Ramey and Hood
Melissa Sharon Ramey of Mount Carmel and Stephen Michael Hood of Church Hill plan to be married at 4 p.m., May 3, 2015, at New Fellowship Ministries, Church Hill.
The bride-elect is the daughter of Keith and Odella Ramey of Mount Carmel and the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. H.P. Ramey, the late Charlie Horton and the late Ruby Horton Jones. She is a graduate of Volunteer High School and Northeast State Community College, and received a bachelor’s degree from East Tennessee State University College of Public Health. She is employed at Wellmont Nurse Connection.
The bridegroom-to-be is the son of Earl and Ruth Ann Hood of Church Hill, and the grandson of Shirley Dalton Blair, the late Edward Dalton, the late Earl Hood Sr. and the late Margaret Hood Miller. He is the step-grandson of E.L. Miller and Curt Blair. He graduated from Volunteer High School and received an associate’s degree in industrial drafting from Northeast State Community College. He is employed at Holston Valley Medical Center.
Taylor 90th birthday
The family of Effie Kiser Taylor will share a birthday celebration in her honor from 2 to 4 p.m., April 4, 2015, in the activity center at Bloomingdale Baptist Church.
Mrs. Taylor was born April 4, 1925, in Lebanon, Va., to Roy E. and Kate Kiser. She had seven sisters: Francis Meade, Lillian Puckett, Mable Patton and Katherine Harmon, all deceased, Eva Byerley, Irene Jinks and Carrie Kiser; and three brothers, Horace, Millard (Red) and Garland (Togie), all deceased.
She married Dennis L. Taylor on May 28, 1941, and had five children: Glenda and Bill Powers, Jerry and Anna Taylor, Wilma Odham, Denise and George Collins, and Steve and Lucy Taylor. She has been blessed with many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Taylor worked a short while at JCPenney and Parks Belk but her best work was raising her family and just being the best mom in the whole wide world. She taught Sunday School, sang in the choir and was active in many other activities at Bloomingdale Baptist Church.
To all Mom’s friends and loved ones, please come join us as we celebrate. Your presence will be her greatest gift.
Have a very happy and blessed birthday, Mom. Thanks for being our mom. We love you.
Overbey 50th anniversary
Jackie Sr. and Kathy Kendrick Overbey of Mount Carmel will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary March 29, 2105.
The couple was married March 29, 1965, in Gate City, Va.
They have been blessed with a wonderful family: three sons, Bobby and wife Tammy, Billy and wife Terry, Jackie Jr. and wife Wendi; two grandchildren, Lindsey and Marshall Overbey; step grandchildren, Misty (Beau) Cassidy, Daniel West and Nichole (Sam) Sturgill; and five precious step great-granddaughters, Sydney, Shae, Baylee, Kaitlynn and Charleigh.
Jackie Sr. retired from Eastman after 29 years of service. Kathy is a homemaker.
They attend First Freewill Baptist Church of Morrison City in Kingsport.
Kathy’s parents, Robert and Thelma Kendrick of Kingsport, celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary Feb. 5, 2015.
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.