Blackwell and Marcum
Hannah Elizabeth Marcum of Gate City, Va., formerly of Kingsport, and Bradley Allen Blackwell of Kingsport, were married Sept. 14, 2013, at First Broad Street United Methodist Church. The Rev. Randy Frye officiated at the 5:30 p.m. ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Gregory (Laura D.) Marcum of Gate City, Va., formerly of Kingsport. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Charles B. (Betty Nelle) Duke of Kingsport, the late Charles B. “Boots” Duke, and Mr. and Mrs. Carl Marcum of Kingsport. The bridegroom is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Gerald (Cindy) Blackwell of Kingsport, and the grandson of Mrs. Mary Blackwell of Kingsport, the late Dr. Lyle Blackwell, and Mr. and Mrs. Jim Chambers of Huntington, W.Va.
Given in marriage by her parents and escorted to the altar by her father, the bride wore a homemade, trumpet-style gown of Spanish lace with a sweetheart neckline.
Miss Gina Sarli of Knoxville, formerly of Kingsport, was maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Mrs. Catherine Marcum, sister-in-law of the bride, of Gate City; Miss Anne Tumlin, cousin of the bride, of Kingsport; Mrs. Holly T. Smalley, cousin of the bride of Charleston, S.C.; Miss Julia Barber of Kingsport; Miss Ashley McClusky of San Francisco, Calif.; Miss Mary-Carter Kniffen of Knoxville; Miss Taylor Hensley of Kingsport, and Miss Rebekah Tompkins of Atlanta, Ga. Miss Charlsie Marcum, niece of the bride, was flower girl.
Dr. Gerald Blackwell served his son as best man. Groomsmen were Mr. Joey Blackwell, brother of the bridegroom of Charlotte, N.C.; Mr. Ryan Blackwell, brother of the bridegroom, of Rogersville; Mr. Colton Marcum, brother of the bride, of Gate City; Mr. Andy Mosser, cousin of the bridegroom, of Huntington; Mr. John Mark Bouchillon of Memphis; Mr. Lane Taylor of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Mr. Zach Kramer of Atlanta, Ga., and Mr. Andy Rogers of Los Angeles, Calif. Ushers were Mr. Lane Dukart of Kingsport; Mr. Clayton Kilgore of Kingsport, and Mr. Reed King of Memphis.
A reception was held at River’s Bend Farm, home of the bride.
The bride graduated from Dobyns-Bennett High School, attended the University of Tennessee and plans to graduate with a doctor of pharmacy degree in May 2014. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. She is a member of First Broad Street United Methodist Church.
The bridegroom graduated from Dobyns-Bennett High School and received a degree in advertising from UT in 2012. He is a musician and will pursue his master’s degree in the fall. He is a member of First Broad Street United Methodist Church.
Following a wedding trip to Great Exuma, Bahamas, the couple resides in Knoxville.
Hale and Olinger
Lorrie Elaine Hale of Johnson City and Joshua Wayne Olinger of Kingsport plan to be married in an open-church ceremony at 3:30 p.m., April 26, 2014, at Boones Creek Christian Church.
The bride-elect is the daughter of Karen Hubbs Hale of Jonesborough, and Darrell and Kay Hale of Johnson City. She is the granddaughter of June Booker Hubbs of Knoxville, the late James A. Hubbs, and the late Charles Pete and Lola Miller Hale, formerly of Gray. She graduated cum laude from Milligan College in 2006. She is employed as the small business coordinator at Blackburn, Childers & Steagall PLC.
The bridegroom-to-be is the son of Wayne and Jennifer Olinger of Kingsport, and the grandson of Anabell Kitzmiller of Kingsport, the late Charles “Buck” Kitzmiller, and the late Marshal and Rosie Olinger, formerly of Blountville. He graduated from Walters State Community College in 2001. He is employed as the golf course superintendent at The Crossings Golf Club, and is a member of GCSAA and the Tennessee Turfgrass Association.
Roberts 105th birthday
Zella Moretz Roberts celebrated her 105th birthday on Feb. 28, 2014 at Broadmore Senior Living, where she is the oldest living resident.
Her birthday was acknowledged not only by her family and peers but also by her hometown where the Bristol, Tenn., City Council bestowed on her a key to the city. BTN, the cities’ television network, also did an interview that will be broadcast in the near future.
The emcee for the birthday celebration was Tim Buchanan, who told of significant events that occurred in Bristol in 1909, the year in which Ms. Roberts was born.
A resident of Broadmore since 2011, Ms. Roberts has been asked for years to what she attributes her long life, and she’s responded “the blessing of God and good genes.”
Zella Moretz was born on Feb. 28, 1909, a cold Sunday morning, in Meat Camp, N.C., to Eugene and Dora Hartley Moretz. She was the seventh child, and would eventually welcome three more brothers into the family.
In the late 1920s Zella went to work at the Green Inn, on King Street, in Boone. She moved to High Point in the early 1930s and worked in the home of Dr. and Mrs. Harry Lyndon Brockmann for several years. At the urging of her brothers, she moved to Bristol in 1936 and on April 2, 1938 she married Russell Butler Roberts.
After Butler’s death in 1993 she continued living in the home they built, doing her own housework and driving around town for errands. In September 2011 she moved to Broadmore Senior Living.
Zella has always inspired her family and friends with her many talents, physical stamina, a willingness to help others, and her “can do” attitude. With more than 45 nieces and nephews and hundreds of great- and great-great-nieces and nephews across the county, there is constantly a family member coming through the doors at Broadmore looking for “Aunt Zella.”
Birthday wishes to may be mailed to Zella Moretz Roberts, Broadmore Senior Living, 826 Meadowview Road, Bristol, Va. 24201.
Castle 50th anniversary
Fifty years ago you said I do.
Two children and one grandchild later you still say I love you.
No two children are more proud to have a mommy and daddy that have done what most cannot …
Show the world that true love is possible.
Love, Cassie and Caron
Pyle 50th anniversary
Dickie and Wilma Pyle of Church Hill, Tenn., celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Feb. 23 2014.
Family and friends honored the couple with a reception held at The Renaissance Center on Feb. 22, 2014.
Dickie and Wilma met as children while in elementary school in the Bloomingdale area of Kingsport. They eventually became high school sweethearts and were married on Feb. 23 1964 in Gate City, Va., by the Rev. R. Hargraves.
They resided in Kingsport for many years before moving to Church Hill after retirement.
They are the parents of Jeff Pyle and Patti Pyle, both of Kingsport. They are the grandparents of Ashley Pyle Hammerbacher and husband Scott of Jonesborough, Tenn., and Brittney Pyle of Rogersville, Tenn. And they adore their great-grandchildren, Olivia Lane, Raef Hammerbacher and Caroline Hammerbacher.
Dickie retired from East Tennessee Transportation in 1999.
Wilma retired from Eastman Credit Union in 2001.