Robert C. Goodman
World War II veteran
Robert C. Goodman, 79, of Clinton, died Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2001, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.
Mr. Goodman was born March 2, 1921, in Mount Olive, Ill., the son of William and Theo Root Goodman.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and served on active duty in England and Europe. His unit landed in Normandy, France, on D-day. Mr. Goodman was imprisoned while on leave in Paris because "he was blond and looked German and was believed to be a spy," his family said.
He also served two years in the Civilian Conservation Corps.
Mr. Goodman was employed at Decatur Signal Depot in Decatur, Ill., for 12 years, then transferred to Lexington Army Depot in Lexington, Ky., in 1960. He worked there until retirement. He was a member of Northview Baptist Church in Lexington.
He moved to Clinton in 1984. His hobbies included working in his yard and watching ballgames on TV.
Mr. Goodman is survived by his wife of 51 years, Faye Osborne Goodman; his daughter, Connie Suzanne Noller and her husband, Paul, of Lexington; his sons, Robert C. Goodman Jr. and his wife, Annie, of Mojave, Calif., and Ronald E. Goodman of Lexington; his grandchildren, Dawn Ann Rake, Margie Birkes and Robert C. Goodman III, all of Temple, Texas, and Brittany and Kendall Goodman, both of Lexington; and five great-grandchildren.
He is also survived by his sisters, Ina Taylor of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., and Harriet Burbes and Jackie Curtsinger, both of Decatur, Ill.; and his brothers, Rex Goodman of Decatur and David R. Goodman of Clinton, Ill.
In addition to his parents, six other sisters and brothers, Alice Wilson, Geraldine Goodman, William Goodman, Wesley Goodman, Lloyd Goodman and Thomas Goodman, died earlier.
The funeral will be held at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5, in the chapel of Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton with the Rev. E.L. Martin officiating.
A graveside service will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, at Sunset Cemetery in Clinton.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Erma 'Maisie' Tunnell
Former Oak Ridge resident
Erma Thomas "Maisie" Tunnell, 89, formerly of Oak Ridge, died Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2003, at Wesley Woods Geriatric Hospital in Atlanta, Ga.
Born Dec. 27, 1914, in Swain County in North Carolina, she was the daughter of Alphonso Cleveland Thomas and Lillian Nell Thomas.
Only 15 when she graduated from Alcoa High School, Mrs. Tunnell attended Maryville College and graduated at age 19. Her first teaching job was on the isolated Cherokee Indian Reservation in Snowbird, N.C. The only non-Cherokee living on the reservation, she taught approximately 30 non-English speaking Cherokee children in a one-room schoolhouse. Mrs. Tunnell later held elementary and high school teaching positions in Maryville and Johnson City.
She obtained her master's degree in physical education from the University of Tennessee in 1940. Two years later, she married William C. "Bill" Tunnell, and in 1943 they moved to Oak Ridge, where her husband was employed as a design engineer for Union Carbide Nuclear Division.
The couple was active in the city's formative years. Mrs. Tunnell was a founding member of the local Girl Scout chapter, as well as the Lioness Club and the Power Squadron Auxiliary. Through the years, she was active in the Oak Ridge Playhouse, the Children's Museum, the Cub Scouts, the Anderson County Republican Party and Kern United Methodist Church. She was a frequent substitute teacher for the Oak Ridge school system.
Her husband was elected to Oak Ridge's first city council in 1949.
She and her husband frequently traveled abroad and were avid boaters. According to her family, the houseboat the couple built together remains the oldest houseboat on Norris Lake.
She moved to Atlanta following her husband's death in 1997 to be nearer her two sons and their families.
Mrs. Tunnell is survived by her elder son, Bill and wife, Karen, and their children, Dylan, 20, and Leila, 15; and by her younger son, Scott and wife, Beth, and their daughter, Laura, 20.
The family will receive friends from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, 2004, at Martin Oak Ridge Funeral Home.
A graveside service will follow at Anderson Memorial Gardens on the Oliver Springs Highway. A reception will be at the DoubleTree Hotel Oak Ridge.
Edith Eubanks, 86, of Solway died Sunday, Dec. 28, 2003, from colon cancer, at her home.
Mrs. Eubanks attended Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church and according to her family enjoyed Bible study and reading.
She is survived by her daughter, Carrol Dee and husband, Jim; her sister, Hazel Moore; three grandchildren, Rebecca Saldana, Paul Carter and James Mason; and by six great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 4, 2004, in the chapel of Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church in Knoxville.
The family requests that any memorials be in the form of contributions to the National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance, Entertainment Industry Foundation, 11132 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 401, Studio City, CA 91604.
Martin Oak Ridge Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Gloria Ann Brown
Former Oak Ridge caterer
Gloria Ann Brown, 50, of Oak Ridge, died Friday, Dec. 28, 2001, after a long illness.
Born in Portsmouth, Va., on June 18, 1951, she was the fourth daughter of Maggie and James Fitts, both now deceased.
Mrs. Brown was a faithful Christian and an active member of Refuge Temple Church in Knoxville, her family said.
She ran a successful catering business for several years in the Oak Ridge and Knoxville areas. Her family described her as a loving wife, dedicated mother and devoted sister.
Mrs. Brown is survived by her husband of 18 years, Arthur Brown; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Tonita and Brian Webb, Schmett and Anthony Jones, and Chelsea Brown; two sons and a daughter-in-law, James Cobb and Eric and Charlene Brown; and eight grandchildren, Kaiyla, Tenecia, Andrew, Isaiah, Jazmyn, Joshua, Chantika and Tyre.
Mrs. Brown is also survived by three sisters and brothers-in-law, Audrey and Oscar Parker, Deloris and Craig Watson, and Linda and John Ellis; her mother-in-law, Olivia Brown; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 2002, at First Apostolic Church of Knoxville. Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends at the wake to be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4 at Weatherford Mortuary.
The family of Mrs. Brown will be served by the Guiding Light Circle at True Light Baptist Church in Knoxville following the burial.
The family requests that any memorials be in the form of donations to the Refuge Temple Church, 2100 Washington Ave., Knoxville, TN 37917.
Retired math teacher
Rose Governale Robbins, 87, of Oak Ridge, died Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2002, at Little Creek Sanitarium in Knoxville after a lengthy illness.
She was the wife of Harry Dimon Robbins for 53 years. She was the daughter of Joseph and Maria Ramasiglia Governale.
Born in the Bronx, New York, Mrs. Robbins was a 1936 graduate of Hunter College in New York City, and taught math at the junior high, senior high and college levels. She retired in 1982 from positions as an adult educator at Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Training and Technology program and the Oak Ridge High School evening school. In later years, she specialized in General Equivalency Diploma training.
She was a charter member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Oak Ridge and was active in the League of Women Voters, American Association of University Women and the Tri-County Literacy League. Due to her background in math, she was recruited to attend an engineering training program for select women at Rutgers University during World War II. In the mid-1940s, she came to Oak Ridge where she worked as an engineering assistant for Fairchild Engine and Airplane Corporation.
Beside her lifelong interest in education, her interests included reading, needlework, community action, travel, music and bridge.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her sister, Mary, of Pellegrino, Bronx, New York; a cousin, Louis Patulo, of New York City; two daughters, Marie Robbins Plouffe of Bridgewater, Mass. and Irene F. Robbins of Oak Ridge; a son, Kenneth H. Robbins of Englewood, Colo.; three grandchildren, Heather Rose (Robbins) Carver and Joseph J. Robbins, both of Colorado, and Jesse D. Moisson of Knoxville; and her daughter-in-law Tamara Goetzfried of Colorado.
The memorial service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, 2003, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 1500 Oak Ridge Turnpike. A private graveside service will be conducted at the Oak Ridge Memorial Park. Arrangements are by Martin Oak Ridge Funeral Home.
The family suggests donations may be given in memory of Mrs. Robbins to the Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church, 1500 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, TN 37830, or the Alzheimer's Association, 2200 Sutherland Avenue, Suite H 102, Knoxville, TN 37919, or to a charity of choice.