Mr. and Mrs. James Gilbert Dunnagan III

Ernestine Shell and James Gilbert Dunnagan III were married Sept. 8 at Wagoner Baptist Church, Jefferson. The Rev. Darrell Poole officiated. Music was provided by Andrea Spears of Jefferson and Tim Call of Ronda.

The bride is the daughter of Carolyn Shell of Ferguson and the late Ernest Shell. She attended West Wilkes High School and is furthering her education with Wilkes Community College. The bride is employed by Tyson Foods.

The groom is the son of Mary Williams and  is the stepson of Butch Williams of Carolina Beach. He is a 1989 graduate of Hoggard High School, Wilmington and is employed by American Emergency Vehicles of Jefferson.  

The bride was given in marriage by her son, Jeremy Handy of Wilkesboro. She wore a floor length gown with a sweeping train, accented with lace and miniature pearls. Her veil was accented with lace and sequins. The bride carried a bouquet of yellow, blue and white roses, accented with baby’s breath, and wore a pearl necklace and earrings, gifts from her mother.

Brianne Handy was maid of honor and junior maid of honor was Kaleigh Handy, both of Wilkesboro. Bridesmaids were MacKenzie and Emily Nowell of Wilkesboro and Makenzie Shell of Ferguson.

Jeremy Handy served as best man. Kaden Handy of Wilkesboro was honorary best man. Groomsmen were Randy, Mickey and Tommy Shell of Ferguson and Tim Shell of the Rock Creek community.

Dare Goble of Lenoir presided at the guest register. Susan Shell of the Rock Creek community directed the wedding ceremony. Tonya and Makenzie Shell assisted with the floral arrangements. Wilma Shell of Ferguson also assisted with the event.

Following the ceremony, a reception was held at the church picnic shelter. Brushy Mountain Smokehouse assisted with the meal. A three-tiered, three- flavor,  wedding cake, adorned with yellow, blue and white roses was also served. Dean Carlton of Wilkesboro assisted with the wedding cake.

 Prior to the wedding, Tyson team members honored the bride with a bridal shower.

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