Fansler 65th wedding anniversary
Mr. and Mrs. M.C. (Gladys) Fansler celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary Feb. 8, 2012.They are the parents of Larry Fansler and wife, Mary; and Pam Livesay and husband, John.Mr. Fansler retired from Holston Army Ammunition Plant. Mrs. Fansler is a housewife.
Edwards and Royston
Rachael Emily Royston of Kingsport and Benjamin Seth Edwards of Erwin were married on Sunday June 5, 2011, at Agota Springs, Kingsport. Dr. Jim Royston officiated at the 4 p.m ceremony.The bride is the daughter of Don and Vicki Royston of Kingsport, and the granddaughter of Dotty Royston of Bristol, Tenn., the late Paul Royston, and the late Raymond and Inez Sipe, formerly of Towson Md. The bridegroom is the son of Darrell and Donna Edwards of Erwin, and the grandson of JE "Baldy" and Beverly Bennett of Erwin, and Ernest and Margret Richardson of Erwin.The bride was given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father.Audrey Hein, sister of the bride, was matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Brittany Salyers, Jacqueline Crockett, Lindsay Spires, Candace Allen and Brianna Edwards, sister of the bridegroom. Molly Hein, niece of the bride, was flower girl.Cameron Edwards, brother of the bridegroom, served as best man. Groomsmen were Stephen Thomas, Corey Schwenke, Andrew Yost, Grant Allen and Joshua French. Ushers were Jeremiah Hein, brother-in-law of bride; Blake Allen and Gavin Lankford. Malachi Hein, nephew of the bride, was ring bearer.The bride graduated from Tri-Cities Christian School in 2006 and from Carson Newman College with a bachelor of science in nursing degree. She is employed as a registered nurse at Indian Path Medical Center, Kingsport.The bridegroom graduated from Unicoi County High School in 2004 and Carson Newman College with a bachelor of science in biochemistry degree. He is employed as a process engineer at Fiber Innovation Technology, Johnson City.The couple resides in Kingsport.
Five generations of the Childress family
The five generations of the Childress family are Mary Lou Childress, great-great-grandmother; Nancy Shipley, great-grandmother; Jennifer Phillips, grandmother; Melissa Beckstrom, mother and children Jayden Randall Beckstrom, son and Aubrey Nicole Lugo, daughter.
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.