LAUREN WOOD | THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT — Sara Melton became recently engaged to her boyfriend of two years, Keith Partridge, after he proposed to her early Sunday morning at 1 a.m. when he drove her out to a sign he had painted on Liberty Road. Melton said yes, and saidthey are hoping to get married in early October.

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Roadside marriage proposal ends with emphatic answer

Published 12:36am Wednesday, April 11, 2012

NATCHEZ — He didn’t sing it like country star Jason Aldean, but Vidalia resident Keith Partridge put all the writing his heart wanted to sing on the wall for his Sara.

The Democrat published a photo Tuesday of a marriage proposal written in white spray paint on a Liberty Road embankment reading “Sara will you marry me? You are my world!!!”

For those who were left in suspense — she said “yes.”

The proposal was the handiwork of Partridge, 22, who said he was inspired by Aldean’s song “Tattoos on this town.”

LAUREN WOOD | THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT — Despite buying 14 cans, Keith Partridge used only four cans of spray paint to write a marriage proposal on an embankment along Liberty Road.

The line that sparked the idea goes, “And to this day up on that overpass even underneath the new paint, you can still see Ali will you marry me.”

The addition of “You are my world!!!” was inspired by his feelings for Sara Melton, though he admits he came up with it on the fly.

“I don’t know where that came from, I was trying to (spray paint) in a hurry before somebody else came down the road and saw me,” Partridge said.

Partridge said he was nervous he could somehow get in trouble for the heartfelt graffiti. His nerves also might have caused him to over prepare. He bought 14 cans of spray paint and used only four.

Partridge said he waited until at 1 a.m. Sunday after Melton got off work to lure her by the embankment on Liberty Road, which is nearly next door to where Partridge grew up.

Partridge told his girlfriend of two years he was bringing her to see a car he was thinking about buying — a fib to get her to go along with it.

“We were supposed to come look at something he bought,” Melton said. “I knew we were on Liberty Road, but I didn’t know where.”

Melton, 20, spent the drive time worrying over what in the world Partridge may have wanted to purchase and why they had to drive into the darkness to see it.

Then Partridge made her close her eyes, drove into an empty lot, helped her from the car, walked her to the road’s edge and changed her life forever.

His friends were already at the scene, shining their headlights on the big question.

“I turned around and saw it and started crying,” Melton said.

“She was surprised,” Partridge said.

The couple has tentatively set a wedding date of Oct. 7, the day Melton’s father and grandfather share as a birthday.

After two years of dating, Melton admits she figured a proposal would come one day, but she didn’t expect it in that way or so soon.

“I was shocked,” she said.

Partridge said he knew he wanted to come up with a special proposal that no one had ever done before for a special girl.

“She was just different from everybody else, she wasn’t like everybody else around here,” Partridge said.

“Everything is special about her — I can’t really explain it.”

So he wrote it.

 

  • Anonymous

    does he have a job ?

  • Anonymous

    When is the cute couple going to scrub the paint off…..this was not a good idea…!

  • Anonymous

    We certainly don’t need anymore negative people, those are in abundance.

  • Anonymous

    It’ll go away soon enough. Congrats to the couple, I wish them a long and happy marriage.

  • Anonymous

    it will be there for Years…..bad idea

  • Anonymous

    If he had painted this message on the side of your house, you would probably be mad.  Public property is no different, it only offends many more people who have to put up with the long term effect, similar to the trash strewn along our streets and roads.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5FIDIPVY2UFOQVOAAT4RQUTHIM Terry

    Natchez Negativity is alive and well! Thank goodness those that don’t suffer from this dreaded disease will see this message, smile and think to themselves that there are still romantic people in this world. At least he didn’t carve the message into the bank thus causing further erosion. The paint will fade soon but hopefully this couple’s marriage will last as long as the Natchez Negativity disease which shows no signs of being cured.

  • Anonymous

    I can’t believe the comments! WOW! ‘It will be there for years, what if it were on your house’…yadayadayada. So what? It’s not an offensive slogan, and it’s on dirt people!. Oh no! He got the dirt dirty! Geez! It will wash away, is that all you can find to complain about? That is a perfect example of a need to get a life. Congrats to the couple, sorry so many rained on your parade.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NPAGGGTUEV6DFUTETCOONOMERE CANTDOiTLiKEME

    CONGRATS SARA AND KEITH! I never would have thought he would propose like this but it put a smile on my face to see it!! Hope yall have a wonderful marriage!

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    This is so disgraceful of public property and if he isn’t fined and charge to clean this mess up by the law enforcement are the supervisor of that district, taxpayers should declare action!! This is like painting bridges with paint on the Natchez Trace and I bet that they would have a large fine and jail time which would be federal actions!!! This is so unreal and in the ND!!! What a mess and what is our world coming too??!!!!

  • Anonymous

    This is a cute story, some people are so worried about the paint on the dirt they can’t see that part. The small amout of paint he used will not cause any effects on the enviroment.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, Please! Get over your self….It is on Dirt, not a bridge and will wash away with the rain.

  • Anonymous

    What is the difference in this being pained on there than graffiti that is vulgar or gang related? Granted it is never a good idea to deface public property but I would much rather see this for 20 years than all that crazy crap that usually gets pained in these cases. At any rate I seriously wish the couple all the best and congrats with the engagement and wedding and may you have all the love and happiness your hearts can hold…

  • Anonymous

    My best guess is that these ppl that are mad about the DIRT being spraypainted are just jealous that they didnt get the proposal they wanted….yall get your panties out of a wad…this is the highlight of yalls day…to get on the ND website and Moan and whine about things that are insignificant and the stuff that is REALLY important, Yall act like yall are God and can change it by making a comment….LOL…..Some of you ppl really need to get a hobby……Congrats Keith and Sara!

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    If I lived on Liberty rd. I wouldn’t want to see that mess everytime I pass it by and I feel it will be there a long time but that’s beside the point??!!! Why didn’t he spray it down the side of his car??!! This is public property!!!

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    LadyBlood wrote, in response to khakirat:
    Oh, Please! Get over your self….It is on Dirt, not a bridge and will wash away with the rain.

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  • vilou09

    What did the original comment say?

  • Anonymous

    It’s dirt.  The next hard rain it will be gone.  Seriously, Natchez people invent things to complain about.

  • Anonymous

    I live on Liberty Road and have NO problem driving by this everyday. ITS DIRT!!! Why is this a problem?

  • Anonymous

    Congrats Sara and Keith!  I know you will be very happy! The propsal is ver4y much the two of you and very specail.

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    You must be one of them that painted it!!

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    berthasboys wrote, in response to khakirat:
    I live on Liberty Road and have NO problem driving by this everyday. ITS DIRT!!! Why is this a problem?

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  • Anonymous

    If I lived in an Adobe I wouldn’t care if he did paint on the side of my house.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe he will paint a smiley face for y’all to see, and add a little happiness you your miserable lives.

    It’s a dirt bank. The paint will disappear, but your negativity will last forever.

  • Anonymous

    Those are in the southwestern US, Indian villages.    It doesn’t rain there that often, so you probably would be perturbed.

  • Anonymous

    Let’s see how this weighs in on the controversy…What if the message was directed to same sex marriage? I bet Jim, James, Sally and Mary would be out there with shovels and spoons trying to get it off before the rain comes. 

    Bottom line, don’t use public property to express your intentions…people won’t like it….straight or not…so the message is clear; pay for advertisment  . 

  • Anonymous

    And it has made it to national news of sorts. It was talked about on Taste of Country, a national country music website…My congratulations to the happy couple.

  • Anonymous

    i thought it was concrete…..my bad

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=571835292 Amy Evans Ivie

    10 minutes and a power washer is all it takes to clean that up!  What happened to people showing love and happiness for others??  Quit complaining and live a little people!  This is not a big deal compared to what you could be seeing on that concrete, that’s made of DIRT!  Get over yourselves and have some happy in your heart now and then!  It feels great! 

  • Anonymous

    The point is, it’s a dirt wall in southwestern MS where it does rain often. If it bothers you so much go wash it off or quityerbitchin

  • Anonymous

    DIRTY DIRT?  can’t have that here!!  i say- BE FOREVER HAPPY!  don henley sings ” if u find some love in this world you better hang on tooth and nail.”
    some people never find true love.