High school reunion leads to marriage
Anne Harrell Elliot of Florence and Gerald Raymond Kirby of Timmonsville were re-acquainted at their 50th high school reunion last fall and this summer they were married. They are 1965 graduates of Southside High School. Both were widows when they attended their high school reunion. Although they knew each other in school, they had never dated. “Always go to your high school reunion because you never know what will happen,” quipped Mrs. Kirby.
The couple were married on July 9 at Bethany Free Will Baptist Church in Timmonsville. The Rev. Melvin Haas officiated the double-ring ceremony. A program of wedding music was presented by Pat Callahan, soloist, and Joyce Kimbrell, pianist. All of the couple’s children and grandchildren participated in the wedding. The bride’s sons-in-law, Pat Callahan and Joey Rogers, gave her away.
Her daughter, Kimberly Rogers, was her matron of honor. Bridal attendants were Dawn Callahan, daughter of the bride, Darla Sutton, groom’s daughter, and Crystal Kirby, groom’s daughter-in-law. Jimmy Sims, the groom’s brother-in-law, stood as best man. Groomsmen were Lee Kirby, Jason Kirby and Robert Kirby, sons of the groom, and Benjamin Sutton, groom’s son-in-law. Levi Kirby, the groom’s grandson, was ring bearer.
Emma Rogers, the bride’s granddaughter, was flower girl. Miniature bride was Kaylee Kirby, granddaughter of the groom, and miniature groom was Drew Rogers, grandson of the bride. Honorary groomsman was Micah Sutton, the groom’s grandson. A reception followed at the church. The couple spent their honeymoon in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
The bride is retired from procurement at McLeod Regional Medical Center. Prior to that she was employed for 17 years at Caloric-Maytag. The groom is is a Navy veteran and graduate of Welch Bible College in Nashville, Tenn. He has been employed with Pepsi for the last 20 years and prior to that he worked for Pee Dee Food Services. The Kirbys are residing in Florence.