Obituary: Nancy J. Costello

Nancy J. Costello

Nancy J. Costello

Nancy J. Costello, age 80, a resident of Oak Ridge, passed away Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at Tennova Residential Hospice in Knoxville.

She was born July 5, 1934, in Harrison City, Pennsylvania, and moved to Manassas, Virginia, in 1963. She moved to Oak Ridge in 2000.

She worked for Grand Union in Manassas for many years before retiring in 1981.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William H. Costello; father, William H. Fink Sr.; mother, Ruth I. Fink; and brother, William H. Fink Jr. [Read more…]

Obituary: Charles Franklin ‘Climber’ Vann

Charles Franklin Vann

Charles Franklin Vann

Charles Franklin “Climber” Vann, age 70, a resident of Oliver Springs, passed away Wednesday, April 15, at Ft. Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville.

Climber was born March 6, 1945, in the Upper Camp on Windrock Mountain in Anderson County. He has lived in Oliver Springs since his early childhood.

He retired in 2006 from the Y-12 Federal Plant in Oak Ridge as a truck driver. Before his employment at Y-12, he worked in the construction business, and he was a member of the Local Teamsters # 519. [Read more…]

Obituary: Kandice ‘Kandi’ Leann Steele

Kandice Leann Steele

Kandice Leann Steele

Kandice “Kandi” Leann Steele, age 38, of Oak Ridge, passed away in her home Friday, April 10.

Kandi was preceded in death by her grandmother (on her mother’s side) Frances R. Dixon, and grandmother (father’s side) Annie Sue Steele and grandfather William Bud Steele.

Kandi was well known in the Oak Ridge area for her love of reading, animals, and random acts of kindness, and she always believed in “pay it forward” where she would go out of her way to help the needy or even give food to a homeless person. She was a longtime employee of Applebee’s, as well as other restaurants in the Oak Ridge area. [Read more…]



Obituary: Christopher Sharp Koerner

Christopher Sharp Koerner

Christopher Sharp Koerner

Christopher Sharp Koerner, age 20, of Cincinnati, Ohio, Sycamore Twp, formerly of Oliver Springs, passed suddenly on Wednesday, March 25. Chris recently finished schooling through Scarlet Oaks Career School and was working as a heavy machinery mechanic.

Chris was preceded in death by his father, Chuck Ethridge; grandfather, Frank Ethridge; grandparents, Charles and Jackie Ethridge; and his best friend in Ohio, Jordan Wood.

Chris is survived by his Dad and Mom, Danny and Sheri Koerner; brothers, Charles Michael Ethridge and Jacob Isaiah Williams; grandmother, Reba Demps Crass; and grandfather, Earl Sharp.  [Read more…]

Obituary: Maxie Belle Spence Livesay

Maxie Belle Spence Livesay

Maxie Belle Spence Livesay

Maxie Belle Spence Livesay, 94, of Cary, North Carolina, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Monday, April 13. Maxie passed away peacefully at WakeMed Cary Hospital with her three loving daughters by her side.

Born on October 2, 1920, in Spring Creek, West Virginia, Maxie was the daughter of the late James McClung Spence and Amanda Ellen Neathawk Spence. She was married to the late Hubert Bright Livesay for 54 years.

Maxie is lovingly remembered by her family: three daughters Joy Spinks, of Lilburn, Georgia, Judy Lusk, of Cary, North Carolina, and Donna Blackmer and husband Jack, also of Cary; eight grandchildren David Mitchell and wife Cindy, Dena Mitchell Barbour and husband Mark, Denise Mitchell Haynes and husband Mike, all of Georgia, Kevin Lusk and wife Miryam, Krista Lusk Guerriero and husband Eddie, and Kara Lusk Dudley and husband Bill, Tim Sydnor and wife Trina, all of North Carolina, and Susan Sydnor Ford and husband Tim, of Michigan; 25 great-grandchildren; 20 great-great grandchildren; brother James McClung Spence “Boon” and wife Edith, of Knoxville, Tennessee, and sister-in-law Edith Livesay Taylor and husband Tom, of Oak Ridge, Tennessee; and several nieces and nephews.  [Read more…]

Obituary: James Melton Shoopman

James Melton Shoopman, age 81, a resident of Oliver Springs, passed away Thursday, April 9, at Tennova Residential Hospice in Knoxville.

He was a lifelong resident of Oliver Springs and the son of the late Will and Nettie Shoopman.

James was a member of Batley Baptist Church, where he served as deacon and Sunday school teacher.  [Read more…]

Obituary: Lee Munz Jr.

Lee Munz Jr.

Lee Munz Jr.

Lee Munz Jr. was born in Houston, Texas, on December 17, 1958, to Lee Munz Sr. and Patricia Merriann Sheridan Green Munz. He died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Friday, March 20.

At age two, he attended the Speech and Hearing Center in the Houston Medical Center. At age five, he attended Houston’s Special Education program for hearing-impaired students. At age nine, he attended Magnolia School for Children with Learning Disabilities in New Orleans. When his family moved to Oak Ridge in 1969, he attended Daniel Arthur School and later was enrolled in Oak Ridge Schools, where he graduated in 1978.

He worked in a school-work vocational placement with the TVA Job Corps and attended Tennessee Vocational School at Smyrna, Tennessee, where he earned certification in Food Services and Custodial Maintenance. Lee worked part-time at The Soup Kitchen and at Boeing. He worked full-time for Lockheed Martin and Bechtel Jacobs from 1988 to 1998.  [Read more…]

Obituary: Samuel Waller Nichols

Mr. Samuel Waller Nichols, age 90, of Oak Ridge, passed away on Monday, April 6, at Briarcliff Nursing Home.

He was born in Oliver Springs on August 8, 1924, to the late Alex and Kate (Watson) Nichols. He worked at X-10 as a calibration operator.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, April 11, at Anderson Memorial Gardens in Clinton, at 1 p.m.

Obituary: Rev. Allen P. Osborne

Allen P. Osborne

Allen P. Osborne

Rev. Allen P. Osborne, age 71, of Powell, passed away Monday, April 6, at Physicians Regional Medical Center in Knoxville.

Allen was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who enjoyed spending his time with family and reading his Bible—while he also liked to hunt and fish.

Allen was preceded in death by his parents, Chrystal Osborne and Ruby (Wampler) Osborne; sons, Allen Penly Osborne Jr., Randy Lee Osborne, Larry Eugene Osborne; daughter, Theresa Marie Osborne; brothers, Arlene Osborne, Chrystal Osborne; and sister, Janice Marie Osborne. [Read more…]

Obituary: Mack Arthur Davis

Mack Arthur Davis

Mack Arthur Davis

Mack Arthur Davis, age 70, of Oak Ridge, passed away, surrounded by his loving family, Saturday, April, 4, at Methodist Medical Center.

He was born October 20, 1944 in Asbury, Tennessee, the son of Steve Edward Davis and Roxie Hazel Hamilton Davis.

Mack retired as a receiving clerk from Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 2007 after more than 40 years of service. He was an active and devoted member of Riverview Baptist Church in Claxton. [Read more…]

Obituary: Samuel Evans Duncan Sr.

Samuel Evans Duncan Sr., age 73, of Knoxville, passed away Saturday, April 4, after a brief illness.

Sam was born in McMinnville, Tennessee, on October 14, 1941, to parents O.E. Duncan and Flossie Evans Duncan.

He married the love of his life, Maxine Tays, on December 30, 1961. Sam and Maxine spent most of their years living in Oak Ridge and Knoxville. Sam had only retired two years ago from many years of service at K-25 and Y-12 in Oak Ridge.  [Read more…]

Obituary: Genesis Hawkins

Genesis Hawkins, better known as Genis, age 59, of Lake City, passed away Tuesday, March 24, at his home in Lake City.

Genis loved the Lord and was a member of Little Cove Baptist Church. He was an ordained minister for over 30 years and pastored several churches in the area during those years. Genis loved helping others, ginsenging, and being with friends and family.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Robin Hawkins; parents, Leroy and Leopal Hawkins; brother, David Hawkins; and sisters, Patsy Sandefur and Betty Hawkins. [Read more…]