Mississippi Marriages


Holmes County Herald 1920

(Anniversary Announcement 01/31/1980)

Mr. & Mrs. Cole Y. Higginbotham

Higginbotham's Celebrated 60th Anniversary

The Reverend and Mrs. C.Y. Higginbotham were honored recently on the occasion of their sixtieth wedding anniversary by their children with an informal coffee in their home in Brookhaven. Relatives from throughout the state, Louisiana and Alabama, as well as local friends, were present to share in this joyous occasion.

The children of this devoted couple are the Reverend John Higginbotham of Anquilla, Mrs. M.O. (Wilena) Stark of Lexington, Mrs. Wayne (Sarah Pearl) Halford of Lafayette, Louisiana, and Cole Y. Higginbotham, Jr., and Ralph Higginbotham, both of Jackson. They have eleven grandchildren and one great grandson.

Reverend and Mrs. Higginbotham served for over fifty years in the ordained ministry of the United Methodist Church, Mississippi Conference.



Laurel Leader-Call 02/22/1962

Weldon Francis Higginbotham & Sylvia Ann Robbins

Mr. and Mrs. Higginbotham To Live In Charleston, S. C.

The wedding of Miss Sylvia Ann Robbins to Weldon Francis Higginbotham was solemnized in a quiet ceremony in the home of the Rev. T. R. Coulter, pastor of the Eastview Baptist Church, on February 8, 1962.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Allen Robbins and the bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Weldon W. Higginbotham of Heidelberg.

Bridal floral arrangements were used at vantage points in the reception rooms where the double ring service was heard.

The bride, given in marriage by her father, wore a white wool suit, wheat accessories and small wheat straw hat with matching veiling. She carried a white Bible covered with a white carnation corsage.

Mrs. T. H. Sumrall of Lake Charles, La., was her sister's matron of honor. She wore a beige suit, with harmonizing accessories, and a white carnation corsage.

Robert Higginbotham was his brother's best man.

The bride's mother, dressed in navy crepe with navy and white accessories, wore a white carnation corsage. The bridegroom's mother in brown crepe with brown accessories, also wore a white carnation corsage.

Immediately after the ceremony, Mr. and Mrs. Higginbotham left for Charleston, South Carolina where he is a Petty Officer, first class, in the U. S. Navy.

While in Charleston they will live at 1902 Iris Street, Charleston Heights, S. C.

Out of town guests attending the wedding included Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Sumrall and daughters of Lake Charles; Frank R. Sopher of Baxterville, Miss., the bridegroom's grandfather; Jimmy Sopher of Baxterville and Mississippi Southern College and others from Waynesboro and Heidelberg.


Laurel Leader-Call 04/28/1962

Robert Higginbotham & Doyleen Lyon

Higginbotham-Lyon Vows Exchanged Sunday Afternoon

A beautiful ceremony, performed at three o'clock on Easter Sunday afternoon, united in marriage Miss Doyleen Lyon and Robert Higginbotham. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Doyle Lyon, Laurel, Route Three and his parents are Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Higginbotham of Heidelberg.

The Trinity Baptist Church was the setting for this service with the Rev. Artis Brewer performing the double ring ceremony.

Palms formed the background of the church decorations with floor candelabra holding white tapers and large baskets of gladioli, stock and pompons being used. In the center, a large arrangement of Easter lilies formed the focal point.

Mrs. Lex Brame Sr., of Paulding, Miss., and Mrs. D. C. Risher Jr., soloist, of Heidelberg, gave a program of nuptial music with Mrs. Risher singing "O Perfect Love." As a benediction the wedding prayer was sung.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a wedding gown of Chantilly lace over taffeta. The portrait neckline and pointed, long sleeves were features of the bodice and the skirt's fullness came from soft side pleats, the unpressed pleats in the back forming a bustle effect and ending in a chapel train.

The bride's illusion veil was attached to a crown of pearls and rhinestones and she carried a white Bible which held a white, yellow-throated orchid, cascades of feathered carnations and white satin streamers tied in love knots. Her only jewelry was a string of tiny pearls, a gift of the bridegroom.


Miss Sandra Kaye Myrick, a college roommate of the bride was maid of honor. She wore a street length apricot peau de soie sheath, styled with delicately embroidered overskirt of matching material. The bodice was made with portrait neckline and short cap sleeves. A headpiece of apricot petals, leaves and illusion held in place the circular nose veil. Short white lace gloves and dyed to-match satin slippers completed her ensemble. She carried a cascade arrangement of Talisman and yellow tea roses.

Miss Charlene Myrick, cousin of the bride and Miss Ann Higginbotham, sister of the bridegroom, were bridesmaids. They wore dresses and accessories like that of the honor attendant and carried smaller cascade floral arrangements. Jenny Lyon, niece of the bride dressed in an apricot frock and wearing a wristlet of Talisman roses, was the flower

girl. Neil Lyon, nephew of the bride, carried the rings on a white satin pillow.

Ronnie Myrick of Heidelberg attended the bridegroom as best man. Ushers were Bobby Bounds of Laurel and Rene Bourg of Heidelberg.

The mother of the bride wore a blue embroidered linen sheath dress. With this, she wore a blue flowered hat, blue shoes, long white gloves and a white carnation corsage.

The mother of the bridegroom chose a beige printed crepe dress, white accessories and a white carnation corsage.


A reception was given immediately after the completion of the wedding ceremony.

An imported cutwork cloth was used on the bride's table. A three tiered wedding cake decorated with white roses, silver leaves and white tulle puffs was topped with a miniature wedding couple. At the opposite end of the table was an arrangement of yellow tea roses, daises and stock in an epergne which held white tapers.

Mrs. Delton Lyon kept the guest register and Mrs. Winston Lyon presided at the punch bowl. Mrs. Mavis Parker served the cake assisted by tea girls, Mrs. Bobby Bounds and Miss Nancy Gail Lyon Mrs. Kerry Lyon greeted the guests and introduced them to the receiving line.

After the reception, the bride changed to a pink linen suit, pink flowered hat, matching accessories and the orchid from her bridal bouquet and the couple departed for a honeymoon to Silver Springs, Fla. After their return they will be at home in Heidelberg.

Out of town guests Included Mrs. W. W. Higginbotham Sr., grandmother of the bridegroom from Dallas, Texas; Frank R Sopher, grandfather of the bridegroom, Jimmie Sopher, his uncle and friends and relatives from Heidelberg, Bay Springs, Waynesboro, Stringer and Jackson.


On the evening preceding the wedding, a rehearsal dinner was given in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Kerry Lyon on Twenty-ninth Street with the parents of the bridegroom, Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Higginbotham as hosts. The dinner was served buffet style from a table covered with a white linen cloth and centered with two large nosegays of King Alfred daffodils, yellow iris and Shasta daisies.

The couple took this opportunity to remember their attendants with gifts and to exchange gifts.




Laurel Leader-Call 04/06/1968

Anna Elizabeth Higginbotham & Larry Don Rogers


Mr. and Mrs. William W. Higginbotham of Heidelberg announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Anna Elizabeth, to Larry Don Rogers, son of Mr. and Mrs. Nelville B. Rogers of Chickasaw, Ala.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of F. R. Sopher of Baxterville and Mrs. Willia Higginbotham of Dallas, Texas.

She is a graduate of Heidelberg High School and Jones County Junior College and is how employed by Pitts Electric Company, Laurel.

Mr. Rogers is a graduate of Vigor High School, Chickasaw and attended Jones County Junior College for two years. He is serving in the United States Navy and is stationed aboard the USS King in San Diego as radarman.

The wedding will be solemnized May 23.




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