Katherine Edwards Bolling
Kern Memorial United Methodist Church member
Katherine Edwards Bolling, 92, of Oak Ridge, died Saturday, Feb. 7, 2004, at NHC HealthCare of Oak Ridge.
Born April 4, 1911, in Sandy Ridge, Va., she was the daughter of James Wade Edwards and Mazilphia Hillman Edwards. She was one of 11 children.
Mrs. Bolling was a graduate of Radford College, returning to her homeland in southwest Virginia to teach children, all during the Depression Era. In this setting, Mrs. Bolling met and married the principal of the school, Connie C. Bolling, where she was teaching.
Mr. Bolling moved his family to Oak Ridge in 1943, remaining here to the present.
Mrs. Bolling was a charter member of Kern Memorial United Methodist Church. According to her family, she enjoyed church work and was an active participant in the children's program at Kern Methodist. Her family said she considered it her obligation to contribute to the lives of the young, teaching Sunday school there for 22 years. She held offices on the district level in Children's Work.
She was one of several women who established and nurtured the church's Women's Society of Christian Service, now the United Methodist Women. Mrs. Bolling served many offices in the organization, including that of president and held district offices in the group.
After Mr. Bolling's retirement, the couple traveled extensively in Canada and the United States including Hawaii, all joyous times for them, her family said.
According to her family, she was known to be an expert seamstress. Her family said she was a lover and cultivator of flowers, especially wildflowers, of which she had a wide collection.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Bolling is survived by her daughter, Sandy Bolling Garrett, of Oak Ridge; and by a sister, Jewell Mabrey, of Columbus, Ohio.
Her family said she has been blessed with dozens of nieces and nephews, as well as many grandnieces and grandnephews.
She treasured her friends from her church, those in the '43 Club, many in the Oak Ridge Woman's Club, where she was member, her neighbors on Cedar Lane and a score of others making their homes in Oak Ridge, according to her family.
Her family said they would like to thank the staff at NHC HealthCare of Oak Ridge for their loving care and support.
The funeral will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, 2004, Kern Memorial United Methodist Church with the Rev. William Mooney and the Rev. Mark Flynn officiating.
Jeff Heidle will provide special music, utilizing piano and organ, and emphasizing her life in the past, as well as her life in the present day.
A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 13, at Oak Ridge Memorial Park.
The family requests that any memorials be in the form of contributions to Kern Memorial United Methodist Church organ fund, 451 E. Tennessee Ave., Oak Ridge, TN 37830.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the church.
Grandmother of Ruby Miller
Mary Borders died Saturday, Feb. 8, 2003, in Spartanburg, S.C.
Mrs. Borders, who celebrated her 100th birthday in 2002, was born Sept. 12, 1902, near Westminister, S.C.
She is survived by her son, Lacy Anderson; daughters Gladys Anderson of Spartanburg, Willie Mae Simpson and Ruby Belvin, both of Buffalo, N.Y.; granddaughter Ruby Miller and her husband, Horace, of Oak Ridge; great-grandchildren Anthony Miller and his wife, Janice, and Darryl Miller and Latasha Miller Whitaker; great-great-grandchildren Darryl and Jalen Miller and Alegre' Whitaker; and more than 150 other grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Lindy Wallace; father, Fred Oglesby; twin sister, Martha Wallace; sister, Brownie Young; brothers, Johnny, Edward, Alford and Taft Wallace; and daughter, Lillian.
The funeral will be Saturday, Feb. 15. J.W. Woodward Funeral Home, Spartanburg, S.C., is handling arrangements.
Lillie Davis Conner
Bethel Baptist member
Lillie Davis Conner, 84, of Clinton, died Tuesday, Feb. 9, 1999, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.
Mrs. Conner was a member of Bethel Baptist Church of Clinton.
She was born in Anderson County on March 10, 1914, the daughter of Charles D. and Alice B. Davis. She was the widow of Calvin Conner.
She was retired from Magnet Mills in Clinton.
Mrs. Conner is survived by her son, Ronald Lee Golden and his wife, Ernestine, of Clinton, and by five grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband and her parents, another son, J.C. Golden, her sister, Edna Blair, and two brothers, Elija Davis and Owen Davis, died earlier.
The funeral will be held at 8 tonight, Feb. 10, in the chapel of Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton with the Rev. Charles Harness officiating.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, at Bethel Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 tonight at the funeral home.
Ralph George Beckett
Former Oak Ridge resident
Ralph George Beckett, of Rockport, Texas, died Monday, Feb. 8, 1999, at the age of 56.
Mr. Beckett was a former resident of Oak Ridge and a graduate of Oak Ridge High School. He was born in Covington, Ky., on Dec. 5, 1942, and had been a resident of Rockport for the past six years.
Mr. Beckett was retired as a colonel with the U.S. Air Force and was working for ITT Corp. in Kuwait at the time of his death.
He was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 323 in Rockport and a member of the Scottish Rite and of the Alamin Shrine Temple in Corpus Christi, Texas. He was also an honorary member of the Texas Rangers and a member of the Retired Officers Association.
Mr. Beckett is survived by his wife of 32 years, Katherine Beckett; his son, Sean Beckett and his wife, Shannon; his daughter, Erin Beckett; his parents, George and Ruth Beckett; his sister, Sandra Taylor; and three grandchildren, Alexandra Jochum, Brandon Van Ryzin, Jessica Beckett, all of Rockport; and one grandchild was on the way.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, in the chapel of Charlie Marshall Funeral Home in Rockport/Fulton, Texas.
Burial will be private.
Jimmy L. Lewis
Jimmy L. Lewis, 93, of Oak Ridge, died Monday, Feb. 8, 1999, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.
Mr. Lewis was retired Union Carbide Nuclear Division as a janitor at the Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion Plant.
He was born in Opelika, Ala., on July 28, 1905, the son of Macon and Delia Robinson Lewis.
Mr. Lewis was a member of Spurgeon Chapel AME Zion Church. He enjoyed playing checkers and pool, his family said.
His wife, Willie Mae Lewis, died July 21, 1975.
He is survived by his son, Jimmy L. Lewis Jr. of Oak Ridge; his daughter, Elizabeth Phipps, also of Oak Ridge; and his sister, Zephro Torrance of Opelika.
Mr. Lewis is also survived by seven grandchildren, David Lewis and his wife, Chevelle, of Knoxville, Marie Hardin and Carolyn Jackson and her husband, George, all of Atlanta, Ga., Gwendolyn Crawl of Opelika, Sherri Bohanon and Sylvia Rupert and her husband, David, all of Oak Ridge, and Rhonda Moore and her husband, Victor, of Nashville; and by nine great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, in the chapel of Weatherford Mortuary with the Rev. L.C. Dillingham officiating.
A graveside service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Central Time on Friday, Feb. 12, at Evergreen Cemetery in Opelika. Peterson & Williams Funeral Home in Opelika is handling arrangements for the graveside service.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Weatherford Mortuary.
The family requests any memorials be in the form of donations to the Building Fund at Spurgeon Chapel AME Zion Church, 100 S. Benedict Ave., Oak Ridge, TN 37830.
Retired from Roane Electric
Vane Lyles, 83, of Coalfield, died Monday, Feb. 8, 1999, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.
Mr. Lyles retired in 1979 after 25 years of service with Roane Electric.
He was born in Morgan County on July 3, 1915, the son of James and Ida Soloman Lyles. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
Mr. Lyles was a member of Mount Pisgah Baptist Church of Oliver Springs. He was affectionately known to many as "the lawn mower man of Coalfield."
He is survived by three daughters, Nancy Lyles and Linda Peterson and her husband, Mark, all of Coalfield, and Shelvy Maston and her husband, Ted, of Wartburg; his son, Mack "Buddy" Smith of Lancing; his sister, Shirley Russell of Wartburg; six grandchildren, Michael Oslonian, Belinda Jackson, David Oslonian, Ladonna Simpson, Mark Smith and Tammy Miles; and by 11 great-grandchildren.
Charlene Adkins and family, Freida Seiber and family, Gilbert and Polly Kelly and Madge Baker were considered special friends.
His parents and his wife, Ada Lucille Lyles, died earlier.
The funeral will be held at 8:30 tonight, Feb. 10, in the chapel of Sharp Funeral Home in Oliver Springs with the Rev. Ralph Wilson and the Rev. Garvan Walls officiating.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, at Davis Cemetery of Coalfield.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8:30 tonight at the funeral home.
LMES finance officer
Robert Davison, 47, of North Dunlap Street, Rockwood, died Saturday, Feb. 6, 1999, at NHC HealthCare of Oak Ridge.
Mr. Davison was employed as a finance officer with the Lockheed Martin Energy Systems office in Oliver Springs.
He was born in Rockwood on July 29, 1951. He was a graduate of Benjamin Bosse High School, Evansville, Ind. He received an associate's degree from Roane State Community College and was a member of the college's basketball team from 1973 through 1975. He held a bachelor of science degree from Tusculum College in Greeneville.
Mr. Davison was a U.S. Army veteran and was stationed in Germany.
He was a member of Speights Chapel AME Zion Church in Rockwood and was active in the Men's Bible Study and director of the choir. He was also a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Mr. Davison is survived by his two daughters, Shayla Davison and Shayna Davison, both of Rockwood; his mother, Bonnie Jordan Davison of Rockwood; two sisters, Stephanie Floyd and Alice Chatman and her husband, Eddie Chatman Sr., all of Rockwood; two nieces, Sharon Eskridge of Murfreesboro and Allison Floyd of Rockwood; three nephews, Jason Bohannon of Cookeville and Eddie Chatman Jr. and Reggie Chatman, both of Rockwood; and by three grandnieces and two grandnephews.
He is also survived by his aunts, Mildred Ewing, Ethel Williams and Barbara Swinson, all of Rockwood, Bernice White of Chicago, Mary McGee of Irving, Texas, and Willie Bell Jackson of St. Paul, Minn.; his uncles, Curtis Jordan and Zeddie Davidson, both of Rockwood, and Roosevelt Jordan Jr. and Carroll McGee Sr., both of Rockford, Ill.; and by several cousins and other relatives.
His father, John Davison Sr., and a brother, John Davison Jr., died earlier.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, at Speights Chapel AME Zion Church with the Rev. Alvin Douglas and the Rev. Beatrice Thomas officiating.
Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery with members of the Roane Volunteer Honor Guard conducting military rites with full honors.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, at Evans Mortuary in Rockwood.
Daphne Selena Safriet
Lived in East Tennessee since 1945
Daphne Selena Safriet, 84, of Oliver Springs, died Monday, Feb. 10, 2003, at The Estates of Oak Ridge.
Born Oct. 1, 1918, in High Point, N.C., she had lived in East Tennessee since 1945. She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Hatmaker is survived by her daughter, Dalene Hatmaker of Oliver Springs; and grandchildren, Charles Michael Bruce and Robin Renee Harris.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Clyde Safriet; son, James Clyde "Sonny" Safriet; and parents, Shelton M. Stroud and Dovie Griffith Stroud.
A graveside service will be held at Society Baptist Cemetery in Statesville, N.C., and a memorial service will be held in North Carolina at a later date. Sharp Funeral Home of Oliver Springs is in charge of arrangements.