Crawford 55th anniversary
Claude Ellis and Edna (Whitson) Crawford of Fall Branch celebrated their 55th wedding at a surprise reception hosted by their children and grandchildren on July 19, 2014.
The couple was married July 25, 1959, at First Baptist Church, Kingsport, with Dr. E. Gibson Davis officiating.
They are the parents of Tony and Tammy (Crawford) McFaddin of Kingsport, Jennifer Crawford of Fall Branch, and Rod and Lisa Crawford of Jonesborough. They are the grandparents of Micah Anthony McFaddin, Zachary Taylor McFaddin, Seth Daniel McFaddin and fianc Andrea Clark, Noah Wesley McFaddin and Gage Logan LeFevre.
Claude and Edna met on a blind date set up by Claude's brother Edward and Edna's friend JoAnn, who also later married. At Claude and Edna's wedding, Claude's brother Willard and Edna's friend Barbara met and later married. All three couples were married well over 50 years.
Mr. Crawford retired as a 10-year veteran from the U.S. Marines and from Eastman Chemical Co. after 30 years of service. He also sang bass with The Eternals quartet for 10 years. Mrs. Crawford retired from AFG Industries and later as a legal secretary for an attorney in California. She also served as a loving stay-at-home mom to her children and grandchildren and as a teacher to many children in churches over the years.
They are blessed to be in a long line of generations of marriages that lasted well over 50 years. God has blessed them in innumerable ways.
Brown and Donihe
Shaina Kaye Donihe of Kingsport, and Michael Neil Patrick Brown of Kingsport, were married May 17, 2014, at West View Baptist Church. Pastor Larry Mike Stout officiated at the 5 p.m. ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Gary and Sandra Donihe of Kingsport, and the granddaughter of the late John and Mable Donihe and the late Margie and Howard Stone, all formerly of Kingsport. The bridegroom is the son of Michael and Sylvia Brown of Kingsport, and the grandson of Herbert and Mary Lewis of Kingsport, and the late Robert and Helen Brown, formerly of Kingsport.
Given in marriage by her parents and escorted to the altar by her father, the bride wore a fit and flare sleek satin gown adorned with Swarovski crystals, sequins, silver beadwork and embroidery.
Kendra Marshall of Kingsport was matron of honor. Sydney Bryan of Gray was maid of honor. Charlotte Seals of Jonesborough was flower girl.
Graham Coleman of Kingsport served as best man. Michael Borders of Johnson City was groomsman. Ushers were Jonathan Jones of Knoxville and Justin Marshall of Kingsport. Matthew Roberts of Newport News, Va., was ring bearer.
An evening reception featuring dinner and dancing was held at BANQ in downtown Kingsport.
The bride graduated from Dobyns-Bennett High School in 2009 and received a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from East Tennessee State University in December of 2013. She is employed as a registered nurse at Johnson City Medical Center.
The bridegroom graduated from Dobyns-Bennett High School in 2010 and plans to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in December. He is employed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he is currently participating in an internship.
Following a wedding trip to an all-inclusive resort in Cancun, Mexico, the couple resides in Knoxville.
Shelton and Thomas
Faith Elizabeth Shelton of Kingsport, Tenn., is to be married to Matthew Thomas on July 26, 2014, at Harvest Acres Farm, Limestone, Tenn.
The bride-to-be is the daughter of Joe and Jodi Shelton of Kingsport. She is the granddaughter of Joe and Louise Shelton of Kingsport, and Joe and Diana Kidwell of Plant City, Fla.
The bridegroom-to-be is the son of Angela Thomas of Plant City, Fla., and the grandson of Rodger and Phyllis Strunk, also of Plant City.
The couple attended Crown College of the Bible in Powell, Tenn., where they studied missions and ministry.
Along with their secular employment in the Tri-Cities area, they are excited to join the staff of Greenvale Missionary Baptist Church in Church Hill, where the bride-to-be's father is pastor, working with youth, music and various other ministries and outreaches of the church.
Powers 90th birthday
Frances Simmons Powers will celebrate her 90th birthday with an open reception to be held in her honor from noon to 4 p.m., July 13, 2014, at Church Hill United Methodist Church in Church Hill.
The event is being hosted by her daughter and several close friends.
The presence of family and friends is the only gift requested.
Stallard 50th anniversary
John and Lana Stallard of Gate City, Va., will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a celebration to be held in their honor from 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Midway Memorial United Methodist Church.
The event is being hosted by their children, Jill and Matt Foy, and Alison and Jonathan Henry, and their grandchildren, Caroline and Cooper Foy.