Spears 90th birthday
A 90th birthday celebration honoring Ruby Spears was held Feb. 7, 2015, at The Courtyard Restaurant, Kingsport.
The special event was hosted by her children Marshall, Richard, Gary and Rita. We are so proud of our energetic mother who was the life of the party, meeting and greeting all her friends with laughter and lots of hugs.
Everyone enjoyed fun, food and fellowship while sharing memories of their good times together.
Miss Ruby is a charter member of LifeBridge Christian Church and is active with the BridgeBuilders Sunday school class.
Ruby belongs to the Gate City and Nickelsville chapters of Order of the Eastern Star. She has held many offices during her years of service, including Worthy Matron. Miss Ruby was elected as the Grand Representative to Kansas, and traveled there to represent Chapter Number 116. She is also proud to serve as a Kentucky Colonel.
Cooking and growing her own vegetables are two of Miss Ruby’s favorite things to do.
We are blessed to have her as our Mother and role model. Happy Birthday!
Carpenter 50th anniversary
Murlice and Alma Carpenter of Surgoinsville will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception to be held in their honor from 2 to 4 p.m., Feb. 22, 2015, in the fellowship hall at House Chapel Church, Rogersville.
The couple was married Feb. 19, 1965.
They are the parents of Mike, Kathy (Darrell) Weatherly, JoAnn (Ken) Viars, Johnny, and Shona (Keith) Barrett. They are the grandparents of Stacy, Rebecca (Jason), Joe, Josh (Christina), Wesley, Allison and Beth. They are the great-grandparents of Braxtyn, Bryant and Brodie.
Murlice retired from Holliston Mills Inc. and Surgoinsville Fire Dept., where he served as fire chief for 33 years. Alma retired from the Hawkins County School System, where she was a cook at Surgoinsville Elementary School. She also watched many children over the years, who call them Mamaw and Papaw.
The presence of family and friends is the only gift requested.
Hall 101st birthday
Bessie Marie (Wallen) Hall of Rogersville celebrated her 101st birthday on Jan. 26, 2015, with her family and close friends with a party at Signature Health Care.
Our mother has been blessed with good health most of her life. She will tell you that her Lord has kept her going all these years. No matter when you see our mother she was a beautiful smile on her face.
Bessie is the mother of Bea (Shel) Best of Greensburg, Ind.; Dorothy Ramey of Kettering, Ohio; Kate Smith of Bulls Gap; Wanda (Bill) Minor of Blackwater, Va.; Brenda (Roger) Evans of Duffield, Va.; Steve (Janie) Hall of Xenia, Ohio; and Kathy Carson of Xenia.
We have been blessed to have such a wonderful mother. We all love you, Mom!
Bennett and Nicely
Courtney Elizabeth Nicely of Blaine, Tenn., and J. Luke Bennett of Kingsport were married Jan. 2, 2015, at The Reserve at Bluebird Hill, Lenoir City, Tenn. Pastor Rickey Hayes officiated at the 4 p.m. ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bradley Keith Nicely of Blaine and the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. G.W. Hurd of Mascot, Tenn.; Darlene L. Smith of Corryton, Tenn.; and Ray Nicely of Blaine. She is the great-granddaughter of Ottis “Brownie” Nicely of Blaine. The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. R. Kevin Bennett of Opelika, Ala., formerly of Kingsport. He is the grandson of Barbara Priester of the Stonewall community near Opelika, the late Dr. J.R. Priester, and Mr. and Mrs. Luther A. Bennett Jr. of Opelika.
The bride was given in marriage by her father.
Katie P. Bennett of Knoxville was matron of honor. Kaitlyn Jenkins of Gatlinburg was maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Courtney Mascaro, Tori Hill, Mercedes Vaughn and Taylor Rudolph. Makenna Hurd, cousin of the bride, of Knoxville, was junior bridesmaid. Flower girls were Annabelle and Adalai Lowery.
Joe Anderson of Blountville served as best man. Groomsmen were O’Brien Bennett, brother of the bridegroom, and Drew Nicely, brother of the bride, both of Knoxville; college roommates Wesley Jones of Kingsport and Dr. Jonathan Hathaway of Morristown (formerly of Kingsport); and Jay Dulaney, cousin of the bridegroom, of Auburn, Ala.
The bride graduated with high honors in Art Education from East Tennessee State University in December 2014, and from Knox Carter High School in 2010, where she was a member of the high school dance team and various honor societies.
The bridegroom graduated from Dobyns-Bennett High School in 2006, and ETSU in 2010. He was employed with Mahoney’s Sportmens Paradise during college. He is currently employed as a sales manager for Central and South Florida by Great Southern Wood Preserving.
Following a wedding trip to Jamaica, the couple resides on Lake Harris in Central Florida.
Delaney 50th anniversary
George H. and Phyllis (Brice) Delaney celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Feb. 6, 2105.
The couple was married Feb. 6, 1965, in Kingsport by the late Rev. James Gaines.
George retired from Holliston Mills after 39 years of service. Phyllis retired from the Hawkins County School System.
The union was blessed with four children: Gregory Delaney, Tonya (Delaney) Collins, Naiesha (Delaney) Robinson; and sister Felicia (Brice) Powell.
They have five precious grandchildren: Devin Collins, Christian Collins, Scotty Delaney, Jordan Powell and Jaxon Robinson.
A second honeymoon trip to California is being planned by their children and grandchildren.