The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

February 27, 2014

Engagement: Newland-Watson


— Richard and Donna Newland of Houston announce the engagement of their daughter, Melissa Ashley Newland of Houston to Matthew Robert Watson of Athens, son of Bob and Stephanie Watson of Athens. 

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Milligan of Seabrook, Texas, Mr. and Mrs. James Newland of Fort Worth, Texas, and the late Mrs. Carol Newland.

She is a 2008 graduate of Clear Lake High School in Houston and 2012 graduate of the University of Alabama where she received a bachelor’s degree in communicative disorders. She also completed her Doctor of Audiology at the University of North Texas.  She is employed by the University of North Texas as a hearing aide tech. 

The prospective groom is the grandson of Geneva Watson of Diamond Bar, Calif.,  Bill Lambert of Athens, and the late Don Watson and Margie Lambert.

He is a 2005 graduate of Athens Bible School and a 2006 graduate of Florida College where he received a associate degree in general studies.  He is a 2008 graduate of Calhoun Community College where he received an associate degree in nursing and a 2010 graduate of the University of Alabama where he received a bachelor’s degree in nursing. He received his master’s degree in nursing from Wolford College. He is employed by Pinnacle Partners in Medicine as a nurse anesthetist in Sherman,  Texas. The wedding is planned for March 15, at Children’s Harbor Chapel in Alexander City.