Sadie Nyree Nelson
Longtime Lake City resident
Sadie Nyree Nelson, 81, of Lake City, died Sunday, Dec. 31, 2000, at Methodist Medical Center of complications after a recent illness.
Mrs. Nelson was born March 7, 1919, in the former Coal Creek area, now Lake City. She was the daughter of Cora and John Massengill.
She was a longtime member of Longfield Baptist Church in Lake City and devoted her time to church activities and being a caregiver in her community, her family said.
She received her elementary and secondary education in Oak Grove and Lake City and during World War II, she worked in Oak Ridge. Later she was employed at Lake City Hospital in the dietary department.
Mrs. Nelson enjoyed gardening, reading and reminiscing with those close to her. Her family described her as a loving wife, mother and grandmother who will be missed by her family and friends.
She was the widow of Willard Nelson.
Mrs. Nelson is survived by her son, Lewis Charles Nelson of Oak Ridge; her daughter, Carolyn Lawson and her husband, Trent, of Saltillo, Tenn.; her daughter-in-law, Terri Nelson Rose of Powell; her sister, Irma Massengill of Lake City; and her brother, James Massengill and his wife, Mildred, of Norris.
She is also survived by her grandchildren, Eddie Nelson of Lake City, Kenneth Lawson and his wife, Donna, and Angela Burton and her husband, Tony, all of Saltillo, Debbie Nelson of Lake City and Tanya Nelson of Powell; and by five great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and parents, two sons, Lowell Nelson and James D. Nelson, and a grandson, Jamie Nelson, died earlier.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3, at Longfield Baptist Church with the Rev. Harvey Sherlin, the Rev. Mack Smith and the Rev. Henry Hensley officiating.
Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery. Pallbearers will be John Bailey, Tony Burton, W.C. Carlisle, Kenny Carlisle, Kenneth Lawson and Trent Lawson.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 tonight, Jan. 2, at Weatherford Mortuary.
Pauline Patt Conner
Museum doll maker
Pauline Patt Conner, 88, of Raccoon Valley Road, Powell, died Monday, Jan. 1, 2001, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.
Mrs. Conner active in many types of crafts. For several years, she demonstrated the making of apple-head dolls at the Museum of Appalachia in Norris.
She was a retired cafeteria employee at Claxton Elementary School of Anderson County schools.
Born Dec. 29, 1912, in Knox County, she was the daughter of Maynard and Nellie McKinney Patt. She was the widow of Creed F. Conner. They had been married for more than 50 years at the time of his death.
Mrs. Conner was a member of New Hope Baptist Church of Lake City.
She is survived by her daughter, Fay Henderson and her husband, Alvin, of Huntsville, Ala.; her son, Lonnie Conner and his wife, Barbara, of Lusby, Md.; her grandsons, Stuart A. Henderson and his wife, Mary Lou, of Arab, Ala., Scott Conner and his wife, Cindy, of Louisville, Ky., and Edward Conner and his wife, Renee, of Atlanta, Ga.; and her granddaughter, Karen Henderson of Chattanooga.
Mrs. Conner is also survived by her great-grandson, Creed Henderson of Arab; her great-granddaughters, Amanda Henderson of Arab and Kirsten Conner of Louisville; her brother, Frank Patt of Powell; her sisters, Margaret Everett of Knoxville and Charlotte Berrier of Powell; and by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
Another son, Argus Conner, died earlier. Also, two other sisters, Willie Lou Patt and Betty Jo Lamb, and six other brothers, Dan Patt, Charlie Patt, John Patt, Mike Patt, Fritz Patt and Mart Patt, are deceased.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3, in the chapel of Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton. The Rev. George Miller and the Rev. Harold Ogle will officiate.
Burial will follow at Valley View Methodist Church Cemetery in Claxton.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 tonight, Jan. 2, at the funeral home.
Mary Nell Wheeler
Brother was an Oak Ridger
Mary Nell Wheeler, 84, of Sweetwater, died Monday, Jan. 1, 2001, at NHC HealthCare of Oak Ridge.
Mrs. Wheeler was a member of Fenders United Methodist Church of Sweetwater.
She was the daughter of John and Georgia Hembree, who are deceased.
She is survived by her sister, Ruth Brady of Ohio; and by several nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews.
Her brother, George Wheeler, a resident of Oak Ridge, died earlier. Two other sisters, Trixie Wheeler and Myrtle Wheeler Patterson, are also deceased.
The funeral will be held at 8 tonight, Jan. 2, in the chapel of Click Funeral Home in Lenoir City with the Rev. C. Mark Gooden officiating.
Family and friends will gather at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3, for a graveside service at Hickory Creek Cemetery in Loudon County.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:45 tonight at the funeral home.
Rachel Pauline Harris
Former Peggy Ann Truck Stop cook
Rachel Pauline Harris, 86, of Oak Ridge, died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2001, at the Harriman Health Care Center in Harriman.
Born Nov. 10, 1915, in Roane County, she was the daughter of John W. and Cora Mae Cook Brogdon.
Mrs. Harris came to Oak Ridge from Glen Alice community of Roane County on Sept. 27, 1979.
She had worked as a cook with the former Peggy Ann Truck Stop in Rockwood.
Mrs. Harris loved to cook and enjoyed gardening, her family said.
She is survived by a son, George H. Harris and his wife, Ona Lee, of Mooresburg, Tenn.; a daughter, Virginia Miller of Oak Ridge; a daughter-in-law, Rosa Lee Harold and a son-in-law, Franklin Lowery Jr., both of Rockwood.
Mrs. Harris is also survived by a brother, Frank Brogdon of Rockwood; two sisters, Marie Lloyd of Vonore and Leona Whitefield of Dublin, Texas; two granddaughters and seven grandsons, including a grandson she considered special, Gerald l. Miller of Oak Ridge; and by several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Her first husband, James Mark Harold, and her second husband, George A. Harris, died earlier. Two other sons, Charles Harold and James Junior Harold, and a stepdaughter, Thelma Lowery, also died earlier.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2002, in the chapel of Weatherford Mortuary with the Rev. Ed Craven officiating.
Burial will take place at the Harris Cemetery in Alloway, Tenn.
The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the mortuary.
Mary Ann Trent
Former Oak Ridge resident
Mary Ann Trent, 52, of Knoxville, died Saturday, Dec. 30, 2000, at the home of her daughter.
Mrs. Trent was a former resident of Oak Ridge.
She was a member of All Saints Catholic Church of Knoxville.
Mrs. Trent is survived by her daughter, Missie Trent Vail and her husband, Chris, of Knoxville; her son, Todd Trent and his wife, Sally, of Chattanooga; her mother, Louise Ramus Baran; her brothers, Kevin Baran of Jacksonville, Fla., and Bill Baran of Highland Falls, N.Y.; her sister, Pattie Bliss of New Jersey; and two granddaughters, Jessica Vail and Allison Vail, both of Knoxville.
Her father, Paul Peter Baran, and another brother, Paul Baran, are deceased.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 4, at All Saints Catholic Church in Knoxville with the Rev. Chris Michelson officiating.
Burial will follow at Highland Memorial Mausoleum in Knoxville.
The family requests that any memorials be in the form of donations to All Saints Catholic Church, 620 N. Cedar Bluff Road, Knoxville, TN 37923; to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 9111 Cross Park Dr., Knoxville, TN 37923; or to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Highland Falls, NY 10928.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3, at Highland Memorial Funeral Home, 5315 Kingston Pike, Knoxville.