Raymond Albert Koteski
Raymond Albert "Ray" Koteski, 81, of Powell, died Thursday, Jan. 1, 2004, at St. Mary's Regional Medical Center.
He was born May 2, 1922, in Natrona, Pa., of Allegheney County, as the youngest of eight children. He was a member of Holy Ghost Catholic Church. He retired in April 1984 after 39 years of service in various departments of the operations division at the Union Carbide Oak Ridge K-25 site.
At age 14, he was honored with the American Legion Plaque based on scholastic and athletic achievements in his elementary school years. At age 18, he was captain of the basketball team at Har-Brach High School and received the section I trophy as most valuable player. Mr. Koteski was honored with an athletic scholarship playing basketball for the "Demon Deacons" of Wake Forest University in North Carolina. He graduated with a degree in chemistry and was a member of Gamma Sigma Epsilon honorary fraternity and the 1942-1943 Monogram Club.
Mr. Koteski was a member of the Sequoyah Duplicate Bridge Club and the ACBL. His civic activities included youth work, coaching and church involvement.
The family would like to acknowledge a special friend, Dick Beaver, who co-chaired the annual fall festival and helped coach the basketball teams at St. Joseph Elementary School.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Charlotte Holden Koteski, in 2001.
Mr. Koteski is survived by four daughters, Frances McGaha and husband, Jim, of Seabrook, Texas, Mary St. John, Charlotte Ann Higginbotham and husband, Richard Jr., of Knoxville, and Cathy Mikkola and husband, Bob, of North Grafton, Mass.; 10 grandchildren, Christy McGaha, Chris St. John and wife, Shelley, Kim Skeen and husband, Rick, Tobie Funte, Sandy St. John, Allen Higginbotham and wife, Kim, Ray Higginbotham, Matthew Higginbotham, Ashley Mikkola and Meredith Mikkola; three great-grandsons, Parker St. John, Casey St. John and Clay Skeen; and by several nieces and nephews.
A funeral Mass was to be at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 5, 2004, at Holy Ghost Catholic Church with the Rev. Xavier Mankel officiating.
Burial was to follow at Highland Memorial Cemetery.
The family requests that any memorials be in the form of contributions to Holy Ghost Catholic Church, P.O. Box 3936, Knoxville, TN 37928 or to a charity of the donor's choice.
Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel in Knoxville is in charge of arrangements.
Jetta Faye Chambers
Has Oak Ridge relatives
Jetta Faye Chambers, 61, died Monday, Jan. 5, 2004, at the home of her sister in Oak Ridge.
She was a lifelong resident of Oneida and had made her home in Oak Ridge in recent years. She was a retired bookkeeper for H T Hackney - Jellico Grocery and Tri-County Motors in Oneida. She was a Christian member of First Baptist Church in Oneida and attended Christ Community Church while in Oak Ridge.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Laura Chambers, and by a brother, J.R. Chambers.
Miss Chambers is survived by two sisters, Eva Litton of Oneida, and Colletta Chitwood and husband, Cecil, of Oak Ridge; three brothers, Clifton Chambers and wife, Juanita, of Oneida, Tommy Chambers and wife, Mertie, of Knoxville, and Bradford Chambers of Indianapolis, Ind.; and by several nieces and nephews.
According to her family, Aunt Jettie was very devoted and caring to her many loving nieces and nephews.
Her family said she made many friends, some who preceded her in death and some who survive her.
The funeral will be at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2004, at West-Murley Funeral Home in Oneida with the Rev. Tom Job of Christ Community Church and the Rev. Dr. Doug White of First Baptist Church in Oneida officiating.
Burial will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, at Hazel Valley Cemetery in Oneida.
The family will receive friends beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Madolin E. 'Cookie' Hand Sister of Judy Gray
Madolin Elaine "Cookie" Hand, 56, of Oliver Springs, died Monday, Jan. 4, 1999, at her home.
Mrs. Hand was the sister of Judy Gray of Oliver Springs.
She was born in Roanoke, Va., on Jan. 17, 1942, the daughter of John and Julia Clark Wilkerson, who are now deceased.
She was a former resident of Kansas City, Mo.
In addition to her sister and brother-in-law, Rick D. Gray, Mrs. Hand is survived by her daughter, Julia Rebecca "Becky" Howard and her husband, Doug Howard, of Kansas City; her son, Richard Eugene Thomas and his wife, Stacy Thomas, of Independence, Mo.; her brother, Edmond Wilkerson of Phoenix, Ariz.; her niece, Angelia Shankle; and her grandniece, Makala.
She is also survived by eight grandchildren, Kara Stockdall, Kasie Stockdall and Cameron Stockdall, children of her daughter, and Jade Thomas, Jonathon Thomas, Jake Thomas, Rocky Thomas and Alexis Thomas, all children of her son.
The funeral will be held at 8 tonight, Jan. 7, in the chapel of Weatherford Mortuary.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 tonight at the mortuary.
Burial will be in Chillicothe, Mo., with Lindley Funeral Home handling arrangements.
The family requests any memorials be in the form of donations to the Lupus Foundation of America Inc., East Tennessee Chapter, 5612 Kingston Pike, No. 5, Knoxville, TN 37919.
James H. 'Jim' Wallace
Native of Wheat community
James H. "Jim" Wallace, 74, of Knoxville, died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2002, at Fort Sanders Parkwest Medical Center in Knoxville.
Mr. Wallace was born May 5, 1927, in the former Wheat community of Roane County, the son of Samuel L. and Martha E. Wallace, who are deceased.
A resident of Knox County for 50 years, he was retired from Conner Brothers Excavating of Knoxville as a heavy equipment operator.
Mr. Wallace was a member of Stoney Point Baptist Church in Knoxville.
He is survived by his wife, Hazel Wallace; five children, Marty Wallace, Wilma Dunaway and her husband, Terry, Becky Thomas and her husband, Michael, and Melanie Herron and her husband, Billy, all of Knoxville, and Joe Allen Smith and his wife, Serena, of Celina; 14 grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter, Sarah "Shorty" Bray.
Mr. Wallace is also survived by two brothers, Bill Wallace of Smithville and Kenneth Wallace of Knoxville; and two sisters, Annie Jo Turpin of Oliver Springs and Bessie Strange of Knoxville.
Ruth Palmer, Jeff and Johnnie Jeffers and Lucas Haynes were considered special friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Wallace, and three sisters, Margaret McFallen, Martha Brown and Minnie Gilmore.
The funeral was held Sunday afternoon, Jan. 6, at Stoney Point Baptist Church with the Rev. Jeremy Sexton and the Rev. Tony Bandy officiating.
Burial followed at the church cemetery.
Sharp Funeral Home in Oliver Springs handled the arrangements.
Della Mae Gilliam
Has area relatives
Della Mae Gilliam, 90, of Spring City, died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2002, at Spring City Care Center.
Born in Roane County, she was the daughter of Joseph and Victoria Garner.
Mrs. Gilliam was a homemaker and a member of Spring City Foursquare Church.
She was the widow of Arthur J. Gilliam Sr.
Locally, Mrs. Gilliam is survived by her son, Joseph W. Gilliam and his wife, Helen; 28 grandchildren, including local residents Della "Deckie" Conley, James "Jim" Gilliam, Sue Ogle and Joe Gilliam, and Barney Gilliam of Abilene, Texas, formerly of Oak Ridge; 49 great-grandchildren, including locally Rachel Conley, Lisa Gilliam, Stacy Adkins, Tammy Adkins, Shana Adkins, Theo Ogle, Chrissy Ogle and Kelly Herbert; and eight great-great-grandchildren, including Kasey Herbert and Courtney Herbert.
In addition to her parents and her husband, another son, John Douglas Gilliam, preceded her in death.
The funeral was held in Spring City on Thursday, Jan. 3.
Melbourne 'Mel' Winton
Volunteer for ADFAC and AMSE
Melbourne "Mel" Winton of Oak Ridge died Friday, Jan. 2, 2004.
His mother, Marie Winton, lived in Oak Ridge for several years prior to her death.
Mr. Winton was a graduate of the University of Florida and taught school for two years in Cedar Hill, Fla., and earned money to attend Georgia Institute of Technology, where he graduated with a degree in engineering.
He retired in 1978, but worked for a number of years as a consultant for both Union Carbide and Science Applications Inc., now known as Science Applications International Corp. His last work was with the Nuclear Operations Analysis Center.
According to his family, his hobbies were astronomy, camping, gardening, hiking and reading. He taught Sunday school classes at First United Methodist Church for over 50 years. He worked as a volunteer for Aid to Distressed Families of Appalachian Counties for 10 years and for the American Museum of Science and Energy.
Mr. Winton is survived by his wife, Mary Louise Smith Winton; three sisters, Dorothea Lambourne and husband, John, of Bushnell, Fla., Louise West of Lakeland, Fla., and Alice Marie Davis and husband, Bill, of Zellwood, Fla.; a sister-in-law, Lavada Bacon Smith, of Oak Ridge; a brother-in-law, Clarence Tilley, of Oak Ridge; and by three aunts and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
The body was donated to the University of Tennessee at Memphis, College of Medicine.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9, 2004, at First United Methodist Church.
The family requests that any memorials be in the form of contributions to First United Methodist Church, 1350 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, TN 37830.
The family will receive friends following the service.