Hall 101st birthday
Bessie Marie (Wallen) Hall of Rogersville celebrated her 101st birthday on Jan. 26, 2015, with her family and close friends with a party at Signature Health Care.
Our mother has been blessed with good health most of her life. She will tell you that her Lord has kept her going all these years. No matter when you see our mother she was a beautiful smile on her face.
Bessie is the mother of Bea (Shel) Best of Greensburg, Ind.; Dorothy Ramey of Kettering, Ohio; Kate Smith of Bulls Gap; Wanda (Bill) Minor of Blackwater, Va.; Brenda (Roger) Evans of Duffield, Va.; Steve (Janie) Hall of Xenia, Ohio; and Kathy Carson of Xenia.
We have been blessed to have such a wonderful mother. We all love you, Mom!
Bennett and Nicely
Courtney Elizabeth Nicely of Blaine, Tenn., and J. Luke Bennett of Kingsport were married Jan. 2, 2015, at The Reserve at Bluebird Hill, Lenoir City, Tenn. Pastor Rickey Hayes officiated at the 4 p.m. ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bradley Keith Nicely of Blaine and the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. G.W. Hurd of Mascot, Tenn.; Darlene L. Smith of Corryton, Tenn.; and Ray Nicely of Blaine. She is the great-granddaughter of Ottis “Brownie” Nicely of Blaine. The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. R. Kevin Bennett of Opelika, Ala., formerly of Kingsport. He is the grandson of Barbara Priester of the Stonewall community near Opelika, the late Dr. J.R. Priester, and Mr. and Mrs. Luther A. Bennett Jr. of Opelika.
The bride was given in marriage by her father.
Katie P. Bennett of Knoxville was matron of honor. Kaitlyn Jenkins of Gatlinburg was maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Courtney Mascaro, Tori Hill, Mercedes Vaughn and Taylor Rudolph. Makenna Hurd, cousin of the bride, of Knoxville, was junior bridesmaid. Flower girls were Annabelle and Adalai Lowery.
Joe Anderson of Blountville served as best man. Groomsmen were O’Brien Bennett, brother of the bridegroom, and Drew Nicely, brother of the bride, both of Knoxville; college roommates Wesley Jones of Kingsport and Dr. Jonathan Hathaway of Morristown (formerly of Kingsport); and Jay Dulaney, cousin of the bridegroom, of Auburn, Ala.
The bride graduated with high honors in Art Education from East Tennessee State University in December 2014, and from Knox Carter High School in 2010, where she was a member of the high school dance team and various honor societies.
The bridegroom graduated from Dobyns-Bennett High School in 2006, and ETSU in 2010. He was employed with Mahoney’s Sportmens Paradise during college. He is currently employed as a sales manager for Central and South Florida by Great Southern Wood Preserving.
Following a wedding trip to Jamaica, the couple resides on Lake Harris in Central Florida.
Delaney 50th anniversary
George H. and Phyllis (Brice) Delaney celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Feb. 6, 2105.
The couple was married Feb. 6, 1965, in Kingsport by the late Rev. James Gaines.
George retired from Holliston Mills after 39 years of service. Phyllis retired from the Hawkins County School System.
The union was blessed with four children: Gregory Delaney, Tonya (Delaney) Collins, Naiesha (Delaney) Robinson; and sister Felicia (Brice) Powell.
They have five precious grandchildren: Devin Collins, Christian Collins, Scotty Delaney, Jordan Powell and Jaxon Robinson.
A second honeymoon trip to California is being planned by their children and grandchildren.
Taylor 50th anniversary
Ira Edwin and Elizabeth (Horton) Taylor will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Feb. 5, 2015.
The couple was married Feb. 5, 1965, in Weber City, Va.
Elizabeth worked at the Kingsport Press for 11 years and later worked as a substitute teacher for the Hawkins County School System for 12 years. Ira served two years with the U.S. Army as a military policeman stationed in Saigon, Vietnam. He has been employed with Mead Paper, now Domtar, in Kingsport for over 50 years.
From their marriage they have two children, daughter Shelby Taylor and son Nathan Taylor. Shelby has two children, Kelsey Taylor Browning and Michael Jacob Blan.
The children and grandchildren will be hosting a celebration for the occasion from 3 to 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, in the fellowship hall at the Vision Baptist Church in Carters Valley.
No gifts are necessary.
Taylor and Cook
Jessica Brooke Taylor, formerly of Kingsport, and James Richard Cook II, formerly of Pineville, W.Va., plan to be married at 5 p.m., April 11, 2015, at Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church.
The bride-elect is the daughter of Greg and Deena Taylor of Gray, and the late Teresa Cox Cole. She is the granddaughter of Clark and Maxie Cox of Kingsport, and the late Jerry and Pauline Taylor. She graduated from Sullivan South High School in 2005, the University of Tennessee in 2009 and the Appalachian School of Law in 2012. She is employed as general counsel for Title Group of Tennessee, Knoxville, and owns her own law practice, The Taylor Law Firm.
The bridegroom-to-be is the son of Tammy Cook of Beckley, W.Va., and Jim Cook of Pineville. He is the grandson of Bob and Earlene Bannister of Barboursville, W.Va., and the late Dick and Edna Cook. He graduated from Marshall University in 2008 and the Appalachian School of Law in 2012. He is a self-employed attorney managing his own practice, James R. Cook II, Attorney at Law, Knoxville.