Darnell 103rd birthday
Callie Mae Carter Darnell celebrated her 103rd birthday June 25, 2014, at Riverfront Seafood Restaurant along with her immediate family. Cake and gifts were shared later at home.
Callie Mae was born in Kentucky in 1911 to Victoria Fields Carter from Speer's Ferry and Cicero Carter. After her parents' deaths, she and her brother, Lincoln Carter, moved from Kentucky to Eidson, Tenn., to live with their paternal grandmother. At the age of 16, Callie Mae moved to Kingsport to begin work at Holliston Mills. Years later she worked at several industries, including the Kingsport Press and Holston Defense during the war. She worked for almost 20 years as a cook at Lynn Garden Grade School, from where she retired.
She was married to the late Craft Darnell for 54 years and had two children, Tommy Darnell and Betty Kay Darnell Kennedy. She has two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Callie Mae is a member of long standing at Lynn Garden Baptist Church. She is an amazing woman.
Happy birthday and love to Callie Mae Darnell, a beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, cousin and friend.
Hobbs and Wilson
Elizabeth Leigh Wilson of Kingsport, and Christopher Robin Hobbs of Hernando, Miss., were married Feb. 1, 2014, at Warren-Wilson College Chapel, Asheville, N.C. The Rev. James Lindsay, grandfather of the bride, and the Rev. Danny Silvey officiated at the 3 p.m. ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Mark and Robyn Wilson of Kingsport, and the granddaughter of the Rev. and Mrs. James Lindsay of Elizabethton, and Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Wilson of Charlotte, N.C. The bridegroom is the son of William and Glendis Hobbs of Hernando, and the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Billy Hobbs of Florence, Ala.
Given in marriage by her parents and escorted to the altar by her father, the bride wore a Maggie Sottero gown of ivory lace over satin featuring a strapless sweetheart neckline and a Swarovski crystal and satin belt. Her elbow-length veil had crystal edging and she carried a bouquet of white roses and hydrangeas.
Tina S. Howe of Kingsport was matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Melissa Sneed Wilson, sister-in-law of the bride, of New York, N.Y., and Kathleen Hobbs, sister of the bridegroom of Hernando. Mariah Howe of Kingsport was flower girl.
Mackin Johnson of Jackson, Miss., served as best man. Groomsmen were Chris Wilson, brother of the bride, of New York, N.Y., Matthew Brooks of Charleston, S.C., and Dan Howard of Atlanta, Ga. Will Hobbs, brother of the bridegroom, of Hernando, Miss., was usher.
Music was provided by pianist Janie Belue; violinist Lindsay Williams, cousin of the bride; and soloist Rosemary Smith.
A reception was held at Yesterday Spaces, Asheville.
The bride graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management in 2006. She is employed at Farm Bureau Insurance, Asheville.
The bridegroom received a bachelor's degree, a Master of Education degree and a Master of Fine Arts degree in art education from Mississippi College. He is employed with Buncombe County Schools, Asheville.
Following a wedding trip to Boone, N.C., the couple resides in Asheville.
Smith and Lowe
Lauren Elizabeth Lowe of Kingsport and Jacob Milton Smith of Greenville, S.C., were married June 14, 2014 at Waverly Road Presbyterian Church, Kingsport. The Rev. Daniel Clark officiated at the 5:30 p.m. ceremony.
The bride wore a vintage-inspired lace gown with crystal beading.
An evening reception was held at BANQ in downtown Kingsport.
The bride is the daughter of Mark and Hope Lowe of Kingsport, and the granddaughter of Jack and Earlene Lowe of Kingsport, and the late Daniel and Lois Riner, both formerly of Kingsport. The bridegroom is the son of Milton and Regina Smith of Greenville, and the grandson of Milton Smith Jr. of Clinton, N.C.; the late Mamie Prentice, formerly of Warsaw, N.C.; the late Levis Gilstrap, formerly of Easley, S.C., and the late Alice Gilstrap, formerly of Six Mile, S.C.
The bride was given in marriage by her parents and escorted to the altar by her father.
Maids of honor were Grace Macdonald and Gabrielle Guariglia. Bridesmaids were Leslie Smith, sister-in-law of the bridegroom, Justine Hale, Emily Maguire and Rebecca Kneisley.
Best men were Milton Smith III, father of the bridegroom, and Zachary Smith, brother of the bridegroom. Groomsmen were Matthew Lowe, brother of the bride, Jesse Cavett, Adam Perry and Michael Craig.
The bride graduated from Dobyns-Bennett High School in 2008 and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and history and a Master of Education degree from the University of South Carolina. She is employed as an international student advisor at USC and is a member of Celebration Church.
The bridegroom graduated from Wade Hampton High School in 2005, received a Bachelor of Science in accounting from USC in 2009, and a Juris Doctorate from Charleston School of Law in 2012. He is employed as a defense attorney in Sumter, S.C., and is a member of Buncombe Street United Methodist Church.
The couple will take a cruise to the Caribbean for their honeymoon in December. They reside in Columbia, S.C.
Richard and Dudney
Heather Marie Richard, formerly of Fayetteville, Ga., and John William Dudney, formerly of Kingsport, are engaged to be married on Sept. 20, 2014 at Tybee Island Wedding Chapel, Tybee Island, Ga.
The bride-to-be is the daughter of Ken Richard and Judy Johnson of Richmond Hill, Ga., and Julie and Al Lunceford of Fayetteville, Ga. She is the granddaughter of Connie Rayburn of Riverdale, Ga., the late Thomas Rayburn and Warren and Reba Richard of Springfield, Va. She graduated from Augusta State University in 2009 and received her Master of Medical Science degree from Lincoln Memorial University — DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2012. She works as a physician assistant in Urgent Care in Columbia, S.C.
The bridegroom-to-be is the son of Bill and Janyce Dudney of Kingsport, and the grandson of Jack and Jeannette Ralston of Kingsport, Susan Dudney of Kingsport, and the late Earl Dudney. He is 2005 graduate of Dobyns-Bennett High School and a 2009 graduate of the University of Tennessee. He is employed as an Operations Manager with Amazon in Tampa, Fla.
Leeson and Edwards
Laura Jean Leeson of Kingsport and Nicholas Ryan Edwards of Nashville plan to be married in an outdoor wedding ceremony at 6 p.m., Aug. 2, 2014, at the Pick Inn, Gallatin, Tenn.
The bride-elect is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Edward Leeson Jr. of Kingsport, and the granddaughter of Carole Leeson of Hixson, Tenn., the late John E. Leeson Sr. and the late Mr. and Mrs. C.O. Grayson of Jackson, Miss. She received a master's degree in accounting from the University of Tennessee, where she was a member of Alpha Delta Pi. She is employed at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. She is a member of Crosspoint Church, Nashville.
The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Roger C. Edwards of Nashville, and the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. George W. Wallace and Ms. Helen J. Edwards, all of Nashville. He received a bachelor's degree in human resource management from UT, where he was a member of Kappa Sigma. He is employed with the State of Tennessee in the central procurement office. He is a member of Crosspoint Church.