Sunday, August 11, 2002

Neal and Dorothy Brown of Jackson, Mo., and Larry and Anna Whaley of Cape Girardeau announce the engagement of their daughter, Leslie Rose Whaley, to J.R. Watkins, both of Cape Girardeau. He is the son of Don and Linda Watkins of Oran, Mo.

Whaley is a 1996 graduate of Jackson High School. She received a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Southeast Missouri State University in 2000. She is a computer instructor at Metro Business College.

Watkins is a 1999 graduate of Oran High School. He is a carpenter with Interior Plus Inc.

An Oct. 12 wedding is planned at Guardian Angel Catholic Church in Oran.