Poythress is a 2002 graduate of Jackson High School. She received a bachelor's degree in biological engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is a research engineer with Smith and Nephew Orthopaedics in Memphis, Tenn.
Waters is a 2001 graduate of Vienna High School. He is a mechanical engineering student at the university and is an Army ROTC cadet. He is a member of the 880th Engineer Haul Team in Perryville, Mo., and is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
A May 27 wedding is planned at Immaculate Conception Church in Jackson.