Helen Marie Fultz
Nana's Day Care owner
Helen Marie Fultz, 81, of Oak Ridge, died Friday, Jan. 16, 2004, at Briarcliff Health Care Center.
Born March 28, 1922, in Honaker, Va., she was the daughter of Joseph and Dora Thompson Peak.
Mrs. Fultz worked as an accountant with J.C. Penney Co. Inc. for 15 years. After she retired, she opened Nana's Day Care and worked for another 15 years. She was a member of Central Baptist Church. Her family said she loved children and in earlier years was an avid square dancer.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William A. Fultz, on May 6, 1986.
Mrs. Fultz is survived by her son, Richard Fultz and wife, Myra, of Oak Ridge; her daughter, Sandra K. Nelson and husband, James, of Clinton; four grandchildren, Heather Cupp and husband, Alec, and Amanda Bailey and husband, Kier, all of Oak Ridge, Christy Lamon and husband, Mike, and Shelly Swafford and husband, Greg, all of Knoxville; and by seven great-grandchildren.
The funeral was Sunday, Jan. 18, 2004, at Weatherford Mortuary with the Rev. Bob Gray officiating.
A graveside service was to be at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19, at Anderson Memorial Gardens, Oliver Springs Highway, Clinton.
Member of Grace Lutheran Church
Marie Muller, 90, of Oak Ridge, died Thursday, Jan. 15, 2004, at The Estates of Oak Ridge, of complications of congestive heart failure.
Born June 6, 1913, in Holle, Germany, she was the daughter of Hermine and Wilhelm Vasterling. In her late-teen years, she worked as a homemaker for a prominent Lutheran pastor's family in Hildesheim. In 1936, she married Henry Muller of Ringstedt. They moved to Weissenfels in 1938, where she worked for a dairy company.
They fled East Germany with their two daughters in 1946 to Henry Muller's boyhood home in the West. In 1950, she immigrated with her family to Brooklyn, N.Y. It was there she learned the confectionery business at the store of her sister-in-law and spouse. Her family said the focal point of her life was her family. The Mullers purchased their first business in New York, N.Y., in 1954. They then moved to Long Island, N.Y., where they bought a second ice cream parlor/luncheonette. Their store was recognized for its excellent chocolate-Easter confections and lunch trade.
Mrs. Muller retired with her husband from business in 1974 and moved to Whiting, N.J. She was an avid vegetable gardener who shared her produce with the entire neighborhood. She enjoyed making ceramic crafts which still decorate her families' homes.
Mrs. Muller and her spouse moved to Oak Ridge on March 15, 2000, to The Estates of Oak Ridge.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years in September 2002; a brother, Ewald Vasterling; and by a sister, Herta Klussmann.
Mrs. Muller is survived by her daughters, Sigrid Ludemann and husband, Carl, of Oak Ridge, and RoseMarie Johnson of Whiting, N.J.; four grandchildren, Donald Ludemann and wife, Debra, of St. Paul, Minn., Carol Ludemann Barcus and husband, John, of Huron, Ohio, Eva Johnson Oliver and husband, Thomas, of Chester, N.H., and David Johnson of Austin, Texas; and by four great-grandchildren, Colin Barcus of Notre Dame, Ind., Matthew Barcus and Geoffrey Barcus, both of Huron, and Heather Oliver of Chester; and by two sisters, Elfriede Domhöver and Brunhilde Wege, both of Germany.
A memorial service was held Sunday, Jan. 18, 2004, at Grace Lutheran Church with the Rev. Stephen Damos officiating.
The family requests that any memorials be in the form of donations to the Memorial Garden of Grace Lutheran Church, 131 W. Gettysburg Ave., Oak Ridge, TN 37830, or to Christ Lutheran Church, 40 Schoolhouse Road, Whiting, NJ 08759-3025.
Weatherford Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
John Brock Bittle
Lake City resident
John Brock Bittle, 89, of Lake City, died Sunday, Jan. 18, 2004.
Born Feb. 18, 1914, making him one month shy of 90 years old when he died, he was the son of W.J. and Rosa Bittle.
In his life, he worked at Magnet Mills in Clinton until moving to Oak Ridge to work at the Oak Ridge Y-12 Plant. He then moved to Lake City to work with his brother, Chris Bittle, at the Corner Drug Store until his brother died. In 1972, Mr. Bittle retired from Ortec.
He was a member of First Baptist Church in Lake City, where he served as a deacon.
According to his family, Mr. Bittle helped raise his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His family and friends called him D.D., which his family said he loved to be called.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two children, Mary Chris Lambermont and Tony Bittle; and by four siblings, Chris, James, Mary Ingram and Martha Devaney.
Mr. Bittle is survived by his wife of 68 years, Mary Ellen "Doc" Stair Bittle; his grandson, Brock Rains and wife, Terri; two great-grandsons, David Rains and Christopher Rains; his granddaughter, Leora Wallace and husband, Greg; and by two great-grandchildren, Chrissy Manning and Dusty Manning.
Jean Montgomery of Clinton and Ned and Janice Lambermont of Fairhope, Ala., are considered special friends of Mr. Bittle and his wife.
A memorial service will be at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2004, at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton with the Rev. Brian Courtney of Lake City Baptist Church officiating.
Burial will be at Leach Cemetery in Lake City.
The family requests that any memorials be in the form of contributions to the Leach Cemetery Grounds Funds, 330 Old Clear Branch Lane, Lake City, TN 37769.
S. Basil Kite
Calvary Baptist member
S. Basil Kite, 80, of Oak Ridge, died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2002, at NHC HealthCare of Oak Ridge.
Born Feb. 2, 1921, in Campbell County, he was the son of Robert Guy and Zola Prater Kite.
Mr. Kite was retired from the Oak Ridge Country Club. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.
He was also a member of the Oak Ridge Country Club, and he enjoyed golfing, fishing, boating and gardening.
He is survived by his brother, John Kite and his wife, Debra, of Palacios, Texas; three sisters, Anna Mae Medlin of Oak Ridge, Betty Ziemke of Huntsville, Ala., and Josephine Roth and her husband, Dr. Larry Roth, of Stillwater, Okla.; and by 11 nieces and nephews, 15 grandnieces and grandnephews, and four great-grandnieces.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Kite was preceded in death by another brother, Cecil Kite, and another sister, Cordia Sweat.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, in the chapel of Martin Oak Ridge Funeral Home with the Rev. Gerald Lawson officiating.
Burial will follow at Anderson Memorial Gardens, 640 Oliver Springs Highway, Clinton.
The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Darcus Mae Goans
Indian Bluff Baptist member
Darcus Mae Goans, 90, of the Laurel Grove community of Anderson County, died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2002, at her home.
She was born April 26, 1911, in Anderson County, the daughter of Mose and Haley Brown Braden.
Mrs. Goans was the oldest member of Indian Bluff Missionary Baptist Church in Laurel Grove and had remained active in the church until her recent illness.
She was the widow of Dan Goans.
She enjoyed crafts and raising flowers of all kinds. Her family described her as a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother.
Mrs. Goans is survived by her son, Audry Goans and his wife Carolyn, of Briceville; two daughters, Lillian Hooks and her husband, James, and Imogene Winchester and her husband, Harry, all of Briceville; a brother, Isaac Braden of Briceville; a sister, Rosa Caughron of Maryville; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Goans and Stella Braden; and a niece she considered special, Gertrude Singleton.
She is also survived by four grandchildren, Debbie Harness and her husband, Don, Pam Foust and her husband, Chuck, Danny Winchester and his wife, Nancy, and Michelle Belcher and her husband, Daniel; five great-grandchildren, Amy Gill and her husband, Jeremy, Abby Tackett and her husband, Brian, Adam Foust and his wife, Melissa, Nick Harness and Andy Harness; and three great-great-grandchildren, Emily Tackett and her husband, Gerrod, Caitlyn Gill and Travis Foust.
Virgil Green is a special friend of the family.
In addition to her husband and her parents, Mrs. Goans was preceded in death by four brothers, Lige Braden, Bill Braden, Robert Braden and James Braden, and three sisters, Lizzie Braden Ward, Maude Braden Hooks and Lilly Braden Davis.
The funeral will be held at 8 tonight, Jan. 21, 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. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at Indian Bluff Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery. Viewing will be from 1 to 2 p.m.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 tonight at the funeral home.
Elven L. Staples Sr.
Member of Oak Valley Baptist Church
Elven L. Staples Sr., 81, a resident of Oak Ridge and a former resident of San Pedro, Calif., died at 10:52 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, 2003, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.
Born Feb. 11, 1921, in Fort Smith, Ark., he was the son of Elizabeth and Luther Staples, who are deceased.
A veteran of World War II, during the war he was one of the first black infantrymen in the Buffalo Solidarity Division
He moved to Oak Ridge in 1998 and became a member of Oak Valley Baptist Church. He loved being around his family and grandchildren and enjoyed his great-grandchildren, according to his family, who said he was well-liked in the Oak Ridge area.
Mr. Staples is survived by a son, Elven L. Staples Jr. and his wife, Pearl, of Oak Ridge; five grandchildren, Sarah Davidson, Donnie Staples, Michael Staples and his wife, Cassandra, and Wensday Staples, all of Oak Ridge, and Elven L. Staples III of Los Angeles, Calif.; seven great-grandchildren; and a brother, Horace Richard Staples of Sacramento, Calif.
Ethel Davidson of Oak Ridge and Curree Thaxey of Richmond, Calif., were considered good friends.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, at Oak Valley Baptist Church. The Rev. Hardil Thomas will officiate.
The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the church.
The family requests that any memorials be in the form of gifts to the American Cancer Society, in care of Lee Costanzo, 103 Case Lane, Oak Ridge, TN 37830.
Weatherford Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.