Mr. and Mrs. Francis
David and Juella Francis, Johnson City, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at a reception from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Jonesborough Senior Center, 1521 Persimmon Ridge Road.
The couple were married on Oct. 12, 1963, at Unaka Avenue Baptist Church by Pastor Chester Parker.
Mr. Francis is a Word War II U.S. Navy veteran and retired from Harris Tarkett after 50 years of service.
Mrs. Francis is the former Juella Hampton. She retired from Memorial Hospital as a secretary and bookkeeper to the controller, and later retired from SPS.
The couple have two children, Delena Francis of Johnson City, and James Francis and wife Kim of Chicago; and are expecting their first grandchild.
The celebration is open to family and friends.
The couple request no gifts.
Mr. and Mrs. Mast
Mr. and Mrs. Burl S. Mast, 1721 Sciota Road, Elizabethton, celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, with a trip to Cherokee, N.C., from Sept. 29-Oct. 3.
The couple were married on Sept. 30, 1958, in Elizabethton, by The Rev. Lloyd.
Mr. Mast retired from the military, after serving from 1955-75; and retired from the State of Tennessee in 1992.
Mrs. Mast is the former Wilma Jean Lyons. She is a retired certified nurse assistant.
The couple have two children, Burl S. Mast Jr. and wife Lisa of Madison, Wis., and Connie M. Adkins and husband Ronnie of Elizabethton; and four grandchildren.
The couple request no gifts.
Gary and Brenda Gentry, Johnson City, announce the engagement of their daughter, Rachel, to Andrew Lauber, son of Paul and Lynn Lauber, Collinsville, Ill.
The bride-elect is a graduate of East Tennessee State University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in social work; and is a student at University of Tennessee-Knoxville, where she is pursuing a master’s degree in social work.
She is a granddaughter of the late James and Myrtle Jackson; and the late Verna Lee Gentry.
Her fiancé is a graduate of Valparaiso University, Indiana, where he received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and philosophy; and a graduate of University of Tennessee-Knoxville, where he received a master’s degree in philosophy. He is employed by Bridge Refugee Services, Knoxville; and Lee University, Cleveland, where he teaches philosophy.
He is a grandson of Shirley Knippenberg, Glen Carbon Ill., and the late Arnold Knippenberg; and the late Henry and Dorothy Lauber.
The couple plan an open-church wedding for 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct.12, 2013, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Knoxville.
Announcement is made of the engagement of Megan Brianna Poole and Alexander Thomas Greer.
The bride-elect is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Stone, Arden, N.C.; and the late Marcus Poole.
She is a 2006 graduate of T.C. Roberson High School; and a 2010 honors graduate of University of North Carolina-Charlotte, where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications.
She is employed by Give Fifty One, Charlotte, N.C., as a project manager.
She is a granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Archie Morrow, Shelby, N.C.; and Eloise Poole, Panama City Beach, Fla., and the late Billy Poole.
Her fiancé is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Greer, Johnson City.
He is a 2007 graduate of Science Hill High School; and a 2010 honors graduate of University of North Carolina-Asheville, where he received a bachelor’s degree in accounting.
He passed the CPA exam in 2012, attended Charlotte School of Law and is cofounder of Give Fifty One, Charlotte, N.C.
He is a grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Greer, Johnson City; and the late Mr. and Mrs. Ralph B. Clemons.
The couple plan a private wedding for 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at Pretty Place Chapel, Cleveland, S.C.
Announcement is made of the engagement of Brittany Nichole Carter and Christopher David Ivanich.
The bride-elect is a daughter of Angie Smith, Gray; and John Carter, Elizabethton.
She is a 2012 graduate of East Tennessee State University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She is employed by Sullivan County Schools.
She is a granddaughter of Sue Murray, Gray, and the late Billy R. Murray; and John and Phyllis Carter, Jonesborough. She is a great-granddaughter of Daisy Buckles and Goldie Johnson, both of Johnson City.
Her fiancé is a son of Waylon and Barb Dilliard, Mount Juliet, Tenn.
He is a 2013 graduate of East Tennessee State University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in graphic design. He is employed by Holston Distributing Co.
He is a grandson of Paul and Anita Desautels, Lanark, Ontario; and is a great-grandson of Freida Deschner, Ontario.
The couple plan a private wedding for 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at Domtar Cabin, Kingsport.