Mr. and Mrs. James Lazenby Richardson of Birmingham announce the engagement of their daughter, Emory Knox Richardson, to Thornton Hope Ratliff, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kimble Vardaman Ratliff Jr. of Birmingham.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mrs. Eugene Knox Maxwell and the late Mr. Maxwell of Selma and the late Mr. and Mrs. Erle Randolph Richardson of Marion.
Miss Richardson is a graduate of Mountain Brook High School and Auburn University, where she was a member of Kappa Delta. She was presented at the Ball of Roses and is a member of the Birmingham Ballet Guild. Miss Richardson is an interior designer with KPS Group, Inc.
The prospective groom is the grandson of Mrs. James Kimble Vardaman Ratliff Jr. and the late Mr. Ratliff of Mountain Brook and Mrs. Lorraine Sunderhaus Thornton of Louisville, Ky., and Mr. and Mrs. James Hope Thornton of Louisville.
Mr. Ratliff is a graduate of Mountain Brook High School and the University of Mississippi, where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta. He is employed with Colonial Properties Trust.
The wedding is planned for Oct. 12.