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.
Mr. and Mrs. Keith Bryant, 17 N. Foxxborough Lane, Johnson City, announce the engagement of their daughter, Erin Ashley, to Richard Jordan Cantley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Rutherford, Knoxville; and Mr. Gene Cantley, Corryton.
The bride-elect is a 2011 graduate of University of Tennessee, where she received a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences with a concentration in biochemistry and cellular and molecular biology; and is a 2013 graduate of East Tennessee State University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
She is a granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Bradfute, Morristown; and Mr. and Mrs. Howard Bryant, Talbott.
Her fiancé is a 2014 graduate of East Tennessee State University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in finance.
He is a grandson of the late Ms. Sidoña U. Goss; the late Dr. Joseph and Mrs. Frances Goss; and the late Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Albert Cantley Jr.
The couple plan a private wedding for 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, at Harvest Acres Farm, Limestone.
Dr. and Mrs. Wilkerson
Dr. and Mrs. James Kenneth Wilkerson, Johnson City, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Sunday, July 27, 2014, at the home of their daughter and son-in-law, Drs. Scott and Rubye Beck, Johnson City, with their children and grandchildren.
The couple were married on July 27, 1954, at College Heights United Methodist Church, Lakeland, Fla.
Mr. Wilkerson is a retired United Methodist minister and a retired college professor.
Mrs. Wilkerson is the former Rubye Gail Brooks. She is a retired public school elementary teacher.
The couple have three children, Rubye Beck and husband Scott of Johnson City, Laura Gail Eskenazi and husband Michael of Chesapeake, Va., and James Kenneth Wilkerson Jr. and wife Stacey of Palmer Lake, Colo.; and six grandchildren.