Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.  

To our dear classmates who've passed, we miss you!!


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Wendy Kemp (Bemis)

May 11th, 1968 - September 19th, 1999

 

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Wendy Anne Bemis Kemp, 31, of Wetumpka, Ala., died Sunday, Sept. 19, 1999, in Alabama of injuries sustained in a plane crash. She was returning from the Auburn-Louisiana State University football game.

Mrs. Kemp was a 1986 graduate of Oak Ridge High School and a graduate of the University of Tennessee. She was the daughter of Regina Anne and Dr. Curtis E. Bemis Jr. of Jupiter, Fla., former 30-year residents of Oak Ridge.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Kemp is survived by two sisters and their families, Lisa Anne and David Hardy and their children, Adam and Elizabeth, all of Hampton Cove, Ala., and Drs. Lynn Anne and Bentley Cheatham and their son, Jake, all of Boston, Mass.; her grandmother, Rosalind Bemis of Manchester, N.H.; and numerous other family members.

A formal visitation was held Wednesday, Sept. 22, at First United Methodist Church Family Life Center in Wetumpka.

A memorial service was held Thursday, Sept. 23, at the church with the Rev. Steve MacInnis and the Rev. Richard Holmes officiating.

Burial followed at Wetumpka City Cemetery.

Ellison Funeral Home in Wetumpka handled arrangements.

The family requests any memorials be in the form of donations to the American Red Cross, 364 S. Ripley St., Montgomery, AL 36104.

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From Kyle Hawkins on March 6th, 2011
Here it is 2011 & you have had your angel wings for a while now. i have thought of you often after graduation. i still miss you today. someday soon we'll see each other again. i love and miss you!!!
 

Laura Caldwell

June 22nd, 1968 - July 24th, 2003


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Laura Anna Caldwell

 

Laura Anna Caldwell, 35, died Thursday, July 24, 2003.

She was born June 22, 1968, in Oak Ridge.
Mrs. Caldwell was a member of Spurgeon Chapel AME Zion Church. She graduated from Oak Ridge High School in 1986 and attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. According to her family, she was a person who loved kids and was a sports enthusiast. Her family said she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

Her grandmother, Sally Mae Jones, died a few hours earlier.

Mrs. Caldwell is survived by a son, Cameron Caldwell of Oak Ridge; her parents, Isaiah and Bobbie Caldwell of Oak Ridge; three sisters, Jean Caldwell and Shelia Caldwell Massey, both of Oak Ridge, and Brenda Caldwell Dunn and husband, Tony, of Nashville; a brother, Mike Caldwell and wife, Sue, of Atlanta, Ga.; and by a stepsister, Dorothy Hunter of Oak Ridge.

She is also survived by nieces and nephews, Eric Love and wife, Jeanie, and Sydnei Caldwell, all of Atlanta, Nikki Caldwell of Knoxville, Marcus Caldwell and Michelle Caldwell, both of Oak Ridge, Simone Pointer and husband, Kirk, of Kennesaw, Ga., and Xavier Dunn of Nashville; uncles, Henry Williams and wife, Nettie, of Jefferson City, and Robert Lee Jr. of Atlanta; aunts, Dorothy Grisham and husband, Arthur, of Chattanooga, Mary Francis Mulkey of Decatur, Ga., Gladys Billingsley and husband, Ernest, of Gaithersburg, Md., and Janice Lee and Belinda Lee, both of Oak Ridge.

The funeral will be at noon Tuesday, July 29, 2003, at Robertsville Baptist Church with the Rev. J.R. Bridgeman officiating.

Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the church.  Weatherford Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

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Shannon Carlton (Dakin)

1968 - December 31st, 2017

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Graveside services with full military honors for (retired) CPO Shannon Elise Carlton Dakin, 49, will be held on Friday, Jan. 5, 2017, at 2 p.m., at East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery, located at 2200 E. Gov. John Sevier Hwy., Knoxville, TN 37920.

Graveside services with full military honors for (retired) CPO Shannon Elise Carlton Dakin, 49, will be held on Friday, Jan. 5, 2017, at 2 p.m., at East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery, located at 2200 E. Gov. John Sevier Hwy., Knoxville, TN 37920.

Shannon passed away on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, at Tennova North Knoxville Medical Center following a short illness.

Survivors include her daughter, Lauren Taylor Dakin; parents, Elbert and Kaye Carlton; brothers, James and wife, Ronna, Brent and wife, Christy, Brian and wife, Donna. She was also a beloved aunt to Stephen Carlton, Alyssa Choat, Andrew and Jordyn Carlton, Nolan and Trevor Carlton, and a great-aunt to Rosabella and Emerson Carlton and Hayleigh, and Rebecca and Walker Choat. She will also be missed by very special friends, Grant Dakin and Wendy and Robbie Countiss.

A graduate of Oak Ridge High School, Shannon served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years. During her service, she received decorations and medals for Navy and Marine Corps achievements, including the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Governments of Honduras Presidential Unit Citation, Global War on Terrorism Service and National Defense medals.

Shannon earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from Excelsior College. She was employed by Compass Group in Caryville as a Human Resource Manager.

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Glenn Dykes

April 24th, 1966 - November 5th, 1997


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Douglas Glenn Dykes, 31, of Oak Ridge, died Wednesday morning, Nov. 5, 1997, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Mr. Dykes was a 1986 Oak Ridge High School graduate. He was employed as a welder at Aqua-Chem in Knoxville for the past eight years.

He was born in Johnson City on April 24, 1966. He was the son of Carol Luethke and her husband, Steve, of Oak Ridge, and J.B. Dykes and his wife, Maryanne, of Daytona Beach, Fla.

He was a member of West Village Christian Church. According to the family, he enjoyed riding motorcycles and ATVs (all terrain vehicles) and camping.

In addition to his parents and step-parents, Mr. Dykes is survived by his wife, Angela Michelle Bass Dykes; two daughters, Samantha Michelle Dykes, a student at Glenwood Elementary, and Brooke Glenn Dykes, a student at Oak Ridge Preschool; two brothers, Donald Ray Dykes and his wife, Rhesa, of Johnson City, and Mark Hampton Dykes and his wife, Kimberly, of Lenoir City; his paternal grandmother, Erma Dykes of Elizabethton; and by several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, in the chapel of Weatherford Mortuary with the Rev. Noel Kirk officiating.

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at McCarty Woodhaven Memorial Gardens in Claxton.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the mortuary.

The family requests any memorials be in the form of donations to West Village Christian Church, 637 Robertsville Road, Oak Ridge, 37830, or to Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Copyright 1997 The Oak Ridger

 

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From Mark Dykes on November 6th, 2012
We miss you, Brother
 

Victoria Irby (Grate)

January 12th, 1968 - August 21st, 2018

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Victoria Elizabeth Grate was born to Annie Thomas and James Irby on January 12, 1968 in Oak Ridge TN. She went home to be with the Lord on August 21, 2018 at Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge TN where she was surrounded by loved ones.

Victoria was the youngest of four sisters Lucille, Sharron, and Pauline. As a young girl, she was quiet and shy.  She attended Oak Ridge High School where she made many friends whose friendships continued throughout adulthood. In high school, she met her future husband Kayvin Grate and they would later marry on September 29, 1989. To this union, three beautiful children, Amber, Kayla, and Kayvin Jr. were born.  

Victoria enjoyed traveling, cooking, shopping and spending time with loved ones.  Her greatest joys were her grandbabies, Kayvin III, Jahi, Kaycin, and Noel whom she called “her little monsters.” To describe her as remarkable is an understatement! A few words to give insight as to who she was: loving, truthful, thankful, giving, faithful, caring, concerned, compassionate, humble, and beautiful both inside and out.  She was an absolute joy and her spirit was contagious.  Victoria loved her family and friends whom will miss her dearly and cherish her memory forever.  

 

Preceded in death by her parents and sister, Pauline Thomas.

 

Survived by her loving husband: Kayvin Grate Sr.; three children: Amber Grate, Kayla Grate, Kayvin Grate Jr.; four grandchildren: Kayvin Grate III, Jahi Grate, Kaycin Grate, Noel King; sisters: Lucille Griffin and Sharron Moulden; nieces, Pam Thomas and April Moulden; nephew, Shawn Thomas; a host of other family and many friends who held a special place in her heart. 

Saturday, August 25, 2018, the family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. with service to follow at True Light Baptist Church at 3229 George Light Road.  Elder Darris W. Waters officiating.  Interment to follow at Oak Ridge Memorial Park where a white dove release will conclude the service.  Flowers may be delivered to the church the day of the service.  Professional arrangements entrusted to Patton Funeral Home, Brian L. Buckmon, LFD 1-800-824-8283 or www.pattonfuneralhome1962.com

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Joel Haynes

December 20th, 1967 - October 8th, 2017

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Obituary for Joel Edwin Haynes

Joel Edwin Haynes, age 49, of Oak Ridge, passed away suddenly, Sunday, October 8, 2017 at his home.
He was born December 20, 1967 in Oak Ridge, the son of Charles Edwin Haynes and June Ypres Odom Haynes, who are both deceased.
Joel grew up attending First Presbyterian Church with his family. He graduated from Oak Ridge High School in 1986; attended Middle Tennessee State University; and graduated in 1990 from the Tennessee Institute of Electronics.
Joel was an amazing bass guitarist and played in several area bands. He was a nature photographer, loving animals and nature, in general. He was an avid fisherman and golfer and loved watching reruns of Andy Griffith and Gunsmoke. Joel worked for many years as greens keeper and in maintenance at Oak Ridge Country Club. The 'job' he was most passionate about was serving as caregiver for his mother for two years before her death June 20, 2017.
He is survived by sister, Melissa Haynes of Duluth, GA;
brother, Howard Haynes of Knoxville; numerous cousins and extended family; many dear friends and his faithful and loyal feline companions, Skinny and Big, and his canine companion, Sassie, who will dearly miss him.
Family and friends will gather on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 11am at Oak Ridge Memorial Park for a graveside service. Rev. Sharon Youngs will be officiating. Dress is casual; as though you were visiting Joel in better times.
Memorials can be made to the Oak Ridge Humane Society.
Arrangements by Weatherford Mortuary. An online guest book can be signed at www.weatherfordmortuary.com.

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Tim Holcomb

1968 - 1984

 

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Marcellus Jones

May 7th, 1968 - January 15th, 2000


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Marcellus Jones, 31, of Oak Ridge, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2000, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.
Mr. Jones was born in Oak Ridge on May 7, 1968. He was a 1986 graduate of Oak Ridge High School.

He had worked in the Dietary Department of the Oak Ridge Retirement Community.

Mr. Jones was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. Football and fishing were among his interests.

He is survived by his mother, Annie B. Jones of Oak Ridge; two brothers, Clifford Jones and Walter Lee Jones and his wife, Rebekah Ann Jones, all of Oak Ridge; three sisters, Margaret Jones of Oak Ridge, Janice Miller of Knoxville, and Geraldine Stewart of Athens, Ga., and her husband, Terry Stewart, of Oak Ridge; and by several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, in the chapel of Weatherford Mortuary with the Rev. Bill Edmonds and the Rev. Dozier McKinnon officiating.

Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday at the mortuary.


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Clark Kent

October 22nd, 1968 - September 2nd, 2014

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Clark Madison Kent, 46 of Knoxville, formerly of Oak Ridge passed away on September 2, 2014.

He was born in Oak Ridge on October 22, 1968 to parents Cecilia Taylor Kent and Billy Joe Kent, Sr.

Clark graduated from Oak Ridge High School and received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Mercer University in Atlanta, graduating magna cum laude. He worked for the University of Tennessee before his declining health. He loved animals, especially his precious dogs.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Billy Joe Kent, Jr. (1979) and by his father, Billy Joe Kent, Sr. (1997).

Survivors include:
Wife, Rebecca Kent;
Mother, Cecilia Kent;
Many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

The graveside service will be held Saturday, September 6th, 10 AM at Anderson Memorial Gardens with Rev. Mike Puckett officiating. An online guest book may be signed at weatherfordmortuary.com
 

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Jennifer Jelinek (Lawson)

June 9th, 1968 - August 11th, 2015

 

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Jennifer Jelinek Lawson, 47, of Kingston, died Aug. 11, 2015.
She was born June 9, 1968 in Parma, Ohio, the daughter of Thomas and Kathleen Jelinek. She graduated from Oak Ridge High School in 1986 and attended the University of Dayton. She graduated with her degree in Criminal Justice.
She met and married her soul mate, Jeffery Lawson and they had three beautiful children, Hailey (20); William (18) and Milo (15). She was a dedicated stay-at-home mom, to not only her children, but to many kids in the area. She was Uniform Chairwoman for the Roane County High School Band. It was her pleasure to dress the band every Friday night.
She is survived by her loving husband, Jeffery Lawson; her daughter, Hailey; and sons, William and Milo; her mother, Kathleen Jelinek of Oak Ridge; her sister, Michelle Stewart of Kingston; her niece and nephews, Jenna, Nathan and Ryan Stewart.
She was preceded in death by her father, Thomas Jelinek of Oak Ridge; and grandparents, Milo and Elsie Jelinek of New Prague, Minn.
A funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Oak Ridge with the Rev. Father Dustin Collins officiating. Burial at Cedar Grove Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Friday at the Kyker Funeral Home in Kingston followed by a Prayer Service. www.kykerfuneralhomes.com

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Mike Ray

March 21st, 1967 - June 29th, 2010


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RAY, MICHAEL J. "BIG DADDY" 43 - of Egg Harbor Township as he was known by his radio audience for a decade on Equity Communications in the Atlantic City Market, particularly on the BUZZ 99.3, went home to be with the Lord on June 29, 2010. Michael was born on March 21, 1967 in Camden. Michael was a public school teacher for ten years at Brigantine, Oceanside Charter in Atlantic City and eight of those years in the Egg Harbor Township School system. He loved his students immensely, and they in turn, loved and respected him. He graduated from Oak Ridge High School in Oak Ridge, Tennessee and Concord University in Athens, West Virginia, where he was a top ranked scholar athlete who played football leading his offensive and defensive line in competition. His very stature was commanding. His passion was music, he also owned and operated "Big Daddy Productions", A South Jersey based entertainment enterprise. A soon to be father, he is survived by his beloved wife of three years, Michelle Carney-Ray, his mother and step father Joann and Peter Avis of Mays Landing, his brother Fred Ray and sister in law Yvonne Ray and nephew Michael Ray of Absecon, his Godmother Aunt Carmen Venezia, aunts and uncles, Frank Tamru and Dr. Robin Carter of Egg Harbor Township, Don and Kim Tamru and a cousin Doug Tamru of Voorhees, father and mother in law, Jim and Jackie Carney of Egg Harbor Township, brothers in law Ryan Carney of Egg Harbor Township, Adam Carney and fiancee Allison Willet of Galloway Township, his best friend and loving dog, Cole and a host of close friends from around the area. Michael's larger than life presence among us will always be missed, as he brings his love and smile to be with the Angels above. A visitation will be held on Monday, July 5, 2010 from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM and again on Tuesday, July 6, 2010 from 8:30 AM until 10:00 AM at the Adams-Perfect Funeral Home, 1650 New Road, Northfield. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, July 6, 2010 at 11:00 AM at Our Lady of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church, Wabash and Poplar Avenues, Linwood, NJ. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, Mays Landing, NJ. Donations may be made in his memory to the Baby Ray Benefit Fund, C/O Sun National Bank, 331 Tilton Road, Northfield, NJ 08215. Arrangements are entrusted to and written condolences may be sent to: www.Adams-Perfect.com

Published in The Press of Atlantic City from July 3 to July 5, 2010

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Dean Roberts

December 23rd, 1967 - May 25th, 2008


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William Dean Roberts, 40, of Oak Ridge, died Sunday, May 25, 2008 at his home.
He was born December 23, 1967 in Harriman, the son of David Ross Roberts and Wilma Jean Adkins Roberts.
Dean was a graduate of Oak Ridge High School and a member of Calvary Baptist Church. He was employed with Energy Solutions. He was an avid motorcyclist, very active with the Anderson County Toy Run and he enjoyed Oak Ridge High School football games.
Dean was preceded in death by his wife, Amy Diane Young Roberts, June 21, 2006 and by grandfather, William Ross Roberts.
He is survived by:
Father, David Ross Roberts,
Mother, Wilma Jean Roberts, both of Oak Ridge;
Daughter, Sydney Marie Roberts, a rising sophomore at Maryville High School and
Brother, Matthew Scott Darnell of Oak Ridge;
Grandmother, Mildred J. Roberts and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral services are Friday, May 30, 2008 at 8pm at Weatherford Mortuary with Dr. Steve McDonald officiating. Graveside services are Saturday, 11am at Oak Ridge Memorial Park. The family will receive friends on Friday from 6 – 8pm at Weatherford Mortuary. An on-line guest book can be signed at www.weatherfordmortuary.com.

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Lisa Perkins (Simmons)

July 10th, 1968 - July 20th, 2011


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Lisa Marie Simmons, age 43, of Rockwood and formerly of Oak Ridge, died Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at Roane Medical Center in Harriman.
She was born July 10, 1968 in Oak Ridge, the daughter of William Vaughn Perkins and Patricia Gude Perkins.
Mrs. Simmons had worked as an office manager at Stogdsdill Court Reporting.
She enjoyed animals and her pride and joy was her Shih-Tzu, Lenny.
She is survived by sons, Michael Corey Knapp of Knoxville, Cody Ryan Knapp and Skylar Ross Knapp, both of Ft. Mill, SC; brothers, Kevin Perkins and wife Tracy of Garden City, NY and Chris Perkins and wife Alicia of Loomis, CA; half-sister, Angie Dawn Suddath and husband Shannon Kieth Williams of Rockwood.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, July 30, 2011 at 2pm at Oak Ridge Memorial Park with Teddy Strunk officiating. Weatherford Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements. An on-line guest book can be signed at www.weatherfordmortuary.com.

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James Toney

 

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Michael Yancy

March 16th, 1967 - December 3rd, 2005


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Michael Ray Yancy, 38, of Oak Ridge, departed this earthly life on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2005, at the University of Tennessee Medical Center at Knoxville.
He was born March 17, 1967, in Oak Ridge and was a 1986 graduate of Oak Ridge High School. He later attended Pellissippi State College where he received certificates in drafting and architecture.

Michael accepted Christ at an early age and was a member of True Light Missionary Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Willie C. Yancy, whom he adored.

Michael was a very loving son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend. He loved telling jokes and making others laugh, as this was his special gift. His hobbies included watching movies, listening to music, hiking, camping, working on cars and watching football.

He leaves to cherish his precious memories, his loving and devoted mother, Mary J. Yancy of Oak Ridge; father, Joseph H. Willis of Clinton; two loyal and dedicated brothers, Torey D. Yancy of Oak Ridge, and Anthony D. "Pete" Yancy of Huntsville, Ala.; a loving and devoted grandmother, Willie M. Yancy of Oak Ridge; aunts, Rosie Yancy Odem of Atlanta, Ga., and Betty S. (Tony) Cheeseman of Aurora, Colo.; uncles, the Rev. Charles E. (and Maria) Yancy of Knoxville, James L. Yancy of San Diego, Calif., Eddie J. Yancy of Columbus, Ga., and the Rev. John T. (and Althea) Yancy of Goosecreek, S.C.; special great uncle and aunt, George "Buddy" and Emma Sutton of Oak Ridge; and a host of cousins, other family and friends. Special friends include: Chris Wyrick, Chris Stout, Jerry Lewis, Jonathan Lewis, Chris Shirley, Santosh Prasad, Robbie Brooks and Greg Ward.

A Going Home Service will be held at True light Missionary Baptist Church, 3229 George Light Road, Knoxville, TN 37931 (927-9996) on Friday, Dec. 9, 2005, at 1 p.m. with Pastor Darris D. Waters officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Ridge Memorial Park. A Repast will be held at the church immediately following the burial.

The family will receive friends at the church on Friday from noon until 1 p.m.

Weatherford Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements. An on-line guest book can be signed at www.weatherfordmortuary.com.


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