Cravens, Chapman exchange wedding vows on June 3

Courtney Kay Cravens and William Larkin Chapman III were wed June 3 at the First Presbyterian Church in Louisville. The Rev. Scott Phillips and the Rev. Richard Wiman officiated the double ring ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Eugene Cravens of Louisville. She is the granddaughter of Nora Lura McCullough and the late Ray McCullough and the late Mr. and Mrs. Donald Cravens, and the late Glenda McMillin.

The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Larkin Chapman Jr. of Flora. He is the grandson of Claudice Turner Reed and the late Irby Turner Jr. of Belzoni, and the late Mr. and Mrs. William Larkin Chapman of Newton.

Given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father, the bride wore a white lace wedding gown featuring a fitted bodice and a strapless, sweetheart neckline with a cathedral length train embellished with crystals and pearls. She wore a fingertip length veil also featuring crystals and pearls. She wore a strand of pearls belonging to the bridegroom’s mother and pearl drop earrings, which were a gift from the bridegroom. She carried a bouquet of pink roses and white hydrangeas.

Maid of honor was Margaret Elizabeth Cravens, cousin of the bride. Bridesmaids were Kelly Hollingsworth Turner of Memphis; Amber Nichole Adcock of Brandon; Judith Grace Cravens and Avery Lauren Cravens of French Camp; Marleigh Faith Turnipseed and Keatan Noel Turnipseed of Louisville. Keylee Raye and Bailey Faye Ford of Louisville were flower girls. The bridesmaids wore knee length pink dresses with bouquets of pink and white Gerber daises that complimented the bride’s bouquet.


The bridegroom’s father was best man. Groomsmen were Justin Andrew Chapman of Flora; Logan Alexander Leblanc of Canton; Johnathan William Fortenberry and Kameron Gage Fortenberery of Carthage; John Martin Turnipseed of Louisville; Parker Riley Cravens of Ackerman. Ushers were Spencer Gerald Ray of Brandon; Jonathan Craig Swain of Noxapater; William Andrew Upchurch of Boonville; and Rigoberto Grillo of Sarasota, Fla. The bridegroom and his groomsmen wore matching grey tuxedos with boutonnieres of white roses.

Ceremony music was provided by Laura Townsend, organist; Renae Aurell, pianist; and Phanell Upchurch, Deborah Gilbert, and Nanette Yarber, vocalists. The memory candle was lit by the bride’s brother, Drew Lane Cravens.

Following the ceremony a reception was held in Honeysuckle Hall at Lake Tia K’hata. Happy Butch presented music for dancing.

On the eve of the wedding, the bridegroom’s parents hosted a dinner at Lake Tia K’hata.

Following a wedding trip to Gulf Shores, the couple lives in Louisville with their dogs, Delilah and Max.



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.