Melvin G. 'Fish' Herring Jr.
Former UT Vol
Melvin G. "Fish" Herring Jr., 84, of Oak Ridge, died this morning, March 1, 2000, at Farragut Health Care Center in Farragut.
Mr. Herring played football with the University of Tennessee Volunteers during 1936, 1937 and 1938.
Born Dec. 5, 1915, in Charleston, S.C., he was the son of Melvin G. and Anna Logan Herring.
Mr. Herring had lived in this area since 1943 and was employed with South Central Bell and its predecessor, Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Co., for 40 years.
He was a member of First Baptist Church and a member of Bob Farnham's Sunday school class. A 32nd-degree Mason, he was a member and past master of Knoxville Masonic Lodge No. 244, having served as master in 1947 and 1948. He was also an honorary member of the Oak Ridge, Clinton, Oliver Springs and Jacksboro lodges. Mr. Herring was a Shriner with Kerbela Temple in Knoxville and was a member of the Scottish Rite and York Rite.
His hobbies included fishing and taking care of stray animals, his family said.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret Walter Herring, whom he married in 1956; his son, Mel "Bobo" Herring and his wife, Tiny, of Farragut; his daughter, Linda Speiden of Nashville; his stepson, Jim Kelley and his wife, Lorna Swanson, of Knoxville; his sister, Mildred Biell of Pamona, Calif.; seven grandchildren, Leiza Kelley and Christy Kelley, both of Knoxville, Scott Herring of Pasadena, Calif., Angie Herring of Farragut, Kim Herring of Winston-Salem, N.C., Dustin Speiden of Nashville and Shane Kelley, a student at UT; and by a great-granddaughter, Katie Herring of Farragut.
Another sister, Margaret Henderson, died in 1999.
The funeral will be held at 8:15 p.m. Thursday, March 2, in the chapel of Weatherford Mortuary. The Rev. Larry Dipboye will officiate.
A graveside service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, March 3, at Oak Ridge Memorial Park.
The family requests any memorials be in the form of donations to First Baptist Church, 1101 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, TN 37830; or to Noah's Ark, 201 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, TN 37830.
The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the mortuary. A Masonic service will follow at 8 p.m.
Link Carden Bowling
Retired butcher, store manager
Link Carden Bowling, 74, of Mountain Road, Clinton, died Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.
Mr. Bowling was a retired butcher and grocery-store manager.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, having served on the USS LST-733 (Landing Ship Tank) in the South Pacific.
Mr. Bowling was a member of Bethel Baptist Church of Clinton. He had served the church as a deacon and was active with the church's Royal Ambassadors.
Also active in the community, he was a past president of the Glen Alpine Elementary School PTA and a member of the Masonic Lodge No. 383.
Mr. Bowling is survived by his wife, Lou Allen Cox Bowling; his daughter, Janice Sue Clark and her husband, Lendelle, of Knoxville; two sons, Gary Lee Bowling and his wife, Cathi, of Harriman and Link Allen Bowling and his wife, Karen, of North Aurora, Ill.; and two sisters, Anna Garner of Alcoa and Viola Rippitoe of Morristown.
He is also survived by his granddaughter, Audrey Denise Webb of Louisville, Ky.; six grandsons, Eric Lee Bowling and Jonathan Kirk Bowling, both of Harriman, Austin Lee Clark of Richmond, Va., Link Tyler Clark of Recife, Brazil, Michael Duff Allen Bowling of Dayton, Ohio, and Jason Gerard Bowling of Indianapolis, Ind.; and by four great-grandchildren, Hannah Lou Webb, Nathan Alexander Webb, Hunter Lancing Bowling and Autumn Lee Bowling.
His parents, William and Pearl Bowling, seven brothers, James D. Bowling Sr., Roy Bowling, Will Bowling, Steve Bowling, Sam Bowling, Archie English and Ernest English, and three sisters, Kathleen West, Hazel Phillips and Daisy Woods, died earlier.
The funeral will be held at 8:30 tonight, March 1, in the chapel of Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton with the Rev. Jim Stroud officiating.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 2, at Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 tonight at the funeral home.
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 her husband, Frank, 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 fiancée.
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.
1957 graduate of Oak Ridge High School
Leroy Williams, 65, of Decatur, Ga., died Monday, Feb. 24, 2003, in Decatur.
Born Jan. 19, 1938, in Jefferson City, he was the son of Charles Williams and Josephine Harris. He was a 1957 graduate of Oak Ridge High School.
He is survived by his son, Jerome Williams and wife, Karon Church Williams; and grandchildren, Jeroson Church Williams and Savannah A'lace Williams, all of Atlanta.
He is also survived by his sisters and brothers, Mary Frances Mulkey of Decatur, Bobbie Caldwell and husband, Isaiah Sr., of Oak Ridge, Henry Edward Williams and wife, Nettie, of Jefferson City, Gladys Billings and husband, Ernest Sr., of Gaithersburg, Md., Robert Edward Lee Jr. of Atlanta, Dorothy Grisham and husband, Arthur, of Chattanooga, and Janice Delores Lee and Belinda Freeman, both of Oak Ridge; former wife, Grace Montgomery; four aunts, one uncle and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at Spurgeon Chapel AME Zion Church in Oak Ridge. The Rev. J.R. Bridgeman will officiate.
The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, at the church building.
Cremation Society of the South in Smyrna, Ga. is in charge of arrangements.
Dr. Charles Samuel Shoup Sr.
Retired AEC branch chief
Dr. Charles Samuel "Sam" Shoup Sr., 96, former chief of the Research Contracts Branch of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission's Oak Ridge Operations, and founding president of the Rolls-Royce Owners' Club, died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2002, in Carmel, Ind., a northern suburb of Indianapolis.
A resident of Oak Ridge for 45 years, Dr. Shoup was a member of the staff of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, a Department of Energy predecessor agency, from 1950 until his retirement in 1972. He was chief of the Biology Branch for the AEC until 1967, when he became chief, Research Contracts Branch, responsible for all contracts in biology and medicine for the AEC's Oak Ridge Operations, which covered a geographic area from Ohio to Puerto Rico including Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
In 1951, he witnessed two air-drops of nuclear weapons during Operation "Buster-Jangle," at the Nevada Test Site.
After he retired in 1972, he was active as a volunteer for about 20 years with the American Museum of Atomic Energy, later named the American Museum of Science and Energy. He was active in other volunteer programs in Oak Ridge, including Meals on Wheels for many years.
Dr. Shoup was a member of the faculty of Vanderbilt University from the fall of 1929 until 1950, where he was professor of biology and university marshal. During the summers, he was an investigator with the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole, Mass., and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California in LaJolla; field biologist and party leader, stream and lake survey for the Tennessee Division of Game and Fish; and he was a member of the staff of Mountain Lake Biological Station, University of Virginia in Mountain Lake.
During his career with Vanderbilt University and the Atomic Energy Commission, Dr. Shoup was the author of more than 40 scientific and technical publications.
In 1951, he became the first president of the Rolls-Royce Owners Club, an organization founded for the purpose of restoring and preserving Rolls-Royce and Bentley motor cars. The RROC has grown to more than 8,000 members worldwide, and celebrated its 50th anniversary at its annual meeting last summer in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Dr. Shoup was born in Mexico, Mo., the son of Charles Herbert and Mary Emily Hook Shoup. He graduated from Central Methodist College in Fayette, Mo., in 1927 with a bachelor of arts degree. He received a master of arts degree in biology in 1927 and a doctorate in biology in 1929, both from Princeton University.
He is survived by his son, Dr. Charles S. Shoup Jr. of Carmel; three grandchildren, Mark S. Shoup, an attorney in Apple Valley, Calif., Elizabeth S. Kehoe, a certified public accountant in High Ridge, Mo., and Dr. Margo Shoup, a surgeon in New York, N.Y.; and 10 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Leola Ruth Turner Shoup, and his daughter-in-law, Frances DiCarlo Shoup.
The family requests that any memorials be in the form of donations to First Presbyterian Church, 1051 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, TN 37830; or to the Rolls-Royce Foundation, 191 Hempt Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055.
Private memorial services are planned.