English 99th birthday
Ruth English will celebrate her 99th birthday with a reception to be held in her honor at 2 p.m., Jan. 11, 2015, at Emeritus Assisted Living.
The event is being hosted by her friends at St. Dominic Church.
Mrs. English was born Jan. 13, 1916, in Big Stone Gap, Va. She was married to Warren English for 60 years.
Ruth was employed with the Sullivan County School System for 43 years. She is a parishioner at St. Dominic Church.
The presence of family and friends is the only gift requested.
Ladley 70th anniversary
Captain Herbert and Amy Ladley relived 70 years of married life on Dec. 27, 2014. They were married in Yuma, Ariz., on that date in 1944 during a brief interlude from their World War II duties. Herb was a member of Navy Fighting Squadron 32 aboard an aircraft carrier in Alameda, Calif., and Amy was an executive with Lockheed Aircraft Co. in Los Angeles, Calif.
From their marriage they have three children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Their children include son Dr. Herb Ladley, a Kingsport cardiologist associated with the former Cardiovascular Associates and now vice president for Cardiac Services for Wellmont Health System, as well as president of the Sullivan County Medical Society; daughter Jane Stentzel, now living in Wilmington, Del., after a career as a reservationist for United Airlines; and daughter Amy Ann Bebout of Fort Smith, Ark., a former Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy with a degree in physical therapy from Duke University Graduate School.
Granddaughters are Amy Bishop Cromer of Tulsa, Okla., and Molly Jane Little of Houston, Texas. Great-granddaughters are Annabella and Chloe Ostis of Foxboro, Mass. Grandsons are Herbert Vern, now living in Singapore; Ross Lewis of Cleveland, Ohio; and David Butt Ostis of Foxboro.
The Ladleys moved to Kingsport from Virginia and now have their home in the Ridgefields area.
Cooper and Anderson
Joanna (Green) Anderson of Church Hill, Tenn., and the Rev. Dr. Lester Cooper of Carlsbad, Calif., were married June 22, 2014, at the bride's home church, Higher Ground Baptist Church, in Kingsport, Tenn.
The bride's beloved pastor, the Rev. Dr. Shannon Salyer, officiated at the 3 p.m. ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Wilma Green and the late Bobby Green of Church Hill.
She was given in marriage by her dear friend John Hames.
Ann Cooper, daughter-in-law of the groom, was matron of honor. David Cooper, son of the groom, served as best man.
Following a wedding trip to Palm Springs, Calif., the couple resides in Carlsbad, Calif.
Collier 90th birthday
Daughters Marlene Danna and Carolyn Ratliff honored their mother, Ollie Collier, with a celebration at Chop House restaurant Nov. 22, 2014.
Ollie was born Nov. 23, 1924, in Castlewood, Va. Having secured a job at the "new" Eastman plant, her dad moved his family to Kingsport. At that time, Eastman provided housing for its employees in an area called Beechwood Village. Ollie made many friends and has happy memories of growing up there.
As we celebrate 90 years of her life, we celebrate 90 years of her brave endurance. She is one of 12 children raised in the greatest generation. She knew poverty and the agony of war. She has lived through some of the greatest historical events this country has seen. She celebrated 60 years of marriage to my grandpa. She nursed him through a disease that ended up bringing him into eternity. She watched her 11 brothers and sisters stand on the shores of eternity. She presses on bravely against loneliness, the aging process and burying many of the ones she loves. She never gives up hope. She never complains. She never stops counting it all joy. She is my role model. Ninety years of bravely enduring and leaning on Christ through it all.
Happy 90th birthday, Mammaw. "Even to your old age and gray hairs, I am He who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you" — Isaiah 46:4. Just remember, God still has plans for our senior adults. He's not finished with you yet!
Submitted by granddaughter Mandy Ratliff
Brewer 60th anniversary
Leo Fred and Mary Kathleen (Vaughn) Brewer, formerly of Kingsport and now residing in Bristol with their daughter, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Dec. 24, 2014 with family.
The couple was married Dec. 24, 1954.
They are the parents of Fredia Odham and the grandparents of John, Jill and Beth Odham.
Mr. Brewer retired from Oakwood Market. Mrs. Brewer retired from Indian Path Hospital.