Category: Announcements

Beth Averitt

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Beth-Averitt-Obituary-WEBA faithful servant, loving wife, mother and grandmother, Mrs. Don V. Averitt (Beth) was called home by her Lord on January 27, 2017, due to complications from Alzheimer’s.

Beth, a fourth-generation Texan, was born in Greenville, Texas and reared in East Texas by her parents, Oline and L.F. Raynes, lifelong educators. She grew up in Commerce and communities surrounding her family homestead in East Texas. She graduated Valedictorian of her high school class, and attended East Texas State University, majoring in organ, piano and business. Beth married her high school sweetheart, Don V. Averitt, and moved to Dallas where she began her early career as a legal secretary with Mobil Oil Corporation.

Pausing her career to begin her family in the early 1960’s, she returned to work and developed her love for interior design, working with her husband, a real estate developer, on many commercial office and hotel projects. She also enjoyed a position with her husband’s alma mater, Southern Methodist University, in the Cox School of Business. Beth continued her love of the Mustangs, during her sons’ educations by being active in the SMU Mother’s Club and Sigma Chi Mother’s Club and continued to don her red and blue at Ole Miss, supporting her daughter’s ADPi sorority chapter. She began attending SMU football games again in the new Ford Stadium and continued her support through one game in the 2016 season.

Beth was always active in support of her family, friends, church and philanthropic interests. She was proud of her association with her bridge club which she enjoyed without interruption for over 50 years. She solidified lasting friendships with surviving original members, Dot Splawn, Helen Hammer, Wanda Holland, Lucy Bateman and Carol Chiles. Beth was active in her children’s education, serving as home room mother, promoting musical and athletic programs and serving as president of PTA for all three of her children. She was active in the Methodist Church, first serving as an MYF leader with her husband, then active as a Sunday school teacher and later serving on the Board of the Highland Park United Methodist Church and North Texas Conference of United Methodist Women. Beth served in leadership roles with many auxiliaries, serving as Treasurer of CPA Wives; President of Dallas Heritage Society and Ball Chairman of the Grand Heritage Ball, benefitting Old City Park; Dallas Southern Memorial Association President during the renovation and restoration of Arlington Hall and Lee Park; President of Les Femmes du Monde, President of the Dallas Theatre Center Guild; President of the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum, during which time she began the planning for A Woman’s Garden; she served on the boards for many years of The Woman’s Board of the Dallas Opera and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League. She was an active member of Highland Park United Methodist Church, Wesleyan Fellowship Class, the Dallas Woman’s Club, Marianne Scruggs Garden Club, Craig Class, Bent Tree Country Club and The Park City Club.

She is survived by, her loving husband of 61 years, Don V. Averitt, son Don R. Averitt and wife Barbara, son Mark C. Averitt and wife Kendra and their daughter Greer, and daughter Susan Averitt Duvall and husband Dodd, and three grandchildren, Madelyn, Natalie and Reagan Duvall, all of Dallas, Texas. Family members also include brothers-in-law Michael Averitt, wife R.J. and daughter Angie, Gerald Averitt, wife Mary and sons Brian and Jonathan, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, January 31, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Sparkman Hillcrest, 7405 West Northwest Highway. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 1, at Highland Park United Methodist Church Cox Chapel, 3300 Mockingbird Lane.

Donations may be made to A Women’s Garden at the Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road, 75218; Dallas Woman’s Club Erin Bain Jones Scholarship, 7100 Park Lane 75225; Center for Brain Health 2200 W. Mockingbird Lane, 75235, or the charity of your choice.

Farris – Thompson

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Larry Sengbush - Photographer


Larry Sengbush - Photographer

Mr. and Mrs. John Charles Farris of University Park are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Lora Kathryn Farris, to Joseph Landon Thompson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe William Thompson of Plano, Texas.

The bride is a graduate of Highland Park High School. She received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Washington and Lee University. Lora is the Director of Marketing for the North Texas Food Bank. The groom is a graduate of Plano Senior High School and is owner of a commercial construction and demolition company.

The couple plan a July 1, 2017 wedding at The Vintage Estate in Yountville, Calif.

Katherine Culwell & Powell Porter

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Carla Gates Photography


Carla Gates Photography

Katherine Adrianne Culwell and Powell David Porter exchanged sacred wedding vows at The Estate in Atlanta on October 8, 2016. Rev. Winslow Thomas officiated the ceremony with the reception of dining and dancing following in the historic antebellum mansion that was built in 1797 and later moved to its current location in the middle of Buckhead in Atlanta. The couple chose “Crazy Girl” performed by US Beat for their first dance.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Wendell Culwell of Dallas. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Brantley Cleveland Booe Jr., and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wendell Culwell, all of Dallas.

The groom is the son of Ms. Cynthia Wolfston Porter of Atlanta and Mr. William Albright Porter of Hardeeville, S.C.  He is the grandson of Mrs. Helen Lloyd of Olive Branch, Miss.

The bride was presented in marriage by her parents and escorted down the aisle by her father. For her wedding the bride chose the heirloom gown originally worn by her mother, maternal aunt and sister. Patti Flowers of Dallas redesigned the candlelight dress of fine English net and Schiffli lace, that was re-embroidered with French Alencon lace.

The molded lace bodice was intricately beaded with clusters of tiny seed pearls, featuring a sweetheart neckline, with the sheer beaded English net continuing to her neckline and accenting her shoulders with a cut in design.

The slim controlled skirt fell from a fitted natural waistline to slipper length. The skirt of Schiffli lace with accents of beaded Alencon lace swept from gentle gathers to a chapel-length train in scalloped panels of lace.

To complement her gown, Katherine wore her mother’s original ivory veil of silk illusion. The delicate scalloped-edged design was accented with clusters of seed pearls and cascaded past the length of her train. Katherine’s “something blue” was a small bow-shaped heirloom broach of turquoise and silver that she wore attached to her bouquet.

Attending the bride as matron of honor was her sister, Blair Culwell Staky, and as maid of honor, her other sister, Caroline Christianson Culwell. Her bridesmaids included Carrie Cathleen Gorman, Jessica Fitzgerald Porter, and Sarah Candace Wroblicky.

Assisting the groom as best man was Richard William Doverspike. His groomsmen included John William Harden, Sean Cowen Joseph, Robert Scott Libby, and Patrick Neal Nilan. William Ryan Mason and Alexey Mikhailovich Tsyrenov were ushers.

The bride is a graduate of Highland Park High School. She received a Bachelor of Science in business and a Masters of Science in finance from Auburn University, where she was a five year member and two year captain of the Auburn Volleyball Team. Katherine is an investment analyst for Aon Hewitt Investment Consulting.

The groom attended high school at the Woodward Academy in Atlanta. He received a Bachelor of Science in business from Auburn University where he was a member of the Auburn University Tennis Team. Powell is an enterprise account manager for Hortonworks.

Following their wedding trip to St. Lucia, the couple have made their home in Atlanta.

Elizabeth Ygartua & Spencer Knapp

Matthew Shelley Photography

Matthew Shelley Photography

Matthew Shelley Photography

Sarah Elizabeth Ygartua and Spencer Gerald Knapp joined hands and hearts in holy matrimony at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church on Oct. 22, 2016. The bride was the third generation of her family to be married at the church.

Rev. Bill Murray officiated the ceremony, which was followed by dinner and dancing at the Trinity River Audubon Center. A rehearsal dinner, hosted by the parents of the groom, was held at City Café the evening before.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis John Ygartua of Dallas. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Oakes Turner Sr. of Highland Park, Mr. and Mrs. Carlos Lee Ygartua Sr. of Athens, Ga., and Mrs. William Parker and the late Mr. Parker of Hendersonville, N.C.

The groom is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Michael Knapp of Joplin, Mo. He is the grandson of the late Dr. Gerald Knapp, the late Mrs. Jeane Knapp, the late Mrs. Helen Knapp, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles Heimann, all of St. Louis.

The bride was given in marriage by her parents. She was escorted down the aisle on the arm of her father. Elizabeth selected an elegant ivory ball gown by designer Maggie Sottero. Its floral lace covered the bodice and illusion V-neckline while lace appliqués tumbled down a tulle skirt. A sparkling Swarovski crystal belt highlighted the natural waistline. A plunging V-back studded with crystal buttons led to a chapel-length train. The bride also wore an heirloom pin, concealed in the folds of her skirt, that had been worn by 18 women in her family on their wedding days since 1885. The couple both wore blue suede shoes, perfect for dancing.

Assisting the bride as maid of honor was Sarah Margaret Mannes. Her bridesmaids included Sarah Bennett, Mackenzie Trice Cho, Katie Frink, Amanda Maunoury, and Erin Wainscott. Junior bridesmaids were her cousins Rebecca Russell, Ashley Turner, and Virginia Turner. Members of the house party included Rianna DiBartolo-Cordovano, Hannah Ramsey, and Sarah Hazlett Tichenor. Allison Turner was the flower girl.

Attending the groom as best man was his brother, Bradley Knapp. His groomsmen included Adam Erdmann, Andrew Gisleson, Brent Owens, Nicholas Rago, and Jack Ygartua. Jeremiah McLaughlin, Juston Michealson, and Thomas John Crane were ushers.

The bride is a 2008 graduate of Highland Park High School. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from the University of Richmond, where she was a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority and the national leadership fraternity, Omicron Delta Kappa. Elizabeth was a Dallas Symphony Orchestra League debutante. She is a founding member of the Hope Cottage Leadership Council, which supports Hope Cottage Pregnancy and Adoption Center. She is currently an Editorial Designer for WorldVentures. Elizabeth is the former Art Director and Editor for People Newspapers.

The groom is a 2004 graduate of Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School in Joplin. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Luther College. Spencer is a member of the Rotary Club of Dallas and a Paul Harris Fellow. He is an enterprise account manager for IBM Cloud and IBM Millennial Corps Ambassador. Spencer is also a former delegate and current ambassador for One Young World.

Following their delayed honeymoon to Copenhagen, Denmark, Elizabeth and Spencer have made their home in Dallas.

Carolyn Bender & Andrew DeTrempe

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John Cain Sargent, John Cain Photography


John Cain Sargent, John Cain Photography

Carolyn “Carly” Bekins Bender and Andrew Joseph DeTrempe were married October 15, 2016 at Gulf Stream Golf Club in Gulf Stream, Fla. Rev. Ronald W. Scates officiated the ceremony. A seated dinner and dancing followed at the club

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Garesche Bender of University Park. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Irving Frederick Jensen Jr. of Sioux City, Iowa, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Richard Joseph Bender, of St. Louis.

The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Joseph DeTrempe of Dallas. He is the grandson of Ms. Anna Marie Marino of Dallas, Mr. and Mrs. Tony Joe Salvaggio of Payson, Ariz. and the late Mr. and Mrs. Lester David DeTrempe of Peoria, Ill.

The bride’s vision of a traditional cathedral gown that could transcend the ocean backdrop came to life through the creation of a custom couture gown by iconic fashion designer Nardos Imam. Three panels of French lace extended past the train, creating not only a dramatic extension to the gown, but also a parallel to the lace featured in the bride’s cathedral-length veil of antique Belgian lace. The veil was a family heirloom first worn in 1942 by the bride’s cousin, again in 1983 by the bride’s mother, and most recently in 2013 by the bride’s sister. The bride carried a bouquet of white roses wrapped in a lace monogrammed handkerchief accentuated by a 14 karat gold scallop shell pendant.

Carly also wore a navy blue Yale garter. The bride’s grandfather graduated from Yale University in 1954, and gave the garter to his intended, Carolyn Bekins (the bride’s grandmother and namesake), for her to wear on their wedding day. In addition to the bride’s grandmother, the bride’s mother and sister also wore the garter on their wedding days, but the bride was the first to have worn the garter having attended Yale University.

DeTrempe, Sarah Bennett, Shannon Davey, Elizabeth O’Malley, Hayley Alexandra Stenger, Christian Bender, Lea Bender, Samantha Bidwill, Eva Dunlap, Christine Pedersen, and Maria Yegikyan.

Attending the groom as best man was his brother, Philip DeTrempe. His groomsmen and ushers included Robert Bender, Christopher Burton, Spencer Connaughton, Alexander Muñoz, Cameron Wakley, Kevin Burton, Marc Feldman, David Gassko, Thomas Hughes, Cameron Pipes, and Robert Roher. Performing as honorary ring-bearer was the bride’s 9 month old nephew, Master Charles Burton.

Carly is a 2008 graduate of Highland Park High School.  She received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business 2012 and a Masters of Accountancy from Vanderbilt University 2013. She will be graduating May 2017 from Yale University with a Masters of Business.

Andrew is a 2008 graduate of Antonian College Preparatory High School in San Antonio.  He received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business. Andrew is a hedge fund analyst at Robertson Opportunity Capital.

The couple took their wedding trip in Antigua, and now reside in New Haven, Conn.. They plan to return to Dallas in May 2017.

David Hurmis, Jr.

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fullsizerender_webDavid Hurmis, Jr., 86, passed away peacefully on December 3, 2016 in Dallas. He was born to David and Judith Hurmis on February 21, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois where he grew up and attended school until joining the army and serving in the Korean War.

Upon his return from the war he married his sweetheart and wife of 59 years, Alice Hurmis, and with his family moved to Dallas in 1960 to open Tempo Decorative  Fabric’s first office and warehouse in Texas. Dave worked in the drapery and fabric business until his retirement in 2012.

He was a founding member of John Calvin Presbyterian Church where he worshiped and served in many capacities over the past six decades and was instrumental in raising funds for the construction of Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas.

Dave was preceded in death by his wife Alice, his parents and his brother Arthur Hurmis. He leaves behind his son Darrell and wife Kim, his daughter Darlene Morley and husband Rob, his granddaughters Holly Langford and husband Chace, Jordan Morley, Callie Jones and husband Jason and Paige
Morley, his great granddaughter Kate Langford, and his sister Myra David and husband George.

His granddaughters describe their ‘Papa’ as the sweetest, kindest and most precious grandfather anyone could be blessed with. His entire family will miss him beyond words.

A memorial service celebrating his life was held at John Calvin Presbyterian Church in Dallas. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his honor to John Calvin Presbyterian Church, 4151 Royal Lane, Dallas, TX 75229, attn: Amy Moore.

Sisk – Pickering

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Caroline Jurgensen Photography


Caroline Jurgensen Photography

Tony and Cathy Sisk, of Dallas, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Jamie Amanda, to Douglas Wade Pickering Jr.  Doug is the son of Jeanette and Lamar Norsworthy of Highland Park and Joanie and Doug Pickering Sr., of Dallas.

Amanda is a 2004 graduate of Highland Park High School. She received a BS in communications from Texas A&M University in 2008 and is a legal recruiter at Fish & Richardson. Doug is a 1997 graduate of Culver Military Academy. He received a BS in financial economics from Southern Methodist University in 2001.  He is owner of DWP BBQ and co-owner/executive chef/pit master of a new restaurant concept planned to open in 2017.

An April wedding in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico is planned.

Pipkin – Sorrell

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Carter Rose / f8studio

Mr. and Mrs. Mike Pipkin of University Park are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Mary Ellen Pipkin, to Benjamin Mark Sorrell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Scott Sorrell of Coppell, Texas.

Mary Ellen is a graduate of Highland Park High School and Abilene Christian University. Ben was home-schooled and also graduated from  Abilene Christian University.  They are pursuing their master’s degrees, Mary Ellen in teaching and learning, and Ben in accounting, at ACU.  On completion, Ben will begin work at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

The couple plans to marry in June 2017 and will make their home in Dallas.

Antle – Gandy

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JC Penney | portraits


JC Penney | portraits

Cathy Travis of Monument, Colo. and Greg Antle of Englewood, Colo. are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Brittany Nicole Antle, to Matthew Edwin Gandy, son of Susan and Woodrow Gandy of the Bluffview area of Dallas.

The bride is a graduate of Cherry Creek High School in Greenwood Village, Colo. She received a BA in integrative physiology from the University of Colorado. Brittany is in her final year of medical school at Ross University School of Medicine.

The groom is a graduate of The Episcopal School of Dallas. He received a BS in journalism from the University of Colorado. Matt is in his final year of medical school at Ross University School of Medicine.

The couple plan a May 20, 2017 wedding at The Pines at Genesee in Golden, Colo.