Edward Knox DeLong
Retired electrician, artist
Edward Knox DeLong, 92, of Oak Ridge, died Saturday, Jan. 30, 1999, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.
Mr. DeLong retired from Union Carbide Nuclear Division in 1977 after working at the Oak Ridge Y-12 Plant as an electrician since 1944.
He was an artist and craftsman and was a life member of the Oak Ridge Community Art Center and the Royal Arcanum of North Carolina. In earlier years, he was a member of the Community Craft Center, the Foothills Craft Guild, the Clinch Valley Weavers, the Tennessee Valley Spinners, the Handweavers Guild of America and the International Old Lacers.
Mr. DeLong was a weaver and made lace, and made the tools necessary for these crafts, such as a cotton spindle he designed that was marketed nationwide. He also painted with watercolors, made three-dimensional pictures, lariats, wheel-thrown pottery and miniatures, many of which actually worked, such as his miniature spinning wheel.
In an interview several years ago with "Creative Crowd" columnist Dorothy Senn, Mr. DeLong said he spent a good deal of time working on projects. "My hands have to be doing something all the time. I try to keep something where I can reach it all the time," he had said.
He was born in Brevard, N.C., on March 12, 1906, the son of Henry Luthe and Alice Katherine Anders DeLong.
Mr. DeLong was a member of Robertsville Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Frances Biggers DeLong; his son, Edward K. DeLong and his wife, Susan, of Radnor, Pa.; his step-grandson, Jason Braddick of Pennsylvania; and his step-granddaughter, Chavaleh Braddick of Easton, Md.
Mr. DeLong is also survived by his sister-in-law, Edythe Biggers of Lawton, Okla.; two nephews, Bill Biggers and David Biggers, both of Lawton; and three cousins, Rowell D. Bosse of North Carolina, Mrs. John DeLong of Dallas, and Melvin Chandler and his wife of Travelers Rest, S.C.
Burial was at Oak Ridge Memorial Park.
The family requests any memorials be in the form of donations to Robertsville Baptist Church, 251 Robertsville Road, Oak Ridge, TN 37830.
Had area relatives
Claby-Lee Sparks of Knoxville died this morning, Feb. 5, 1999, at Briarcliff Health Care Center.
Mrs. Sparks was a member of Central Baptist Church of Bearden. She was a former nursery school teacher in Oak Ridge.
She was the widow of Arthur Vernon Sparks.
She is survived by two daughters, Janice Trent and Ann Linginfelter and her husband, V.W. Linginfelter; her son, Harry Sparks; five sisters-in-law, Austelle Sparks, Elaine Young, Helyn Sparks, Joyce Deaton and Wanda Deaton; and by six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, two brothers, Clyde Young and Doug Deaton, her daughter-in-law, Jane Sparks, her son-in-law, Curtis Trent, her brother-in-law, James B. Sparks, and her sister-in-law, Vivian Sparks, died earlier.
Click Funeral Home in Lenoir City is handling arrangements, which were incomplete this morning.
Dorothy H. 'Dottie' Shelton
Retired DOE employee
Dorothy H. "Dottie" Shelton, 76, of Oak Ridge, died Sunday, Feb. 4, 2001, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.
Mrs. Shelton was a native of Grundy County and the daughter of Marvin and Lois Brooks Henley, who are deceased.
She came to Oak Ridge in the early years and worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Atomic Energy Commission, later, the Energy Research and Development Administration and the Department of Energy. She was the administrative assistant to the director of finance when she retired in 1979, after 35 years of service.
Mrs. Shelton was a member of First Baptist Church.
She was the widow of Charles E. "Chuck" Shelton. They had been married for 25 years at the time of his death.
She is survived by her sister, Martha Oster of Oak Ridge; her sister-in-law of 50 years, Evelyn Henley; and by 10 nieces and nephews, including a special niece and caregiver, Tonya Oster of Oak Ridge.
In addition to her husband and her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers and three other sisters, William B. "Buddy" Henley, Marvin Henley, Mareuine Shirley, Elizabeth "Leb" Webb and Lois Newby.
The funeral will be held at 8 tonight, Feb. 6, in the chapel of Martin Oak Ridge Funeral Home with the Rev. Larry Dipboye officiating.
A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, at Anderson Memorial Gardens, Oliver Springs Highway, Clinton.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 tonight at the funeral home.
Marjorie Frances Irwin
Retired office manager
Marjorie Frances Irwin, age 86, of Harriman, died Monday, Feb. 5, 2001 at Briarcliff Health Care Center.
She was born Nov. 21, 1914 in Rockwood, the daughter of Charles Wilson Monday and Sadie Norman Monday. She was a graduate of Draughon's Business College in Knoxville.
Mrs. Irwin had retired as office manager for Dr. Margery Swint in Oak Ridge.
She was a former charter member of First Christian Church Disciples of Christ in Oak Ridge and was currently a member of the First Christian Church of Rockwood. She also enjoyed the Prime Timer Club at Pine Ridge Baptist Church in Sugar Grove Valley.
She was a 1950 state Republican committeewoman for the Grand Old Party. Mrs. Irwin enjoyed cooking, flower gardening and playing cards. She was also an avid reader.
She is survived by her son, Howe H. Irwin Jr. and his wife, Sandra, of Oak Ridge; her daughter, Becky Morgan and her husband, Karl, of Oak Ridge; and three grandchildren, Sadie Irwin Barry and her husband, Jim, of Nashville, Matthew Dean Morgan of Knoxville and Joseph Karl Morgan of Dandridge.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Howe H. Irwin Sr., who died in November 1992. Her stepfather, Thomas Christopher Able and her aunts, Delia Kelly and Madge Norman, are also deceased.
The funeral will be held at 7:30 tonight, Feb. 6, in the chapel of Weatherford Mortuary with the Rev. Jesse Bradshaw officiating.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, at Oak Grove Cemetery in Rockwood.
The family requests that any memorials be in the form of donations to First Christian Church Disciples of Christ, 203 Michigan Ave., Oak Ridge, TN 37830.
The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 7:30 tonight at the mortuary.
Floyd P. Tidwell Jr.
Husband of Evelyn Jones Tidwell
Floyd P. Tidwell Jr., 72, of Guernsey Valley Road, Kimbolton, Ohio, died Thursday, Jan. 25, 2001, at Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center in Cambridge, Ohio.
Mr. Tidwell was the husband of Evelyn Jones Tidwell, now of Oliver Springs.
He was born July 2, 1928, in Tennessee, the son of Floyd T. and Elizabeth Grace Smith Tidwell, who are deceased.
Mr. Tidwell was a retired steel worker for Republic Steel and LTV Steel in Ohio and he had also been a coal miner. He was an avid fisherman, hunter and gardener.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by five daughters, Mary Tidwell of Chardon, Ohio, Sharon Lafollette and her husband, Ed, of Pleasant City, Ohio, Crystal Wallace and her husband, Eugene, and Joannie Rose and her husband, Darrell, all of Kimbolton, and Jeannie Sprufera and her husband, Frank, of Irving, Texas; and two sons, Paul Tidwell and his wife, Karen, and Gary Tidwell and his wife, Joye, all of Kimbolton.
Mr. Tidwell is also survived by a sister, Henritta Teal and her husband, Herbert, of North Carolina; four brothers, Robert R. Tidwell and his wife, Betty, of Old Washington, Ohio, Albert J. Tidwell of Coshocton, Ohio, Roy Lee Tidwell and his wife, Ruth, of Newcomerstown, Ohio, and James R. Tidwell and his wife, Marge, of Cleveland, Ohio; and by 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Another sister, Vear Tidwell, died earlier.
The funeral was held Saturday, Jan. 27, at Flat Ridge Church in Kimbolton with the Rev. Nelson Miller officiating. Burial followed at the church cemetery.
The family requests that any memorials be in the form of donations to the American Cancer Society, 821 Anola Ave., Suite D, Dover, OH 44622; or to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 182039, Dept. 013, Columbus, OH 43218-2039.
Addy Funeral Home in Newcomerstown handled arrangements.