Mr. and Mrs. John Lee Newman announce the engagement of their daughter, Lauren Elizabeth Newman, to Kirby Jacob Brown, son of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Raymond Brown, all of Sumter.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. James "Mood" Newman of Sumter, Mr. James Wayne Allsbrook of Sumter, and Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Price Buschlen of New Smyrna Beach, Florida. She graduated from Laurence Manning Academy and the University of South Carolina Aiken with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. She is employed by Lee Newman Farms in Sumter.

The bridegroom-elect is the grandson of Ms. Madeline F. Brown and the late Mr. Andrew Brown of Sumter, and Ms. Catherine "Kitty" Ellen Kirby of Greenville and the late Mr. Ellie Hue "E.H." Kirby. He graduated from Clarendon Hall. He is employed by Lee Newman Farms in Sumter.

The wedding is planned for Dec. 2, 2017, at The Johanna House in Sumter.