Obituary: Edmund Ashley Nephew

Edmund Ashley Nephew

Edmund Ashley Nephew

Edmund Ashley Nephew, age 86, of Oak Ridge, died Wednesday, August 20, at the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

He was born April 26, 1928, in Kinsman, Ohio, the son of Seward Ashley Nephew and Carrie Bascom Nephew.

Mr. Nephew was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the Korean War. He retired from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he was a physicist. He was very interested in local politics, serving on the Planning Commission for four years, serving as a City Council member, and serving as mayor of Oak Ridge for two years. He enjoyed participating in the Sister City Support Organization and attending concerts of the Oak Ridge Civic Music Association. [Read more...]

Obituary: Mary Regina ‘Gene’ Banick

Mary Regina Gene Banick

Mary Regina “Gene” Banick

Mary Regina “Gene” Banick, age 84, died on Wednesday, August 20, at the Courtyards at Briarcliff in Oak Ridge, where she and her husband, George, have lived since January 2013. She was 84 and suffered from Alzheimer’s disease.

Regina was born January 19, 1930, in Atlanta. She graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1947 and earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Agnes Scott College in 1951.

She married George C. Banick on July 19, 1952. They lived in various places in Massachusetts and upstate New York before returning south, first to Chattanooga, then finally to Oak Ridge in 1958. The Banicks lived in their home on Westover Drive for 53 years. [Read more...]

Obituary: Iris Eunice Thomas Lay

Iris Eunice Thomas Lay

Iris Eunice Thomas Lay

Iris Eunice Thomas Lay, age 84, of Oak Ridge, passed away Friday, August 22, 2014, at the Methodist Medical Center.

She was born March 14, 1930 in Oneida, Tennessee, the daughter of Leland and Nancy Terry Thomas.

Mrs. Lay graduated from the Tennessee School of Beauty. She was the owner/operator of Adorn Beauty Shop and the Vogue Beauty Shop until her retirement, at which time, she continued working at Woodland Beauty Shop.

Mrs. Lay was of the Baptist faith. She was an avid bridge player and enjoyed participating in the bridge games at the Senior Center. [Read more...]

Obituary: Norman E. Morgan

Norman E. Morgan, age 89, a resident of Oliver Springs, passed away, Thursday, August 14, 2014, at his home.

Mr. Morgan was born March 5, 1925, in Oliver Springs. He was a lifelong resident of this area. He was a member of Union Baptist Church in the Joyner Community of Morgan County and the Omega Masonic Lodge # 536 F&AM in Oliver Springs.

Norman served his country in the United States Army during World War II. He was a heavy mortar crewman and a expert carbine marksman. While serving, he received several medals and ribbons, including the AP Theater Ribbon with three Bronze Service Stars and the Philippines Liberation Ribbon with one Bronze Star.

Before his retirement, he was employed at the Y-12 federal plant as an electrical foreman. He was also a ham radio enthusiast and operator for several decades. [Read more...]

Obituary: Barbara Martin

Barbara Martin, age 66, a resident of Oliver Springs, passed away Saturday, August 23, 2014, at Windwood Healthcare in Clinton.

Barbara was born October 20, 1947, on Windrock Mountain to the union of James L. and Ruth Stealey Martin, who also preceded her in death. Additionally, she was preceded by two brothers and three sisters.

When Barbara was able, she attended Mineral Springs Baptist Church. She also enjoyed taking walks around town, shopping, going out to eat, and spending time with her family and friends. She worked most recently for about three years at the former Town Talk Market in Oliver Springs where the Marathon Station now is. [Read more...]

Obituary: Billy Thomas ‘Bill’ Overton

Billy Thomas “Bill” Overton, age 62, a resident of Oliver Springs, passed away Sunday, August 24, 2014, at his home.

Mr. Overton was born January 13, 1952, in Harriman, Tennessee.

He lived in New River during his early childhood and attended Rosedale School. He graduated from Lake City High School in 1970. Following his high school graduation he moved to Winchester, Indiana, for 13 years, then onto Wabash, Indiana, for three years, then to West Liberty, Ohio, until his move to LaGrange, Indiana in 1998. He moved back to Tennessee in 2000.

During his early years, he attended the Fork Mountain Baptist Church on New River. He enjoyed golfing, playing basketball, sports, reading, and traveling. [Read more...]

Obituary: Frances Mildred ‘Millie’ Marlino

Frances "Millie" Marlino

Frances “Millie” Marlino

Frances Mildred “Millie” Marlino, 87, died peacefully on August 12 with her family by her side at Parkwest Memorial Hospital in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Born in Trenton, Kentucky on December 11, 1926, to Roy and Fannie Murrey, she moved to Oak Ridge in 1947. There, she met her husband of 63 years and raised their five children. As their children grew, she went back to school and completed an associate’s degree at Roane State Community College, then worked at Oak Ridge National Laboratory until her retirement.

Millie loved to travel, and passed that love to her children. Always ready for an adventure, she took every opportunity to explore new places, and especially treasured her trips to Paris, Italy, and the seashore. She loved the American Southwest, and lived for a few years in New Mexico and Texas, where she enjoyed learning about Native American culture and exploring the parks and monuments. Millie also took great pleasure in cooking and entertaining, reading and learning, celebrations of all types, and getting together with her large family. In her later years, she found tranquility in the quiet enjoyment of her garden. [Read more...]

Obituary: Elizabeth Louise ‘Betty’ Burgess

Elizabeth Louise Burgess

Elizabeth Louise Burgess

Elizabeth Louise “Betty” Burgess, age 88, of Oak Ridge, passed away Friday, August 15, at Emeritus of Oak Ridge.

She was born in Alton, Iowa, on May 31, 1926, the daughter of Victor and Clara Schneider, the oldest of five children.

After graduation from high school, Betty moved to Washington, D.C., to work for the FBI. While working there, she met George William “Bill” Burgess, and they were married in Washington, D.C., in November of 1948.

She had seven children, six grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. [Read more...]

Obituary: Henrietta Moser

Henrietta Moser, age 72, of Briceville, passed away Sunday, August 17, at Methodist Medical Center.

Henrietta loved gardening flowers, and spending her time with family.

Henrietta was preceded in death by her parents, John Henry and Opal (Daugherty) Hayes; brother, John F. Hayes; sister, Annette Braswell; and son, Russell Moser.  [Read more...]

Obituary: Sharon Kaye Shephard

Sharon Kaye Shephard

Sharon Kaye Shephard

Sharon Kaye Soles Hawkins Shephard, age 44, suddenly departed this earthly life and entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, August 12, 2014.

Sharon was born on October 23, 1969, in Fort Lenard Wood, Missouri, to the union of Charles and Barbara Soles. On her family’s return from Monterey, California, Sharon attended Norwood Elementary, Norwood Junior High, and Clinton High School.

Sharon married Clarence E. Hawkins Jr. of Oak Ridge. This union was blessed with four children: Tarence E. Hawkins and Aurora C. Hawkins of Bel Camp, Maryland; Telisa C. Hawkins Maxwell (Glen) of Brunswick, Georgia; and Xavier S. Hawkins of Oliver Springs.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Dennis J. Shephard; great-grandmother, Mary Royston; grandmother, Aurora Knaff; grandfather, Calvin Knaff; aunts, Dezora Wells, Edna Knaff, Jane Ann Johnson, and Betty Knaff; and uncles, Maurice Soles, Onard Knaff, and James Knaff. [Read more...]

Obituary: James E. Vath

James E. Vath

James E. Vath

James E. Vath, age 82, of Oak Ridge, passed away Tuesday, August 12, 2014, at Briarcliff Health Care of Oak Ridge.

James was born March 19, 1932, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to the late Clifford and Anna Vath.

He received a chemical engineering degree from the University of Cincinnati. In 1970, James and his family moved to Oak Ridge to A.E.C.U.P. (as a representative from Fernald, Ohio)—a combined operation effort. He was employed with Y-12 until his retirement in 2002, and after his retirement, he worked as a consultant for Hazelwood.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church and loved attending the Fellowship Sunday School Class. James also belonged to the Boy Scouts of America, achieving his Eagle Scout, Silver Beaver, and Wood Badger awards. Cub pack leader master in Cincinnati and Oak Ridge at Glenwood School and Scout Master of Troop 328, and other interests included The Institute of Nuclear Materials Management, The Oak Ridge Power Squadron, having served as a commander, a past master of the Concord Yacht Club, and he volunteered for 20 years with the Oak Ridge High School Masquers Club, making costumes with his wife. [Read more...]

Obituary: Hilda S. Bean

Hilda S. Bean, 87, died August 15, 2014, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

She is survived by her husband, Earmel W. Bean; her sons Gary D. Bean (Lynette) of Montrose, Colorado, and Stephen G. Bean of Lexington, Kentucky. She is also survived by grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Hilda was an energetic, inspirational person, and touched everyone that she met, and she will be greatly missed by all.

Visitation will be Tuesday, August 19, from 12-2 p.m., with services to follow at 2 p.m. at Weatherford Mortuary at 158 South Jefferson Circle in Oak Ridge. [Read more...]