Oscar Joseph 'O.J.' Turmelle
Retired DOE employee
Oscar Joseph "O.J." Turmelle, 77, of Oak Ridge, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2002, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.
Born Sept. 12, 1924, in Rochester, N.H., he was the son of Oscar J. Turmelle Sr. and Mona O. Grant Turmelle.
A 1942 graduate of Spaulding High School in Rochester, Mr. Turmelle was with the U.S. Army's 1274th Combat Engineer Battalion and served in England, France and Belgium during World War II. He returned to the University of New Hampshire and graduated in 1949 with a degree in civil engineering.
From New Hampshire, he moved to Denver, Colo., to work for the Bureau of Reclamation in the U.S. Department of the Interior. While in Denver, he married Alice Jean Miller of Ames, Iowa. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Aug. 28, 2001.
Mr. Turmelle first came to Oak Ridge in 1952 and lived in his future hometown for six months as he began a career with the Atomic Energy Commission, a Department of Energy predecessor agency. He worked as an engineer at the AEC facility in Portsmouth, Ohio, and for 17 years at the Fernald Plant near Cincinnati, Ohio. During 1972, he returned to Oak Ridge and was an early contributor to the Radioactive Waste Storage Program.
He retired from the Department of Energy in 1980 and later spent five years working part-time for Rust Engineering at the Oak Ridge Y-12 Plant.
Mr. Turmelle and his wife enjoyed traveling throughout the United States and Canada and to many international locations, including Hong King, Australia, New Zealand, England, France and Ireland. His wife said their favorite area in all the world was the rocky coastline of New England. Last October 2001, they took a trip to Quebec to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary.
Mr. Turmelle was a fan of many sports, from harness racing, a love born at the Rochester Fair during the 1930s, to Oak Ridge Wildcat football.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Alice Miller Turmelle; his sons, John Turmelle and his wife, Marilyn, of Houston, Texas, and their children, Trevor, Spencer and Corinne, and Tom Turmelle and his wife, Lee Ann, of Tulsa, Okla., and their daughters, Claire and Constance; and his daughter, Janet Dunn and her husband, Wayne, of Johnson City and their daughter, Rachael.
A celebration of Mr. Turmelle's life will be held at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, in the chapel of Weatherford Mortuary.
A graveside service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Oak Ridge Memorial Park.
The family requests that any memorials be in the form of donations to the Macular Degeneration Foundation Inc., P.O. Box 9752, San Jose, CA 95157.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at the mortuary.
Retired from Martin Marietta
Morris Phillips, 83, of Norris, died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2004, at Mariner Health of Norris.
Born April 20, 1920, in Inman, Va., he was the son of the Rev. Charles Frank and Lillie Huff Phillips. He was a veteran of World War II and served with the U.S. Coast Guard in the Pacific theater.
Mr. Phillips came to Oak Ridge in 1946 and began work as a guard with the Atomic Energy Commission. He later worked as a construction electrician for Martin Marietta Energy Systems and retired March 31, 1986 after 20 years of service.
His hobby was being a ham radio operator.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Betty Miller and Grace Vaughn.
Mr. Phillips is survived by his former wife, Eula Faye Phillips of Lakeland, Fla.; a son, James Morris and wife, Carolyn, of Oliver Springs; a daughter, Terri Coker of Lakeland, Fla.; and two sisters, Nell Lee of Oak Ridge and Kathleen Donovan of Montgomery, Ala.
He is also survived by two grandchildren, James Matthew Phillips of Delaware, Ohio, and Mandie Sponyoe of Frederick, Md.; five great-grandchildren, Drew Sponyoe, Shelby Sponyoe, Doug Sponyoe and Nick Sponyoe, all of Frederick, and Sierra Phillips of Maryland Heights, Mo.; and by several nieces and nephews.
A private graveside service will be held Saturday, Jan. 24, 2004, at Grandview Memorial Garden in Clinton.
The family will receive friends from 10 to noon Saturday at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton.
Alberta Nuss Stripling
Member of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
Alberta Nuss Stripling, 96, of Oak Ridge, died Thursday, Jan. 22, 2004, at NHC HealthCare of Oak Ridge.
Born May 7, 1907, in Knoxville, she was the daughter of Albert and Mary Crowder Nuss.
She was a homemaker and a member of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Col. Raymond Scarborough Stripling, on Jan. 27, 1985, and by a son, Lawrence William Stripling.
Mrs. Stripling is survived by a son, Raymond A. Stripling, of Pittsboro, N.C.
The funeral will be at noon Saturday, Jan. 24, 2004, at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church with the Rev. Dr. Craig M. Kallio officiating.
Burial will be at Highland Memorial Cemetery in Knoxville.
The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday at the church.
Weatherford Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Elsie Irene Sadler Lynch
Retired schools cafeteria worker
Elsie Irene Sadler Lynch, 80, of Oliver Springs, died Friday, Jan. 22, 1999, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.
Mrs. Lynch was retired as a cafeteria worker with the Oak Ridge schools.
She was born in Jackson, Mo., on June 16, 1918, the daughter of Charles and Lizzy Gozzie Abernathy.
Mrs. Lynch was a member of Community Baptist Church of the Norwood community of Oliver Springs.
Her first husband, Hugh Sadler, died in 1965, and her second husband, A.G. Lynch, died in 1982.
She is survived by her son, Donald Ray Sadler Sr. and his wife, Freida Ray, of Huntsville, Ala.; her daughter, Nancy Alsip of Carrollton, Ga.; two sisters, Mildred Lincoln and Hazel McBride, both of Jackson, Mo.; and by nine grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husbands, a daughter, Doris Ann Hood, died in 1986. Six brothers and sisters also died earlier.
The funeral was to be held at 10 this morning, Jan. 25, in the chapel of Weatherford Mortuary.
Burial was to follow at Anderson Memorial Gardens, Oliver Springs Highway, Clinton.
The family requests any memorials be in the form of donations to the American Diabetes Foundation, Tennessee Affiliate, 4205 Hillsboro Road, Suite 200, Nashville, TN 37215-9805.
Alicia Nadine McGuff
Granddaughter of OS residents
Alicia Nadine McGuff, the infant daughter of Lester McGuff and Cara Shillings, both of Huntsville, Ala., died Tuesday, Jan. 19, 1999, in Huntsville.
Alicia was the granddaughter of Don and Connie Shillings of Oliver Springs.
In addition to her parents and local grandparents, she is survived by her sister, Tabitha Rhea McGuff of Huntsville, Ala.; two half-sisters, Kayla Breeden and Emily Shillings, both of Oliver Springs; another grandmother, Linda Holley of Huntsville, Ala.; and by two great-grandparents and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral was held Wednesday, Jan. 20, at Twickenham Memorial Gardens in Huntsville.
Sharon Gail Jones
Sharon Gail Jones, 49, of Clinton, died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2004, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.
Born March 28, 1954, in Knox County, she was the daughter of the Rev. Howard and Pauline Clevenger Hurst of Knoxville.
According to her family, Mrs. Jones dedicated her life to her heavenly father, husband and two wonderful children.
She was a member of West Side Baptist Church and attended Faith Christian Church.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Jones is survived by her husband, Clint Jones; her son, William Clint Jones, of Clinton; and by her daughter, Leslie "Cookie" Nichole Jones, of Clinton.
She is also survived by three brothers, Danny Hurst and wife, Pat, of Knoxville, Dennis Hurst and wife, Linda, of Louisville, and John Hurst and wife, Debra, of Clinton; two sisters, Diane Lynn and husband, Mike, and Debra Smithy and husband, Ricky, all of Knoxville; seven nieces and nephews; and by four grandnieces and grandnephews.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, 2004, at Faith Christian Church with the Rev. Kenneth Ivey officiating.
Burial will follow at Jarnigan Chapel Baptist Church cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton.
Bobbie Tieche Sanders
Sister of Kitty Rains
Bobbie Tieche Sanders, 73, of Union City, Ohio, died Thursday, Jan. 21, 1999, at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio, from complications following surgery for a triple aortic aneurysm.
Mrs. Sanders was the sister of Anna "Kitty" Rains of 730 West Outer Drive.
A homemaker, she was born in Norton, Va., on Sept. 14, 1925. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, according to her family, who said she also enjoyed traveling and shopping.
In addition to her local sister, Mrs. Sanders is survived by her husband of 56 years, Bud Sanders; and her five children, Joe Kyle Sanders and his wife, Janet, of Hendersonville, Ky., Hope Hayes of Indianapolis, Ind., and Jeff Sanders, Bill Sanders and his wife, Cheryl, and Tieche Hall and her husband, Cecil, all of Union City.
She is also survived by her brother, Eddie Tieche and his wife, Dorothy, of Union City; her sister, Anne Shipley and her husband, Charles, of Bristol, Tenn.; and 10 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Her parents, Ethel and Hagan Tieche, along with another sister, Jane Tieche, died earlier.
The funeral and burial were held at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 25, at Reichard's Mortuary in Union City.