Verlin Droke 90th birthday
Verlin Droke will celebrate his 90th birthday Feb. 6, 2012.Mr. Droke was born Feb. 6, 1922, in Fordtown, Tenn., at the original Droke farm which is now part of Colonial Heights. He has been married to Vivian Dors Droke for 64 years. He is the father of Paulette Droke of Kingsport, and Riky Droke and wife Teresa of Johnson City.Mr. Droke served as a flight engineer in United States Air Force for six years, including 21 months during World War II when he served overseas, stationed in India.Mr. Droke established the first Droke's Family Shoe Store in 1950 in Elizabethton, and between 1950 and 1982, he established 11 stores in upper East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. He was the owner of Droke's Family Shoe Stores for 43 years, retiring in 1993.He is one of the members belonging to Colonial Heights United Methodist Church for the longest period of time. His mother was a descendant of the R.P. Gott family, who gave property for the original church in 1845. He is a district director in the Farm Bureau of Sullivan County.
Townsend and West
Ashley Elizabeth Townsend originally of Farragut, Tenn., and Stephen Caudle West originally of Kingsport, Tenn., plan to be married in April 2012 at the Marlow House, Marietta, Ga.The bride-elect is the daughter of Jim and Jeanne Townsend of Farragut, and the granddaughter of Betty Mae Townsend and the late Mabry Townsend of Opelika, Ala., and Evelyn Bond and the late Dean Bond of Auburn, Ala. She graduated from Auburn University in logistics, and is employed at Coca-Cola Refreshments, Atlanta, Ga.The bridegroom-to-be is the son of Bob and Debora West of Kingsport, and the grandson of Carolyn West Boland and the late James West of Columbus, Ga., and Wayne Ditsworth and the late Carolyn Ditsworth of Pascagoula, Miss. He graduated from Auburn University in logistics, and is employed at Coca-Cola Refreshments, Atlanta, Ga.
Edith Short 88th birthday
Edith Short will celebrate her 88th birthday Jan. 31, 2012.Mrs. Short was born Jan. 31, 1924, in Big Stone Gap, Va.She has been married to M.S. Short for 66 years.Her family includes Leroy, Janet, Linda, Rhonda and Beckie, Sandi, Morgan, Judy and Martha.She has several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.Edith is a homemaker and a member of Good Sheppard Baptist Church, Kingsport.
Grace Elizabeth Parsons Laws 80th birthday
Grace Elizabeth Parsons Laws will celebrate her 80th birthday Jan. 25, 2012.She was born in Lee County, Va., and graduated from Pennington High School in 1950. After graduation she joined the Women's Army Corp and was stationed at Fort Knox and Camp Breckenridge, Ky. She achieved the rank of Corporal (101st Airborne Division).Upon returning to Lee County, she married Clarence E. Laws. The couple recently celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary.They have eight children and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.Grace enjoys sketching and drawing, genealogy and spending time with her family.Cards may be sent to her at 210 Clarence Laws Drive, Pennington Gap, Va., 24277.
Douglas 50th wedding anniversary
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Lynn (Sue Yates) Douglas of Kingsport, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open reception to be held in their honor from 2 to 4 p.m., Jan. 21, 2012, in the family center at Oak Drive Baptist Church, off Oak Drive Circle.The event is being hosted by friends and family.The couple was married Jan. 23, 1962.They are the parents of Tammy Fraley and husband Randall of Kingsport, and Jonathan Douglas of Murfreesboro, Tenn. They are the grandparents of Brandon and Amanda Fraley.Mr. Douglas served in the U.S. Air Force and retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 2008. Mrs. Douglas worked in childcare.We thank God for the wonderful family and friends that we have been blessed with and hope to share some time with them on this special day.