Mrs. Cynthia Frierson Lesaine of Manning announces the engagement of her daughter, Jessica Ashley Lesaine of Manning, to Mr. Troy Ja-von Cato of Sumter, son of Mrs. Mildred Diane Watkins Cato and the late Mr. Sandford Cato of Sumter.

The bride-elect is also the daughter of the late Mr. John Arthur Lesaine Sr. of Manning, and the granddaughter of the late Mr. Haskell and Mrs. Lula Hilton Frierson of Alcolu and the late Mr. Isaac and Mrs. Hattie Mae Darby Lesaine of Kingstree. She graduated from South Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Master's in School Counseling from University of the Southwest. She is employed by Clarendon School District 2 as career development facilitator and head varsity cheerleading coach.

The bridegroom-elect is the grandson of the late Mr. Ashby and Mrs. Bernice Jackson Watkins of Sumter and the late Mr. Herbert and Mrs. Henrietta Jefferson Cato of Mayesville. He graduated from Benedict College with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education. He is employed by Sumter School District as director of bands at Sumter High School.

The wedding is planned for Dec. 30, 2017, at the Sumter County Civic Center.

The couple is registered at Belk, www.belk.com; Bed, Bath, and Beyond, www.bedbathandbeyond.com; and Walmart, www.walmart.com. Their wedding website is www.withjoy.com/catocollabo