Hilton and Blackburn
Sara Blackburn and Grady Hilton exchanged vows and were wed Jan. 3, 2015, at United Christian Church.
Text from Numbers 6:24-26 was read from Holy Scripture: The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you…
Payne and Reed
Michelle Lynn Payne and Jon David Reed wish to announce their engagement and forthcoming marriage.
The bride-elect is the daughter of Mary Lou Zotter of Athens, Tenn., and Marcus Payne of Rockwood, Tenn. She is the granddaughter of Eleanor Tengco and the late Felix Tengco of Manila, Philippines, and Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Payne of Rockwood. She graduated from McMinn County High School in 2008 and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 2012 and her Master of Education degree from Lipscomb University, Nashville, in 2014. She is employed as a special education teacher with the Metropolitan Nashville Public School System.
The bridegroom-to-be is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Lynn Reed of Morristown, formerly of Norton, Va. He is the grandson of Gail Blevins Buchanan, the late David Buchanan Jr., Barbara Armour Reed and the late Linville Gail Reed of Norton. He graduated from John I. Burton High School in 2006 and received a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 2011. He is employed as an investment adviser representative with Innovative Financial Group, Nashville.
The couple will wed June 6, 2015 at the Cannery Ballroom in downtown Nashville, where they will reside.
Woods 90th birthday
Elmer Woods will celebrate his 90th birthday on Feb. 23, 2015, with his family.
Mr. Woods was born Feb. 23, 1925, in Dante, Va., the seventh of 13 children.
He and his wife, Clara Payne Woods, will soon celebrate their 68th wedding anniversary.
He is the father of Danny Woods and wife Carolyn of Kingsport, and the late Connie Woods Hickman. He is the grandfather of Kip and Christy Woods of Kingsport, and Heather and Henry Harrell of Mount Carmel. He is the great-grandfather of Danielle, Jarred and Rebecca Harrell.
Mr. Woods is a veteran of World War II and retired from Mead Paper Corp. in Kingsport after 38 years of service. He has been an active and faithful member of his church, New Life Church of God, for many years.
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.