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Kayla Parks and Gary Grier Jr.

Steve and Jan Parks of Lula announce the engagement of their daughter Kayla Whitney Parks to Gary Alan Grier Jr., son of Gary Alan Sr. and Tammy Grier of Gainesville.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mary Parson of Gillsville, the late Lamertine Parson and Raymond and Pauline Parks of Maysville.

She is a 2007 graduate of Banks County High School in Homer. She is pursuing a bachelor's degree in early childhood education at Gainesville State College in Oakwood. She is employed as an afternoon counselor with Georgia Mountains YMCA in Gainesville.

The groom-elect is the grandson of Bertha Hogan of Gillsville, Vernon Grier of Gainesville and the late Elise Grier. He is a 2005 graduate of East Hall High School in Gainesville. He graduated in 2007 from North Georgia Technical College in Clarkesville as a certified heavy diesel technician. He is employed as an apparatus technician with Hall County Fire Services in Gainesville.

The couple plan to wed Aug. 8, 2009, at Silver Shoals Baptist Church in Lula.