Miscellaneous Roane County, Tennessee Obituaries

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William Chatman, of Oliver Springs
William H. “Bill” Chatman Jr., 70, of Oliver Springs, died Wednesday, Nov. 3, 1999, in his home. He was born Dec. 22, 1928, in Morgan County, one of 10 children, and was reared in the Coalfield Community.
He was of the Baptist faith and a U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean War. He worked most of his life as a pipefitter and was a 38-year member of the Plumbers and Steamfitters Union, Local No. 421 in Charleston, S.C.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William H. and Oma Byrd Chatman Sr.; and one sister, Willa Dean Chatman; four brothers, Jeff L. Nelson, Houston, and Warren Chatman; six brothers-in-law, Harold Longmire, Frank Hall, and Roy, John, Jim and Clifford Taylor; one sister-in-law, Louise Chatman; and his mother- and father-in-law, Ada and Isaac Taylor.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Myrtle Taylor Chatman of Oliver Springs; one son, Stephen William Chatman of Oliver Springs; two daughters and sons-in-law, Connie (Chatman) and Billy W. Himes Jr. of Oliver Springs and Tammy (Chatman) and Dr. James Allen Ropicky of Dousman, Wis.; one grandchild, Matthew Taylor Himes of Oliver Springs; two brothers and one sister-in-law, Clyde Chatman of Winston-Salem, N.C., and Hansford and Emma Chatman of Dayton, Ohio; two sisters and one-brother-in-law, Ellen Hall of New Carlisle, Ohio and Faye and Ed “Slim” Cline of LaFollette; three sisters- and one brother-in-law, Clara Chatman of Jacksonville, N.C., Inez and Gene Christian of Cottondale, Ala., and Lena Taylor of Harriman; and one brother- and sister-in-law, Gilbert Stephen and Mary Sue Taylor of Tuscaloosa, Ala.
The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 7, in Weatherford Mortuary in Oak Ridge. Funeral services followed at 8 p.m., with the Rev. Tony Rutherford officiating.
Graveside services are 1:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 8, in Clax Gap Baptist Church Cemetery in Harriman. The East Tennessee Veterans Honor Guard will provide full military honors.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Lee Costanza, 103 Case Lane, Oak Ridge, Tenn., 37830.

John V. Welch, 91, of Rockwood
John V. Welch, 91, of Rockwood, died Wednesday, Nov. 3, 1999, in Rockwood Health Care Center.
He was a member of Second Baptist Church of Rockwood, Rockwood Lodge No. 403 F & AM, American Legion, a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II. He also was a retired stores clerk with Union Carbide, Y-12, with 21 years of service and was a minor league baseball pitcher with the Chattanooga Lookouts from 1927 to 1929.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Isaac and Mesia Welch.
Survivors include his wife, Frances Welch of Rockwood; two sons, Rickey Welch of Baltimore, Md., and Bobby Welch of Rockwood; one daughter, Diane Armes of Rockwood; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, in Evans Mortuary. Funeral services will follow at 8 p.m., in the funeral home chapel, with the Rev. Harold Newby officiating.
Graveside services and burial will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7, in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Rockwood.

James Earl Warren, 74, of Oak Ridge 
James Earl Warren, 74, of Oak Ridge died Thursday, Nov. 4, 1999, in Methodist Medical Center. He was born Sept. 7, 1925 in Paint Rock to Charley and Edna Westbrook of Warren. He was a retired fire service lieutenant of Martin Marietta Energy Systems at the Y-12 plant. 
Warren was a member of Glenwood Baptist Church, where he was also a deacon and involved in many church activities, including the Food Cupboard. He was also a member of the Faith Masonic Lodge number 756. During the 1960s and 1970s, Warren was involved with the Oak Ridge Parks and Recreations Department. 
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jolly Mae Warren and a daughter, Marilyn Warren; and two grandchildren, Levi Shannon and Jason Warren.
He is survived by his wife, Reva Beckler Warren of Oak Ridge; two sons, James Don Warren and his wife, Judy Ann, of Kingston and James Michael Warren and his wife, Kathy, of Clinton; four brothers, Larry, Ray, Gary and Ralph Warren, all of Camden; three sisters, Nell Townsend and Ruth Douglas of Camden, and LuDene Weatherly of St. Louis, Mo; four step children, Brenda Lansley and her husband, Kevin, of Smyrna, Steve Beckler and wife, Lisa, of Atlanta, Ga., Patricia Kingsley and husband, Denny, of Fairfield, Texas, and Donnie Beckler of Oak Ridge; brother-in-law Loyd Lockhart and Amanda Lockhart, of Rockwood; six grandchildren, James Dan Warren Jr. of San Angelo, Texas, Andrew Warren of Lenoir City, Kasi Ross of Colorado Springs, Colo., Michael Warren of Louisville, Ky., Crystal Shannon of Oliver Springs and April Perry of Knoxville; 10 great grandchildren, seven step-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
The family received friends on Saturday, Nov. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. in Weatherford Mortuary in Oak Ridge.
The funeral was held at 8:15 p.m.Saturday Nov. 6, in the chapel of Weatherford Mortuary with the Rev. Steve McDonald and the Rev. Herbert Lee officiating. A Masonic service preceded the funeral at 8 p.m. A graveside service was held Sunday, Nov. 7, at 3 p.m. in Oak Ridge Memorial Park.
Memorials may be made to Glenwood Baptist Church Food Cupboard, 200 S. Alabama Road, Oak Ridge, Tenn. 37830. 

Virgil N. Davis Jr., 63, of Midtown
Virgil N. Davis Jr., 63, of Midtown and formerly of Wartburg, died Thursday, Nov. 4, 1999, in Roane Medical Center in Harriman.
He attended Riverside Baptist Church. He was a 32nd degree Mason and was a member of Southgate Lodge No. 569. He was also a member of the Kerbela Shrine Temple. He was retired from Morgan County Regional Correctional Facility and was a U.S. Air Force Veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars with more than 22 years of service.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Virgil N. Davis Sr. and Nancy Ruth (Henry) Davis; one son, Allen Lynn Davis; and one sister, Lola Scarbro.
Survivors include his wife, Billy Jo Morgan Davis; two daughters and sons-in-law, Sheila and Jimmy Banken Sr. of Harriman and Diane and Fred Hamilton of Midtown; one daughter-in-law, Tresia Davis of Midtown; five grandchildren, Bradley, Kyle and Sara Davis of Midtown, Jimmy D. Banken Jr. of Harriman and Tessa Nicole Hamilton of Midtown; one brother, Billy Davis of Deer Lodge; one sister, Dixie Dudy of Wartburg; several nieces and nephews; one aunt, Edith Aytes; and several brothers- and sisters-in-law.
The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, in Davis Funeral Home in Harriman. Funeral services followed at 8 p.m. with the Rev. Mason Goodman officiating. A Masonic service will follow.
Burial will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7, in Roane Memorial Gardens in Rockwood.

Charlene Hill, 68, of Harriman
Charlene Hill, 68, of Harriman, died Thursday, Nov. 4, 1999, in Roane Medical Center in Harriman.
She was an owner and operator of the Beacon Drive-In.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George V. Hill Sr.; one son, George V. Hill Jr.; her parents, T.T. Brooks and Ruby Penney.
Survivors include one daughter, Sue Upton of Dalton, Ga.; one son, Haskell Hill of Harriman; four grandchildren, John B. and Jamie L. Upton, both of Dalton, Ga., and Alix A. and Chloe E. Hill, both of Harriman; one sister, Polly Pickel of Decatur; and two brothers, Lloyd Brooks of North Carolina and Bill Brooks of Georgia.
The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, in Kyker Funeral Home in Harriman.
Funeral services were 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7, in the funeral home chapel. Burial will follow in Roane Memorial Gardens in Harriman.

Betty G. Wallace, 68, of Harriman
Betty G. Wallace, 68, of Harriman died Saturday, Nov. 6, 1999, in Roane Medical Center. She was a member of Harriman United Methodist Church, Eagles Auxiliary and past president of the Elks Lodge Auxiliary in Midtown. She and her husband, Don Wallace, were former owners of Caney Creek Marina in Midtown.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Ruby Newman of Harriman. 
Survivors include her husband, Don Wallace; her father, Leonard “Whitey” Newman of Kingston; three daughters, Gail Green of Midtown, Carole Walker of Harriman and Jeri King of Oakdale; two brothers, Bud Newman of Conyers, Ga. and Jim Newman of Kingston; a sister, Martha Fogg of Rockwood; four grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at Brown Funeral home, in Kingston on Monday, Nov. 8. 1999, from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral will follow. 
There will be a graveside service Tuesday, Nov. 9, at 1 p.m. at Roane Medical Gardens with the Rev. Chris Redmond officiating.

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