Clarence Darrell Wilkerson
Clarence Darrell Wilkerson, 58, of Norris, died Thursday, Jan. 7, 1999, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.
Mr. Wilkerson is survived by two sisters and five brothers.
A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, at Humphrey Cemetery in Heiskell.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 tonight, Jan. 8, at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton.
Samuel W. Hester
Samuel W. Hester, 61, of Harriman, died Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2004, at his home.
Born Aug. 11, 1942, in Harriman, he was the son of Otis Zirkle Hester and Della Diane Love Hester, both now deceased.
He was a lifelong resident of Roane County. He was a truck driver employed by Jeff Cobb Trucking. He previously worked at Clyde Wilson Trucking. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Girviel Hester.
Mr. Hester is survived by his son, Terry Joe Hester, of Harriman; his stepson, Michael Schuiten and wife, Cynthia, of Harriman; his granddaughter, Samantha Sarah Hester; his stepgrandson, David Schuiten; a brother, Tommy Hester and wife, Dorothy, of Georgia; and by three sisters, Wilma Jones of Roseville, Mich., Mattie Stringfield of Harriman, and Mary Helen Becker of Michigan.
A graveside service will be at 2 p.m.. Friday, Jan. 9, 2004, at Poplar Springs Cemetery in Kingston with the Rev. Randy Maxwell officiating.
Sharp Funeral Home in Oliver Springs is in charge of arrangements.
Franklin Lee Milen
Franklin Lee Milen, 73, of Clinton, died Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2004, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.
He was retired from Martin Marietta, where he worked as a chief store clerk.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Acie Milen and Ollie Linderman Milen.
Mr. Milen is survived by his wife, Sarah D. Milen; three sons, Frank Milen and wife, Donna, and Gary Milen and wife, Rhonda, all of Clinton, and Terry Milen and wife, Tammy, of Heiskell; eight grandchildren, Frankie, Shawvon, Jeremy, Patti, Audrey, Adam, Kayla and Austin; five great-grandchidlren, Franklin, Erica, Zackary, Taylor and Tyler; two sisters, Elnora Reed and husband, Dale, of Baltimore, Md., and Dorothy Ellen Owens and husband, Ronald, of Kingsport; and by several nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9, 2004, in the chapel of Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton.
A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, at Anderson Memorial Gardens on the Oliver Springs Highway with the Rev. Ben Peak officiating.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Joan W. Houlihan
Has Oak Ridge relatives
Joan W. Houlihan, 68, of Groton, Conn., died Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2004, at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London, Conn.
Born June 22, 1935, in Tennessee, she was the daughter of Hugh and Ruth Eddleman Wyrick.
She married Thomas Houlihan on Jan. 10, 1959. He died Jan. 2, 2001.
Mrs. Houlihan is survived by two sons, Alan T. Houlihan of San Pedro, Calif., and John H. Houlihan of Groton; his daughter, Mary E. Houlihan, of Groton; a brother, Larry Wyrick, of Oak Ridge; and by two grandchildren, Sarah and Patrick.
A memorial service will be at noon Saturday, Jan. 10, 2004, at Byles-Groton Memorial Home in New London.
A private burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Norwich, Conn.
Joe Edward Coleman
Member of Midway Baptist Church
Joe Edward Coleman, 70, died Monday, Jan. 5, 2004, in Georgia.
He was a member of Midway Baptist Church in Clinton for over 40 years and a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was retired from Martin Marietta at the Oak Ridge Y-12 Plant with 40 years of service.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Coleman, and by his parents, William and Pearl Evans Coleman.
Mr. Coleman is survived by two daughters, Jeanie Nowicki and husband, Greg, of Dunwoody, Ga., and Debbie Christian and Darin of Kingsport; three grandchildren, Heather Christian, Evan Nowicki and Kate Nowicki; three sisters, Helen Kilpatrick of Phoenix, Ariz., and Betty Willoughby and Jean Page, both of Durham, N.C.; his brother, Tom "Bud" Coleman of Hollywood, Fla.; and by several nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
The funeral will be at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9, 2004, in the chapel of Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton with the Rev. Don Jordan officiating.
Burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, at Anderson Memorial Gardens on the Oliver Springs Highway in Clinton with the Rev. Don Dunn officiating.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Edith Myrtle Harden
Calvary Baptist member
Edith Myrtle Harden, 77, of Oak Ridge, died Sunday, Jan. 10, 1999, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.
Mrs. Harden was a homemaker and a member of Calvary Baptist Church.
She was born in Philadelphia, Pa., on Oct. 12, 1921, the daughter of William Harry and Elizabeth Boger Thorne.
She and her husband, Russell H. Harden Jr., who survives her, were formerly of Merchantville, N.J., where she was a member of St. Paul's Bible Church. In July 1981, after her husband's retirement, the couple moved to Orlando, Fla. In June 1989, they moved to Oak Ridge to be near their son.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Harden is survived by her son, Russell H. Harden III and his wife, Caroline, of Oak Ridge; two daughters, Donna Cramer and her husband, David, of Chulota, Fla., and Janice Gibson and her husband, David, of Haddon Heights, N.J.; and her brother, Thomas Thorne and his wife, Ruth, of Medford, N.J.
She is also survived by seven grandchildren, Cindy Winner and her husband, Bill, of Hickory Corners, Mich., Dawn McIntyre and her husband, Charles, of Worth, Ill., Brian Cramer of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Tracy Webster and her husband, Dana, Russell R. Harden and his wife, Rachel, all of Oak Ridge, Kristen Harden of Chesapeake, Md., and David Gibson III of Haddon Heights; and by seven great-grandchildren, Lindsay Winner, Matthew Winner, Brandon Winner, Rachel Webster, Mark Webster, Jeff Webster and Rose McIntyre.
The funeral will be held at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13, in the chapel of Weatherford Mortuary with the Rev. Steve McDonald officiating.
A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, at the Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery, Knoxville.
The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the mortuary.
Elmer Houston Willis
Retired BellSouth employee
Elmer Houston Willis, 79, of Oak Ridge, died Friday, Jan. 8, 1999, at his home.
Mr. Willis was retired from the Clinton office of BellSouth Telephone Co.
He was born in Knoxville on Aug. 1, 1919, the son of Benjamin and Mary Lee Hardy Willis. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
Mr. Willis was a former member of Mount Sinai Baptist Church of Clinton. He later moved his membership to the Seventh Day Adventist Church of Harriman.
The family described him as a loving and caring person to all, his wife, children and grandchildren.
Mr. Willis is survived by his wife, Helen Miller Willis; his son, Elmer Houston Willis Jr.; three daughters, Laura Ann Dye and her husband, Robert "Butch" Dye, Velvet Miller and her husband, Bobby Miller, and Yvonnia Williams and her husband, Lane Williams; his stepchildren, Carolyn and Bill Dunn, Phyllis Moore, Charles and Edna Moore and Bobby Miller; and by 23 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, his first wife, Josie Brown Willis, two sisters, Thelma and Mary Ellen, and three brothers, Walter, Hary and Joe Willis, died earlier.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13, at Mount Sinai Baptist Church in Clinton with the Rev. William Caldwell, the Rev. O.W. Willis Jr. and the Rev. Robert Mann officiating.
Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 tonight, Jan. 12, at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton.
Robert Edgar Symons
Robert Edgar Symons, 79, of Clinton, died Friday, Jan. 8, 1999, at the University of Tennessee Medical Center at Knoxville.
Mr. Symons is survived by his wife, Aliene Symons; his son, E.L. "Buddy" Symons of Lake City; three daughters, Wanda McBee and Joyce Burnette and her husband, John, all of Kokomo, Ind., and Cheryl Childs and her husband, Charlie, of Greentown, Ind.; his brother, Charles Symons and his wife, Claira, of Winchester, Va.; and 11 grandchildren.
The funeral was held Sunday, Jan. 10, in the chapel of Cox-Martin Funeral Home in Lake City.
Burial followed at Oak Grove Cemetery in Lake City.
Mother of Oak Ridger publisher
Kathleen M. Esser of Overland Park, Kan., formerly of Independence, Mo., died Monday, Jan. 11, 1999, in Overland Park.
Mrs. Esser was the mother of Pete Esser III of Oak Ridge, publisher of The Oak Ridger.
She was the widow of Peter J. Esser, former publisher of The Examiner in Independence.
Mrs. Esser had been a volunteer at St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church for many years. In earlier years, she did volunteer work at St. Mary's Hospital in Blue Springs as well as work at The Examiner and at St. Mary's Church in Independence.
In addition to her son and his wife, Kathy Esser, she is survived by two daughters, Kathy Apprill and her husband, Paul, of Overland Park, and Margie Jecker and her husband, Greg, of Stilwell, Kan.; her brother, Don Anderson and his wife, Marge, of Phoenix, Ariz.; nine grandchildren, including Katie Esser, Mary Ann Esser, Brian Esser and Kelly Esser of Oak Ridge; and one great-grandchild.
In addition to her husband, a grandson, Paul T. Apprill, died earlier.
The family will receive friends from 9 to 10 a.m. Central Time Wednesday, Jan. 13, at St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church in Independence. Immediately following, at 10 a.m., a funeral Mass will be said, with the Rev. Chuck Tobin officiating.
Burial will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Kansas City, Mo.
The family requests any memorials in the form of donations to St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church, 2200 N. Blue Mills Road, Independence, MO 64058; or to Kansas City Hospice, 1625 W. 92nd St., Kansas City, MO 64114.