Gary William Burris
Former Oak Ridge resident
Gary William Burris, 55, of Maverick Drive, Apopka, Fla., died Friday, Jan. 5, 2001, in Florida.
Mr. Burris was a former resident of Oak Ridge and was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He had lived in Central Florida since 1981 and was a manager in the bar industry.
He is survived by his wife, Teresa Burris; his daughter, Lora Lee of Delaware; and his sister, Sharon Burris of Oliver Springs.
Loomis Funeral Home in Apopka handled arrangements.
Sarah Cartwright Porter
Former Oak Ridge resident
Sarah Cartwright Porter, 78, a former resident of Oak Ridge, died early Sunday, Jan. 14, 2001, at her residence in Statesboro, Ga.
A native of Athens, Ala., Mrs. Porter had also lived in Vernon, Ala., and Annandale, Va. She moved to Statesboro in 1984.
She was a 1943 graduate of the Alabama College for Women at Montevallo, Ala. She retired in 1983 as head of the Administrative Services Division of the Naval Ship Research and Development Center in Carderock, Md.
Mrs. Porter is survived by her daughter, Beth Porter Persinger of Statesboro; her son, Bill Porter and his wife, Martha, of Round Hill, Va.; and six grandchildren, Mindy Persinger of Charlotte, N.C., Brian Persinger of Statesboro, and Sarah Porter, Sam Porter, Carla Porter and Jennifer Porter, all of Round Hill.
The funeral will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, in the chapel of Hodges-Turner-Anderson Funeral Home in Statesboro. Minister Larry Sheehy will officiate.
A graveside service will be conducted at 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 19, at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.
The family requests that any memorials be in the form of gifts to Habitat for Humanity, 107-A North College, Statesboro, GA 30458; or to the Statesboro Church of Christ, P.O. Box 2913, Statesboro, GA 30459.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 this evening, Jan. 16, at the funeral home.
Employee of DOE
Cheryl Nier, 44, of Clinton, died Saturday, Jan. 13, 2001, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.
Mrs. Nier was employed as an administrative specialist with the Department of Energy in Oak Ridge.
She is survived by her husband of 19 years, Bobby Nier; her mother, Susan Ball of Tampa, Fla.; her brother, Lawrence Joseph Even and his wife, Donna, and son, Corry, also of Tampa; two family members considered special, Sherri Southard and Tamara L. Nier Duffy; and two grandchildren, Alex Southard and Lindsay Southard.
The funeral was held at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15, at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton. The Rev. Tom Byrge officiated.
The family requests that any memorials be in the form of gifts to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, 4627 Mill Branch Lane, Halls, TN 38040.
Former Oak Ridge resident
Robert W. "Bob" Heiskell, 59, died Thursday, Jan. 4, 2001, in Montgomery, Ala. He had earlier been diagnosed with cancer.
Mr. Heiskell and his family moved to Oak Ridge in 1944. He attended Linden Elementary and Robertsville Junior High schools and graduated from Oak Ridge High School in 1960.
During his years in Oak Ridge, he worked at the A&P grocery store and was an avid hunter and fisherman.
His father, Jim Heiskell Sr., worked at the Oak Ridge K-25 Site, the former Sportsmen's Store on Jefferson Avenue and at Oak Ridge Sporting Goods in Jackson Square. His mother, Ernestine "Tina" Wender, was a longtime employee of Price Florist. His parents are now deceased.
Mr. Heiskell served in the U.S. Air Force and was a civil service employee at Gunter Air Force Base in Montgomery until his retirement in 1994. While living in Montgomery, he earned a bachelor of science degree in history from Troy State University.
He also spent many hours pursuing his hobby of fishing and was given the title of "Mr. Crappie of Jordan Lake" by the local fishermen. He was involved in charity and handicap fishing tournaments and delighted in teaching others to "tie fishing jigs," his family said.
Mr. Heiskell is survived by his wife of 38 years, Shirley Heiskell; his son, Robert Heiskell and his wife, Helen, of Albany, Ga.; his daughter, Leigh Derry and her husband, Curtis, of Deatsville, Ala.; and by his grandchildren, Jennifer Heiskell, Allison Heiskell and Christopher Derry.
Also surviving are his brother, Jim Heiskell Jr., and his wife, Marianne, of Knoxville; his sister, Susie Stephens and Leon Girouard, of Leigh High Acres, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews, including Ted Heiskell of Oak Ridge.
The funeral was held Sunday, Jan. 7 in Montgomery.
Longtime Oak Ridge resident
Connie Stanley, 93, a longtime resident of Oak Ridge, died of Alzheimer's disease Thursday, Jan. 11, 2001, at Baptist Health Care Center in Lenoir City.
Mrs. Stanley was born in Chelyan County, W.Va., in 1907. She graduated from Cabin Creek District High School and attended West Virginia Tech.
She was an elementary school teacher in Cedar Grove, W.Va., from 1925 to 1936. She and her husband, Ray Stanley, whom she married in 1930, moved to Charleston, W.Va., in 1936 and to Richmond, Va., in 1941.
In 1945, the Stanleys and their two children came to Oak Ridge.
Mrs. Stanley was a longtime member of First United Methodist Church. She complemented her roles as a homemaker and parent by teaching at the Highland View Day Care Center during the late 1960s and early 1970s, her family said.
A widow since 1978, she is survived by her daughter, Judy Rae Stanley of Friendsville; her son, Dr. Jay Stanley of Baltimore, Md.; her grandson, Hart Stanley; her sister, Naomi Cowan of Belpre, Ohio; and her brother, Seth Lewis of Thousand Oaks, Calif.
A memorial service was held Saturday, Jan. 13, in the chapel of Mynatt Funeral Home in Knoxville.
Burial was at Oak Ridge Memorial Park.
Blanche Ashlin Minnick
Mother of Sandra Barry
Blanche Ashlin Minnick, 95, of Athens, Tenn., died Tuesday morning, Jan. 15, 2002, at the National Health Care Center in Athens.
She was a native of Norfolk, Va., and the daughter of Edward S. and Mary Crider Ashlin. She was the widow of Vernie Lee Minnick, who died July 8, 1996.
Mrs. Minnick was a member of Keith Memorial United Methodist Church in Athens.
She is survived by her daughters, Sandra Barry and her husband, Dr. Fred Barry, of Oak Ridge, and Mary Lee Roseberry of Athens; her son, the Rev. Jack A. Minnick and his wife, Anne Minnick, of Chesapeake, Va.; and four granddaughters, four grandsons, 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.
A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at McMinn Memory Gardens in Athens with the Rev. Stella Roberts officiating. Pallbearers will be Larry Roseberry Sr., Larry Roseberry Jr., Robert Roseberry, Jim Barry, Chip Roseberry and Fred Barry.
No visitation will be held.
The family requests that any memorials be in the form of donations to Keith Memorial United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1, Athens, TN 37371-0001.
Jerry Smith Funeral Home in Athens is handling the arrangements.
Paul Gerhardt Henjum
Oak Ridge resident
Paul Gerhardt Henjum, 85, of Oak Ridge, died Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2002, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.
Mr. Henjum is survived by his wife, Mary Lou Baker Henjum; his daughter, Arla Henjum of Key Largo, Fla.; and his sister, Arla Hiller of Plantation, Fla.
The funeral will be held at 8 tonight, Jan. 16, in the chapel of Weatherford Mortuary. The Rev. Charles Mattson will officiate.
A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at the Lexington Cemetery in Lexington, Ky.
Milward Funeral Home, 159 N. Broadway, Lexington, is in charge of arrangements in Lexington.
The family requests that any memorials be in the form of donations to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 6014, Oak Ridge, TN 37831.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 tonight at Weatherford Mortuary.