Mr. and Mrs. Presnell
Larry and Frances Presnell observed their 55th wedding anniversary Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014.
The couple were married on Jan. 30, 1959, at Rich Acres Free Will Baptist Church by the late Rev. D.C. Byrd.
The couple have two children, Larry Presnell Jr. and Lori Howard; and two grandchildren, April Presnell and Cody Howard.
A celebration will be held in the summer.
Mr. and Mrs. Wright
Chuck and Kathy Wright, Gray, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, with a family dinner.
The couple were married on Jan. 23, 1989.
The couple have two children, Bryan and Sarah Howell, and Shara Howell and Rachel Webb; and seven grandchildren, Jabin Howell, Valen Howell, Broklyn Howell, Boston Howell, Britton Howell, Kendra Blevins and Jackson Webb, all of Gray.
Announcement is made of the engagement of Hilary Danielle Grantham and Robert Wayne Blankenship.
The bride-elect is a daughter of Mandy Neel Grantham and the late Bobby Gene Grantham.
She is a 2002 graduate of University High School, and is a student at Northeast State Community College.
She is employed by Walmart.
She is a granddaughter of the late Gladys and Burce Neel; and Blanche Grantham, Chipley, Fla., and the late Hershel Grantham.
Her fiancé is a of son Cindy McCarty, Jacksonville, N.C.; and Homer Wayne Blankenship, Wilmington, Del.
He is a 1998 graduate of Unicoi County High School, and is a student at Northeast State Community College.
He is employed by Jacobs Creek Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center, Bristol, as a teacher.
He is a grandson of Lois Blankenship, Erwin, and the late Homer Blankenship.
The couple plan a wedding for 5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at Oak Street Baptist Church, 804 Oak St., Elizabethton.
Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Kitchens, Elizabethton, announce the engagement of their daughter, Karin Elizabeth, to Steven Michael McHugh, son of Darlene McHugh and Steven P. McHugh.
The bride-elect is a 2008 summa cum laude graduate of University of Tennessee-Knoxville, where she received a degree in mathematics and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Chancellor’s Honor Program; a 2009 graduate of UT-Knoxville, where she received a master’s degree in statistics; and is a student at Georgetown University, where she was awarded a fellowship and is pursuing a doctorate in government. She is employed by RAND Corporation as an adjunct.
She is a granddaughter of Mrs. Bobbie Kitchens; the late Oscar Kitchens; and the late Robert and Phyllis Banks. She is a great-granddaughter of Ruth Street, Elizabethton.
Her fiancé is a 2007 graduate of Florida State University, where he received a degree in statistics; and is a student at Texas A&M, where he is pursuing a master’s degree in statistics. He is employed by U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Air Marshal Service as an operations research analyst.
He is a grandson of Sonny and Shelagh Carrier, South Portland, Maine; and William and Beverly McHugh, Venice, Fla.
The couple plan a private wedding for June 2014 at Hopwood Memorial Christian Church, Milligan College.
Mr. and Mrs. Shirley
Mr. and Mrs. Ray A. Shirley, Johnson City, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary Monday, January 20, 2014.
The couple were married on January 20, 1954, in Jefferson City.
Mr. Shirley retired from Brown & Williamson Tobacco Co. after 25 years of service.
Mrs. Shirley is the former Linda Wight.
She was employed by Buckaroo Steak House, formerly Bonanza Sirloin, as assistant manager for 10 years; and retired from Perkins Restaurant as bookkeeper after 28 years of service.
The couple have two children, Lynn Shirley and Michael Shirley, both of Johnson City; and three grandchildren, Ben Shirley of Caryville, and Sarah and Rachel Shirley of Johnson City.