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Engagements

Graning-Danner

George Graning and Mary Anne Farrell of Sylva announce the engagement of their daughter, Rachel T. Graning, to Wyatt H. Danner son of R.B. and Connie Danner, also of Sylva. The wedding is planned for Sunday, Oct. 11, in Glenville.

Tingen-Walker

Carol Whitlock of Sylva announces the engagement of her son, Zack Tingen of Sylva, to Kristal Walker, also of Sylva, daughter of Kathy and David Cirka of Whittier and Michael and China Walker of Okinawa, Japan. The groom-to-be is also the son of Roger Tingen of Alton, Va. The wedding is planned for noon on Friday, July 3, at Collins Creek Pavilion.

Buchanan-Sutton

Eddie and Sherrie Buchanan of Sylva announce the engagement of their daughter, Alyssia Nicole Buchanan, to Trevor Cole Sutton, son of Tim and Lisa Sutton of Whittier. The wedding is planned for 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 20, at Tessentee Farms in Franklin. All friends and family are invited to attend.

Adams-Scott

Bill and Glenda Adams of Sylva announce the engagement of their granddaughter, Abigail Susan Adams, to Brandon Allen Scott, son of Albert and Angie Scott of Kernersville. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Nick and Kelly Adams of Evans, Ga. The wedding is planned for 2 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at Lakeside Baptist Church in Clearwater, S.C.

Watkins-Parris

Randal and Sally Watkins of Whittier announce the engagement of their daughter, Sarah Elizabeth Watkins, to Jason Dale Parris, son of Johnny and Genia Parris of Cullowhee.

Grant-McKinney

David and Karen Grant of Liberty announce the engagement of their daughter, Cassandra Leigh Grant, to Charles Nicholas McKinney, son of Tony and Tina McKinney of Whitsett. The wedding is planned for Sept. 5.

Stephens-Okon

Walter and Sherry Wilson and Eddie and Monika Stephens, all of Sylva, announce the engagement of their son, James Travis Stephens of Arvada, Colo., to Amanda Lynn Okon, also of Arvada. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Joel and Christy Okon and the late Kimberly Okon of Mooresboro. She is the granddaughter of Craig and Judi Tuuk of Monee, Ill.; Joseph and Claris Okon of Oak Forest, Ill.; and Diane Powell of Shelby. The groom-to-be is the grandson of Ed Stephens of Sylva and the late June Stephens; the late Jim and the late Annette Burns; Wade and Nora Wilson of Dillsboro and the late Rebecca Wilson. The wedding is planned for Saturday, Oct. 18, at Camp Highlander.

Austin-Smith

Larry and Dora Nations of Cullowhee and Ed and Margie Smith of Sylva’s Sutton Branch community announce the engagement of their children, Ople F. Austin and Brandon Shane Smith, both of Cullowhee. The wedding is planned for 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church. All friends and relatives are invited to attend.

Pressley-Hussaini

Beth Pressley of Cullowhee and Rohullah Hussaini of Kabul, Afghanistan, announce their engagement. The wedding is planned for 2015 in Jackson County.

Huebner-Dowling

Jodie and Rick Huebner of Bethalto, Ill., announce the engagement of their daughter, Mandie Joy Huebner, to Kyle Henry Dowling, son of Hank Dowling of Cullowhee and Patsy Dowling of Waynesville. The wedding is planned for 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at Tuckasegee Wesleyan Church . All friends and relatives are invited to attend.

Pullium-Dills

Edward and Cheryl Pullium of Dillsboro and Paula and Robert Luckadoo of Kiowa, Colo., announce the engagement of their daughter, Sara Elizabeth Pullium, to Christopher Steven Dills, son of Willard and Tammy Dills of Franklin.

Robinson-Evans

Kayla Nicole Robinson of Sylva and Andrew Scott Evans of Dalton, Ga., were united in marriage on Saturday, May 31, during a 3 p.m. ceremony at Barkers Creek Community Building in Whittier.

Jones-Brown

Judy and Bobby Conley of Bryson City announce the engagement of their daughter, Alicia Jones, to Justin Brown, son of Delores Jones and J.B. Brown of Tuckasegee. The wedding is planned for 4 p.m. Saturday, May 30, in Tuckasegee.

Turrentine-Holland

Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Turrentine of Tuckasegee, announce the engagement of their daughter, Lindsey Nicole, to Matthew Holland, son of Mr. and Mrs. Danny Holland of Franklin. A July wedding is planned.

Young-Jones

Melissa Dawn Young and Jeremy Shane Jones, both of Sylva, announce their engagement. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Dixie Young of Granite Falls and the late Bobbie Young. The groom-to-be is the son of John and Judy Jones of Leicester. The wedding is planned for 2 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at New Hope Baptist Church. All friends and family are invited to attend.

McMillan-Henry

Katherine Marie McMillan and Nick L. Henry, both of Sylva, announce their engagement. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Tom and Anne Bowers of Sylva; the groom-to-be is the son of Grover and Judy Henry of Cullowhee. The wedding is planned for Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Jackson County Library.

Chernobay-Neff

Major Viktor and Ludmilla Chernobay of Kostroma, Russia, announce the engagement of their daughter, Valentina, to Samuel Neff of Charlotte, son of Dr. Jeffrey and Randi Neff of Cullowhee.

Harris-Mitchell

David and Stephanie Harris of Sylva announce the engagement of their daughter, Samantha Lynn Harris, to Aaron Richard Mitchell, son of Ann Mitchell of Sylva and Richard Mitchell of Gillham, Ark.

Foti-Sanders

Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Foti of Sylva announce the engagement of their daughter, Sara Elizabeth Foti to Russell Martin Sanders, son of Roger O. and Carol Sanders of Franklin. The wedding is planned for 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at Sylva First Presbyterian Church.

Green-Henson

Mark and Connie Green of Sylva announce the engagement of their daughter, Stephanie Shree Green of Cullowhee, to Blake Rieley Henson, also of Cullowhee. The groom-to-be is the son of Mickey and Sandy Dills and Stan Henson. The wedding is planned for 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 7, at The Cellars at Bettys Creek.

Case-Ayers

Dr. Patrice Czarnecki Case of Naples, Fla.; Donna and Ron Singleton of Delray, Texas; and Dr. Stephen M. Ayers of Maryville, Tenn., announce the engagement of their children, Emily Christine Case and Michael Parker Ayers.

Cauley-Freeman

Marty and Dianne Cauley of Sylva announce the engagement of their son, Jeremy Cauley, to Lindsi Freeman, daughter of Vaughn Freeman and Deborah Willadson of Elizabeth City. The bride is also the daughter of the late Martin Willadson. The wedding is planned for 2 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at Central United Methodist Church in Canton.

Buchanan-Creasman

Bobby and Dawn Creasman of Hendersonville announce the engagement of their daughter, Colby Victoria Creasman, to Kameron Stacy Buchanan, son of Stacy and Kim Buchanan of Webster. The wedding is planned for Saturday, Aug. 9, at Calvary Episcopal Church in Fletcher.

Bryson-Ammons

The Rev. Larry and Kay Bryson of Cullowhee, and the Rev. Sherrill and Bonnie Ammons of Sylva, announce the engagement of their children, Stephanie Diane Bryson and Matthew Charles Ammons. The wedding is planned for Saturday, May 31, at Promised Land Baptist Church. All friends and family are invited to attend.

Boyken-Sellers

Karen Boyken of Winthrop, Mass., announces the engagement of her daughter, Stephanie Chae Boyken of Jackson Heights, N.Y., to Brian Joseph Sellers, also of Jackson Heights. The groom-to-be is the son of Laura Sellers and Dick Sellers, both of Sylva. The wedding is planned for 5 p.m. Saturday, June 14, in Fryeburg, Maine.

Pressley-Allen

Jim and Tammie Pressley of Cullowhee announce the engagement of their daughter, Amanda Gail Pressley, to Robert Jordan Allen, son of Kent and Barbie Allen of Waynesville and Paula Buchanan of Sylva. The bride-to-be is the granddaughter of Ollie Coggins of Glenville and the late Claude Coggins and Shirley Pressley of Cullowhee and the late Rev. James Kenneth Pressley Sr. The groom-to-be is the grandson of Gail and Lindon Allen of Barkers Creek and JoAnn Sutton of Dillsboro and the late Bobby Sutton. The wedding is planned for Sunday, Jan. 19, at the Jackson County Library.

Slaybaugh-Lovedahl

Darlene Slaybaugh of Beltsville, Md., announces the engagement of her daughter, Lindsey Andrea Slaybaugh, to Manuel Odell Lovedahl of Cullowhee, son of Virginia Lovedahl of Sylva and Marshall Lovedahl of Franklin. A July wedding is planned.

Ward-Bryson

John and Amy Ward of Whittier announce the engagement of their daughter, Emily Elizabeth Ward, to Aaron Joshua Bryson of Canton, son of Larry and Debbie Bryson and Jerry and Kathy Smith, all of Waynesville.

Savage-Roberto

Jeff and Donna Savage of Cullowhee announce the engagement of their daughter, Martha Wren Savage, to Nathan Michael Roberto, son of Michael Roberto and Sharon Weber, and Nancy and Wally Fox, all of Greensboro. The wedding is planned for Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Jackson County Library.

Bumgarner-Hill

Mickey and Pam Bumgarner of Sylva announce the engagement of their daughter, Savannah, to Randy “Rock” Hill, son of Sandy Hall Hill, also of Sylva. The wedding is planned for 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the home of the bride’s parents on Fairview Road. All friends and relatives are invited to attend.

Morgan-Crowe

Danny and Pam Morgan of Sylva announce the engagement of their daughter, Ashley Marie Morgan, to Joshua Nathan Crowe, son of Kenny and Cheryl Crowe, also of Sylva. The wedding is planned for Saturday, Sept. 28, in Hendersonville.

Norris-Buchanan

Michelle Sprunger and Chuck and Donna Norris of Cashiers announce the engagement of their daughter, Kayla Norris to Darryle Buchanan, son of Mark and Teresa Buchanan of Sylva. The wedding is planned for 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at New Hope Baptist Church. Friends and family are invited to attend.

Conley-Allen

Larry and Sheila Conley of Franklin announce the engagement of their daughter, Kayla Suzanne Conley to Matthew Dean Allen, son of Noelene Allen of Sylva and the late Jimmy Allen. The wedding is planned for Saturday, July 20, at Barn Burningtown in Franklin. All friends and family are invited to attend.

Edgemon-Grant

Andrew T. Edgemon of Tuckasegee and Patricia J. Grant of Cherokee announce their engagement. The wedding is planned for 4 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at Cherokee Baptist Church. Friends and family are invited to attend.

Lydeen-Stephens

WE ANNOUNCED THE WEDDING of Chelsea Lydeen and Anthony Stephens in our Nov. 15 newspaper. The wedding is planned for Saturday, June 22, but the notice did not include the wedding location. The ceremony will be at 4 p.m. at Lighthouse Baptist Church. Family and friends are invited to attend.

Parris-Buchanan

Randy and Tammy Parris of Cullowhee announce the engagement of their daughter, Victoria Lynn Parris, to Derek Kent Buchanan, son of Gary and Paula Buchanan of Sylva. The wedding is planned for 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at Montgomery Farm on Moses Creek.

Mathis-Jones

Larry and Linda Mathis of Whittier announce the engagement of their daughter, Tonya Larissa Mathis, to Jeremiah Dennis Jones, son of Dennis Jones of Whittier and the late Martha Woodard Jones. The wedding is planned for Saturday, July 13, at the Lake Junaluska Colonnade.

Dillard-Brooks

Jack and Diane Dillard of Franklin announce the engagement of their daughter, Olivia Rachel Dillard, to Joshua Robert Brooks, son of James and DeeAnn Brooks of Sylva. The bride-to-be is the granddaughter of Jack and JoAnn Baldwin and Jack and Bobbie Dillard, all of Franklin. The groom-to-be is the grandson of Cecil Franklin of Sylva and the late Bleakadee Franklin and the late John and Mary Brooks. The wedding is planned for Saturday, June 15, at Snow Hill Inn in Franklin.

Hedden-Hodgins

Connie Gibson Hedden and Michael Denton Hodgins, both of Franklin, announce their engagement.

Daves-Junaluska

Terrie Sanford of Sylva and William Daves of Whittier announce the engagement of their daughter, Samantha Charli Daves, to Mark Christopher Junaluska, son of Gwendolyn Shelton of Concord and Mark Junaluska of Cherokee. The wedding is planned for 2 p.m Saturday, June 1, at the Jackson County Library.

Tessin-Newsome

Cathy Tessin of Sylva announces the engagement of her daughter, Laura A. Tessin, to David L. Newsome, son of Gary and Kolouia Newsome of Tarboro. The bride-to-be is also the daughter of the late Fred Tessin Sr. The wedding is planned for late July in Asheville.

Mathis-Shuler

Tinky Mathis and Steve and Patty Shuler, all of Sylva, announce the engagement of their children, Cheyenne Mathis and Greg Shuler. The wedding is planned for 2 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at Locust Field Baptist Church. All friends and family are invited to attend.

Revis-Tatro

Randy and Tina Revis of Whittier announce the engagement of their daughter, Amy Nicole Revis, to Devin Josiah Tatro, son of Peter and Cary Tatro of Mechanicsville, Va. The wedding is planned for 6 p.m. Friday, April 19, at Jeter Mountain Farm in Hendersonville.

Gale-Melton Engagement
Barnes-Brooks Engagement

Tava Cook of Spruce Pine and James Barnes of Sylva announce the engagement of their daughter, Amanda Lynn Barnes, to Jacob Shane Brooks, son of Debbie and Gary Brooks of Tuckasegee. The wedding is planned for Saturday, May 4, at the Coward family farm in Tuckasegee.

Lydeen-Stephens Engagement

Damon and Linda Lydeen of Whittier announce the engagement of their daughter, Chelsea Ola Mae Lydeen, to Anthony Robert Stephens of Whittier, son of Robert and Suzi Stephens of Alabaster, Ala., and Belinda Davis Stephens of Hoover, Ala. The wedding is planned for Saturday, June 22.

Tobias-Tharp Engagement

Emily and Randy Tobias of Durham announce the engagement of their daughter Maggie Alice Tobias of Sylva to Owen Grant Tharp II of Westminster, Colo., son of JoAn and Grant Tharp of Knoxville, Tenn. The wedding is planned for Saturday, Dec. 22, at the Jackson County Library.

Brown-Watkins Engagement

Russell and Stephanie Brown of Sylva announce the engagement of their daughter, Sarah Ann Brown, to Joshua Wayne Watkins, son of David and Barbara Watkins of Weaverville. The wedding is planned for 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Bryson City. All friends and family are invited to attend.

Childers-Urban Engagement

Phil and Lori Urban of Rochester, N.Y., and Bill and Janet Childers of Polkton announce the engagement of their children, Amanda Marie Urban of Charlotte and Christopher James Childers of Concord. The groom-to-be is the grandson of Frankie Dean of Sylva and the late Daniel Dean, and McAline Shelton and Bill Childers Sr., of Tennessee. The wedding is planned for 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at St. Gabriel Catholic Church in Charlotte.

Anniversaries

Jimmy and Phyllis Grissom

Jimmy and Phyllis Grissom of Sylva will celebrate their 50th anniversary during a 5 p.m. Saturday, April 11, event at Little Savannah Baptist Church. The couple has three children – Jay Grissom of Barnwell, S.C., Cindy Kinsley of Lexington and John Mark Grissom of Sylva – and four grandchildren. Everyone is invited to attend.

Brown

Gene and Priscilla “Sally” Wood Brown of East Cope Creek community will celebrate their 50th anniversary April 3. They were married on that date in 1965 at New Hope Baptist Church. They have three children – Genia Parris of Cullowhee, and Pamela Middleton and Avery Brown, both of Sylva – and four grandchildren.

Bobby and Ann Bryson

Bobby and Ann Bryson of Cullowhee will celebrate their 50th anniversary today (Thursday, Feb. 5). They have two children, Cindy Franks of Cullowhee and Jeff Bryson of Biltmore Lake; and two grandchildren.

Anthony and Karissa Henson

Anthony and Karissa Henson of Sylva will celebrate their 25th anniversary on Sunday, Feb. 8. The couple married on that date in 1990 in Sylva. They have two sons, Adam Henson of Sylva and Aaron Henson of Toledo, Ohio.

Ed and Arilla Jones

Ed and Arilla Jones of Sylva will celebrate their 60th anniversary Sunday, Jan. 25, from 2 until 5 p.m. at the Old Savannah Baptist Church fellowship hall. The couple married Jan. 14, 1955, in Walhalla, S.C. They have two children, Debbie Watson of Sylva and David Jones of Franklin; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. All friends and relatives are invited to attend; it is asked that gifts be omitted.

Bob and JoAnn McLaughlin

Bob and JoAnn McLaughlin of Cullowhee will celebrate their 40th anniversary on Dec. 21. They were married on that date in 1974 in Charleston, S.C. They have three children – Jason Scott McLaughlin of Bremerton, Wash., Mary Beth McLaughlin of Sequim, Wash., and Katy Marie McLaughlin of Brooklyn, N.Y. – and four grandchildren.

J.D. and Barbara Stephens

J.D. and Barbara Stephens of Sylva will celebrate their 60th anniversary Sunday, Nov. 30, during a reception from 2 until 4 p.m. in the fellowship hall of Mount Zion Baptist Church. They were married Dec. 2, 1954, and have two children, Kirk Stephens and Rhonda Stephens, both of Sylva. Everyone is invited to attend.

Dan and Mary Buchanan

Dan and Mary Buchanan of Sylva recently celebrated their 50th anniversary. A reception was held in the couple’s honor at Old Savannah Baptist Church – the same place they were married Nov. 22, 1964 – with family and friends attending. They have two children, Danny Buchanan and Amy Buchanan, both of Sylva, and five grandchildren.

Anniversary, birthdays

Royce and Marcia Woosley of Sylva marked their 55th anniversary a few months early with a family vacation to Hawaii that coincided with Royce Woosley’s 80th birthday on June 17 and grandson Nathan Wenger’s June 24 15th birthday. Their anniversary will be Nov. 28.

James and Lou Ellen Bates

James and Lou Ellen Bates of Canada community celebrated their 50th anniversary on Oct. 3. Their children honored them with a dinner at the Canada Park on Oct. 4. The couple has eight children: Teresa Newman of Franklin; Conrad, Julian and Deborah Bates of Tuckasegee; Martha Lang of Vale; Margie Dunn of Washougal, Wash.; Joann Brown of Tuckasegee; and April Bates of Cullowhee. They have 18 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Births

Births

Born March 7 at Harris Regional Hospital to Heather Baldwin and Adrian Ontiveros of Sylva, a daughter, Ariana Lea Ontiveros, weighing 6 pounds, 14 ounces.

Births

Born Nov. 1 at Raleigh’s Rex Hospital to Christopher and Emily Crites Demarest of Raleigh, a son, Theodore Emerson Demarest, weighing 9 pounds, 5 ounces.

Births

Born July 2 at Mission Hospital in Asheville to Bethany and Matt Leonard of Highlands, formerly of Sylva, a son, Mattux Quade William Leonard, weighing 2 pounds, 10 ounces.

Births

Born June 13 at Harris Regional Hospital to James Allen Smith Sr. and Samantha Lynne Morris, a son, Fallon Carson Smith, weighing 7 pounds, 11 ounces.

Births

Born on March 30, 2014, at Harris Regional Hospital, to Jessica Burrell and Cody Maney of Cherokee, a son, Liam Alden Lucas Maney, weighing 8 pounds, 12 ounces.

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