Native Wichitians, Howard Vernon and Paula Mack-Carter were high school sweethearts in the 1980’s. After years apart and living separate lives, they reunited in Oct. 2015 with Howard asking Paula to go out to dinner to celebrate her birthday on Oct. 1, 2015. They were married on Oct. 1, 2016 at Dellrose United Methodist Church.

Howard proposed to Paula at the ceremony celebrating his induction into the USAAA Softball Hall of Fame. On stage, after he received his award, he called her on stage and proposed.

The wedding was officiated by Pastor Kevass Harding, the Maid of Honor was Melody Poncil and the Best Man was Larry Franklin. The couple held their reception at the 40 Plus Lounge.

The Vernon’s are a blended family with adult children, one daughter and three sons.

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