Mr. Jason Snyder — 104th birthday
Jason W. Snyder, Johnson City, will celebrate his 104th birthday on Aug. 4, 2014. At 104, he may be the oldest World War II veteran in Tennessee.
Snyder is the eldest of Roy Mineyard and Mary Alice Snyder’s 10 children. Growing up on a farm in Carter County, Snyder’s parents instilled in him a strong work ethic that has been a guiding force throughout his life. By age 5, his chores included tending to and feeding the farm animals. At 6, he was driving a wagon led by a team of horses to help clean up Carter County Road. By age 12, he was working in his father’s business of dressing and processing meat for distribution to the public.
Snyder graduated from East Tennessee State Teachers’ College, now East Tennessee State University, in 1939, all the while working on his parents’ farm. After graduation, he taught school for five years followed by honorably serving his country in the U.S. Air Force. Following his military service, Snyder was selected to a position with the U.S. Department of the Navy in Washington, D.C. Both his military service and position with the U.S. Department of the Navy afforded him opportunities to travel extensively in the U.S. and abroad.
Snyder is a strong supporter of his church and many service organizations. One of his many honors includes being elected as the 1979-80 Worshipful Master of the Masonic Temple in Alexandria, Va. In the Temple, Snyder’s picture hangs alongside past Worshipful Masters including that of George Washington who served as the first Worshipful Master of the Alexandria, Va., Masonic Temple in 1788.
Snyder has always lived up to name of the generation in which he was born — the “Great Generation.” He is a true Southern gentleman who lends a helping hand and provides kind words of wisdom to those around him. He is a wonderful storyteller with a keen wit who enjoys the fellowship of family and friends.
Snyder resides in an independent living facility in Johnson City. He takes care of himself, fixes his own breakfast and dinner, eats lunch in the dining room, and attends many of the activities and events offered by the facility.
While there isn’t official information collected on Tennessee veterans, in June 2013 a survey was taken through the state’s 88 county service officers to find the oldest male and female veteran in the state. Only 38 responded to the survey, so results are limited, but based on Snyder’s Aug. 4, 1910, birthdate, he is the oldest male veteran in Tennessee.
Mr. and Mrs. Barnette
Jim and Brenda Barnette celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Thursday, July 31, 2014, at Watauga Lake with family.
The couple were married on July 31, 1964, in Jonesborough.
Mr. Barnette retired from the U.S. Army as a lieutenant colonel. He is active doing volunteer work for veterans.
Mrs. Barnette is the former Brenda Freeman. She is retired from the Defense Information School, Ft. Meade, Maryland, as an instruction specialist. She is active in the Johnson City Veterans’ Memorial Project and numerous other volunteer projects.
The couple have three children, James Thomas Barnette Jr., Beth Barnette Knight and Brooke Barnette Moore; four grandchildren; and three step-grandchildren.
Mr. and Mrs. Atchley
Herbert “Pete” and Mary “Lee” Atchley, Johnson City, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Saturday, July 12, 2014, at a reception from 2-5 p.m. given by their granddaughters Rachel Lewis and Tabitha Justice at Stoney Creek Church of Christ.
The couple were married on July 9, 1954, in Johnson City.
Mr. Atchley retired from Veterans Administration Hospital, Johnson City.
Mrs. Atchley is the former Ilalie Mary Huff. She retired from Texas Instruments.
The couple have two children, Paula Atchley Hylton, Jonesborough, and Gloria Atchley Mathes, Telford; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
The celebration was open to family and friends.
The couple requests no gifts.
Rev. Thomas and Leslie Oyler, Johnson City, announce the engagement of their daughter, Amanda Phyllis, to Ashton Connelly Hayse, son of Roger and Barbara Hayse, Austin, Texas.
The bride-elect is a 2004 graduate of Science Hill High School; and is a 2010 graduate of McWhorter School of Pharmacy at Samford University, Birmingham, Ala., where she received a doctorate of pharmacy degree. She is employed by Dallas Children’s Hospital, Dallas, Texas, as an Intensive Care Unit pharmacist.
She is a granddaughter of the late Dr. Robert J. and Phyllis Murphy; and the late Richard and Phyllis Oyler.
Her fiancé is a 2002 graduate of Dallas Academy; and is a 2007 graduate of Texas Tech University, where he received degrees in finance, general business and economics. He is employed by Regency Energy Partners, Dallas, as a treasury manager.
He is a grandson of Henry and Eunice Hayse, Morris, Ill.; and Dorothy Connelly Kealey, Hinsdale, Ill., and the late James J. Kealey.
The couple plan a private wedding for 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, at Greenville Club Lake, Greenville, Texas.
Mr. and Mrs. Leach
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Leach, Johnson City, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Thursday, July 17, 2014, with a family trip to Pigeon Forge, hosted by their children.
The couple were married July 17, 1964, in Carter County.
Mrs. Leach is the former Sally Sams.
The couple have two children, Shannon Leach and wife Heather, and Shanne Goines, all of Johnson City; and six grandchildren.