Lt. Col. Charles E. Murphy
Former Oak Ridge resident
Lt. Col. Charles E. Murphy, 85, died Monday, March 17, 2003, in Marietta, Ga.
He was born Nov. 11, 1917 in Baltimore, Md. He attended and graduated from McDonogh military School while on scholarship. He received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Tennessee in 1941 while on scholarship. He was a Kappa Sigma Alumni.
He married Charlotte Wellman Wilson the day after graduation and they moved to Hollywood, Calif. He worked for Lockheed Martin. His wife died earlier.
After Pearl Harbor, he requested active duty and served in World War II from 1942 to 1946. He served with 1st Infantry three-and-half years in Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Sicily, Africa; Normandy Invasion, Northern France, Germany and throughout Europe. He received two silver stars, two bronze stars, a Purple Heart, and eight battle stars on his campaign ribbon. He was discharged from active duty on Jan. 24, 1946. He remained in the reserves until his retirement at age 70 as lieutenant colonel.
In 1946, he returned to Knoxville and moved to Oak Ridge where he lived at 101 Maple Lane for over 50 years. He worked for Union Carbide Nuclear Division as an engineer for the Y-12 Plant, the K-25 site, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
He was an accomplished horseman, dressage judge, technical delegate, and he foxhunted with the East Tennessee Valley Fox Hunt. He was active in Oak Ridge Playhouse. He was involved with the Sea Scouts and Power Squadron. He loved to garden, paint, and write short stories.
He is survived by two daughters, Karen Murphy-Daniels of DuPont, Wash. and Celia M. Parks of Atlanta; a son, Stephen W. Murphy of Ohio and his grandchildren, Scott Murphy of Chicago and Julie Landesco of Boston.
A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 23, in the small chapel at First United Methodist Church in Oak Ridge.
The funeral with military rites will be at 10 a.m. Monday, March 24, in Knoxville.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. in the church parlor.
The family requests that any memorials be in the form of gifts to the Lt. Colonel Charles E. Murphy Scholarship Fund, Society of the First Infantry Division, 1933 Morris Road, Blue Bell, PA 19422-1422.
Adalene VanDuyne Simpkins
Mother of David Simpkins
Adalene VanDuyne Simpkins, 95, of Oak Ridge, died Tuesday, March 19, 2002, at NHC HealthCare of Oak Ridge.
She was born March 5, 1907, in Rochester, N.Y., the daughter of Ernest and Emma Bennett VanDuyne.
Mrs. Simpkins had lived in Oak Ridge since 1988 and had been a resident of the Oak Ridge Retirement Community for many years. Her family said she had many friends there.
She was a former teacher of French for many years in the New York school system in Massena, N.Y.
Mrs. Simpkins enjoyed playing bridge, traveling and playing the stock market.
She was the widow of Thomas Edward Simpkins, who died in 1989.
She is survived by her son, David John Simpkins of Oak Ridge; and two granddaughters, Rebecca Lynn Simpkins of New Paltz, N.Y., and Ashley Elizabeth Simpkins of Syracuse, N.Y.
A memorial service will be held at 8 p.m. Friday, March 22, at Kern Memorial United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mark Flynn officiating.
The family requests any memorials be in the form of donations to Kern Memorial United Methodist Church Choir Fund, 451 E. Tennessee Ave., Oak Ridge, TN 37830.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the church.
Martin Oak Ridge Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
Ruth M. Morrison
Retired Andersonville postmaster
Ruth M. Morrison, 82, of Clinton, died Thursday, March 20, 2003, at her home.
Mrs. Morrison was retired from the U.S. Postal Service after 35 years of service. At the time of her retirement, she was postmaster at the Andersonville Post Office. She was a past secretary of the National Association of Postmasters of the United States and was an active member and past president of the Anderson County Democratic Women's Club. She was also a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Oak Ridge.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Olen Morrison, a son, Sam Morrison, her parents, Samuel and Evelyn Maupin, and two brothers, James Maupin and Sam Maupin.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Don and Cheryl Morrison; a daughter-in-law, Carol Morrison; her granddaughters, Cher and Kim Morrison, and Carrie Sandoz; a great-grandson, Zak Clark; her sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Bob Kilday; her brother and sister-in-law, Curtis and Judy Maupin; and by several special nieces and nephews.
The family expresses their thanks to caregivers Margaret Peters, Mary Owens and Sandi Pemberton, and to Baptist Hospice for their kind and loving care.
The funeral will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 22, 2003, in the chapel of Weatherford Mortuary with the Rev. David Webster officiating.
A graveside service will be at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 23, at Union Temple Cemetery in Greeneville.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the mortuary.
The family requests that any memorials be in the form of donations to the Alzheimer's Association, 919 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1100, Chicago, IL 60611; or to the Special Olympics Tennessee, 1900 12th Ave. South, Nashville, TN 37203.
John Raymond Kinser
Vietnam veteran, former Oak Ridge resident
John Raymond Kinser, 57 of Lewisburg, died Thursday, March 20, 2003, at the VA Medical Center in Nashville.
A native of Orlando, Fla., he was raised in East Tennessee. He was a 1963 graduate of Oak Ridge High School and received his master's degree in industrial management from Northeastern State University. Following his military service during the Vietnam era, he traveled the world as a pipeliner and welding inspector in the petroleum industry. He was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church of Muldrow, Okla., the China Post One, VFW, American Legion, and the American Welding Society. He was preceded in death by a son, Wendell Allen Kinser and by his father, Wendell Ault.
Survivors include his wife, Donna Cummings Johnson Kinser of Lewisburg; his mother: Helen Ault of Muldrow, Okla.; a sister: Ruth Ann Craig of Oceanside, Calif.; two daughters: Jill Kinser of Okla. and Dee Ann Elliott of Osceola, Mo; four step-children: Susanne Jolley of Lewisburg, Cindy Peden of Franklin, Ben Johnson of Richmond, Ky. and Susan Johnson of Nashville and seven grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 7 p.m. Friday, March 21, 2003 at the chapel of Bills-McGaugh Funeral Home, Lewisburg. Burial, with military rites, will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Anderson Memorial Gardens in Oak Ridge.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Bills-McGaugh Funeral Home.
The family requests that memorials be made in the form of gifts to the Nashville Rescue Mission, 639 Lafayette Street, Nashville, TN 37203-4226.
Charity Lynn Harney
Former Lenoir City resident
Charity Lynn Harney, 26, Knoxville, formerly of Lenoir City, died Wednesday, March 19, 2003, at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle.
The daughter of David and Debbie Adcox of Lenoir City, Mrs. Harney was born Feb. 2, 1977, in Knoxville. She lived in Lenoir City until moving to Knoxville in 1998. She graduated from Lenoir City High School in 1995 and attended Calvary Baptist Church in Lenoir City. She worked from her home in Knoxville as a nanny to Alex and Zachary Spencer.
She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Clyde Hunley and by her mother-in-law, Sandy Harney.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Harney is survived by her husband David Harney Jr., formerly of Wartburg; a sister, Desireé Adcox of Knoxville; her grandparents, Rossie Hunley of Knoxville and Marvin and June Adcox of Temple, Texas; her father-in-law, David Harney Sr. of Lancing; and by several aunts, uncles and cousins.
The funeral will be at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 22, 2003, in the chapel of Sharp Funeral Home in Oliver Springs with the Rev. John Davis officiating.
A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 23, at Fairview Cemetery in Lancing.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Andrew Calvin Smith
Oliver Springs resident
Andrew Calvin Smith, 76, of Oliver Springs, died Wednesday, March 20, 2002, at Hillcrest North Nursing Home in Knoxville.
Mr. Smith was the son of William O. and Ila Mae Smith, who are deceased.
He was a member of Inskip Baptist Church, Masonic Bright Hope Lodge No. 557 and he was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason.
Mr. Smith is survived by his sons, Kenneth C. Smith and his wife, Janice Smith, of Powell and William N. Smith and his wife, Sandy Smith, of Orlando, Fla.; his daughter, Tina Marie Vadnal and her husband, Dr. John Vadnal, of Jacksonville, Fla.; one brother, Ray Smith and his wife, Gail; a brother-in-law, James Ford; a sister-in-law, Bobbie Smith; and seven grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister, Kenneth Smith, Roy Smith and Ruth Ford.
The family sends a special thanks to the nursing staff of Hillcrest North Nursing Home, Building B.
The funeral will be held at 8 tonight, March 22, in the chapel of Weaver Funeral Home.
Family and friends will meet at 1:45 p.m. Saturday, March 23, for a 2 p.m. graveside service at Woodhaven Memorial Gardens in Claxton.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 tonight at the funeral home.
Former Lake City resident
Joe Lisenbee, 78, of Detroit, Mich., formerly of Lake City, died Tuesday, March 19, 2002, at Oakwood Medical Center in Dearborn, Mich.
Mr. Lisenbee is survived by his son, Tommy Lisenbee of Canada; his brother, Fred Lisenbee and his wife, Mae, of Kingston; and three sisters, Nancy Sommer and her husband, Clyde, of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Ruth Duff and Thelma Mclean and her husband, Al, all of Detroit.
The funeral will be held at 8 tonight, March 22, in the chapel of Cox-Martin Funeral Home in Lake City with the Rev. Brian Courtney officiating.
A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 23, at Oak Grove Cemetery in Lake City.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 tonight at the funeral home.