Starnes and Cole
Brittany Leigh Ann Starnes of Kingsport, Tenn., and Robert Cody Cole of Damascus, Va., plan to be married at 2 p.m., Oct. 12, 2013, at Mafair United Methodist Church.
The bride-elect is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Zane Starnes of Gate City, Va., and the granddaughter of Jewell Grizzle of Gate City, the late Harold Grizzle, and the late C.E. and June Starnes, formerly of Slant, Va. She graduated from Gate City High School and received a bachelor’s degree in business and public administration from the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. She is employed as a polysomography technician at Holston Valley Hospital.
The bridegroom-to-be is the son of Joy Cole and Jimmy Cole of Damascus, and the grandson of Bob and Jean Cole of Damascus, Mona Garrett of Damascus, and the late Ralph Garrett. He graduated from Holston High School and is employed as a senior service representative at Lincare, Bristol, Tenn.
Ayers and Hinkle
Mr. and Mrs. Warren Ayers of Blountville announce the engagement of their daughter, Hannah, to Audie Hinkle, son of Ms. Shirley Jo Bell of Kingsport, and Steve Hinkle, also of Blountville.
Miss Ayers, a 2008 magna cum laude graduate of Liberty University, is employed as a morning co-host with 88.3 WCQR Christian Radio. She is a member of Indian Springs Baptist Church, Kingsport.
Mr. Hinkle is a 2001 graduate of Tennessee Tech and is the aviation maintenance manager of Alpha Natural Resources, Tri-Cities Airport. He is a member of Holy Mountain Baptist Church in Kingsport.
Their wedding is planned to take place the afternoon of Oct. 12, 2013.
Turner 50th anniversary
Mr. and Mrs. Darris W. (Peggy Evans) Turner of Gate City, Va., will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open reception to be held in their honor from 6 to 9 p.m., Sept. 21, 2013, at the Fire Hall Community Center.
The event is being hosted by their friends and family.
The couple was married Sept. 21, 1963, at Gate City Baptist Church, with the Rev. Samuel Tatem officiating.
They are the parents of James “Jimbo” Turner and wife Tabitha, and the late David Wayne Turner. They are the grandparents of Abby and McKenzie Turner.
Mr. Turner retired from Kingsport Press. Mrs. Turner retired from Ramada Inn of Kingsport.
The presence of family and friends is the only gift requested.
Gibson and Marsh
Katherine Dolvin Marsh and Jeremiah Christopher Gibson, of Knoxville, Tenn., were married June 8, 2013, at Waverly Road Presbyterian Church, Kingsport, Tenn. The Rev. Dr. Daniel S. Clark officiated the 4 p.m. ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kendrick Marsh Jr., of Kingsport. She is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kendrick Marsh Sr. of Kingsport and the late Mr. and Mrs. Claude Walker Hart Jr. of Johnston, S.C. She is a graduate of Dobyns-Bennett High School and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she received a bachelor of arts degree, summa cum laude, in political science. She received a doctor of jurisprudence degree from Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law and a master of information science degree from the University of Tennessee. She is employed at the Duncan School of Law, Lincoln Memorial University, Knoxville, as a law librarian and professor.
The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Thomas Gibson of Kingsport. He is the grandson of Mrs. Ezra Laughlin of Kingsport; the late Mr. Ezra Laughlin; Mr. and Mrs. Randy Sensabaugh (the former Mrs. Edward Gibson) of Clinton, Tenn.; and the late Mr. Edward Gibson. He is an honors graduate of Sullivan Central High School and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he received a bachelor of music degree. He received a master of education degree from Grand Canyon University, Phoenix. He is employed as the director of music at the L&N STEM Academy of Knoxville, where he teaches band, orchestra, and chorus.
Given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father, the bride wore a strapless gown of layers of ivory organza over ivory satin with a pleated organza waistband. The bodice was embroidered with silver and white beads. The cathedral-length organza veil was trimmed with a satin ribbon edge.
The bride wore her mother’s pearl necklace and carried a bouquet of white hydrangea, yellow roses, delphinium, Queen Anne’s lace, white wax flower, and pink heirloom roses from her late grandmother’s rose garden. The stems of the bouquet were wrapped with ivory satin ribbon, her mother’s Brussels lace wedding handkerchief, and antique pearls worn by her mother and grandmother on their wedding days. Also attached was her grandmother’s antique blue and white Wedgwood cameo pin. The bride wore a sixpence in her shoe for good luck.
The bride’s attendants were Elizabeth Hart Tisdale, cousin of the bride, of Asheville, N.C., who served as matron of honor; Elizabeth Wortman Revans of Rockford, Tenn.; and John Tolbert Eskew of Clarksville, Tenn.
The bridegroom’s attendants were his brother, Aaron Thomas Gibson of Kingsport, who served as best man; and Nathan Daniel Mitchell of Kingsport, and Paul Vincent Scannell of Atlanta, groomsmen.
Readings were given by Edward Dolvin Marsh, uncle of the bride. Music was provided by Charles Herron III, trumpeter; Matthew Richmond, marimbist; Dr. David Runner, organist; and Dr. Thomas Smith, vocalist.
Guest book attendant was Laura King Feagins. Program attendants were Marissa Annette Mitchell and Madilyn Rose Morelock.
Following the ceremony, the reception was given by the parents of the bride at MeadowView. Master of ceremonies was Robert Higgs Feagins. Music was provided by the Kyle Bothof Jazz Quartet of Knoxville.
The rehearsal dinner was given by the bridegroom’s parents at the Domtar Cabin on Friday, June 7, 2013.
Following a wedding trip to Europe, the couple resides in Knoxville.
Hughes and Witt
Rick and Beth Witt of Kingsport, joyfully announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their son Robert David Witt to Hayley Elizabeth Hughes.
The bride-elect is the daughter of Sheree Hughes of Syracuse, N.Y., and the late Kenneth Hughes. She is the granddaughter of Robert and Joan Whitehead of Whiting, N.J., and the late Kenneth and Hazel Hughes, formerly of Syracuse. Hayley is a 2007 graduate of West Genesee Senior High School, Camillus, N.Y., and a 2012 magna cum laude graduate of Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene, Texas, where she received a bachelor of behavioral science degree in ministry. She is employed as a youth minister at Bay Harbour United Methodist Church, League City, Texas.
The bridegroom-to-be is the grandson of the late Robert Jones Fortune and the late Hazel Fortune, formerly of Kingsport, and David and Johnnie Lee Witt of Hilton Head Island, S.C. Robert is a 2005 graduate of Dobyns-Bennett High School and a 2010 summa cum laude graduate of Clemson University, where he received a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering with a minor in music. He is employed as a chemical engineer at Exxon Mobil Corp., Houston, Texas.
The couple plans a November wedding in Houston, Texas.