Mary Kay Brown Yates
Retired K-25 worker
Mary Kay Brown Yates, 57, of Clinton, died Tuesday, March 14, 2000, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.
Mrs. Yates was retired from Lockheed Martin Energy Systems. For 22 years she worked in the Operations Division at the Oak Ridge K-25 Site.
Born July 26, 1942, she was the daughter of Bob and Irene Hutton, who are deceased.
Mrs. Yates was a member of South Clinton Baptist Church.
She is survived by two sons, James K. Yates and Billy Brown and his wife, Vetta, all of Clinton; her daughter, Tara Ford and her husband, Dennis, of Clinton; two sisters, Bobby Nelson and her husband, Estel, of Clinton and Caroline Brinyark and her husband, John, of Lake City; and her brother, Karl Hutton and his wife, Gena, of Caryville.
Mrs. Yates is also survived by her grandchildren, Joanna Brown, William Brown, Kayla Ford and Ralynn Ford; and by several nieces and nephews, including a special nephew, Jack Taylor and his family of Lake City.
Mike Seivers and his family were considered special friends.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 17, in the chapel of Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton with the Rev. Archie Nelson officiating.
Burial will follow at Woodhaven Memorial Gardens in Claxton.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 tonight, March 16, at the funeral home.
Elizabeth 'Lizz' Dunlap
Longtime Oak Ridge merchant
Elizabeth "Lizz" Leslie Dunlap, 82, of Oak Ridge died Thursday morning, March 15, 2001, at her home.
Mrs. Dunlap was born Feb. 24, 1919, in Nashville. Her parents were Robert Stone and Callie Kittrell Stone Winfrey.
Mrs. Dunlap was a longtime business owner in Oak Ridge. She first opened her business in the Municipal Markets in what is now the downtown area, with partner Bob Williams. She then moved the business to Grove Center and finally relocated and formed Lizz's Shopping Center, located at the corner of Oak Ridge Turnpike and Raccoon Road.
Mrs. Dunlap was a member of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church and she was a longtime member of Altrusa of Oak Ridge. Her son described her as a "workaholic" and said she loved dancing.
She was the widow of Joel S. Dunlap, who died in 1993.
Mrs. Dunlap is survived by her son, David Ramsey Dunlap of Oak Ridge; five grandchildren, Denise Leslie Dunlap of Nashville, Joel L. Dunlap and his wife, Amy, of Coalfield, David R. Dunlap Jr. and Mattie Stanton, both of Oliver Springs, and Kristie Duncan of Oak Ridge; six great-grandchildren, Felicia Stanton, Josh Stanton, Carlene Dunlap and David Vincent Dunlap, all of Oliver Springs, and Rachel Dunlap and Leah Dunlap, both of Coalfield; and by Kathy Cunningham, whom she thought of as a daughter.
Glenda Dunlap of Oliver Springs is her former daughter-in-law.
In addition to her husband and her parents, Mrs. Dunlap was preceded in death by another son, Joel L. Dunlap, who died in 1960.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 19, in the chapel of Weatherford Mortuary with the Rev. Craig M. Kallio officiating.
Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Memorial Park.
The family requests that any memorials be in the form of donations to the Boys Club of Oak Ridge, P.O. Box 4021, Oak Ridge, TN 37831.
The family will receive friends from noon to 2 p.m. Monday at the mortuary.
Former Oak Ridge resident
Katherine Blankenship, 76, died Friday, March 2, 2001, at her home in Melbourne, Fla.
Mrs. Blankenship, who was born in Pikeville, had lived in Oak Ridge and worked at the Oak Ridge K-25 Site for 20 years before moving to Melbourne in 1966.
In Melbourne, she worked as an administrative secretary with Rockwell International at the Kennedy Space Center until 1990, when she retired.
Mrs. Blankenship was a member of Melbourne Chapter No. 263 of the Order of Eastern Star and a member of the DAVA.
She was the widow of William L. Blankenship.
She is survived by her daughter, Beverly S. Woods and her husband, David, of Oak Ridge; her stepsons, David Blankenship and his wife, Phyllis, of Claxton and James Blankenship and his wife, Sharon, of Clinton; and her grandson, Walt Blankenship of Clinton.
Mrs. Blankenship is also survived by Jill Frazier of Oak Ridge, whom she considered a "second daughter;" her sisters-in-law, Helen Ault of Muldrow, Okla., and Barbara Ault of Hendersonville; and her nephews, Grover Ault of Hendersonville, Blair Ault of Indianapolis, Ind., and John Kinser of Muldrow.
The funeral was held Monday, March 5, at Florida Memorial Funeral Home in Rockledge, Fla.
Burial followed at Florida Memorial Gardens.
Lamar 'Bud' Nesbitt Rentz
Clinton First Wesleyan member
Lamar "Bud" Nesbitt Rentz, 71, of Clinton, died Wednesday, March 14, 2001, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.
Mr. Rentz was born July 15, 1929, in Jonesboro, Ark., the son of George and Bessie Cook Rentz, who are deceased. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War.
He was a member of First Wesleyan Church in Clinton.
Mr. Rentz is survived by his wife, Eunice Webster Rentz; his daughters, Susan Duncan Rentz of Clinton and Linda Adams and June Stampe, both of Texas; his grandchildren, Byron, Jered, Sean and Kevin; and his great-grandchildren, Kimberly, Trevor, Haden and Cory.
He is also survived by his brothers, H.F. Rentz of Elizabethtown, Ky., W.F. Rentz of Ellensburg, Wash., and C.A. Rentz of Washington, D.C.; his sisters-in-law, Jean Webster and Madeline Johnson, both of Clinton, and Thelma Stowe and her husband, Dan, of Toccoa, Ga.; his brothers-in-law, Roy Webster and his wife, Gladys, of Oak Ridge and Bill Webster and his wife, Nellie, of Brownsburg, Ind.; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three other brothers, Jim Rentz, George Rentz and E.C. Rentz.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at First Wesleyan Church, 821 Fowler St., Clinton. The Rev. Samuel Condon and the Rev. Troy Keaton will officiate.
Burial will follow at Sunset Cemetery in Clinton. Members of the East Tennessee Veterans Honor Guard will conduct full military rites.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 tonight, March 16, at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton.
Walter Sylvester Wilcox
Walter Sylvester Wilcox of Powell died Tuesday, March 13, 2001, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.
Mr. Wilcox is survived by his wife of 42 years, Betty J. Wilcox; his sons, Cleophas Wilcox and Reginald Wilcox Sr. and his wife, Mary; his brothers, Joseph Wilcox, David Wilcox and Issac Wilcox and his wife, Frances, all of Terre Haute, Ind., and James Wilcox of Detroit, Mich.; his sisters, Ella Mae Owens and Hershella of Terre Haute and Cynthia Neal and her husband, Willie, of Visalia, Calif.; and by six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
The funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at Lomax Temple, AME Zion Church, 3220 Sherman Street, Knoxville, with the Rev. John Jackson officiating.
Burial will be at Haven's Chapel Cemetery in Claxton.
The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 7:30 tonight, March 16, at Jarnigan & Son Mortuary, Knoxville.
Paul Dewey Rogers
Heritage church bus driver
Paul Dewey Rogers, 77, of Oak Ridge, died Wednesday, March 14, 2001, at his home.
He was born Aug. 17, 1923, in Knoxville, the son of John Tilford Rogers and Minnie Belle Hensley Rogers, both now deceased.
Mr. Rogers retired from Dean Stallings Ford, where he worked as a mechanic. After retirement, he went to work in the bakery of Food City and worked there until his health began to fail.
He was an active member of Heritage Fellowship and served as the bus driver for the youth choir. He also very much enjoyed cooking, his family said.
Mr. Rogers is survived by his wife, Lucille Kathryn Snyder Rogers. The couple would have celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary in July.
Also surviving are his son, Gary Paul Rogers of Knoxville; his daughter, Judy Rogers Steadman and her husband, Chick, of Peachtree City, Ga.; his brothers, Bob Rogers of Knoxville and Roy Rogers of Nashville; his sisters, Lois Johnson of Knoxville and Helen Babb of Fayetteville, Ga.; and his granddaughter, Melissa Robinson of Newnan, Ga.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by another sister, Grace Parks, and three other brothers, Ralph Rogers, Earl Rogers and Drexel Rogers.
The funeral will be held at 8 tonight, March 16, at Heritage Fellowship. The Rev. James C. Bandy, the Rev. Fred Garmon and the Rev. Ed Denham will officiate.
A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 17, at Oak Ridge Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 tonight at Heritage Fellowship.
Weatherford Mortuary is handling the arrangements.