Dr. and Mrs. Sorrells
The Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Ray Sorrells, 204 Clinchfield Ave., Erwin, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, by attending the morning worship service at New Bethel Baptist Church, Forsyth County, N.C., where they were married on Aug. 12, 1962, by the Rev. T.G. New Jr.
Dr. Sorrells retired in 2007 from Watauga Baptist Association of Carter and Johnson counties as director of missions.
He also served as pastor of four Baptist churches for 32 years, two of which are in Tennessee — Calvary Baptist Church, Elizabethton, and First Baptist Church, Erwin.
Since retirement he has served as interim pastor of Sugar Grove Baptist Church, Johnson County, and First Baptist Church, Erwin.
Mrs. Sorrells is the former Bonnie Wray Spaugh. She has taught school and has worked actively with her husband in ministry.
The couple have three children, Samuel Sorrells of Winston-Salem, N.C., Miriam Brown of Johnson City, and Deborah Plemens of Simpsonville, S.C. (currently residing in Madagascar); and five grandchildren, Breanna and Matthew Sorrells, Jenna Brown, and Jacob and Sarah Plemens.
The couple also plan an Alaskan cruise tour in September in honor of their anniversary.
Heather Michele Sutherland and Brett Alan Butler were married Saturday, June 23, 2012, at Harvest Acres Farm, Limestone.
The Rev. Randy Kersey officiated the 6 p.m. exchange of vows. Music was provided by Brittney Pearson.
The bride is a daughter of Mike and Debbie Sutherland, Johnson City.
She is a granddaughter of Dan and Janice Sutherland, Gray; Lynn Webb, Johnson City; Frank Carr, Johnson City; Vernon Humphreys, Johnson City; and the late Gail Humphreys.
The groom is a son of Renee Butler, Mount Pleasant; and Tracy Butler, Athens, Ala.
He is a grandson of Truman and Claire Pledger, Madison, Ala.; Bob and Ginger Butler, Harvest, Ala.; Betty Bowles, Cedartown, Ga.; and Jim and Sue Miller, Marietta, Ga.
Given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father, the bride wore a custom Allure Couture gown of all ivory lace featuring a scoop neck, a sheath silhouette with asymmetrical layers of lace and a skirt that extended into a chapel-length train.
Maids of honor were Haley Carr, Ashley Carr and Katelyn Carr. Bridesmaids were Rebekah Moulton, Lindsey White, Samantha Reyonds, Brooklynne Butler, Mallory Lewis.
Bobby Butler, Beau Butler and Ben Butler served as best men.Groomsmen were Chris Cummins, Matthew Massey, Caleb Dugger, Daniel Williams and Grant Sutherland.
Attendants were Briona Phipps, Bryanna Slagle and Taylor Lawson.
Following a reception at Harvest Acres Farm, the couple took a wedding trip to Pompano Beach, Fla.
Announcement is made of the engagement of Lareina Gayle Davis and Kelly Wayne Miracle.
The bride-elect is a daughter of Larry Davis and Evelyn Davis, both of Elizabethton.
She is a 2008 graduate of East Tennessee State University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in digital media.
She is a granddaughter of Glen and Bernice Davis, Elizabethton; and the late R.C. and Bertha Honeycutt.
Her fiancé is a son of Dennis and Kay Miracle, Speedwell.
He is a 2009 graduate of East Tennessee State University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in engineering.
He is a grandson of Ben and Iva Greene, Author; and Pauline Miracle, Pineville, Ky., and the late Robert Miracle.
The couple plan a private wedding for Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, in Sevierville.
David and Annette Egley, 1800 Knoll Top Court, Knoxville, announce the engagement of their daughter, Melissa Ann, to Craig Van Bennett, son of Jimmy and Sandra Bennett, 119 Laurel Canyon, Johnson City.
The bride-elect is a graduate of Kansas State University. She is employed by Nickel Plate Properties in management.
She is a granddaughter of Dora Mae Heric, Phoenix; and the late Ed and Juanita Egley.
Her fiancé is a graduate of Science Hill High School, and attended East Tennessee State University. He is employed by CertaPro Painters, Knoxville, as a production manager.
He is a grandson of Gladys Jenkins, Johnson City; the late Albert Dudley Wright; and the late Bernie and Mabel Bennett.
The couple plan a private wedding for 6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, at Maple Grove Inn, Knoxville.
Announcement is made of the engagement of Cara Alyse Harrell and Matthew Ray Stout.
The bride-elect is a daughter of the late Ron Harrell; and Diana and Ken Maultsby Jr., 15 Mount Vernon Circle, Asheville, N.C.
She is a 2006 graduate of University High School; a 2010 graduate of Walters State Community College, where she received an associate degree in nursing; and a 2011 graduate of East Tennessee State University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She is employed by Johnson City Medical Center as a trauma registered nurse.
She is a granddaughter of Guy and Violet Jones, Mosheim; and the late Eugene and Mildred Harrell.
Her fiancé is a son of Rhonda Stout, 116 Hartman Drive, Jonesborough; and Mike and Kelly Kelly, 84 Waverly Court, Jonesborough.
He is a 2005 graduate of David Crockett High School; and is a student at Walters State Community College, where he is pursuing a degree in public safety/law enforcement. He is employed by Johnson City Medical Center, Safety and Security Department, as a lieutenant.
The couple plan a private wedding for 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, at Harvest Acres Farm, Limestone.