Mary Ellen Turner
Attended Community Church
Miss Mary Ellen Turner, 83, a resident of Rogersville and a former resident of Oak Ridge, died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2001, at the Erwin hospital in Erwin.
Born April 28, 1918, in Cocke County, she was the daughter of Calvin B. and Cressie Bible Turner, who are deceased.
Miss Turner was a member of Glendale Methodist Church in Bybee and attended the Community Church in Grove Center in Oak Ridge, helping with youth groups.
Prior to moving to Rogersville, she lived in Oak Ridge for 52 years. According to information from her family, she had worked for the Clinton Engineer Works in Oak Ridge and retired as a secretary with the Tennessee Municipal League, city of Oak Ridge.
Miss Turner is survived by her sister, Ethel Knight of Rogersville; three brothers, Elmer Turner of Rutledge, Bruce Turner of Rogersville and Roy C. Turner of Morristown; and several nieces and nephews.
Another sister, Mildred "Polly" Jones, and three other brothers, Fred Turner, Robert Turner and Paul Turner, preceded her in death.
The funeral was to be held at 1 this afternoon, Jan. 2, 2002, at Colboch-Price Funeral Home in Rogersville with the Rev. Jim Turner officiating.
Burial was to follow at Hamblen Memory Gardens.
The family was to receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Alice Lepay Scheer
Mother of Martha Salk
Alice Alexandra Lepay Scheer of Oak Ridge died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2001, at Shannondale Health Care Center in Knoxville after a short illness.
Born June 16, 1920, in Binghamton, N.Y., she was the daughter of Mary Nester Lepay and Paul Lepay, who are deceased.
Mrs. Scheer received her bachelor of science degree in dietetics from Wayne State University in 1942, and a master of arts degree in teaching from Eastern Michigan University. She taught second grade in Allen Park, Mich., for 20 years before retiring to Oak Ridge in 1978.
Her family said she loved cats, food and her grandchildren. Her oldest grandchild, Carl, described her as "the perfect grandmother: Indulgent, generous, loving and ever ready with cookies." According to her family, her love of cats was carried to the extreme in that she was known to covet those of her neighbors and permanently "borrowed" several by the generous application of the most tempting cat food she could find. The neighbors and the cats generally delighted in this arrangement, her family said.
Mrs. Scheer was born in a Slavic neighborhood in Binghamton and spoke Russian before English. Her family said time eroded her ability to speak that language, and she spent a lifetime "studying" Russian.
She was noted for her generosity, and after her daughter left for college in 1963, she took in the daughters and younger sisters of friends and co-workers who, by reason of one tragedy or another, needed a place to live during late adolescence.
Mrs. Scheer had dealt with high blood pressure, diabetes, severe arthritis, osteoporosis, a broken vertebra, a pituitary tumor, hearing loss, reduced vision, etc., by ignoring them and not taking them seriously, her family said, adding that it was a strategy, though breathtaking to them, that gave her an astounding ease and peace.
She is survived by her husband, Frederick August Scheer, also of Shannondale; three brothers, Peter Lepay and his wife, Anne, of Virginia Beach, Va., Andrew Lepay of Costa Mesa, Calif., and Walter Lepay of Binghamton; two children, Martha Scheer Salk and her husband, Gary, of Oak Ridge, and Jon Scheer and his wife, Teva, of Highlands Ranch, Colo.; and her grandchildren, Carl Salk and Ted Salk, both of Oak Ridge, and Catherine Scheer and Charles Scheer, both of Highlands Ranch.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, 2002, in the chapel of Martin Oak Ridge Funeral Home.
The family requests that any memorials be in the form of donations to the YWCA of Oak Ridge, 1660 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, TN 37830.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Katharina A. Frye
Former Kmart employee
Katharina A. Frye, 64, of Oliver Springs, died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2001, at her home after a lengthy illness.
Mrs. Frye was a former employee of Kmart in Oak Ridge, where she had worked for 17 years.
She was the widow of Frank E. Frye, who died in March 2001.
Her family said she enjoyed traveling, needlecraft and sewing, and making items for friends and family.
Mrs. Frye is survived by her daughter, Lorine Frye of Oliver Springs; four sons, Jack Frye and his wife, Lori, of Oak Ridge, Tim Frye and Jim Joe Frye and his wife, Margie, all of Oliver Springs, and Sam Newton and his wife, Dee, of Martinez, Ga.; her stepchildren, Michael Frye of National City, Calif., and Libby Grimms and her husband, Richard, of Winchester; and six granddaughters and five grandsons.
The funeral will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, 2002, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Oak Ridge with Bishop Brent McGavin officiating.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the church.
Mynatt Funeral Home in Knoxville is handling the arrangements.
Resident of Kingston
Joanne Gallaher, 51, of Kingston, died Monday, Dec. 30, 2002.
Born June 29, 1951 in Harriman, she was the daughter of Guy and Josie Daniels, who preceded her in death.
She was a Licensed Practical Nurse, a former Sunday school teacher, children's director and discipleship training teacher. She was a member of Cedar Grove Baptist Church, a former member of Union Chapel Baptist Church and Bible Baptist Church, where she was a teacher. She worked at several area hospitals and nursing homes.
She is survived by her husband of more than 28 years, Rickey Edd Gallaher; three sons, Rickey Jason Gallaher, Courtney Travis Gallaher and Adam Edwin Gallaher; two daughters-in-law, Jennifer and Heather Gallaher; two granddaughters, Jamie and Haveyn Gallaher; one sister, Sue Hurst; five brothers, Billie Joe Daniels, Guy Daniels Jr., Carl Ed Daniels, W.C. Daniels and Terry Daniels.
The funeral will be 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, 2003, at Cedar Grove Baptist Church in Kingston with the Rev. Ronald Nickell, the Rev. Randall Griffis and the Rev. DeWayne Howard officiating.
Graveside service will be 9 a.m. at Lawnville Cemetery in Kingston. The service will be conducted by the Rev. Ronald Nickell.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, in the church sanctuary.
Gammell Retired postal worker
Wendell Paul Gammell, 89, of Knoxville, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.
Mr. Gammell came to Oak Ridge in 1944 and began work for the U.S. Postal Service. He retired in 1971.
He was a member of Grace Baptist Church. He was also a member and strong supporter of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, which he joined in 1959.
Mr. Gammell is survived by his daughter, Paula Ruth Gammell of Seaman, Ohio; his sister, Oneta Simmons, also of Seaman; and three nieces and a nephew, Barbara Rosselot, Sharon Carter, Charlene Gammell and Jim Gammell, all of Ohio.
His wife, Stella Ball Gammell, and his brother, Frank Gammell, died earlier.
The funeral was held Thursday, Dec. 30, in the chapel of McCarty Weaver Cumberland Chapel, Knoxville.
A graveside service was held Friday, Dec. 31, at Sherwood Memorial Gardens in Knoxville.