The Southern Debutante Assembly held its 2018 Presentation and White and Gold Ball on the evening of Dec. 28 at the Greenwood Country Club in Greenwood. Thirty-three debutantes were presented to society at the event.
Flickering candles in hurricane lamps lined the drive to the clubhouse entrance. Twinkle lights entwined a pair of Christmas trees flanking the double-door entry and the pine garland framing the entry. Matching sprays of white dendrobium orchids, porcelana roses, Fuji mums, antique hydrangeas and seasonal greenery were displayed on the doors.
Members of the assembly’s Governing Board greeted the honorees’ guests entering the foyer. Several hundred attended from around Mississippi and other states.
On opposite sides of the foyer, consoles held matching arrangements of blush sweetheart roses, blush hydrangeas, dendrobium orchids, Fuji mums and silver dollar eucalyptus on the lamp bases.
Between the two sets of double doors leading from the foyer to the ballroom was a tall Douglas fir Christmas tree decorated with small clusters of white daisy mums, white Fuji mums, crystal icicle ornaments, gold metallic ribbon and white twinkle lights.
Along the walls of the ballroom, lighted sconces displayed compact arrangements of white Fuji mums, white dendrobium orchids, gypsophila and silver dollar eucalyptus.
The honorees were presented before a massive arrangement of white gladioli, porcelana roses, white dendrobium orchids, white stargazer lilies, white Fuji mums, antique hydrangeas, gypsophila, silver dollar eucalyptus and areca palm fronds displayed in a ceramic garden urn atop a fluted gilt pedestal.
At the opposite end of the ballroom, the debutantes took their places on a dais accented by four tall white columns, each topped with an arrangement of porcelana roses, white stargazer lilies and silver dollar eucalyptus.
Positioned against this backdrop was a pair of large arrangements of white gladioli, porcelana roses, white dendrobium orchids, white stargazer lilies, white Fuji mums, antique hydrangeas, gypsophila, silver dollar eucalyptus and areca palm fronds displayed in ceramic urns atop fluted gilt pedestals. Flanking each side of the dais were three Christmas trees decorated with gypsophila, shiny gold ornaments and white twinkle lights.
The officers of the Cavaliers were introduced to the assembled guests. Serving this year were Mr. William Dent Brock of Greenwood, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Donald Brock Jr.; Mr. Lawson James Cooper of Atlanta, son of Dr. and Mrs. Charles Clayton Cooper; Mr. Michael Edward Daves Jr. of Fairhope, Alabama, son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Edward Daves; and Mr. Sam Henry Farmer of Greenwood, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Paul Farmer.
Mr. Micajah Purnell Sturdivant III of Itta Bena introduced the master of ceremonies for the presentation, Dr. James Lee Valentine of Marion.
Wearing white formal ball gowns, the debutantes carried bouquets of snow-white roses and Christmas greenery hand-tied with gold silk sparkle ribbon.
The pages wore long A-line gowns of emerald satin and carried nosegays of variegated holly and Christmas greenery hand-tied with shimmering gold ribbon.
Throughout the presentation and introduction of the honorees, The Sessions of Jackson played traditional favorites. The band later played for dancing during the appointed hours.
Following the presentation, the honorees and their guests enjoyed dancing and visiting at tables positioned around the ballroom floor at the White and Gold Ball.
Each table was centered with an arrangement of white Fuji mums, porcelana roses, blush sweetheart roses, heather and Christmas greenery surrounded by flickering votive candles on a mirrored base.
In the Garden Room, opening from the ballroom, buffet tables skirted in white linen and overlaid with gold embroidered silk organza offered an extensive array of heavy hors d’oeuvres. The focal point of the center table was a towering arrangement of white gladioli, porcelana roses, white dendrobium orchids, white stargazer lilies, white Fuji mums, antique hydrangeas, gypsophila, silver dollar eucalyptus, curly pine and areca palm fronds in a gilt ceramic garden urn. Smaller complementary arrangements were entwined on silver candelabra bases on the two end tables.
In a separate area of the clubhouse, Will Freeman and Andy Hackleman of Greenwood played current favorite tunes as the pages and page escorts enjoyed refreshments, dancing and visiting. Tables skirted in holiday linens were positioned around the dance floor and centered with arrangements of Christmas greenery.
The debutantes presented to society included:
Kendall Glenda Causey, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Kendall Causey Jr. of Jackson. Presented by her father, Miss Causey was escorted by her brother, Michael Monte Causey of Jackson.
Caroline Louis Parker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Bruce Parker of Meridian. She was presented by her father and escorted by her brother, William Bruce Parker II of Meridian.
Coursey Lynn Pitts, daughter of Mr. Walter Coursey Pitts and Mrs. Mark Jackson Cowart, both of Indianola. Presented by her father, Miss Pitts was escorted by her cousin, Mr. William Mitchell Pitts III of Indianola.
Pages to the
Leighton Walden Lovelace, daughter of Mr. Everett DeWitt Lovelace Jr. and Leigh Walden-Lovelace, both of Indianola
Peyton Blair Murry, daughter of Mr. David Blair Murry of Clermont, Georgia, and Kuykendall Horne-Murry of Indianola
Anna Gresham Veazey, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Rhodric Veazey III of Indianola
Escorts to the pages
Joseph Thomas Buchanan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Michael Buchanan of Oxford
debutantes, others in Golden Season
In association with the Southern Debutante Assembly’s Presentation and White and Gold Ball, held in December in Greenwood, several events honored the debutantes, pages, page escorts and others.
Winter Dance at
Historic Elks Building
On Dec. 27, the evening before the Presentation and Ball, pages and page escorts enjoyed a winter-themed dance at the Historic Elks Building in downtown Greenwood.
Dinner and Dancing at the Greenwood
Following a late-afternoon rehearsal of the Presentation on Dec. 27, a dinner honoring 11 of the debutantes was held at the Greenwood Country Club in Greenwood.
Brunch at The
On Dec. 28, the day of the Presentation and Ball, the debutantes and guests gathered in the Delta Room at The Alluvian in downtown Greenwood for a Southern brunch of chicken and waffles.