Gardner 25th anniversary
Congratulations to Doug and Saundra Gardner on their 25th wedding anniversary July 15, 2014.
Mr. and Mrs. Gardner reside in Church Hill. Their daughter, Brooke, is a junior at East Tennessee State University.
Sandra's parents, Glenda and Ronald Long, live in Church Hill, as well as Doug's parents, Maude and Elmer Gardner.
Doug and Sandra are both employed at Eastman Chemical Co.
Wishing you the best and many more happy years to come!
Necessary 50th anniversary
Charles "Chuck" Leon and Donna Jean (Culbertson) Necessary of Blountville celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary July 26, 2014, at the Woodmen of the World, Bristol, Va.
The event was hosted by their family.
The couple was married Feb. 16, 1964, at Litz Manor Baptist Church.
They have two sons and two grandchildren.
Mr. Necessary retired from Eastman Kodak Co. Mrs. Necessary is a homemaker.
Blalock and Schilling
Rebecca Marie Schilling of Church Hill, and Benjamin Tate Blalock of Kingsport, were married June 28, 2014, at First Baptist Church, Kingsport. The Rev. Steven Spratlin officiated at the 2 p.m. ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. David Schilling and the granddaughter of Einar Andresen, the late Ruth Andresen and the late Dr. and Mrs. Erwin Schilling. The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Blalock and the grandson of Roger Merritt, the late Joanne Merritt, the late Ann R. Merritt and the late Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Jack Blalock.
The bride was given in marriage and escorted to the altar by her father.
Cidney Hayel was matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Kelly Schilling, Leslie Blair and Emily Blalock. Flower girls were Alice and Leah Schilling.
William Blalock served as best man. Groomsmen were Ryan Fritz, John Frary and Danny Hanie. Ushers were Jonathan and Daniel Schilling. Wyatt Schilling was ring bearer.
The bride graduated from East Tennessee State University. She is employed at First Broad Street United Methodist Church, Kingsport, and is a member of First Baptist Church, Kingsport.
The bridegroom graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He is employed at Canteen Vending Services and is a member of First Broad Street United Methodist Church.
Following a wedding trip to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., the couple resides in Kingsport.
Berry 81st birthday
O.M. Berry will celebrate his 81st birthday July 25, 2014. He was born in Virginia in 1933.
Mr. Berry served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955. He worked in construction and was a ranch foreman and sheep herder in Idaho.
He has been married to Maxie Ruth Vaughan Berry for 58 years. They have a daughter and son-in-law, Alicia and Keith McLain; and a deceased daughter, Debra Gay.
O.M. has a twin brother, T.M. Berry.
After working in the west for many years, Mr. and Mrs. Berry reside in Church Hill.
O.M. would enjoy receiving cards from his friends and family.
Crawford 55th anniversary
Claude Ellis and Edna (Whitson) Crawford of Fall Branch celebrated their 55th wedding at a surprise reception hosted by their children and grandchildren on July 19, 2014.
The couple was married July 25, 1959, at First Baptist Church, Kingsport, with Dr. E. Gibson Davis officiating.
They are the parents of Tony and Tammy (Crawford) McFaddin of Kingsport, Jennifer Crawford of Fall Branch, and Rod and Lisa Crawford of Jonesborough. They are the grandparents of Micah Anthony McFaddin, Zachary Taylor McFaddin, Seth Daniel McFaddin and fianc Andrea Clark, Noah Wesley McFaddin and Gage Logan LeFevre.
Claude and Edna met on a blind date set up by Claude's brother Edward and Edna's friend JoAnn, who also later married. At Claude and Edna's wedding, Claude's brother Willard and Edna's friend Barbara met and later married. All three couples were married well over 50 years.
Mr. Crawford retired as a 10-year veteran from the U.S. Marines and from Eastman Chemical Co. after 30 years of service. He also sang bass with The Eternals quartet for 10 years. Mrs. Crawford retired from AFG Industries and later as a legal secretary for an attorney in California. She also served as a loving stay-at-home mom to her children and grandchildren and as a teacher to many children in churches over the years.
They are blessed to be in a long line of generations of marriages that lasted well over 50 years. God has blessed them in innumerable ways.