Mr and Mrs. Thomas Matthew Murphy of Canton announce the engagement of their daughter Alison Louise Murphy to Benjamin Rawson Hawthorne son of Mr. and Mrs. James Thomas Hawthorne of Madison. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr and Mrs Carl Perry Murphy and the late Marilyn Black Murphy of Canton and the late Mr. and Mrs. Homer Ladell Fortenberry of Rehobeth. Miss Murphy is a graduate of Canton Academy and Delta State university with a bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences . In 2009 she received her

Master of Science in Communicative Disorders from Jackson State University. She is currently a Speech Language Pathologist with the Pearl Public school district. The prospective bridegroom is the grandson of the late Mr.and Mrs. Sam Burton  of Ridgeland and the late Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Rawson and the late Eugene Hawthorne  of Ridgeland. Mr. Hawthorne is a graduate of Madison Central and Holmes Community college.  He received an associate degree as a paramedic from UMMC. In 2006 he received an associate degree as a registered nurse and is currently employed as the hospice administrator over Central Mississippi for the Heart of Hospice.

The couple will exchange vows November 18, 2017.