Lawson and Bell
Chelsea Lynn Lawson and Harrison James Bell are engaged to be married at 6 p.m., June 23, 2012, at Mafair United Methodist Church.The bride-elect is the daughter of Steve Lawson and Gail Newton. She is employed at Moto Japanese Restaurant.The bridegroom-to-be is the son of Luke Bell and Tina Bell. He serves as pastor of Mount Carmel United Methodist Church.Chelsea and Harrison both graduated from Volunteer High School and are seniors at East Tennessee State University. They plan to further their education at Asbury Seminary in the fall.
Kappa and McMurrian
Claire Elizabeth McMurrian of Baton Rouge, La., and David Franklin Kappa of Kingsport were married on July 23, 2011, at St. James Episcopal Church, Baton Rouge. The ceremony was officiated by the Rev. J. Mark Holland.The bride is the daughter of Dr. Judith Parks Levy and Robert B. Levy of Baton Rouge, and Mr. and Mrs. Howard Pryor McMurrian of Redmond, Wash. She is the granddaughter of Julian Keith Parks, of Farmerville, La., the late Mrs. Parks, the late Mr. and Mrs. William Chapman McMurrian, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Ben Levy Jr.The bridegroom is the son of Drs. Jeffrey and Rosanne Kappa of Kingsport, and the grandson of Dr. Laura Pollack of Dayton, Ohio; Mr. and Mrs. William G. Kappa of Kingsport, and the late Mary Ann Kappa.The bride was attended by her maid of honor, Emily McIntosh, and her matron of honor, Robin Levy-Bookman. Bridesmaids were Amanda Leicht, Meredith Patrick Pace, Laura Kappa and Nicole Kantor. Grace Wester was junior bridesmaid. Flower girls were Caro Bookman and Cecelia Bookman.The bridegroom was attended by his best men, Stephen Kappa and Jason Kappa. Groomsmen were Alexander Ambinder, Oluwasheyi Ayeni, Philip Clopton, Wesley McMurrian and Brian Levy. Ushers were Derek Reid, Benjamin Bookman and Blake Wester.Readers were Sarah Eldredge and Anna Rogers. Program attendants were Evan and Lauren Orenstein, and Jacqueline Kantor.The reception was held at the Baton Rouge Country Club and the wedding trip was to St. Lucia. The couple resides in Atlanta, Ga.The bride received a bachelor of arts degree in classics from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and will graduate from the Emory School of Medicine in Atlanta, Ga., in May with a doctor of medicine degree. Claire was also inducted into the AOA honorary medical society. She will pursue a residency in internal medicine.The bridegroom received a bachelor of science degree in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale University and will graduate from the Emory School of Medicine in Atlanta, Ga., in May with a doctor of medicine degree. David was also inducted into the AOA honorary medical society. He will pursue a residency in obstetrics and gynecology.
Bennett and Pickens
Kevin O'Brien Bennett and Kathryne "Katie" Mae Pickens were married Jan. 13, 2012 in Knoxville, Tenn., with the Rev. Harry Whittington officiating.O'Brien is the son of Mr. and Mrs. R. Kevin (Ann) Bennett of Opelika, Ala., formerly of Kingsport; and the grandson of Mrs. J.R. Priester of Opelika, the late Dr. James Reeder Priester of Opelika, and Mr. and Mrs. Luther A. (Joan O'Brien) Bennett Jr. of Opelika. He is a 2001 graduate of Dobyns-Bennett High School.Katie is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rick (Joyce Cahill) Murphy of Knoxville, Tenn., and the granddaughter of Mr. Anthony Cahill and the late Zada Mae Cahill of Knoxville.O'Brien's and Katie's parents hosted a reception honoring their marriage Feb. 25, 2012 at the Bearden Banquet Hall in Knoxville. A ceremony blessing their marriage was performed by Katie's cousin, the Rev. Earl Dunn Jr. of Knoxville, followed by a meal and entertainment by Chris Winward of Nashville, Tenn.The couple makes their home in Knoxville, where O'Brien teaches math and is an assistant football coach in the Knox County School system.
Martin and Byrd
Rebecca Ruth Byrd and George Tyler Martin were married in a private ceremony at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 20, 2011, at First Baptist Church, Rogersville. The Rev. Andy Willis officiated at the ceremony.The bride is the daughter of Jerry and Carolyn Byrd of Rogersville, and the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Kyle and Ruth (Stapleton) Byrd, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Randall and June (Horner) Price. Rebecca graduated from Cherokee High School prior to earning a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in social work from East Tennessee State University. She is employed as a licensed clinical social worker by the Department of Veteran's Affairs Health Administration.The bridegroom is the son of Rodney and Ginny Martin of Guntersville, Ala., and the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. John and Dorothy (Holloway) Beard, and the late Mr. and Mrs. George and Joyce (Dodd) Martin. Tyler graduated from Guntersville High School before earning a bachelor's degree in environmental science from Tusculum College. He is employed as a soil conservationist with USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Virgil J. Hammonds 80th birthday
Virgil J. Hammonds, formerly of Scott County, Va., celebrated his 80th birthday recently at his grandson's house in Florida, surrounded by his family and friends.Virgil is the son of the late Herbert Hammond of Kingsport, and Ollie C. Gillenwater of Fort Blackmore, Va. He is the grandson of the late Kenneth and Kate Hammonds, and the "Fate" Lafayette and Miranda Gillenwater.He has six children, seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.