Obituary: Joseph Crowell

Joseph Spottswood Crowell

Joseph Spottswood Crowell

Joseph (Joe) Spottswood Crowell, age 76, died Saturday, September 26, 2015, in Nashville, Tennessee.

He was born April 25, 1939, in Asheville, North Carolina, and lived for most of his working life in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He retired from work as a U.S. Department of Energy contractor employee, and he was an avid outdoorsman, wine enthusiast, gourmet cook, and beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and step-father.

He was the son of Russell Alexander (Alex) Crowell and Sarah (Sally) Richards Crowell, of Enka, North Carolina. His parents and older brother Richards (Dick) Crowell preceded him in death.

He was married to Joyce Allsmiller Blair Crowell of Nashville, Tennessee. [Read more…]

Tunnell, former alternate city judge, oldest practicing attorney in TN, dies at 95

William Lawrence Tunnell

William Lawrence Tunnell

William Lawrence Tunnell, an alternate Oak Ridge city judge who was believed to be the oldest practicing attorney in Tennessee, died September 5. He was 95.

His family will have a receiving of friends for Tunnell, who was also a World War II veteran, on Tuesday, September 15.

Earlier this year, Tunnell was said to be the oldest judge in Tennessee.

Tunnell was born and raised in the Marlow community, according to his obituary. He was a faithful member of Poplar Creek Baptist Church and most recently attended Batley Baptist Church, his obituary said. He was proud of his farm in Marlow.

Tunnell graduated as the valedictorian from the last class at Robertsville High School in 1942. [Read more…]

Obituary: Gene V. Stewart

Worked at Clinton Public Library, served in U.S. Navy

Gene V. Stewart, age 88, passed away at his home in Clinton on Thursday, September 10, 2015.

He worked at the Clinton Public Library and was well-loved by everyone who knew him. He enjoyed his “Committee Meetings” at home with his buddies and the time they spent together.

Gene served our country in the U.S. Navy as a Bossn Mate and retired after 20-plus years. After leaving the Navy, he worked several different jobs, then began working for the City of Clinton and retired after 19 years.

Read the full obituary here.


Obituary: Sarah Morris Kiser

Member of First United Methodist, Oak Ridge Women’s Club, Dance Club

Sarah Morris Kiser passed away on September 7, 2015.

She was born on April 20 in Sparta, Tennessee.

She attended First United Methodist Church in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, where she was an active member for almost 50 years. She was a past president and member of the Oak Ridge Women’s Club (ORWC), member of the Oak Ridge Dance Club, and previously volunteered as a Pink Lady at Methodist Medical Center. She was an avid gardener, most known for her rose gardens. She won several awards for her floral arrangements.

Read the full obituary here.

Obituary: Sadie Cook Rooks

Member of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church

Sadie Cook Rooks, age 89, of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, passed away Sunday, September 6, 2015, at NHC Health Care Center.

She was born October 15, 1925, in Birmingham, Alabama, the daughter of Gustave Landers Cook and Lucy Minerva Ledbetter Cook.

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Obituary: Horace Howard Sullivan

Retired from K-25; former sports official, coach

Horace Howard Sullivan passed on September 9, 2015, in Florence, Alabama, where he had lived since 2005.

“Sully” was born November 13, 1926, in Montgomery, Alabama. He attended Pike Road School and graduated high school in 1944 from Sidney Lanier in Montgomery, Alabama.

Read the full obituary here.

Obituary: Maxine VonAchen

Maxine VonAchen, age 88, a resident of Oak Ridge, passed away, Sunday, September 6, 2015, at Briarcliff Health Care Center in Oak Ridge.

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Obituary: Bernice Marilyn Lawson

Longtime Oak Ridger, taught French at Robertsville Junior High

Bernice Marilyn Lawson, 92, died peacefully on September 7, 2015, at her granddaughter’s home in Dallas, Georgia.

Read the full obituary here.

Obituary: Ashley Lynn Phillips

Born in Oak Ridge, Oliver Springs graduate

Ashley Lynn Phillips, age 30, a resident of Oliver Springs, passed away Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center.

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Obituary: Mary Sue Sharp Jenkins

ORHS graduate

Mary Sue Sharp Jenkins, age 72, of Oak Ridge, passed away Thursday, September 3, 2015, at Methodist Medical Center.

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Obituary: Henry ‘Hank’ Story McKown

Henry McKown

Henry McKown

Henry Story McKown died at the age of 94 on August 29, 2015.

A celebration of his life will be held September 12 at 2:30 p.m. at the Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church, 809 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

Hank worked at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and he was a charter member of the Oak Ridge Unitarian Church. He volunteered with Greenways of Oak Ridge and the American Museum of Science and Energy.

He leaves behind Helen, his wife of 68 years, and four daughters: Louise of Oak Ridge; Elizabeth of Grand Forks, North Dakota; Anne of Dripping Springs, Texas; and Jean of Solebury, Pennsylvania. [Read more…]

Albert Turner, a former Clinton Council member, police officer, dies at 68

Albert Oscar Turner

Albert Oscar Turner

Albert Turner, a former Clinton City Councilman and longtime member of the Clinton Police Department, died at his home on Sunday. He was 68.

Turner served two terms on the Clinton City Council, and he served as a Clinton police officer for 26 years.

His family will receive friends next Wednesday, September 9, from noon to 2 p.m. at Jones Mortuary in Clinton. His funeral service will follow in the chapel of Jones Mortuary with Rev. Bill Caldwell officiating. His interment will follow his services at Mt. Sinai Baptist Church Cemetery in Clinton.

Jones Mortuary in Clinton is in charge of all arrangements. Condolences can be made to the family at

Read the full obituary here.