Thorpe and Breeding
Mackenzie Murphy Breeding of Johnson City and Alexander Alan Thorpe of Bethesda, Md., were married Oct. 18, 2014, at Chateau Selah, Blountville. Minister Tim Wallingford of First Christian Church officiated at the 4:30 p.m. ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael P. Breeding of Johnson City, and the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.O. “Buzzy” Breeding of Kingsport, the late Dr. E. Kent Carter of Naples, Fla., and Kingsport, and Ms. Pamela Carter of Naples and Kingsport. The bridegroom is the son of Dr. JoAnn Lamphere of Denver, Colo., and Dr. Ken Thorpe of Roswell, Ga. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Gary Thorpe of Ft. Myers, Fla., and the late Mr. and Mrs. Alton Joseph Lamphere from Fearrington Village, N.C.
The bride was given in marriage by her parents and escorted to the altar by her father.
Casey Carringer, cousin of the bride, was maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Sydney Federer, Sabrina Smith, Leigh Dance, Andrea Tinn, Nikki Cruny, Brittney Macomber, Sara Boller and Whitney Adams.
Zack Thorpe served his brother as best man. Groomsmen were Landon Breeding, Wyatt Breeding, Joe Douglas, Hank Murphy, Stefan Perazich, Evan Eastman, Jamie Donovan and Chris Butsavage.
The bride received a bachelor’s degree from Denison University, where she was a member of the varsity women’s softball team, and a master’s degree from Marymount University. She is employed by the Office of the Federal Public Defender.
The bridegroom received a bachelor’s degree from Denison University, where he was a member of the varsity men’s lacrosse team. He is currently an MBA candidate at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Following a wedding trip to Africa in July 2015, the couple will reside in Columbus, Ohio.
Akers and Gillenwater
Megan Claudette Akers and Luke Kendrick Gillenwater, both of Gate City, Va., plan to be married May 9, 2015, at Harvest Acres Farm in Limestone, Tenn.
The bride-elect is the daughter of Steve and Dianne Akers of Gate City, and the granddaughter of the late Claude and Dorothy Spivey and the late Glen and Janette Akers, all of Gate City. She graduated from Gate City High School in 2007 and the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, in 2011. She is employed by the Scott County Treasurer’s Office in Gate City and is a member of First Presbyterian Church of Gate City.
The bridegroom-to-be is the son of Martin and Linda Gillenwater of Gate City, and the grandson of the late Dale and Virginia Dockery of Nickelsville, Va., and the late Vernon and Betty Gillenwater of Gate City. He graduated from Twin Springs High School in 2007 and Mountain Empire Community College in 2010. He is employed at BAE Systems in Kingsport and is a member of Midway Memorial United Methodist Church of Gate City.
Newland 95th birthday
“Her children arise up, and call her blessed…” — Proverbs 31:28
Alice Mildred Newland will celebrate her 95th birthday on March 27, 2015.
Alice is the widow of Robert Rhea Newland. She is the loving mother of two sons, Benjamin Newland and wife Betty, and Phillip Newland. She has two grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Alice retired from the Kingsport Press. She is a faithful member of Bloomingdale Baptist Church.
Baker 100th birthday
Velva Eldridge Baker, a member of Sarepta Baptist Church, celebrated her 100th birthday on March 8, 2015, with a special recognition service followed by a delicious luncheon in the church fellowship building.
On Saturday, March 7, 2015, the Eldridge family along with her pastor Glen Hurd and wife Marie met at Mama’s House Restaurant for a surprise birthday meal and celebration.
Mrs. Baker, a lifelong resident of Blackwater, Va., was married to Simpson Baker for 32 years before his death in 1975 and to Bascom Baker from 1979 until she was widowed in 1995.
She is the mother of Ruth Baker Anderson and husband Allen Anderson of Rogersville, the grandmother of Mark Anderson and wife Pawny Anderson, and the great-grandmother of Hannah Sophia Anderson of Sevierville.
Salyers 50th anniversary
Don and Nobeleen Salyers will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception given by their children on Saturday, March 28, 2015.
The couple was married March 27, 1965.
They are the parents of Bret (Angie) Salyers, Sonja (Anthony) Coates and Heather (Eric) Christman. They are the grandparents of Hannah, Katie and Wesley Long, Eli and Ella Coates, and Sophia and Amelia Christman.
Don retired from Sprint in 2004, and Nobeleen retired as a hairdresser in 2013.
The reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at Southview Community Center, 401 Rock Springs Road.
Family, friends and fellowship are the only gifts requested.