Strong 50th anniversary
D. Wayne and Tondalayo “Tonda” Nave Strong celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary March 19, 2015, at Whitestone Country Inn, Kingston, Tenn.
The couple was married March 19, 1965, at Colonial Heights Baptist Church by their ministers, the Rev. Ronald Hicks and the Rev. Freeman Wright. Both are alumni of Dobyns-Bennett High School (1961) and East Tennessee State University (1965).
Tonda and Wayne are the parents of Derryl (Rebecca) Strong of Cleveland, Ohio, and Emily (Steve) Danner of Johnson City. They are the grandparents of Sasha Strong, Kavita McDonald-Strong and Mason Danner.
Wayne worked at Eastman Chemical Co. for 35 years, first in Systems Development as a computer analyst and then in the Financial Services Division as a financial associate. He retired from Eastman in December of 1999.
Tonda worked at Eastman in Engineering (Drafting) during the early 1960s and later as an LSE in their Training Department. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Tonda was Executive Director of Clean Kingsport and Leadership Kingsport for the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce. From 1992-2000, she conducted Trustee Leadership Development training for numerous boards and organizations.
Tonda and Wayne remain active in volunteer work at their church and Wayne with the Tri-Cities Civil War Roundtable. They are celebrating “50 Years Strong” as God’s blessing upon their lives together.
Smith 50th anniversary
Donald Houston Smith and Glenda Faye (Little) Smith of Gray celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Feb. 22, 2015, with a Western Caribbean cruise on the Disney Magic.
The couple was married Feb. 12, 1965, in Johnson City with the Rev. Vestal Bennett officiating.
They are the parents of Dr. Melissa Cooley and husband Keith of Morristown and Andrea “Beth” Smith of Johnson City. They are the grandparents of Kathryn Noelle Cooley.
Mr. Smith retired from Eastman Chemical Co. Mrs. Smith is employed as an RNC at Indian Path Hospital.
Martin 50th anniversary
John Robert “Buddy” and Sophia “Susie” Martin will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception to be held in their honor from 3 to 6 p.m., Saturday, April 11, 2015, in the fellowship building at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, 309 Mt. Pleasant Road, Church Hill.
The couple was married April 10, 1965.
They are the parents of John Martin Jr. and Sophia Marie Webb. They have 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
They request only the gift of your presence. Donations of non-perishable food items for the Church Hill Food Pantry in honor of this occasion would be appreciated.
Meyer and Henshaw
Rachel Anne Henshaw and Shane Patrick Meyer, both of Knoxville, were married Sept. 20, 2014, at The Lighthouse, Knoxville. Chaplain Fred Patterson officiated at the 6 p.m. ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Bob and Joy Henshaw of Kingsport. She is the granddaughter of Paul and Anne Jeter of Kingsport, and the late Alfred and Josephine Henshaw, formerly of Woodford, Va. The bridegroom is the son of Greg and Kathy Tierney of Philadelphia, Mo., and Gary and Evelyn Meyer of Creve Coeur, Mo. He is the grandson of Doug and Sue Dunker of Perryville, Mo., and Cyril and Mary Ann Meyer of St. Charles, Mo.
Given in marriage by her parents and escorted to the altar by her father, the bride wore a fit and flare silhouette gown of fully draped soft net and tulle with a sweetheart neckline, one shoulder strap and a crystal beaded belt at the waist.
Jessica Henshaw Connell, sister of the bride, of Chattanooga, Tenn., was matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Ashley Davis of Nashville and Tonia Nelson of Kansas City, Mo. Program attendant was Amanda Hobbs, cousin of the bride, of Kingsport.
Kevin Lackey of Webster Groves, Mo., served as best man. Groomsmen were Brandon Duree of High Ridge, Mo., and Vito Vricella of Ballwin, Mo.
Wedding directors were Sabra Eanes and Laura Lindholm, both of Kingsport.
A reception was held at The Lighthouse.
The bride received a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education in 2004 and a master’s degree in child and family studies in 2005 from the University of Tennessee, where she was a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority. She is employed as a developmental specialist with Tennessee Early Intervention System.
The bridegroom received a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Missouri State University in 2004. He is employed as a logistics coordinator at Coyote.
Following a wedding trip to St. Maarten, the couple resides in Knoxville.
Parker and Robinson
Alice Courtney Parker of Mount Carmel and Phillip Jerome Robinson Jr. of Kingsport plan to be married at 3 p.m., April 11, 2015, at Allandale Mansion.
The bride-elect is the daughter of Dennis and Carmen Odom of Mount Carmel, and Jeffrey and Kimberly Parker of Kingsport. She is the granddaughter of the late Ira and Helen Chess from Mount Carmel; Donald Parker of Kingsport and the late Linda Parker; and the late Carroll and Jeanette Odom from Church Hill.
She graduated from Cherokee High School in 2002 and received a degree in nursing from Tennessee Technology Center, Elizabethton, in 2007. She is employed as an LPN at Wellmont Medical Associates of Johnson City.
The bridegroom-to-be is the son of Marty and Kim Quillen of Kingsport, and Phil and Leah Robinson of Mount Carmel. He is the grandson of Phyllis Moore, the late Buster Carter, and the late Rita Jeanette and William Edward Robinson Sr.
He graduated from Dobyns-Bennett High School in 1996 and is employed at Brock Services, Kingsport.