Nettie Jones Pippin
Sister of Martha Way
Nettie Jones Pippin, 86, of Bloomington Springs, died Sunday afternoon, Jan. 30, 2000, at Cumberland River Hospital North in Celina.
Mrs. Pippin was the sister of Martha Way of Oak Ridge.
She was born in Jackson County on Feb. 22, 1913, the daughter of Henry and Mary Jane Howell Jones.
She and her husband, David F. Pippin, were married on Feb. 27, 1937. Her husband died on Sept. 8, 1991.
Mrs. Pippin was a resident of the Nameless community in Jackson County and a member of the Davidson Chapel Church of Christ. She was a homemaker.
In addition to her sister and brother-in-law, Buford Way, she is survived by her brother, Charles Jones and his wife, Ruth, of Merritt Island, Fla.; and by several nieces and nephews.
An infant son, eight brothers and two sisters died earlier.
The funeral was to be held at 10 Central Standard Time this morning, Feb. 1, in the chapel of Anderson Funeral Home of Gainesboro with Jimmy Anderson officiating.
Burial was to follow at New Salem Cemetery in Jackson County.
Longtime civic activist
Marjorie Ketelle, 86, of Oak Ridge died Thursday, Jan. 31, 2002, at her home, surrounded by her family.
Born Feb. 28, 1915, in Huron, S.D., she was the daughter of Robert Benjamin and Blanch Wright Hill.
After attending Huron College, she completed requirements for her degree in medical technology at the University of Minnesota in 1936. For the next five years she worked as a medical technologist in hospitals in Minnesota and Illinois.
She and Bruce Ketelle, her friend from childhood, were married in Huron on Sept. 23, 1941. After honeymooning in the Black Hills, the couple settled in Chicago, where Mr. Ketelle was attending graduate school at the University of Chicago.
Two years later in the fall of 1943, he relocated to Oak Ridge and was followed six months later by his wife and their first child, Janice Ketelle. Mrs. Ketelle often told stories of the early days in Oak Ridge and the primitive conditions.
Mrs. Ketelle was actively involved in the Oak Ridge community. She was a member of the first Oak Ridge Regional Planning Commission and the first woman member on the commission. Later she served on the city's Environmental Quality Advisory Board.
Always interested in the political process, Mrs. Ketelle spent many years in the Oak Ridge League of Women Voters as a board member and committee chairwoman. She was also active as a Girl Scout troop leader and Cub Scout den mother.
She was an active member of the Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church and an avid supporter of the arts, serving as a member of the Oak Ridge Civic Music Association Guild.
During the 1960s, her family said, she helped facilitate integration in the Oak Ridge schools through sponsorship of the fellowship day camp with others from the church.
In her later years Mrs. Ketelle continued to support environmental causes, civil rights, and women's issues.
She and her husband, who survives her, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in September 2001.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Ketelle is survived by her children, Janice Ketelle of Wisconsin, Martha Ketelle of Glenwood Springs, Colo., and Richard Ketelle of Oak Ridge; her grandchildren, Brian Clarke of Boulder, Colo., Rachel Ketelle of Calhoun, Ga., and Erin Ketelle of Oak Ridge; and a great-grandchild, Lauren Houston of Calhoun.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, at the Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church, 1500 Oak Ridge Turnpike. The Rev. Diana Heath will officiate.
The family will receive friends at the church following the service.
The family requests that any memorials be in the form of donations to a charity of the donor's choice.
Weatherford Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Charles E. Parrish
Former Oak Ridge resident
Charles E. Parrish, 64, of Orlando, Fla., died of cancer on Monday, Jan. 28, 2002, in Orlando.
He was a resident and research analyst at Valencia Community College in Orlando.
Mr. Parrish was born in Orlando, the son of Earl and Maggie Crittenden Parrish, who are deceased. His parents lived in Oak Ridge from 1944 to 1964 before returning to Orlando.
According to his family, Mr. Parrish had always loved to tinker. As a young boy in Oak Ridge, he wired his bedroom so the lights would come on when someone entered the room.
He graduated from Oak Ridge High School in 1955. He then attended the University of Tennessee, where he became a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.
After graduating from UT with a degree in electrical engineering, he returned to Orlando to work for what was then Martin Marietta Co. as a design engineer on missile projects.
Mr. Parrish and his wife later moved to Greensboro, N.C., where he founded Computer Labs, a small technology company.
He moved back to Central Florida in 1980.
Mr. Parrish became fascinated with remote control devices a few years ago, his family said, and hooked up almost everything in his home, including appliances, the outdoor fountain and the sprinkler system.
"He could never let something go until he took it apart, found out how it worked and put it back together again," said his wife, Penny E. Parrish, who survives him.
Mr. Parrish was the original director of the Technology Innovation Center at Valencia and started Success Solutions, a consulting program that helped small business owners launch their companies.
As a research analyst studying demographics, he believed that what the Orlando area needed was high-technology companies, that high-paying jobs would bring people who would want to live in the area for a long time, his wife said.
His wife described him as a very kind man who, when he made a friend, was a friend for life.
Mr. Parrish was a member of First United Methodist Church of Orlando. He was also a member of the Conway Cemetery Foundation.
In addition to his wife of almost 40 years, he is survived by a son, Charles M. Parrish of San Francisco, Calif.; a sister, Patricia Ann Watson of Oakwood, Ill.; and a grandson.
Carey Hand Colonial Funeral Home in Orlando handled the arrangements.
Lennie Copeland Jeffreys
Active in garden club
Lennie Copeland Jeffreys, 86, died Friday, Jan. 29, 1999, at Woods Memorial Hospital in Etowah.
Mrs. Jeffreys moved to Oak Ridge in 1943 and worked at the Happy Valley post office from 1944 to 1946. In 1951 she went to work as a chemical operator at the Oak Ridge Y-12 Plant, and retired after 26 years of service.
After her retirement, she became a volunteer pink lady at Oak Ridge Hospital and later worked at Millers and Hess's department stores.
A master flower judge, she was very active with the Burchfield Garden Club and was a member of the Audubon Society in Oak Ridge and the Radcliff Gardens. She was a charter member of Fairview Baptist Church in Solway and active in church activities.
Born Dec. 3, 1912, in Town Creek, Ala., she was the daughter of Will and Ethel Copeland. She and her husband, Lonnie Jeffreys, who is now deceased, were married Nov. 13, 1932.
Mrs. Jeffreys is survived by her son and his wife, Frank and Ludwina Jeffreys; and two sisters and a brother, Magdeline Beriman, Vera Jeffreys and Kennith Copeland.
She is also survived by two grandsons, Andrew Jeffreys and Devaughn Jeffreys; and by four great-grandchildren, Maline Jeffreys, Drew Jeffreys, Jason Jeffreys and Amber Jeffreys.
The funeral was to be held at 10 this morning, Feb. 1, at Fairview Baptist Church in Solway with the Rev. Larry Webster officiating. Burial was to follow at Oak Ridge Memorial Park.
McCarty-Martin Oak Ridge Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mary Frances Upton
Assembly of God member
Mary Frances Upton, 58, of Clinton, died Sunday, Jan. 31, 1999, at her home.
A resident of this area for 25 years, Mrs. Upton was a homemaker and a member of the Oak Ridge Assembly of God.
Born Aug. 2, 1940, in London, Ohio, she was the daughter of John Arthur and Helen Daugherty Dunn. She enjoyed needlework and crocheting and was a member of the Oak Ridge Senior Center.
Mrs. Upton is survived by two daughters, Rhonda Clark of Oak Ridge and Michele Brenner and her husband, Chris, of Hermitage; and a son, Michael Upton and his wife, Georgia, of Powell.
She is also survived by a sister, Artie Lee of Oak Ridge; five grandchildren, Billie N. Henson and Michael Upton Jr., both of Powell, Brookelyn N. Clark and Bridget C. Clark, both of Oak Ridge, and Shaye B. Brenner of Hermitage; a nephew and his wife, Rick and Kim Lee; and by a grand-nephew, Justin Lee, all of Oliver Springs.
A graveside service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, at Oak Ridge Memorial Park with Dr. H. Dean Haun officiating.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, at Weatherford Mortuary.
The family requests that any memorials be in the form of donations to the American Cancer Society of Anderson County, in care of Lee Costanzo, 103 Case Lane, Oak Ridge TN 37830.
Fred Houston Travis Sr.
Resident of Clinton
Fred Houston Travis Sr., 86, of Clinton, died Sunday, Jan. 31, 1999, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.
Mr. Travis is survived by his wife, Daisy Travis; three daughters and their husbands, Betty and Ervin Langston of Clinton, Linda and Thad Gaylord of Winterville, N.C., and Brenda and Hugh Oliphant of Simpson, N.C.; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Charles and Barbara Travis of Huntsville, Ala., and Fred Houston Travis Jr. of Clinton; a sister and her husband, Evelyn and George Sumrell of Grifton, N.C.; and by 17 grandchildren.
A graveside service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Central Time Tuesday, Feb. 2, at Maple Hill Cemetery in Huntsville.
At their convenience, friends may come by Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton to view the body and sign the guest book.