Local debutante club members attend presentation and ball ceremony
Special to The Herald
Members of the Delta Debutante Club, the oldest in Mississippi, gathered at the Greenville Golf and Country Club on December 29th for the 69th annual Debutante Presentation and Ball.
The Delta Debutante Club was founded in 1942 under the direction of Mrs. Judge Rabun Jones of Greenville, with assistance of Stuart Whitmarsh of New York City, editor of the Debutante Registry.
In subsequent years, club sponsors were: the late Mrs. Warren Jackson; the late Shelby Edwards: the late Mrs. Hazelwood Farish; the late Mrs. Lawrence Paxton; the late Mrs. Robert Joseph Whitfield; and the late Mrs. Hugh Gamble Payne; also, Mrs. William Lonnie Watson; Mrs. Eustace Harold Winn, Jr.; Mrs. Pearman Smith; Mrs. Clark Wynn; Mrs. Elie Ganier; and Mrs. John Culpepper Webb.
Mr. William Kethley Dossett served as the master of ceremonies for the presentation of the fourteen debutantes to an assembly of friends, families, patrons and members of the Delta Bachelors’ Club.
The Danny Blurton Group of Pickwick Dam, Tenn., provided music.
A twilight garden theme was carried out throughout the Country Club.
The ceiling of the ballroom was draped with Georgette fabric and white lights and garden style floral arrangements of Casablanca lillies, Blizzard roses, larkspur and hydrangea were nestled on top of tall columns that outlined the event area.
The buffet tables held tall, glass trumpet vase arrangements in shades of soft pastels, with garden roses, stock, hydrangea, larkspur, Asiatic lilies and lisianthus.
Guest tables featured antique bronze hurricane candelabras with garden sweetheart roses, hydrangea and stock floral centers.
Serving on the floor committee were: Mr. Robert Andrew McGahey; Mr. and Mrs. Hollis Merwin; Mrs. Powers Rush; Mr. and Mrs. Ike Trotter, and Mr. Eustace Harold Winn IV.
Debutantes held gathered clutches of blush pink, ivory, white and flesh colored roses collared with greenery and hand-tied with white satin ribbon.
Miss Lelah Mitchell Bridgforth is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Franklin Bridgforth III of Vaughan. Her grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Murphy James Jones and the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry Roger Bridgforth. She attends Mississippi State University and is a member of Delta Gamma Sorority. She was presented by her father and escorted by Mr. William Franklin Bridgforth II of Vaughan.
The Pages and Page Escorts:
Margaret LaVergn Dent, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Hayes Dent, Jr. of Yazoo City. Her grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Noel Joseph Hutcheson of Dallas, Texas and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bailey of Yazoo City.
Cary Kathleen Dent, daughter of Mr. Richard Hughes Dent and Stacey Smith Dent of Denver, Colo. Her grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. James Anderson Purse of Dallas, Texas and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bailey of Yazoo City.