Ora Lucille Kuykendall

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Funeral services for Ora Lucille Kuykendall, 92 of Cookeville, were at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, in the Cookeville Chapel of Hooper-Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home. Burial was at Good Hope Cemetery in Livingston. Bro. Buddy Johnson officiated.

She died Saturday morning, April 21, 2012, in Alive Hospice of Nashville. She was born May 15, 1919, in Livingston, to the late Ellis Tinsley and Mattie Whitefield Kuykendall.

She was a member of Jefferson Avenue Church of Christ. After graduation from Livingston Academy in 1937, she worked in a post-Depression job at Standing Stone State Park. In 1943, she went to Oak Ridge to work for Tennessee Eastman from 1943-45, and was commended by Secretary of War Henry L. Stevenson on Aug. 1, 1945, for “work essential to the production of the atomic bomb, thereby contributing to the successful conclusion of World War II.” She then had a 34-year career with Oak Ridge National Laboratory. She lived in Kingston from 1955-2007, when she moved to Cookeville to make her home at Heritage Point Assisted Living.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Edyth Ledbetter and Lorean Hire; and three brothers, Graydon Kuykendall, James Kuykendall and Herbert Kuykendall; as well as a nephew Donley Kuykendall; and a niece Margaret Lofty.

Survivors include her nephew and caregiver, James Kuykendall (Janet), Cookeville; two nephews, Sam Kuykendall (Pat), McMinnville, and Paul Ledbetter (Annette), Mount Juliet; and two nieces, Susan Blake, and Pam Johnson (Gene), Huntsville, Ala.

Jefferson Avenue Church of Christ Bus Drivers will serve as pallbearers.

The family received friends from 1 p.m. until service time Tuesday in the funeral home.

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