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Caroline Burkett & Ben Beecherl

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Revised Caroline Burkett & Ben Beecherl Wedding No. 1 IMG-WEB

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Caroline Louise Burkett and James Benjamin Williams “Ben” Beecherl exchanged wedding vows Saturday, March 17, 2018 at Highland Park Presbyterian Church. Reverend Jonathan Hicks officiated the ceremony. Music was provided by The Festival Brass and Lyric Strings. A cocktail reception at the Ritz Carlton and seated dinner and dancing followed.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Hart Burkett of Houston. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Hart Burkett of Bartlesville, Okla. and the late Mr. and Mrs. Robert Shirey of Ardmore, Okla.

The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Arthur Beecherl III of Highland Park. He is the grandson of Mrs. Julia Tutt Beecherl and the late Mr. Louis Arthur Beecherl Jr. of Highland Park, and the late Mr. and Mrs. James Bowman Williams, also of Highland Park.

The bride was presented in marriage by her parents. She was escorted down the aisle on the arm of her father. Caroline wore a bridal gown designed by Anne Barge, a long-sleeved, Alencon lace V-neck gown with silk mikado pocket a-line skirt. She wore a chapel-length threaded embroidered and scattered crystals veil designed by Homa Bridal. She carried an all white bouquet of hydrangeas, roses, and peonies.

Assisting the bride as maids of honor were Jana Munn Briggs and Catherine Cecile McElroy. Her bridesmaids included Paige Michelle Delouche, Lauren Foster Gammage, Alyssa Beth Gross, Caroline McKenzie Hanson, Leanne Tracy Hicks, Alison Hope Harvey, Courtney Lavin Joyner, and Reagan Elliott Power. The flower girl was Helen Elizabeth Bell.

Attending the groom as best men were his brothers Louis Arthur Beecherl IV and Bowman Edward Beecherl. Groomsmen included Douglas Edward Boyer, Spencer Lee Davis, Holt Carlos Kostohryz, Thomas Michael Mahoney, Kyle Austin Massey, John Campbell Stetter, Matthew Aldrich Stroube, and Scott Holland Thomas. Ushers were Chase Thomas Addington, Charles William Clarke, Scott Wilkin Connell, and Landon Ross Hamilton. The ring bearer was Thomas Warren Bell.

The bride is a graduate of Stratford High School in Houston. She received a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance from Texas Christian University where she was also a member of Chi Omega sorority. Caroline is a market risk specialist for Comerica Bank.

The groom is a graduate of Highland Park High School. He received a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was also a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, and a Masters of Business Administration in finance from SMU Cox School of Business. Ben is an associate at ABN AMRO.

Following their wedding trip to Hawaii, the couple have made their home in Dallas.


Dorothy Kennington

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Dorothy Kennington Obit Photo-WEBDorothy Bayer Kennington passed away at her home on May 29th, 2018. She was born on August 13, 1934, in Jasper, Texas to Reverend Karl Orrin Bayer and Doris Scheib Bayer. The daughter of a Methodist minister on the Jasper Circuit, Dorothy spent much of her childhood in small towns along what would become Interstate 10 in East Texas, listening to her father’s profound sermons and to her mother, an accomplished pianist, accompanying the choir and congregation on the piano. Dorothy had a high intellect and was gregarious. She was Valedictorian of her high school class at Lamar High School in Houston and a member of the Chum Social Club. She graduated from Southern Methodist University where she was President of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, a member of Mortar Board national honor society, and a Homecoming Queen nominee. After graduating from SMU, she briefly taught at Thomas Jefferson High School. She married David Hilton Kennington, who predeceased her, and the two were married for 48 years. In 1960, it was Dorothy’s teacher’s retirement money that helped start Thermalloy, a semiconductor accessory manufacturing company. Dorothy liked to point out that it was a good return on her investment! Dorothy often said that her family was her life. While David grew Thermalloy, Dorothy focused her efforts on growing their family: raising their three sons, Craig, Clark and Clayton. Her license plate read BOYSSS, which said it all. She served on multiple PTA Boards all the years her boys attended Park Cities schools, including serving as president of the McCullough PTA, volunteered in the school cafeterias, was Cub Scout Den Leader, and was faithfully on the sidelines or in the stands of her sons’ many sporting events. Thanksgiving was her favorite holiday because she was surrounded by her extended family. Dorothy lived by the motto, “Life is an Adventure, Partake!” She traveled the world, visiting all seven continents on her many adventures, including the pyramids in Egypt, the icebergs in Antarctica, and the tulips in Holland. Dorothy also cherished spending time with her many friends through her various associations, such as the “Bradfield Plus One” Lunch Bunch, Fishing Group, Café Pacific “Tennis Group”, Beverly Drive Book Club, Marianne Scruggs Garden Club, Craig Class, Dallas Garden Club, and Dallas Woman’s Club. She was a dedicated community volunteer for many years in numerous charitable, cultural and civic organizations including University Park United Methodist Church, Board member of Senior Source, Women’s Board of the Dallas Symphony, Crystal Charity, Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation, and Communities Foundation. She was an avid bridge player and an accomplished pianist. Dorothy derived much fulfillment from her spirituality, and was devoted to her Christian faith. She and David were founding members of the Wedding Ring Sunday School Class at University Park United Methodist Church. As she gracefully moved into the later phase of her life, she became a beloved and involved grandmother to her grandchildren who returned her love and affection as she gave it, unconditionally. Dorothy leaves behind a legacy of elegance, kindness, selfless devotion to others, charity, and faith that will long be treasured by her devoted family, who will miss her greatly. She is survived by her sons Craig and his wife Josey, Clark and his wife Christine, and Clayton; grandchildren Carolina Kennington Cronin and her husband Geoff, Adriana, Hilton, Sam, Grant, Charlie, Virginia, Andrew, and Catherine Kennington; her sister Barbara Singleton and her husband Mitchell, her brother Karl Bayer and his wife Karen, and numerous nieces and nephews. The family will welcome visitors on Sunday June 3rd, 2018, from 5p.m. to 7p.m. at Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home. There will be a memorial service at University Park United Methodist Church on Monday, June 4th, 2018, at 11:00a.m., preceded by a private, family burial at Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home. Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be directed to The Senior Source, University Park United Methodist Church, the Wesley-Rankin Center, or the Baylor Hospital Foundation.


Bowen – Anbouba

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The family of James Anies Anbouba of Highland Park is pleased to announce his engagement to Carly Marie Bowen of Nashville, Tenn.

On Saturday, March 30, during a walk along the Trinity River, James surprised Carly, asking for her hand in marriage and presenting her with a newly designed engagement ring incorporating his late mother’s engagement stones. The two first met in kindergarten at The Lamplighter School, but Carly’s family moved to Tenn. shortly after. They later reconnected and began dating their freshman year at Texas Christian University.

The bride is a graduate of Franklin Road Academy of Nashville, Tenn. She received a degree in graphic design and business from Texas Christian University and is employed as a graphic designer at ClubCorp. She is the daughter of Jan and Joe Bowen, and the granddaughter of Dallas and Rose Marie Bryan, of Franklin, Tenn. and Anne and Dan Bowen Sr., of Madison, Miss.

The groom is a graduate of Highland Park High School. He received a degree in applied geoscience and energy management from Texas Christian University. He is employed as an associate analyst with Energy Transfer. He is the son of Imad Anbouba and the late Kimberly Goss Anbouba, and the grandson of the late James and Mertie Goss, of Dallas, and the late Khair Alah and Margaux Anbouba of Homs, Syria.

The couple plans to wed in June of 2019 in Nashville. They look forward to continuing to live in Dallas and everything their future holds.


Ahmadi – Smith

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Kobie and Sebastian Ahmadi of University Park are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Victoria S. Ahmadi, to Andrew Edward Hunter Smith, son of Vivianne Ousley of Celina, Texas and Scott Smith of Winnsboro, Texas.

The bride is the granddaughter of Patsy Ruth Cato of University Park and the late Booker Lee Brown of Greenbrier, Ark. and the late Mariam Ahmadi and Abdul Ahmadi of Simi Valley, Calif.

The groom is the grandson of Sandy Hunter Neff of Richardson, Texas; George Albert Smith III of Dallas; the late Leila Gonzalez-Correa of Plano, Texas; and the late Carlos Manuel Alvarado of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The bride is a graduate of Prestonwood Christian Academy. She received a Bachelor of Arts in journalism with a minor in history from Southern Methodist University. Victoria is director of sales for Studio Sebastian. The groom is a graduate of Frisco High School in Frisco, Texas. He received bachelor degrees in economics and finance from Southern Methodist University. He is currently pursuing his CFA charter. Andrew is a research analyst for Lear Investment Management.

Victoria and Andrew will exchange sacred wedding vows in late October at Highland Park United Methodist Church with a reception following at the Mansion on Turtle Creek.


Cummings – Gray

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Mrs. Linda Sue Dixon and Mr. Roy Michael Cummings of Portland, Ore. are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Morgan Janet Dixon Cummings, to Robert O’Neal Gray II, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Sargent of Preston Hollow and Mr. and Mrs. Robert O’Neal Gray of Highland Park.

The bride is a 2005 graduate of David Douglas High School in Portland, Ore. She received a Bachelor of Science in management science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Masters of Business Administration from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Morgan is a corporate strategy consulting leader at Southwest Airlines.

The groom is a 2004 graduate of Highland Park High School. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration in real estate from the University of Mississippi. O’Neal is president of SFRC Holdings.

The couple plan a mid-May wedding at the Texas Discovery Gardens.


Rachel Cannon & Jacob Koonsman

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Rachel Deanne Cannon and Jacob Mitchell Koonsman were united in marriage on Saturday, February 3, 2018, at 4:30 p.m. at Highland Park United Methodist Church. Pastor Tova Sido performed the ceremony and Scott Ayers, organist, provided music. Following the ceremony, a reception of dining and dancing was held at The Highland Dallas Hotel. A rehearsal dinner, hosted by the parents of the groom, was held on Friday evening at Hotel Lumen in Dallas.

Rachel is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bascom Cannon of Dallas. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Cunningham of Waco, Texas; Mrs. Mary Sue Duty of Moody, Texas; the late Mr. Robert Duty, also of Moody, Texas; and the late Mr. and Mrs. James William Cannon Sr. of San Antonio.

Jacob is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Martin Leroy Koonsman Jr. of Dallas. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Lawerence Amidei of Lago Vista, Texas, the late Mr. Sidney Holman Davis of Houston, Mrs. Toni Bannister Wessley of Plano, Texas, and the late Mr. Martin Leroy Koonsman Sr. of Iredell, Texas.

The bride was escorted down the aisle by her father. Serving as maid of honor was Sarah Cannon, sister of the bride. Bridesmaids included Meredith Barnes, Mary Elizabeth Burgher, Ashley Holmes, Natalie Johnson, Brooke Koonsman, sister of the groom; Brittany Longosz; Lindsey Miller; Katherine Mitchell; Shelby Strodel; Sara Beth Tunnell; and Erin Weitzel.

Serving as best men were Luke Koonsman, brother of the groom, and Ford Braly. Groomsmen included Jacob Anderson, Zachary Bodhane, Robert Boone, Alex Cole, Weston DeFrisco, Robert Howard, Tyre Pierce, Malcolm Petersen, Philip Sommers, and Will Washington. Ushers were Cole Burdette and Cheston Goudge. Scripture readers were Will Mogk, Carter Sido, Anna-Princillia Sido, and George Sido. The ring bearers were Ethan Kim and Eli Kim.

Rachel is a graduate of Highland Park High School and The University of Alabama where she graduated Cum Laude. She is employed by StreetLights Residential in Dallas, TX.

Jacob is a graduate of Highland Park High School and Colorado State University. He is employed by VeriTex Spine in Dallas.

Following a honeymoon in Belize, the couple will reside in Dallas.


Lindley – Byrne

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Mr. and Mrs. William H. Lindley of Highland Park are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Katherine Ann Lindley, to Brian Patrick Byrne, son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael V. Byrne of Lubbock, Texas.

The bride is a graduate of Grapevine High School. She received a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from Texas Tech University. Katherine is a physician recruiter for Grace Health System.

The groom is a graduate of Coronado High School in Lubbock. He received a Bachelor of Arts in business administration from Texas Tech University. Brian is a finance officer with Russell E. Womack, Inc.

The couple will marry April 21, 2018 at Eberley Brooks Event Center in Lubbock.


Burkett – Beecherl

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Mr. and Mrs. Wiliam Hart Burkett of Houston are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Caroline Louise Burkett, to James Benjamin Williams “Ben” Beecherl, son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis A. Beecherl III of Highland Park.

The bride is a graduate of Stratford High School in Houston. She received a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance from Texas Christian University where she was also a member of Chi Omega sorority. Caroline is a market risk specialist for Comerica Bank.

The groom is a graduate of Highland Park High School. He received a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was also a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, and a Masters of Business Administration in finance from SMU Cox School of Business. Ben is an associate at ABN AMRO.

Caroline and Ben plan to marry mid-March in Dallas.


Carlene Smyrl & Jordan Sheehan

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Carlene Marie Smyrl and Jordan MacKay Sheehan were united in marriage on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at seven o’clock in the evening at Central Christian Church in Austin, Texas. The Reverend Charles Altman Scruggs IV of Dallas officiated. Organist Luke Mayernik, with Michael Bucalo on trumpet, provided the music for the wedding. David Harrison Alley of Dallas read scripture.

Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed a celebration hosted by the bride’s parents at Westwood Country Club with music provided by Sean Alan. The evening before the wedding, the parents of the groom, Mr. and Mrs. James Gilbert Sheehan III, hosted dinner at Parkside in downtown Austin.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Mac Smyrl of Austin. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Mac Smyrl of Horsehoe Bay, Texas and Mr. and Mrs. L Franklin Beard of Austin. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Gilbert Sheehan III of Dallas. He is the grandson of Mrs. Robert Gordon Rodgers and the late Mr. Robert Gordon Rodgers of Dallas and the late Mr. and Mrs. James Gilbert Sheehan Jr. of Danville, Ky.

The bride was given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father. She wore a chapel-length gown designed by Robert Bullock and carried a bouquet of organic textural design.

Caroline Michele Smyrl and Cara Lee Smyrl, Carly’s sisters and both of Austin, served as maids of honor. Her bridesmaids were Sarah Caroline Brown of Austin, Morgan Elizabeth Wenske of Austin, Jennifer Lynn Kreb of Lake Forest, Ill.; Claire Pond Gundlach of Houston; Courtney Lynn Jackson of Boerne, Texas; Caraline Adair Trecha of Columbia, Mo.; Catherine Anne Reese of Dallas; and her sister-in-law Susan Roxanne Sheehan of Dallas. The house party included Laura Renee Fish of Longview, Texas; Claire Christian Moody of Waco, Texas; and Callie Rebecca Shedd of Abilene, Texas

Flower girls attending the couple were Lucy Marie Hendricks, Charlotte Townley Johnson, Claire Elling Johnson, and Ridgely Jane Andrea Johnson, all of Dallas.

Jordan’s best man was David Simms Hamner of Dallas. Groomsmen were Andrew Neil Bishkin of Dallas, Thomas Riley Dewitt of Waco, Will Reabe Nystrom of Brainerd, Minn.; Ted Stohl Parrish of Waco; Brian Christopher Pennington of Waco; John Steven Shellenberger of Dallas; James Riley Sheehan of Dallas; James Gilbert Sheehan IV of Dallas; and Kyle Andrew Stringer of Dallas. Ushers were Tim James Doyle of Hinsdale, Ill. and Clark Addison Poole of Southlake, Texas.

The bride is a 2012 graduate of Regents School of Austin and a 2016 graduate of Baylor University. She received a Bachelor of Science in interior design and is employed in Dallas by Marly+Co. as an interior designer.

The groom is a 2011 graduate of Highland Park High School. He is a 2015 graduate of Baylor University where he received a degree in marketing from the Hankamer School of Business. Jordan works in sales at Inman Promotional Team.

The happy couple will reside in Dallas following their honeymoon in Jamaica.