The bride-elect is the daughter of Hal Smithson and Pamela Patterson Lazaro. She is the granddaughter of Fay Smithson of Athens and the late Stanton Smithson, and William “Bill” and Shelva Patterson, also of Athens.
A graduate of Bradley Central High School, Smithson attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga for both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees and earned her doctoral degree at the University of Southern Mississippi. She is employed at United Way of Southeast Mississippi.
The future bridegroom is the son of Neil and Kathy King of Clear Lake, S.D. He is the grandson of Herbert and Wanda Lokken, and the late Dale and Lucille King.
King earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at South Dakota State University, and his doctoral degree at The University of Southern Mississippi where he is employed.