Charlotte Lea Robinson
Community and GOP activist
Charlotte Lea Robinson of Oak Ridge, a member of the Local Oversight Committee's Citizens' Advisory Panel and a longtime active member of the local and state Republican Party, died Sunday, Dec. 31, 2000, at St. Mary's Hospice in Knoxville. She was 72.
Mrs. Robinson was born Aug. 23, 1928, in Atlanta, Ga., the daughter of James Walter and Charlotte Rhett Lea, who are deceased. She attended the public schools in Fulton County, Ga., and graduated from National Cathedral School in Washington, D.C.
She earned a bachelor of arts degree from Agnes Scott College and went on to earn a doctorate in biochemistry from Emory University.
Mrs. Robinson moved to Oak Ridge for postdoctorate training with Union Carbide Nuclear Division at the Biology Division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. There she met and married her husband, James Norris Robinson, who is deceased. She retired from her scientific career to raise her three children, her family said.
She was active in her children's activities, including the Girl Scouts and the track and cross-country boosters clubs. She served six years on the board of the YWCA of Oak Ridge, including program responsibilities and one year as treasurer.
Mrs. Robinson was active in Tennessee Republican politics and was a former president of the Oak Ridge/Anderson County Republican Women. She was a member of the Tennessee Federation of Republican Women, holding the post of Area 3A vice president.
She was also a member of the Local Oversight Committee's Citizens' Advisory Panel and was vice president of the Roane-Anderson Professional Society.
Mrs. Robinson is survived by her children and their spouses, Charlotte Robinson Salay and her husband, Michael John Salay, of Loveland, Ohio, John Kelly Robinson and his wife, Kathleen Brandner Robinson, of Riverside, Conn., and William Norris Robinson and his wife, Wendy Genella Robinson, of Caryville; her brothers, James Walter Lea and Anthony Addison Lea; her brother-in-law, Robert Edward Robinson; and by eight grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4, at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church with the Rev. Craig Kallio officiating.
The family requests that any memorials be in the form of donations to the Scholarship Fund at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 212 N. Tulane Ave., Oak Ridge, TN 37830.
The family will receive friends at the church following the memorial service Thursday.
Weatherford Mortuary is handling arrangements.
George Wesley Mitchel Jr.
A founder of the United Church
George Wesley Mitchel Jr., 91, died Sunday, Dec. 31, 2000, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.
Mr. Mitchel came to Oak Ridge from Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1944. He was a founding member of the United Church, Chapel on the Hill, and of the Oak Ridge Country Club.
Born Jan. 16, 1909, in Okmulgee, Okla., he was the son of George W. Mitchel Sr. and Louise Rehkopf Mitchel.
He retired in 1974 from Information Services at the Oak Ridge Y-12 Plant.
After retirement, he worked for CONTACT Helpline Inc. His hobbies included golf, tennis and boating.
Mr. Mitchel is survived by his son, Craig A. Mitchel and his wife, Kathy G. Mitchel, of Greeneville; his grandchildren, Todd Mitchel, Chad Mitchel and Brent Mitchel, all of Greeneville, and Brian Mitchel Blythe of Alexander City, Ala.; and by a great-grandchild, Quinten Griffith Mitchel of Greeneville.
His wife, Elaine H. Mitchel, died May 20, 1996. Another son, George Brian Mitchel, died in 1980.
A graveside service will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 5, at Oak Ridge Memorial Park. The Rev. R. Boyd Carter will officiate.
The family requests that any memorials be in the form of donations to the United Church, Chapel on the Hill, 85 Kentucky Ave., Oak Ridge, TN 37830; or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, P.O. Box 3074, Memphis, TN 38173-0704.
The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at Weatherford Mortuary.
Erma 'Maisie' Tunnell
Former Oak Ridge resident
Erma Thomas "Maisie" Tunnell, 89, formerly of Oak Ridge, died Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2003, at Wesley Woods Geriatric Hospital in Atlanta, Ga.
Born Dec. 27, 1914, in Swain County in North Carolina, she was the daughter of Alphonso Cleveland Thomas and Lillian Nell Thomas.
Only 15 when she graduated from Alcoa High School, Mrs. Tunnell attended Maryville College and graduated at age 19. Her first teaching job was on the isolated Cherokee Indian Reservation in Snowbird, N.C. The only non-Cherokee living on the reservation, she taught approximately 30 non-English speaking Cherokee children in a one-room schoolhouse. Mrs. Tunnell later held elementary and high school teaching positions in Maryville and Johnson City.
She obtained her master's degree in physical education from the University of Tennessee in 1940. Two years later, she married William C. "Bill" Tunnell, and in 1943 they moved to Oak Ridge, where her husband was employed as a design engineer for Union Carbide Nuclear Division.
The couple was active in the city's formative years. Mrs. Tunnell was a founding member of the local Girl Scout chapter, as well as the Lioness Club and the Power Squadron Auxiliary. Through the years, she was active in the Oak Ridge Playhouse, the Children's Museum, the Cub Scouts, the Anderson County Republican Party and Kern United Methodist Church. She was a frequent substitute teacher for the Oak Ridge school system.
Her husband was elected to Oak Ridge's first city council in 1949.
She and her husband frequently traveled abroad and were avid boaters. According to her family, the houseboat the couple built together remains the oldest houseboat on Norris Lake.
She moved to Atlanta following her husband's death in 1997 to be nearer her two sons and their families.
Mrs. Tunnell is survived by her elder son, Bill and wife, Karen, and their children, Dylan, 20, and Leila, 15; and by her younger son, Scott and wife, Beth, and their daughter, Laura, 20.
The family will receive friends from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, 2004, at Martin Oak Ridge Funeral Home.
A graveside service will follow at Anderson Memorial Gardens on the Oliver Springs Highway. A reception will be at the DoubleTree Hotel Oak Ridge.
Edith Eubanks, 86, of Solway died Sunday, Dec. 28, 2003, from colon cancer, at her home.
Mrs. Eubanks attended Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church and according to her family enjoyed Bible study and reading.
She is survived by her daughter, Carrol Dee and husband, Jim; her sister, Hazel Moore; three grandchildren, Rebecca Saldana, Paul Carter and James Mason; and by six great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 4, 2004, in the chapel of Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church in Knoxville.
The family requests that any memorials be in the form of contributions to the National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance, Entertainment Industry Foundation, 11132 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 401, Studio City, CA 91604.
Martin Oak Ridge Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Geraldine Louise Marshall
Oak Ridge resident
Geraldine Louise Marshall, 76, of Oak Ridge, formerly of Mathews County in Virginia, died Thursday, Dec. 25, 2003, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.
Born July 2, 1927, in Grant Town, W.Va., she was the daughter of Frederick Gordon Pitman and Mary Lena Crim Pitman. She retired from Royster Corp., where she was an executive secretary.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Claude Hudgins Marshall, on Sept. 12, 1989.
Mrs. Marshall is survived by her son, Claude Hudgins Marshall Jr. and wife, Leigh W., of Newport News, Va.; her daughter, Brenda Louise Willis and husband, William M. Sr., of Oak Ridge; four grandchildren, William M. Willis Jr. and wife, Julie Hubbard, of Nashville, and Lauren Marshall, Emily Marshall and Catherine Marshall, all of Newport News; one great-granddaughter, Jasmine Willis, of Nashville; and by a close friend, Chris Hudgins, of Norfolk, Va.
A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, 2004, at H.G. Smither Cemetery in Mathews, Va.
The family requests that any memorials be in the form of contributions to Summit Christian Academy, 69 Saunders Road, Newport News, VA 23601.
Foster Faulkner Funeral Home in Mathews is in charge of arrangements.
Weatherford Mortuary is in charge of local arrangements.
Mary Ellen Turner
Attended Community Church
Miss Mary Ellen Turner, 83, a resident of Rogersville and a former resident of Oak Ridge, died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2001, at the Erwin hospital in Erwin.
Born April 28, 1918, in Cocke County, she was the daughter of Calvin B. and Cressie Bible Turner, who are deceased.
Miss Turner was a member of Glendale Methodist Church in Bybee and attended the Community Church in Grove Center in Oak Ridge, helping with youth groups.
Prior to moving to Rogersville, she lived in Oak Ridge for 52 years. According to information from her family, she had worked for the Clinton Engineer Works in Oak Ridge and retired as a secretary with the Tennessee Municipal League, city of Oak Ridge.
Miss Turner is survived by her sister, Ethel Knight of Rogersville; three brothers, Elmer Turner of Rutledge, Bruce Turner of Rogersville and Roy C. Turner of Morristown; and several nieces and nephews.
Another sister, Mildred "Polly" Jones, and three other brothers, Fred Turner, Robert Turner and Paul Turner, preceded her in death.
The funeral was to be held at 1 this afternoon, Jan. 2, 2002, at Colboch-Price Funeral Home in Rogersville with the Rev. Jim Turner officiating.
Burial was to follow at Hamblen Memory Gardens.
The family was to receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Ann Wheeler Burton
Sister of John Wheeler
Ann Wheeler Burton of Franklin died Monday, Dec. 31, 2001, in Franklin.
Mrs. Burton was a graduate of Western Kentucky University and completed one year of the YMCA law school.
She was active with Christ Presbyterian Academy in Franklin. At the academy, she was a member of the leadership committee, designed and produced the athletic program for several years and she prepared the original accreditation manual.
Mrs. Burton is survived by her husband, Jim Burton; her sons, Craig Burton and his wife, Megan, of Washington, D.C., and Chris Burton of Franklin; her daughter, Amy Burton of Franklin; her mother, Frances Wheeler of Russellville, Ky.; her sister, Carol Gaddie, of Russellville; and her brother, John Wheeler of Oak Ridge.
A graveside service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Andy Watson, Dave Woodard, Richard Anderson, Ron Niesen, Jim Hamblen, Jay Siegrist, Ed White and Kin Clinton.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at Christ Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Charles McGowan officiating. Visitation will be held one hour before the service.
The family requests that any memorials be in the form of donations to Christ Presbyterian Academy; Alive Hospice; or to the American Cancer Society.
The family will also receive friends from 5 to 8 tonight, Jan. 2, at Brentwood Funeral Home, 9010 Church St. E., Brentwood.