N’siders presented in Greenville
The Greenville Golf and Country Club was the setting for the 76th annual Delta Debutante Ball December 29. The Delta Debutante Club was founded in 1942 under the direction of Mrs. Judge Rabun Jones of Greenville, with the assistance of Stuart Whitmarsh of New York City. It is the oldest debutante club in Mississippi.
James Lawrence Wilson IV of Greenwood served as Master of Ceremonies for the presentation of 11 debutantes including several Northsiders.
They include Margaret LaVergn Dent, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Hayes Dent Jr.. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Noel Joseph Hutcheson of Dallas and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Joe Bailey of Yazoo City.
Sarah Helen Skelton, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jefferson Pinckney Wilkerson Skelton. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Lee Jones of Madison, and Emery Dale Skelton and the late Helen Wilkerson Skelton, both of Greenville.
Anna Sledge Tucker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Dale Tucker. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Homer Lester Sledge Jr. of Cleveland, and Mrs. John Lee Tucker of Ridgeland and the late Mr. Tucker.
Brynnen Taylor Yoste, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Geraghty Yoste. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Philip Dickerson of Ridgeland, and Mrs. Edward Scott Yoste of Jackson, and the late Mr. Yoste.
Pages and Page Escorts included Mollie Caroline Mozingo, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Thomas Mozingo. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Erwin Archer of Greenville, and Dr. James Robert Mozingo of Jackson and the late Mrs. Mozingo.
Paxton Hays Thompson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Hays Thompson II. He is the grandson of Mrs. Vickery Hawkins of Greenville, Robert Ellett Hawkins of Starkville, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Hays Thompson of Laurel.
The entrance to the club was draped in white organza, and guests were welcomed with complimentary champagne at the base of a floral garden centerpiece overflowing with hydrangeas, garden roses, delphinium, and Casablanca lilies, all in hues of white. Similar arrangements were also centered on each buffet table throughout the room. The stage area featured an “Accents of France” trellis, adorned with wisps of Huckleberry greenery and framed with hydrangeas and garden roses. On either side of the stage, columns with topiary greenery were featured. The ceiling of the ballroom was draped with georgette fabric. Guest tables were scattered throughout the club, and featured gold candelabras with a variety of floral offerings.
The debutantes entered through the arbor of French trellis, wearing white gowns and kid gloves. They carried gathered clutches of white O’Hara garden roses, collared with greenery and hand-tied with satin ribbon. Pages to the debutantes carried small nosegays of Playa Blanca roses, and their escorts wore white Playa Blanca rose boutonnières.
Also on the day of the ball, a group of grandmothers treated the pages and their escorts to dance lessons and pizza at the home of Mr. Evans Crosby Jackson.