Mr. and Mrs. Robert Milton Gathings Jr. of Jackson announce the engagement of their daughter, Toy Elizabeth Gathings to John Michael “Mac” Allen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Lafan Allen of Big Stone Gap, Va. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Dr. and Mrs. Laurance James Clark Jr. of Jackson and the late Mr. and Mrs. Robert Milton Gathings of Ridgeland.
The prospective bridegroom is the grandson of Mrs. Ben Ellis Allen and the late Mr. Allen and Mrs. James Jessie Seay and the late Mr. Seay all of Big Stone Gap.
Miss Gathings is a 2008 graduate of Jackson Preparatory School. In 2012, she was graduated from Mississippi State University with a bachelor’s degree in human sciences, with a concentration in apparel, textiles and merchandising and a minor in business administration and marketing. She was a member of Kappa Delta sorority. Currently, Miss Gathings is a financial analyst with CBRE in Nashville.
Allen is a 2008 graduate of Powell Valley High School in Big Stone Gap and a 2012 graduate of Virginia Tech where he received his bachelor’s degree in political science. In 2015 he received his juris doctorate from the University of Mississippi School of Law. He is an associate with Manier and Herod in Nashville.
The couple will exchange vows on February 20 at Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church with a reception to follow at Old Capitol Inn.