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Tittles celebrate 66th anniversary

Last week marked a special moment for Sam and Hazel Tittle.
The local couple celebrated their 66th anniversary of marriage with friends and family at Governor’s Bend on Friday, March 6.
Sam and Hazel were married March 7, 1949.
Sam, 92, is a World War II veteran and retired from the Clinchfield CSX Railroad after more than 37 years as a crew caller. Along with the duties on the railroad, he served on the Unicoi County Board of Education for two terms, and helped start the Unicoi Water Utilities District, where he served as president several times. Sam has also been a member of the Unicoi Ruritan Club for over 50 years and is a past president of the club. He helped make apple butter, strawberry preserves and other items in a brass kettle outside.
“Sam liked to serve the community any way he could,” Hazel said.
Hazel is the daughter of the Rev. & Mrs. George G. Richardson, former pastor of Unicoi United Methodist Church and a 1948 graduate of Unicoi County High School.
Hazel, like Sam, stayed active by serving as a telephone operator in Erwin, before they had the dial system, she added, and is a seamstress, making all kinds of clothes, wedding gowns, bridesmaid’s dresses and coats.
She served as a teacher’s aide at Rock Creek Elementary and Unicoi County Vocational School, training students on commercial sewing machines with some of her students going on to work at Industrial Garment and she volunteered at the Clinchfield Senior Adult Center for over 45 years.
As a gospel singer, Hazel sang in multiple quartets, duets, trios and solos at services, funerals and weddings and helped start up the Sing Along program.
Sam and Hazel, active members of Rock Creek Presbyterian Church, were 4-H Club leaders and voted as a 4-H Family of the Year.
The couple have been residents of Governor’s Ben since November 2014.
“We are happy to be living here,” Hazel explained. “There is a wonderful Christian environment and staff and workers are very friendly, as well as the residents. If your loved ones need a safe place to live, I would recommend this place.”