Richard Eugene Johnson
Army National Guard veteran
Richard Eugene Johnson, 60, of Oak Ridge, died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2000, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.
Mr. Johnson was a veteran of the U.S. Army National Guard.
He was born in Knoxville on Aug. 26, 1939, the son of Elmer W. and Rose Poole Johnson, who are deceased. He was a Baptist.
Mr. Johnson is survived by his wife, Debbie Lynn Cooper Johnson; his son, Richard Wesley Johnson and his wife, Sherri, of Michigan; two brothers, Charles Delbert Johnson and his wife, Carolyn, of Knoxville and Daryl Johnson and his wife, Sherri, of Michigan; and by four sisters, Verla Jo Howe and her husband, Verl, Bessie Marshal and her husband, Bill, and Phyllis Willis and her husband, Ralph, all of Michigan, and Frances L. Fox and her husband, Ken, of Clinton.
He is also survived by his grandchildren, Richard Elmer Johnson, Richard Wesley Johnson, Cody Cooper, Danielle Cooper, Kimberly Cooper and Jerry Taylor; and by four stepchildren and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be held at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11, in the chapel of Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton with the Rev. Don Fox officiating.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Helen Kathleen Robbins
Frost Bottom Baptist member
Helen Kathleen Robbins, 72, of Oliver Springs, died Saturday, Jan. 8, 2000, at the Marshall C. Voss Health Care Center in Harriman.
Mrs. Robbins was a homemaker and a member of Frost Bottom Missionary Baptist Church.
She was born in Anderson County on April 23, 1927, the daughter of Monroe and Mary Vowell Hayes, who are deceased.
Mrs. Robbins had lived in this area all of her life. She was the widow of James C. Robbins.
She is survived by two daughters, Wanda Hyatt and her husband, Gordon and Janice Oody and her husband, Barry, all of Harriman; her son, James M. Robbins of Oliver Springs; and her sister, Etta Austin of Lake City.
Mrs. Robbins is also survived by her grandchildren, Jill Robbins and Tammy Daugherty and her husband, John, all of Oliver Springs, Pamela Frazier and her husband, Jack, of Memphis, and Jaime Hyatt, Marie Oody and Jay Oody, all of Harriman; and her great-grandchildren, Baylee Payne and Abigail Daugherty.
Also surviving are her brothers-in-law, Joe Robbins and his wife, Verda, Clarence Robbins and his wife, Hilda, and Hubert Robbins and his wife, Margaret, all of Oliver Springs, and Bobbie Robbins and his wife, Faye, of Kingston; and several nieces and nephews.
Pat Robbins of Oak Ridge was considered a special friend.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Clyde Hayes.
The funeral will be held at 8 tonight, Jan. 10, in the chapel of Sharp Funeral Home in Oliver Springs with the Rev. Charlie Mack Marlow and the Rev. Ralph Wilson officiating.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11, at Frost Bottom Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 tonight at the funeral home.
Lucille Purks Shaw
Lake City resident
Lucille Purks Shaw, 78, of Lake City, died Friday, Jan. 7, 2000, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.
Mrs. Shaw was a homemaker and a former resident of Xenia, Ohio. She enjoyed working in her flowers, crocheting and spending time with her family.
She was born in Greene County, Ohio, on Dec. 11, 1921, the daughter of Benjamin and Bertha Purks.
Mrs. Shaw is survived by her husband of 61 years, Robert Shaw; two daughters, Shirley Colwell of Lake City and Barbara Elswick of Kentucky; three sons, Michael Shaw of Georgia, and Gary Shaw and Bobby Shaw, both of Ohio; and by 19 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Three brothers, Raymond Purks, Henry Purks and Benjamin Purks, are deceased.
A private graveside service was to be held today, Jan. 10, at Oak Grove Cemetery in Lake City with the Rev. Brian Courtney officiating.
Cox-Martin Funeral Home in Lake City is in charge of arrangements.
Mabel Lillian Zimmermann
Mother of Kathleen Kliewer
Mabel Lillian Zimmermann, 92, of the Oak Ridge Retirement Community, died Friday, Jan. 7, 2000, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.
Mrs. Zimmermann was a homemaker and the widow of the Rev. Herbert E. Zimmermann, who died in 1970.
She was born in Cabel, Wis., on June 27, 1907, the daughter of Anton and Ella Bakke Madson.
Mrs. Zimmermann is survived by her daughter, Kathleen Kliewer and her husband, Kenneth L. Kliewer, of Oak Ridge; her son, Terry Zimmermann and his wife, Shirley, of Houston, Texas; her daughter-in-law, Beverly Zimmermann of Grosse Point Woods, Mich.; and by five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Another son, Alan A. Zimmermann, died in April 1999.
Peterson Funeral Home in St. Paul, Minn., will handle the funeral service. Burial will be at Riverview Cemetery in St. Paul.
Weatherford Mortuary is handling local arrangements.
Ora Lee Russell
Macedonia Baptist member
Ora Lee Russell, 82, of Lake City, died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2000, at St. Mary's Medical Center in Knoxville.
Mrs. Russell was a homemaker and a member of Macedonia Baptist Church of Jacksboro.
She was born in Campbell County on Nov. 8, 1917, the daughter of Luther and Nora Bell Hatmaker Massengill.
She was the widow of Shelley Russell.
Mrs. Russell is survived by her son, Johnny Russell and his wife, Judy, of LaFollette; three daughters, Lucille Murray Brown of Anderson, S.C., and Shirley Leach and Brenda Redman and her husband, Duane, all of Clinton; and by eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Her brother, Ford Massengill, and two sisters, Melda Reed and Esta Massengill, are deceased.
The funeral was held Saturday night, Jan. 8, in the chapel of Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Lake City with the Rev. J.T. Asbury officiating.
A graveside service was held Sunday, Jan. 9, at Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery in Jacksboro.
James Freeman Vines
County commissioner, community volunteer
James Freeman "Jim" Vines, 40, of 318 Louisiana Ave., died Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2001, of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Mr. Vines had been an Anderson County commissioner since 1994. He represented District 6 in west Oak Ridge and was serving his second term on commission. As a commissioner, he was a strong advocate for the children of Anderson County, making his top priority the initiation of the county-wide Healthy Start program, now operating through the Anderson County Health Council.
The program helps first-time parents learn nurturing and parenting skills to create a positive home environment. His concern for children also led to his advocacy on county commission for funding nonprofit organizations.
He served on the Budget, Legislative, Nominating and Rules committees of Anderson County Board of Commissioners and on the Oak Ridge/Anderson County Communications Committee. He was also a member of the Anderson County Utility Board and the Regional Solid Waste Planning Board.
Mr. Vines was president and owner of Freeman Communications, a television and video production company. Involved in local broadcasting through his company, he was the original host of "Coach's Corner," a local cable television show focusing on Oak Ridge High School football, from 1988 to 1997.
He also broadcast color commentary for Oak Ridge youth sports for many years at radio station WATO, starting at Oak Ridge High School where he was sports director of the high school television station and provided the weekly "Boys Club Report" for WATO.
Mr. Vines' first job as a youth was working for Charlie Painter at Oak Ridge Putt-Putt Golf, earning money to play the course, and he continued working at Putt-Putt for many years. As a youngster, he played sports at the Boys Club.
He was named "Boy of the Year" in 1977 by the Boys Club, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the club and community. As a student, he was a volunteer coach and junior staff member at the Boys Club. As an adult, he had been a member of the Optimists and the Jaycees and was named one of the Outstanding Young Men of America in 1987.
A native of Oak Ridge, he attended Highland View Elementary School and Robertsville Junior High School. A 1978 graduate of ORHS, where he played on the varsity baseball team, he attended Middle Tennessee State University and the University of Tennessee.
Mr. Vines was a staff member and later program director at the Boys Club in the late 1970s and 1980s. He had served as a volunteer coach for more than 20 years in basketball, baseball, football and softball. He worked on the Clinch River Breeder Reactor Project and formed Freeman Communications in 1990.
He served as an original member of the board of Comprehensive Resource Evaluation & Application Model, now the Children's Advocacy Network, and he has been a board member of the Oak Ridge Boys Club, the American Heart Association, the Anderson County Health Council, and Oak Ridge Community Television, and the Oak Ridge Sports Hall of Fame. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church.
Mr. Vines' wife, Anita, is property manager at Linda Brown Realty. Their son, Wesley, 9, is a fourth-grade student at Willow Brook Elementary School.
In addition to his wife and son, survivors include his parents, Kathleen "Kay" and L.P. "Pete" Vines; his sisters, Carol Price and her husband, Bill, and Wanda Vines and her husband, Rick Wallace; and his uncle, A.J. Norris, all of Oak Ridge; and by his sister-in-law, Pat Vines of Norfolk, Va.
Mr. Vines is also survived by his mother-in-law, June Bedwell; his brother-in-law, Terry Bedwell and his wife, Cindy, and their daughter, Taylor, all of Clarksville; his nieces and nephews, John Price and Jennifer Price, both of Oak Ridge, Sheryl Lambdin and her husband, David, of Chattanooga, and Garrett Ramsey and his wife, Jamie, and their children Matthew, Krista and Kara, all of Clinton; and his cousins Kim, Linda and Steve Norris, all of Oak Ridge.
His brother, Larry Vines, and his grandparents, Wesley and Gertrude Norris, are deceased.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at Grace Lutheran Church. The Rev. Stephen Damos will officiate.
Burial will follow at Anderson Memorial Gardens, Oliver Springs Highway, Clinton.
A family account for memorials has been established at TnBank of Oak Ridge, 1541 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, TN 37830, with Lawrence Hahn as administrator. Memorial donations also may be made to the Healthy Start Program, c/o Anderson County Health Council, P.O. Box 570, Clinton, TN 37717; or to the Boys Club of Oak Ridge, P.O. Box 4021, Oak Ridge, TN 37831.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, at Weatherford Mortuary.