Miss Bowen and Barker planning June 8 wedding in Hendersonville, N.C.

Mr. and Mrs. Mark Sutton Bowen announce the engagement of their daughter, Mary Elizabeth Bowen, to Michael Dale Barker, son of Mr. and Mrs. Rickey Dale Barker of Vina, Ala.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Elizabeth Luckett Simmons, and the late William Delmar (Billy) Simmons, and Mary Ann Reed Bowen, and the late John H. (Buddy) Bowen, all of Jackson.

Miss Bowen is a 2006 graduate of Jackson Preparatory School and a 2010 graduate of University of Mississippi with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. At Ole Miss, she was a member of Tri Delta sorority. She received a doctorate in optometry from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry in 2015 and completed a residency at the W.G. Hefner VA in Salisbury, N.C. in 2016. Miss Bowen operates Oculus Eye Care in Charlotte, N.C.

The prospective bridegroom is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Billy Alexander Taylor of Florence, Ala., and the late Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Barker of Vina, Ala.

Barker is a 1998 graduate of Vina High School and a 2006 graduate of the University of Alabama where he earned a degree in quantitative finance. At Alabama, he was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. Barker operates Workspace Solutions, a technology consulting firm based in Charlotte.

The couple will be wed June 8 at Point Lookout Vineyards in Hendersonville, N.C.

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