Alston – McCowan
CHARLOTTE ó Dr. Bernadette Danise Alston of Charlotte and Mr. Jay McCowan of Moline, Ill., were united in marriage Sept. 13, 2008, at Zionís Renaissance. The Rev. William Gullick and the Rev. Joseph Williamson III officiated the 4:30 p.m. ceremony, which was followed by a reception.
The bride was escorted by her father, James M. Alston. Attending her were Dr. Mary Gulla of Carrboro as maid of honor and Mrs. Joy Alston, her sister-in-law of Charlotte, as matron of honor. Bridesmaids included Dr. Shannon Trantas of Morrisville, Dr. Rosemary Cross of Tucker, Ga., and Ms. Tynisha McNeil of Mint Hill.
Mark Hart of Charlotte stood as the groomís best man. Groomsmen included uncle of the bride Reginald Johnson of Apex, cousin of the bride Julius Moore of Salisbury and brothers of the bride Ronald Alston of Granite Quarry and Donald Alston of Charlotte.
Korizma Alston, niece of the bride of Granite Quarry, was flower girl, and Jeremiah Bates of Matthews was ring bearer. Dr. Kathryn Monte of Cary served as hostess and guest book attendant.
The bride is the daughter of James and Brenda Alston of Granite Quarry and the granddaughter of Mary Johnson of Salisbury and James E. Alston of Granite Quarry. A graduate of East Rowan High School, Bernadette received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from UNC-Chapel Hill. She is a pharmacist at Walgreens.
The groom is the son of Julia McCowan of Rock Island, Ill. A graduate of Rock Island High School, Jay also attended Black Hawk College. He is a fire inspector in East Moline, Ill.
Following a wedding trip to Negril, Jamaica, the couple are making their home in Moline, Ill.
Bernhardt 90th Birthday
Howard Parks Bernhardt of Salisbury was recently honored by his son, Perry Bernhardt and wife Lori, and his daughter, Belinda B. Cozart and husband Johnny, on the occasion of his 90th birthday. The festivities were held at the Fellowship Hall of St. Paulís Lutheran Church.
Mr. Bernhardt was born Sept. 14, 1918, in the St. Paulís community. A brick mason by trade and construction foreman for Cannon Mills in Kannapolis, he retired in 1982. He was married for 65 years to the late Ruth Lingle Bernhardt.
Also assisting with the celebration were his grandchildren, Ashley C. Fisher and husband Jason; Brad Cozart and wife Heather; Mandy C. Holden and husband Joe; Jennifer B. Aldridge and husband Lee; Melissa Bernhardt; Casey Fisher and wife Ciji; and Lauren Fisher.
A lifetime hunter and coastal fisherman, Mr. Bernhardt enjoyed an afternoon of good-natured iroastingî by numerous family members, former co-workers, church friends and hunting and fishing buddies.
Special guests included his brother, Roy Bernhardt; and his five great-grandchildren, Jenna and Sarah Lynne Fisher, Patrick and Madison Holden and Elleson Cozart.
Carson – Roberts
Jeff and Nancy Carson of Snow Hill are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Lauren Elizabeth Carson of Montreat, to Nelson Phillip Roberts of Asheville.
The bride-to-be is the granddaughter of the late Hilton and Mary Carson of Snow Hill and Myrtle and the late Walter Speller of Robersonville. A 1999 graduate of Kinston High School, Lauren received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Montreat College in 2003. She is the director of Alumni Relations at Montreat College.
The future groom is the son of Worth and Mary Roberts of Rockwell and the grandson of Isabelle and the late John Edd Roberts of Mount Olive and Edith and the late James W. Clark of Vaughan. A 1998 graduate of East Rowan High School, Nelson received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Multimedia from the University of North Carolina at Asheville in 2002. He is employed at The Inn at Biltmore Estate.
The wedding is Dec. 20 at Chapel of the Prodigal in Montreat.
Chambers – Hough
Geraldine Chambers of Salisbury is pleased to announce the engagement of her daughter, Frances Emily Chambers, to Robert James Hough of Belmont.
The bride-to-be is also the daughter of the late John Chambers Sr. A graduate of North Rowan High School and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, she is employed by Noahís Playloft Preschool.
The future groom is the son of Betty Hough of Charlotte. A graduate of North Mecklenburg High School, he is employed by Cort Furniture in Charlotte.
The wedding is Dec. 13 at United House of Prayer for All People in Salisbury.
Anna Lucia Gingerelli was born Oct. 26, 2008, at Augusta Medical Center in Fishersville, Va. She weighed 6 lbs., 13 oz., and was 19 inches long. She is the daughter of Marc and Charlotte Gingerelli of Docs Hill, Raphine, Va. Her grandparents are Anne and Jerry Starace, Verona, N.J.; Robert and Elizabeth Gingerelli, Nutley, N.J.; and Jim and Bonnie Graham of Linwood. Great-grandparents are Tomie and R.V. Troxler of Salisbury and Dorothy Orlando of Bloomfield, N.J.
Salamone 40th Anniversary
John Nicholas Salamone and Barbara Ann Salamone of Cornelius are celebrating their 40th anniversary today, Nov. 23, 2008, with a family celebration dinner. The couple were married Nov. 23, 1968, at Visitation B.V.M. Church in Norristown, Pa., by Father Lupinacci. John has been employed by American Tire Distributors for 22 years, where he is director of Logistics. Barbara has been employed by BB&T for 15 years, where she is a municipal bid specialist. Their children are Kristin Byars and husband Tim of Faith and John Salamone and wife Kristi of Huntersville. They have one grandson, Griffin Byars, and one step-grandson, Samuel Byars.