In which I get my name in the paper




Miss Sandra Jane Rawls became the bride of Robert Henry Patnode, Jr., at 4:00 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21 at Trinity Methodist Church.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Clayton Rawls of Lenoir City Rt. 1, and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Henry Patnode, Sr. of Fort Myers, Fla.

Officiating at the double ring ceremony was the Rev. M. Brown, pastor.

The church was decorated with candelabra at the back of the chancel, used at either side of the altar, which held an open Bible.  Two baskets of white gladioli and greenery completed the decorations.

Traditional wedding music was presented by Mrs. Earl Oxendine,organist and Mrs. Ronald Easter, vocalist singing, “Entreat Me Not To Leave Thee” and “The Lord’s Prayer.”

Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a long white gown fashioned with a lace bodice and long sleeves ending in points at the wrists.  The bell-shaped skirt featured a detachable cathedral-length train.  Her fingertip length veil was held by a circlet of lace reembroidred with seed pearls, and she carried a white prayer book topped with a white orchid with streamers of stephanotis.  Her only jewelry was a strand of pearls, a gift of the groom.

Miss Marjorie Browder, maid-of-honor wore a long gown of yellow crepe trimmed in moss-green velveteen.  Her headpiece of yellow nylon net, centered with a yellow rose, held a short yellow veil.  She carried a bouquet of bronzed fugi mums.

Miss Ruth Marie Rawls, sister of the bride, was junior bridesmaid.  She wore a short dress of moss green velveteen trimmed with heavy lace, and carried a nosegay of yellow baby mums.

Bruce Easton of Fort Myers served as best man.  Ushers were Petty Officer 3/c Robert C. Rawls of Norfolk, Va., brother of the bride and Robert Littelton.

The bride’s mother wore a light blue three-piece dress of brocade with matching accessories, and the groom’s mother wore a two-piece peach-colored suit, with matching assessories.  Each wore a white orchid corsage.

A reception was given in the social hall of the church by the bride’s parents.

The main table was covered with green, overlaid with a white cut-work cloth.  It was centered with a white three-tiered cake, decorated with pale yellow flowers and toppled with a miniature bride and groom.  Encircling the cake was white flowers.  Double candelabra, holding buring tapers, were used on both sides.  Yellow and green mints, and nuts were served from silver compotes, along with punch, which was served from a smaller table.

Mrs. D. L. Keebler planned the reception.  Assisting were Miss Sylvia Hargis, Miss Pat Hargis, Mrs. Lena Mitchell and Mrs. Z. B. Wilson.  Mrs. Joseph K. Lewis, kept the bride’s book.

Following the reception, the couple left for a wedding trip to Fort Lauderdale, Fla.  The new Mrs. Patnode wore a green two-piece wool suit with black accessories, and the orchid from her bridal bouquet.

They will make their home in Fort Myers.

The bride is a graduate of Lenoir City High School, where she was a cheerleader for two years, played basketball for two years, was a member of the Beta Club, and her senior year was voted Most Athletic Girl.  She attended Berea Colege, Berea, Ky. and is a junior at Edison College at Fort Myers.  She reigned as Miss Loudon County 1962.

The groom is a graduate of Edison Senior High School, where he was a baseball star.  He is attending Edison College and is a salesman for Castle Supply Co. in Fort Myers.


The paper really did state that the cake was “toppled” with a miniature bride and groom.  That’s a fun mental picture.


My best calculations show this to be in 1965.  This was three days before my ninth birthday, and I was annoyed that the wedding was getting all the attention, and I had to wear an itchy dress and slip.  My little sister got sick a few days before the wedding, and then she was getting all the attention. 

A middle child has a hard life.   


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One Response to “In which I get my name in the paper”

  1. Jen Says:

    They don’t quite look the same today, do they?


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