William and Patricia Macko of Lawrenceville announce the engagement of their daughter, Deborah Eve Macko of Dacula, to Melvin E. Buford Jr. of Newnan, son of the late Melvin E. Buford Sr. and Margaret Buford of LaGrange.

The bride-elect is a 1993 graduate of Central Gwinnett High School. She attended North Georgia College and State University, where she received a bachelor's degree in early childhood education in 1997 and a master's degree in 2005. She is employed as an ESOL teacher by Benefield Elementary School in Lawrenceville.

The future groom is the grandson of Mavis M. Harris of LaGrange and the late Melvin C. Buford. He is a 1993 graduate of Troup County Comprehensive High School and was a communication and navigation systems specialist in the United States Air Force from 1993 to 1997. He received a degree in applied technology in marketing management from West Georgia Technical College in 2001.

The wedding is planned for May 16 at Flint Hill in Norcross.