Mr. and Mrs. Woodby
Bill and Nellene Woodby, Unicoi, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, with family in Gatlinburg. The couple were married on Aug. 12, 1964, in Crown Point, Ind.
Mr. Woodby retired from the Unicoi County School System.
Mrs. Woodby is the former Nellene Hill.
The couple have two children, Sherry Hyder and husband Tommy, Connie Larimer and husband Brett, both of Unicoi; and two grandchildren, Kayla Hyder and Katie Larimer.
Mr. and Mrs. Edwards
Gerald and Jane Edwards, 813 Regency Drive, Johnson City, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Thursday, July 31, 2014, with family.
The couple were married on July 31, 1964, at First Baptist Church, Jonesborough, by the Rev. Joe Strother.
Mr. Edwards retired from Travelers/Citigroup Inc. after 31 years of service.
Mrs. Edwards is the former Jane Bacon. She was employed by Hampton Textile Printing.
The couple have two children, Rebecca Edwards and Deborah Johnson, both of Johnson City; and five grandchildren.
Mr. and Mrs. Sowder
Mr. and Mrs. R. Wayne Sowder, Johnson City, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a family trip Sevierville hosted by their children.
The couple were married on Aug. 14, 1964, in Newport, Tenn.
Mr. Sowder retired from State Farm Mutual Insurance Companies as a claims manager.
Mrs. Sowder is the former Mary Elizabeth Denton. She is a retired elementary school teacher.
The couple have two children, Jennifer Sowder of Murfreesboro, and Becky Conkin and husband Jason of Johnson City; and two grandchildren, Avery and Jack Conkin, Johnson City.
Mr. and Mrs. Wilson
William L. and Shirley J. Wilson, Johnson City, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary Friday, Aug. 22, 2014.
The couple were married on Aug. 22, 1954, in Unicoi, by the Rev. Weldon Bowman.
Mr. Wilson retired from the U.S. Navy.
Mrs. Wilson is the former Shirley J. Piercy.
The couple have two children, Kim Fortner and husband Stanley of Greeneville, and Tameri Carpel and husband Ronald of Johnson City; three grandchildren, Melanie Whittaker and husband David, Erin Fortner and Caitlin Fortner; and one great-grandson, Noah Whittaker.
Alan and Michele Watson, Columbia, Tenn., announce the engagement of their daughter, Brittany Kristen, to Ryan Alexander Collins, son of Larry and Chris Collins, Johnson City.
The bride-elect is a 2008 graduate of Anderson County High School; a 2012 graduate of East Tennessee State University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education with a minor in communicative disorders; and a May 2014 graduate of ETSU, where she received a master’s degree in speech-language pathology. She is employed by Hamblen County Schools as a speech-language pathologist.
She is a granddaughter of Hubert Watson, Cleveland, and the late Reba Watson; and Kenneth and Linda Wilds, Cleveland.
Her fiancé is a 2005 graduate of University High School; a 2009 graduate of East Tennessee State University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in biology; a 2011 graduate of ETSU, where he received a master’s degree in physiology and kinesiology; and a 2012 graduate of Lincoln Memorial University’s Education Specialists program. He is employed by Hamblen County Schools as a biology teacher and Morristown East High School as head boys varsity basketball coach.
He is a grandson of J.L. and Edna Collins, Elizabethton; and Robert and Jane LaPella, Johnson City.
The couple plan a private wedding for 6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, at Chateau Selah, Blountville.