EAST PRAIRIE - In a lawn ceremony on June 14, 2003, over a hundred friends and relatives gathered in East Prairie to witness the remarriage of Monty Davidson Boston and James Albert Furlong at their home. The ceremony was officiated by Rev. George White, pastor of the First Baptist Church of East Prairie.
The couple was attended by Lori Smith Tobe of Nashville, Tenn., daughter of the bride, as matron of honor and J. C. Abner of Lake Saint Louis, serving as best man. Vocalist was Mindy Smith Chamberlain of Scott City, daughter of the bride, rendering "Just To Hear You Say You Love Me."
Theme for the wedding was "country" and was non-traditional, being that guests were dressed comfortably in jeans and shorts, the pews were lawn chairs, the reception was catered by the James Bayou Catfish Cookers, and the "wedding cake" was a table of desserts fixed, not only by the bride, but by Virginia Kimble, mother of the bridegroom; Mary Alice Simpkins, aunt of the bridegroom; and Dean Abner of Lake Saint Louis. Servers for the dessert table were Kelli Furlong Whitmore of O'Fallon and Penny Furlong of Kirkwood, daughters of the bridegroom; Louise Kimble of East Prairie, sister of the bridegroom; and Dean Abner. Photographer was Kathy Simpkins, cousin of the bridegroom.
Entertainment was provided by a bluegrass band featuring Max Davidson, brother of the bride, and The Ezells of Grassy. Also doing vocals with the band during the afternoon was Mindy Chamberlain.
In addition to the local guests attending, those from out-of-town were: Geneva Richardson of Aztec, N.M., Patsy and Tom Gabehart of Flora Vista, N.M.; Bob and Pam Bales of Okeechobee, Fla.; Howard and Imogene Benson, Marvin and Ruth Ann Griffin and Faye and Earl McConnell of Sikeston; Michael and Peggy Boston of Corinth, Miss.; Todd and Brenda Davidson of Malden; Earl and Carol Dodge of Chicago, Ill.; Mike Killian of Cape Girardeau; Robbie Eastman of Cape Girardeau; Horace Eastman of Jackson; Betty Jane Goering, Donnie and Norma Sams, Elsie Bone, Nancy and Peggy Fields, and Bill Feezor, all of Charleston; Brenda Govro of St. Louis; David and Helen Poley of Imperial; Laura Schneider and Martha Jean Brown of Warrenton; Donna Peters of Bertrand; Wayne, Heather, Shawn and Joshua Tobe and Glenn Castleberry of Nashville; and Nathan and Matthew Whitmore of O'Fallon.
Lucille Davidson, mother of the bride, was unable to attend due to an injury sustained from a fall the week before.