Celebrations:

Leroy and Fay Rogers celebrate 56 years
Leroy and Fay Rogers (formerly Fay Gilland) married March 7, 1951 by Rev. John O. Hood in Maryville.

They have two sons, Randy of Alcoa, Phil of Sevierville and one grandson, Joseph.

Leroy Rogers retired from Blackwood Insurance Agency and Fay Rogers is a home maker.

The Rogers will celebrate their 56th wedding anniversary at Phil’s Grille in Wears Valley on March 7.

Their hobbies include golf, sports and grandson’s activities.

Hearons celebrate 60 years together
Sterling and Jean (Wilson) Hearon of Maryville recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a small family gathering. The couple was married on Feb. 8, 1947, in Chatsworth, Ga.

Their family includes son, Dennis Hearon; three grandchildren, Denisa Hearon, Shanna Veiga and Daryl Hearon; and one great-grandson, Houston Hearon.

Sterling Hearon served in World War II in the U.S. Navy, and both he and his wife are retired Blount County teachers.

During retirement, they have traveled the United States and worked on their farm, where they raise Polled Hereford cattle.
They are members of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. Jean Hearon is the past president of the Blount County Farm Bureau Women’s Association.

In 2004, Sterling Hearon was awarded the State Senate Distinguished Service Award from the Farm Bureau. For 23 years he has served as a director for the Blount County Farm Bureau, 12 years as president of this organization and is currently the secretary and treasurer. Sterling Hearon also is a charter member of the Tennessee Cattleman’s Association, a lifetime director of the Blount County Livestock Association, a lifetime member of the American Hereford Association, and a member of the Blount/Greenback Farmers Cooperative.

Retired but not forgotten
Norma Amburn Jones, how we will miss you! Your service as a volunteer at Blount Memorial Hospital beginning in November 1989 included "same day surgery, the breast center, the gift shop, correspondence secretary, I.C.U., and finally quilting.

It was as chairman of the quilters that we came to admire you most. You never complained about the 17 mile trip you made into town; nor having to use the cane after your hip replacement. We marveled about your ability to quilt with your arthritic hands. You just felt it was time to close our your almost 8,000 hours of service.

We know your life will not be boring, for you will continue to make garden, can, tend your livestock, and maybe discover another new born calf in your barn, all while not missing the Wednesday night prayer meeting and Sunday services. We are greatful that you stayed long enough to finish the Cancer Quilt and Alzheimers Quilt. We will miss hearing about your two adopted Chinese granddaughters and your newly purchased 600 lb. bull. Your life has been full of adventure for an 80-plus year old woman.

Now, we would hope someone reading this would feel led to join the quilting group at BMH auxilliary. We are few in number but we are a congenial group who work hard and love what we do. The group meets on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Contact the Volunteer office at BMH.

Submitted by Pat, Iva, Nell and Evelyn of BMH Quilters

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