Dr. and Mrs. McKinstry
Dr. and Mrs. Sam Wescoat McKinstry celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Wednesday, April 2, 2014.
The couple were married on April 2, 1964, at First Congregational Church, Lake Worth, Fla.
Dr. McKinstry is retired faculty emeritus from East Tennessee State University where he taught 38 years in the Department of Political Science and was university pre-law advisor.
Mrs. McKinstry is the former Carolee Porter.
They are active in the community
The couple have two children, Sarah McKinstry Keenan and husband Mark of Ft. Mill, S.C.; and Senior Master Sgt. Lee Wescoat McKinstry, USAFR, and wife Melissa of Minneapolis. They have seven grandchildren, Mary Katherine McGowan, Jacob Patrick McGowan, James Anderson McGowan, Virginia Elizabeth McGowan, Kaelee Anne McKinstry, Marshall Keenen and Joey Elizabeth Sleiman.
A reception by their family will be given at a later date.
Mr. and Mrs. Russell
Mr. and Mrs. William B. Russell, Johnson City, celebrated their 50th anniversary Friday, March 21, 2014, at The Greenbriar Resort, White Sulfur Springs, W.Va.; and with a reception and dance with family and friends at the Johnson City Country Club on April 5, 2014.
The couple were married on March 21, 1964, at Epworth Methodist Church, Norfolk, Va., by Dr. Owen Kelly and Rev. Reuben Blevins.
Mr. Russell, a native of Marion, Va., served in the United States Navy. He retired from Sears and Fingerhut as a general manager.
Mrs. Russell is the former Nancy Carolyn Davis of Norfolk. She is a homemaker and Mary Kay beauty consultant.
The couple are active members of Central Baptist Church and are active in the community.
The couple have two children, William Bryant Russell Jr. and wife Cynthia of Ashburn, Va., and Nancy Elizabeth Parker and husband Joey of Knoxville; and four grandchildren, Ella Kate Parker, David Alexsei Russell, Grayson Michael Parker and Lauren Michelle Russell.
David and Debbie Lowe, Telford, announce the engagement of their daughter, Brittney Leanne, to Brandon Lee Kurfees, son of Steve and Pam Kurfees, Jonesborough.
The bride-elect is a 2008 graduate of David Crockett High School. She is employed by The Regional Eye Center as a licensed practical nurse.
She is a granddaughter of Tommie and Marjorie Lowe, Telford; Ira and Janice Jones, Jonesborough; and the late Virginia “Genny” Jones. She is a great-granddaughter of Carrie Guinn of Erwin and Ruth Lowe of Idaho.
Her fiancé is a 2005 graduate of Daniel Boone High School. He is employed by Washington
County-Johnson City Emergency Medical Services as an emergency medical technician.
He is a grandson of Fred and Ann Kurfees, Asheville, N.C.; Leonard and Peggy Poteet, Hendersonville, N.C.; and the late Bill Green.
The couple plan a private wedding for 2 p.m., Saturday, April 12, 2014, at Harvest Acres Farm,
Maureen and Murdock MacIver, 2 Willmar Circle, Johnson City, announce the engagement of their daughter, Rachael Anne, to Brandon Richard Lewis, son of Beth and Douglas Lewis, 143 Hillendale Lane, Gray.
The bride-elect is a 2013 cum laude graduate of East Tennessee State University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She is employed by Johnson City Medical Center as a registered nurse.
She is a granddaughter of Gerry and Roderick MacIver, Port Charlotte, Fla.; and the late Norma Jean Sherman-Farr and John Edward Farr Sr.
Her fiancé is a 2013 graduate of East Tennessee State University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in history. He is a graduate student at ETSU.
He is a grandson of Margaret and Richard Lewis, Rexville, N.Y.; and the late Caron and Edward Limberg.
The couple plan a private wedding for 3 p.m., Saturday, May 17, 2014, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Johnson City.
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Holt Shelton II, of Austin, Texas, announce the engagement of their daughter, Madeline Clélie, to Christian Nicholas Hawley, son of Vanessa Hawley and Jim and Gayle Hawley, all of Johnson City.
The bride-elect is a 2005 graduate of Austin High School, Austin, Texas; and a 2009 graduate of Tulane University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in public health.
She was a debutante at the 167th annual Galveston Artillery Club Ball in 2007, and was crowned Queen of the Knights of Momus Mardi Gras in Galveston, Texas, in 2008.
She is a student at The Seminary of the Southwest, Austin, where she is pursuing a master of divinity degree. She is a postulant to the priesthood in the Episcopal Diocese of Texas.
Her fiancé is a 1997 graduate of Sullivan South High School, Kingsport; a graduate of University of Notre Dame, where he received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering; a graduate of Vanderbilt University, where he received a master of divinity degree; and a graduate of The Seminary of The Southwest, where he received a master of religious arts degree.
He served in the United States Air Force from 2001-2005, when he resigned his commission as captain to pursue a career in ministry. He was ordained an Episcopal priest on Dec. 22, 2013. He is assistant rector at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension, Knoxville.
He is a grandson of Beatrice Barzetti, Cape Cateret, N.C., and the late Nicholas Barzetti.
The couple plan a private wedding for Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Austin.