Mina Mae Ellis
Frost Bottom resident
Mina Mae Ellis, 88, of the Frost Bottom community of Oliver Springs, died Saturday, Jan. 8, 2000, at her home.
Mrs. Ellis was a homemaker. She enjoyed quilting and reading her Bible, her family said, adding that she loved children, especially babies.
She was the widow of Worth Ellis Sr. She attended the Church of God.
Mrs. Ellis is survived by her son, Worth Ellis Jr. and his wife, Marty; six grandchildren, Carl Edward Ellis and his wife, Marlene, of Oliver Springs, Worth Ellis III of Las Vegas, Nev., Gregory Dewane Ellis and Susan Simmons, both of Oak Ridge and Kim Merritt and Tammy Pointer, both of Smyrna; six great-grandchildren, Crystal Marlow of Lake City, Tonya Ellis and Jimmy Ellis, both of Oliver Springs, and Steven Merritt, Marshal Pointer and Nathan Pointer, all of Smyrna; and one great-granddaughter, Haley Marlow of Lake City.
She is also survived by her brother-in-law, Ray Ellis and his wife, Paulene, of Evarts, Ky.; and her sister-in-law, Ruby Nunley and family of Enon, Ohio.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by four brothers she raised as sons, Albert "Huck" Huskey, A.C. "Jock" Huskey, Leeroy "Teed" Huskey and Tilman Edward Huskey.
The funeral will be held at 8 tonight, Jan. 10, in the chapel of Oliver Springs Mortuary with the Rev. Dean Yancey and the Rev. Stewart Slone officiating.
A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11, at the Ellis Family Cemetery, 928 Frost Bottom Road, Oliver Springs.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 tonight at the mortuary.
Nicholas James Dowdell
Oliver Springs resident
Nicholas James Dowdell, 20, of Oliver Springs, died Friday, Jan. 7, 2000, at his home.
Mr. Dowdell was born in Oak Ridge on Feb. 27, 1979.
His religious beliefs were with the Jehovah Witnesses, and he had also attended the Believers Voice of Deliverance in Harriman with his father.
Mr. Dowdell liked drawing, writing and hiking. His family said he also loved music and playing the guitar and that he loved people in general.
He is survived by his father, Scottie Lee Dowdell and his wife, Ivory Lee Douglas Dowdell, of Oak Ridge; his mother, Cecilia Marie Getsi Stewart and her husband, Tony Robert Stewart, of Oliver Springs; two brothers, Cpl. Anthony Scott Dowdell, serving with the U.S. Marine Corps stationed in Hawaii, and Tony Robert Stewart Jr. of Oliver Springs; and four sisters, LaQuanna Shanté Douglas and Meagan Leeann Dowdell, both of Oak Ridge, and Tia Lataye Stewart and Sheena Reneé Stewart, both of Oliver Springs.
Mr. Dowdell is also survived by his maternal and paternal grandmothers, Frances Getsi and Annie P. Sims, both of Oak Ridge; his paternal grandfather, Guy Lee Green of Chicago, Ill.; his step-grandmother, Claudette Stewart of Franklin, N.C.; and by an uncle and an aunt who were especially close to him, John Getsi of Oak Ridge and Lorraine Loy of Oliver Springs.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Michael Getsi, and by a brother, Joshua Dowdell.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11, in the chapel of Weatherford Mortuary with the Rev. J.B. Springs officiating.
Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the mortuary.
Longtime Realtor, insurance agent
William Howard Hildreth, a longtime Realtor and insurance agent of Oak Ridge, died Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2001, at the age of 82.
Mr. Hildreth was born June 26, 1918, in Alexandria, Tenn., where he was raised on a farm during the Great Depression. He was one of the first men to sell Diamond kerosene irons, which started his career as a successful salesman.
After graduating from Watertown High School, he went to Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tenn., and then graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a degree in chemistry.
Mr. Hildreth came to Oak Ridge in 1943 as a chemist in the Manhattan Project, working for Tennessee Eastman Corp. He soon resumed his talent for sales as he opened the Howard Hildreth Insurance and Real Estate Agency in the Woodland Shopping Center, which he owned.
He was a charter member of First Baptist Church of Oak Ridge, where he was also a deacon and trustee. He was an active member of the Oak Ridge Country Club, the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce and the Kiwanis Club.
Mr. Hildreth's family said he will forever be remembered by family and friends as a person who was caring and compassionate for others; determined, driven and totally positive in every way; one who always had a very reasonable and logical solution for any of life's problems faced by family or friends; a person who always enjoyed a good laugh, no matter what the situation; a great lover of music as a participant or listener; a golfer with a great passion for the game's rewards of achievement, natural beauty and companionship; a great achiever, and unbeatable person, who if any methods had been available would have overcome his devastating disease; and a person who loved travel and adventure and is now on a trip through the ages with old family and friends.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, "Mickie" Hildreth; his brother, Norman Hildreth of Oak Ridge; his children, Johnny Hildreth and his wife, Haverly, Billy Hildreth Sr. and Mary Hildreth, all of Knoxville, and Linda Higgins and her husband, Andrew, of Brentwood; and by 12 grandchildren, Heath Hildreth, Keri Hildreth, Brittany Hildreth, Brook Hildreth, Jennifer Higgins Black, Scott Higgins, Julie Higgins, Billy Hildreth Jr., Daniel Hildreth, Dustin Bolin, Joy Bolin and Joseph Roszell.
Another son, Paul Hildreth, and a grandson, Shane Hildreth, preceded him in death.
Mr. Hildreth donated his body to science.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, at First Baptist Church of Oak Ridge. A memorial service will follow.
The family requests that any memorials be in the form of donations to the American Cancer Society, 871 Weisgarber Road, Knoxville, TN 37909 (1-800-227-2345).
Evelyn C. Murrin
Member of Robertsville Baptist Church
Evelyn C. Murrin, 82, of Oak Ridge, died Thursday, Jan. 8, 2004, at Briarcliff Health Care Center.
Born June 15, 1921, in New Prospect, S.C., she was the daughter of Walter D. and Alma Simmons Carson.
She was a member of Robertsville Baptist Church and her family said she enjoyed crafts, sewing and cooking. She came to Oak Ridge in 1945 with her husband, Charles A. Ochiltree, now deceased. After her first husband died, she married Willam H. Murrin Sr., now deceased.
In addition to her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by a brother, William Carson, and by two sisters, Valla Carson and Edna Foster.
Mrs. Murrin is survived by a son, Chuck Ochiltree and wife, Sheila, of Oak Ridge; a stepson, William H. Murrin Jr. and wife, Mary, of Nashville; two grandchildren, Leif Ochiltree and wife, Shannon, and Jennifer Van Hook and husband, Mark, all of Oak Ridge; two stepgrandchildren, Greg Murrin and Aaron Murrin; and by four great-grandchildren, Zoe Van Hook, Christopher Van Hook, Ryan Ochiltree and Evan Ochiltree.
No service is scheduled at this time.
The family requests that any memorials be in the form of contributions to the Second Harvest Food Bank, 922 Delaware Ave., Knoxville, TN 37921.
Martin Oak Ridge Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Hobart C. Taylor
Former Oak Ridge resident
Hobart C. Taylor, 87, of Preston Place, Kingsport, died Sunday, Jan. 7, 2001, at Indian Path Medical Center in Kingsport, following a brief illness.
Mr. Taylor was a former resident of Oak Ridge and had worked as a chemical supervisor at the Oak Ridge K-25 Site. Prior to working in Oak Ridge, he worked at Tennessee Eastman Co. as a chemical supervisor.
He was a native of Scott County, Va., and he was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
Mr. Taylor was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church (PCA) where he was a trustee. He was also a member of Hammond Post No. 3 of the American Legion and a member of the AMVETS.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia Adams Taylor; his daughter, Norma Sue Ketola and her husband, Carl, of Rochester, N.Y.; his son, Ronald W. Taylor and his wife, Carol, of Oak Ridge; and by four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Six brothers and six sisters died earlier.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, in the chapel of Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home in Kingsport with the Rev. G. Brent Bradley officiating.
Burial will follow at the Tri-Cities Memory Gardens.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 tonight, Jan. 10, at the funeral home.
Mary Frances Diebold
Former Red Lobster employee
Mary Frances Diebold, 58, of Oak Ridge, died at 12:05 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2001, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge, one day before her 59th birthday.
Ms. Diebold was a former kitchen assistant manager at Red Lobster restaurant. She had worked there for six years.
She was born Jan. 10, 1942, in Decatur, Ill., the daughter of John L. and Neta O. Creighton, who are deceased. She received a general equivalency diploma from Oak Ridge High School. Her interests included bowling, and she was a Baptist.
Ms. Diebold is survived by her sisters, Karen Creighton of Oak Ridge and Betty Greutman of Flat Rock, Mich.; and by several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, her brother, John Creighton, died earlier.
The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, in the chapel of Martin Oak Ridge Funeral Home with the Rev. Steve McDonald officiating.
Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
C. Verell Black
Retired Union Carbide employee
C. Verell Black, 80, of the Karns community of Knox County, died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2002, at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville.
He was born in Cleveland, Ga., but had lived in Tennessee since 1945, when he began his employment with Union Carbide Nuclear Division. He retired in 1984.
Mr. Black was active in the community and at his church, Beaver Ridge United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Pauline S. Black; a daughter, Sharon Ann Leon and her husband, Bill, of Destin, Fla.; a brother, Neal L. Black of Cleveland, Ga.; and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at Beaver Ridge United Methodist Church in Karns with the Rev. Walter Weikel officiating.
Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, in the Cumberland Memorial Chapel of Weaver Funeral Home at 5815 Western Ave. in Knoxville.