King and Bessent
Jaclyn Kelly Bessent of Spartanburg, S.C., and James Samuel King of Kingsport, were married Aug. 20, 2011, at First Presbyterian Church, Spartanburg. The Rev. Laura E. Palmer and the Rev. John Bradley Bessent officiated at the 6 p.m. ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Miles Bessent of Spartanburg, and the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Franklin Charles of Spartanburg; the late Jack Kelly Bessent, formerly of Spartanburg; Dorothy Ivey Petty of Spartanburg, and the late Francis Earl Petty, formerly of Spartanburg. The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John R. King III of Kingsport, and the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. John R. King of Kingsport, Patricia Lou Miller of Kingsport, and the late James E. Miller, formerly of Kingsport. The bride was given in marriage and escorted to the altar by her father.Mrs. Nancy Clarkson Sexton of Columbia, S.C., was matron of honor. Miss Laura Elizabeth Fowler of Columbia, was maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Mrs. Jessica Thompson Cummins of Columbia; Mrs. Christine Cisle Poulson of Greenville, S.C.; and Miss Jessica Melaine Saxon of Beaufort, S.C. Mr. John R. King III of Kingsport, served as best man. Groomsmen were Mr. Kevin Michael Bessent of Spartanburg; Mr. John Matthew King of Kingsport; Mr. Henry Justin King of Kingsport; and Mr. Joseph Alexander King of Kingsport. A reception was held at Indigo Hall, Spartanburg. The bride graduated magna cum laude from the University of South Carolina with a bachelor's degree in accounting. At USC, she was a member of Chi Omega. She is employed at Elliott Davis, PLLC. The bridegroom received a bachelor's degree in accounting from Emory and Henry College, where he was a member of Phi Gamma Phi. He is employed at Elliott Davis, PLLC. Following a wedding trip to Turtle Island, Fiji, the couple resides in Charlotte, N.C.
Blackburn 50th wedding anniversary
Mr. and Mrs. Louis (Charlotte Neal) Blackburn of Blountville, began celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on Aug. 19, 2011, with a trip to Alaska.The couple was married Aug. 19, 1961, at Halls Chapel Methodist Church.They are the parents of Sheila Jones of Blountville, Mark Blackburn of Blountville, and the late Brian Blackburn. They are the grandparents of Lacey Jones and Lucas Fleming.Mr. Blackburn retired from Sprint.Mrs. Blackburn retired from Sullivan County Circuit Court Clerk's office.
Green and Jackson
Tony and Kathy Green of Kingsport, announce the engagement of their daughter, Ty Green to T.J. Jackson, son of Thomas and Judy Jackson of Kingsport.The bride-elect is a graduate of McMinn County High School where she was named MVP of the ladies golf team for four years in a row. In 2010, she earned a degree in nursing from Northeast State Community College and is currently completing a bachelor of science degree from King College. She is employed as a registered nurse in the surgery department at Holston Valley Medical Center. She is a member of First Baptist Church, Kingsport.The bridegroom-to-be is a graduate of Sullivan Central High School and will attend Northeast State Community College in the fall. He is employed in the nursing service department at Wexford House. He attends First Baptist Church, Kingsport.Ty and T.J. plan to be married Sept. 17, 2011, in the gazebo at Mill Springs Park, Jonesborough.
Coffman 50th wedding anniversary
Mr. and Mrs. Niles Lee (Wilma Ruth Martin) Coffman of Kingsport, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception held in their honor on Aug. 13, 2011, at Chop House.The event was hosted by their children.The couple was married Aug. 26, 1961, at Beulah Baptist Church, with the Rev. Luther Reed and the Rev. Avery Nichols officiating.They are the parents of Stephen Coffman and wife Linda of Gray; Ruth Coffman Fields and husband Mike of Kingsport, and Andrew Coffman and wife Erin of Kingsport. They are the grandparents of Ericha Coffman Garrison and husband Thomas, Nellie Kate "Kay Kay" Fields, Drew Coffman and Hannah Grace Coffman.Mr. Coffman retired from Eastman Chemical Co. after 44 years of service. Mrs. Coffman retired as an LPN nursing instructor for Kingsport and Johnson City School Systems. She is employed as a church pianist at First Baptist Church, Jonesborough.
Laura Qualls 99th birthday
Laura Qualls will celebrate her 99th birthday on Aug. 16, 2011.Laura was born at Natural Tunnel, Va., on Aug. 16, 1912, to James "Jim" David Wallen and Ollie Bishop Wallen, now deceased. She was married for 59years to Edgar K. Qualls before his death in December 1991.She is the mother of the late James Preston "J.P." Qualls, formerly of Duffield, Va.; Ronald Lee (Eula) and Kemp Edward (Betty) Qualls, all of Kingsport, and Glenda Stapleton (Jerry) of Church Hill. She is the mother-in-law of Louise Qualls of Duffield.Laura loves the Lord with all her heart, and her children feel so blessed to have such a wonderful mother and look forward to many more years with her.