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Peoples, Colbert wed at New Haven Baptist Church

MURFREESBORO – Kira Leteia Peoples and Ronnie Franklin Colbert Jr. were united in marriage July 24, 2010 at 4 p.m. at New Haven Baptist Church in Murfreesboro with the Rev. Lloyd Gatling officiating.

Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie Franklin Colbert Jr.

The bride is the daughter of Emma and Willie Peoples of Murfreesboro, and the granddaughter of Katie V. Parker and the late Clarence Parker and David Peoples.  She is the great-granddaughter of the late Mr. & Mrs. John Henry and Jessie Vaughan.

The bride graduated valedictorian of Hertford County High School Class of 2002.  She is a 2006 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology.  She is currently completing her last year of medical school at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.

The groom is the son of Ronnie F. Colbert Sr. of Raleigh and Carol Broadnax of Midway, GA, and the grandson of Earlenia Braxton of Culpeper, VA, Percy Bunn Jr. of Littleton and the late Verlina Conyers.  He is the great-grandson of the late Celia Brinkley.

The groom is a 2001 honors graduate of Decatur High School, Decatur, AL.  He graduated magna cum laude from Shaw University in 2005 where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/Management.  He is currently completing his last year of a Masters in Business Administration in Finance at East Carolina University.  He is employed as a Financial Analyst for Campbell Soup Company.

The bride was escorted and given in marriage by her father, Willie Peoples.  Nuptial music was provided by vocalists Julie Everett, Curtis Jordan, Rhonda Roscoe and Pat Taylor.  Victor Jones was the pianist. 

The maid of honor was Kayla Peoples of Raleigh, twin sister of the bride.  Bridesmaids were Erin Colbert of Atlanta, GA and Deonna Suiter of Tarboro, friends of the bride, and Tracy McLean of Greenville and Ms. Leah Williams of Columbia, SC, sorority sisters of the bride.  Trinity Anderson and Ava Conway were flower girls. 

The best man was Howard Pride, friend of the groom.  Groomsmen were Charles Bennett and Luther Boyd, both of Raleigh, Kevin Bethea of Fayetteville and Brian Harris of Columbus, OH, friends of the groom. Antoine Pugh, Jr. was the ring bearer, cousin of the bride.  Ushers were Allen Colbert, brother of the groom, and Tavon Harris and Elysha Pace, cousins of the bride.

Following the ceremony, a dinner-dance reception was held at Ahoskie Inn Hotel, Ahoskie. 

Assisting with the wedding and reception were Betty Carter, directress, Alonzo Carr, director, and hostesses Emma Everett, Latoya Freeman, Candice Lewis, Ijeoma Mbanuze, Titichia Mitchell, Brenda Peoples, Phyllis Peoples, Joyce Ann Peoples, Lillie Powell and Tia White.

The couple honeymooned at the Ritz-Carlton Resort, Amelia Island, FL.

Events held before the wedding include an engagement party February 24; a “Sugar & Spice” bridal shower June 25 in Clayton, NC, hosted by Kayla Peoples and Tracy McLean; a Miscellaneous bridal shower July 10 at HC QUOLA in Murfreesboro, hosted by Brenda Peoples, Joyce Ann Peoples and Phyllis Peoples; a bachelorette dinner at Bahama Breeze July 15, Raleigh; and a bachelor party.

A rehearsal dinner was held July 23 at New Haven Baptist Church fellowship hall, given by parents of the bride and groom.