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Celebrations 10-12-08

Archie – Bartlett

GREENSBORO ó Kristen Elizabeth Archie and Christopher Stephen Bartlett were married Saturday, Sept. 6, 2008, at Walnut Lane Bed & Breakfast in Pleasant Garden. The Rev. Dr. Marcus Hovis of Salisbury officiated.
The bride is the daughter of Debra Archie and the late Alan Archie and the granddaughter of Bobby and the late Eva Clawson and Shelby and the late Gilbert Archie, all of Salisbury. A 2000 graduate of East Rowan High School, Beth graduated from The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in 2004. She is the Communications and Marketing Specialist for Advanced Home Care in High Point.
The groom is the son of Maureen Bartlett of Browns Summit and Jack and Donna Bartlett of Summerfield. Chris is a 1998 graduate of St. Peterís High School in Essex, England, after which his family relocated to the United States. He is a Department Manager for Loweís Home Improvement in Greensboro.
The bride was escorted by her brother, Brad Archie, and attended by her aunt, Shannon Mills as maid of honor, both of Salisbury. Bridesmaids were Meridith Clawson, cousin of the bride of Greensboro, and Jill Nelson, friend of the bride of Raleigh. Flower girls were Morgan Mills and Brooke Bartlett.
The groomís brother, John Bartlett of Essex, England, served as best man. Groomsmen were Jack Bartlett, father of the groom, and Steve Nelson, friend of the groom of Raleigh.
Following a honeymoon in St. Martin, the couple are residing in Greensboro.

Athey – Austin

Dr. and Mrs. Donald Knox of China Grove and Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Athey of Salisbury are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Christi Michelle Athey, to Michael Benjamin iBenjiî Austin of Kannapolis.
The bride-to-be is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Helms and Mrs. Myrtle and the late Mr. J.E. Athey, all of Salisbury. A 1997 graduate of South Rowan High School, Christi also graduated from Hairstylist Academy in 1999. She is self-employed as a cosmetologist at Razorís Edge in Salisbury.
The future groom is the son of Mike and Kathy Austin of China Grove and the grandson of Mrs. Wayburn and the late Mr. Ray Austin, the late Mr. and Mrs. Horrace Bird, all of Kannapolis, and the late Mrs. Mildred Riggs. A 1993 graduate of South Rowan High School, Benji is employed by United Parcel Service.
The wedding is Nov. 8 at Charity Baptist Church in Kannapolis.

Gagnon – Nelson

RALEIGH ó Jill Marie Gagnon and Stephen William Nelson were united in marriage October 11, 2008, at six in the evening at Jones Chapel at Meredith College. The Reverend Bruce Sheeks of Rockwell officiated, and a reception followed at the North Carolina Museum of Art.
The bride is the daughter of Paul and Sharon Gagnon of Gold Hill. A graduate of East Rowan High School, The University of North Carolina and Duke Universityís Paralegal Certification Program, Jill is employed by Tharrington Smith, LLP in Raleigh.
The groom is the son of Richard and Susan Nelson of Memphis, Tenn. He graduated from First Evangelical Christian Academy in Memphis and is employed by Moll Incorporated in Raleigh.
Ross Gagnon, brother of the bride of Chapel Hill, served as Man of Honor. Bridesmaids were Patricia Fesperman, friend of the bride of Asheville, Beth Bartlett, friend of the bride of Greensboro, and Maria Cox, sister of the groom of Memphis. Julia Cox, niece of the groom, served as flower girl.
Dr. Richard Nelson, father of the groom, served as the best man. The groomís brothers, Peter Nelson of Memphis and Daniel Nelson of Hernando, Miss., served as groomsmen, along with the groomís friends, Peter Hager of Memphis and Christopher Bartlett of Greensboro.
Following a honeymoon in the Dominican Republic, the couple will reside in Raleigh.

Gilmore 60th Anniversary

Steve Sam Gilmore, Sr. and Allie Lyerly Gilmore of Salisbury celebrated their 60th anniversary Sept. 21, 2008, at a dinner hosted by their children at Grace Ridge Clubhouse. The couple were married Sept. 21, 1948, at Soldiers Memorial AME Zion Church in Salisbury. Steve retired after 42 years with Norfolk-Southern Railroad, and Allie retired after 18 years with Fieldcrest Cannon.
Their children are Maria (Andrew) Cowan of Raleigh, Marilyn (Mack) Ellis of East Spencer, Pat (Rodney) Witherspoon of Durham, Shirley (Roy) Vinson of Salisbury, Steve (Pelinka) Gilmore of Williamston, Kenny (Diane) Gilmore and Wendy (Tony) Baskins of Salisbury, and Sylvia (James) Kerr, both deceased. They also have 17 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Hord – Railton

CONCORD ó Alice Patterson Hord and James Emery Railton were united in marriage Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008, at Calvary Lutheran Church. The Rev. Doug Falls, Jr., and the Rev. Dr. J. Luther Mauney officiated the 4:30 p.m. ceremony, which was followed by a reception at The Country Club of Salisbury.
The bride was escorted by her father, David F. Hord, III. Attending as matrons of honor were Amanda Dixon Baysden and Melissa Anne King of Charlotte, and Cynthia Jean Patterson of Decatur, Ga. Bridesmaids included Vanessa Ann Corriher of Kilgore, Texas, Abby Elizabeth Hoskins of Charlotte, Mary Bunch Lyons of Asheboro and Charlotte Fulton Ware of Kings Mountain.
Best man was father of the groom Ralph Michael Railton. Serving as groomsmen were brother of the bride David Fletcher Hord, IV of Asheboro, Evan Patrick Iluzada of Waco, Texas, brothers of the groom Jeremy Michael Railton of Gastonia and Joseph Franklin Railton of Wadesboro, and Eric Howard Tornfelt, Matthew Ravi Wiggins and Brian Andrew Williams, all of Charlotte.
Flower girls were Honor Elizabeth King of Charlotte and Rowdy Michelle Railton of Wadesboro. Honor attendants included Julia Marie Houck, Kathryn Elizabeth Houck, Christina Inez Mauney, Katherine Mary Mauney, Ashley Marie Patterson, Kelly Marie Patterson and Quinn Marinete Patterson.
The bride is the daughter of David and Bonnie Hord of Salisbury and the granddaughter of Mrs. D.F. Hord and the late Dr. D.F. Hord of Kings Mountain and the late Mr. and Mrs. S. Wayne Patterson of China Grove. A 1998 graduate of South Rowan High School and 2002 magna cum laude graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education, Alice is employed by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools at Croft Community School.
The groom is the son of Michael and MaryLynn Railton of Wadesboro and the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. James Flake of Wadesboro and the late Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Railton of Jones, Okla. A 2001 graduate of Anson County High School and 2005 graduate of Western Carolina University with at BSBA in Computer Information Systems, James is employed by Interior Magic in Charlotte.
Following a wedding trip to Costa Rica, the couple will make their home in Charlotte.

Long – Tucker

EMERALD ISLE ó Marian Elizabeth Long of Henderson and Chance Ashley Tucker of China Grove were married April 26, 2008, on the beach. Rev. Paul A. Baxley officiated the 5:30 p.m. ceremony, which was followed by a reception at Dolphin Ridge Club.
The bride was escorted by her father, Ken Long. Attending as maid of honor was her cousin, Terri Suzanne Womble of Raleigh. Bridesmaids were Jennifer Austell Long of Henderson, Ashley Sweeney Long of Cullowhee, Cooper Gray Tharrington of Raleigh, Alston Hight Shave of Raleigh, Tracey Louise Sulton of Raleigh, Lindsay Dawn Coleman of Gastonia, Melissa Katzman Frazier of Charlotte and Viktoria Ryan Peterson of Raleigh.
The groomís best man was his father, Robert Lee Tucker. His groomsmen included Brandon Allen Farabee of Kannapolis, James Lee Francis of Winston-Salem, Bradley Alan Reynolds of Raleigh, Kenneth Albert Long of Henderson and Joseph Maddrey Long of Cullowhee.
Jenna Elizabeth Petty of Huntersville was flower girl, and Carson Alexander Long of Henderson was ring bearer.
The bride is the daughter of Kenneth Long III and Jody Long of Henderson and the granddaughter of iBoî and the late Jo House of Scotland Neck and Veronica and the late Kenneth Lester Long, Jr. of Henderson. A 2000 graduate of Northern Vance High School, Marian received a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from North Carolina State University in 2004. She is a Marketing Coordinator at W.G. Alexander & Associates.
The groom is the son of Robert Lee and Janis Tucker of Kannapolis and the late Leslie Harkey Tucker and the grandson of Lettie Mabry of China Grove. A 1998 graduate of South Rowan High School, Chance received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University in 2002 and is a Computer Engineer at Qimonda.
The couple are making their home in Cary.

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