Blakley 50th wedding anniversary
Joseph Denny and Judy Ellen (Duncan) Blakley of Kingsport will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open reception to be held in their honor from 2 to 4 p.m., Aug. 16, 2014, in the Family Life Center at Temple Baptist Church.
The event is being hosted by their children, grandchildren and family.
The couple was married Aug. 21, 1964, at Temple Baptist Church, with the Rev. Bill Pennell officiating.
They are the parents of Becky Flora-Waterman of Kingsport and Andy Blakley of Kingsport. They are the grandparents of Brett Flora, Katie Flora, Logan Blakley, Anna Flora, Adam Flora, Taylor Blakley and Blake Waterman, all of Kingsport.
Mr. Blakley retired from Eastman Chemical Co. Mrs. Blakley retired from Holston Valley Medical Center.
The presence of family and friends is the only gift requested.
Lawson 50th anniversary
Jerry and Gail Lawson of Kingsport will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open reception to be held in their honor from 2 to 4 p.m., Aug. 10, 2014, at Kingsley United Methodist Church.
The event is being hosted by their daughters.
The couple was married July 10, 1964, at Kingsley United Methodist Church.
They are the parents of Evelyn and Paul Pendleton of Bristol, Tenn.; Sarah and Robert Enkema of Kingsport; Kathy and Craig Needham of Kingsport, and Amy and Scott Pratt of Kingsport. They have nine grandchildren.
Jerry retired from Eastman Chemical Co. and is currently employed at Day & Zimmerman. Gail retired from Kingsport City Schools.
The presence of family and friends is the only gift requested.
Darnell 103rd birthday
Callie Mae Carter Darnell celebrated her 103rd birthday June 25, 2014, at Riverfront Seafood Restaurant along with her immediate family. Cake and gifts were shared later at home.
Callie Mae was born in Kentucky in 1911 to Victoria Fields Carter from Speer's Ferry and Cicero Carter. After her parents' deaths, she and her brother, Lincoln Carter, moved from Kentucky to Eidson, Tenn., to live with their paternal grandmother. At the age of 16, Callie Mae moved to Kingsport to begin work at Holliston Mills. Years later she worked at several industries, including the Kingsport Press and Holston Defense during the war. She worked for almost 20 years as a cook at Lynn Garden Grade School, from where she retired.
She was married to the late Craft Darnell for 54 years and had two children, Tommy Darnell and Betty Kay Darnell Kennedy. She has two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Callie Mae is a member of long standing at Lynn Garden Baptist Church. She is an amazing woman.
Happy birthday and love to Callie Mae Darnell, a beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, cousin and friend.
Hobbs and Wilson
Elizabeth Leigh Wilson of Kingsport, and Christopher Robin Hobbs of Hernando, Miss., were married Feb. 1, 2014, at Warren-Wilson College Chapel, Asheville, N.C. The Rev. James Lindsay, grandfather of the bride, and the Rev. Danny Silvey officiated at the 3 p.m. ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Mark and Robyn Wilson of Kingsport, and the granddaughter of the Rev. and Mrs. James Lindsay of Elizabethton, and Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Wilson of Charlotte, N.C. The bridegroom is the son of William and Glendis Hobbs of Hernando, and the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Billy Hobbs of Florence, Ala.
Given in marriage by her parents and escorted to the altar by her father, the bride wore a Maggie Sottero gown of ivory lace over satin featuring a strapless sweetheart neckline and a Swarovski crystal and satin belt. Her elbow-length veil had crystal edging and she carried a bouquet of white roses and hydrangeas.
Tina S. Howe of Kingsport was matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Melissa Sneed Wilson, sister-in-law of the bride, of New York, N.Y., and Kathleen Hobbs, sister of the bridegroom of Hernando. Mariah Howe of Kingsport was flower girl.
Mackin Johnson of Jackson, Miss., served as best man. Groomsmen were Chris Wilson, brother of the bride, of New York, N.Y., Matthew Brooks of Charleston, S.C., and Dan Howard of Atlanta, Ga. Will Hobbs, brother of the bridegroom, of Hernando, Miss., was usher.
Music was provided by pianist Janie Belue; violinist Lindsay Williams, cousin of the bride; and soloist Rosemary Smith.
A reception was held at Yesterday Spaces, Asheville.
The bride graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management in 2006. She is employed at Farm Bureau Insurance, Asheville.
The bridegroom received a bachelor's degree, a Master of Education degree and a Master of Fine Arts degree in art education from Mississippi College. He is employed with Buncombe County Schools, Asheville.
Following a wedding trip to Boone, N.C., the couple resides in Asheville.
Smith and Lowe
Lauren Elizabeth Lowe of Kingsport and Jacob Milton Smith of Greenville, S.C., were married June 14, 2014 at Waverly Road Presbyterian Church, Kingsport. The Rev. Daniel Clark officiated at the 5:30 p.m. ceremony.
The bride wore a vintage-inspired lace gown with crystal beading.
An evening reception was held at BANQ in downtown Kingsport.
The bride is the daughter of Mark and Hope Lowe of Kingsport, and the granddaughter of Jack and Earlene Lowe of Kingsport, and the late Daniel and Lois Riner, both formerly of Kingsport. The bridegroom is the son of Milton and Regina Smith of Greenville, and the grandson of Milton Smith Jr. of Clinton, N.C.; the late Mamie Prentice, formerly of Warsaw, N.C.; the late Levis Gilstrap, formerly of Easley, S.C., and the late Alice Gilstrap, formerly of Six Mile, S.C.
The bride was given in marriage by her parents and escorted to the altar by her father.
Maids of honor were Grace Macdonald and Gabrielle Guariglia. Bridesmaids were Leslie Smith, sister-in-law of the bridegroom, Justine Hale, Emily Maguire and Rebecca Kneisley.
Best men were Milton Smith III, father of the bridegroom, and Zachary Smith, brother of the bridegroom. Groomsmen were Matthew Lowe, brother of the bride, Jesse Cavett, Adam Perry and Michael Craig.
The bride graduated from Dobyns-Bennett High School in 2008 and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and history and a Master of Education degree from the University of South Carolina. She is employed as an international student advisor at USC and is a member of Celebration Church.
The bridegroom graduated from Wade Hampton High School in 2005, received a Bachelor of Science in accounting from USC in 2009, and a Juris Doctorate from Charleston School of Law in 2012. He is employed as a defense attorney in Sumter, S.C., and is a member of Buncombe Street United Methodist Church.
The couple will take a cruise to the Caribbean for their honeymoon in December. They reside in Columbia, S.C.