On Sunday, May 5, Grace Episcopal Church was the setting for a lovely afternoon wedding uniting Michael Allen Tyson and JoAnn Meadows Crow in holy matrimony. Mike, a local banker, and JoAnn, an optometrist, were introduced to each other a year ago by their matchmaking friends Cindy Cater and Ann Garner. A reception in Tyler Hall followed the wedding, but friends of the bride and groom weren’t done with the celebrating just yet. A couple of weeks after the happy couple returned from a beachy honeymoon in Destin, they were treated to a party in their honor at the Supply Room in Oxford.
Tim Barton, general manager of The Supply Room, transformed the company’s lobby into a genial gathering spot. He and his wife, Donna, co-hosted the event, along with Shanna and Kerry Holt, Cindy and Bob Cater, Jim and Kim Athon, Ann and Bob Garner and Anna and Jon Coley. Mike’s son, Matthew Tyson, and wife Lindsay, accompanied the newlyweds to the shindig, giving Mike a chance to show off his newborn grandson, Timothy Allen Tyson. Mike’s daughter, Anna Tyson, arrived home for summer break from UAB in time to be part of the celebration as well.
The guest list represented an interesting cross section from Mike and JoAnn’s various community ties — such as Mike’s banking friends, Margaret and Jim Roberts, and his contacts from Kiwanis, Phillip Noble and Jenny Stedham, as well as his Leadership Calhoun County classmate, Joseph Jankoski.
JoAnn’s optical associates, Ayona Russell and husband, BJ, along with Sharon Thomas and Janet Boullemet-Ukangsin, were there to lift their glasses in a toast to the newlyweds, as were Mike’s friends from the Community Actors Studio Theatre — better known as CAST — Pati Tiller and David Montgomery, Matthew Burleigh and Glenn and Kimberly Davenport.
Fellow Grace Episcopal members Ron and Marilyn Burson, Scott and Deborah Frame, Arshad and Irene Shah, Scott and Kelli Roberts, Jon Garlick and Bruce and Dena Adams mingled over cocktails and a spread of party foods that included rotini pasta salad, buttermilk biscuits with Kentucky ham and spicy shrimp cocktail.
Friends from The Donoho School — where JoAnn’s son, Trevor, is a student —were also in attendance. Katya and James Lipscomb, Martha and Jeff Dingler, Greg and Deena Montgomery, Russ and Karen Connell, Brian and Jennifer Tucker, Karen Silvers and David and Hayley Long enjoyed socializing with the bride and groom, especially near the dessert trays where they sampled chocolate chip hazelnut cookies and key lime bites.
Donoho’s president, Jan Hurd and husband, Glenn, also stopped in to give the Tysons their best wishes. Jan, as well as another guest — Derek Brown — originally met Mike through Anniston Morning Rotary’s “Dancing With Our Stars” fundraiser, an event in which Mike took first place last year.
As the evening came to a close, an exhausted Mike and JoAnn bade farewell to their hosts and left the party to get some much-needed rest. The following day, they began the arduous process of moving into their newly purchased home at McClellan — where they intend to live happily ever after.
To share your news with Small Talk, contact Annette Maddox at firstname.lastname@example.org.Save the Date: Are you and your canine friends ready for some fun? You should check out the City of Jacksonville’s “Bark in the Park,” Thursday, June 27 from 6-8 p.m. at the Frog Town Soccer Complex. The event will feature fun contests for our favorite four-legged friends. Entry fee is one can of dog food to be donated to the local animal shelter (although additional food will get you more thanks — and wags.) For more info, call Janis Burns at 256-435-8115.