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January 11, 2008 obituaries

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By The Staff

Orianna L. Bible

Orianna L. Bible, 74, of Rockwood, died Monday, Jan. 7, 2008, in Cumberland Medical Center, Crossville.

She was a member of Rockwood Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by parents; and several sisters and brothers.

Survivors include her husband, George C. Bible of Rockwood; daughters, Connie Humphries of Rockwood and Carolyn Day of Chicago; sons, Chris Bible Jr. of Clarksville, Curtis Bible and Mike Bible, both of Rockwood, and John Bible of Chattanooga; 11 grandchildren; a host of great-grandchildren; sisters, Mary Hodge of Clarksville and Dorothy Higdon of Higdon, Ala.; and brothers, Ernest Lawson of Birmingham, Ala., and Amos Lawson, Clifford Lawson and David Lawson, all of Trenton, Ga.

Funeral service was at 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, in Evans Mortuary chapel, Rockwood, with Bro. Hilary Broome and Bro. Brad Tate officiating. Graveside service and burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at Oak Grove Cemetery, Rockwood.

An online register is available at www.evansmortuary.net.

Bertha Lee Bridges

Bertha Lee Bridges, 71, of the Batley community in Anderson County, died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2008, at her home.

Born April 18, 1936, in Anderson County, she was a loving wife and mother. She was a faithful member of Batley Baptist Church. Before her retirement, she was employed in the environmental services department of Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge.

She was preceded in death by parents, Brance Haney and Hallie Mae Sweet Haney.

Survivors include her husband, Trent Bridges of Clinton; daughters and son-in-law, Debra Anne and Don Belden and Vivian Ruth Haga, all of Sarasota, Fla., and Loretta Sue Reed of New Port Richey, Fla.; grandchildren, Halle Belden, Chris Reed, Danielle Reed, Logan Haga and Blake Haga, all of Florida; brothers and sisters-in-law, Elmer and Mary Haney and and Willard and Alma Haney of the Batley community; stepchildren, Rita Yarborough, Shannon Bridges, Vicki French and Jason Bridges; and a host of nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, in Sharp Funeral Home, Oliver Springs. Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, in Batley Baptist Church, with Pastor Luke Kidwell officiating. Burial will be at Batley Cemetery.

An online register is available at www.sharpfh.com.

John W. ‘Dub’ Davis Sr.

John W. “Dub” Davis Sr., 80 of Kingston, died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2008, in Park West Medical Center, Knoxville.

A member of Liberty Baptist Church, Kingston, he worked as a builder for most of his life. He also served as a Kingston auxiliary police officer and volunteer firefighter.

He always had a joke. He loved to laugh and to make everyone around him laugh. Above all, he loved the Lord and his family.

He was preceded in death by parents, Caulie and Annie Wright Davis; and brother, Tommy Davis.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Willie Schubert Davis; son, John Davis Jr.; daughters and sons-in-law, Brenda and Robert Bailey of Chattanooga, Kathy Davis, Judy and Arlin Yeager and Jeannie and Paul Rogers, all of Kingston; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; brothers, Earl Davis, Roy Davis, Frank Davis and Junior Davis; sisters, Margaret Long, Peggy Ragsdale, Eula Adams and Ada Church; and a host of nieces, nephews, family, friends and loved ones.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11, in Liberty Baptist Church, Kingston, with the Rev. Randy Griffis officiating. Burial will be at Piney Grove Cemetery, Midtown. Davis Funeral Home, Harriman, is in charge of arrangements.

Inez Milligan Derrick

Inez Milligan Derrick of Harriman died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2008, in Shannondale Health Care Center in Knoxville.

She was a member of Trenton Street Baptist Church, Harriman.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin Derrick; and niece, Alyce S. Gibson.

Survivors include niece, Timmie Douglas; nephews, Bill Ed and Daniel B. Stout; great-nieces, Alyce G. Silvey, Patricia Bailey and Darlene Kitts; great-nephews, Sam B. Gibson, James B. Gibson and Lance Douglas; special friends, Max Carter and Dorothy Moore; and other close friends and family.

Graveside service and burial were at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, at Harriman City Cemetery, with the Rev. Ted Taylor officiating. Davis Funeral Home, Harriman, was in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Trenton Street Baptist Church senior adults ministry, 519 Trenton St., Harriman, TN 37748.

Myra Hamlett Halburnt

Myra Hamlett Halburnt, 75, of Oliver Springs, died Monday, Jan. 7, 2008, at her home.

Born Oct. 19, 1932, in Covington, Ky., she and her family moved to the South of the River area of Kingston when she was a small child.

She retired from Lakeshore Mental Health Institute and worked part time at Ridgeview Mental Health Center until her illness. A member of Beech Park Baptist Church, Oliver Springs, she dearly loved her church with a special place in her heart for Pastor Robbie Leach and her Sunday school class.

She was preceded in death by sons, Skippy Colyer and David Brown; parents, Harry and Marjorie Williams Hamlett; sister and brother-in-law, Virginia and Lewis Goldston; and brothers, Hoyt Hamlett, Bobby Hamlett and Tommy Hamlett.

Survivors include sons and daughter-in-law, Jamie Brown of Oliver Springs and Ray and Cindy Halburnt of Oak Ridge; daughters and sons-in-law, Kaye Colyer and Jay McGinty, Sherry Colyer and T.H. Brown and Kelley Halburnt and Randy Daugherty, all of Oliver Springs, and Regina Brown and Jerry Joiner of Harriman; grandsons, Scott Stockton, Joshua Hill, Chris Brown, Brandon Brown, Brett Daugherty and Justin Halburnt; granddaughters, Amy Stockton Anderson, Carman Roysdon Bradford, Kelley Hill Campbell, Dannielle Halburnt, Heather Daugherty and Jada Joiner; great-grandsons, Kyle Stockton, Cameron Stockton, Kaleb Campbell and Matthew Campbell; great-granddaughters, Kerri Anderson and Kersten Bradford; sisters-in-law, Marie Hamlett and Sandy Hamlett; special friend, Melissa Spurgeon, and her children, Ryan, Kayla, and Andrew, all of whom she considered as family; and special nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was at 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, in Beech Park Baptist Church, Oliver Springs. Graveside service and burial will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at Mountaintop Cemetery in the Mossy Grove community of Morgan County. Sharp Funeral Home, Oliver Springs, is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions to Beech Park Baptist Church building fund, 519 W. Tri County Blvd., Oliver Springs, TN 37840.

An online register is available at www.sharpfh.com.

William Van Tuyl Hobbie

William Van Tuyl Hobbie, 97, of Spring City, died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2008.

Born August 1910 in New Mexico Territory, he and his family moved east in his early years to Ralston, N.J., where he attended Union School and helped manage the family farm. He was fascinated with automobiles in his teens and became a mechanic and worked in several auto repair shops in Morristown and Bernardsville.

He and his wife built their home in Basking Ridge, N.J., in 1934. He and his brother opened Hobbies’ Garage in Bernardsville, N.J., in the early 1940s. His wife later joined the business, and they continued operations until 1968, when their third child graduated from college.

The couple moved in 1968 to Spring City, where they built their home and established Red Cloud Campground on the shores of Watts Bar Lake. With a twinkle in his eye and a smile on his face, he was always there to help anyone at any time. His campers and his neighbors were among his dearest friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 74 years, Edna Jeanette Hobbie, whom he married in September 1933; and grandson, Gregory Michael Wolcott.

Survivors include sons, Dr. William Van Tuyl Hobbie Jr. of Wenham, Mass., and Selah Reeve Hobbie of Austin, Texas; daughter, Janice Hobbie Wolcott of Dallas, Ore.; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and brother, Phillip Hobbie of Brick Town, N.J.

Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11, in Spring City First Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Ed Langham officiating. Vaughn Fu-neral Home, Spring City, is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either Spring City First Presbyterian Church, 268 W. Jackson Ave., Spring City, TN 37381; or Audrey Pack Memorial Library, P.O. Box 382, Spring City, TN 37381.

Clara L. Jones

Clara L. Jones, 79, of Oliver Springs, died Monday, Jan. 7, 2008, in Briarcliff Health Care Center, Oak Ridge.

Born April 16, 1928, in Oliver Springs, she had been a lifelong resident of this area. She was a member of Oliver Springs First Baptist Church and its Vota-Vita Sunday school class, and she sang in the church choir. She was formerly employed as a bank teller and as a clerk at French’s Market.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Deborah Jones Castleberry; parents, Omer Cox and Bessie Kathrine Stansberry Cox; brothers; Sam Cox, Luke Cox and Carl Cox; and son-in-law, Carl Brock.

Survivors include her husband of 60 years, John Paul Jones of Oliver Springs; daughter and son-in-law, Paula and Dr. Jim Baumgardner of Oliver Springs; sons and daughters-in-law, Dr. John P. Jr. and Melinda Jones of Powell and Charles E. and Carman Jones of Oliver Springs; for-mer son-in-law, Wayne Castleberry, and his wife, Claudia, of Kingston; grandchildren and spouses Wayne II and Jaymi Castleberry, Joe and Stephanie Brock, John P. III and Jennifer Jones, Christina and Jamie Johnson, Sarah Brock, Chuck Jones, Abby and Steve Barnes, Vince Jones and David Jones; great-grandchildren, Joseph Brock, Jacob Brock, Loren Johnson, Damen Johnson, Brenya Castleberry and Arlyn Castleberry; brothers and sisters-in-law, Omer and Betty Cox and Bernard and Margie Cox, all of Oliver Springs; sister, Ann Thacker of Oliver Springs; and several nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.

Funeral service was at 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, in Sharp Funeral Home chapel, Oliver Springs, with Charles Parker and Jim Baumgardner officiating. Graveside service and burial will be 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at Anderson Memorial Gardens, Clinton.

An online register is available at www.sharpfh.com.

Loretta Mae Vought Lyons

Loretta Mae Vought Lyons, 76, of Harriman, died Monday, Jan. 7, 2008.

She was a member of South Harriman Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by parents, Sam H. and Sally M. Vought; and brothers, Paul Henry and Sid Alvin Vought.

Survivors include her husband, Jack R. Lyons of Oakdale; son and daughter-in-law, Randall and Patricia Lyons of Oakdale; daughters and sons-in-law, Janice and Danny Waggoner of Green Cove Springs, Fla., Sallie Lyons of Oakdale and Paula and George O’Quinn of Baxley, Ga.; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sister, Mary King; and brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert and Bonnie Vought and Charles and Ann Vought.

Graveside service and burial were at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, at Crab Orchard Church Cemetery, Oakdale, with the Rev. David Harmon officiating. Schubert Funeral Home, Wartburg, was in charge of arrangements.

Gracie Marie Strasma

Gracie Marie Strasma, 64, of Windsor, Ill., died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2007, in Provena Hospital, Urbana, Ill.

Born in Anderson County, she was the daughter of Levi and Emily Patterson Duncan, both of whom preceded her in death. She was retired from Kal-Kan, Mattoon, Ill.

Survivors include son, Steve Michalak of Bremerton, Wash.; daughter, Patti Ramien of Washington, Ga.; grandchildren, Angel, Misty, Amber and Andrew; three great-grandchildren; brother, Robert McCully of Tennessee; and sister, Loretta Murry of Tennessee.

Funeral service was at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 28, in Lovins-Lockart Funeral Home, Windsor. Burial was at Windsor Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Marjory Meadows Watts

Marjory Meadows Watts, 73, of Kingston, died Sunday, Jan. 6, 2008, after a brief illness.

Born May 2, 1934, in New York, she graduated from Hueytown High School, Birmingham, Ala., before attending the University of Montevallo, Montevallo, Ala., for one year.

She then joined her parents in Oak Ridge, where she worked a variety of positions before becoming a technical librarian at the then-Union Carbide X-10 Plant.

A member of Kingston United Methodist Church, she was active with the Kingston Girl Scout program for years and instrumental in the establishment of the former Roane County Genealogical Society. She was director of Kingston Public Library for 21 years before retiring to pursue a business in genealogical research. She was known for her devotion to family and friends, needlework and knitting projects, and her joy in reading anything and everything.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Johnny Watts; and parents, Halstead and Nora Meadows.

Survivors include daughter, Mary Elizabeth Watts of Knoxville; son and daughter-in-law, John Michael and Faye Watts of Washington, N.C.; grandchildren, Rory Watts of Charlottesville, Va., Ashley Watts of Washington and Sean Watts of Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas; great-grandson, Alden Watts of Charlottesville; brothers and sister-in-law, Ted and Elaine Meadows of Crossville and Tom Meadows of Dothan, Ala.; a niece; and several nephews.

Family graveside service and burial was on Thursday, Jan. 10, at Anderson Memorial Gardens, Clinton, with the Rev. Stella Roberts, lead pastor of Oak Ridge First United Methodist Church, officiating. Weatherford Mortuary, Oak Ridge, was in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

An online register is available at www.weatherford

mortuary.com.

Patricia Stevens Whitmire

Patricia Stevens Whitmire, 73, of Kingston, died Sunday, Jan. 6, 2008, in Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge.

Born Jan. 26, 1934, in Asheville, N.C., she grew up in the Bee Tree community near Swannanoa, N.C. After graduating as valedictorian of the Swannanoa High School class of 1952, she attended Washington School for Secretaries in Washington, D.C., and Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C.

In 1958, she and her husband moved to Oak Ridge, where she worked for 14 years as a secretary in the solid state division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory before deciding to be a stay-at-home mom after the birth of her daughter. The family briefly lived in Spring City in a home she designed before moving to Kingston in 1976.

Her hobbies included gardening, oil painting, ceramics, puzzles and games. She especially enjoyed playing bridge and was a member of the Kingston Dessert Bridge Club for nearly 30 years. An avid sports fan, she particularly enjoyed University of Tennessee football and Lady Vols basketball. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family and friends and will be greatly missed.

She was preceded in death by parents, Clarence and Mary Stevens; brother, Michael Stevens; and sister, Alice Jones.

Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Craig Whitmire Jr.; daughter and son-in-law Anne-Scott Whitmire and Markus Iturriaga; and brother and sister-in-law Scott and Martha Stevens.

A reception for family and friends will be at the home at a date to be announced later. Cremation Options Inc., Knoxville, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial donations may be made to the Tennessee chapter of The Nature Conservancy at www.nature.org/tennessee.

Hester Louise Woods

Hester Louise Woods, 64, of the Joyner community in Morgan County, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Born Aug. 11, 1943, in Anderson County, she was a lifelong resident of the area and a faithful member of Beechfork Holiness Church. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

She was preceded in death by parents, Wayne and Uvine Lowe Justice; and brothers, John Allen Justice, Everett Wayne Justice and Quentin Paul Justice.

Survivors include her husband, Robert “Doc” Woods of Joyner; son, Ricky Woods of Joyner; granddaughter, Jenna Lynn Woods of Dallas, Ga.; sisters and brothers-in-law, Barbara Ann York of Oliver Springs, Sonza and Kenny Sheldon of Wartburg, Gloria and David Gregory of Whittsett, N.C., and Wanda and Junior Duncan of Harriman; brothers and sisters-in-law, Gilbert Leon and Charlotte Justice of Oliver Springs, Thomas Leeper and Rita Justice of Petros and Robert Lee and Sheila Justice of Powell; several nieces, nephews and extended family members; and spe-cial friend, Claudine Basler.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, in Sharp Funeral Home, Oliver Springs. Funeral service will follow in the chapel, with the Rev. Billy Baker and the Rev. Herman Woods officiating. Graveside service and burial will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, at Brasel Cemetery, Morgan County.

An online register is available at www.sharpfh.com.