Roberts 105th birthday
Zella Moretz Roberts celebrated her 105th birthday on Feb. 28, 2014 at Broadmore Senior Living, where she is the oldest living resident.
Her birthday was acknowledged not only by her family and peers but also by her hometown where the Bristol, Tenn., City Council bestowed on her a key to the city. BTN, the cities’ television network, also did an interview that will be broadcast in the near future.
The emcee for the birthday celebration was Tim Buchanan, who told of significant events that occurred in Bristol in 1909, the year in which Ms. Roberts was born.
A resident of Broadmore since 2011, Ms. Roberts has been asked for years to what she attributes her long life, and she’s responded “the blessing of God and good genes.”
Zella Moretz was born on Feb. 28, 1909, a cold Sunday morning, in Meat Camp, N.C., to Eugene and Dora Hartley Moretz. She was the seventh child, and would eventually welcome three more brothers into the family.
In the late 1920s Zella went to work at the Green Inn, on King Street, in Boone. She moved to High Point in the early 1930s and worked in the home of Dr. and Mrs. Harry Lyndon Brockmann for several years. At the urging of her brothers, she moved to Bristol in 1936 and on April 2, 1938 she married Russell Butler Roberts.
After Butler’s death in 1993 she continued living in the home they built, doing her own housework and driving around town for errands. In September 2011 she moved to Broadmore Senior Living.
Zella has always inspired her family and friends with her many talents, physical stamina, a willingness to help others, and her “can do” attitude. With more than 45 nieces and nephews and hundreds of great- and great-great-nieces and nephews across the county, there is constantly a family member coming through the doors at Broadmore looking for “Aunt Zella.”
Birthday wishes to may be mailed to Zella Moretz Roberts, Broadmore Senior Living, 826 Meadowview Road, Bristol, Va. 24201.
Castle 50th anniversary
Fifty years ago you said I do.
Two children and one grandchild later you still say I love you.
No two children are more proud to have a mommy and daddy that have done what most cannot …
Show the world that true love is possible.
Love, Cassie and Caron
Pyle 50th anniversary
Dickie and Wilma Pyle of Church Hill, Tenn., celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Feb. 23 2014.
Family and friends honored the couple with a reception held at The Renaissance Center on Feb. 22, 2014.
Dickie and Wilma met as children while in elementary school in the Bloomingdale area of Kingsport. They eventually became high school sweethearts and were married on Feb. 23 1964 in Gate City, Va., by the Rev. R. Hargraves.
They resided in Kingsport for many years before moving to Church Hill after retirement.
They are the parents of Jeff Pyle and Patti Pyle, both of Kingsport. They are the grandparents of Ashley Pyle Hammerbacher and husband Scott of Jonesborough, Tenn., and Brittney Pyle of Rogersville, Tenn. And they adore their great-grandchildren, Olivia Lane, Raef Hammerbacher and Caroline Hammerbacher.
Dickie retired from East Tennessee Transportation in 1999.
Wilma retired from Eastman Credit Union in 2001.
Ferguson 50th anniversary
Leonard Douglas Ferguson and Janice McGhee Ferguson of Kingsport will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open reception to be held in their honor from 2 to 4 p.m., March 15, 2014, at the Renaissance Center, 1200 E. Center St., Kingsport.
The event is being hosted by their children.
The couple was married Feb. 29, 1964, at Cedar View Independent Methodist Church with the Rev. W.R. Dillon officiating.
They are the parents of Mark Ferguson of Kingsport; Lori (Ferguson) Gragg of Kingsport, and Beth (Ferguson) Garren of Mooresville, N.C. They have five grandchildren.
Mr. Ferguson retired from AFG Greenland.
Mrs. Ferguson retired from Sullivan County Schools.
The presence of family and friends is the only gift requested.
Murray and Carter
Courtney Brooke Carter of Kingsport, and Andrew Scott Murray of Kingsport, were married Dec. 21, 2013, at Mill Creek Baptist Church. The Rev. Jeff Strong and the Rev. Tim Jarrett officiated at the 2 p.m. ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Todd and Beckie Carter of Kingsport, and the granddaughter of Wayne and Wilma Eidson of Kingsport, Carol Carter of Kingsport, the late Mack Carter and the late Sue Carter. The bridegroom is the son of Scott and Margaret Murray of Kingsport, and the grandson of Grover Murray of Kingsport, the late Cora Murray, and the late Lester “Sam” and Verdia “Ruth” Miller.
The bride was given in marriage by her parents and escorted to the altar by her father.
Amanda Patterson was maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Jessica Meridieth, Brittany Wilson, Emma Murray and Jaden Carter. Flower girls were Brynn Meridieth and Carly Rosenbalm.
Ryan Collier served as best man. Groomsmen were Scott Murray, James Rosenbalm, Todd Malone and Garrett Deaderick. Hunter “J.J.”
Dayton was usher. Brycen Meridieth was sign carrier.
The bride graduated from Sullivan South High School and East Tennessee State University. She was a member of the National Honor Society, International Thespian Society and Phi Kappa Phi. She is employed by Greene County Schools as a kindergarten teacher at Glenwood. She is a member of Sullivan Baptist Church.
The bridegroom graduated from Sullivan South High School, where he was a member of the football team, DECA and FCA. He is employed by Greene County Schools at North Greene High School and also by Blountville United Methodist Church. He is a member of Mill Creek Baptist Church.
Following a wedding cruise to the Caribbean and Bahamas, the couple resides in Kingsport.