The couple will be married on July 20 at Broad Street United Methodist Church, where the bride-elect is a member.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Richard Thigpen and the late Mr. and Mrs. John H. Collins. She is the sister of Mrs. Sam (Kindel) McAmis of Knoxville.
Miss Collins is a graduate of Cleveland High School and received her bachelor’s degree and master’s in education at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She is employed by the Hamilton County Department of Education.
The future bridegroom is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. James B. Thomas and Mr. and Mrs. Harold Grider of Bridgeport, Ala. He is the brother of Janna Shea of South Pittsburg.
Mr. Thomas is a graduate of North Jackson (Ala.) High School. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Alabama and his master’s in public administration from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He is a member of South Pittsburg Church of Christ. He is employed by Bradley County.