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News from the Past: Big May Wedding, 1945

It was the social event of the year: The Randolph Hood-Alfred Flowers Wedding at the Columbia Christian Church.

By "Jim"

Sixty-five years this past May, two articles dominated the front page of the News. One fell under a self-explanatory banner headline which proclaimed "Germans Surrender Unconditionally to Terms of Big Three On Monday." The other, written in Edward Hamlett's inimitable style, reported the wedding of two of Columbia's best-known and well-liked young people. From the May 9, 1945 edition:

Popular Couple Married Friday

Reception Given Following Ceremony,
Which United Miss Hood and S/Sgt Flowers.

The Christian Church was the scene Friday afternoon of a wedding which was marked by rare simplicity and unusual beauty. Before an altar decorated with white peonies and lighted by white tapers, Miss Randolph Hood became the bride of S/Sgt. Alfred Flowers.

Preceding the ceremony a short musical program was rendered by Mrs. Ray Flowers.

At the first notes of Logengrin's Wedding March, the groom, with his father, Dr. W.J. Flowers, as his best man, approached the altar where he was joined by his bride who was preceded down the aisle by her maid of honor, Miss Corinne Wade, of Lebanon. The single ring ceremony, during which "Love's Old Sweet Song" was softly played, was performed by Rev. L.R. Fugit. The bride was given in marriage by Mr. Walter Bowen. the bridal party left the church to the strains of Mendelssohn's Wedding March.

The bride was lovely in a frock of aqua crepe with which she wore a close fitting off the face white hat. Her shoulder bouquet was made of orchids and she carried a white prayer book from which hung a shower of white ribbon and dainty white blossoms.

The brides maid wore a crepe dress of lime shade, a small black hat and her corsage was of pink roses.

Mrs. Walter Bowen, mother of the bride, wore a costume of aqua with a large black hat and a corsage of pink roses. Mrs. W.J. Flowers, mother of the groom, was dressed in a black gown with white trimmings, a large black hat, and her corsage was of red roses.

Following the ceremony an informal reception was held in the church parlors. From a table beautifully decorated in pink and white flowers, the guests were served refreshments after the bride had cut the lovely three-tier cake.

Sgt. and Mrs. Flowers left immediately after the reception on a short bridal trip to points in Kentucky, after which the bride, one of Columbia's most charming and popular young ladies, will return to Lexington to be graduated in two weeks from the University of Kentucky where she has made an enviable record as a student. Her modest, winsome personality has made her a favorite in the social circles of the University. She is a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority.

Sgt. Flowers, one of the most popular and outstanding young men of his native town, Columbia, was a student in Lindsey Wilson College before entering the service. He has recently, as a member of the Fifteenth Air Force, completed his missions over Axis territory, rendering meritorious service as a ball turret gunner in a B-17 Flying Fortress and has been granted a leave before being reassigned to active duty.

At the completion of Mrs. Flowers' course in Lexington, Sgt. Flowers will join her and they will go to California for a continuation of their honeymoon.
(The previous week's News had noted that Sgt. Flowers had flown 35 sorties between September 5, 1944 and March 2, 1945.)

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