Mr. and Mrs. Phipps
Brownie and Brenda Phipps, Watauga, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Friday, Aug. 29, 2014.
The couple were married on Aug. 29, 1964, at Watauga Christian Church by Boyd Jackson.
Mr. Phipps retired from Tennessee Electric, Kingsport, as a superintendent. He volunteers at Camp Davy Crockett Scout Camp, is a member of the Wednesday Crew and teaches flintknapping to Scouts in the summer.
Mrs. Phipps is the former Brenda Shell. She retired from work in area hospitals as a supervisor in hematology and chemistry.
The couple have two children, Kerry Phipps and wife Kim of Gray, and Sherri Montgomery and husband Brian of Elizabethton; and one grandchild, Makayla Phipps of Gray.
Mr. and Mrs. Degner
Gary and Sandee Degner, Jonesborough, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, on a river cruise in Europe.
The couple were married on Sept. 5, 1964, at United Methodist Church in Dundee, Mich.
Mr. Degner retired from Merrill Lynch as a financial planner.
Mrs. Degner retired from Johnson City Medical Center in the operating room.
The couple have two children, Brad Degner of Vancouver, Wash., and Jill Seitzinger and husband Brad of Rochester, Mich.; and two grandchildren, Claire and Eli Seitzinger.
Courtnie Danielle Taylor McKinney and Darris Damele Nichols were married Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, on the beach at El Dorado Royale Resort, Riviera Maya, Mexico.
Pastor Jerry McNeil officiated the 5 p.m. exchange of vows.
The bride is a daughter of Kevin and Kimberly McKinney, St. Louis, Mo; and the late Vera “Jackie”
Chatman McKinney. She is a granddaughter of Marion McKinney, Jonesborough, and the late
Ernest McKinney Sr.; and Vera Chatman and Melvin Chatman, both of Springfield, Tenn.
The groom is a son of William and Donna Nichols, Radford, Va.
Given in marriage and escorted by her father, the bride wore a ballet-length gown
featuring a fitted bodice with spaghetti straps and full tulle skirting.
Matron of honor was Vernita Boone Brown.
Bridesmaids were Andrea Miller, Shatarra Washington, Jamonika Gaines and Michelle Daily.
Shane Nichols, brother of the groom, served as best man.
Groomsmen were Kameron Law, Terrell Dobbins, Keith Carter, Rob Summers, Frank Young and Ted Talkington.
Poetry reader was Ashley Nicole Chatman.
Following a reception at El Dorado, the couple enjoyed their stay at the resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico.
Greg and Felice Hadden, Ooltewah, announce the engagement of their daughter, Kelly Marie, to Luke Michael Stanley, son of Margie Kafras, Honolulu, Hawaii; and Michael Stanley, Kingsport.
The bride-elect is a granddaughter of Noella McNaughton, Lawrenceville, Ga.; James F. McNaughton, Marietta, Ga.; and Carl Hadden, Buford, Ga., and the late Elaine Hadden.
Her fiancé is a grandson of the late Dr. Jim Brown, Kingsport.
The couple plan a private wedding for 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at BANQ, downtown Kingsport.
Mike and Judy Jarrett, Jonesborough, announce the engagement of their daughter, Amie Nichole, to James Everette Briggs, son of James Briggs, Telford; and Darlene Briggs, Greeneville.
The bride-elect is a 2000 graduate of David Crockett High School; a 2005 graduate of East Tennessee State University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in nursing; and 2011 cum laude graduate of ETSU, where she received a master’s degree in nursing. She is employed by Premier Pediatrics, Johnson City, as a family nurse practitioner.
She attends Trinity Baptist Church, Jonesborough.
She is a granddaughter of Betty Jarrett, Jonesborough, and the late Leon Jarrett; and the late Walter and Betty Williams.
Her fiancé is a 2000 graduate of David Crockett High School, and attended Northeast State Community College. He is employed by Borla Performance, Johnson City, as a research and development lead.
He also attends Trinity Baptist Church.
He is a grandson of Acena Shelton, Hinckley, Ohio, and the late Rex Shelton; and the late Floyd and Bonnie Briggs.
The couple plan a private wedding for 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at Jonesborough United Methodist Church.