Best - Edwards
PIKEVILLE — Mary Barnes Edwards of Goldsboro and James Rudolph Best exchanged wedding vows Sept. 18 at 5 p.m.
Pastor Kenneth Vaughn and Pastor William Barber officiated at the double-ring ceremony at Elm Grove Church of Christ.
The bride is the daughter of the late Elijah and Carrie Barnes Pitt of Pikeville. She is the granddaughter of the late Ned and Alice Locus Barnes of Rocky Mount and the late Elder James Richard and Clara Wooten Pitt of Pikeville.
Parents of the groom are the late John William and Clara Fields Best of Goldsboro. He is the grandson of the late General and Pollie Best of Goldsboro and the late Mr. and Mrs. Amos Mumford of Jones County.
Given in marriage by her children and escorted by her sons, William O. and Julian Edwards, the bride wore a white satin long-sleeve off-the-shoulder gown with a full princess skirt and a heart neckline, a six-foot train with a tulle and lace mid train. On each side of bells are satin rosettes in a satin bow at the back of the waistline. The bodice was covered in pearls and lace.
For her headpiece, she chose a tiara of iridescent pearls and crystal attached to a double elbow-length veil of silk illusion edged with silk cording. She carried a keepsake bouquet of calla lilies accented with peach open roses and peach star bursts embedded in ivory leaves encircled in a lace cuff with silver leaves and peach, ivory and silver love knot streamers that formed a cascade.
Peggy Bryant of Goldsboro, friend of the bride, was matron of honor. Myrone Edwards of Goldsboro, daughter of the bride, was maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Keri Edwards of Dudley, granddaughter of the bride; Linda Edwards of Goldsboro, daughter-in-law of the bride; and Marsha Newsome of Goldsboro Joyce Bryant of Dudley and Marie Harris of Jacksonville, friends of the bride.
Grady Best of Goldsboro was his father’s best man. Ushers were Timmie Faison and Tago Edwards Jr. of Goldsboro, grandsons of the bride. Groomsmen were Sherwood Jackson of Goldsboro, godson of the bride; Donnell Best of Durham, nephew of the groom; Reggie Jackson of Greensboro and O’neal Best of Goldsboro, great-nephews of the groom; and James Dixon of Goldsboro, friend of the bride.
Shanisha Bryant of Goldsboro, friend of the bride, was the miniature bride.
Mary Edwards, granddaughter of the bride, was flower girl. Quavoris Wellington Jr., great-grandson of the bride, was ring bearer.
Washondra Oliver directed the wedding. Coordinator was Julian Edwards.
Presiding at the register was Myra Brown. Karen Kornegay and Melody Summers distributed programs.
Special helpers were Elder Edna Vaughn, Marsha Newsome, Tracy Jones and Minister Mary Barnes.
A program of wedding music was provided by Cleveland Cody, pianist and organist; Pam Wilder and Shawn Best, vocalists; and Michelle Hobbs and Lisa Faison.
After a wedding trip to Williamsburg, Va., the couple will reside in Goldsboro.
The bride is retired from Wayne County Public Schools.
The groom is retired from Cherry Hospital.
Following the ceremony, a reception was held at Greenleaf Vision of Faith Community Center. Presiding at the gift table was Angelyn Taylor. Greeters were Karen Kornegay and Melody Summers. Hostesses were Pam Mitts, Linda Williams, Vivian Langston and Reginald Kornagy.
Out-of-town guests were from New Jersey, Colorado, Detroit, Mich., Florida, Washington D.C., Virginia, Jacksonville, Greensboro, Winston-Salem and Durham.
On Sept. 17, Marie Harris Vivian Barnes held a breakfast at the home of the bride.
The best man held a family breakfast Aug. 21 at Crossroads Cafe.
A rehearsal dinner was held in the church fellowship hall.
By News-Argus Staff
Published in Weddings on September 19, 2004 3:30 AM