Myrtle Rose 'Turtle' Gray
Member of Clinton Second Baptist Church
Myrtle Rose "Turtle" Gray died Friday, Jan. 10, 2003, at Briarcliff Health Care Center in Oak Ridge.
Born in Primroy, Tenn., she was the daughter of Bud and Lucenda Guy Osborne, who are now deceased. She was the widow of Pleasant Olaf Gray.
Mrs. Gray was a member of Second Baptist Church in Clinton. According to her family, she loved cooking and had worked in years past as a cook at Hoskins Drug Store and at the Scottish Inn Restaurant. She was voted waitress of the month by the Clinton Courier while working at Scottish Inn.
She gained her nickname, "Turtle," from her collection of ceramic turtles, which at one time was displayed in the Clinton Public Library. She also enjoyed sewing.
Mrs. Gray is survived by her son, Thomas L. Gray and his wife, Marie, of Clinton; her grandchildren, Thomas L. Gray Jr. of Oak Ridge and Rose Marie DeMarcus and her husband, Jason, of Andersonville; her great-grandchildren, Bradley, Kayla and Cody DeMarcus of Andersonville; her brother, the Rev. John Osborne of Spring Valley, Ohio; and her sister, Arrie Goins of Harlan, Ky.
She considered Helen Bruce of Daytona Beach, Fla., a very special friend from childhood.
In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by four other brothers, Roscoe, Clifford, David and Oscar Osborne; and another sister, Maude Kemplin.
The funeral was held Sunday night, Jan. 12, in the chapel of Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton with the Rev. George Williams officiating.
A graveside service was to be held Monday morning, Jan. 13, at Woodlawn Cemetery in LaFollette.
Theresa Carolyn Chambers
St. John Neumann Catholic Church member
Theresa Carolyn Chambers, 73, of Knoxville, died Friday, Jan. 10, 2003, at Baptist Hospital in Knoxville.
She was a member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Knoxville and enjoyed gardening and being with her family.
Born June 24, 1929, in Knoxville, she was the daughter of Gus and Mary Lengyel Majernik, both now deceased.
Mrs. Chambers is survived by her husband, Hoyle Frank Chambers; a son, Steve Chambers; a granddaughter, Theresa Johnson; and a sister, Julia Majernik, all of Knoxville.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two other sons, Michael Frank and Joe Barney Chambers.
A rosary service was held at 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, in the chapel of Martin Oak Ridge Funeral Home.
The funeral was to be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 13, in the chapel of the funeral with Father Dowling officiating.
Burial was to be private.
Virginia Estabrook Custer
Mother of Mimi Kaine
Virginia Estabrook Custer, 80, of Naples, Fla., died Jan. 6, 1999, in Naples.
Mrs. Custer was the mother of Mimi Kaine of Oak Ridge.
She was a graduate of Hofstra University and a former resident of Chestertown, Md.
Her husband, Merton D. Custer, died in 1985.
In addition to her local daughter and son-in-law, Jay W. Kaine, Mrs. Custer is survived by two other daughters, Barbara Ann Custer and Mary Custer, both of Los Angeles, Calif.; her sister, Barbara Estabrook of Washington, D.C.; four grandchildren, Capt. James Kaine, Christopher Kaine, Timothy Kaine and Patrick Kaine; and a great-grandson, Daniel Kaine.
A graveside service was held at St. Paul's Cemetery in Chestertown.
The family requests any memorials be in the form of donations to the American Heart Association.
Fuller Funeral Home in Naples handled arrangements.
William 'Larry' Coggins Jr.
Retired Y-12 Plant employee
William Lawrence "Larry" Coggins Jr., 59, of Claxton, died Monday morning, Jan. 11, 1999, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.
Mr. Coggins had retired from Martin Marietta Energy Systems after 30 years of service at the Oak Ridge Y-12 Plant. He had previously completed his tool and die maker apprenticeship and was employed with Precision Engineering Co. in Burlington, Iowa.
He was a member of Christus Victor Lutheran Church. For several years, he coached football and baseball for the Claxton Youth Sports program.
Mr. Coggins is survived by his wife, Myra Anne "Betsy" Coggins; two sons, Steve Coggins of Oak Ridge and Andy Coggins and his wife, Debbie, of Claxton; his daughter, Melissa "Missi" Pierce and her husband, Kirk, of Manchester; and three grandchildren, Andrew "A.J." Coggins, Ashley Marie Coggins and Samantha Pierce.
He is also survived by his mother, Mary Lou Coggins; his brother, Allen Reece Coggins and his wife, Barbara; and his sister-in-law and her husband, Joyce and Ken Dunblazier and their son, Craig, all of Galesburg, Ill.
His father, William Lawrence "Bill" Coggins, and a nephew, David Dunblazier, died earlier.
The body was cremated.
A memorial service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, at Christus Victor Lutheran Church, 4110 Central Avenue Pike, Knoxville. Pastor Donald P. Glass will officiate.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the church.
The family requests any memorials be in the form of donations to Christus Victor Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 12132, Knoxville, TN 37912.
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.
Mabel Wood Bruton
Mother of Dr. Charles Bruton
Mabel Wood Bruton, 82, of Troy, N.C., died Tuesday, Jan. 12, 1999, at First Health Montgomery Memorial Hospital in Troy after a period of declining health.
Mrs. Bruton was the mother of Dr. Charles W. Bruton Jr. of Oak Ridge.
She was born in Montgomery County, N.C., on Sept. 21, 1916, the daughter of Erastus Hill and Lela Floss Kearns Wood. She was the widow of Dr. Charles W. Bruton Sr., who died April 20, 1984. Mrs. Bruton had worked as office manager in her husband's medical practice for many years.
Mrs. Bruton was a member of the First Bank Troy Office Advisory Board, served on the first school committee of West Montgomery High School and was a member of the Child Study Club.
She was an active member of the local, state and national Democratic Party and had served as Montgomery County co-chairman for the governor's race for Robert Jordan, Terry Sanford and James B. Hunt, and for the congressional campaign of Bill Hefner.
Mrs. Bruton was also a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Troy.
In addition to her son, she is survived by another son, the Rev. Eugene Thomas Bruton of Smithfield, N.C.; her daughter, Ruth Bruton Morris of Troy; her brother, E.H. Wood Jr. of Troy; three sisters, Ila W. Reynolds and Alleen W. Blackwell, both of Troy, and Frances R. Williams of North Wilkesboro, N.C.; and by five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Troy with the Rev. Charles Cook officiating.
Burial will be at Southside Cemetery, Troy.
The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8:30 tonight, Jan. 13, at the home, 512 Wood St. in Troy.
The family requests any memorials be in the form of donations to Trinity United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 502, Troy, NC 27371.
Briggs Funeral Home, Troy, is handling arrangements.
George Hyatt, 68, of Kingston, died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2002, at the Roane Medical Center in Harriman. His health had declined following an injury he sustained on May 22, 2001.
Born Jan. 8, 1934, in Fayette County, W.Va., he was the son of Bill and Alora Hyatt, both now deceased. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and served in the 187th Airborne division.
Mr. Hyatt retired six years ago as the Grand Lodge Union representative of IAM.
He was a member of the Eagles Club of Midtown and had held several offices. He enjoyed fishing, his family said.
Mr. Hyatt is survived by his wife, Linda Hyatt; three sons, Don Hyatt and his wife Shelia, of Sparta, Scott Lowe and his wife, Sherri, of Harriman, and Kenneth Hyatt of Florida; his sister, Georgia Bailey and her husband, Ballard, of Kingston; eight grandchildren, Leslie Hyatt Mahan and her husband Mike, J.D. Hyatt, Jeromey Hyatt, Kristen Hyatt, Jennifer Hyatt, Shane Seay, Tiffany Lowe and Brittany Alcorn; and one great-grandchild, Andre Blake Hyatt.
He is also survived by his in-laws, Roger and Betty Lawson, Pearl Blevins, Paul and Barbara Daugherty, J.D. and Doris Daugherty, Glen and Evelyn Daugherty, Louie and Gail Daugherty and David and Celestia Daugherty; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by another son, William Scott, and seven brothers and three other sisters.
The funeral will be held at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, in the chapel of Weatherford Mortuary with the Rev. Donald Daugherty officiating.
A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Oak Ridge Memorial Park. Members of the East Tennessee Veterans Honor Guard will conduct full military rites.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the mortuary.
Batley Baptist member
Carl McKamey, 76, of Clinton, died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2002, at Briarcliff Health Care Center in Oak Ridge.
He was born March 21, 1925, in Lee County, Va., the son of Minnie Freels and Fred McKamey, who are deceased. He had lived in this area since the age of 10, his family said.
Mr. McKamey was a member of Batley Baptist Church in Oliver Springs.
He is survived by his wife, Aileen McKamey; two sons, Floyd McKamey of Oak Ridge and James Leland McKamey and his wife, Juanita McKamey, of Clinton; two daughters, Polly Sue Knight and her husband, Lee Dale Knight, of Powell, and Peggy Sue Brown and her husband, Judd Brown, of Oak Ridge; two brothers, Ben Freels of Baltimore, Md., and Raymond England of Clinton; and eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Mr. McKamey was preceded in death by a brother, Claude McKamey, and a sister, Virginia Smith.
The funeral was held Sunday, Jan. 13, in the chapel of Sharp Funeral Home in Oliver Springs with the Rev. Kenneth Seiber and the Rev. Bill Dawson officiating.
Burial followed at Smith Cemetery in the Batley community.