Newlyweds feel the love at wedding party in Marietta
by Sally Litchfield
August 12, 2014 10:09 PM | 2533 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
On June 6, Julie and Parks Huff married at a private ceremony in Log Cabin Church in Vinings. The wedding was celebrated on July 26 at a party conducted in their honor at the Marietta home of Cloma and Garvis Sams. The evening was filled with love and warmth for the glowing couple. The party spilled onto the patio as the evening’s celebration progressed into a true wedding type reception.

Cream, gold, tulle and lace were used for décor to create the wedding theme. Beautiful flowers were fashioned by Mike Whittle. Carole Parks catered the event with a delectable array of food such as steamed shrimp, crab cakes, lamb chop “lollipops,” stuffed mushrooms, mini-sliders and more. The main menu was topped off with red velvet cakes.

Parks is a partner with host Garvis Sams at the Marietta law firm of Sams, Larkin, Huff & Balli. Julie, an engineer, is the senior engineer project manager for RaceTrac Petroleum Inc.

Among the well-wishers (too many to name) were Lesleigh and Don Batchelor, Melanie and Cecil Brown, Idle and Dan Byers, Dr. And Mrs. Frederick Huff, Karen and John Huck, Reid Huff, Linda and Joel Larkin, Justin Meeks, and Wendy Butler and Harry Wesley.


Leona Wollesen of Marietta didn’t just celebrate her 94th birthday — she celebrated for two days. On Aug. 2, family and friends joined her for a lawn picnic at the Happy Birthday Smyrna event Saturday evening on the Smyrna Village Green where the band Banks & Shane specially serenaded her with a “Happy Birthday tribute.” Wollesen’s actual birth date is Aug. 5.

On Sunday, an annual open house celebration was presented at her home with family and friends. Among the attendees were area residents Mary Louise Hammond and Dot Revis, and Robin Clemens and son Chase. Coming from out-of-town were Bonnie and Vernon Langford of St. Simon’s Island (Wollesen’s daughter and son-in-law); granddaughter Mendie Langford of Woodstock; Tripp Lange of Augusta, grandson Scott and Kim Langford of Douglasville; and son, Woody Wollesen, formerly of Dickerson, Maryland, currently relocating in retirement to Georgia.

Wollesen was a co-founder and still chairs the original Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Georgia Retiree Association (The Ambassadors) that eventually evolved to include all the BCBS retirees and executive officers. It was one of the first in the country and continues as the only one existing within the entire BCBSD, WellPoint (one of largest health care insurance systems nationwide) organizations.

After 55 consecutive years of full time employment, the last 30 with BCBS of Georgia, Wollesen is one of only a few women older than 90 still actively operating a major organization.


Living Hope Church and Open Arms Christian Child Development Center invites the community to the Family Fun Fest 2014, a Christian Family Festival on Aug. 16 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event will feature games and activities for kids of all ages. The event features free parking, free admission, free games and free live entertainment. For more information, visit or contact David Ostrowski at

Family Fun Fest 2014 will be conducted on the Living Hope and Open Arms grounds (the “Big Field”) located at 3450 Stilesboro Road in Kennesaw.

Sally Litchfield is a longtime Marietta resident. She formerly practiced law in Marietta and now stays home to raise her two children. Send Sally news at Call Sally at (770) 425-8106.

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