Sunday, October 25, 2009


Transcription by Teresa McVeigh 25 Oct 2009

Florence Morning News, Sunday, July 25, 1948, page 6, columns 1-4:
Howle-Childers Wedding
Solemnized Tuesday Evening

Miss Betsy Marie Childers, of this city, became the bride of Thomas Laverne Howle Jr., also of Florence, at the Southern Methodist Church. Tuesday evening, the Rev. C. M. Pullin officiating.

Cathedral candles in tall standing candelabra and floor baskets of white gladioli and greenery, with a background of Southern smilax and ivy, on white, formed an effective setting for the nuptials.

J.H.P. Bass, organist, rendered a number of selections, including "Liebestraum," and Miss Mary Kemp Griffin, vocalist, sang "Because," "I Love you Truely" and "Ce este" (a prayer), sung as a benediction after the vows were spoken. The traditional wedding marches were used.

Serving as ushers were Howard Howle of Florence, brother of the bridegroom, and Franklin Childers, of this city, brother of the bride.

Groomsmen were Perry Elliott Taylor, Harry Howle, uncle of the bridegroom, Burnes? Howle, brother of the bridegroom, Chick Garrison, Howard Howle, and Franklin Childers, all of Florence.

Thomas Laverne Howle, Sr., father of the bridegroom, was best man.

Bridesmaids were Mrs. Perry Elliott Taylor and Mrs. Linwood Hutchinson of this city, Mrs. Paul McCutcheon, Dillon, Miss Hettie Pitts, Sumter, cousin of the bridegroom, Miss Barbara Howle, cousin of the bridegroom, and Miss Pat Barefoot, both of Florence. Their gowns of pastel colored organdy, two in yellow, two in green, and two in pink, were fashioned with low ruffled necklines and circular skirts with bias peplum flounces. They wore matching organdy mitts and bouquets of pastel colored gladioli tied with orchid ribbon bows and streamers.

Mrs. Jimmy Whitehurst, Jr. of Florence was dame of honor. She wore a dress of deep pink organdy patterned after those of the bridesmaids, with matching mitts and carried a crescent bouquet of yellow gladioli tied with green ribbon.

The bride's maid of honor was Mrs. Joyce Sunsbury of this city, wearing blue organdy made like the others, with matching mitts and carrying a crescent bouquet of orchid gladioli tied with yellow ribbon.
Little Sallie Howle, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Howle, was the flower girl. She wore white organdy made like the others and carried a small white basket filled with rose petals.

The ring bearer was Clarkie Howle, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Howle, wearing a white suit and carrying the rings on a white satin pillow.

The bride entered with her stepfather, John Angus McVeigh, who gave her in marriage. Her wedding gown of traditional bridal satin was fashioned with sweetheart neckline outlined with a double row of seed pearls, leg-o-mutton sleeves pointed over the hands, form-fitting bodice and full skirt extending to a long train. Her three-tiered veil of filmy white net fell from a tiara of seed pearls and was worn over the face during the ceremony. She carried a bridal bouquet of white gladioli and tuberoses tied with satin ribbon. For ornaments she wore pearl eardrops and her paternal grandmother's wedding ring.

The bride's mother wore shell pink chiffon and a corsage of pink roses and carnations.
The bridegroom's mother wore yellow chiffon with a corsage of pink carnations.

Immediately after the ceremony, the bride's parents entertained at a wedding reception at Pineland Lodge on Cherokee Road. The entire wedding party formed the receiving line. During the evening pictures were taken of the bride and bridegroom cutting the wedding cake.

Mrs. Ben Kafer, assisted by a number of the bride's young friends, served the cake, and serving the punch were Mrs. O. L. Johnson, aunt of the bride, Mrs. R. A. McVeigh, and Mrs. Jim Street?. Green and white mints were passed.

Mrs. Ben Maynard presided over the bride's register.

The couple left for a wedding trip to the seashore, and on their return will be here, with the bride's parents, until September, when the bridgegroom will resume his studies at Clemson College. For travelling the bride wore a white gaberdine suit with white accessories and a corsage of yellow rosebuds.

Mrs. Howle is the daughter of Mrs. John Angus McVeigh of this city and the late John Franklin Childers, Jr. She is a graduate of Florence High School and is a graduate cosmetologist.

Mr. Howle is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Laverne Howle, Sr. of Florence. He served in the U.S. Army for a year and is attending Clemson College.

Among out of town guests at the wedding were Mrs. Martin Pitts of Sumter and Mrs. paul McCutcheon of Dillon.

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