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Whitney Strickland and Clayton Marchbanks

Scott and Wendi Strickland of Gainesville, announce the engagement of their daughter Whitney Erin Strickland to Clayton Jed Marchbanks, son of Steven and Regina Marchbanks of Gillsville.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Ron and Tina Welch of Gainesville, and Ann Strickland and the late Donald Strickland of Gainesville.

She is a 2012 graduate of North Hall High School in Gainesville. She is employed as a cosmetologist at Hairshack in Gainesville.

The groom-elect is the grandson of Linda Parker and the late Kenneth Parker of Lula, and the late Michael Marchbanks, and Joe and Hilda Pavan of Lula.

He is a 2010 graduate of East Hall High School in Gainesville. He plans to graduate in 2013 from Ogeechee Technical College with a bachelor’s degree in mortuary science. He is employed as a funeral director and embalming apprentice by Memorial Park Funeral Home in Gainesville.

The couple plan to wed 6 p.m., Dec. 1, 2012, in an open ceremony at Holly Springs Baptist Church in Clermont.