Daniel Absher, 42, of Chattanooga, Tenn. passed away peacefully in his sleep on March 15. He had suffered a stroke two years ago.
Daniel graduated from Oak Ridge High School in 1989. He was an avid rower for the Oak Ridge Rowing Association and trained with the Junior National Team in 1988. He rowed crew at Northeastern University in Boston and the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga.
Daniel is survived by his son, Carter Absher; mother, Lorena Patten; father, Richard Absher; siblings, Bryan Absher, Betsy Popeck, and Lynne Chesnutt Absher; fiancee, Mireia Kozarcacin; and several nieces, nephews, and in-laws.
Donations may be made to the Hamilton County SPCA. Any memories you would like to share can be done on Daniel's Facebook page which is being made into a book for his son.
SCHORN, SUSANNA MARIE - 42, died Thursday, December 26, 2013, at her home in New Market, Alabama. Susanna graduated from Oak Ridge High School where she played clarinet in the band and was selected for All State Band all three years. She also played violin in the Knoxville Youth Orchestra. Susanna was an avid snow skier and water skier having competed in water ski tournaments while in college. She had multiple cats and dogs which she rescued. Susanna graduated from Virginia Tech with a BS and an MS in civil engineering with a major in construction management. She was employed as a construction program manager for the US. Army Corps of Engineers. She traveled extensively overseas and in this country for her work and vacationing. Susanna is survived by her parents, Ethel and John Schorn; and by an aunt and uncle, Bertta and Bill Snell of Oklahoma. The family will receive friends at the Weatherford Mortuary in Oak Ridge from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 29. Graveside services will be at Oak Ridge Memorial Park at 1:00 p.m., Monday, December 30. An online guest book may be signed at weatherfordmortuary.com.
Published in Knoxville News Sentinel on Dec. 29, 2013
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Dustin Travis West, age 42, of Knoxville and formerly of Oak Ridge, passed away Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013, at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center.
He was born July 9, 1970, in Louisville, KY.
Dustin was employed with Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the Janitorial Department. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was an avid reader and also loved to cook, but his passion was music and playing the drums. In past years, he has played with various bands.
Dustin had a kind heart, a sweet spirit and a gentle soul. He was generous with his time in helping others. He was always willing to help with holiday dinners from cooking to cleaning up. He was very devoted to his family and will be missed by all.
Dustin attended Cedar Hill Elementary School, Jefferson Junior High School and Oak Ridge High School. He graduated from Laurel High School in Knoxville in 1989. While in high school, he worked one summer at Yellowstone National Park. He also had an Engineering degree from Pellissippi State Technical Community College.
He was preceded in death by his father, Glenn Russell West; grandparents, Glenn and Ellen West; Pappaw, John Wallace Precise and best friend Randy Brown.
He is survived by his mother, Kaye Precise Habenschuss and stepfather, Tony Habenschuss, of Oak Ridge; his brother, Rusty West and wife, Shari, of Oak Ridge; sisters, Jennifer West Hill and Laurel West Madden and husband, Edward, all of Oak Ridge; maternal grandmother, Ruth Travis Precise of Oak Ridge; and several nieces and nephews whom he adored; Jessica, Brandon, Stephanie, Aaron, Austin, Logan, Braden, Reagan, Hayleigh, Eden Kyleigh, Ethan, Jackson, Landon and River.
He will be missed by the family pets, on which he lavished his attention. He will also be greatly missed by his bandmates, "pub" family and friends, especially his close friends, Brandon, Scott, Kitt, Tom, Tony and numerous others.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 4, 2013, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The funeral will follow at 7 p.m. with Bishop Brent McGavin officiating.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday at Oak Ridge Memorial Park.
Weatherford Mortuary is handling the arrangements. An online guest book can be signed at www.weatherfordmortuary.com
Paul Timothy Davis, age 41, of Oak Ridge, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at his home in his sleep.
He was a 1989 graduate of Oak Ridge High School and was employed with BWXT Y-12. He enjoyed fishing.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Marsha Lynn Pickard Davis, on June 26, 2010, and by a brother, Matthew Steven Davis.
He is survived by daughter, Reagan Davis; son, Cameron Davis; grandson, Levi Radford; father, Mack A. Davis; mother, Bessie Davis Alton; sister, Donna Lamb and husband, Mike, and their son, Zach; brothers, Mike Davis and wife, Christine, and their children, Amanda and Jonathan and Todd Davis and wife, Julia, and their daughter, Blakely Davis; and a host of uncles and aunts.
He is also survived by his devoted feline companions, Zee, Annikins and Poseidon.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at Weatherford Mortuary. The funeral will follow at 8 p.m. with the Rev. David Watson and the Rev. Robert May officiating.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Oak Ridge Memorial Park.
The family asks that any memorials be made to Weatherford Mortuary in his memory. An online guest book can be signed at www.weatherfordmortuary.com.
Kelly Taras, age 41, of Oak Ridge, passed away Thursday, July 19, 2012, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.
She was born April 7, 1971, in Passaic, N.J. She often referred to herself as a "Woman with Cerebral Palsy and Turner Syndrome living life day by day." Kelly was passionate about supporting these causes. She loved music and butterflies, and her favorite color was purple.
Kelly was a devoted and active member of Woodland Park Baptist Church for over 30 years. She was a volunteer at Methodist Medical Center since 1998, a member of Oak Ridge Civitans, and a blood donor.
Kelly will be forever loved and missed by her mother and stepfather, Karen and Willie Word; father and stepmother, Ken and Linda Taras; brothers, Kenny Taras and Jared Word; and nephew, Tyson Taras. Kelly was blessed to have many cousins and friends from around the world.
A memorial service will be held at Woodland Park Baptist Church at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 29, 2012.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Woodland Park Baptist Church. Please visit turnersyndrome.org to learn more about Turner Syndrome.
HOPWOOD, GARY CHRISTOPHER - age 39 of Powell, departed this world to be with his Savior and Lord on April 14, 2010. Gary was a proud owner of Image Development Group in Knoxville. He graduated from The University of Tennessee and was an avid, loyal Vol! Preceded in death by mother Maxene Reed Hopwood; aunts Carol Ann Earle and Mary Reed Davis; grandparents Robert Mack and Zettie Shetterly Reed; and grandmother Florence Hopwood. Survived by wife Kristi Stewart Hopwood; son Stewart Cole Hopwood; father Samuel B Hopwood, Oak Ridge; sister Sandra H. Guinn; mother and father-in-law Jim and Linda Stewart; niece Reed S. Guinn, Oak Ridge; uncle Albert Earle, Jr., Clinton; cousins Shannon C. Earle, Athens, Chip and Amber Earle, North Carolina, Mackenzie and Joe Hutchison, Florida, Wilma J. Poole, Florida and Steve D. Keeton, Texas; and special friends Tony Saffles and Jeff Nichols. Funeral service 12:00 pm Saturday at First Baptist Church - Powell with Pastor Phil Jones and Pastor Robbie Leach officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Ridge Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Randy Rumbley, Lance Bray, Tony Saffles, Jeff Nichols, Albert Earle, Jr. and Mike Ellis. Elmer Baum will be serving as honorary pallbearer. Family will receive friends from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Saturday at First Baptist Church - Powell. Mynatt Funeral Home Halls Chapel in charge of arrangements. www.mynattfh.com
Published in Knoxville News Sentinel from April 16 to April 17, 2010
Eric Maurice Wright, 35, of Oak Ridge, father of Ronni and Toni Wright, went to be with his Heavenly Father on Dec. 24, 2005.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Nicole Gerspach Wright, and his father, Henry Ralston Eldridge Sr.
He is survived by his mother and her husband, Barbara and Anthony Lucas; brothers and their spouses, Alexander and Felicia Wright, Quincy and Tina Wright, Hubert and Rosalie Wright, Walter and Tezra Wright, Henry Eldridge Jr. and Trish Eldridge; brothers and sisters, Shawn Wright, Donald Posey, Craig Greenlee, Cornelia Wright, Angela Eldridge and Teresa Smith; grandmothers, Mary Lou Posey and Alice Pettus; special aunt and uncles, Lillian and Fred Pettus, and Henry McDowell; as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Receiving of friends will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, 2006, at Martin Oak Ridge Funeral Home. A memorial service will follow at 3 p.m.
Martin Oak Ridge Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Jason D. Altom, 26, of Somerville, Mass., died Saturday, Aug. 15, 1998, at his home.
Mr. Altom was the son of Don and Dianna Altom of Oak Ridge. He was a 1989 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, where he was a member of the National Honor Society, the Student Council, the International Relations Club and the cross country and tennis teams and was a National Merit Scholarship semi-finalist.
He graduated with highest honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1993 with a bachelor of science degree in chemistry and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
While at UNC, Mr. Altom was active in the Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship. At the time of his death, he was working on his doctorate in organic chemistry at Harvard University.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his sister, Katherine Altom of Washington, D.C.; his maternal grandparents, Jim and Nora Belle Derreberry of Knoxville; his paternal grandparents, Conway and Jean Altom of Searcy, Ark.; his aunts, Sandy O'Donnell of Springfield, Maxine Curtis of Dallas, Texas, and Patty Gorney of Knoxville; and numerous cousins.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, at Weatherford Mortuary. A short service will follow.
A graveside service will be held at 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 21, at Oak Ridge Memorial Park. The Rev. Chris Lingerfelt will officiate at both services.
Due to allergic reactions to flowers, the family requests any memorials be in the form of donations to a charity of the donor's choice.
Dean Eric Wilson, 24, of Knoxville, died at 10:35 p.m. on Sunday, June 18, 1995, at the University of Tennessee Medical Center at Knoxville from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Mr. Wilson was a public safety officer with the Knoxville Metro Airport Authority. He was also assigned to the Drug Enforcement Administration-Provisional Task Force.
Born May 8, 1971, in Knoxville, he was the son of David E. and Kathy Wilson of Oak Ridge. He was a 1989 graduate of Oak Ridge High School and attended the University of Tennessee and Roan State Community College. He graduated from the Cleveland State Community College Police Academy.
Mr. Wilson was a senior airman assigned to the 134th Security Police Squadron as a law enforcement specialist in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. He was an officer with the Knox County Sheriff's Deputy Reserves.
He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Oak Ridge and enjoyed golf and hiking. According to the family, he was always concerned with the needs of children.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Wilson is survived by a sister, Dawn Wilson of Knoxville; paternal grandfather, Odis N. Wilson of Knoxville; maternal grandmother, Dortha Gava of Oak Ridge; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 22, at First United Methodist Church, 1350 Oak Ridge Turnpike, with the Rev. Ken Henderlight officiating. Burial will be at Oak Ridge Memorial Park.
The Family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, June 21, at Martin Oak Ridge Funeral Home.
The family requests any memorials be in the form of donations to the East Tennessee Children's Hospital, Attn: Development Office, in memory of Dean Eric Wilson, P.O. Box 150110, Knoxville, Tenn. 37916, or to the Rick Finley Memorial for Survivors of DEA (or Task Force agents killed in the line of duty), 1721 Midpark Drive, Knoxville, Tenn. 37921
Bradley Morris Dew, 21, of Mahoney Road, Oliver Springs, died early Sunday, June 7, 1992, in Jackson, Miss.
Mr. Dew, the son of Richard Allan and Jean Morris Dew of Mahoney Road, was born in Oak Ridge on Dec. 31, 1970. His father is a physician with Family Clinic of Oak Ridge.
An honor student at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mr. Dew had just completed his junior year. He had made the Dean's List each of the six semesters he completed at Millsaps, where he was studying pre-law and history. He had played football for three years as a member of the Millsaps College team and this year earned Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference All-Conference honors as a linebacker. He was also a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity.
A 1989 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, Mr. Dew had played guard and defensive end for the Oak Ridge High Wildcats football team. During his senior year, he earned All-State football honors and was the 1988-89 recipient of the Wildcat Academic Award in recognition of his academic and athletic achievements.
"In addition to being a great football player on a great football team," ORHS football coach Joe Gaddis said this morning, "he was one of the finest young men I've ever had the pleasure of working with. He was one of the hardest workers I've ever known. He lived in the weight room trying to make himself a better football player." Gaddis said.
Mr. Dew was a member of First Baptist Church in Oak Ridge and had been active in youth activities at the church. Hunting and fishing were among his favorite interests.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Dew is survived by his brother, Gregory Dew, a student in Seattle, Wash.; his paternal granparents, Philip and Lou Dew of Oliver Springs; his maternal grandparents, John and Nell Edwards of Collierville; and by several aunts, uncles and cousins.
The funeral will be held at 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 9, at First Baptist Church in Oak Ridge, with the Rev. Larry Dipboye officiating.
A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 10, at Anderson Memorial Gardens, Highway 61 between Oliver Springs and Clinton.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the church.
Honorary pallbearers will be Mr. Dew's Oak Ridge High School and Millsaps College teammates and friends.
The family requests that any memorials be in the form of contributions to the College of Oak Ridge Founders Scholarship Trust, in care of the Oak Ridge Schools, P.O. Box 6588, Oak Ridge, Tenn. 37831
Weatherford Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
The Oak Ridger, Oak Ridge, TN., Monday, June 8, 1992