Frankie Scott Bybee and Melissa Kay Pippin, both of Livingston.
Anthony C. Andrews, Liberty, KY, and Jauhmell Burke, Columbia,
Cisneros DeLeon Federico and Apolonia Diequez Garcia, both of
Kenny Percy Creswell and Leigh Ann Holmes, both of Allred.
Bradley Scott Thornton and Lydia Diane Steel, both of Alpine.
Timothy Chase Brown and Brandy Lynn Gibson, both of Cookeville.
Robert Ray Matthews, Rickman, and Sandra Dawn West, Jamestown.
Couple ties knot in Mule Day ceremony
photo courtesy of The Daily Herald
The newlyweds beam with joy after their ceremony on Mule Day
By MARVINE SUGG, Lifestyles Editor The Daily Herald
In a special Mule Day wedding ceremony at 10:30 a.m., just prior
to the parade with thousands of visitors as witnesses, a couple
tied the knot.
Sandra West, of Jamestown, and Bob Matthews, of Rickman, had both
had church weddings, and this time around they decided to do something
different. This was the couple's first Mule Day experience.
"We both ride quarter horses," Sandra said, "and
since we planned to come to Columbia for the Mule Day parade, this
seemed like the appropriate place."
The couple, attired in Civil War-era clothing, exchanged vows beneath
the traffic lights at the corner of Cemetery Avenue and Carmack
Boulevard in a ceremony performed by Rick Points. They then boarded
the wagon of Coy Flowers of Clarkrange for the ride along the parade
route. Flowers and his friend, Cathi Jolly, had decorated the wagon
especially for the occasion.
Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a beautiful antebellum
gown featuring a floral calico skirt, a champagne lace-trimmed underskirt
and a long champagne brocade jacket. A matching hat complemented
her outfit. She carried a bouquet of mixed spring flowers tied with
The groom was attired in a black frock coat, black trousers, champagne
brocade vest, black string tie, and boots. He wore a red boutonniere.
Ronnie and Cindy Smith, of Rickman, friends of the couple, served
as their attendants.
The Smiths said they have attended Mule Day for several years and
usually ride in the parade, but this year they were playing a different,
more romantic role.
In addition to their attendants, most of the couple's families,
including their parents, children, and grandchildren, were on hand
to celebrate the occasion.
The bride is the daughter of Billy and Delta Ferrell of Livingston.
The groom's parents are Gerene Matthews of Rickman and the late
Robert Ray Matthews.
The new Mrs. Matthews received her bachelor's degree from Tennessee
Technological University and her master's in education from Middle
Tennessee State University. She teaches gifted students in four
elementary schools and a high school in the Fentress County School
System. The groom received a bachelor of science in agriculture
from Tennessee Tech. He is a quality engineer with FlowServe in
At the conclusion of the ceremony, Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen,
parade grand marshal, came by to congratulate the couple.
"Words cannot express our appreciation to the entire city
of Columbia for the help they gave in pulling this together,"
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