves were fastened with tiny satin buttons. A veil of imported Swiss lace and illusion was caught to a Dutch cap of satin with lace and seed pearl trim. Her only ornament was a single strand of pearls. Her bouquet was a white lace fan with bride’s roses and lily-of-the-valley centered with a white orchid.

The bridegroom had as his best man his brother, James Truett Willis of Chester. The ushers were Robert Duke, Sr., of Columbia, brother-in-law of the bridegroom, James Kemp Howell, brother of the bride; Esten Lee of Columbia, and Ray F. Bell of Atlanta, Ga.

Mrs. Benjamin Josey King, aunt of the bride, wore for the wedding a gown of rose crepe with sequin and rhinestone trim, a matching satin hat, long white gloves and an orchid corsage. The bride’s mother, Mrs. Albert Thomas Howell, wore a pale blue velvet gown, a white velvet hat, long white gloves and an orchid corsage.

Mrs. A. L. Willis, mother of the bridegroom, wore a black lace dress with pale pink hat and gloves and a pink rosebud corsage.

After the ceremony the couple received their guests in the church vestibule. An informal reception for the families and out-of-town guests was held later at the bride’s home, 619 Chesterfield street.

Assisting in receiving at the reception were Mrs. W. G. Howell, Mrs. Fritz Schulhofer and Mrs. B. T. Dyches, Mrs. Terence Preece, Mrs. John McCullough, Miss Louise Head and Mrs. Edward Cushman, Jr., assisted in serving.

Receiving in the gift room were Mr. and Mrs. W. I. King of Florence, aunt and uncle of the bride Mrs. T. M. Neely of Hartsville, aunt of the bride, presided over the guest register.

Later in the evening the young couple left for a wedding trip to Daytona, Fla. For traveling the bride wore a gray flannel suit with blue blouse, hat and gloves and gray cobra shoes and bag. She completed her outfit with a white orchid corsage.

Mrs. Willis is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Thomas Howell and the niece of Mrs. Benjamin Josey King and the late Mr. King of Aiken, with whom she has made her home for a number of years. She is a graduate of Aiken high school attended Wake Forest college for one year, and in June she received her Bachelor of Art degree from Furman university. At Furman she was co-editor of the student newspaper her junior year, head marshall, a member of the Social Standards board her junior and senior years, president of the Press club and was elected to Senior Order her senior year. While attending Furman she held a position with the Greenville News, and until the time of her marriage she was woman’s page editor of the Aiken Standard and Review.

Mr. Willis is the son of the Rev. and Mrs. Alonzo Lafayette Willis of Chester. He attended Columbia high school and graduated from North Greenville academy. In 1949 he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology at Furman university. He is now coach at Blackstock high school, Chester.

December 29, 1951  State (published as The State)  Columbia, South Carolina
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