James 'Jamie' Courtney Kurtz
Avid outdoorsman, son of Regina Welton
James "Jamie" Courtney Kurtz, 54, of Crested Butte, Colo., died Saturday, Jan. 25, 2003, after a long illness.
Born and reared in Oak Ridge, he was a graduate of St. Mary's School and of Oak Ridge High School. According to his family, he found his true home in nature, the wilderness and back country, especially in the mountains of Colorado.
After graduating from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor of science degree, he began his quest to fulfill his passions of observing, learning, creating and "making things happen." He invited everyone to share and join him in his adventures, his family said, adding that he always assumed and wished the best of every person he met.
He lived and worked in Colorado, Minnesota, Tennessee and Texas and formed his own companies, James Kurtz Construction and Kurtz Iron Works in Crested Butte.
Mr. Kurtz is survived by his sons, Brian Joseph Kurtz and Nicholas Kurtz of Crested Butte; his mother, Regina Welton, and her husband, Ted, of Oak Ridge; his sister, Sande Burger and her husband, Ted, of Clinton; two nieces, Stacey Burger Howard and her husband, Rick, and their sons, Zach and Jake, all of Clinton, and Jill Burger Hanggi and her husband, Matt, and their son, Sam, all of Charlottesville, Va.
He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Kurtz.
He considered among his innumerable special friends Alan Jenkins and Richard DePersio of Knoxville, and Betty Barkman and Kendall Collins of Crested Butte.
He donated his remains to Colorado University Medical School for cancer research.
A memorial service will be held Friday, Jan. 31, at Union Congregational Church in Crested Butte. A wake will be held in Colorado on a date to be announced later.
The family requests that any memorials be in the form of gifts to The Nature Conservatory, Attention: Memorial Donation, 4245 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22203.
Retired Y-12 electrician
James Rogers, 80, of Oak Ridge, died Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2003, at Erwin Health Care Center in Erwin.
He had worked as an electrician at the Oak Ridge Y-12 Plant until retiring in 1987. He was a member of union Local No. 270 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
He was also a United States Navy veteran of World War II.
Born Feb. 24, 1922, in Statesville, N.C., he was the son of Jasper Collins and Rebecca Steele Rogers, both now deceased.
Mr. Rogers is survived by his wife of 58 years, Frances Robertson Rogers of Oak Ridge; two sons, Terry Rogers and his wife, Melissa, of Clinton, and Tony Rogers and his wife, Sally, of Powell; his grandchildren, Toby Rogers and his wife, Carrie, of Kingsport, Neeley Patterson and her husband, John, of Corrington, and Brittany Rowe and her husband, Danny, of Powell; a great-granddaughter, Maggie Mae Rogers of Kingsport; a sister, Edith Couch and her husband, George, of Statesville; a brother, Pressley Rogers and his wife, Thelma, of Baltimore, Md.; a sister-in-law, Thelma Simmons and her husband, Oscar, of Newton, N.C.; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two other brothers, Allen Rogers and Arthur LaCotte Rogers.
The funeral will be held at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, in the chapel of Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton with the Rev. Tom Byrge officiating.
A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at Oak Ridge Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Cherokee Place, 2200 Sutherland Ave., Suite H-102, Knoxville, TN 37919.
Friendly Welcome Baptist Church member
Geraldine Daugherty, 55, of Oliver Springs and Briceville, died Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2003, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.
Born Nov. 13, 1947, in Oliver Springs, she lived in Briceville for 30 years.
Mrs. Daugherty was a homemaker and a member of Friendly Welcome Baptist Church in Oliver Springs' Frost Bottom community.
She was the widow of Dan Daugherty.
Mrs. Daugherty is survived by a daughter, Tammy Wynette Breeden and her husband, Isaac, of Harriman; a grandson, Matthew Breeden of Harriman; her mother, Gertrude Seeber Mitchell of Oliver Springs; three brothers, Ronson Mitchell, Kimmie Lee Mitchell and Lloyd Oscar Mitchell and his wife, Nancy, all of Oliver Springs; and three sisters, Patricia Louise Singleton and her husband, Raymond, and Vernice Hinkle and her husband, Ronnie, all of Oliver Springs, and Madgelene Guy and her husband, Paul Edward Guy Jr., of Aiken, S.C.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her father, Oscar Mitchell, and a brother, Carlos Mitchell.
The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, in the chapel of Sharp Funeral Home in Oliver Springs with the Rev. Huston Carroll and the Rev. Murl Phillips officiating.
Burial will follow at Briceville Community Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, at the funeral home.
Stuart James Fricke
Brother of Dr. Kenneth Fricke
Stuart James Fricke, 46, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., formerly of Oak Ridge, died Sunday, Jan. 26, 2003.
Born in Maracaibo, Venezuela, he was a graduate of Emerson College in Boston, Mass., where he earned a degree in film directing. He also earned a master's degree in criminal justice from the University of Tennessee in 1989.
While living in Oak Ridge, he was a volunteer for the Children's Museum and the Oak Ridge Playhouse. He had been most recently employed as a health technician in Fort Lauderdale.
Mr. Fricke is survived by his brother, Dr. Kenneth Fricke and his wife, Maureen, of Oak Ridge; and several aunts, uncles and cousins in Caracas, Venezuela.
A memorial Mass will be said at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Oak Ridge. The Rev. Michael A. Woods will officiate.
The family will receive friends at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the church.
Virginia T. Bolen
Member of First Cumberland Presbyterian Church
Virginia T. Bolen, 91, of Oak Ridge, died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2004, at Briarcliff Health Care Center.
Born Jan. 9, 1913, in Tullahoma, she was the daughter of Micager D. and Della Ruth Hall Troxler.
She moved to Oak Ridge in 1944. She was a member of First Cumberland Presbyterian Church and a member of the Women's, and Bridge Club. Her family said she enjoyed playing bridge and traveling.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Terrell Bolen Sr.; a grandson, Kenny Bolen; and by five brothers and two sisters.
Mrs. Bolen is survived by three sons, Terry Bolen and wife, Betty, of California, Richard Bolen and wife, Ellen, of Knoxville, and Jack Bolen and wife, Shirlene, of Oak Ridge; a sister, Ruth McDonald of Atlanta, Ga.; seven grandchildren, David Bolen and wife, Barbara, Debbie Fritzer and husband, Rip, Tammy Willmore and husband, Steve, Kimberly Abernathy, Jack Bolen and wife, Lisa, Karen Barber and husband, J.D., and Jason Bolen and wife, Crystal; and by 12 great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2004, in the chapel of Martin Oak Ridge Funeral Home with the Rev. Vernon Sansom officiating.
Burial will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, at Anderson Memorial Gardens on the Oliver Springs Highway in Clinton.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Wilma Jean Webb Nell
A member of Clinton First Baptist Church
Wilma Jean Webb Nell, 70, of Clinton, died Thursday, Jan. 30, 2003, at the Baptist Hospital in Knoxville.
She was a member of Clinton First Baptist Church and retired from Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge with 45 years of service in the office of medical records.
Born Feb. 26, 1932, in Anderson County, she was the daughter of John and Cassie Goins Webb.
She is survived by her sister, Bonnie Webb Bates of Heiskell; nieces and nephews, Gary and Judy Bates and Gloria and David Robinson, all of Norris, and Roger and Bonnie Bates of Knoxville; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.
She considered Angelo Barbati of Clinton as a special friend.
In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Nell.
The funeral will be 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, at Clinton First Baptist Church with the Rev. Samuel Dean and the Rev. Wayne Phillips officiating. The graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Woodhaven Memory Gardens in Claxton with Dr. Paul Frick officiating.
The family will receive 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, at Clinton First Baptist Church. Holley-Gamble Funeral Home of Clinton is in charge of all arrangements.
Donna Byrge Portwood
Wilma Daun "Donna" Byrge Simpson Portwood, 51, of Wartburg, died Friday, Jan. 25, 2002, at her home.
She was the daughter of Reba Byrge of the Stephens community and Charles Byrge, who is deceased.
In addition to her mother, Mrs. Portwood is survived by her husband, David Portwood; her son, Charles Simpson of Oliver Springs; her daughter, Angela Cornelison of Oliver springs; two stepdaughters, Melissa Armstrong of Rockwood and Lisa Phillips of Knoxville; and six grandchildren, Robbie Pierce, Amber Pierce, Sierra Wright and Brittany Simpson, all of Oliver Springs, and Zachary Armstrong and Amanda Armstrong, both of Rockwood.
She is also survived by four brothers, Ray Byrge and his wife, Kathy, and Loranzo Byrge and his wife, Melissa, all of Oliver Springs, Mike Byrge and his wife, Doris, of Rockwood, and Avery Byrge of Wartburg; four sisters, Charlene Richardson and her husband, Bill, of Wartburg, Ruth Richardson and her husband, John, of the Stephens community, Judy Phillips and her husband, Jesse, of Caryville, and Darlene Wallace and her husband, the Rev. Randy Wallace, of Coalfield; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
In addition to her father, Mrs. Portwood was preceded in death by her grandparents, Mike and Sarah Byrge; and a nephew, Johnny Richardson.
The funeral was held Wednesday night, Jan. 30, in the chapel of Schubert Funeral Home in Wartburg with the Rev. Randy Wallace officiating.
A graveside service was to be conducted at noon today, Jan. 31, at Victory Cemetery in the Stephens community.