Crawford 50th anniversary
Jimmy and Elsie (Christian) Crawford of Church Hill will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open reception to be held in their honor from 2 to 5 p.m., April 25, 2015, at the Food City Press Room, Roller Street, Kingsport.
The event is being hosted by their daughters.
The couple was married April 23, 1965, at Westside Christian Church, Kingsport, with Stuart K. Widner officiating.
They are the parents of Janice (David) Alley of Knoxville and Susan Crawford of Kingsport. They are the grandparents of Matthew Blake Alley and Aaron Douglas Alley.
Mr. Crawford retired from AFG’s Greenland Plant. Mrs. Crawford is owner/operater of Elsie’s Beauty Shop.
The presence of family and friends is the only gift requested.
Reed and Prakaikaewkaosakul
Kanokkarn “Bee” Prakaikaewkaosakul of Satun Province, Thailand, and Brent Douglas Reed of Kingsport were married Jan. 23, 2015 at The Little Log Cabin Wedding Chapel in Gatlinburg, Tenn. The Rev. Travis Tatum officiated at the 3 p.m. ceremony.
The bride wore a long Private Collection ivory gown with a beaded ivory belt, veil and a silver tiara.
The bride is the daughter of Thongthai and Kittipa Prakaikaewkaosakul and the granddaughter of the late Fatima Prakaikaewkaosakul, all of Satun Province. The bridegroom is the son of Jimmy and Linda Reed of Sullivan Gardens. He is the grandson of Lowanda Brown of Fall Branch, the late Glenn Brown and the late Roy and Anna Lee Reed.
The bride graduated from Kampangwittaya High School in Satun Province, and received a degree in Mass Communications from Ramkamheang University in Bangkok, Thailand.
The bridegroom graduated from Sullivan South High School and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from East Tennessee State University in 1999. He is employed as a chemist at BAE Systems.
Following a wedding trip to Gatlinburg, the couple resides in Blountville with their cat Bella.
Floyd and Doane
Katherine Louise Floyd and Richard Brendan Doane, both of Greenville, S.C., plan to be married at 5 p.m., April 18, 2015 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Charleston, S.C.
The bride-elect is the daughter of Constance Todd Floyd of the Isle of Palms, S.C., and Charles Thomas Floyd of Fort Mill, S.C. She is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Craig Todd of Kingstree, S.C., Vina Vaught Floyd of Surfside Beach, S.C., and the late A. Earl Floyd of Manning, S.C. She graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry with Calhoun Honors and will graduate from the University of South Carolina Medical School on May 8, 2015.
The bridegroom-to-be is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Lynn Doane of Kingsport, and the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Owen Norris of Johnson City and the late Mr. and Mrs. W.K. Doane of Kingsport. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Clemson University and a master’s degree in Health Administration from the Medical University of South Carolina. He is employed as a senior consultant at Premier Inc.
Cradic 90th birthday
Ethel Lee (McLain) Cradic celebrated her 90th birthday with her loving family on April 2, 2015.
She was born April 2, 1925. Widowed after 55 years of being happily married to Herman Cradic, she is the special mother of Genell Cradic, Larry (Marilyn) Cradic, Gary Cradic and Fonda (Gary) Maness. She has been blessed with three terrific grandchildren: Amy (Thomas) Peguese, Travis Cradic and Nick Cradic; four wonderful great-grandchildren: Jocelyn Cradic, Jesse Cradic, Dilon Gibson and Caitlyn Cradic; and three amazing great-great grandchildren: Zaiden, Marleigh and Zander.
Ethel Lee is especially close to her five extraordinary sisters, whose ages range from 74 to 97: Ada Smith, Vesta Dobbs, Verna Gilbert, Naomi Blevins and Lola (Freddie Wayne) Henry.
She is a member of Higher Ground Baptist Church and loves her Mary Sunday School Class. Besides spending precious time with her family, Ethel Lee enjoys watching “Wheel of Fortune,” “Jeopardy” and most sports on television or those that involve family and friends. She also has good times with exceptional friends at Madison House Adult Day Care.
Her family praises God for giving her to them, and they honor her for her unconditional love and devotion throughout their lives.
Strong 50th anniversary
D. Wayne and Tondalayo “Tonda” Nave Strong celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary March 19, 2015, at Whitestone Country Inn, Kingston, Tenn.
The couple was married March 19, 1965, at Colonial Heights Baptist Church by their ministers, the Rev. Ronald Hicks and the Rev. Freeman Wright. Both are alumni of Dobyns-Bennett High School (1961) and East Tennessee State University (1965).
Tonda and Wayne are the parents of Derryl (Rebecca) Strong of Cleveland, Ohio, and Emily (Steve) Danner of Johnson City. They are the grandparents of Sasha Strong, Kavita McDonald-Strong and Mason Danner.
Wayne worked at Eastman Chemical Co. for 35 years, first in Systems Development as a computer analyst and then in the Financial Services Division as a financial associate. He retired from Eastman in December of 1999.
Tonda worked at Eastman in Engineering (Drafting) during the early 1960s and later as an LSE in their Training Department. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Tonda was Executive Director of Clean Kingsport and Leadership Kingsport for the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce. From 1992-2000, she conducted Trustee Leadership Development training for numerous boards and organizations.
Tonda and Wayne remain active in volunteer work at their church and Wayne with the Tri-Cities Civil War Roundtable. They are celebrating “50 Years Strong” as God’s blessing upon their lives together.