The Nelsons were married in Milledgeville, Betty’s home at the time. James was born in Marietta and attended the Lemon Street School. The couple met through their mothers, who were friends. James was in the service during the Korean War at the time he and Betty married.
Betty retired from Cobb County School System as a lunch manager. She was the first African-American lunchroom manager in the Cobb County School System. James worked at Lockheed in his younger days, but retired as self-employed carpenter. He was one of the first African-Americans that worked at Lockheed.
In addition to two children, the Nelsons have four grandchildren — Melanie Nelson, Edlena Wright, Edward Wright Jr. and Tesia Wright. They have four great-grandchildren — Rhakhiya, Tyshawn, Izaiyah and Alicia Nelson.
Among those celebrating with the Nelsons were: Yvonne and Julius Cawthon, Mellinee and Lander Collins Sr., Carolyn and Willie Davis, Mary E. Dodd, Ruth and Bradley Eppinger, Gloria Eppinger, Christie and Joseph Hicks, Brenetta and Kevin Humphries, Gwen and Joe Mills, Marion and Charles Milton, Noah Rosser and Floyd Tiller.
Centerstage North announces open auditions for its October production, “The Battle of Shallowford,” by Ed Simpson.
Cold-reading auditions are Aug. 12 and 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Art Place Mountain View, 3330 Sandy Plains Road in Marietta. A resume and headshot (or current photo) are appreciated but not required.
Rehearsals start the following week. A full rehearsal schedule will be provided at the audition. Production dates are Oct. 11 to 26. Email director Kevin Renshaw at kevin.m.renshaw@gmail.
com for more info. Casting needs are for eight men and one woman. For more detailed character descriptions and audition sides, visit www.centerstage
Fashion spotlight of the week: Looking snappy in a black pin-striped jacket and pencil pants — Beth Kish of Powder Springs.
Sally Litchfield is a longtime Marietta resident. She formerly practiced law in Marietta and now stays home to raise her two children. Send Sally news at firstname.lastname@example.org. Call Sally at (770) 425-8106.