Tom and Lorie Minton of Ferguson announced the engagement of their daughter, Marina Taylor Minton, to Ryan Daniel Shumate, son of Rod Shumate of Mulberry and Debbie and Clark Gentry of Yadkinville.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Barbara and Warner Minton of Moravian Falls and the late Edwin Minton. She is also the granddaughter of Doris Laws of Boomer and the late Roger Laws and Ann Laws of Lenoir. Marina will be graduating from Western Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in elementary education with a concentration in mathematics in December 2016.
The groom-to-be is the grandson of E.C. and Evelyn Elledge of North Wilkesboro, and the late Council and Mae Shumate of Mulberry. He is a graduate from Wilkes Community College with an Associate of Applied Science in automotive technology with a concentration in race car performance and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering with a concentration in motorsports. He is working as an engineer in NASCAR and is employed at JR Motorsports of Mooresville.
A Jan. 7, 2017, wedding is planned.