Brown, Thelma “Ruth”

Class of 1915
English Course
Graduation Essay: “Inner Missions”

Birth: Mar. 26, 1896, Rowan County, North Carolina, USA
Death: Dec. 7, 1988, Stanly County, North Carolina, USA

Christenbury Alexander Brown (1859 – 1932)
Emily Athelinda Propst Brown (1864 – 1947)

Ernest Eugene Smith (1892 – 1946)

Edna Propst Brown (1894 – 1979)
Herman Alexander Brown (1904 – 1973)

Old Albemarle Cemetery
Albemarle, Stanly County, North Carolina, USA

Source:, # 26144502.


The Stanly News-Herald (Albemarle, NC), September 7, 1920, p. 1.


A wedding of unusual beauty and simplicity and of wide-spread interest took place in Lutheran Chapel Evangelical Lutheran Church, in China Grove, on the morning of September 1st, just at sun-rise, when miss Thelma Ruth Brown, of China Grove, became the bride of Mr. Ernest Eugene Smith of Albemarle.

Rev. C. A. Brown, father and pastor of the bride, was the officiating minister, using the beautiful ring ceremony of the Lutheran church ritual.

The altar was entwined with honeysuckles and sunflowers, while candles burning a soft light, carried out the color scheme of yellow and green which was very effective.

Miss Edna Brown, sister of the bride, sang, “At Dawning,”  so appropriate for the occasion. This accompaniment was rendered by another sister of the bride, Mrs. H. C. Dale, of Freeman, N. C., and who next struck the opening notes of the wedding march from “Lohengrin” which was the signal for the minister and the ring bearer to enter from the front of the church, coming up opposite sides, and meeting at the altar, Little Clay Brown Dale, three-year old nephew of the bride, carried the ring on a beautiful peach-tinted rose, tied with yellow tulle, while Rev. C. A. Brown, father of the bride, carried the prayer book. Next came the bride and groom, each from a corresponding vestry room in the rear of the church and met at the altar, where the solemn vows were spoken. The sweet notes of “Melody if Love” rendered by Mrs. H. C. Dale, blended with the impressive ceremony. To an appropriate recessional, the bride and groom marched out happily united, followed by those present, who constituted only near relatives of the bride and groom.

The bride was beautiful in a combination suit dress of navy blue velvet ans taupe grey tricotine with shoes and hat to match, carrying a lovely bouquet of bride’s roses, and lilies of the valley draped with white tulle.

At eight o’clock a two-course breakfast was served to all those witnessing the wedding ceremony, at the home of the bride’s parents. The dining table was inviting with the bride’s bouquet used as a center piece on a mirror reflector.

The fortunate couple then left on a touring trip of western North Carolina mountains. After their return they will be at home in Albemarle.

Mrs. Smith was educated at Mont Amoena Seminary, Mt. Pleasant, from whence she went out as a primary graded school teacher. For the past four years she has been one of the popular and efficient school teachers in the Wiscassett graded schools of Albemarle, and has made a host of friends. She expects to acknowledge her fifth year re-election by teaching there again this year.

The bride is a young woman of the highest morals and Christian character, very cultured and accomplished, always taking very active and prominent place in all kinds of church and missionary work. She is the third daughter of Rev. and Mrs. C. A. Brown of China Grove. She is well-known in Albemarle, where she has taught for many years.

The groom is one of Albemarle’s most popular business men, connected with the Albemarle Grocery Company of this place. He is the youngest son of Ex-Sheriff J. S. Smith. He has many friends here.

He served his country in the world war in France and was one of the select men of the army of occupation represented in Germany under General Pershing.