Walter R. Baker
Retired Rust electrician
Walter R. Baker, 83, of Clinton, died Tuesday, March 21, 2000, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.
Mr. Baker, an electrician, was retired from Rust Engineering. He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union Local No. 270 in Oak Ridge.
He was born Oct. 2, 1916, in Dillsboro, N.C., the son of Jess and Dovie Conner Baker, who are deceased. He was a U.S. Army veteran.
Mr. Baker was a member of Second Baptist Church of Clinton, the Dillsboro Masonic Lodge No. 459 in Sylva, N.C., and the Knoxville Scottish Rite Temple.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Edna Branton Baker; his daughter, Barbara G. Baker of Clinton; two sons, Rick Baker and his wife, Susan, of Mooresville, N.C., and Bob Baker and his wife, Jackie, of Roseville, Calif.; and his sister, Sara McMahan of Monroe, N.C.
Mr. Baker is also survived by his grandchildren, Robert S. Baker and his wife, Tammy, of Lancaster, Calif., and Angie Tyner and her husband, Brandon, of Vilonia, Ark.; his great-grandchildren, Rheagan Tyner and Brenden S. Baker; four step-grandchildren, Debra, Richard, Donna and Randy, all of Monroe; and by several nieces and nephews.
Five brothers, Hershel Baker, Frank Baker, Fred Baker, Harry Baker and Roy Baker, died earlier.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 24, in the chapel of Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton with the Rev. Ronald Guthrie officiating.
Graveside and Masonic services will follow at Woodhaven Memorial Gardens in Claxton.
The family requests that any memorials be in the form of donations to the American Heart Association, Anderson County Unit, P.O. Box 6014. Oak Ridge, TN 37831.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 tonight, March 23, at the funeral home.
Gavin Rulie Benbenek
Oliver Springs infant
Gavin Rulie Benbenek, the infant son of Jennifer Lisenbee and Daniel Benbenek of Oliver Springs, died Tuesday, March 21, 2000, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.
In addition to his parents, Gavin is survived by his paternal grandparents, Paul Benbenek, Maggie Carroll and William Taylor, and his maternal grandparents, Terry and Janice Lisenbee, all of Oliver Springs; his paternal great-grandmother, Roxie Carroll of Oliver Springs; and by his maternal great-grandparents, Rulie and Ellen Carroll of Oliver Springs and Maudie Lisenbee of Lake City.
Gavin's paternal great-grandfather, Daniel Carroll, and his maternal great-grandfather, Kelly Lisenbee, died earlier.
A graveside service was to be held at noon today, March 23, at Anderson Memorial Gardens, Oliver Springs Highway, Clinton, with the Rev. Blair Waddell officiating.
Sharp Funeral Home in Oliver Springs is handling arrangements.
Mary Huckabey Spencer
Retired store assistant manager
Mary Elizabeth Huckabey Spencer, 58, of Oak Ridge, died Sunday, March 21, 1999, at her home.
Mrs. Spencer retired in 1982 as assistant manager with Howard Brothers Department Store.
She was born in Trenton, Tenn., on April 8, 1940, the daughter of Douglas E. and Frances Elizabeth Plunkett Shepherd, who are deceased. She had been a longtime resident of Oak Ridge.
She enjoyed cooking very much, her family said, adding that they and her friends were her biggest interests.
She was a Pentecostal.
Mrs. Spencer is survived by her husband, Max D. Pugh; two daughters, Terry Young of Coalfield and Lora Martin of Knoxville; two sons, Jay Huckabey of Coalfield and Jeff Huckabey of Knoxville; three sisters, Sara Albornoz of Florida, Jessie Kribbs of Humboldt and Wanda Lynn Cyphers-Capone of California; and three brothers, James Shepherd, Douglas Shepherd and David Shepherd, all of Florida.
She is also survived by her stepson, David B. Arbo of Knoxville; her grandchildren, Nicole Jones, Ashley Jones and Paige Anne Huckabey, all of Coalfield, and Sterling Martin and Silver Martin, both of Knoxville; her uncle, Richard Shepherd and his wife, Alice, of Coalfield; and several nieces and nephews.
Joe and Lillian Paehler of Oak Ridge were Mrs. Spencer's former father-in-law and mother-in-law.
The funeral will be held at 8 tonight, March 23, in the chapel of Weatherford Mortuary with the Rev. Terry Mosley officiating.
The body will be cremated, in accordance with Mrs. Spencer's wishes.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 tonight at the mortuary.
Jim W. Stambaugh
Former Oak Ridge worker
Jim W. Stambaugh, 68, of Morristown, died Saturday morning, March 20, 1999, at Ridgeview Terrace Nursing Home in Rutledge.
Following graduation from Eastern Kentucky University, Mr. Stambaugh worked for the U.S. government in Oak Ridge before attending the University of Tennessee Law School. He graduated in 1958.
He was born in Jenkins, Ky., on Feb. 13, 1931, the son of James and Jessie Kate Stambaugh, who are now deceased.
Mr. Stambaugh was a member of the American Bar Association, the Hamblen County Bar Association, the Tennessee Bar Association, Tennessee Trial Lawyers, American Trial Lawyers and the American Judicature Society.
He was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church in Morristown and also of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. Mr. Stambaugh was a supporter of Little League baseball, his family said.
He is survived by his two sons, J.J. Stambaugh of Knoxville and Wayne R. Stambaugh of Birmingham, Ala.; his grandson, James Patrick Stambaugh; and his sister, Barbara Williams of Charleston, S.C.
The funeral was held Monday night, March 22, at All Saints Episcopal Church in Morristown with the Rev. Louis Oats officiating.
A graveside service was to be held this morning, March 23, at Lynnhurst Cemetery in Knoxville.
The family requests any memorials be in the form of donations to All Saints Episcopal Church, 601 W. Main St., Morristown, TN 37814.
Stetzer Funeral Homes in Morristown handled arrangements.
Jerry Queener, 60, of the Medford community of Lake City, died Sunday, March 21, 1999, at his home.
Mr. Queener is survived by his wife, Sandra Josephine Long Queener; two daughters, Julie Whaley and her husband, Gary, of Caryville and Angelia Sharp and her husband, David, of Andersonville; his mother, Esta Hutson Queener of Indiana; two brothers, Joe Mack Queener and his wife, Edith, of Clinton, and J.K. Queener and his wife, Nelda, of Nashville; two sisters, Lola Jennings and her husband, Glen, of Indiana and Iris Bell and her husband, Frank, of Texas; and 11 grandchildren.
He is also survived by three stepchildren, Patty Loefer and her husband, Jason, of Georgia and Tammy Clark and her husband, Craig, and Doug Walden and his fiancée Becky Boggs, all of Clinton.
The funeral will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 24, in the chapel of Cox-Martin Funeral Home in Lake City with the Rev. George Miller officiating.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 25, at Beech Grove Cemetery in Lake City.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Mary Ann Dineen
Mother of Joan Burns
Mary Ann Dineen, 74, of Oak Lawn, Ill., died Saturday afternoon, March 20, 1999, at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn.
Mrs. Dineen is survived by three daughters, Joan Burns and her husband, Tom, of Oak Ridge, Marianne Gainer and her husband, Martin, and Donna Martin and her husband, James, all of Chicago, Ill.; three sons, James Dineen and his wife, Donna, of Alsip, Ill., and Timothy Dineen and his wife, Maria, and Thomas Dineen and his wife, Peggy, all of Chicago; and her sister, Regina Thomas.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 9 Central Time this afternoon, March 23, at Brady-Gill-Heeney Funeral Home, 2929 W. 87th St., Evergreen Park, Ill.
A funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. Central Time Wednesday, March 24, at Christ the King Church, 9235 S. Hamilton Ave., Chicago.
Burial will be at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Worth, Ill.
Donald C. Brater
Former resident, greenhouse owner
Donald C. Brater, 80, of Marco Island, Fla., died Friday, March 19, 1999, in Florida.
Mr. Brater and his wife, Lois, lived in Oak Ridge for 42 years.
He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on July 4, 1918, the son of Carl F. and Frances Gomien Brater, longtime residents of Cincinnati. He attended the University of Cincinnati and Purdue University, majoring in chemical engineering.
Mr. Brater participated in World War II as a special agent in the Counter-Intelligence Corps, assigned to the Manhattan Project at Oak Ridge. When completing this tour of duty, he and his family remained in Oak Ridge, where he worked as a development and chemical engineer with Union Carbide Nuclear Division.
He and his wife developed a greenhouse business that they operated from Oak Ridge and Knoxville.
In 1988, Mr. Brater retired and the couple moved to Marco Island, where he enjoyed fishing for snook, gardening and playing bridge.
In addition to his wife of 55 years, he is survived by his son, Craig, of Indianapolis, Ind.; his daughter, Judy, of Knoxville; his daughter-in-law, Stephanie; his granddaughter, Aimee, a student at Loyola University; his son-in-law, Peter, of Knoxville; his sister, Betty Kleeman, of Bellevue, Wash.; and his brother-in-law, Ben Kleeman.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 27, at the United Church of Marco Island.
The family requests any memorials be in the form of donations to the Mothers Fund of the United Church of Marco Island, 320 N. Barfield, Marco Island, FL 34145.