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; and by several nieces and nephews.
Five brothers, Hershel Baker, Frank Baker, Fred Baker, Harry Baker and Roy Baker, died earlier.
The funeral was to be held at 11 this morning, March 24, in the chapel of Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton with the Rev. Ronald Guthrie officiating.
Graveside and Masonic services were to 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 Rev. Elgin Hayes Bass
Retired Oliver Springs minister
The Rev. Elgin Hayes Bass, 83, of Oliver Springs, died Thursday, March 23, 2000, at his home.
Mr. Bass was a lifelong resident of Oliver Springs and had been a minister in the area for many years.
The funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 26, at Mineral Springs Baptist Church in Oliver Springs.
Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at Sharp Funeral Home in Oliver Springs. A Masonic service will follow at 9 p.m.
Peggy Jo Allen Vaughn
Retired DARC teacher
Peggy Jo Allen Vaughn, 79, of Langley, Ky., died Thursday, March 23, 2000, at her home following an extended illness.
Mrs. Vaughn was a retired teacher. She had taught at Maytown High School in Maytown, Ky., and at the Daniel Arthur Rehabilitation Center in Oak Ridge.
She was born Dec. 1, 1920, in Louisville, Ky., the daughter of Dr. J.H. and Bertha May Allen.
She had been a member of Kern Memorial United Methodist Church of Oak Ridge and of Maytown United Methodist Church in Maytown.
Mrs. Vaughn is survived by her sons, Robert Joseph Vaughn of Knoxville and Richard Eugene Vaughn of Clinton; her daughter, Margaret Ann Vaughn of Auxier, Ky.; her sister, Harriet Allen of Langley; five granddaughters, Kelli and Kari Vaughn of Knoxville and Megan, Brittany and Katie Vaughn of Clinton; and by three great-grandchildren and two nieces she considered special, Teddie and Elizabeth Allen.
Don Marshall was considered a special friend.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 25, in the chapel of Hall Funeral Home in Martin, Ky., with the Rev. Jamie Williams officiating.
The family requests any memorials be in the form of donations to the Juvenile Diabetes. Fund, P.O. Box 566, Knoxville, TN 37901.
Cleo Esters Wilson
Born in Coal Creek
Cleo Esters Wilson, 79, of Powell, died Saturday, March 22, 2003, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge after a lengthy illness.
Born Aug. 26, 1923, in Coal Creek, she was the daughter of James P. and Hattie Moore Esters, who are both now deceased.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Charlie Brown and Lawrence D. Wilson, two sons, James E. Brown and Robert L. Brown, and five sisters and brothers, Carrie Pater, Ruth Annabelle Joyner, Wanda Brewer, Willie Esters and James Esters.
Mrs. Wilson is survived by four daughters, Anna Brown Twitty of Buffalo, N.Y., Loretta Brown Jones and husband, Leon, of Claxton, Mary Ellen Wilson Toy and husband, Harold, of Knoxville, and Angela Kaye Wilson of Oak Ridge; and three sons, Larry Brown of Knoxville, Lawrence Michael Wilson and Deacon Anthony Vernon Wilson and wife, Dorothy, all of Claxton.
She is also survived by sisters, Helen Suggs of Cleveland, Ohio, Bertha Dail of Buffalo, N.Y., Ernestine McLean of Fort Washington, Md., and Ovaline Anderson of Columbus, Ohio; and by one grandchild and 8 great-grandchildren.
George Reed and devoted neighbors, Hazel Moore, Ethel Gallaher and Theresa Caswell are considered special friends.
The funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, 2003, in the chapel of Weatherford Mortuary with the Rev. Jerry E. McCleary officiating. Burial will follow at Woodhaven Memorial Gardens in Claxton.
The family will receive friends from 1 to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the mortuary.
Mary Elliott Loveless
Owned Oak Ridge Catering
Mary Elliott Loveless, 73, of Oak Ridge, died Thursday, March 20, 2003, at her home surrounded by her family.
She was born March 2, 1930, in Greenville, N.C., the daughter of James S. and Helen Harmon Elliott, who are both deceased.
Mrs. Loveless owned and operated Oak Ridge Catering Service for over 30 years. She was well known for her delicious cooking talent and beautiful cakes.
She was an active member of Glenwood Baptist Church for many years, where she also helped to start the youth ministry. She was later a member of First Baptist Church. She had also been a member of the Sweet Adelines, the B.P.W. and served as a lecturer for Weight Watchers International.
She is survived by her husband of 55 years, William E. Loveless; daughters, Carla Monk and her husband, Jim, of Marleton, N.J., Katie Landis of Oak Ridge, Karen Shonkwiler and her husband, the Rev. Charles Shonkwiler, of Fairborn, Ohio, and Chris Buck and her husband, Sam of Knoxville; a sister, Lou Troutman her husband, Ken, of Highland, Calif., and their family; a brother, James Elliott and his wife, Melba, of Fort Worth, Texas, and their family; eight grandchildren, Leigh Monk, Christina Trentham and her husband, David, Sarah Shonkwiler, Joel Shonkwiler, Hannah Shonkwiler, William Buck, Amy Buck and David Buck; and by two great-grandchildren, Tina Trentham and Annabelle Shonkwiler.
The funeral was to be at noon Monday, March 24, 2003, in the chapel of Weatherford Mortuary with the Rev. Charles Shonkwiler officiating. Burial will follow at Anderson Memorial Gardens, Oliver Springs HIghway.
The family asks that any memorials be in the form of contributions to a charity of the donor's choice.
The family were to receive friends from 10 a.m. to noon Monday the mortuary.
James Edward Newton
Retired from Martin Marietta
James Edward Newton, 55, of Oak Ridge, died Saturday, March 22, 2003, at his home after a lengthy illness.
The son of Raymond Lee Newton and Ellen Irene Smith Newton, he was born July 16, 1947, in Oak Ridge. His father died June 4, 1983, and his mother died Oct. 15, 2000.
Mr. Newton was a 1965 graduate of Oak Ridge High School and a U.S. Air Force veteran, where he served in the Strategic Air Command during the Vietnam War.
He retired from Martin Marietta Energy Systems after working at the Y-12 Plant as an assembler.
He was fascinated by trains and had an extensive model train collection and enjoyed taking train excursions. He was also an accomplished stained glass artist and he enjoyed woodworking.
He is survived by his brother, Ralph Leon Newton and his wife, Lucy, a niece, Laura Lea Clinton and her husband, Allen; a nephew, Robert L. Newton and his wife, Julie, all of Atlanta; an aunt, Shirley Crisp and her husband, Don, of Weeki Wachee, Fla.; and an uncle, Dirk Smith of Rhode Island.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 25, 2003, in the chapel of Weatherford Mortuary with Rev. John Shaw officiating. Burial will follow at Anderson Memorial Gardens, Oliver Springs Highway.
The family requests that any memorials may be in the form of donations to C.A.R.E., 151 Ellis Street, Atlanta, GA 30303.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 24, at the mortuary.
Robert R. Crothers
Former Oak Ridge resident
Robert R. Crothers, 90, of Laconia, N.H., formerly of Oak Ridge, died at Lakes Region General Hospital on Saturday, March 15, 2003.
He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Oct. 15, 1912, the son of William and Nina Crothers.
He graduated from high school in Maryville in 1929. He attended Maryville College and College of Wooster, graduating from the latter in 1933 with a bachelor of arts degree. He received a bachelor of divinity degree from McCormick Seminary in Chicago in 1936, and studied at the University of London in London in 1936 and 1937. He received an honorary doctorate of divinity from Millikin University in Decatur, Ill. in 1949.
His first pastorate was in Malone, N.Y. at the First Congregational Church from 1937 to 1944. He served as a chaplain in the U.S. Army Air Forces from 1944 to 1946. His second pastorate was in Decatur, Ill. at the Westminister Presbyterian Church from 1946 to 1956, and from 1956 to1966 he was pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Topeka, Kan. He worked as associate general secretary for the Board of National Missions of the United Presbyterian Church in New York from 1966 to 1973. He served as stated supply at the First Presbyterian Church in Oak Ridge from 1973 to 1978. After he retired he continued to live in Oak Ridge with his wife, Alice, until the fall of 2000, when they moved to Laconia to be near their daughter.
Survivors include his wife, Alice; his daughter, Kathy Woodward of Holderness, N.H. three grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Penny Crothers, in 1970, and by three brothers: Morris, William, and George Crothers.