William Aaron 'Bill' Payton
Mount Zion Baptist member
William Aaron "Bill" Payton, 65, of Oak Ridge, died Thursday, Feb. 22, 2001 at NHC HealthCare of Oak Ridge.
Mr. Payton was born Oct. 10, 1935, in Columbiana, Ala. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War.
He was retired from Windwood Rehabilitation Center in Clinton where he worked as a certified nursing assistant. Before going to Windwood, he worked at NHC HealthCare of Oak Ridge.
Previously, Mr. Payton worked for seven and a half years as a mail sorter at a post office in San Diego, Calif. He had also been employed as a presser for Dutch Girl Cleaners and at Martin Funeral Home, where he studied embalming. He had also worked at the Holiday Inn as the director of entertainment.
Mr. Payton had a part in the movie "Burning Rage" starring Barbara Mandrell and Tom Wopat, which was filmed in Lake City.
He was a member of Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church and sang in the church choir, and he was a member of Atomic Lodge No. 1301 of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. His family said he also enjoyed fishing.
He is survived by his mother, Helen Odell Kirkland Land of Oak Ridge; his children, William Aaron Payton Jr. and his wife, Rosa, Antonio Sylvester Payton and his wife, Cynthia, Gwendolyn Faye Matthews and her husband, Charles, and Theodosia O'Dell Payton Heard and her husband, Donald Ray; and their mother, Velma Bryant, all of San Diego; his other children, Jonathan Edward Payton and Lisa Helen Payton-Davis, and their mother, Darlene Payton, also all of San Diego.
Mr. Payton is also survived by his grandchildren, William Aaron Payton III, Isaiah Payton, Elizabeth Payton, Melissa Payton, Antonio Aaron Payton, Renee Velma Payton, Cherie Denise Payton, Chauncey Alexander Matthews, Victoria Xochil Matthews, Jason Lavelle Matthews, Arnel Frances Payton, Tamara Shanette Payton, Joel Payton, Jonathan Edward Payton Jr., Danielle Payton, Payton Carrington Davis, Jami Shalece Heard and Kimberly Rosetta Heard.
Also surviving are his uncles, Freddie Kirkland and James Kirkland, both of Oak Ridge, and William Kirkland and his wife, Ollye Mae, of San Diego; his aunt, Mary Bowden of Cleveland, Ohio; and his favorite cousin, Helen Virginia Reed and her husband, John, of Columbiana.
Fannie Ball of Oak Ridge was his fiancee.
Vera Hill, R.L. Jones, M.C. Davis and Timothy Kirk, all of Oak Ridge, were considered special friends, and Richard Anderson of Oak Ridge was considered his best friend.
Mr. Payton was preceded in death by his father, Sylvester Payton, who died Jan. 29, 1986.
The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. T.L. Mims officiating.
Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Memorial Park.
The family requests that any memorials be in the form of donations to Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 195 Wilberforce Ave., Oak Ridge, TN 37830.
The family will receive friends from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday at the church.
Weatherford Mortuary is handling arrangements.
Mamie Hudson Davies
Sister of Oak Ridge resident
Mamie Hudson Davies, 93, of Oak Ridge, formerly of Knoxville, died Sunday, Feb. 25, 2001, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.
Ms. Davies was a member of Rocky Hill Baptist Church in Knoxville.
She is survived by her sister, Pearl Lyndon of Oak Ridge and by numerous nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be held at 7 tonight, Feb. 27, in Mann Heritage Chapel of Rose Mortuary in Knoxville. The Rev. Terry Kirby will officiate.
A graveside service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, at Highland Memorial Cemetery in Knoxville. Pallbearers will be her nephews.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 tonight at the mortuary.
Floyd Marvin Wilkerson
Retired from Lockheed Martin
Floyd Marvin Wilkerson of Knoxville died Saturday, Feb. 24, 2001, at Fort Sanders Parkwest Medical Center in Knoxville, one day after his 64th birthday.
Mr. Wilkerson was born in Dayton, Tenn., on Feb. 23, 1937, the son of William Wilkerson Sr. and Thelma Springs Wilkerson, both now deceased. He had 15 years of formal education and was a U.S. Army veteran. After his military tour of duty, he worked at the Pikeville Correction Center in Pikeville, Tenn.
He and his wife, Eunice Kincaid Wilkerson, who survives him, were married on June 10, 1967, and the following year the couple moved to Oak Ridge.
Mr. Wilkerson went to work for Union Carbide Nuclear Division in Oak Ridge, and retired from Lockheed Martin Energy Systems in 1995.
He became a member of Oak Valley Baptist Church in 1995 and served as director of the Worship Committee Ministry. He was also a member of Masonic Lodge No. 354 in Oak Ridge.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Wilkerson is survived by a stepson, James Kincaid and his wife, Margie; his grandchildren, Michael Kincaid of Atlanta, Ga., Yarrick Kincaid and Yamon Kincaid, both of Knoxville, and Stephanie Kincaid of Washington, D.C.; and his brother, William Wilkerson Jr. and his wife, Jennie, of Great Falls, Mont.
He is also survived by his brothers-in-law, Paul White and his wife, Maggie, and Leroy White, all of Oak Ridge, Charles White and his wife, Maxine, of Cleveland, Ohio, and John White and his wife, Earnestine, of Hartwell, Ga.; his sisters-in-law, Fannie Mae Harper and Margurite White; his cousins, Annie Angel of Dayton, Tenn., Lela Freeman and her husband, John, of El Paso, Texas, Eleanor Nichols and her husband, Calvin, of Louisville, Ky., Connie Lusco and her husband, Eugene, of Jacksonville, Fla., and Sandy Warmack and her husband, Al, of Detroit, Mich.; and by many more cousins, nieces and nephews.
His special friends were the Fort Sanders West Rehabilitation Group and very special friends, the Charles Vanosdale family of Knoxville.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by another brother, Nelson Wilkerson, another sister-in-law, Vera White, two other brothers-in-law, Fess Harper and Clifford Harper, and another cousin, Edward Angel.
The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, at Oak Valley Baptist Church with the Rev. Hardil Thomas officiating.
Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Memorial Park.
The family requests that any memorials be in the form of donations to the Building Fund at Oak Valley Baptist Church, 194 Hampton Road, Oak Ridge, TN 37830.
The family will receive friends from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the church. Viewing will be after 10 a.m.
Friends may call at Jarnigan & Son Mortuary in Knoxville after noon today, Feb. 27.
Charles H. Blizzard
Retired Lake City employee
Charles H. Blizzard, 72, of Lake City, died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2002, at Lake City Health Care Center.
Born March 30, 1929, in Anderson County, he was the son of Virgle and Birdie Mitchell Blizzard, who are deceased. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and was a member of the Disabled American Veterans organization.
Mr. Blizzard was retired from the city of Lake City. He was a member of the Lake City Church of Christ.
His family said he loved gardening, his dog, Ginger, and feeding the birds.
Mr. Blizzard is survived by his niece, Jennifer Edmonds of Shelbyville; his sister-in-law, Dorothy Kesterson of Clinton; and several cousins.
Zola Webber of Lake City had been a special friend for over 40 years. He also had several brothers and sisters in Christ at the Lake City Church of Christ.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Glen Blizzard.
The funeral will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, in the chapel of Cox-Martin Funeral Home in Lake City with minister Tim Mefford officiating.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 1, at Sunset Cemetery in Clinton. Members of the East Tennessee Veterans Honor Guard will conduct full military rites.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Gwen S. Aird
Sister of Georgia Moody
Gwen S. Aird, 73, of Vancouver, Wash., died Monday, Feb. 25, 2002, at her home in Vancouver.
Ms. Aird is survived by her daughter, Gayle Perry and her husband, Mark, of Vancouver; her son, Michael Aird, of Tampa, Fla.; three granddaughters, Christina and Caitlin Perry, both of Vancouver, and Amber Aird, of Tampa; and a sister, Georgia Moody of Clinton.
A memorial service was to be held today, Feb. 27, at the church Ms. Aird attended in Vancouver.
The family requests that any memorial contributions be in the form of donations to Hospice Southwest, 100 E. 33rd St., Suite 201, Vancouver, WA 98668.
Beulah Brooks Shultz
Native of Anderson County
Beulah Estella Brooks Shultz, 76, of Rutherfordton, N.C., died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2002, at her home.
She was born July 17, 1925, in Anderson County, the daughter of Frank Brooks and Velva Texas Wilson Brooks, who are deceased.
Mrs. Shultz was a retired sales clerk in the domestics/sewing department of Wal-Mart in North Carolina. She was a member of Mountain View Baptist Church in Rutherfordton.
She was the widow of John Russell Shultz.
She is survived by her daughter, Velva Rowan of Rutherfordton; her son, Von Ron Shultz of Greenville, S.C.; her sister, Anna Mae Andrews of Rutherfordton; and three brothers, Chester Brooks, Ted Brooks and Frank Brooks Jr., all of Anderson County.
The funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, in the chapel of Crowe Funeral Home in Rutherfordton with the Rev. Ron Reep officiating.
Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park in Rutherfordton.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.