Mr. and Mrs. John Augustus Pursley III announce the engagement of their daughter, Eliza Taylor Pursley, to Garrett Thomas Smith of Milledgeville, son of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Spencer Smith of Milledgeville.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter or Mr. and Mrs. John Augustus Pursley Jr. of Milledgeville and Mrs. Carl Leon Waller Jr. and the late Carl Leon Waller Jr. of Macon.
Eliza is a 2008 graduate of John Milledge Academy and a 2012 graduate of Auburn University with a bachelor of science degree in human development and family studies. While at Auburn, Eliza was a member of Delta Gamma sorority and a Pi Chi Leader. Eliza completed her internship at Storybook Farm, a therapeutic riding center in Opelika, Ala. The bride-elect is employed by St. Stephen's day school in Milledgeville and also teaches horseback riding lessons.
The groom-elect is the grandson of Mrs. Carrie George Cox and the late Mr. Jack Harris Cox of Milledgeville and Mrs. Alice Spencer Smith and the late Mr. John Millard Smith of Macon.
Garrett is a 2009 graduate of John Milledge Academy and 2013 graduate of Georgia Southern University with a bachelor of science degree in business administration. While at Georgia Southern, Garrett served as an offensive lineman for the football team, winning Southern Conference championships in 2011 and 2012. Garrett also was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity, serving as traditions chairman and participated in Team United Athletes in Action. The groom-elect is employed as quality control manager with Arcilla Minings & Land Company in McIntyre.
On April 5, 2014 wedding is planned at the First United Methodist Church in Milledgeville.