Alice Ruth Owens
Native of Oliver Springs
Alice "Ruth" Owens, 76, of Topeka, Kan., died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 1999, at Topeka Health Care Center.
Mrs. Owens was born in Oliver Springs on June 16, 1923, the daughter of John S. Owens and Maggie Myrtle Owens-Long.
She had lived in Kansas for almost 30 years and had worked as a waitress for PJ's restaurant/truck stop. She loved quilting and shopping at garage sales, her family said. She was a Methodist.
Mrs. Owens is survived by her son, Ray Heinrich of Pensacola, Fla.; her sister, Dortha Byrd of Oliver Springs; her niece, Peggy Humbert of Topeka; and by four grandchildren.
The body was cremated.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2000, in the chapel of Davidson Funeral Home, 1035 N. Kansas, Topeka.
The family requests any memorials be in the form of donations to the American Heart Association, East Tennessee Region, 4708 Papermill Road, Knoxville, TN 37909.
Retired ORNL chemist
LeRoy Yeatts, 77, of North Kingston Ave., Rockwood, died Thursday, Dec. 30, 1999, at Roane Medical Center in Harriman.
Mr. Yeatts was retired as a chemist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he had worked for over 29 years.
He was the son of LeRoy and Margaret Yeatts, who are deceased. He was a member of Rockwood Bible Methodist Church.
Mr. Yeatts is survived by his wife, Helen Yeatts; his daughter, Sandra Parrish and her husband, John, of Maryville; two sons, Lynn Yeatts and his wife, Robin, of Tallahassee, Fla., and Gary Yeatts of Soddy-Daisy; and by five grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, three sisters and a brother died earlier.
The funeral was held Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, in the chapel of Evans Mortuary in Rockwood with the Rev. Steven Hight officiating.
A graveside service was held Sunday, Jan. 2, at Roane Memorial Gardens in Rockwood.
The family requests any memorials be in the form of donations to Rockwood Bible Methodist Church.
Kaden Tyler Leboeuf Aikens
Kaden Tyler Leboeuf Aikens, the infant son of Leigh Ann Aikens and Christian Leboeuf of Lenoir City, died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 1999, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.
In addition to his parents, Kaden is also survived by his sisters, Katelyn and Kiara; his grandparents, Troy and Terry Perlov of Lenoir City, Wayne Aikens of Illinois, Melaine Leboeuf of Oliver Springs and Dan Leboeuf of Oak Ridge; his great-grandparents, Shirley Reno and Dorothy Aikens, both of Lenoir City, Bennie and Christine Welch of Loudon, and Elaine Riggs and Mildred Leboeuf, both of New York; and by several aunts, uncles and cousins.
The funeral will be held at 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, in the chapel of Click Funeral Home in Lenoir City with the Rev. Larry Trotter officiating.
A graveside service will be held at noon Monday, Jan. 3, at Lawnville Cemetery in Roane County. Family and friends are to gather at 11 a.m. at the funeral home.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
George Wesley Mitchel Jr.
A founder of the United Church
George Wesley Mitchel Jr., 91, died Sunday, Dec. 31, 2000, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.
Mr. Mitchel came to Oak Ridge from Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1944. He was a founding member of the United Church, Chapel on the Hill, and of the Oak Ridge Country Club.
Born Jan. 16, 1909, in Okmulgee, Okla., he was the son of George W. Mitchel Sr. and Louise Rehkopf Mitchel.
He retired in 1974 from Information Services at the Oak Ridge Y-12 Plant.
After retirement, he worked for CONTACT Helpline Inc. His hobbies included golf, tennis and boating.
Mr. Mitchel is survived by his son, Craig A. Mitchel and his wife, Kathy G. Mitchel, of Greeneville; his grandchildren, Todd Mitchel, Chad Mitchel and Brent Mitchel, all of Greeneville, and Brian Mitchel Blythe of Alexander City, Ala.; and by a great-grandchild, Quinten Griffith Mitchel of Greeneville.
His wife, Elaine H. Mitchel, died May 20, 1996. Another son, George Brian Mitchel, died in 1980.
A graveside service will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 5, at Oak Ridge Memorial Park. The Rev. R. Boyd Carter will officiate.
The family requests that any memorials be in the form of donations to the United Church, Chapel on the Hill, 85 Kentucky Ave., Oak Ridge, TN 37830; or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, P.O. Box 3074, Memphis, TN 38173-0704.
The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at Weatherford Mortuary.
Charlotte Lea Robinson
Community and GOP activist
Charlotte Lea Robinson of Oak Ridge, a member of the Local Oversight Committee's Citizens' Advisory Panel and a longtime active member of the local and state Republican Party, died Sunday, Dec. 31, 2000, at St. Mary's Hospice in Knoxville. She was 72.
Mrs. Robinson was born Aug. 23, 1928, in Atlanta, Ga., the daughter of James Walter and Charlotte Rhett Lea, who are deceased. She attended the public schools in Fulton County, Ga., and graduated from National Cathedral School in Washington, D.C.
She earned a bachelor of arts degree from Agnes Scott College and went on to earn a doctorate in biochemistry from Emory University.
Mrs. Robinson moved to Oak Ridge for postdoctorate training with Union Carbide Nuclear Division at the Biology Division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. There she met and married her husband, James Norris Robinson, who is deceased. She retired from her scientific career to raise her three children, her family said.
She was active in her children's activities, including the Girl Scouts and the track and cross-country boosters clubs. She served six years on the board of the YWCA of Oak Ridge, including program responsibilities and one year as treasurer.
Mrs. Robinson was active in Tennessee Republican politics and was a former president of the Oak Ridge/Anderson County Republican Women. She was a member of the Tennessee Federation of Republican Women, holding the post of Area 3A vice president.
She was also a member of the Local Oversight Committee's Citizens' Advisory Panel and was vice president of the Roane-Anderson Professional Society.
Mrs. Robinson is survived by her children and their spouses, Charlotte Robinson Salay and her husband, Michael John Salay, of Loveland, Ohio, John Kelly Robinson and his wife, Kathleen Brandner Robinson, of Riverside, Conn., and William Norris Robinson and his wife, Wendy Genella Robinson, of Caryville; her brothers, James Walter Lea and Anthony Addison Lea; her brother-in-law, Robert Edward Robinson; and by eight grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4, at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church with the Rev. Craig Kallio officiating.
The family requests that any memorials be in the form of donations to the Scholarship Fund at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 212 N. Tulane Ave., Oak Ridge, TN 37830.
The family will receive friends at the church following the memorial service Thursday.
Weatherford Mortuary is handling arrangements.