Terry and Teresa Head, Gray, announce the engagement of their daughter, Brittani, to Samuel Simon, son of Morton Simon and Carol Oppenheimer, Santa Fe, N.M.
The bride-elect is a 2002 graduate of Daniel Boone High School; a 2006 graduate of Harvard, where she received a bachelor’s degree in government; and a 2009 graduate of University of Virginia School of Law, where she received a juris doctorate. She is employed by Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld Law Firm, Washington, D.C., as an associate.
She is a granddaughter of Sue Hackler, Gate City, Va.; the late Leo Hackler; the late Ulyss Head; and the late Jean Head.
Her fiancé is a 2001 graduate of Santa Fe High School; a 2007 graduate of Harvard, where he received a bachelor’s degree in social studies; and is attending Harvard Law School, where he will graduate in May. He is a former speech writer for Senator Tom Udall, Washington, D.C., office.
He is a grandson of the late Mike Chase; the late Sylvia Chase; the late Henry Simon; and the late Amy Simon.
The couple plan a private wedding for 2 p.m., Saturday, June 9, 2012, at the University of Virginia chapel, Charlottesville, Va.
Mr. and Mrs. Willis
Johnnie and Carolyn Willis of Harmony Community, Jonesborough, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, March 24, 2012, at a reception hosted by their family from 2-4 p.m. at Oak Hill Baptist Church, 2501 Highway 81 N., Jonesborough.
The couple were married on March 24, 1962, at the home of Mrs. Vestal Ford, the bride’s grandmother, by the Rev. John Moody.
Mr. Willis retired from AGC Industries as a fabrications superintendent after 42 years of service.
Mrs. Willis is the former Carolyn Ford. She has owned and operated Golden Mirror Beauty Salon for the past 40 years.
The couple have two children, John Willis of Philadelphia, and Doug Willis and wife Melissa of Jonesborough; and two grandchildren, Austin and Kendal Willis.
The celebration is open to family and friends.
The couple request no gifts.
Mr. and Mrs. Rambo
Bill and Gail Rambo, 3845 Greenwood Drive, Jones-borough, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with an extended-stay vacation in Cape Coral, Fla.
The couple were married on Feb. 2, 1962, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Limestone, by the late Rev. Paul M. Broyles.
Mr. Rambo retired from the U.S. Postal Service.
Mrs. Rambo is the former Patricia Gail McCracken. She retired from Sears.
The couple have two children, Art Rambo and wife Dawn, and Brad Rambo and wife Regina, all of Jonesborough; and five grandchildren, Rachael, Katie, Jake, Gabrielle and Josh Rambo.
Mr. and Mrs. Russell
Mr. and Mrs. Eugene D. Russell, 306 Stockyard Road, Telford, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Friday, March 9, 2012.
The couple were married on March 9, 1962.
Mr. Russell retired from Arcata Graphics after 25 years of service and was later employed by the Town of Jonesborough as a building inspector. During this time, he also worked as a residential building contractor before retiring again.
Mrs. Russell is the former Ruby K. McKee. She is a retired real estate affiliate broker.
The couple have two children, Steve Russell, Jonesborough, and David Russell, Telford; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Aja Black and Joseph LaDue were married Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, at Maple Lane Farm, Johnson City.
Pastor Kent Schaaf officiated the 5:30 p.m. exchange of vows. Music was provided by Linda Brimer, vocalist.
The bride is a daughter of Rick and Dianne Garland, Greeneville.
She is a granddaughter of Helen Fields Black, Haughton, La.; and the late Chief Master Sgt. Kenneth Austin Black.
The groom is a son of Pamela LaDue-Booth, Bristol.
Given in marriage by her parents, the bride wore a strapless ivory Maggie Sottero “Karena Royale” gown featuring Alençon lace that glittered.
Matron of honor was KK Dillon-Gentry.
Maid of honor was Barbie Brannon.
Bridesmaids were Linda Brimer, Abby Thomas, Kari Armstrong and Anna Ricciardi.
Flower girls were Faith LaDue, niece of the groom, and Morgan Anderson, niece of the bride.
Ring bearer was Gage LaDue, nephew of the groom.
Vince LaDue, brother of the groom, and Matthew Snellings served as best men.
Groomsmen were Garrett Vicars, Erik Watson, Andrew Dyer and Brian McNew.
Honorary groomsman was Tyrus Stewart.
Ushers were Michael Nelson, Michael Francis, Sean Fox and Justin Coffey.
Bride’s book attendants were Jenny Dyer and Amanda Davenport.
Following a reception at Maple Lane Farm, the couple took a wedding trip to Charleston, S.C.