Saundra and I were good friends. I left Oak Ridge after High School and lost touch with most of the people I went to school with, and I am just now catching up with some of them. I had no idea that Saundra had passed. I will miss her. I had heard a rumor that she had breast cancer but never imagined she had succumbed to it. She was a wonderful person, I wish I had been able to reconnect with her before she became ill. I don't know if she had children, but if she did, I hope they know what a special person she was. I will miss her deeply, knowing I will now never get to hear her laugh, or see that smile again. I know that she is in a much better place, she was a good person.
Mary was an awesome friend and an inspiration to us all at ORHS! She always had a smile and a warm greeting for everyone she met. And who could forget her in the family's green Impala tooling around town. Thank you so much for encourging me to visit sister Janice before her untimely passing and for loaning me Janice's OROS photos and year book to create a memorial OROS Facebook page. You are missed!!!! Gary was a very lucky man to woo and wed and spend a lifetime with her.
Mary Anthony, 60, went home to be with the Lord on May 31, 2018. She was born on January 20, 1958, in Dalton GA, to Lincoln Edward Combs and Mary Pendley Combs, who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her loving little sister, Janice Combs. She was blessed to spend over 41 years married to her beloved and devoted husband, Gary Anthony. They enjoyed spending their time together traveling and loved beautiful days on the motorcycle. Their commitment and unconditional love to each other was a true inspiration to all who knew them. Mary dedicated herself to being a supermom - shuttling her children to all their numerous sporting events, helping with homework, leading Girl Scout troops, giving driving lessons, and creating an all over wonderful and fun life full of memories. More than anything, she loved spending time with her family. She especially loved traveling regardless of the destination. The beach and any place with lots of history were, by far, her favorites. Her grandchildren were one of her greatest joys. She continually shared her love of history, politics, travel, and “big” words with them. She was also a successful actress and producer in all the family skits. Spending time with her siblings just got better with time and they made a point to do it often. She volunteered for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate Association) for many years where she was able to care for countless other families. She retired from ORAU where she worked in a number of capacities, including a National Science Foundation program, as a specialist to recruit and coordinate the temporary pool, and as a human resources ORACLE and data reporting specialist. She was known for her attention to detail, competence, and compassion. She was humbled by the spirit and accommodations of her co-workers as her lung health declined and appreciated their celebration of her lung transplant. After receiving a rare diagnosis of IPF (Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis) she was blessed to receive a lifesaving lung transplant at Cleveland Clinic. She was an enthusiastic advocate for Donate Life and registry awareness. In 2016 she competed in the Transplant Games of America with Team Tennessee Donor Services. She thought of and prayed for her donor’s family every day after her transplant. Words will never be able to express how grateful and thankful we are to her donor and her family for this priceless gift that afforded her almost 4 more years of creating memories. She is survived by her loving and dedicated husband of 41 years, Gary Anthony; her beloved children Christi Oliver of Knoxville TN and Wesley (Casey) Anthony of Oak Ridge TN; grandchildren Jacob Anthony, Chloe Mallett, Emma Oliver, Zach Williamson, Lucas Anthony, Hannah Oliver, Logan Anthony, and Brianna Williamson; siblings Alice Carole (Terrell) Holtzclaw of Dalton GA, Henry (Caroline) Combs of Knoxville TN, Jo Anne (Neal) Lavender of Knoxville TN, Marie (Joe) Westfall of Oak Ridge TN, Marti (Leo) Parrish of Statesboro GA, Curtis (Bonnie Ballard) Combs of Guntersville AL, John (Susan Kokora) Combs of Asheville NC. Also survived by brothers and sisters in-laws Billy Anthony of Oak Ridge TN, Bonnie Harvey of Oliver Springs TN, Darlene (Jim) Pierce of Milton FL, Johnny (Linda) Anthony of Clinton, TN, Pat (Doug) Scruggs of Oak Ridge TN; cherished aunts, Rose Marie Westmoreland, Janet Suddeth, and Eileen Mullinax; many special nieces, nephews, and cousins whom she adored. A special thank you to her dedicated medical team at Cleveland Clinic and Dr. Diane Fabricius in Oak Ridge who showed her so much compassion and gave her the best of care.
Ashley is part of every church and high school memory I have. She was so funny and smart and good. Our church youth leader called us "Lucy and Ethel" - we did have our "youthful hijinks." Just last week I was telling about playing church league softball and standing in the outfield (where we could do the least damage) gabbing with Ashley and how we were totally unaware of the ball that rolled to a stop just feet in front of us. I remember playing in the band with Ashley, being up all night talking about everything and anything. She was so funny!! And her laugh was so infectious!! I miss Ashley and think about her all the time. This is the part of being "grown up" that hurts - people that you love are gone.
From Becky Doman (Bauman) on October 17th, 2011
Ashely... warm, sweet, cherry, vivacious. A fun fellow flute player in the ORHS band.
From Jean Craven McLuckey on September 12th, 2011
Ashley could make any day delightful. She embraced life.
Ashley Morrow Ayers-Smith, 44, died Saturday, March 8, 2003, in her sleep at her home in Knoxville.
Born in Bristol, she formerly lived in Oak Ridge and was an alumna of Oak Ridge High School and the University of Tennessee. A lifelong Presbyterian, she was confirmed and married in the Episcopal Church of the Ascension, Knoxville. Her life callings encompassed education and stagecraft, acting and singing, writing and technical training, instructional design and Web design, even paralegal research.
She served in various capacities for Carson-Newman, the YWCA, Pellissippi State, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, Knoxville Catholic, Oak Ridge Playhouse and other local theatrical troupes, and several national corporate clients. She was an alumna of Oak Ridge High School and the University of Tennessee.
She is survived by her husband, Phillip Smith; her parents, Marilyn and Joel Ayers, Loudon County; her siblings, Curtis and Rita Ayers, Kingston, and April and Gary Lowery, Loudon County; her parents-in-law, Lorene and Norman Fourman, Spring City; her siblings-in-law, Donna and Douglas Findley, Clemson, S.C., James and Nancy Smith, Murfreesboro, and Col. Rickey and Margaret Smith, Newport News, Va.; her nieces, Jessica Lowery, Katherine Lowery, Carrie Ayers, Kendra Ayers and Amanda Smith; her nephews, Randall Lowery, Jason Cox, Daniel Smith, Jesse Smith and Curtis Smith; and her many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, newest family members, and truest friends. She is also survived by six of her many beloved feline and canine children.
I found this online while looking for something else... it's a wonderful summation of a life if not lived long then certainly well lived.
Jeffrey Michael Black, 46, died Friday, Jan. 30, 2004, at his home in Oakland, Calif.
Born Sept. 14, 1957, in Oak Ridge, he was the son of Colleen Black of Oak Ridge and the late Clifford H. Black.
He attended St. Mary's Catholic School,Jefferson Junior High School and graduated from Oak Ridge High School in 1975. After graduation, Mr. Black pursued a career in art, studying in Nashville, Atlanta, Ga., and San Francisco, Calif.
Mr. Black was a sculptor. According to his family, he recycled trash from the streets - auto parts, hair rollers, plastic bottles, cardboard, bits of paper, and discarded trinkets and toys - into hotels, churches, banks, terminals, restaurants and historical cityscapes. Many of his works are based on the historic past, while others are a bit whimsical and strictly imaginary. His family said all of his art is environmentally correct and his aim was to help clean up the environment by turning trash into art.
His family said he had a knack for scavenging and finding discarded objects along city streets and byways. He would gather his objects d'art on his early morning walks around Union Square, Nob Hill, the Mission District, Richman District, Market Square and the Tenderloin. His finds were then cleaned, taped and glued together, using a process he called "Taper Mache," his family said. He taped, glued and painted the trash into a mixed media of brightly colored sculpture that he wired and lit from within.
According to his family, one of his favorite sculptures, "The Columbia," stands six feet tall and is standing in his mother's sunroom. It was a gift for her 70th birthday. His family said the giant sculpture is the focal point of the room, and became the first of his series of San Francisco's historical hotel sculptures.
His family said he was always interested in history and art and he loved the history and architecture of large cities, having grown up in Oak Ridge where the history started during World War II, and the tallest building in town was the old practice fire tower.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Black is survived by seven brothers and sisters, David Black of Nashville, Suzanne and Pete Angelini of Oak Ridge, Becky Adams of Knoxville, Jennifer and Malcolm Burman of Atlanta, Mary Tara and Don Warner of Northport, Maine, Cliff and Nora Kidd Black of Tucson, Ariz., and Jayne Massoumi of Sarasota, Fla.
He is also survived by eight nieces, Lena Adams of Knoxville, Isabella AngeliniStewart of Livermore, Calif., Haley Warner, Sierra Warner, Savannah Warner and Starr Warner, all of Northport, Soraya Massouni and Mariah Massouni, both of Sarasota; four nephews Joseph Angelini of Oak Ridge, Michael Adams of Boston, Mass., and Montana Burman and Kansas Burman, both of Atlanta; two grandnieces, Kaylan Adams Sudbury of Knoxville and AriellaStewart of Livermore; and by one grandnephew, DarioStewart of Livermore.
From Dave Crume on January 31st, 2013
As shared with me by brother Clifford, and used with permission: "Jeffrey passed in January of 2004. I don't think he had a particularly easy life, but he certainly did do whatever he wanted to. He was a fun person to be around. He traveled around the country quite a bit working many, many jobs. I visited him in California on several occasions and he always showed me a good time. He had quite the flair for decorating his apartment no matter where he was or what he had to work with. His specialty was found objects, so it was always interesting. He loved San Francisco and I sure see why. It's a wonderful place. We toured every inch of SF - mostly on foot, and in high fashion. We all had a good time. He wore us out! He liked being a tour guide and was a great one. I invited him back to Tucson where he could stay with us, but he didn't want that. They found him a year later in Oakland in his apartment, alone. The police found a newspaper article from a 1960s Oak Ridger my mom had sent him that Christmas. It was about a young boy who put his allowance in the trash cans so that poor people foraging in the dump would find some money, some treasure - true story. It was Jeffrey. Anyway, the police called mom as she still had the same address, phone # since 1960s! We went out there and cremated him and scattered his remains in Sutro park, over the ice plants, overlooking the pacific ocean, one of his favorite places."
From Mark Gibbs on October 15th, 2011
i believe Jeff was class of '75, but I know he was a terrific person. One of most imaginative, creative, and caring people I've ever met. I was privileged to call Jeff a friend, spending many spring and summer days exploring Foster Falls or just hanging out. His large family was so full of love, with his mom Colleen setting the trend. I enjoyed kicking back in the barber chair in the basement, and making calls from their phone booth.
My older sister met Jeff in an art class, and he quickly became a close family friend. Jeff taught me to drive, long before I had a learner's permit. I drove his sister's Cougar when I was barely 15. I was helping him convert his Maverick into a hatchback (Jeff was creative and not tied to norms). We had cut out the back seat and temporarily removed the seatbelts when we got T-Boned on Penn Ave., totaling his car and sending us to the OR ER.
Life around Geoffrey Michael Black was always an adventure. Knowing him made my life so much richer.
From Dave Crume on June 5th, 2011
Jeff and I were great pals and neighbors from second through fifth grades. I went to Cedar Hill and he to St. Mary's. We all know that Jeff came from a very large family and I used to be a bit jealous that he had so many brothers and sisters and I had only one of each.
Before we moved from East Price Road in 1969 Jeff's parents banned my brother, sister and me from playing in their yard because from what I remember my sister used a cuss word around their kids.
Sad to say that I lost track of Jeff over the years and rarely saw him after that, even in high school as we, by then, ran in completely different circles. I only knew of his passing from my mom reading it in the Oak Ridger. By then I believe he was living in San Francisco and I in Fort Lauderdale.
Jeff had an infectious smile and lots of energy as a kid as we roamed the greenbelt behind our houses.
No one should die as young as he did, with his whole life still before him.
May he be hanging with the angels and all of those that have gone before.
Oak Ridge - Age 64, of Oak Ridge, passed from this life into eternal life, Saturday March 19, 2021.
She was born on April 24, 1956 in Harriman Tennessee to Fred & Pauline Pittard. She was a 1974 graduate of Oak Ridge High School (74 Cruisers) and attended ETSU.
Ms. Paula P. King Booker was preceded in death by her parents Fred and Pauline Pittard; siblings Dora Pittard and Billy Joe Harris; aunts, Reba Price, Myrtle Cale, Josephine Lee, Sarah Fain, Corine Radical, Uncles Robert and Curtis Harris and Grandchildren Frederica and William Booker.
Ms. King Booker was a member of Spurgeon Chapel AME Zion Church.
She is survived by her daughter, J."Imani"(Aaron) and son William Taavian Booker, also beloved Jackie Griffin, Armand Booker, Jaman Booker. Grandchildren Jataallis Henderson and Tiger Booker. Nieces Aisha T. Faison, Carol Riser (Stephon), Alisha Harris, Sybil Cannon (Anthony), Tabby Taylor(Damon), Kristie Jamison (Maliki) and Nephew Jeff Harris (Sylvia)
Great Nieces Aiyana D. Scott, Chelsey Carmicial (Kuron), Courtney Harris, D'Naysha Keltin Cannon, Briana Kai Brandon Jamison, Jalen Taylor,
Great Nephews Adrian Riser, Jaylan Taylor, Kelton Cannon, Kai Jamison, Brandon Jamison and a host of cousins and friends.
Paula is also survived by her siblings, Yvonne D. Pittard and James Sinclair.
Imogene Moore, Diana Watson, Kathy Hodges, Dee Dee Chapman, Dewey Roberts, William Summey, Ronnie Capshaw are regarded as special friends.
Julie Harris and Blenza Phillips are regarded as a special extended family.
Paula, an activist, was active within the civil rights movement as the Vice President of the Knoxville NAACP, raising over $60 million dollars for what is now known locally as the Knoxville PARC Association as well as winning the landmark Supreme Court lawsuit against the Boeing Company establishing equal pay for everyone.
Paula was full of life and had a smile that could shame the sun. She was a devoted mother to her children and worked hard to provide for them. She loved dancing and traveling but what gave her true joy was spending time with her family.
I am grateful to have called Randy my friend since elementary school. I wish he could be here to be my friend today. I don't think he ever knew how much I looked up to him.
From Philip Moore on November 15th, 2011
Randy was a really great friend! We use to go to the lake, go to Big Ed's for Pizza and driving around on Friday and Saturday nights! We were always doing something to our cars to increase the COOL factor! I still miss Randy after all these years especially when I visit my hometown Oak Ridge!
Philip Moore- ORHS Class of 1978 Palm Coast, FL
From Chuck Smith on July 8th, 2011
Randy was a friend from grade school thru high school. Played on many youth football teams together. His life was cut short and he was such a kind and giving person. I think of him often and and feel blessed to have known him, growing up in east village together, we had lots of fun getting in and out of trouble together. Randy was a GREAT Friend!!
Steve was a good guy. Like many others I knew him and his brother Mike from Glenwood Baptist and Glenwood Elementary.
From Susan Huling-England on February 16th, 2012
I am so shocked and saddened to hear of Steves passing. What a crush I had on this very very tall man! That crush turned to friendship and I have to say that he was one of the sweetest people I've ever had the pleasure of knowing. He certainly could play the hoops but better than that he certainly knew how to be a friend! Even though I had not seen Steve for many years I am going to miss him just knowing his spirit is no longer with us. Steve, I hope to see you again when I join you in heaven!
From cindy leake-weatherly on October 18th, 2011
Steve was a special friend to me and my first crush in elementary. We grew up together going to Glenwood to Jefferson and then to high school. I remember riding bikes all over East Village with him. Steve was a great basketball player and very humble and shy with a gentle kind spirit. He will always hold a special place and in heart. I often think of him and his mother.
From Julie Fletcher on October 16th, 2011
I met Steve at Glenwood Elementary School. He is buried near my grandmother, so I think of him often. May you continue to RIP, my friend. I hope to see you on the other side.
From Sam Giles on September 23rd, 2011
First met Steve when I was in 3rd grade and began playing basketball for Glenwood Baptist. We played together for several years. Played against each other in the '72 clash between Robertsville and Jefferson. Became closer friends the next year playing JV together and remained close through our Senior year. Steve, Mike Atkins, Gary Dodson, Bill Hinton, Mike Grisham, and I would hang out almost every night at Mike G's house. It was a special time of life. Steve was strong and athletic, but had an incredibly sensitive heart. He would always surprise me by the little things that he would show concern about. Thirty-six years later, I still find myself thinking about Steve. His death affected so many people. I have passed along his stories to my own children.
From Chris Rhoads Royster Rhoads on September 22nd, 2011
Steve you were a good friend and are still missed and talked about after all these years.
Chrissy Rhoads Royster Loudon, TN
From David Bandy on July 26th, 2011
Steve was a great basketball player but more than that he was a real friend! I am sure everyone remembers his smile and that he was always fun to be around.
The family of Kristi Ann Brott (nee Burn) regrets reporting her death on Aug. 28, 2011; she was 54 years old. She died in her sleep at her residence in Apache Junction, Ariz., after a two-year campaign to beat oral cancer.
Her life was spent as a model of caring and family membership with special attention to caring for young people. She was physically active and worked hard to bring love and style to those who loved her. She left Oak Ridge to build a future that took her to Knoxville, Alaska, Florida and finally Arizona.
She is survived by her husband, Bill Brott, of Apache Junction; and a large extended family, including her parents, Ann and Ted O'Dell, Paul and Gabrielle Burn, and Emilie Ezell; and siblings, Gregory K. Burn of Fort Myers, Fla., Kevin T. Burn of Oak Ridge, and Samuel A. Burn of Birmingham, Ala.
Herbert "Butch" Brown was born Sept. 3, 1957 in Oak Ridge and he is a graduate of Oak Ridge High School.
Mr. Brown worked most recently as a guard at the Morgan County Regional Correctional Facility. He was an avid gardener and he also enjoyed working out at the gym.
Butch was preceded in death by his father, Charles Patton Brown, who died on April 10, 1991.
He is survived by his mother, Hazel Mae Heck Brown of Oak Ridge; sisters, Sherry Williams and husband, Randy, of Oak Ridge, JoAnn Lonsway and husband, John, of Clinton, and Linda Newman of Oak Ridge; half-brother, Charles Patton Brown, Jr. of Lincoln, Ala.; niece, Lori Henderson of Knoxville; aunts, Loretta Mustin of Oak Ridge, and Bertha Johnson of Monroe, Mich., and Gladys Renfro of Hampshire, Tenn.; and uncles, William Brown of Hampshire, Tenn., and Richard Brown and wife, Ruth, of Columbia, Tenn.
Peggy Sue Brummett, age 63 of Oak Ridge, TN passed away on Friday, July 30, 2021 peacefully at her home. She is an alumnus of Oak Ridge High School. Peggy was continually expressive about how proud she was that her family exceeded the size it did, she savored every moment spent with her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed attending our big family gatherings, card & game nights, cooking for holidays and hosting many celebrations at her home.
She was preceded in death by her parents Buck & Louise Barger, and her brother Larry Barger of Oak Ridge.
Peggy is survived by her husband of 39 years, David, and her children Michael (Wendy) Schaefer, Karen Brummett, and Rachel (Brandon) West, Grandchildren Brittany Quilliams, Haleigh West, Kyleigh West, Ethan Schaefer, McKenzie Douglas, Addison Schaefer, Landon West, Jackson West, and great-grandchildren Jayden Earley and Kinsley Earley. While Peggy’s motherly love extended to more than just her own biological children, she welcomed many into her home throughout the years, creating a bond that lasted a lifetime.
She will always be loved and greatly missed by many.
Astrid Brynestad died in Colorado Springs, Colorado on September 4, 2022 with her family by her side. Astrid was born in Norway on Christmas Eve 1955 to Jorulf and Aase Brynestad. She moved to Oak Ridge at age 8 when her father accepted a two-year assignment at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The family thrived in Oak Ridge and her parents made it their permanent home. After graduating high school in 1974, Astrid’s educational journey culminated in a master’s degree in Library and Information Science at the University of Tennessee. Most of her professional career was spent at the Y-12 National Security Complex where she held a variety of positions, primarily in radiological safety records and document management. She retired in 2017 and moved to Colorado Springs.
Astrid started her journey with colon cancer in June 2021 and especially treasured the interim time with her four local grandchildren. She leaves this earthly dimension with the only regret being that she will not be around to see her grandchildren grow up. Her survivors include daughters Heila Ershadi and Linnea Glenn (Chris) of Colorado Springs; and Andrea Fink (Mike) of Oslo, Norway; and beloved grandchildren, Autumn and Cyrus Ershadi, Ruthie and Rosie Brydie, and Kaia and Karl Fink. Brother Ketil Brynestad (Karen) of Oak Ridge, TN and sister Sigrid Brynestad, and their children also survive her. Astrid will also be missed by her dogs, Magnus and Mia, and many friends near and far.
William “Paul” Byrd, 62, passed away on Saturday, May 22, 2021, in his home surrounded by family after a long battle with cancer.
He was born in 1959 in Fort Benning, Ga., to Esther “Billie” Byrd and Roland Paul “Buddy” Byrd. He traveled with his parents to many Army bases throughout his childhood and his family eventually settled in Oak Ridge, where he graduated from Oak Ridge High School. Paul joined the U.S. Coast Guard after High School, where he spent several years as a crew boat captain, a job he loved.
Paul went on to graduate from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville with a degree in Communications. He worked in Oak Ridge for many years as a Technical Writer and then a Quality Assurance Specialist.
Paul enjoyed fishing, boating, camping, and spending time with family and friends. Paul was an avid reader and enjoyed travel with his family and friends.
Paul is survived by his four children. Joshua Byrd, Oak Ridge, Tenn., Carmel Byrd, Oak Ridge, Tenn., Rachel Nigh (Jesse Nigh) Powell, Tenn., and Reagan Byrd, Oak Ridge, Tenn. He also is survived by one granddaughter, Darcy Billingsly, Oak Ridge, Tenn., two brothers, Roland Byrd and wife Phyllis (Oak Ridge, Tenn.), Lewis “Keith” Byrd and wife Donna Arlington, Va., step-sister Sandra Clark Napa, Calif., and nieces Morgan Byrd Arlington, Va, Natalie Helmbrecht (Johnson City, Tenn.) and Susan Brush (Olympia, Wash.).
Paul is preceeded in death by his parents Buddy Byrd, Billie Byrd, devoted step-father Johnnie “Lee” Byrd and step-sister Brenda Hawes.
I miss you everyday.....and wish you could have been around to see your niece and nephews grow up! But I know you watch over them! Heaven knows, Michael is just like you!!! (almost born on your birthday, too!)
Love you and miss you ... you favorite sister! : )
Janice was one of my dearest friends since Optional School, and there was a time when Janice, Lori Craven, Tim Dantzler and I were inseperable. I was so lucky to have spent time with Janice last October and am forever thankful for her sister, Mary Anthony, for encouraging me to visit during our reunion weekend.
Janice Louise Combs, 57, went home to be with the Lord on March 30, 2017, after a courageous battle with brain meningioma. She passed away peacefully at home. She was born on Aug. 16, 1959, in Oak Ridge, Tenn., to Lincoln Edward Combs and Mary Pendley Combs, who preceded her in death.
She graduated from Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville with a degree in Chemical Engineering. She went on to serve in the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone, Africa, as a teacher. Janice was a dedicated volunteer for several charities including the Holiday Bureau, the Patricia Neal Center, and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training. She was an avid cyclist, who loved long distance road and mountain biking.
Janice was a true joy to all who knew her, and through her illness her warm heart and positive attitude never wavered. She had an adventurous spirit demonstrated in her love of roller coasters, travel, and the beach. She had a great love for children, especially her beloved nieces and nephews. She worked for years as a substitute teacher for Oak Ridge Schools, and when her health faltered she became a reading buddy for young students.
She is survived by her beloved siblings, Alice Carole (Terrell) Holtzclaw, of Dalton, Ga., Henry (Caroline) Combs, of Knoxville, Tenn., Jo Anne (Neal) Lavender, of Knoxville, Tenn., Marie (Joe) Westfall, of Oak Ridge, Tenn, Marti (Leo) Parrish, of Statesboro, Ga., Curtis (Bonnie Ballard) Combs, of Guntersville, Ala., John (Susan Kokora) Combs, of Asheville, N.C., Mary (Gary) Anthony, of Oak Ridge, Tenn.; cherished aunts, Rose Marie, Janet, and Eileen; 18 nieces and nephews she entertained; many cousins; and her cat â
I loved getting letters from Margo - such a powerful, entertaining writer. She was a was a natural story teller: witty, funny, genuine and a bitch, but I loved her and miss her so much. She said what she meant - no pretense with her. She stood up for her friends and herself. She didn't take crap from anybody.
Margo and I were best freinds and partners in crime in high school. We'd go drving on the open-lunch break around to Sunbright or other hollows, getting high and laughing. Occaisionally we'd skip class after such shinanigans.
My mother always thought she looked liked Mia Farrow. She was a beauty, to be sure, but this photo of her doesn't do her justice.
In the summer, we shared a love of water: swimming & sun bathing at the Lake & tubing on the Emory River at our favorite spot. Laughter... what a beautiful, distinct laugh she had! She laughed easily. We also did our share of blackberry picking together!
After high school, she'd cycle in and out of my life for years at a time. I was always glad when we'd get back in contact with one another. She lived all over the US: Orlando, Seattle, Bartlesville, OK, to name a few of the cites. She finally came "home" to Oak Ridge and did some acting at the Play House for fun. She died here a few years ago.
She married Ronny Burgess, and had a beautiful daughter, Alexis, who looked like her father. With the birth of Alex, she was motiveated to give her daughter a better childhood than her own. She tried to go straight, gave up dancing in strip joints and got an office job in Seattle, but the demons of addiction eventually overpowered her repeatably and relentlessly.
I miss you, Margo. You were an important part of my history and survived as best you could for as long as you could. I respect you for that. I'll see you soon, Friend.
This is incredible. I was in Rainbow with Cathy also....hey Kathy Kelly. I had no idea she had passed away. She was such a great person. I am speechless about this loss..........Sending you my love Cathy...there must be another angel in heaven...
From Kathy Kelly on September 18th, 2011
I was in the Rainbow Girls with Cathy, I didn't know about her son passing away, it looks from the obituary that she had a lot of loss in her life. Cathy was a very sweet and fun loving girl. She was quiet until you got to know her. I had no idea that she had passed. I am very surprised at the number of people that I know that are gone. I will miss seeing her. She was a lovely young woman. I am sorry that she left us so soon.
From Jean Craven McLuckey on September 12th, 2011
She was a wonderful friend growing up. I saw her last at my mother's funeral. It was hard after her son passed away. Obit. below.
Janet Catherine "Cathi" Nye, age 47, of Knoxville, passed away Saturday, Jan. 28, 2006, at Baptist Hospital of East Tennessee in Knoxville. She was a member of Ladies of Harley, the Oak Ridge Alliance Church, and a former member of Rainbow Girls. She was preceded in death by son, Michael Shawn Russell; mother and father, Myrtle Lee and James Thad Creasman; and brothers, Howard and J.C. Creasman.
Survived by her loving family: husband, Hugh Todd Nye Jr.; sons, Jake and wife Angie Nye, Ben and wife Mechel Nye of Galloway, Ohio, Andy Nye, also of Galloway, Ohio, and Josh Nye of Knoxville; daughter, Colleen Nye of Knoxville; grandsons, Nicholas and Nathan and adopted grandson, Malachi Nye; two granddaughters, Shea and Ashlyn. Cathi also leaves sisters, Mary Alice and husband Glenn Moretz of Arlington, Texas, and Barbara Jean and husband Jerry Hammonds of Kingsport; nieces, nephews, cousins and aunts.
From Sandy Poffenberger on August 22nd, 2011
Cathy and I were friends in high school, she was a very sweet girl. Does any one know how or when she died? I had hoped to catch up with her some time and was surprised to see this.
Nancy Karen Cross, 55, of Oak Ridge, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, at the Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.
Nancy was a security specialist and worked 27 years, most recently for BJOR at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on April 17, 1958, the daughter of Rice and Mary Nelms Cross.
Nancy graduated from Oak Ridge High School in 1976 and the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
Nancy enjoyed family, friends and her beloved pets, Pepper and Chase.
Nancy was loved by all who knew her. She was a member of West Village Christian Church. Nancy was an avid swimmer and won numerous awards with the Atomic City Aquatic Club and the Masters Swim Program.
In addition to her mother, she is survived by two sisters, Jane Kimberley Simmons and her husband, Mark, of Oak Ridge, and Kelly Ann Loveless and her husband, Paul, of The Woodlands, Texas; brother, Ric Cross and his wife, Holly, of Oak Ridge.
She was a sweet and loving aunt to nephews, James Schneider, Jacob Schneider, Josh Schneider, Paul Loveless Jr. and Daniel Cross, and nieces, Natalie Cross, Lynsey Loveless Davis and her great-niece, Sophie Marie Loveless; and to a special aunt, Ann Nelms Beard of Johnson City.
The family asks that any memorials be made in Nancy’s memory to the Nancy Cross Memorial Fund, in care of TNBank, 401 S. Illinois Ave., Oak Ridge, TN 37830.
With his only daughter, Lorilei, and his 3rd wife, Judy, at Lorilei's high school graduation.
Larry and I were never the closest of brothers, maintaining an agreement to disagree cold war-type relationship for most of our lives. We became somewhat more friendly in later years after his first wife divorced him and their daughter had grown up quite a bit. He once visited me in LA with our dad, and I went and saw him a few times in Myrtle Beach where he had his home for all of his adult life.
He was quite partial to Hawiian shirts, and was even laid to rest in his favorite one. Now I wear Hawiian shirts pretty much exclusively during the summer months!
After he passed, I had the honor of walking down the aisle his only daughter in a beautiful outdoor wedding ceremony, a moment I'll treasure always.
To my brother whom I dearly miss. I think of you still and miss the bond we had. You were a wonderful dad and brother whom I hope to see one day again when my time comes to move on in death. You were a part of me that is now empty and will be until the day I see you again. Rest in peace dear Larry. Many still miss you.
From Sheree Lamb Warner on August 22nd, 2011
Larry I was saddend to see you have gone before us. I remember you from when I was very young and only have good memories of you. You were always nice to me and made your parents proud! Hope to see you again one day!
From Danny Sanders on August 7th, 2011
I will miss not being able to talk to and laugh with Larry at our reunion. I have some wonderful memories from our childhood and school days!
I knew Gary since the first grade at Highland View elementry. Gary, Sam Giles, and I were close friends. I have fond memories of that friendship. Gary's mom and my mom worked together at Willowbrook elementry. All three years at Robertsville junior high, Gary and I would walk to school from Willowbrook down to Robertsville. We played football, basketball and track together at Robertsville. Gary was a great football player in junior and senior high school.
After the 10th grade I moved to Georgia. I lost touch with Gary, but my senior year I heard that Gary had drown in an accident on a lake in middle TN. I was involved in a state championship baseball tournament at the time of Gary's funeral. All these years later I still feel quilty about not attending Gary's funeral. I see Gary's mom, Louise around town in Oak Ridge from time to time. Each time, it makes me think of my friendship with Gary.
From Susan Huling-England on February 16th, 2012
I am so sad! Gary was the other boy I had an incrediable crush on!!! I never thought he would even talk to me, but when we were put in the same class and got to know one another we became good friends. I can not believe I had not heard of his passing. He was such a very gentle person! But he could certainly kick butt on the field!! The world is missing you today Gary. Hope to see you when I get there!
From Sam Giles on September 23rd, 2011
Became best friends with Gary the 1st day of Kindergarten at Highland View elementary school. I would walk over to his house and his mom would drive us to school each morning. He and Mike Allen and I would take on the entire class in kickball. After 3rd grade I went to St. Marys for several years and when I showed up at Robertsville in 8th grade, Gary was in my homeroom class and we picked up where we left off in 3rd grade. We were best friends all through high school. Not many people knew Gary very well, because surprisingly, he was a little shy. Yet, he was also one of the most fun-loving persons I've ever known. He loved soulful music. We would cruise around town in his mom's Galaxy 500 singing Al Green, the O-Jays, and the Chi-Lites. He had a great sense of humor and loved to laugh. I'll always remember the last words he spoke to me as I pushed him and Steve (Britton) away from the shore in the jon-boat. They each had their paddles in hand and Gary turned around at me smiliing and said, "Daniel Boone and Davey Crocket, heading out for an adventure". Only God knew the adventure that awaited them. Knowing where Gary (and Steve) have been the last 36 years is the only thing that eases their loss. I still miss them.
From Ronnie Croley on July 5th, 2011
Gary was a leader and a great guy. He was a senior and captain of the football team during my sophmore year. Gary and I played the same position on defense and he taught me alot that year. I think of him often.
Our beloved Mark Eason passed from this life to eternal joy in the Lord on March 23, 2022. He often spoke of his dependence on God’s grace and strength, and his faith was strong.
He is greatly missed by his family, friends, neighbors, and the various fellowships he has been a part of.
Mark has lived in Oak Ridge most of his life, with a few years also spent in Clinton, Dutch Valley and Wartburg. He also spent two years based in Miami FL as a scuba Diving Master. Most recently he has resided at his home in the Woodland community in Oak Ridge.
Mark was born on June 19,1957 at Oak Ridge Hospital. He grew up in Emory Valley and attended Woodland School, Jefferson Jr. High School and Oak Ridge High School.
His youth was filled with school, camping, boating, fishing, water skiing, and hiking, both with family and with the Boy Scouts. Mark and his brother Rick (Richard) Eason received their Eagle Scout award the same day in 1974 in Troop #229. For his Eagle project, Mark built a baseball backstop at Hillbrook Christian Camp in Karns. While still in high school, he also began part-time carpentry work, assisting the Downtown Shopping Center with marketing efforts and doing other jobs around town to earn spending money and to engage his many creative talents.
Mark graduated from Oak Ridge High School in 1975, having majored in both academic and craftsman classes. His love for tools, carpentry and metalwork led him to fulfill a lifelong passion centered on building things, fixing problems, and creating unique solutions for a wide variety of needs.
Mark studied at the Roane State Community College and the University of Tennessee and then worked at Y-12 National Security Complex for several years supporting the computer and data teams there. At the same time he began part-time carpentry work, helping to build both commercial and private buildings. He worked with K.B. Reedy Construction and other firms on several buildings in Oak Ridge.
He launched his remodeling and handyman business in the late 1970’s and worked at this under his own banner for the rest of his life. This allowed him the flexibility not only to sharpen and perfect his craftsmanship and building skills, but also to take some time out to explore other things he was interested in. He served as a rural postal carrier in the Marlow area for several years and later became a Scuba diving instructor for an Oak Ridge scuba shop. He also spent two years working out of Miami, Florida, as the Divemaster on a sailing vessel in the Caribbean with Blackbeard’s Dive Cruises in the Bahamas.
During the last part of his life, while continuing his remodeling business, Mark also became involved with Christian missions and several local helping ministries. He also participated in various community volunteer efforts in Oak Ridge, as an organizer and assistant coach for AYSO youth soccer, a team leader for Habitat for Humanity projects, and a contributor on other local projects helping those in need. He was constantly assisting neighbors and family who needed his carpentry and engineering skills.
Mark was involved with both Heritage Fellowship Church in Oak Ridge and Faith Promise church in Knoxville, where he assisted several ministries. He went on four mission trips overseas, twice to Zambia, Africa, and then to Managua, Nicaragua and Ecuador in South America. On each of these he helped lead construction and church building projects. Notably, Mark was an engineering leader for a team building a bridge over a river in Zambia which received high praise from government officials as well as Christian missionaries who desperately needed it. After these trips, Mark continued supporting orphans and other young people he met overseas and mentoring them remotely as they grew up.
His other passions in recent years have been woodcarving, camping in the Smokies and spending a lot of time with family and friends while still doing some remodeling work around town. He was a passionate boater and fisherman. All his life Mark has been a collector of tools of all sorts and could often be seen walking around and trading tools at the Oak Ridge Flea Market.
Mark is survived by his mother, Betty Skidmore Eason, of Oak Ridge; his children Ashlee Mathis (Mike) of Arlington TX and Cody Eason of Knoxville; two grandchildren, Michael Jr. and Megan of Arlington TX; brothers Alan Eason (Natalia) of Oak Ridge, Richard Odell Eason (Mary Anne) of Orono ME, and Timothy Eason (Vanessa) of Knoxville; along with uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends and neighbors.
He was preceded in death by his father H. Odell Eason Jr. of Oak Ridge, and his sister, Jacque Eason Keen of Marietta GA.
He is also dearly missed by his faithful and wonderful service dog, Bandito, with whom he was often seen around town.
Michael Shawn Fahey, age 55, of Morganton, N.C., formerly of Oak Ridge, passed away Saturday, Nov. 2, 2010, at his home in North Carolina.
Michael was born May 18, 1955, in Oak Ridge to Reginald "Reg" and Marilynn Dunbar Fahey.
Michael was of the Baptist faith and was a graduate of Oak Ridge High School. Michael was employed with United Special Police as a truancy officer. He enjoyed golfing and hunting and was a musician and member of the Scott Davis Band.
Preceded in death by his father, Reginald "Reg" Fahey, Michael is survived by his mother, Marilynn Dunbar Fahey of Oak Ridge; daughters, Christy Fahey Crownover of Harriman, and Mandi Fahey Vincent of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; grandson, Christopher Kennedy of Harriman; brothers, David Fahey and his wife, Daisy, of Maryville, and Kevin Fahey of Oak Ridge; nieces, Sharon, Tiffany, and Kelli; nephew, Austin; and special friends, Bob and Kristina Woods, and their children, Jocelyn, Teisha, Aaliy, Kisha, and Branden, of Morganton, N.C.
My sweet sweet Anita. Thinking about you and talking of you just the other day. Always know that I love and miss you. You are so missed. Steve and Ellen and I still talk a lot and we all cant wait to be with you again. Love you
Kimberly Joni Gambrell, age 50, of Kingston, Tenn., passed away Saturday, June 14, 2008, at Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge.
She was employed at Y-12 in Oak Ridge. She grew up in Oak Ridge and graduated from Oak Ridge High School in 1975.
She was preceded in death by her father, Lonnie Gambrell.
Survivors include her mother, Jauana Gambrell of Oak Ridge; brother, Mike Gambrell and wife, Peggy, of Clinton; niece, Jordan M. Gambrell of Clinton; nephews, Joshua M. Gambrell of Clinton, and Justin M. Gambrell of Oliver Springs; half-sister, Romona Walker of Oliver Springs; aunts, Anna Burris and husband, Richard, of Clinton, Viola Lawless and husband, Jim, of Knoxville, Brenda Hatcher and husband, Gorgon, of Lenoir City, and Elsie Underwood and husband, Granville, of Lawrenceville, Ga.; uncles, David Gambrell and wife, Karen of Harriman, Tenn., and Roland Gambrel of Dallas, Texas; and numerous other relatives and friends.
From Katie (English) Lovette on September 27th, 2011
Bruce was and will always be one of my dearest friends. When he passed, I was in shock. Although we hadn't been around each other much, we always tried to talk on the phone or meet somewhere and have dinner. We had some amazing times together, laughing, joking, playing, and just hanging out. I cannot tell you how many times I have thought about over the last 30 years. I look forward to seeing him again one day.
Bruce, you are sorely missed. I will see you again one day.
Pat Getsi, age 65, of Oak Ridge passed away from leukemia February 8, 2022, at Oak Ridge Methodist Medical Center.
After graduating from Oak Ridge High School, Pat was employed as waiter, cook, cashier and host at restaurants in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina before eventually returning to Oak Ridge. Talented at the piano, he played keyboards with the Getsi Brothers Band in his early years and later provided musical entertainment at upscale restaurants. At home Pat provided a safe and loving environment for his rescue dogs and cats. He seemed happiest in the company of family and friends.
Pat was preceded in death by his parents, Michael and Frances Getsi; his sister Mary Margaret Mojica; his brother Christopher; and, most recently, his life partner, Richard Allen Russell. He is survived by brothers Michael, John, Joseph, Jean, James, Mark, Phillip, and Matthew; by sisters Jane James, Bernadette Gerrity, Rose Mason, Dolores Hight, Marie Ivy, Cecilia Stewart, and Lorraine Loy; and by numerous nephews, nieces and extended family.
The family is greatly indebted to the expert teams at Methodist Medical Center and the Thompson Cancer Center for their compassionate care during Pat's lengthy illness.
The family will celebrate Pat's life in a private memorial service in May 2022. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to The Humane Society, Inc., 969 Oak Ridge Turnpike, PMB 366, Oak Ridge, TN 37830.
Just read that Michael had ended his journey in this life and his spirit had started its new journey with all those that had gone before. He made me laugh and cooked me many a great pie at Big Ed's, and we enjoyed many a cold beverage together. I will remember him always.
From John Nuchols on July 5th, 2011
A very dear friend who I laughed and joked with all through high school. Big Ed's brought us together as friends. I really hated to hear of his passing. Thanks for all the good times Michael.
David Reid Hahn, son of Lawrence and Barbara Hahn, brother of Eva Hahn Bryant and James Hahn, was best known for his love of life died doing what he loved best--hang gliding on the Outer Banks of North Carolina near where the Wright Brothers fist flew. Dave, as he was known by his friends in Nags Head N.C. also kept company with NASA engineer Francis Rogallo, developer of the flexible wing as a possible space craft re-entry device although it was never used for that purpose. It later became an extreme sport that David became a big part of. Loved and missed by all.
DH,you never knew this (maybe you do know) but you set the bar and you set it high. For anyone else afterwards when it came to how to treat someone when it came to trust, loyalty, honesty and believe it not politeness. You were the most uncomplicated person I've ever known it was all your wonderful traits (No one else has ever made me laugh the way you could). Thats what always kept us in touch, what ever phase our relationship was in. Now I admired you as much as I liked you still all these years later. The memories of you are like a favorite old worn out fussy sweater that should have been tossed out years ago, but I still need it. Love K.
From Eva Bryant (Hahn) on October 21st, 2011
My brother was a gift to this world and me. There was not anything he couldn't do. He lived life with grace never hurting anyone, until we lost him in this world. He will never leave my heart. DAVID I MISS YOU!
Posted Oct. 10, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Updated Oct 10, 2010 at 10:23 AM
OAK RIDGE, Tenn.
Susan Hale Spangler, age 56, went home with the Lord Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010, after a 17 year battle with breast cancer.
She was an inspiration to all and a mentor to many, for which she will be truly missed. She enjoyed spending time with her family, friends, and animals, traveling, reading, and following the UT Vols.
Susan earned her BS degree in 1987, her Master's of Business Administration in 1989, as well as her Certified Public Accountant license in 1994. She retired from Y-12 National Security Complex after 34 years of service, serving as the Y-12 senior budget analyst, representing Y-12 in all manners of budget.
Susan is survived by her three children, Jennifer Walters, James Spangler, and Melissa Spangler; her parents, James and Virginia Spangler; her brother, Arthur Spangler; and her sister, Jennifer Schooley and brother-in-law Kent Schooley, along with their children, Nick and Richard Brandon, Kolby and Kolton Schooley.
Susan is also survived by her five grandchildren, Tosha Walters, James Walters, Tyler Walters, Reagan Loy, and Kolton Spangler. Her closest friends were Rebecca Normand, Keith Hyatt, Liza Brooks, and Jake Normand.
In honor of Susan, a Celebration of Life will be held at Heritage Fellowship, 121 Illinois Ave., in Oak Ridge with receiving friends starting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, with a service immediately following at 7 p.m. Susan requested that any donations be made to the Susan G. Komen Foundation at Susan G. Komen for the Cure, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265-0309.
God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be. So he put his arms around you and whispered "come with me." With tearful eyes we watched you, and saw you pass away. Although we loved you dearly, we could not make you stay. A golden heart stopped beating, hard working hands at rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best. Arrangements by Cremation Options, Inc. (865) 6WE-CARE (693-2273) www.cremationoptionsinc.com.
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Allen Hannaford, 49, of Terre Haute, Ind., died Thursday, June 12, 2008, in Terre Haute Regional Hospital, after a six-month battle with cancer.
He was born Nov. 4, 1958, in Oak Ridge, to Bruce Hannaford and Jo Cox Hannaford.
Allen had lived in Terre Haute for 15 years, where for the past two years he managed the Indiana State University computer store. He had worked in retailing for 20-plus years and was manager of several stores in Kentucky, Illinois and Indiana.
Survivors include his wife of 23 years, Paula Hannaford of Terre Haute; a son, Ryan Hannaford at home; a daughter, Erin Hannaford at home; his parents, Bruce and Jo Hannaford of Oak Ridge; a sister, Pam Billings and her husband, Dr. Mike Billings, of Greer, S.C.; a niece, Carolyn Tapie of Springfield, Va.; a nephew, Lee Billings of Brooklyn, N.Y.; his mother-in-law, Jane Couture of Danville, Ky.; three sisters-in-law, Sandy Perreault and her husband, Michael, of Graniteville, Vt., Reneé Couture of Danville, Ky., and Marie Bolling and her husband, Scott, of Danville, Ky.; four brothers-in-law, Rick Couture and his wife, Diane, of Graniteville, Vt., David Couture of Danville, Ky., Steve Couture and his wife, Debbie, of Chazy, N.Y., and Donald Couture of Danville, Ky.; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Allen was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Marcel A. Couture; and a brother-in-law, Marcel E. Couture.
Allen attended Woodland Elementary School, Jefferson Middle School, and graduated from Oak Ridge High School in 1977. He worked at Jackson Square during high school: at Big Ed’s, Jackson Square Pharmacy, and Watson’s.
He attended Roane State Community College, the University of Tennessee, and graduated from Ivy Technical College in Terre Haute, where he received an associate degree in electronics.
Allen was outgoing and made friends easily. He was active member of the Wabash Valley Amateur Radio Association and took part in field exercises with his son, Ryan. He had a remarkable memory for details, and was the person to go to for any questions related to the earliest family experiences with his parents and sister.
Allen was my best friend from junior high school through the college years and a little after. He moved away in the early 1980s and we mostly fell out of touch. I heard from him a time or two, the last time a day or two before he died. He was fun-loving, mischievous, and knowledgable about a variety of subjects, though you never caught him reading. He just absorbed information from people; Allen could talk to anyone. Allen was a good man, good-natured and funny, and I'm sorry my kids never got to meet him.
Paul Lee Harrison, age 51, of Oak Ridge, passed away Friday, May 2, 2008, at the Fort Sanders Medical Center in Sevierville.
Paul was born June 8, 1956, in Huntsville, Ala., to the late Edwin and Deloyce Olvey Harrison. He was a member of Glenwood Baptist Church in Oak Ridge. Paul had a love of motorcycles from a young age and enjoyed riding with his friends. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle.
Paul is survived by his wife, Gina Gaye Harrison; daughter, Amberly Nichole Harrison, a sophomore at Oak Ridge High School; son and grandson Brandon Scott and Shawn Matthew McFarland; son and daughter-in-law Paul Carrol and Christina Carpenter; granddaughter, Aleigha Luvina Carpenter of Oak Ridge and Claxton; brothers, Robert and Allen Harrison of Knoxville, and Edwin Blake Harrison, Jr. and his wife, Lynne, of Lenoir City; two nephews, Christopher Harrison of North Augusta, S.C., and Daniel Harrison of Columbia, S.C.; uncles, Joe Olvey of LaFollette, James and Harriett Hinkle of Dickson, Tenn., and Wiley and Eve Walker of Canyon Lake, Texas; special friend, Ella Gayle of Oak Ridge; and a host of friends and loved ones.
Michael Joseph Hatmaker, age 62, of Oak Ridge, went home to be with the Lord at Parkwest Medical Center on January 26, 2021 after a courageous five-year long battle with esophageal cancer. He proudly served as a Captain in the Tennessee Defense Force, which is now known as Tennessee State Guard, and would often share stories of working after the Lenoir City tornadoes in 1993. A 1976 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, Michael held a Master’s degree in organizational management from Tusculum University. Teaching was his passion. He was the department chair of business at South College and a business professor at Tennessee Wesleyan University and Roane State Community College. He was honored to be nominated and listed in the Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. Life-long lover of music, he played in the bank Stratus. In the band, Greasers Alley, he would ride on a motorcycle with his leather jacket, where he was lovingly known as Fonz with his high school peers. He was preceded in death by his father, Bill J. Hatmaker, just three weeks prior. He leaves behind his loving wife of 30 years, Beth LaMaster Hatmaker, a Data Manager at Ridgeview Behavioral Health and two beloved children, Lauren Hatmaker, a Registered Nurse in the ER at Methodist Medical Center and Jake Hatmaker who received an Associate’s Degree in Science from Roane State Community College and is pursuing his Bachelor’s degree. He also leaves behind his mother, Lavada Tucker Hatmaker; two sisters, Marsha Zulliger (Bill) and Melinda Harris (Jeff); brother-in-law Charles LaMaster (Tamara); 3 nephews, Zach and Bradley Zulliger and Tyler Harris; 3 nieces Kallie Harris, Elizabeth and Sarah Knight; great-niece Blakely Zulliger and several life-long friends.
Lisa Heaton (nee Richter) passed away peacefully on Friday December 31, 2021 at Peninsula Regional Hospital in Salisbury, MD.
Born in Hershey, PA on August 31, 1958, Lisa spent her childhood in Oak Ridge, TN. After college at the University of Tennessee, she joined the Navy and served as a Laboratory Officer and medical technologist in hospital and drug testing laboratories. She came to Bethesda Naval Hospital in 1990 and in 1992 married LT Robert Heaton.
After her Navy career Lisa contributed to her community through work with local business organizations, youth sports leagues, bookkeeping/accounting, and business management. After her children graduated from college, Lisa moved from Bethesda to Cambridge and became involved with several local clubs and organizations including the Wednesday Morning Artists, and the Wednesday Writers Group. Lisa thrived in her adopted home and loved being on the Eastern Shore. She supported the Dorchester Center of the Arts, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and other local charities and organizations.
Lisa is survived by her parents, Conrad Richter and Karleen Richter. She is survived by her husband of 29 years, Robert Heaton, Jr., sons Karl Hilderbrand and Ian Heaton, daughter Amy Heaton, stepdaughter Sara Heaton, grandson Samuel Hilderbrand, and sisters Jennifer Richter, Samantha Pack, Kate Shult, and Amy Richter. Memorial donations may be made in her memory to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (www.cbf.org). For online condolences please visit www.framptom.com.
I didn't know Lynn until she was in her thirties and for a short time we were the best of friends. I will always love and miss you, Lynn.....
From Leslie Gruen Barbour on October 21st, 2011
Lynn was the first one that taught me to love science and nature. She lived right across the street on Nebraska, and we used to have so much fun exploring the woods and just hanging out together. I am so sorry to hear about Lynn's passing.
Abbie Gail (Hurd) Hendrix, 50 of Oak Ridge, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 30, 2008, at the Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.
Abbie Gail was born on March 1, 1958, in Oak Ridge, Tenn., to the late Wilbert Hurd and Doris Hurd. She became a member of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church at an early age. She graduated from Oak Ridge High School in 1976.
She enjoyed cooking, knitting and spending time with her grandchildren, who were the love of her life.
She was preceded in death by her father Wilbert Hurd, and by her brother, Earl Kenneth Hurd, and sister, Joyce Ann (Hurd) Little.
Her survivors include her mother, Doris J. Hurd, Oak Ridge; daughter, Quinny L. Hendrix, Oak Ridge; son, Dewane Hendrix, Oak Ridge; sisters, Mildred (Alonzo) Doggett, Rienzi, Miss.; Brenda (Clarence) Hinton, Oak Ridge; brothers, Wilbert (Shirley) Hurd, Spartanburg, S.C.; T. L. (Jean) Hurd, Booneville, Miss.; Ernest and Leon Hurd, Oak Ridge; grandchildren Quatajssa, Sinceer, R'Vayus, RodroDayvien Truss, Oak Ridge; a very special friend, Boyd Kennedy of Lake City; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
ESCOE Bridget - Higgins Escoe, 50, of Fernandina Beach, Fla. passed away Thursday , August 23, 2007 at the Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville, Fla. A memorial service and celebration of her life will be held on Tuesday at 6p.m. at the Armidillo Grill restaurant which she and her husband Michael own and operate, with Betty Sikking pastor of the Unity Church in Jacksonville, Fla. officiating. The family will receive friends at the reception to follow the service. I lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Heart Disease Research Foudation/National Office, 50 Court Street306A, Brooklyn, N.Y., 11201-4801
I met and had the biggest crush on Bridget when we used to ride the bus home from Robertsville. One day I asked her to be my girlfriend, she politely turned me down. The next day I sat in a different seat and she asked why - I told her I thought she didn't like me. She laughed so hard, we always sat together after. She made a plastic flower "thingy" from some arts class and told me to never let go of it. I still have it. Sure miss her and wish I could've had at least one more meeting. Who knows? Maybe I will...
From Robert Clay on March 23rd, 2012
I met Bridget in college while working at the Hyatt Regency in Knoxville, TN. She was truly amazing, and I immediately fell completely in love with her. She taught me many things, especially about appreciating life. I'm so sorry for her family. I will miss her as I'm sure so many others do.
From clifford black on August 19th, 2011
I knew Bridgette in HS. We were best friends. I didn't keep in touch. She was the best. She had a positive spirit about her. And a beautiful smile. And beautiful red hair. I am so sad to learn of her passing at such a young age.
From Christy Cotter on July 8th, 2011
I had not heard about Brigette's passing. I saw her at the last big reunion to show off the remodeled high school. She was so full of life and looked wonderful then. Can anyone post the details of her life and passing? She was a wonderful person and friend.
Of my many memories of Paul was a sense of incompleteness that left him with no boundaries so he just bounced from normal behavior to crazyness. He was a friend at times and other times he would disappear. Like many of us that survived some strange times we can look back at friends that didn't make it and ask why? The last times I was around him was at Roane State where he had plans to get into a career in scuba diving. We both were hitting on the same girls and I let a lot of stuff slide that I knew about him since I counted him as a friend. After that I when to UT and he ended up in a bad situation in Nashville that took his life. Was there anything that I could have done or say that would changed how Paul ended up? Not back when I knew him because I was a little nuts myself.
Mary and I were close friends through high school and colleage. She was such a light in everyone's life---full of laughter, fun and warmth. Although I lost touch with her in later years, I never forgot her. I know she was a devoted mother and wife. She is one of those who touches your life forever. It was my honor and privilege to call her "friend" The world lost a little light when she left We love you Mary!
I just recently learned that Jim had passed away a few yrs ago (2006?) His brother, Billy, said that after preparing for a Marine Marathon he was having pain. He thought it was a kidney stone. He passed away as his wife, Cheri, was rushing him to the hospital. He had some plaque break loose. I will always remember Jim for his kindness and for being such a wonderful person. My heart goes out to his family and friends.
From Danny Sanders on August 7th, 2011
I had no Idea that my long time friend had passed. I will miss not seeing him at the reunion. He was a great person whom I admired a great deal!
Pamela Lynn (Pam) Hopkins, age 55, of Panama City Beach, Florida, formerly of Oak Ridge passed away Thursday, April 28, 2016. Pam was of the Church of Christ faith. She was a graduate of Oak Ridge High School Class of 1978. She is preceded in death by her father, G. Duane (Hoppy) Hopkins. Pam is survived by her mother, Jennie Hopkins Huggins of Lenoir City; sister and brother-in-law, Theresa and Van White of Murfreesboro, brother and sister-in-law, Greg and Melissa Hopkins of Farragut; sister and brother-in-law, Judy and Rob Reed of Lenoir City; nieces and nephew, Lauren Christie, Lindsey (John) Mears, Karah and Caleb Hopkins; many friends in Panama City Beach.
Ida Elaine Huff, 57, wife of Ricky Edward Nabors, of 264 Elaine Drive, Salem, SC, passed away Sunday, March 6, 2016, at her home.
A native of Del Rio, TX, Mrs. Huff was the daughter of James Edward Huff, Sr. and Slyvia Y. Williams Huff. She retired as a chemistry technician from Duke Energy after 30 years. Mrs. Huff attended First Baptist Church in Knoxville, TN. She was a member of the Professional Procedure Writers Association.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Huff is survived by her sons: Nicholas Ryan Phillips, Jesse Daniel Ezell and wife Lea, and Brett Haston Nabors and wife Ashley; sisters: Hannah J. Huff and Sarah Huff Champion; and grandchildren: Parker, Landon, Cory, Braylynn, and Haston.
Mrs. Huff was preceded in death by her sister: Katherine Lynn Huff; and brother: James Edward Huff, Jr.
A memorial service will be held at 4:00 PM, Saturday, March 19, 2016, at Davenport Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Tamassee DAR, P.O. Box 8, Tamassee, SC 29686.
Ida always came around OROS and was a doll to be with. Hung out at their house for some great times. Miss ya' Ida.
From Dave Crume on June 8th, 2016
Ida was always such a sweetheart and is already sorely missed. It's hard to believe that her brother, Jimmy, and sister, Kenny, are gone, too. They were such a cool family. I remember when they arrived in Oak Ridge, in a Mustang - the five of them plus their dog named Peace. They became neighbors and such great family friends.
I had a crush on Kenny during high school at OROS. Such a beautiful girl and fun to be around. Miss ya'.
From Meg Ragan on October 12th, 2011
Kenny was a good friend to me in high school. I ran around with her and her sister Ida. She was so much fun to hang out with. I don't recall when she died, but it was within the past 10 years or so. She'd had an auto accident years before that and suffered a brain hemmorage which led to her death. I'll always remember Kenny from the days we used to ride around in Kevin Russell's van listening to 8-track tapes! We miss you, Kenny!
That's was my mom friend ..she always asked about her
From Sandy Huff on September 11th, 2013
I heard about Lisa's passing 8-10 years ago and was shocked. She was so much fun to hang out with. I remember a bunch of girls going to the drive-in together; if she was there on a date but decided she didn't want to kiss the guy, she would buy one of those big garlic pickles and eat it. She had a lot of spunk and was so cute. I'm sorry I did not keep in touch with her after I moved away. She is missed.
From Pamela McCarrell on August 25th, 2013
Lisa was such a good friend. I remember when we first decided to go on a trip on our own. Me, Lisa and Peggy Barger were going to drive to 6 flags over Ga for a weekend. Lisa decided to drive and it was the 1st time she had ever drove on the interstate. I swear she wouldnt go over 45 miles per hour We all laughed so much on that trip and we all held a special bond from there on out.
I was friends with Lisa until her death. She was so fun, loved her son Jonathan so very much and was so close with her brothers Keith and Tim. Her parents were great and I loved going over to her house to hang out.
This Man was my best friend in school, He Hit a tree on Louisiana ave. on his way to get me a rope to pull my 66 Rambler out of the lake atthe Point across from Bullrun Steamplant, Will always remember him as the most friendly and caring person you could have known
Elizabeth Kelly Johnson, 46, of Oak Ridge, died Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2004, at the University of Tennessee Medical Center surrounded by family and friends.
Born in Oak Ridge, she was the daughter of Mattie Naomi (Toby) and William Cobb Kelly, Jr. of Oak Ridge.
Graduating from Oak Ridge High School in 1974, she went on to earn a degree in business administration from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1979. Mrs. Johnson received her doctorate of jurisprudence degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1985, where she was awarded the Advocate's Prize for Outstanding Achievement and Proficiency in Appellate Argument, both oral and written.
After graduation, she worked as a senior closing attorney for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. She defended the FDIC in lawsuits arising out of bank failures in the eastern United States and received several Special Service Awards for her efforts. When the Knoxville office of the FDIC closed in 1991, she went to Lockheed Martin Energy Systems in Oak Ridge, working in contracts and export control. She received the National Lockheed Martin Contract Policy Achievement Award in 1997 for developing the company's export compliance program.
In 1998, she joined the law office of Vowell & Associates, working with her first cousin, Donald K. Vowell. Mrs. Johnson was a member of the Methodist Medical Center Advisory Board. She had held every office of the Second District Dental Society Alliance, including president. In 1994, she was recipient of the Beulah K. Spencer Award of the Alliance of the Tennessee Dental Association for outstanding leadership. Mrs. Johnson was elected treasurer of the Alliance of the Tennessee Dental Association for this coming year.
Mrs. Johnson was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Oak Ridge, where she served as member of the administrative board, as chairman of the Family Life Council and as counselor in the FUMC Youth program. She had been a puppeteer for "Kids on the Block," an educational program in the Anderson County and Oak Ridge City school systems. She was a Girl Scout Life Member, a member of Children's International Summer Villages in Knoxville and a volunteer for the Oak Ridge Children's Showchoir. Mrs. Johnson was a frequent volunteer in other charitable organizations such as the United Way.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Johnson is survived by her husband of 19 years, Dr. James David Johnson, Jr.; son, Andrew Kelly Johnson; daughters, Katherine Hall Johnson, and Carolyn Petrey Johnson; sisters, Ruth Kelly Fielden, of Knoxville and Barbara Kelly Ray, of Ooltewah; and brother, William Cobb Kelly, III, of Knoxville.
Hanging out at Jeff Black's place on New York Ave and Isaac was often there. Everytime ELO's "Strange Magic" came on the stereo, we would break into the chorus with "Strange Isaac". He was a dear soul and so much fun to be around. Miss ya'.
From James Lewis on September 21st, 2011
Isaac E. Lewis Jr, age 54, passed away due to complications of several life-long illnesses in Las Vegas, Nevada while en route to Hawaii after briefly visiting with his only surviving brother, James, here in Oak Ridge. He left Oak Ridge right after graduation. He always had his eye on the horizon wondering what was over the next hill. He loved the ocean and traveling, living in several sea port cities in California, Belize, Hawaii, and most recently Key West FL.
The family did not get to see him as much as they would have liked but he always tried to make sure he would come home for Thanksgiving or Christmas as often as possible to make sure mom would not worry about him too much. One of his roommates from Key West emailed me, after hearing of his passing, with his opinion. “Isaac was real character. He was also a good raconteur, regularly regaling us with numerous anecdotes about his life; particularly about growing up in Oak Ridge. He was always cheerful and I always felt that with Isaac that he was the kind of guy who always arrived late and left too early. Do you know what I mean? He always left you feeling like you could have done with a bit more of him. His friends here will miss him”
He was a great brother and confidant. He will be greatly missed.
Jean was the first one of us that we lost that I remembered that affect me with regret. I should have knew her better. I should have talked more to you. I still remember the pomegranate seeds that we shared, such a small thing that I stuck in my mind from long long ago.
From Andy Fox on October 17th, 2011
Too Sweet and too Young to have left us. Her passing hurt a dear friiend and hurt me as well. We miss you.
if words alone could describe our friendship,just the perfect blendship, thank you so much for all you did to teach me about life.RIP Tom.
From Mark Carabia on October 11th, 2011
I grew up 3 doors from Tommy. He was always a good guy. I'll never forget the haunted houses he and his brother Donny made. I also remember their pet Boston Terrier "Peanut". I remember the Taco Maker restaurant he ran at the old bowling alley in Downtown. Great neighbor. RIP Tommy!
From Mary Palmer on October 4th, 2011
Swimming, hanging around. Tom was caring and compassionate.
From Sheree Warner on August 25th, 2011
Tom was such a cool kid in Jr. High. He was like a little brother to me and I believed he was destined for great things. RIP Tom you are sorely missed!
Kevin Oliver Luthenauer, age 57, of Sunbright, made his transition Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, at his home.
He was born March 19, 1958, in St. Louis, Mo., the son of Oliver Louis Luthenauer and Georgia Bohannon Luthenauer.
A graduate of Oak Ridge High School, class of ’76, he attended MTSU, and was a member of the BOB house. He spent his career in construction and retired as a construction field engineer with Bechtel Jacobs Corporation. He used his skills and experience to build his beloved farm and kennels, where he spent his last years raising and training chocolate Labrador Retrievers. A member of the Brown Dog Mafia, his dogs, Susie and Woodie, both earned their AKC Master Hunter titles.
Mr. Luthenauer was of the Roman Catholic faith. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved to fish and hunt. He was a Past President of the East Tennessee Retriever Club and the local Bass club.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brother, Roger Luthenauer; nephew, Steven Luthenauer; and niece, Angela J. Pelch.
He is survived by his wife, Lois Ann Shoemaker Luthenauer; brothers, Thomas Pelch, John (Bonnie) Pelch; sister, Marsha Luthenauer; stepson, Matthew Shoemaker; sister-in-law, Vera Luthenauer; nieces, Kimberly (John) Ven Jon; Jeanine Sommers and Keli Luthenauer; nephew, Oliver Regan and numerous beloved great- and great-great nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends on Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Weatherford Mortuary. A Memorial Service will follow at 7 p.m.
The family asks that any memorials be made to the East Tennessee Retriever Club, c/o Karen Edwards, Treasurer, 254 Babbs Road, Lenoir City, TN 37771.
“Every day is a gift. Everything can change in an instant; God is always in charge.”
An online guest book can be signed at www.weatherfordmortuary.com.
KEVIN not KEITH and I bacame friends in Ms. Douglas's class in 7th grade at Robertsville Jr High. We got into a scuffle as an introduction, and the rest was history. Kevin was a dear friend to me in my times of need and sorrow & I'll sure miss him forever.
I think of you aften Roger. If only that red Pinto could talk.
From Julia Lane on May 11th, 2014
I think of Roger often and miss him terribly. A life far too brief, for such a kind and gentle soul.
From Andie Lenhard on October 1st, 2011
I was so sad to read of Roger's passing. He was a sweet person. Rest in peace, Roger.
From Nevin MacNary on August 25th, 2011
Roger's passing was a great shock to myself and many of his close friends. I was extremely sad for a long time after his death, and worried about his loving Mom, Leota, who was kind of like a 2nd Mom to many of us who knew Roger well.
The parties at the Lyle's lake cabin on Norris lake are legendary, and Roger was instrumental in organizing several fantastic music festivals held in the park in the heart of the city of Norris. Many of our classmates played great music at those festivals.
I counted Roger as one of my best and closest friends for many years, and I think about him always. Sure miss him. I bet there are plenty of others that miss Roger greatly as well. I know I will see him again, when my spirit starts its eternal journey. I can think of one great vision while in Heaven: Sitting on the dock at Norris, sipping cold beverages, and talking with my friend Roger…..and fishing…..and laughing, and rocking to Led Zeppelin…….etc. Party On Roger!
From Roger Lyle on August 24th, 2011
LYLE, ROGER ALAN - age 41, died at his home Friday, December 24, 1999. He was a graduate of Oak Ridge High School and ITT and attended First Baptist Church of Oak Ridge. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Lyle, Sr. He is survived by his mother, Leota Goforth Lyle; sister, Andrea Lyle; brother, Robert L. Lyle, Jr. and wife, Stephanie; special family friend, Gary McGhee, aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.
Robert “Bob” Andrew Malinauskas, age 47, of Knoxville, passed away Wednesday, March 7, 2007, at his home. Bob was born Dec. 2, 1959, in Allston, Mass., to Anthony and Barbara Malinauskas. He moved with his family to Oak Ridge in 1962 and graduated from Oak Ridge High School in 1977, and later received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Tennessee. He was a fan of Oak Ridge High School football and University of Tennessee football.
Victoria Allin Maples went to be with her Heavenly Father on May 22, 2014, at 5:24 a.m.
She was a member of House of Worship in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
She is survived by her daughters Angela Allin and Katie Lynn Gooch; grandchildren, Jonathan Allin, Madison McGough, Nevaeh McGough and Thomya Gooch; brothers and sisters, George Allin, Cynthia Allin Markert, David Allin; and her father, Wilbur Allin.
She was proceeded in death by her mother, Barbara Anderson Allin.
The family received friends from 5 to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 25, 2014, and a Memorial Service immediately followed at Click Funeral Home and Cremations, 9020 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville, Tenn. 37923. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.clickfh.com.
MARTIN, MARK RANDALL - 47, of Oak Ridge, died Thursday, June 2, 2005 at the
University of Tennessee Medical Center. He was born October 29, 1957 in
Portsmouth, Ohio, the son of William R. and June Arnett Martin. Mr. Martin was a 1975
graduate of Oak Ridge High School and graduated from the University of
Tennessee with a Bachelors degree in Metallurgical Engineering. He was employed with
BWXT where he was a Senior Engineer. He was a member of the First United
Methodist Church and also served as a youth counselor; on the committee on Lay
Leadership and on their Board of Trustees. Mr. Martin enjoyed bicycle riding and
gardening. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife of 25 years,
Nancy Alston Martin; Daughters, Jamie Lynn Martin and Lindsey Anne Martin;
brothers, William Clark Martin of Lake Worth, FL and Michael Thomas Martin of
Ft. Myers, FL; mother-in-law and father-in-law, John and Ann Alston of Oak
Ridge; sister-in-law, Susan Alston Feliciano and husband Manuel of Clinton;
brother-in-law, Joseph Alston, Jr. and wife Deborah of Knoxville; nieces and nephews,
Anita Feliciano of Indianapolis, IN, DeLena Feliciano of Clinton, Jeffrey
Alston , Sheena Collinsworth and Shelby Johnson, all of Knoxville. Mr. Martin
gave the gift of life through organ donation.
Mark you are so missed! You, Nancy and I had a blast together. Wish you were still here to see your beautiful girls and now your wonderful grandson and soon to be granddaughter. Your legacy will continue!!
My brother Greg has been missed for many years by all of those who knew him. Thank you Greg for being my "Big Brother" and know I miss you and always will. See you on the other side Greg! Love your Brother Mike
Peggy Mead Cotter Mausshardt died of cancer starting with a mellanoma. She fought to the end. She had two wonderful sons, Nick Cotter and Cory Cotter. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.
Richard Dean “Ric” Menefee, age 63, passed away, May 15, 2022, at home. Born on January 5, 1959, in Titusville, Florida, he grew up in Oak Ridge and was a 1977 graduate of Oak Ridge High School.
Trained as a draftsman, he worked for numerous companies and projects in Tennessee, Texas, and South Carolina, focusing on large-scale security operations, fire safety, and oil well drilling systems. He enjoyed working with his hands, raising chickens, hunting with his cousins on the family land in West Virginia, and was able to tackle any home project big or small.
Ric was a member of Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Oak Ridge.
He was preceded in death by his father, Jack C. Menefee. Survivors include mother, Bea Menefee; sons, Dillon Menefee and Devin Menefee; and brothers, Ken (Su) Menefee of Terre Haute, IN, Jim (Jennifer) Menefee of Oak Ridge, Shawn (Jill) Menefee of San Diego, CA, and Eric (Laurie) Menefee of Thompson Station, TN; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. The family will receive friends 3-4 pm Saturday, May 28, 2022, at Weatherford Mortuary. A memorial service will follow at 4 pm with Rev. Larry Blackburn officiating. Online condolences may be left at weatherfordmortuary.com.
I don't remember much about julie but somehow we connected during a free period and used to take long walks around the perimeter of orhs to get away, tell each other stories, and laugh. She was a great fan of the moody blues.
John really enjoyed your company and being on the track team together. I remember you and I getting fairly intoxicated a few times. We used to drink at the optometrist's office you worked at. We would go there after hours. You were a cool guy and I remember you fondly.
From Kim Timmreck on September 14th, 2012
Oh Johnny. I didn't know John until Anchorage, Alaska. He was an engineer adn the most beautiful man I'd ever seen. He took me in his arms and danced me all over the floor. Little known, about a year later, he asked me to marry him. lol the next day, he came back to my office to pick me up and said, "uh, would it be ok if we held off a while!?" Oh I loved him so and I still do. I always will. I don't know what happend to him. I have been searching the web for years. If anyone could let me know or has any more recent photos, I would love to have them. fb kim p timmreck-frey or email email@example.com. Johnny will never be gone from my heart. Maybe my first real adult love.
From Sam Giles on September 23rd, 2011
Although Johnny and I went to St. Marys, Robertsville, and ORHS together, we never became "close" friends until our Freshman year at UT. We actually had an apartment together in Oak Ridge the summer of our Freshman year and then he lived in my apartment at UT our Sophmore year whenever he would Co-op. I never knew anyone more confident in themselves. He wasn't arrogant, there just wasn't much that he was afraid of. That confidence was always demonstrated in his academics, but also in his willingness and ability to meet people and socialize. Of course his good looks and charm helped. The one thing I'm most thankful to Johnny for is 34 years ago this month he insisted that I join him and his date on a double date. I did not have Johnny's gift of confidence and the fact that it was a blind date didn't help. At his insistence I went. Iv'e been married to that blind date for the last 32 years. Thanks Johnny. You are missed, but remembered daily.
From clifford black on August 19th, 2011
John was a good friend of mine. He was smart, good looking, athletic, and good natured. He had it all. We enjoyed a lot of laughs together. I was a corrupting influence on him when I taught him to shoot pool. He was more skilled than I ever was. He kept his humor to the end. I miss him.
From Danny Sanders on August 7th, 2011
I will miss not seeing Johnny at our reunion. He was a great person!
Patricia Ann Milo Minish, 50, of Oak Ridge, passed away suddenly Friday, Oct. 17, 2008.
She was born on Jan. 24, 1958, in Detroit, Mich., to parents, Cass and Gloria Marie Mee Milo. Pat worked for Jacobs Engineering as a chemist.
Among her hobbies, Pat enjoyed her dogs, gardening, cooking, riding motorcycles with her husband, traveling and was an avid University of Tennessee fan.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Dennis Milo.
Her survivors include: husband, Gary N. Minish, Oak Ridge; brothers, David Milo and wife, Lynn, Knoxville, and Mark Milo and wife, Margaret, Marietta, Ga.; aunt, Kay Maier, Oak Ridge; uncles, Jim Mee, Knoxville, and Bill Mee, Oak Ridge; father-in-law and mother-in-law, H.D. and Vivian Minish, Oak Ridge; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Donna and Kyle Marlin, Waco, Texas, and Robin and Mark Bailey, Soddy Daisy, Tenn.; first cousin, Keith Kellar and wife, Karen, Powell; and several nieces and nephews and friends.
Mary Ann Moon passed away on January first. She was an alumna of Oak Ridge High School (1977) and the University of Tennessee. There will be a Celebration of Life in her honor on June 11 at 3:00 PM. It will be at the Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church at 809 Oak Ridge Turnpike. No flowers please.
Mary Ann Moon passed away on New Year's Day. She was born in Needham MA in 1959. Her family moved to Oak Ridge when she was small and Oak Ridge became "my land, my people".
The third of four children, she had an independent spirit and a strong resolve to be her own person. Mary Ann chose her friends carefully and was deeply loyal to them. She loved family trips, especially to the beach, and worked as a lifeguard at the Oak Ridge Pool.
She received her undergrad and Master's degrees from UT and was always a loyal Vol fan. She worked at UT at the Institute for Public Service for many years. She won numerous awards through the years for her creative contributions to the Institute's mission. She is survived by many, many friends from her childhood, college, and professional days.
At about the time of the dawning of the new millennium, Mary Ann decided that she needed to find the perfect shoes. It's not known if she succeeded in that quest, but she did find a husband. She was a kind, patient, loving and supportive wife who, corny as it sounds, really did complete her husband. As a bonus Mary Ann got to be a Mom and Grandma. She excelled at these roles too. She always had a sympathetic ear and heart. She offered sound and heartfelt advice and unconditional love. As usual she was fun, funny, and always optimistic.
Her friends and family will remember Mary Ann as a great cook, the ultimate host, and the organizer of "blind taste tests" for everything from potato chips to wine to hot sauce. Mary Ann was generous to everyone and always looked for the good in others. She loved to send birthday cards and to remember friends and family with no-occasion "happy presents" selected just for that special person. The world is poorer for the loss of this beautiful person
Mary Ann was preceded in death by her father, Ralph M. Moon, Jr., uncle, John J. Moon, and cousin, Karen Moon, as well as grandparents Ralph and Lorene Moon and George and Isabelle Longfellow. She is survived by her husband, Dave Pierce; her mother, Barbara L. Moon; siblings Kathy Kelly (Gary), Laura Gardner (Grant) and David Moon (Naomi); aunts Mary Alice Moon and Lois L. Moon; special adopted aunt Mary Allen; son David Pierce (Angela); much loved grandsons Drew, Alex and Benji Pierce; cousins Jeff Moon (Jeanie), Steve Moon (Debbie) and Linda Hollingsworth (Grant); nieces and nephews who adored her Patrick Kelly (Heather), John Kelly (Jessi), Daniel Gardner (Maya Wagner), Phil Gardner, Emma Moon and Alli Moon; and great nieces and nephews Anna, Paige, Carson, Holden, Addie and Morgan Kelly.
A Memorial Service will be announced at a later date.
Oak Ridge - Richard S. Moore, age 63, of Oak Ridge, passed away July 3, 2021, at his home. Richard was born in Nashville, March 2, 1958. He moved to Oak Ridge with his parents in March 1959 and lived there until his passing. After graduating from Oak Ridge High School, he attended UT, TTI, and Pellissippi State, earning a BS in Civil Engineering. Richard was employed by Urban Engineering for 30 years. He loved sports and played basketball, softball, tennis, and golf as often as he could. Richard and his dad enjoyed keeping up with Kentucky basketball and Alabama football. Survivors include parents, Lanny & Agnes Moore; brothers, Walter Moore and wife Cindy, Joe Moore and wife Chrissy; nephews, Alex & Hiram Moore; and nieces, Raine & Lily Moore.
Cath was a first-rate percussionist who studied at the Eastman School of Music. She had a passion for music and all things percussion in High School. Hard to believe she's gone...
From Andie Lenhard on October 1st, 2011
Cath was a great friend in grade school and junior high. Nobody lived as fully as she did. I will always miss her. Love you, Cath
From Bonnie Nestor on September 3rd, 2011
A wonderful percussionist and a great person -- I remember Paul Ebert introducing her to Jim Gilpatrick when Jim was playing Charlie Brown in "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" as "the little red-haired girl."
Kay was a very special friend to so many people. Kay lit up the room with her presence and had the most beautiful smile I have ever known. She was my best friend and like a sister to me. She made me laugh (all the time), lended me her shoulder when I needed it to cry on and was the dearest friend anyone would love to have. I grew up with Kay since 6th grade and we stayed close throughout the years until her death April 24, 2002. She also was an amazing mother and wife. Kay....You are missed and loved by so many people, but especially I love and miss you so so very much.
From Kathy Johnson DeVan on August 18th, 2011
Kay Norris KirbyDaughter of Claudine Norris
Kay Stowe NorrisKirby, of Monahans, Texas, a former resident of Oak Ridge, died Friday, April 12, 2002, at her home from malignant melanoma. She was 43.
Born July 11, 1958, in Baltimore, Md., she was the daughter of Claudine Norris of Oak Ridge and the late John C. Norris. She was raised in Oak Ridge and graduated from Oak Ridge High School in 1976.
Following graduation, she joined the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in Hawaii, Germany and Florida. She was a communications technician with the Air Intelligence Agency. She remained in the Air Force Reserve until her death.
Mrs. Kirby earned her undergraduate and master's degrees, both in psychology, from Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas.
She moved to Monahans in 1994 and contracted with the Texas Department of Human Services as a family counselor.
She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Monahans.
In addition to her mother, Mrs. Kirby is survived by her husband, Michael Kirby; two sons, Patrick Kirby and Ian Kirby, and a daughter, Megan Kirby, all of the home; and a sister, Martha Aubey and her husband, James Aubey, of Mesa, Ariz.
The body was cremated.
From Cindy Gatewood on July 5th, 2011
Kay was one of my best friends at ORHS. We had lots of fun and laughs as well as a little trouble. It saddens me to see that she has passed. I know she joined the service after HS but do not know anything about her life after that. If anyone can fill me in on some details of her life or passing, I would very much appreciate it. I miss you Kay. God Bless.
My brother was a gentle soul with a sometimes misguided sense of adventure; surprising intellect and impressive physical strength; trouble with authority yet a USNR SeaBee (Can Do!); and my closest pal and relative. His murder in Midway, TN remains unsolved. He was close to David Hahn, above.
Carol Ann Peterson, 54, of Marietta, Ga., formerly of Oak Ridge, passed away on Oct. 4, 2011, following a short illness.
Carol was an artist, and was a member of the North Cobb Arts League (NCAL) and the South Cobb Arts Alliance (SCAA). She taught art at the Art Station in Kennesaw and was a visiting artist in the Cobb County schools. Carol enjoyed helping make costumes for the Mable House.
Carol was preceded in death by her mother, Helen Pellock Peterson; her father, Sigfred Peterson; and her step-mother, Ruby Peterson; and a step-sister, Barbara Pugh Bradshaw.
She is survived by her sister, Patricia Peterson of Columbus, Ohio; and brothers, Donald Peterson of San Francisco, Richard Peterson of Chattanooga, and Keith Peterson of Woodstock, Ga.; step-sister, Bonnie Pugh Cardall of California and Joseph Pugh of Karns.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
From Mary Ellen (Fields) Dover on October 8th, 2011
1959 - 1994
Sara was one of my closest childhood friends. She loved everyone who was in her life, especially her children. She died at 44 years of age of a sudden onset illness....probably an aneurysm. Sara continues to missed by all of those that she left behind. Below is her obituary and she would be proud now that a couple more grandchildren have been added to the list. Her eldest son, James, died in 2008.
Husband, Thomas Franklin Collins Sons, James Daniel Lee of Oak Ridge John Cody Collins and Gregory Littleton Collins of Oliver Springs Daughters, Jessica Erin Southern of Oak Ridge Tommie Marie Collins, Tracey Collins and Sidney Eva Irene Collins, all of Oliver Springs Brother, Walter Edmund Petty and his wife Cheryl of Kingston and Granddaughter, Bailey Elizabeth Lee of Buna, TX
My brother Terry and I meet Darrell, his sister Gail, and his dad Jessie in 1977, about two years after he graduated from ORHS. His family used to live in a brown house on West Outer near where it intersecs with Jefferson Ave and they were all good friends of our parents. Darrell and his sister Gail used to babysit my brother and I as kids at night while our parents worked at the old COU Club that used to be next to the Boys Club on Jefferson Cir. Darrell also used to date a girl who lived next door to us on Wadsworth Cir. There are several things that I'll always remember Darrell for. Taking us down to Ben Martin Track for walks at night, taking us to see movies at the old Skyway Drive In that was where the K-Mart is now and taking us to Jaycees Club meetings. I remember Darrell and his dad Jessie being very involved with the Oak Ridge Jaycees back in the late 1970's. But the one most imporatant thing that I'll always remember about Darrell was his teaching me not to chew food with my mouth open. I did this one night whilst having dinner at his house and he made me sit in the kitchen for the rest of the night as punishment and miss a movie that I had been looking forward to seeing on HBO. The last time that I saw Darrell was in the mid 1990's. He was working a tobacco store in front of Staples on the Turnpike. I went in there one night to buy some cigs for my brother. Darrell knew what kind my brother smoked much better then I did since I've never smoked cigs in my life. I was shocked to hear about Darrell's death when mom called me at work to let me know. Darrell, his sister Gail, and his dad Jessie were role models to me and my brother growing up and I'll always miss him to this day.
Eric Brian Reynolds, age 66, passed way, April 23, 2022. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed doing tree work, small engine repair, playing with his grandchildren, and going on hikes. Eric was preceded in death by his parents, J.W. & Joann Reynolds; and brothers, Anthony Lee Reynolds and Richard Daniel Reynolds. Survivors include wife of 38 years, Kathy Ann Reynolds; daughter, Erica Elaine Reynolds Bridges; son, Anthony Brian “Tony” Reynolds; grandchildren, Hayden Anthony Reynolds, Ashlynn Joanna Bridges, and Matthew DeMarcus Bridges; brothers, Michael Jay and Randall James Reynolds; as well as many other relatives and loved ones. The family will receive friends 5-7 pm Saturday May 7, 2022, at Weatherford Mortuary. A memorial service will follow at 7 pm with Rev. Mike Harbin officiating. Online condolences may be left at weatherfordmortuary.com.
Mitch was a better friend to me than I was ever to him. I think of him often.
From David Crowe on December 10th, 2014
I miss you brother. I think of you often. I look forward to seeing you again.
From Valerie Rivas on October 13th, 2011
I did not know my "given name" until Mitch graduated high school. I was always referred to as "Mitch's sister" LOL! He was an amazing Big Brother and Friend! I do miss his smile, his cooking, but his music..not so much. I miss both my brothers very much, God Bless you all, Valerie
From David Crowe on April 4th, 2011
CHARLESTON, S.C. — John Mitchell 'Mitch' Rivas, 51, of Goose Creek, S.C., died on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008, at Roper Hospital in Charleston, S.C., after a courageous battle with cancer.
Mitch was born Oct. 3, 1957, at the Oak Ridge Hospital in Oak Ridge, Tenn. He attended St. Mary's Catholic School, and graduated from Oak Ridge High School in 1976. Mitch graduated from the Training and Technology Program at the Y-12 Weapons Plant and attended Roane State Community College. Mitch pursued a career in non-destructive testing in Memphis, Tenn., and Tampa, Fla., before moving to Charleston, S.C., where he worked for the last 20 years in renovation of historical buildings and construction, enjoying the history and charm of Charleston. Mitch loved life, being with people; sports, especially UT Vols football; music, his collection of '60s and '70s albums; cooking his special recipies for family and friends; and woodcrafting.
Mitch is survived by the love of his life, Elaine Rentz, and her children, Amanda and Jeremy, Jonathan, and Scott Rentz, all of Goose Creek, S.C.; his mother, Pearlie Rivas of Oak Ridge, Tenn.; sister, Valerie Rivas (Philip) Walker of Knoxville; nephew, Nathan (Elizabeth) Wilder; great nephew, Eli Wilder, great niece, Layla Wilder of Ft. Payne, Ala.; niece, Natalie (Anthony) McPherson; great niece, Zyah McPherson; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, and a host of friends.
Mitch was proceeded in death by his father, John Rivas, of Buehalville, N.C., in 2005; his brother, Larry Rivas, of Oak Ridge, in 2001; and grandparents, Larry and Lydia Rivas of Greeley, Colo., and Garrett and Maude Eads of Oak Ridge, Tenn.
Mitch's beautiful smile will always be in our hearts.
Monty was a lifelong friend; gradeschool playmate, paperboy, and my first crush. He was always ready for fun, be it working at Big Ed's or going to the lake. He left a hole in the heart of those who knew and loved him and will always be missed.
We miss you. I'll never forget you throwing your mouthpiece away during football practice at Jefferson so we wouldn't "tag" you again. You were the fastest guy I ever raced and probably the fastest guy in heaven. Ronnie Croley
From Michael Reed on October 8th, 2011
I was honored to be part of the track team with David. He could run like the wind! Rest in Peace, David.
Rebecca Ruszkowski Bruton, 50, of Oak Ridge, died Monday, August 24, 2009 at the Methodist Medical Center. She was born July 1, 1959 in Oak Ridge, the daughter of Albert Stanley Ruszkowski and Elaine Marselle Poe Ruszkowski, who are both deceased. Mrs. Bruton was a registered nurse and retired from East Tennessee Pulmonary Associates. She attended the First United Methodist Church. She enjoyed reading, traveling and the companionship of her three Pugs, Biscuit, Jezebel and Bubba. She is survived by Husband, Dr. Charles W. Bruton, Jr; Son, Jason Cunningham of Oak Ridge; Daughter, Lauren Cunningham, a student at UT Knoxville; Step-Daughter, Amber Watson and husband Kevin of Salisbury, NC; Sister-in-law, Ruthie Morris and husband Jackie of Troy, NC; Brother-in-law, Gene Bruton and wife Sheila of Smithfield, NC and 3 grandchildren, Zoe, Keeley and Q. Watson.
Tim was a fun loving guy in High School, I remember when he became a Police officer, I told him in High School I would have voted for him to be the most likely to be in Prison. He had a VW Bug that had been turned into a ugly thing, and he would drive that thing all over the place, except in the road, LOL, we used to have so MUCH fun riding around and just having fun a whole bunch of us. We hung out at the skating rink, gosh remember that Hot Wheels. He was just the best. I was working at the Hospital but wasn't there when he came in. I had seen him in the ER when he had been on duty before. I was just shocked that he passed away at such a young age. Too young. I miss him still. He was a good friend. A good person. No matter what if you needed a friend, he was there.
From Tim Rutherford on June 29th, 2011
RUTHERFORD, TIMOTHY EARL - 38, Oak Ridge, passed away Saturday, April 12, 1997. Member of Central Baptist Church. A police officer with the City of Oak Ridge for 15 years and a member of the ATO Fraterity. Survived by wife, Kristi Michelle Rutherford, Oak Ridge; brother, Thomas Paul Rutherford, Solway; sister, Mary Ruth Johnson, Nashville; bestfriend and partner, David and Trish Tye, Norris; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews; many relatives and friends.
Connie was so very intelligent, smart, kind with a great heart to boot. She was lovingly devoted to doing her music well and serving God with all her heart. I don't know what happened to cause such pain in your life, but wish I had known and been there for you. There is truly a first chair in clarinet in Heaven now and a strong loyal, loving and faithful voice in the Alto section.
Arthur Paul Spangler, age 57, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015.
Arthur was raised in Oak Ridge, Tenn., class of 1976. He was a comedian to most and a friend to many for which he will be truly missed. He enjoyed spending “good times” time with his family and friends, loved traveling and living life to the fullest. Arthur made a career in plant management, where he raised two stepdaughters, Mayra Velazquez and Griesalda Mireles and their children in Memphis, Tenn.
Arthur is survived by his parents, James and Virginia Spangler; his sister, and brother-in-law, Jennifer and Kent Schooley and their children, Nicholas and Richard Brandon, Kolby and Kolton Schooley. He is also survived by his late sister, Susan Spangler’s children, Melissa and Jamie Spangler, Jennifer Loy and their children.
His celebration of life will be held in LaBelle, Fla., Sunday, March 15, where he spent his last five winters of retirement.
Gerri is what we all knew her as. She passed away a couple of yrs ago after a long fight with cancer. She had one son and several siblilngs surviving her. I first met her at the "swimming pool". We spent many days there. She was a great person and very easy going.
Claude "Joe" Stratton Jr., 54, passed away suddenly at his home on May 13, 2011.
He was a graduate of Oak Ridge High School and a member of the Oak Ridge community for 54 years.
Joe was an employee of ORNL for more than 30 years, and an avid football fan of the Oak Ridge Wildcats and UT Vols.
He did not meet a stranger, was outgoing and lived his life to the fullest, enjoying spending time with his wife and traveling. He loved his pets and was a member of Central Baptist Church.
Joe is survived by his loving wife of 21 years, Laura Stratton; son, Joe Stratton III of Maryville; parents, J.C. and Phyllis Stratton of Oak Ridge; stepchildren, Archie and wife, Angie, Jerry "Jr." Weisgarber, and Rhonda Jeffers, all of Oliver Springs; very special and beloved granddaughters, Brittany Jeffers of Knoxville and Jenna Baker of Oliver Springs; and his very special and longtime friend, Carl Wright of Clinton.
Joe is also survived by many uncles, aunts, and cousins as well as friends and extended family members.
From Kim Needham on June 2nd, 2011
My first love at ORHS! Does anyone know what happened? I live in Atlanta now and still have such fond memories of him - all of the love notes and the funny expressions: "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him put on pajamas" - ??? huh??? Also, does anyone know if his parents are still living? was he married? children? thanks hope to see many of you in October.
Brian Hardy Trammell, 58, of Knoxville died in his home on Easter Sunday, March
27, 2016. He was well known as an accomplished attorney, as a church leader, and
as a dedicated husband and father. His warmth and humor will be greatly missed.
Preceded in death by his father, Herbert Trammell, Brian is survived by his wife,
Zayna; mother, Jane Trammell; children, Andrew (Robyn) Trammell, Alex (Audi)
Trammell, Rebecca (Nick) McDonough, and Charles Trammell; grandchild, Zoey
Trammell; siblings, Carmen (Tom Swain) Trammell, Bert Trammell, and Lisa (Buzz)
Thomas; and nieces, Rachel (Brian Theriac) Thomas and Sarah Thomas.
Brian grew up in Oak Ridge and later attended the University of Tennessee, where
he earned his undergraduate and law degrees. As an attorney, Brian gained the
respect of his peers with a rare combination of courtesy and talent. Brian served for
several years as President at Kennerly, Montgomery, and Finley, P.C. before leaving
in 2008 to form Trammell, Adkins, and Ward, P.C. with his law partners Terry
Adkins and Ken Ward. Some of his achievements include tenures as President of the
Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association, State Representative for the Defense
Research Institute, and President of the Tennessee Chapter of the American Board
of Trial Advocates. Having been an enthusiastic mentor to many young attorneys,
Brian’s absence will be keenly felt in the Knoxville legal community.
Brian devoted much of his time to Church Street United Methodist Church, where he
married his wife, saw his four children baptized and confirmed, and compiled a
record of service that included two terms as Chairman of the Church Council. Brian
loved his church and never shied from an opportunity to serve. He also volunteered
as Treasurer of the Montgomery Village Ministry.
Although Brian found joy and success as a lawyer and a lay leader, he made his
greatest impact in the lives of those he loved. He will be remembered by his family
for his warmth, his humility, his joviality, and his endless optimism.
Never realized all the times we shared together until his death. Everything from JJHS,church league softball, high school, living in Rockwood with me and Bob Johnson and fishing. Dave was very funny fishing. He was really not much of a fisherman but he was great to fish with. I can still see him standing up in the back of the boat and jerking on his fishing rod because he had 1 of Bob's expensive lures hung up in a tree. I hadn't talked to Dave in many years but I will always remember him as being one of my best friends. I think about his sense of humor often and what a good friend he was to me especially after high school. I miss him and maybe one day we can fish together again.
From Sandra Holloway Inman on October 8th, 2011
Think about Dave Wallace often. Great times at Oak Ridge High were had by all.
Jerry was the class of '75 & I met him in Al Diehl's TV class. He was always a quiet but cheerful person with a good soul. We became good friends for a time after High School, before he moved away and I lost contact. I was sadden to find his obit some time after his passing, I kept hoping he would turn up on Facebook. He was a friend when I really needed one and he's missed.
Jerry Lee Washington, age 51, of Oak Ridge, departed this life, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008. He was born Feb. 20, 1957, the son of David and Hattie Kelly Washington.
He was a 1975 graduate of Oak Ridge High School; attended the University of Tennessee, Middle Tennessee State University, Roane State Community College and the Tennessee Institute of Electronics, where he received two associate degrees in electronics.
Mr. Washington loved reading his Bible, playing his guitar, photography and many types of music. He dedicated his life to Christ at an early age.
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by brother, Jessie Kelly; and sister-in-law, Lola Kelly.
He is survived by a brother, Kelly King; sisters, Kathy (Willie) Strickland of Oak Ridge, Mary Booker of Knoxville, Jerry Lynn (Jackie) Porter of Oak Ridge, and Maggie Burum of Columbia, Tenn.; aunts, Pearlie Jones of Memphis, Cardieas Dawson, Oliey Martin and Neoma Martin, all of Roane County; special family members, the late Sonja Grove, and sisters, Daphene Grove, Rachel Grove, Vannessa Grove, Theresa Grove, Lisa Grove and Phillina Grove; cousins, Doris Sanders Mastin, Ralph Sanders, Valeria Roberson, Barry Steele and Sharon McKennley.
He will be sadly missed by a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Jerry was so devoted to his mother and his niece and nephew before he passed away. His mother had diabetes. Before she went into the nursing home he would soak her feet and massage them for her. He visited her there. He was a gentle person and loved poetry. Jerry, love ya, man!
Franny.. I don't know why your passing bothers me so much. You were truly a kind and gentle spirit. If i ever said a mean or unkind thing to you..It was because I was a stupid kid. I hope that your family is well. I played ball with your brother Randy.. I hope that you found the peace that you deseved, that you couldn't find from your time here. I wish that I could have known you better.. I wish that I could have convinced you that disappointment and heartbreak is part of the human experience. That it's part of the learning experience and you need to go on.. I hope you found the peace that you deserve. From a Navajo Indian Prayer,, "Help Me Find Compassion Without Empathy Overwhelming Me"
From Becky Doman (Bauman) on October 17th, 2011
Sweet and gentle spirited; I never heard her say an unkind word about anyone.
Elizabeth Ann Wells, 67, late of Lithonia, GA, went home to be with the Lord and her parents after a year-long battle with cancer, on Thursday, April 7, 2022, three days before her 68th birthday. She was born on April 10, 1954, in Oak Ridge, TN, to the late George Fillmore and Annelle Coalson Wells. Elizabeth had a difficult life from the beginning. Within the first few days of life, she had a cerebral hemorrhage that caused a variety of developmental problems as she grew up. She first attended Glenwood Elementary School, then Daniel Arthur Rehabilitation Center in Oak Ridge for some years, and finally Special Education classes at Jefferson Junior High and Oak Ridge High School, where she eventually graduated with the class of 1977.
Elizabeth’s disabilities were so singularly unique that she had difficulty finding her best place in the world. The family is grateful for the opportunities for growth and adjustments various organizations, services, and group homes offered Elizabeth throughout her life. Each one assisted in specific ways to help her manage and enjoy her day-to-day living as much as possible. They are Orange Grove Center, Chattanooga, TN; Frank Callaghan Towers apartments for seniors and the disabled, Oak Ridge, TN; Annandale Village, Suwanee, GA; DAUFY Family Homes, Alpharetta, GA; Grace Personal Care Home, Jonesboro, GA; Rescare Community Living, Lithonia, GA; and Amicasa Home Care, Decatur, GA.
Despite always needing caregivers to help with her daily life as an adult, Elizabeth counted them among her friends and family that she loved, and she was loved by them in return. She had a smile that could light up a room when she laughed. She collected owls as a hobby and loved the color orange. Perhaps her favorite thing to do was go out to eat, especially if shrimp was on the menu!
The Family had planned to visit Elizabeth on her birthday, April 10th, but she died on the 7th. We know that she knew Jesus as her Savior and we believe that she celebrated her best birthday yet in her healed body and mind – in Heaven.
Elizabeth is survived by three siblings; two sisters, Andrea Wells Miller (the late Keith Miller), Austin, TX; Linda Wells Carswell, Bryson City, NC; and a brother, George Thomas (Tom) Wells (Susan), Melbourne, FL. Also surviving are nephew Michael Thomas Wells (Rebekah), Palm Bay, FL; niece Jacquelyn Annelle Wells of Louisville, KY; niece Jessica Ann Wells of Bluefield, VA; niece Kimberly Carswell Huggins (Quint) of Oak Ridge, TN; nephew Robert Christian Carswell of Bryson City, NC; several great nieces and nephews and one great-great nephew; as well as a very special caregiver and friend, Dotse Oyarebu Yerimah (Nurudeem), Jonesboro, GA.
Funeral services were held at the Plummer Funeral Home chapel, Decatur, GA at 7:00 pm on Monday, April 11, 2022, with the Reverend Trammell Kitchens of Amicasa Home Care officiating, and at the Weatherford Mortuary chapel, Oak Ridge, TN at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, April 12, 2022, with Tom Wells, brother of the deceased, officiating. The family received friends from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm prior to each service. Michael Jones, friend of the family, sang a version of “Old Memory” both evenings.
Interment was held at 9:00 am Wednesday, April 13, 2022, at Anderson Memorial Gardens, Clinton, TN with Pastor Tony Maples of Harvest Point Church, Karns, TN, officiating.
Mark was fearless. Every time I was around him he was taking on a dare and pulling it off. I remember being with him the summer of his 7th grade and we were hanging out around a construction site near the hospital. He was on his bike and there was a mound of dirt about 15 feet tall. He told us all that he thought he could hit the mound full speed on his bike and land the jump. We all told him he was crazy, but as usual, he was determined to do it. He got about a 50 yard start and was flying when he hit the mound. We all watched him launch over the mound, and sail about 20 feet into the air, but we also noticed he was no longer attached to his bike. We all ran to get to the other side of the mound and found him face planted on the ground. We were all terrified, but he just got up laughing and cussing. I can still clearly see his face with the dirt and mud embedded in his braces. We laughed about that episode for days. Although Mark was a year younger than I was, I remember always being envious of his courage. I hate that his life was so short, but the days I was with him, he lived it fully.
From Billy Holbert on September 19th, 2011
I will always remember Mark my friend. He saved my life one day and stayed with me until I was better. Miss ya Mark but will see you one day.
From clifford black on August 18th, 2011
Mark used to make me laugh so hard. He was a funny guy. Always pleasant, infectious smile, quick with a joke. Great guy. We enjoyed some fun times together.