Thomas Mack Wicker
Retired MMES supervisor
Thomas Mack Wicker, 74, of Niota, died Saturday, March 3, 2001, at Athens Regional Medical Center in Athens, Tenn.
Mr. Wicker was a native and lifelong resident of McMinn County. He was the son of George Washington and Laura Jones Wicker, who are deceased.
He was a retired supervisor for Martin Marietta Energy Systems. He was also a car dealer.
Mr. Wicker was a member of Union-McMinn Baptist Church in Niota and served the church as a deacon, Sunday school teacher and minister and in other positions. He was 32nd-degree Mason and a member of Meridian Sun Masonic Lodge No. 50, F&AM, the Scottish Rite and the York Rite. His family said he also enjoyed his motorcycle.
He is survived by his wife, Meda Rebecca Anderson Wicker, to whom he would have been married for 53 years on April 9; two daughters, Janie Wilson and Connie Coffey, both of Niota; a brother, Lawrence Wicker of Niota; and two sisters, Hazel Black of Fontana, Calif., and Grace McLendon of Connecticut.
Mr. Wicker is also survived by six grandchildren, Bryan Coffey, Kristi Matthews, Michael Wilson, Gerald Wilson, T.J. Wilson and Tamera L. Coleman; two great-grandchildren, Kassi Matthews and Bayli Matthews; and by several nieces and nephews.
Another daughter, Pamela Aline "Pam" Coleman, died Aug. 14, 1997. Another brother and another sister, Johnny Wicker and Mary Renne, also preceded him in death.
The funeral was to be held at 3 this afternoon, March 5, at Union-McMinn Baptist Church with the Rev. Bill Roberts and Bryan Coffey officiating.
Burial was to follow at Union-McMinn Cemetery. Bryan Coffey, Michael Wilson, Gerald Wilson, T.J. Wilson, Kevin Matthews, Ken Coleman, Howie White and Scott White were to be pallbearers. Luke Smith and the deacons of Union-McMinn Baptist Church were named honorary pallbearers.
The family requests that any memorials be in the form of donations to the Building Fund at Union-McMinn Baptist Church, P.O. Box 269, Niota, TN 37826.
Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home in Athens is handling arrangements.
St. Mary's Church member
Anna Amato, 89, of Oak Ridge, died Friday, March 2, 2001, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.
Mrs. Amato was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church.
She is survived by six daughters, 18 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date.
Martin Oak Ridge Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Mary J. Augsburger
Mother of Miriam Griffin
Mary J. Augsburger, 80, a resident of Swiss Village, Berne, Ind., died at 6:40 a.m. Saturday, March 3, 2001, at Caylor-Nickel Medical Center in Bluffton, Ind.
Mrs. Augsburger was born Aug. 4, 1920, in Adams County, Indiana, the daughter of Albert and Ida Moser Liechty, who are deceased.
She married Emmet Augsburger on Oct. 21, 1945, in Berne. The couple had been for married for 41 years at the time of his death in 1986.
Mrs. Augsburger was a former resident of Bluffton, Ohio, and was a member of Bluffton Baptist Church where she was a former church treasurer, Sunday school teacher and leader in the church's children's program.
She was retired as a nurse's aide at Mennonite Memorial Home in Bluffton, Ohio.
She is survived by her daughters, Miriam Griffith of Oak Ridge and Martha Showalter of Ann Arbor, Mich.; her brother, Paul Liechty of Berne; two sisters, Anna Liechty of Berne and Ruth Habegger and her husband, Glen, of Tucson, Ariz.; three grandchildren, including Sue Dollislager and her husband, Fred, of Knoxville; and two great-grandchildren, Gerrit Dollislager and Carolina Dollislager, both also of Knoxville.
The funeral will be held at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, at Bluffton Baptist Church in Bluffton, Ohio, with the Rev. Steve Renfrow officiating.
Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Bluffton.
The family requests that any memorials be in the form of donations to Bluffton Baptist Church or to the Child Evangelism Fellowship in Pima, Ariz.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, at Swiss Village Chapel in Berne and from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, at the church in Ohio.
Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home in Berne is handling arrangements.
Allen C. Cox III
Former MMC employee
Allen C. Cox III, 34, of Coalfield, died Saturday, March 3, 2001, at his home.
Mr. Cox was born Feb. 2, 1967, in Louisville, Ky. He had lived in Coalfield most of his life, with the exception of four years that he lived in Huntsville.
Before becoming ill, he was employed as a phlebotomist at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.
Mr. Cox is survived by his mother, Jeannette Cox of Oak Ridge; his father, Allen Cox II of Newnan, Ga.; two sons and a daughter, Allen C. Cox IV and William Oscar Cox, both of Harriman, and Whitney Cox, a student at Linden Elementary School; his maternal grandparents, W.B. "Bill" and Thelma Lyles of Coalfield; and by his paternal grandparents, Clara and Allen Cox Sr. of Louisville, Ky.
Gina Phillips Cox of Harriman is his former wife. He had several special friends, including Ben Stelson of Knoxville.
Burial will be private.
A memorial service will be conducted at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Coalfield with the Rev. Ted Dubbs officiating.
The family requests that any memorials be in the form of donations to the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Coalfield.
Sharp Funeral Home in Oliver Springs is handling arrangements.
James T. 'Tommy' Smith
James T. "Tommy" Smith, 55, of Snow Lane, Harriman, died Saturday, March 3, 2001, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.
Mr. Smith had been employed for 30 years with the crane and elevator crew at the Oak Ridge Y-12 Plant, now managed by BWXT-Y-12.
He was a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Harriman, Local No. 480 of the Machinists Union in Oak Ridge, and the Atomic Lodge.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara "Bobbie" Smith; his sons, Jackie Smith and his wife, Cathy, of Harriman and Denny Smith and his wife, Connie, of Midtown; his daughter, Renee Smith of Midtown; his grandchildren, Dustin Smith, Nathan Smith, Amanda Smith and Hope Smith; his sister, Sheila Ausburn and her husband, Jack, of Harriman; and by several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his parents, Harold Dennis and Grace Smith, and a brother and a sister, Bobby Ray Smith and Esta Mae Smith.
The family extends its thanks to the crane and elevator crew at Y-12, to the nurses and doctors at Methodist Medical Center and to "Bullet."
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, in the chapel of Evans Mortuary in Rockwood. The Rev. Randy Griffith and the Rev. Charlie Brooks will officiate.
Burial will follow at Riggs Chapel Cemetery in Harriman.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, at the mortuary.
Lon Clayton Ratledge
Father of Oak Ridge resident
Lon Clayton Ratledge, 78, of Maryville, died Saturday, March 3, 2001, at the family home.
Mr. Ratledge had retired after 33 years of service with Alcoa Inc. He was also a member of the Alcoa 25-Year Club.
He had been a lifelong member of Clover Hill Presbyterian Church in Maryville. His family said he was an avid golfer.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Lorraine Scott Ratledge; his sons, Mike Ratledge and his wife, Sandy, of Oak Ridge, Jerry T. Ratledge of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Dan Ratledge and his wife, Tina, of Alabama; his daughter, Cindy Honeycutt and her husband, Charlie, of Bristol; and by his grandchildren, Dusty Ratledge and Jenny Ratledge, both of Oak Ridge, Ingela Ratledge of New York, Jeff Ratledge and his wife, Shea, of North Carolina, Julie Ratledge of Knoxville, Clay Ratledge of Alabama and Heather Capps of Maryville.
Mr. Ratledge is also survived by his brother, Earl Ratledge of Knoxville; and by his in-laws, Gene Law and Mary Ratledge, both of Maryville, Bob and Allene Scott and C.L. and Betty Wilson, all of Madisonville, Thelma McCollom of Georgia, Charles and Marie Scott of Florida and Frances Scott of Lenoir City.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Wright and Eva Ratledge, his brothers and sisters, Charles Ratledge, Ralph Ratledge, J.C. Ratledge, Bessie Ratledge Law and Stella Ratledge Evans, and by a grandson, Scott Terrell Ratledge.
A graveside service was to be conducted at 3 this afternoon, March 5, at Clover Hill Cemetery in Maryville, with the Rev. Tom Gilliland officiating.
The family requests that any memorials be in the form of donations to Clover Hill Presbyterian Church, c/o Ray Lillard, 215 Sandy Springs Road, Maryville, TN 37803.
Friends may call at their convenience at the family home or at McCammon-Ammons-Click Funeral Home in Maryille.
Janie Mae Beasley
Mount Zion Baptist member
Janie Mae Beasley, 82, of Oak Ridge, died Friday, March 1, 2002, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.
Born Sept. 25, 1919, in Opelika, Ala., she was the daughter of Annie Oliver Golden and Jim Golden, both deceased.
She was the widow of James Beasley Sr.
Mrs. Beasley came to Oak Ridge in 1944. She confessed to Christ in Opelika, her family said. She was a member and mother at Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, and an active member of the CC Fuller Circle, the Guiding Light Circle, the Abbie Gai Vinson Society and the Missionary Society.
Mrs. Beasley's family said she enjoyed cooking, gardening and fishing and loved serving others.
She is survived by her sons, James W. Oliver of Battle Creek, Mich., James Beasley Jr. and his wife, Deborah, of Deerfield, Fla., and Willie Lee Oliver and his wife, Ruby, of Oak Ridge; her daughters, Viola Oliver and Ernestine Johnson and her husband, James, all of Oak Ridge; and her adopted daughter, Becky Burum of Oliver Springs.
Mrs. Beasley is also survived by her sisters, Elvira Fuller and Sara Cobb, both of Duluth, Minn.; her sisters-in-law, Burnie Golden of Knoxville, Mae Willie Golden of Birmingham, Ala., and Mat Lou Lumford of Opelika; and her grandchildren, Lamar Oliver, Ella Bridges, Michael Oliver, Christine Oliver, Belinda Oliver, Aaron Oliver, James Oliver, Kelvin Oliver, Mitchell Oliver, Ricky Caswell, Dennis Howard, Denise Howard, James Howard, Danny Howard, Willie Oliver, Suzanna Gallihar, Dorothy Hunter and her husband, the Rev. Charles Hunter, Jr., Elvira Moore, Chris Oliver, Carnell Henderson and her husband, Edward, and Catherine Gipson and her husband, Charles.
Also surviving are 29 nieces and nephews, including a devoted niece and nephew, Emma Sutton of Oak Ridge and Eddie Golden of Clinton; and many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Rueben Lewis, Edith Remson, Pleas Mitchell and Charlie Hunter Sr. were among her many special friends.
In addition to her husband and her parents, Mrs. Beasley was preceded in death by her brothers, Jim Golden, Special Golden, Jay Golden, Sandy Golden and James Golden; her sisters, Fannie Mae Colquit and Jimmie Lou Golden; her grandchildren, James Oliver and Melissa Oliver; and her nephews, Willie Golden and Thelma Felton.
The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 8, at Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. T.L. Mims officiating.
Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Memorial Park.
The family requests that any memorials be in the form of donations to the Guiding Light Circle, Attn: Dozier McKinnon, 263 S. Benedict Ave., Oak Ridge, TN 37830.
The family will receive friends from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at the church.
Weatherford Mortuary is handling the arrangements.