Jessica Ruth Kendrick and Mark Clifton Hamby were married March 9, 2013 in a 2:00 afternoon ceremony held at Stapleton Baptist Church in Mobile, Alabama with Rev. Craig Branch officiating. The reception followed at the church.
The bride is the daughter of Maria Rouss Palmer of Mobile and Larry Kendrick of Mobile. She is the granddaughter of Charles Rouss and the late Billie Rouss and Stewart and the late Thera Kendrick, all of Mobile. She graduated from Englewood High School in Jacksonville, FL received a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietitics from Florida State University and a Masters degree in Health Education from The University of South Alabama. She completed a dietetic internship at Presbyterian Hospital-Cornell in New York City. She served a two-year missionary term with the Southern Baptist Convention in Kobe, Japan. She is currently working as a Wellness Analyst with Blue Cross/Blue Shield in Birmingham.
The groom is the son of Gene and Judy Hamby of Muscle Shoals, and the grandson of the late Rev. Gene M. Hamby, Sr. and Katherine Koonce Hamby of Florence and the late Clifton G. Brown and Mable D. Brown of Northport, Ala. Mr. Hamby is a graduate of Sheffield High School and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from The University of Alabama. He attended Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Mo., and is currenty working as a District Sales Representative for Blue Cross/Blue Shield in Birmingham.
Matron of honor was Maggie Kendrick Coker, sister of the bride. Bridesmaids were Samantha Kendrick and Madison Kendrick of Mobile, sisters of the bride; Anne Tyler Hamby of Atlanta, Ga., sister of the groom; and Katie O'Donell Jett of Mobile, friend of the bride. Flower girl was Marlee Coker of Mobile, niece of the bride.
Best man was the groom's father, Gene M. Hamby, Jr. Groomsmen were Keith Miller and Ansley Hunt of Birmingham and Michael Coggin of St. Louis, Mo., all friends of the groom.
After a honeymoon in Cancun, Mexico, the couple is now residing in Birmingham.
Published in the Florence Times Daily on June 8, 2013