Cox and Ellison wed Aug. 19 at First Presbyterian

Bonney Flora Cox and Parker Lee Ellison Jr. were united in marriage in a candlelight service August 19 at First Presbyterian Church.

The bride is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. John Lowrey Cox of Jackson. She is the granddaughter of Norma Flora Bowen and the late Ernest Gray Flora Jr., formerly of Macon, and Mr. and Mrs. William Harold Cox Jr. of Jackson.

Dr. Ellison is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Parker Lee Ellison. He is the grandson of Joel Elliott Varner and the late Catherine Bankston Varner, and Dr. and Mrs. Richard Beirne Ellison, all of Jackson.

The ceremony was officiated by the Rev. David Lanier Felker. Nuptial music was presented by Jessica Schmidt, violin; John Sinclair, cello; William Wymond, organ; and Tiffany Williams, vocalist.

The bride, given in marriage by her father, wore a classic, silk magnolia, geometrically seamed designer gown. Her trumpet-style dress featured a draped, off the shoulder bodice that swept into a chapel length train. Further accentuated by covered buttons down to the hem, the dress was made complete with a beaded, tulle sash which defined the natural waistline. With her gown, she wore a cathedral length, scalloped edge lace veil, paired with a tulle blusher veil. The bride carried a traditional French clutch bouquet of vendela roses and ivory garden roses. Seeded eucalyptus framed the shape of the bouquet and accentuated the Swarovski crystals which added a touch of sparkle to the design. Ivory silk Dupioni ribbon encased the stems of the bouquet.


Matron of honor was the bride’s sister, Katherine Cox Dehmer. Maid of honor was the bride’s sister, Norma Caldwell Cox. Bridesmaids were Claire Varner Ellison and Emily Catherine Ellison, sisters of the bridegroom; Lilla Grace Flora, cousin of the bride; Laura Walton Fenelon, Callie Brown Hall, Anne Franklin Helton, Ann Francis Leech, Kristina Abbott Roberts, Mary Clark Spencer, and Kristen McNair Strickland. They wore designer gowns that were soft, gray-colored and featured a shirred strapless bodice with a sweetheart neckline. The A-line skirt featured convertible panels that were tied to create alternate necklines. They carried English clutch bouquets of white hydrangeas, blush roses, bridal white roses, and vendela roses.

Flower girls were Mary Ellison Dale and Hallie Elizabeth Dale. They carried European clutch bouquets of porcelana spray roses and baby’s breath. The stems of the flowers were wrapped in blush Dupioni silk ribbon. The girls wore halos of baby’s breath tied with ivory shower ribbon trailing down their backs. Jessica Herron Hammond was the bride’s proxy, and program attendants were Mary Magee Leech and Anna Rachel Roberts.

The bridegroom’s father was best man. Groomsmen were William Alford Allen, Arthur Pelzer Davis, Joseph Steele Dehmer, Ira Daniel Harber, Patrick Stephen Harris, Joshua David Holdenreid, Hunter Weyburn Hood, Thomas Patrick Monaghan, Jonathan Edwards Peters, Price O’Neal Sessums, and Daniel Fuller Ellison, brother of the bridegroom.


Following the ceremony, the bride’s parents hosted a reception at the Railroad District. The Party Jammers provided the music.

On the eve of the wedding, the bridegroom’s parents hosted a rehearsal dinner at the Country Club of Jackson. The day before the wedding, a bridesmaids luncheon was held in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Todd Roberts.

After a wedding trip to Mexico, the couple is at home in Charleston, S.C.



Robert H. Watson will receive Mississippi College’s Award of Excellence at the university’s 2018 homecoming.

Activities include an October 26 awards banquet at Anderson Hall.