Beth Christina Grisham and Kevin Benjamin Cowart were united in marriage at First Baptist Church in Thomson on December 13, 2008, at four o'clock in the afternoon. The double-ring ceremony was officiated by Dr. James M. Ramsey, pastor of First Baptist Church.
The bride is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Ed Grisham of New Albany, Miss. Beth is the granddaughter of Mr. Herbert "Spud" Thomas and the late Mrs. Christine Whisenant Thomas of New Albany, Miss., and Mrs. Geneva Simpson Grisham and the late Ewing Edgar Grisham of New Albany, Miss.
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Benje L. Cowart of Thomson. Kevin is the grandson of Mrs. Dean Shaw Adams and the late Mr. Jim Tom Adams of Hartwell, Ga., and the late Mrs. Ethelyn N. Cowart and Mr. B. L. Cowart of Sylvania, Ga.
The bride was escorted by her father and given in marriage by her parents. The bride's ivory satin gown was accented with embroidered beading and lace. A chapel illusion halter neckline and fitted bodice flowed into a trumpet skirt which extended into a chapel-length train. The bride wore a beautiful Belgian lace veil that belonged to the late Mary Claire Neal Smith. Beth wore it in loving memory of this very special friend. For flowers the bride carried a bouquet of deep red roses and calla lilies.
Mindi Grisham, sister-in-law of the bride, from Corinth, Tex., and Julia Ann Snow from Augusta, served as matrons of honor. These attendants each carried bouquets of ivory roses. Bridesmaids were Kristi Amick of Atlanta, Melinda Borgner of Grovetown, Lori Beth Brown of Augusta, Rosemary Harbeson of Augusta, Sara Lokey of Augusta, Elizabeth Morrison of Augusta, Crystal Russell of Martinez, and Brandi Wheeler of Thomson. Their black chiffon gowns were sleeveless with a charmeuse rounded neckline and a matching sash at the waist. Each bridesmaid carried an ivory candle in a long-stemmed crystal holder surrounded with greenery. Two flower girls, Parker Elizabeth Grisham and Avery Christine Grisham, nieces of the bride, wore matching floor-length ivory gowns.
The groom chose his father, Benje L. Cowart as his best man. Groomsmen were Drew Battle of Wadley, Ga., Philip Clark of Thomson, Will Dudley, Mobile, Ala., John Grisham of Corinth, Tex., Adam Hill of Thomson, Lee Reese of Thomson, Chris Sanders of Portal, Ga., Justin Shelton of Thomson, and Walter "Rocky" Yelton of Waynesboro, Ga.
Guests were greeted by friends of both the bride and groom who included: Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Crawley, Dr. and Mrs. David Ruehle, Mr. and Mrs. John Hammar, Mrs. Betty Stanley, Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Poston, and Mrs. Wanda Willis, all of Thomson. Mrs. DeDe Keir and Miss Kathie Mogish, both friends of the bride and of Thomson, attended the guest registers. Miss Sally Hayes and Mrs. Robin Dudley served the bride's cake and the groom's cake respectively.
Special Christmas and wedding music was provided by a string ensemble from Augusta, Mrs. Robin Johnson of Thomson, who sang Holy Ground, Archie Jordan, writer and composer from Metter, Ga., who sang What a Difference You've Made in My Life and Amazing Grace, and Mrs. Sheron Finnerty from Thomson, pianist at the reception.Following the ceremony, a reception was held at the church fellowship center. After a honeymoon trip to The Dominican Republic, the couple is residing in their new home near Augusta.