Tyrone and Nancy Negroni, 108 Wyndview Drive, Lynchburg, Va., announce the engagement of their daughter, Melanie, to Timothy Ryan Blankenship, son of Kyle and Wilma Blankenship, 144 New Salem Drive, Limestone.
The bride-elect is a graduate of Liberty University, Lynchburg. She is employed by Sheffield Elementary, Lynchburg, as a second-grade teacher.
She is a granddaughter of Waldo and Ignacia Cruz, San Juan, Puerto Rico; Juanita Rodriguez, Lynchburg; and the late Juan Negroni.
Her fiancé is a graduate of Liberty University, where he received a degree in youth ministry. He is employed by Grace Baptist Church, Madison Heights, Va., as youth pastor.
He is a grandson of Kathleen McCurry, Jonesborough, and the late J.C. McCurry; and the late Anderson and Helen Blankenship.
The couple plan a private wedding for 6:30 p.m., Saturday, July 21, 2012, at Dwelland Farm, Lynchburg.
Announcement is made of the engagement of Margaret Jean Broyles and Everette Michael Wilhoit.
The bride-elect is a daughter of the late James and Elizabeth Jones.
She is a graduate of David Crockett High School.
She is employed by Washington County Sheriff’s Department, Jonesborough.
Her fiancé is a son of Amanda Wilhoit, 6805 Erwin Highway, Chuckey; and the late Everette B. Wilhoit.
He is a graduate of Chuckey Doak High School, and a 2009 graduate of Northeast State Community College.
He is employed by Domtar Kingsport Mill.
The couple plan a private wedding for 5 p.m., Saturday, July 7, 2012, at Boones Creek Christian Church, Gray.
Dr. Peter and Mrs. Joy Wachs, Mountain City, announce the engagement of their daughter, Meredith Jane, to Mark James Hunter Stevans, son of Ms. Jean Palmer, Bristol.
The bride-elect is a graduate of Johnson County High School and a graduate of the College of William and Mary, where she received a bachelor’s degree in English and mathematics and was a Niswonger Scholar.
She is a graduate of American University, where she received a master’s degree in mathematics education as a Math for America fellow. She is employed by Columbia Heights Educational Campus, Washington, D.C., as a seventh-grade mathematics teacher.
She is a granddaughter of Mrs. Alice L. Thorpe, Stanley, Wis., and the late Mr. William H. Thorpe; and Mrs. Margaret M. Wachs, Menomonee Falls, Wis., and the late Mr. Harley H. Wachs.
Her fiancé is a graduate of Johnson County High School and a graduate of East Tennessee State University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in history and political science.
He is employed by The Congressional Award Foundation, Washington, D.C., as the West Program manager.
He is a grandson of Mrs. Joan Herlth, Oscala, Fla.; and Mrs. Mildred Cowie, Mountain City, and the late Mr. James Cowie.
The couple plan a private wedding for 5 p.m., Saturday, July 28, 2012, at Reformation Lutheran Church, Greeneville.
Mr. and Mrs. Wheelock
Benny “Bo” and Vanessa Wheelock, 768 Harmony Road, Jonesborough, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a trip to Hawaii with their children and grandchildren.
The couple were married on June 29, 1962, at Pleasant Grove Methodist Church by the Rev. Preston Hawkins.
Mr. Wheelock retired from Eastman as a supervisor in the yarn plant.
Mrs. Wheelock is the former Vanessa Reed. She worked at Eastman for four years and is a homemaker.
They are active members of Harmony Baptist Church. He serves as a Sunday school teacher and deacon and she has served in many ways.
The couple have two children, Traci Pate and husband Steve, Jonesborough, and Nikki Witt and husband Steve, Thompson Station; five grandchildren, Jordan and Holly Pate, Kati Pate, Marlee and Mariah Witt; and one great-grandchild Silas Pate.
Mr. and Mrs. Sparks
Mr. and Mrs. Dennis C. Sparks. 3930 Cherokee Road, Jonesborough, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday, June 30, 2012, at a reception from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lamar Ruritan building.
The couple were married on June 29, 1962, at Mt. Carmel Methodist Church by Charles Lindholm.
Mr. Sparks was a farmer and retired from the Tennessee Department of Transportation.
Mrs. Sparks is the former Joyce Seaton. She is retired from Texas Instruments and Siemens Industrial Automation.
The couple have four children, Carroll Sparks and wife Debbie, Stephen Sparks and wife Darlene, Wally Sparks and wife Vickie, and Marty Sparks and wife Rebecca, all of Jonesborough; and 15 grandchildren.
The celebration is open to family and friends.
The couple request no gifts.