John Bennett Blanton
Oak Ridge resident
John Bennett "Ben" Blanton of Oak Ridge died Friday evening, March 22, 2002, at his home.
He was an Oak Ridge High School graduate and a lifelong resident of Oak Ridge.
His family said his inspirations in life were his family, friends and his love of music. Through his work, he earned the trust and respect of the entire community, they said, adding that his music, humor and companionship will be missed by all who knew him.
Mr. Blanton is survived by his wife, Jetta Blanton; his son, Cory Blanton; his father, John Blanton; and his brother, Kevin Blanton.
A memorial service will be held at 8 tonight, March 25, in the chapel of Martin Oak Ridge Funeral Home with the Rev. Martin Fischer officiating.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 tonight at the funeral home.
Anna Gregory Grant
Active in Camp Fire, Red Cross
Anna Gregory Grant, 94, of Oak Ridge, died Sunday, Jan. 3, 1999, at NHC HealthCare of Oak Ridge.
She was the widow of Leo W. Grant.
Mrs. Grant was a founding leader of the Oak Ridge Camp Fire Girls, and she and her husband participated in many community-wide activities associated with the American Red Cross and Rotary Clubs International.
She and her husband came to Oak Ridge in 1944, and they operated Ridge Janitor Service until retiring in 1970.
Mrs. Grant was a charter member of First Baptist Church and active in its Sunday school program.
She is survived by her son, Leo W. Grant Jr., of Chattanooga; four daughters, Florence Trevor of North Carolina, Althea Underwood and her husband, Bob, of Florida, Cleo Pace of Nevada and Anne Grant of Oak Ridge; and by 19 grandchildren and 36 great-grandchildren.
Two granddaughters died earlier.
The funeral will be held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5, at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Larry Dipboye officiating.
Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the church.
McCarty-Martin Oak Ridge Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Edna Lillian Mantz
Faith Lutheran member
Edna Lillian Mantz, 83, of Oak Ridge, died Friday, Jan. 1, 1999, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.
Mrs. Mantz was a member of Faith Lutheran Church and was present at the church's dedication. She was confirmed in German at Immanuel Lutheran Church and Church School.
She was active in the Faith Lutheran Retirees as well as the Golden Agers, a community-wide retirees group that meets monthly at New Salem Baptist Church.
She was born in Tilsit, Mo., on March 30, 1915, the daughter of Herman A. and Caroline Hauenschild Fluegge.
Mrs. Mantz worked at the Veach Baby Shoe Factory in 1941 in Missouri and during World War II worked at Small Arms Co., where she made .30-caliber shells and torpedoes.
She and her husband, Ernest W. Mantz, came to Oak Ridge in 1951 when he began employment with Union Carbide Nuclear Division at the Oak Ridge Y-12 Plant. A year and a half later, the couple moved to Fredericktown, Mo., and operated a restaurant/truck stop.
A year later, the couple moved to Clinton when Mr. Mantz accepted a job at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
In Clinton, they raised registered Angus cattle and won several grand championships at the Anderson County Fair. Mrs. Mantz was a community correspondent for the Clinton Courier News, covering the areas of Black Oak and Tacora Hills.
She was also active in the Anderson County Home Demonstration Club and often held meetings in her home and gave demonstrations. She was a 4-H Club leader when her daughter was active in the organization.
Mrs. Mantz was considered very skilled in quilt making, crocheting, sewing, tatting and embroidery, and in the past made all her own clothing. She won numerous awards and ribbons at the county fair with her sewing, cooking and canning skills. In addition, she planted and managed a large garden each year, canning and freezing large amounts of produce.
She and her husband enjoyed square dancing with the Yellow Rockers of Coalfield and the Rebels of Oak Ridge.
Her husband died in 1992.
Mrs. Mantz is survived by her daughter, Jo Ann Skowronski and her husband, Raymond, of Woodland Hills, Calif.; and by several nieces and nephews.
The funeral was to be held at 1 this afternoon, Jan. 4, at Faith Lutheran Church with the Rev. James Evers officiating. Burial was to follow at Oak Ridge Memorial Park.
The family requests any memorials be in the form of donations to Faith Lutheran Church, 1300 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, TN 37830; or to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 6014, Oak Ridge, TN 37831.
Weatherford Mortuary handled arrangements.
James Arthe Weldon
Retired chemical operator
James Arthe Weldon, 80, of Oak Ridge, died Sunday, Jan. 3, 1999, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.
Mr. Weldon retired from Union Carbide Nuclear Division in 1983 as a chemical operator at the Oak Ridge Y-12 Plant.
He was born in Giles County on May 6, 1918, the son of James Lewis and Mary Clinton Weldon. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
Mr. Weldon was a member of Glenwood Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Marjorie Weldon; his daughter, Margaret Woody and her husband, Gene, of Oak Ridge; his stepdaughter, Martha Green and her husband, Doug, of Asheville, N.C.; two sisters, Mattie Will Clem and her husband, Woodrow, of Elkmont, Ala., and Cleo Green and her husband, Bernard, of Dyersburg; two grandchildren, Chris Woody of Nashville and Bobby Woody of Oak Ridge; five step-grandchildren, Meredith Green, Allison Green, Malinda Conger, Stephen Conger and Sarah Conger; and by several nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be held at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5, in the chapel of Weatherford Mortuary with the Rev. Herbert Lee officiating.
A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6, at Oak Ridge Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the mortuary.
Patricia Ann Werner
Mother of Oak Ridgers
Patricia Ann Werner, 63, of West Knoxville, died at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2001, at Fort Sanders Parkwest Medical Center in Knoxville.
Mrs. Werner was born April 7, 1937. She was a member of All Saints Catholic Church of Knoxville.
She is survived by her husband, William J. Werner; her sons, Jim Werner and Tommy Werner, both of Oak Ridge, Bob Werner and his wife, Jo, and Patrick Werner and his wife, Janna; and by her daughters, Denise Underwood and her husband, Tom, Betsy Norris and her husband, John, and Christine Brewer and her husband, Steve.
Mrs. Werner is also survived by her mother, Esther Clinger; her sisters, Eldora Lott and Caroline Fuller; and by seven grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 tonight, Jan. 4, in the chapel of Highland West Funeral Home, 9913 Sherrill Lane, Knoxville. A Scripture service will be conducted at 8:15 p.m.
A private burial service will be conducted Friday at Oak Ridge Memorial Park with the Rev. Xavier Mankel officiating.
The family requests that any memorials be in the form of donations to the Knights of Columbus Home, 550 Idlewood Lane, Knoxville, TN 37923.
Redis Faye Nance
Lake City resident
Redis Faye Nance, 71, of Lake City, died Monday, Jan. 1, 2001, at St. Mary's Health System in Knoxville.
Mrs. Nance was a member of Little Cove Creek Baptist Church in Caryville. She loved working in her flowers and crocheting angels for her granddaughter, her family said.
She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Thomas Nance; her daughters, Sue Ellen Blakley and her husband, Carl, of Knoxville, Janie Gipson and her husband, Paul, of Lake City, Tammy Leopper and her husband, Randall, of Clinton; her brother, Levy Patterson and his wife, Georgia, of Lake City; and her sister, Ruby Ward of Tullahoma.
Mrs. Nance is also survived by her granddaughter, Brittany Leopper of Clinton; her grandsons, Randall Blakley of Jefferson City and Bradley Gipson of Lake City; a nephew she considered special, Patrick Patterson of Lake City; and by several other relatives.
Her parents, Calvin and Litha Phillips Patterson, and another sister, Ruth Strong, died earlier.
The funeral will be held at 8 tonight, Jan. 3, in the chapel of Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Lake City. The Rev. Charles Harness and the Rev. Lynn McClain will officiate.
A graveside service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4, at North Leach Cemetery in Lake City. Pallbearers will be Ken Elliott, Tommy Bailey, Jimmy Gipson, Odis Wilson, Carlos Crawford and Mack Bunch. Mart Byrge was named an honorary pallbearer.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 tonight at the funeral home.
Madelyn Carter McKamy
CASA, CONTACT volunteer
Madelyn Frances Carter McKamy died Monday, Jan. 1, 2001, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge, following complications of a stroke. She was 86.
Mrs. McKamy was born March 10, 1914, in Olive Hill, Ky., one of 12 children of Hanceford Berry Carter and Wanda Ramey Carter. She married John Andrew McKamy II in Ashland, Ky., on Jan. 1, 1936.
She earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Morehead College in Kentucky and a specialist in education degree from Miami University in Ohio. After teaching a few years in Kentucky, Mrs. McKamy and her husband moved to Lebanon, Ohio, where she briefly taught English but spent most of her career serving as a guidance counselor for middle and high schools. She retired at the age of 70.
To be near their grandchildren, the McKamys moved to Oak Ridge in 1986. Mr. McKamy died in 1987.
For several years, Mrs. McKamy served as an elder in the Lebanon Presbyterian Church and as a representative of the Salvation Army.
In Oak Ridge, she was an active member of First United Methodist Church and worked with Court Appointed Special Advocates, with CONTACT Helpline teleministries and with an adult literacy program. Her family said she was always concerned about young people, especially those who needed help.
Mrs. McKamy enjoyed walking. She was also an avid reader and especially enjoyed book discussion groups.
She is survived by her sons, John Andrew McKamy III and his wife, Evelyn, and William Carter McKamy and his wife, Rebecca, all of Oak Ridge; and by her grandchildren, Daniel McKamy and his wife, Donna, of Simpsonville, S.C., Elizabeth McKamy Schroeder and her husband, Erik, of Perrysburg, Ohio, and Layla, Ian and Mallory McKamy, all of Oak Ridge.
Mrs. McKamy is also survived by her great-grandchildren Sarah, Kate and Andrew McKamy, all of Simpsonville, and Sonja Schroeder of Perrysburg; her sisters, Jeanelle Call, Margaret Carter and Nora Hester McDowell, all of Dayton, Ohio; and by her brother, Theodore Carter of Columbus, Ohio.
The body was cremated.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at First United Methodist Church.
Burial will take place later in Dayton, Ohio.
The family requests that any memorials be in the form of donations to Keystone Elder Day Center, c/o First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 4669, Oak Ridge, TN 37831.
Weatherford Mortuary is handling arrangements.