Longtime hospital PT employee
Edith Roark, age 81, of Oak Ridge died Saturday, Jan. 27, 2001, at her home.
Born April 19, 1919, in Warrington, Cheshire, England, she was the daughter of William and Edith Dutton Massey.
Ms. Roark was employed as a physical therapy technician for more than 43 years at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge. She was also one of the founding members of Service Employees International Union Local No. 205 at the hospital.
She is survived by her son, Robert Glen Roark of Oak Ridge; her daughter, Christine Yvonne Harmon, also of Oak Ridge; three grandchildren, Deanna Lynne Harmon and her husband, Rick Harmon, of Maryville, Angela Renee Prince and her husband, Ben Prince, of Oak Ridge and Jennifer Michelle Smith and her husband, David Smith II, of Knoxville; and her great-grandson, Zachary Paul Vowell of Oak Ridge.
Elaine Stoetzel, Lou Roper, Pauline Brothers, R.L. Ayers and Nadine Baldwin, all of Oak Ridge, and Rhea Stockburger and Daisy Woodall of Oliver Springs were considered special friends.
The funeral will be held at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30, in the chapel of Weatherford Mortuary with the Rev. Michael Prince officiating.
A graveside service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, at Anderson Memorial Gardens, Oliver Springs Highway, Clinton.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Weatherford Mortuary.
Billy Gene Cox
Lake City resident
Billy Gene Cox, 69, of Lake City, died Thursday, Jan. 25, 2001, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.
He is survived by his sons, Steven D. Cox and his wife, Denise, of Oak Ridge, Charles R. Cox and his wife, Tonya, of Lake City, and John T. Cahlile of Ohio; and two grandsons.
The funeral was held Sunday night, Jan. 28, in the chapel of Cox-Martin Funeral Home in Lake City. The Rev. Moss Beets officiated.
A graveside service was to be held at noon today, Jan. 29, at Norris Memorial Gardens in Norris.
Miriam B. "Mickie" Hildreth
Charter member of First Baptist
Miriam Breland Hildreth, known to her friends and family as "Mickie," died Friday, Jan. 26, 2001, in Oak Ridge. She was 75.
Born Aug. 20, 1925, in Holly Hill, S.C., she was the daughter of Jacob Murray Breland Sr. and Mary Welch Breland, both now deceased.
She attended Winthrop College for women and studied business. As a result of her business skills, she came to Oak Ridge in January 1944 and worked for Tennessee Eastman Co.
Mrs. Hildreth was a charter member of First Baptist Church of Oak Ridge. She was a member of Partners of the Americas, the United Nations Committee of Oak Ridge and the American Field Service. Her hobbies included gardening, cooking, playing bridge, playing golf, and traveling.
Mrs. Hildreth is survived by four children, Mary Hildreth, Billy Hildreth Sr. and Johnny Hildreth and his wife, Haverly, all of Knoxville, and Linda Higgins and her husband, Andy, of Brentwood; her brothers, Murray Breland of Holly Hill, Glen Breland of Lancaster, S.C., and Breece Breland of Charlotte, N.C.; and her sister, "Punky" Russell of Holly Hill.
She is also survived by her 12 grandchildren, Heath Hildreth, Keri Hildreth, Brittany Hildreth, Brook Hildreth, Jennifer Higgins Black, Scott Higgins, Julie Higgins, Billy Hildreth Jr., Daniel Hildreth, Dustin Bolin, Joy Bolin and Joseph Roszell.
Her husband of 56 years, Howard Hildreth, died on Jan. 9, 2001. In addition, another son, Paul T. Hildreth, and another grandson, Shane H. Hildreth, preceded her in death.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30, at First Baptist Church. The Rev. Larry Dipboye will officiate.
The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30, at First Baptist Church of Oak Ridge, prior to the funeral, which will be held at 2 p.m. at the church. The Rev. Larry Dipboye will officiate.
A private burial service will follow.
The family requests that any memorials be in the form of gifts to the American Diabetes Association, 6906 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919.
Weatherford Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Jack Allen Sheldon
Retired Lockheed machinist
Jack Allen Sheldon, 61, of Scandlyn Hollow Road, Oliver Springs, died Friday, Jan. 26, 2001, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.
Mr. Sheldon was a retired machinist with Lockheed Aircraft and served in the U.S. Air Force during the time of the Vietnam War.
He was a member of Cedar Grove Baptist Church in Kingston. He was also a member of Black Diamond Masonic Lodge, F&AM, of Petros, the Walden Ridge Antique Car Club and the Roane County Amateur Radio Club.
Mr. Sheldon is survived by his wife, Mary Briggs Sheldon; his daughters, Joy Nix and her husband, Chris, of Kingston, Cherri Gardner and her husband, John, of Harriman, and Danna Fader and her husband, Butch, of Oliver Springs; and his grandchildren, Amanda Gardner and Beverly Gardner, both of Harriman, Sarah Nix and Corie Nix, both of Kingston, and Brandy Fader of Knoxville.
He is also survived by his mother, Pearl Sheldon of Oliver Springs; his brothers, W.C. Sheldon and his wife, Carrie, of Oliver Springs and Jim Sheldon and his wife, Paula, of Cartersville, Ga.; and his sister-in-law, Sue Sheldon of Rockwood.
Glen and Martha Smith of Marlow, Walt and Sandra Calbaugh of Kingston and Fillmore and Brenda Hendrickson of Harriman were considered special friends.
His father, W.L. Sheldon, and another brother, T.C. "Sonny" Sheldon, died earlier.
The funeral was to be held at 2 this afternoon, Jan. 29, in the chapel of Evans Mortuary in Rockwood with the Rev. Mike Henegar and the Rev. Rony Jones officiating.
Burial was to follow at Cedar Grove Cemetery in Kingston, with members of the Roane Volunteer Honor Guard conducting military rites.
Pallbearers were Michal Smith, David Smith, Ricky Sheldon, Jimmy Sheldon, David Sheldon, Dean Sheldon, David Briggs and Brian Briggs
Member of First Baptist Church
Marie Whitus Brown, 86, of Oak Ridge, died Friday, Jan. 26, 2001, at NHC HealthCare of Oak Ridge.
The daughter of Edward and Cora Mae Koontz Whitus, she was born March 12, 1914, in the Petros community of Morgan County and received her early schooling in Petros.
Mrs. Brown was a member of First Baptist Church of Oak Ridge and had been a member of Sunrise Chapter 364 of the Order of Eastern Star in Petros for more than 50 years.
She was the widow of Charlie Carson Brown. She and her husband lived in Oak Ridge for several years, and she was employed by Dr. Jim Kile of Oak Ridge. She became acquainted with Ruth and Charles Barton through a mutual membership in Glenwood Baptist Church.
Later, after the death of her husband, she lived in Knoxville and was employed for 10 years at Lakeshore Mental Health Institute.
Highlights of her post-retirement years were two trips she made to Israel. Several years after retirement, she moved to the brick apartments in Oak Ridge near the Oak Ridge Mall. Her neighbor Kit Kuperstock became a close friend.
She lived several years at the Oak Ridge Retirement Center, being cared for under the personalized assisted-living program. After falling and breaking a hip, she was moved to NHC HealthCare of Oak Ridge.
Mrs. Brown is survived by a sister, Louise Evans of Medina, Ohio; a daughter-in-law, Wanda Brown of Oak Ridge; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and her husband, a stepson, Roy Giltz Brown, four brothers, Alton Whitus, Tom Whitus, Guy Whitus and J.B. Whitus, and three other sisters, Emma Ruth White, Inez Foster and Lee Jackson, died earlier.
The funeral was to be held at 2 this afternoon, Jan. 29, in the chapel of Sharp Funeral Home with the Rev. Larry Dipboye officiating.
Burial was to follow at Anderson Memorial Gardens, Oak Ridge Highway, Clinton.
The family was to receive friends from 1 to 2 this afternoon at the funeral home.
George Robert Wilson
Retired ORNL chemist, Silver Beaver Award winner
George Robert Wilson, 78, of Sandy Springs, S.C., died Friday, Jan. 17, 2003, at Anderson Area Medical Center in Anderson, S.C.
He was born Feb. 9, 1924, in Hillside, N.J., the son of George and Eleanor Rinck Wilson, who are now deceased.
Upon graduation from Rutgers University in 1944 with a bachelor of science degree in chemistry, he came to Oak Ridge with the U.S. Army's Special Engineer Detachment.
He retired in September 1981 after 35 years with Union Carbide Nuclear Division, working as an analytical chemist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Mr. Wilson was a longtime member of the Oak Ridge Elks Lodge No. 1684, the Oak Ridge Country Club, and Kern Memorial United Methodist Church. In addition to golf, he also enjoyed fishing and gardening.
In 1952 when the Kern's Men's Club formed Boy Scout Troop 328, Mr. Wilson served as the first scoutmaster. He remained active in the Boy Scouts of America for many years and in 1970 was awarded the Silver Beaver Award for Distinguished Service -- one of Scouting's highest awards for adult leaders. Of all his many achievements, this recognition was the one of which he was the most proud.
Mr. Wilson is survived by his wife, Martha Juanita Cooper Wilson; two sons, Dr. George Reece Wilson of Oak Ridge and John Robert Wilson of Hixson; two granddaughters, Heather Wilson of Chattanooga and Lisa Wilson of Pigeon Forge; and a sister, Jean Gill of Hillside, N.J.
The funeral was held at Zion United Methodist Church in the Sandy Springs community of Anderson, S.C.
The family requests that any memorials be in the form of gifts to Boy Scout Troop 328, in care of Kern Memorial United Methodist Church, 451 E. Tennessee Ave., Oak Ridge, TN 37830.
William L. Greene
Navy veteran of Vietnam War
William L. "Bill," "Red" Greene, 58, of Lenoir City, died Monday, Jan. 27, 2003.
Mr. Greene was a veteran of the Vietnam War, having served in the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Navy Reserve. He was a lifelong member of Shady Grove Baptist Church.
Mr. Greene is survived by his wife, Barbara A. Greene; a stepdaughter, Christy Johnson; a grandson he considered especially beloved, Darren Greene; his mother, Irene Smith; his sisters, Louise Ellenburg, Florence Frye and her husband, Harold, Susan McCarter and her husband, Frank, and Joyce McMahan and her husband, Charles; his brothers, Paul Smith and his wife, Delores, and James Smith and his wife, Virginia; and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
His son, Richard A. Greene, died earlier.
Jimmy Woody and J'Neane Smith were considered special friends.
The funeral will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, in the chapel of Click Funeral Home in Lenoir City. The Rev. Jim Kirk will officiate.
Family and friends will gather at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, at the funeral home and proceed to Loudon County Memorial Gardens for a graveside service at 11 a.m. Members of American Legion Post No. 120 and of VFW Post No. 5150 in Loudon will conduct full military rites.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:45 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.