Mrs. Susan Johnson Cox of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and Mr. John Lee Newman of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Ashlee Rebecca Newman of Sumter, to Richard Barry Hutto Jr. of Providence Community, son of Mr. and Mrs. Barry Hutto of Providence Community.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. James "Mood" Newman of Sumter and Mrs. Winnie Johnson and the late Mr. Troy Johnson of Shiloh Community. She graduated from Erskine College with degrees in Biology and Political Science. She is employed by Lee Newman Farms and is owner/operator of A&L Farm.

The bridegroom-elect is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Evander Boynton Jr. of Walterboro and the late Mr. and Mrs. O'Dean Hutto Jr. of Providence Community. He graduated from Greenville Technical College with a degree in Business Administration. He is the co-owner/operator of Hutto Brothers Partnership.

The wedding is planned for Jan. 6, 2018, at Providence United Methodist Church in Holly Hill.

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The couple is registered at Williams-Sonoma,; Target,; Belk,; and Naomi Warner.