Evelyn Smith McCreary
Longtime Clinton resident
Evelyn Smith McCreary, 86, formerly of Clinton, died Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2001, at Jefferson City Health & Rehabilitation Center.
Born Nov. 20, 1914, in Broadhead, Ky., she was the daughter of Walter and Mattie Owens Smith.
Mrs. McCreary was a longtime resident of Clinton and Anderson County and was the widow of the Rev. Taylor L. McCreary, who had served as pastor of many Baptist churches throughout East Tennessee. She was very active in the community and in school activities, and had served as president of the PTA.
Mrs. McCreary was a member of the Clinton chapter of the Order of Eastern Star and was a past worthy matron.
Her family described her as a very devoted pastor's wife and a loving mother, grandmother and friend.
She is survived by her daughters, Dorotha Salmon and Donna Mallory and her husband, Vic, all of Dayton, Ohio, Doris "Mickey" Basham of Tyler, Texas, and Dorcas Ridlon and her husband, Lewis, of Talbott; her sister-in-law, Hazel McCreary of Clinton; and her brothers-in-law, Bernard McCreary of Key West, Fla., George L. McCreary of South Bend, Ind., and Joseph Geraud of Andersonville.
Mrs. McCreary is also survived by five grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and her parents, a granddaughter, Julia Sue DiVincenzo, her brother, Milton H. Smith, and a son-in-law, Ray G. Basham, died earlier.
The funeral will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, in the chapel of Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton. The Rev. Mark Keith and the Rev. George DeLozier will officiate.
Burial will be at Warfield Cemetery in Barbourville, Ky., alongside the remains of her husband.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Cecil V. Winchester
Longtime Oak Ridge resident
Cecil V. Winchester of Oak Ridge died Thursday morning, Jan. 18, 2001, in Charleston, S.C., following a recent stroke and subsequent illness.
Mr. Winchester was born in 1914 in Pruden, Tenn. He left home to travel widely over a period of 30 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. His distinguished career included service in World War II in both the European and Pacific theaters; the Korean War; and the Vietnam War. In 1944, he was singled out for exemplary performance and was awarded a warrant commission.
He retired in 1971 as a warrant officer and moved to Oak Ridge where he and his wife, Anne Hill Winchester, attended First Baptist Church. When his wife died in 1998, the couple had been married for 56 years. They had lived in Oak Ridge almost 30 years.
Mr. Winchester is survived by his son, John Winchester of Charleston; his daughter, Judy Steen of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.; three grandchildren, Ginger Foulk, Brandon Winchester and Tracy Steen; and by his sister-in-law, Virginia Hill of Oak Ridge.
A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 22, at Oak Ridge Memorial Park. An honor guard provided by Delta Co., 4th Combat, Engineer Battalion, will conduct military rites.
A memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22, at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Larry Dipboye officiating.
The family will receive friends following the service at the church.
Weatherford Mortuary is handling arrangements.
Oliver Springs resident
Goldie Jones, 81, of Oliver Springs, died Thursday, Jan. 18, 2001, at the Life Care Center of Morgan County.
Mrs. Jones was born Oct. 5, 1919, in Anderson County, the daughter of Roland and Pearlie Melton Jeffers.
She was a homemaker and was the widow of Herbert Jones. She was a member of Mount Pisgah Baptist Church in Oliver Springs and had lived in this area all of her life.
Mrs. Jones is survived by her son, Roland Jones and his wife, Frances, of Oliver Springs; her grandson, Jason Jones of Oliver Springs; her stepson, Casey L. Jones of Union, Mich.; her sisters, Ruthie Tindell of Lake City, Mossie Dyle of Oak Ridge and Ruby Jeffers of Michigan; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband and her parents, another sister, Flossie Johnson, and two brothers, Johnny Jeffers and William Jeffers, are deceased.
The funeral will be held at 8 tonight, Jan. 19, in the chapel of Sharp Funeral Home in Oliver Springs with the Rev. Garvan Walls officiating.
A graveside service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at Anderson Memorial Gardens, Oliver Springs Highway, Clinton.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 tonight at the funeral home.
Eunice 'Patsy' Altum
South Clinton Baptist member
Eunice Uneeda "Patsy" Altum, 81, of Clinton, died Monday, Jan. 18, 1999, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.
Mrs. Altum was a member of South Clinton Baptist Church.
She was born in Knox County on Jan. 16, 1918, the daughter of Charles Clay and Florence Fine Hux.
Mrs. Altum was a homemaker and enjoyed quilting, sewing and working in her flower garden. Her family described her as a very loving mother who especially loved children.
She was the widow of James O. "Jack" Altum Sr.
Mrs. Altum is survived by four daughters, Janice Henderson and her husband, Don, of Clinton, Joan Mincey and her husband, John, of Knoxville, Judy Emert and her husband, Eddie, of Heiskell, and Jane Wilson and her husband, Todd, of Greensboro, N.C.; two sons, James O. "Jim" Altum of Concord and John E. Altum of Greenbriar; and her stepdaughter, Alma Graham and her husband, Carl, of Clinton.
She is also survived by her sister, Blanche Hartley of Knoxville; and her brother, Herbert L. Fergueson of Nashville.
Two sisters and a brother, Mildred Norman, Marjorie Boatman and Elmer Hux, died earlier.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, in the chapel of Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton with the Rev. Jimmy Davidson officiating.
Burial will follow at Zion Cemetery in Claxton. Pallbearers will be Jim Altum, John Altum, John Mincey, Eddie Emert, Don Henderson, Todd Wilson, Carl Graham, Bryan Emert, Michael Wilson, Darren Colwell and Mike Graham.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, at the funeral home.
Irmgard 'Emma' Vann
Irmgard Ruth "Emma" Vann, 68, of Clinton, died Sunday, Jan. 17, 1999, at her home.
Mrs. Vann was a homemaker.
She was born in Hamburg, Germany, on April 13, 1930, the daughter of Friedrich and Gertrud Wiezorek Dorge, who are deceased.
Mrs. Vann is survived by her daughter, Sonja L. Miller of Chattanooga; two sons, David Vann and his wife, Brenda, and Frank Vann and his wife, Ashley, all of Clinton; three sisters, Monika Wills of Mechanicsburg, Pa., Getroute Wilson of Fairfax, Va., and Renate Dorge of Hof Salae, Germany; and two brothers, Fritz Dorge and his wife of Lake Station, Ind., and Wilfreit Dorge of Hof Salae.
She is also survived by eight grandchildren, Charles, Kraig, Todd, Nikki, Britney, Austin, Zachary and Natalie; three great-grandchildren, Jeffrey, Courtney and Savanah; and by several nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, in the chapel of Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton with the Rev. David Crowley officiating.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, at McCarty Woodhaven Memorial Gardens in Claxton.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Myrel Gossett Fain
Mother of Pat Dziurzynski
Myrel Gossett Fain, 76, of Oak Ridge, died Monday, Jan. 18, 1999, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.
Mrs. Fain was the mother of Pat Dziurzynski of Oak Ridge.
She was a member of Boyds Creek Baptist Church of Sevierville.
She was the widow of Paul O. Fain.
In addition to her local daughter and son-in-law, Alvin Dziurzynski, Mrs. Fain is survived by another daughter, Paulette Rice and her husband, Robert, of Knoxville; her grandsons, Allen Paul Cole and Jonathan Thomas Dziurzynski, both of Oak Ridge; three sisters, Lucille Whaley of Gatlinburg and Lila Davis and her husband, Arthur F., and Willie DeLozier and her husband, Bill, all of Seymour.
Her brother and sister, Hobart Gossett and Nellie McCarter, died earlier.
The funeral will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, in the chapel of Rawlings Funeral Home in Sevierville with the Rev. Michael L. Prince officiating.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, at Boyds Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
The family requests any memorials be in the form of donations to the Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Association, 1924 Alcoa Highway, Knoxville, TN 37920; or to the Kidney Foundation of East Tennessee, 4450 Walker Blvd., Suite 2, Knoxville, TN 37917-1523.
HEAD:O1 Dr. Bill B. Blevins Former Oak Ridge oral surgeon
Dr. Bill B. Blevins, 73, of Kingston, died Monday, Jan. 18, 1999, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge after a lengthy illness.
In 1961, Dr. Blevins, an oral surgeon, established his permanent practice of oral and maxillofacial surgery in Oak Ridge.
In 1985, at the same time he retired from his practice, he concluded 31 years of ongoing military service and, having achieved the rank of colonel, was awarded the Army Commendation Medal.
Born in Ashland, Ky., he was the son of Edgar Elbert and Amanda Ora Ashworth Blevins. According to his family, Dr. Blevins was also a direct descendant of Daniel Blevins, who settled in Russell County, Va., during the late 1700s.
After high school he worked for the Glen L. Martin Co. at its bomber assembly plant in Baltimore, Md. In 1944, he joined the U.S. Army Air Force and was sent to the South Pacific where he served as a B-25 crew chief.
At the end of World War II, he enrolled at Tennessee Wesleyan College and graduated in 1948. He then attended the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry in Memphis, graduating in 1952.
Dr. Blevins was an avid pilot and one of the original owners of the Meadowlake Airpark outside Kingston. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and restoring old cars.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Martha Jean Starring Blevins; his son, B.B. Blevins and his wife, Andrea Paine Blevins, of Sacramento, Calif.; his daughter, Martie Blevins Gray and her husband, Richard Gray, of Roswell, Ga.; three brothers, Barney Blevins of Kingsport, Jack Blevins of Gray, and Joe Blevins of Palm Harbor, Fla.; and two sisters, Joan Robinson of Kingsport and Teddy Jennings of Centerville, Ohio.
Dr. Blevins is also survived by his aunt, Belva June Minnick of Gate City, Va.; four grandchildren, Andrew and Benjamin Blevins of Sacramento and Mallory and Madison Gray of Roswell; and by several nieces and nephews.
Two sisters, Elizabeth Bernice Blevins and Juanita Nickels, died earlier.
The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, in the chapel of Weatherford Mortuary.
Burial will follow at Stebbins Cemetery in Grandview.
The family will receive friends from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the mortuary.
The family requests any memorials be in the form of donations to the Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center, 1901 Clinch Ave., Knoxville, TN 37916; or to the Roane County Heritage Commission, P.O. Box 738, Kingston, TN 37763.