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Miss Dowling, Mr. Freeman plan summer wedding

Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Gardner Dowling of Darlington and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Howard Freeman of Bethune announce the engagement of their children, Miss Courtney Leigh Dowling of Florence to Thomas Howard Freeman, Jr. of Hartsville.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mrs. Virginia Cole and the late Mr. Harold Cole of Rockingham, N.C. and the late Mrs. Geraldine Dowling Kirby and the late Mr. Frank Dowling both of Darlington, SC. She is a graduate of Francis Marion University with a bachelor of nursing and is employed by McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence.

The groom-elect is the grandson of Mrs. Anna Ratcliff and the late Mr. Neil Ratcliffe of Cassatt, and the late Mr. and Mrs. J.T. Freeman of Bethune. He is a graduate of Central Carolina Technical College with a degree in Civil Engineering and is employed by Pee Dee Electric Cooperative in Darlington.

The wedding will be held August 27, 2011 at The Pavilion at Lawton Park in Hartsville.