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Mr. & Mrs. John O. Hodge
    Gwendolyn A. Sanders of Annandale, Va., and John O. Hodge of New Brunswick, N.J., were united in marriage on Saturday, August 19, 2006, at Second Saint John Baptist Church located on Fair Road in Statesboro. Pastor Julius Abraham performed the three o’clock ceremony.
    The bride is the daughter of Walter and Barbara Davis of Statesboro and Willie and Vera Hagins of Chesapeake, Va. The groom is the son of the late Inez Romania Hodge and John 0. Hodge Sr. of Tortola, British Virgin Islands.
    Given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father, Willie Hagins, Gwendolyn wore a white satin sleeveless A-line gown where satin buttons lined the back accenting the chapel-length train. Her silver tiara adorned her waist-length veil that draped about her shoulders. She carried a bouquet of an array of her favorite blossoms tied with sheer ribbons the color of fuschia.
    The matron of honor was her sister, Evangelist Cynthia Bryant. Her bridesmaid was her niece, Ajara Knowles.
    They were adorned in floor-length dresses and carried some of the blossoms of the bridal bouquet with matching sheer ribbons.
    The flower girl, Ericka Jones, also a niece of the bride, was dressed in fuschia and beige. She carried a white basket with sheer ribbons and fuschia rose petals.
    John chose his son, Nyerere Hodge, as his best man. Jamoi Tomlinson of New Brunswick, N.J., served as a groomsman. Henry Clee Lyons and Howard Davis, brothers of the bride, served as ushers and candle lighters. Lucian C. Lyons Jr. of Statesboro, nephew of the bride, was the bell ringer.
    Wedding music was provided by Luke and Carolyn Lyons, brother and sister-in-law of the bride; and Karissa White of Atlanta. Evangelist Bryant, sister of the bride, brought the marriage homily.
    The guest book was attended by Delphia Florence and Renecca Lloyd. They also served as hostesses along with Elton Mattox, who served as host.
    The unity candle was lit by Barbara Davis and Monifa Hodge Marshall, daughter of the groom.
    Following the ceremony, the newlyweds were driven to their reception that took place at the Honey Bowen Building.
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