Earl William Campbell
Father of former Ridger Gayle Gillett
Earl William Campbell, 84, of Rockwood, died at 9 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, 2003, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.
Born Sept. 15, 1918, in Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada, he had been a resident of Victorian Square in Rockwood and a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Harriman.
Mr. Campbell was a disabled U.S. Navy veteran, a retired Boston police officer and a retired Dade County, Fla., inspector. His family described him as their beloved father.
He is survived by his sons, William Campbell and his wife, Paulette, of Plantation, Fla., and Gary Campbell and his wife, Diane, of McDonough, Ga.; his daughters, Gayle Gillett and her husband, Mike, of Ten Mile and former residents of Oak Ridge, Paddy Satter and her husband, Bob, of McDonough, and Kyle Haney of Rockwood; a granddaughter he raised like a daughter, Marie Leach and her husband, Greg, of Kingston; a favorite cousin, Andrew Gowans and his wife, Gladys, of Hialeah, Fla.; 14 grandchildren, Debbie, Laurie, Michael, Patty, Maryann, Katie, Jeri, Kelly, Ryan, Dana, Andy, Bret, Casie and Coy; and 14 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at Victorian Square, whose staff and other residents were counted among his special friends.
Katherine Beckett Van Fleet
One of St. Mary's Church founders
Katherine Beckett Van Fleet, 94, a longtime resident of Oak Ridge, died Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2001, at Mariner Health of Norris.
Mrs. Van Fleet was born July 13, 1907, in Freemansburg, Pa., the daughter of William Joseph and Mary O'Kane Beckett.
She was a homemaker and one of the founding members of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Oak Ridge. She had also served as a Gray Lady at Methodist Medical Center and had been active with various bridge clubs.
Mrs. Van Fleet was known for her love of music. She also enjoyed sewing and needlework.
She was the widow of Walter A. Van Fleet, who died July 1, 1975.
She is survived by her sons, Robert Simon Van Fleet and his wife, Jane, of Knoxville, John Michael Van Fleet and his wife, Shirley, of Clarks Green, Pa., and David Dominic Van Fleet and his wife, Ella, of Scottsdale, Ariz.; and by her daughters, Patricia Petruzzi and her husband, David, of Smethport, Pa., and Katherine J. Van Fleet and her husband, Andy Woerheide, of San Rafael, Calif.
In addition to her husband, another son, Walter Anthony Van Fleet Jr., is deceased.
A funeral Mass will be said at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at St. Mary's Catholic Church with the Rev. Michael Woods officiating.
Burial will follow at Anderson Memorial Gardens, Oliver Springs Highway, Clinton.
The family requests that any memorials be in the form of donations to St. Mary's Catholic Church, 327-A Vermont Ave., Oak Ridge, TN 37830; to St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 3425 Andersonville Highway, Andersonville, TN 37705; or to HouseCall Hospice, 1400 Dutch Valley Road, Knoxville, TN 37918.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, at Weatherford Mortuary.
Otto William 'Bill' Hermann
Retired nuclear physicist
Otto William "Bill" Hermann, 75, of Oak Ridge, died Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2002, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.
He was born March 10, 1926, in Evansville, Ind., the son of Otto Henry Hermann and Cora Francis Elizabeth Luhring Hermann.
Mr. Hermann was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II. He earned degrees in mathematics and physics from the University of Kentucky in 1950.
His career as a nuclear physicist started in Paducah, Ky., with Union Carbide Corp. In 1965, he transferred to Oak Ridge National Laboratory as a programming specialist. His family said he was a recognized expert in isotopic decay, buildup and neutron depletion coding and analysis.
Mr. Hermann was an avid University of Tennessee football fan as well as an active hiker and camper in the Great Smoky Mountains.
He is survived by his son, James William Hermann and his wife, Esther, of Crystal Lake, Ill.; three daughters, Rhonda Gale Moore and Sandra Nell Hermann, both of Oak Ridge, and Rosemary Bowden and her husband, John, of Lexington, Ky.; his stepson, James Edward Disney and his wife, Joyce, of Oak Ridge; and three sisters, Miriam June Reel and Kathleen Mary Bressner, both of Evansville, and Cora Elizabeth "Betty" Kallo of California.
Mr. Hermann is also survived by his grandchildren, Samantha Disney Townsend and her husband, Donny, of Petros, Dante Leah Moore, Jacob Cody Moore and Holly Marie Disney, all of Oak Ridge, Maria Christina Bowden and John William Bowden and his wife, Becky, all of Lexington, and Daniel Hermann and Laurel Hermann, both of Crystal Lake; and two great-grandchildren, Bethany Newport of Petros and Chancey Bowden of Lexington.
Moses was his pet cat.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Gerldean Duncan Hermann, who died Nov. 29, 2000.
The funeral will be held at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, in the chapel of Weatherford Mortuary with the Rev. E.C. Vestal officiating.
A graveside service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at Anderson Memorial Gardens, 640 Oliver Springs Highway, Clinton.
The family requests that any memorials be in the form of donations to ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease), Wake Forest University, c/o Peter Donofrio, M.D., Department of Neurology, Medical Center Blvd., Winston-Salem, NC 27157.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the mortuary.
Lake City resident
Claudette Gilliam, 64, of Lake City, died Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2002, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.
Mrs. Gilliam is survived by two sons, Scott Gilliam and his wife, Martha, and David Gilliam and his wife, Kitty, all of Lake City; three sisters, Mae Turner of Orlando, Fla., Eva Jean Scott of Crossville and Betty Jane Sparks of Connecticut; and four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be held at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, in the chapel of Cox-Martin Funeral Home in Lake City with the Rev. Tom Byrge officiating.
A graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at Anderson Memorial Gardens, 640 Oliver Springs Highway, Clinton.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Thelma R. Burden Davis
Sister of Maudie Watkins
Thelma R. Burden Erwin Davis, 83, of Newton, Kan., died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2002, in Newton.
Born Feb. 15, 1918, in Belle Plaine, Kan., she was the daughter of William S. and Roda Cruse Burden, who are deceased.
Mrs. Davis was a homemaker.
She is survived by three sons, Kenneth L. Erwin and Russell D. Erwin, both of Valley Center, Kan., and Ronnie Davis of Arkansas City, Kan.; two daughters, Elizabeth Bonham of Sedalia, Mo., and Audrey Mullins of Arkansas City; three sisters, Maudie Watkins of Oak Ridge, Eva May Moser of St. John, Kan., and Esther Shoup of Arkansas City; two brothers, Verlyn Burden of Leon, Kan., and Cleo Burden of Wichita, Kan.; and 11 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Davis was preceded in death by her first husband, Artie Douglas Erwin, whom she married in 1938, and her second husband, Myron Eugene Davis, whom she married in 1976; and by four brothers, Levi Burden, Robert Burden, Floyd Burden and Dean Burden, and two sisters, Marjorie Burden and Mary Burden.
A graveside service will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at Sunnydale Park Cemetery.
The family requests that any memorials be in the form of donations to Kansas Christian Home, 1035 S.E. Third St., Newton, KS 67114.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at Baker Funeral Home in Valley Center.
William C. 'Bill' Ramsey
Has area relatives
William C. "Bill" Ramsey, 86, of 719 N. Highland Drive, Morristown, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2000, at Heritage Healthcare Center in Morristown.
Mr. Ramsey was born Dec. 14, 1913, the son of William N. and Margaret R. Ramsey. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving as a parachute rigger.
He had been affiliated with the R.M. Rogers Clothing Store since 1936 and had been in partnership with Steve Combs for the past 27 years.
Mr. Ramsey was a member of First Baptist Church of Morristown. He served his church as a deacon, an usher, a Sunday school teacher and a former superintendent of the Sunday school and served on various committees for many years.
He had been a member of the Lions Club in Morristown since 1951 and was a Melvin Jones Fellow. He brought in more than 20 members, recruited 500 eye wills and was the overall top advertisement and trophy salesman, his family said.
He served as president of the Lions Club in 1956 and 1957 and was the top salesman for the car shows and golf tournaments. Until his health declined, he had a perfect attendance record for 49 years. He was also an avid supporter of the Boys and Girls clubs and the Red Cross.
Mr. Ramsey is survived by his granddaughter, Dena Ramsey; his grandson, Duane Ramsey; four great-grandchildren, Jessica Ramsey Hyde, Thomas Siler, Summer Ramsey and Candice Ramsey; his brother, Frank Ramsey and his wife, Ruth, of Morristown; his sister, Henrietta Hendrickson of Knox County, formerly of Oak Ridge; his sister-in-law, Lelia Gray, and her husband, J.D., and his brother-in-law, Crosby Wright, all of Morristown; and by several nieces and nephews.
Dot Weissmann was his special caregiver.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Edna Purkey Ramsey, a son, Frank Clarkson Ramsey, a sister, Oneida Ramsey Line, and a brother, Hillary R. Ramsey.
The funeral will be held at 8 tonight, Jan. 18, at First Baptist Church of Morristown. The Rev. Randy Davis and the Rev. Danny Georges will officiate.
A graveside service, with members of Post No. 5266 of the VFW conducting military rites, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19, at Jarnigan Cemetery in Morristown. Pallbearers will be Winfred Ramsey, Bob Ramsey, Joe Ramsey, John Hendrickson, Bettis Line, Steve Combs, Jerry Howell and Phil Wright. Honorary pallbearers are deacons and members of the Wallen-Purkey Sunday School Class.
The family requests any memorials be in the form of donations to the Building Fund at First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1394, Morristown, TN 37816; the Lions Club; or to the Boys and Girls Clubs.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 tonight at the church.
Mayes Mortuary in Morristown is handling arrangements.