MERIDIAN — Top: Debutantes appreciating the late afternoon shade in the garden at West Brier included, from the left, seated, Savannah Layne Ward of Meridian and Julia Elizabeth Beacham of Jackson; standing, Mary Helen Kenyon Williams of Clarksdale, Elizabeth Herron Battle of Tunica, Anne Leland Graeber of Oxford and Margaret Montgomery Gannaway of Tunica. Not pictured is Caroline Janne Thomas of Meridian.
Middle: Pages receiving guests at the garden party included, from the left, seated, Abigail Katheryn Bozeman of Pensacola, Fla., Virginia Hayes Flowers of Clarksdale and Mackenzie Claire Bailey of Coffeeville; standing, Adison Lyn Bell of Grenada, Lillian Coralee Graham of Bailey, Morgan Brady Duggan of Meridian and Grace Lawler Young of Clarksdale. Not pictured is Golda Gray Thomas of Aiea, Hawaii.
Bottom: Pages and page escorts honored with a luncheon at Webster’s in Greenwood were, from the left, seated, Morgan Brady Duggan of Meridian, Lillian Coralee Graham of Bailey, Kathleen Harding Mattox of Greenwood, Mackenzie Claire Bailey of Coffeeville, Mary Victoria Sullivan of Oxford and Ann Deren Meek of Greenwood; standing, Zachary Ladner Braswell of Grenada; Garrett Stephen Johnson of Madison; Porter Buford Spell of Glendora; Robert Nored Hardin and Graydon Wells McCool, both of Greenwood; Bernard Hess Booth V of Jackson; Hardy Dale Vemer of Greenwood; Carson Canna Clark of Tupelo; and Granberry Holland Ward IV of Meridian. Not pictured was Henry McWillie Zook of Atlanta.
Special to The Star
The Governing Board of the Southern Debutante Assembly introduced the honorees for 2014 at a garden party in the late afternoon of May 23 at West Brier, the home of Mr. and Mrs. William Powell Litton of Greenwood.
The garden party is among the first events of the “little season.” The debutantes, pages and page escorts will be presented formally in December at the Assembly’s White and Gold Ball.
Modeled after The Briars, a historic Southern plantation home in Natchez that is now a bed and breakfast, West Brier is situated on the bank of the Tallahatchie River on nine acres carved out of the southern edge of Star of the West plantation immediately north of Greenwood.
Mrs. Litton, a certified Mississippi Master Gardener, and her husband created the garden retreat that was the setting for the party and enclosed it with a 10-foot wall of brick interrupted in several spots by arched wrought-iron gates. Within the enclosure, guest tables skirted in cream linen with pink overlays dotted the luxuriant landscape, each table centered with an arrangement of daisies, stargazer lilies, pink English pavilion roses and plumosa fern in a silver Revere bowl. Guests were drawn to the poolside patio, where Keith Sanders’ ensemble played jazz favorites for the gathering.
Assisting Mr. and Mrs. Litton with receiving their guests were Mrs. Richard Cunliffe McBee III of Minter City, advisor to the Assembly, and Mr. McBee and board member Mrs. Thomas Upton Black Jr. of Greenwood.
Wearing long afternoon dresses in pastel shades, the debutantes received carrying the traditional white wicker garden baskets of daisies and plumosa fern, accented with white satin ribbon. Each of the Assembly pages, similarly dressed, carried a single gerbera daisy with plumosa fern, hand-tied with white satin ribbon.
Debutantes for 2014 include: Caroline Janne Thomas, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Anthony Lee Thomas of Meridian; and Savannah Layne Ward, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Granberry Holland Ward III of Meridian.
Pages to the debutantes include: Morgan Brady Duggan, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Frederick Timothy Duggan of Meridian; and Lillian Coralee Graham, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hardy Poindexter Graham Jr. of Bailey.
Among those serving as escorts to the pages: Granberry Holland Ward IV, son of Mr. and Mrs. Granberry Holland Ward III of Meridian