Vivian Droke 90th birthday
Vivian Droke will celebrate her 90th birthday April 24, 2012.Mrs. Droke was born April 24, 1922, in Great Falls, Mont. She has been married to Verlin Droke for 65 years.She is the mother of Paulette Droke of Kingsport, and Riky Droke and wife Teresa of Johnson City.She is a member of St. Dominic Catholic Church, Kingsport, and has also attended Colonial Heights United Methodist Church with her family.Vivian worked for the government in the engineering department at Malstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls. Mr. Droke, serving his last three years in the U.S. Air Force, was stationed at this base. They married in 1947, and in 1949, moved to Mr. Droke's home in Kingsport. Vivian helped in the Droke's Family Shoe Stores and is a homemaker.
Sams 75th wedding anniversary
Elijah Marcelle Sams and Lillian Stata Sams recently celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary at their residence at Appalachian Christian Village, Johnson City, Tenn.The couple was married April 4, 1937, in Gate City, Va., with the Rev. W.V. Pierce officiating.They are the parents of Douglas Sams Sr. and wife Shelby of Kingsport; the late Ronnie Sams and widow Dee Ann Sams of Green Fork, Ind., and Phillip "Phip" Sams and wife Sarah of Kingsport.They are blessed with six grandchildren Douglas Sams Jr., Marcelle Sams, Patti Sams, Larry Sams, Debbie Poe and Genilyn McCaffrey. They are also blessed with 10 great-grandchildren: Chloe Sams, Ava Sams, Austin Sams, Miranda Sams, Molly Sams, Caroline Sams, Ethan Poe, Rachael Poe, Riley Poe and Zachariah McCaffrey.Until their move to the Village, Mr. and Mrs. Sams were active members of First Christian Church, Kingsport, where their son "Phip" is the current minister.Mr. Sams retired from Kingsport Laundry in 1981, after 53 years of service. In 1984, Mrs. Sams retired from Kingsport Girls Club where she served as founding director and later as program director.
Churn and English
Ashley Elizabeth Churn of Chattanooga, and Warren Edward English of Chattanooga, plan to be married at 5 p.m., May 19, 2012, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Kingsport.The bride-elect is the daughter of Cal and Pam Churn of Kingsport, and the granddaughter of Ron and Dorothy Jean Pamperl of Kingsport, and the late Cecil and Katherine Churn, formerly of Woodbridge, Va. She graduated from Dobyns-Bennett High School and received a bachelor of arts degree in mass communications with a concentration in advertising from East Tennessee State University. She is employed as a healthcare recruiter at Maxim Healthcare Services, Chattanooga.The bridegroom-to-be is the son of Edward and Lynn English of Columbia, Miss., and the grandson of Horace and Moree English of Columbia, and Glyn and Julia Porter of Columbia. He graduated from Columbia Academy, Mississippi State University and earned his doctor of medicine from the University of Mississippi. He is employed as a second-year emergency medicine resident with the University of Tennessee at Erlanger Hospital, Chattanooga.
Jessee 50th wedding anniversary
Phillip and Margaret Jessee of Kingsport will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary at a mountain retreat in North Carolina with their family.They were married on April 21, 1962, at Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church, Washington, D.C.They are the parents of Holly Allen and son-in-law David Allen of Jonesborough, Tenn., and Jennifer Jessee-McMillan and son-in-law Jimmy McMillan of Swannanoa, N.C.They are the proud grandparents of Rachel Allen, Matthew Allen and Ivy McMillan.Mr. Jessee retired from American General Life and Accident Insurance Company.Mrs. Jessee was employed at the U.S. Department of Labor and Upper East Tennessee Human Development Agency.
Smith 50th wedding anniversary
Mr. and Mrs. Larry William (Barbara Sue Hubbard) Smith of Bulls Gap, Tenn., will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open reception to be held in their honor at 2 p.m., April 28, 2012, at Good Shepherd Baptist Church.The event is being hosted by their children and family.The couple was married April 28, 1962, in Gate City, Va., with the Rev. Ray P. Hargraves officiating.They are the parents of Teresa Huffman of Church Hill; Roger Smith of Norfolk, Va.; David Smith of Kingsport, and Billy Smith of White Pine, Tenn.They have six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.Mr. Smith retired from Joy Manufacturing. Mrs. Smith is a homemaker.The presence of family and friends is the only gift requested.