Stroupe 102nd birthday
Nealie Parker Stroupe was born Jan. 18, 1913. She is blessed with six children: Don, Darrell (deceased), Jim, Bill, Edna and Glenda. She has 14 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
With the help of her children and the aid of a wheelchair, she has been able to remain in her own home and still shops and eats out. She loves company and enjoys everyone's visits.
Nealie is a good Christian and loves the Lord, still wants to go to church whenever she can, and her faith has kept her with us all these years.
Barlow 50th anniversary
Fred and Alice Barlow recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a trip on the Danube River from Nuremberg to Vienna, visiting the Christmas Markets and enjoying the Vienna Philharmonic and Boys Choir, returning to a surprise party hosted by their children at the King and Prince Beach Resort, St. Simons Island, Ga.
They were married Dec. 18, 1964, in Atlanta. In 1968, after Fred completed graduate school at Emory and Wayne State Universities, they moved to Kingsport, where Fred worked for Eastman for 30 years while Alice raised their children and served as a community volunteer.
They have three children: Nancy Goodman, an attorney specializing in estate planning on St. Simons Island; Fred Barlow III, Ph.D., Micron Endowed Professor in Microelectronics and Chair of the College of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Idaho; and Eric Barlow, Managing Partner at Serio Consulting LLC, specializing in SAP software implementation.
They also have five grandchildren, including granddaughters Rachel Goodman of Atlanta, a junior at Emory University, and Ali (Alice) Goodman of St. Simons; and grandsons Ethan, Colin and Benjamin Barlow of Sandy Springs.
The Barlows moved to St. Simons Island in 1999, and are retired.
English 99th birthday
Ruth English will celebrate her 99th birthday with a reception to be held in her honor at 2 p.m., Jan. 11, 2015, at Emeritus Assisted Living.
The event is being hosted by her friends at St. Dominic Church.
Mrs. English was born Jan. 13, 1916, in Big Stone Gap, Va. She was married to Warren English for 60 years.
Ruth was employed with the Sullivan County School System for 43 years. She is a parishioner at St. Dominic Church.
The presence of family and friends is the only gift requested.
Ladley 70th anniversary
Captain Herbert and Amy Ladley relived 70 years of married life on Dec. 27, 2014. They were married in Yuma, Ariz., on that date in 1944 during a brief interlude from their World War II duties. Herb was a member of Navy Fighting Squadron 32 aboard an aircraft carrier in Alameda, Calif., and Amy was an executive with Lockheed Aircraft Co. in Los Angeles, Calif.
From their marriage they have three children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Their children include son Dr. Herb Ladley, a Kingsport cardiologist associated with the former Cardiovascular Associates and now vice president for Cardiac Services for Wellmont Health System, as well as president of the Sullivan County Medical Society; daughter Jane Stentzel, now living in Wilmington, Del., after a career as a reservationist for United Airlines; and daughter Amy Ann Bebout of Fort Smith, Ark., a former Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy with a degree in physical therapy from Duke University Graduate School.
Granddaughters are Amy Bishop Cromer of Tulsa, Okla., and Molly Jane Little of Houston, Texas. Great-granddaughters are Annabella and Chloe Ostis of Foxboro, Mass. Grandsons are Herbert Vern, now living in Singapore; Ross Lewis of Cleveland, Ohio; and David Butt Ostis of Foxboro.
The Ladleys moved to Kingsport from Virginia and now have their home in the Ridgefields area.
Cooper and Anderson
Joanna (Green) Anderson of Church Hill, Tenn., and the Rev. Dr. Lester Cooper of Carlsbad, Calif., were married June 22, 2014, at the bride's home church, Higher Ground Baptist Church, in Kingsport, Tenn.
The bride's beloved pastor, the Rev. Dr. Shannon Salyer, officiated at the 3 p.m. ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Wilma Green and the late Bobby Green of Church Hill.
She was given in marriage by her dear friend John Hames.
Ann Cooper, daughter-in-law of the groom, was matron of honor. David Cooper, son of the groom, served as best man.
Following a wedding trip to Palm Springs, Calif., the couple resides in Carlsbad, Calif.