Norman Dock Cunningham
Norman Dock Cunningham, of Spring City, died Tuesday, March 30, 1999, at his home. He was 49.
A lifelong resident of Rhea County, Mr. Cunningham was a member of the Class of 1967 of Spring City High School and a graduate of Tennessee Technical University. He was a member of Rhea Springs Lodge #310 F&AM and of St. Clair Baptist Church and its Adult Sunday School class. Mr. Cunningham was an avid hunter and fisherman.
Survivors include his wife, Joni Prather Cunningham of Spring City; parents, George and Margie Cagle Cunningham of Spring City; daughter, Alexis Cunningham of Spring City; sister, Sharon Trotter Rountree of Athens; grandmother, Artie Jolley Cagle of Spring City; and one niece and nephew. Funeral services were conducted Friday, April 2, at St. Clair Baptist Church with Rev. Jake Fisher officiating. Burial was in Spring City Cemetery with a graveside Masonic Service. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Clair Baptist Church, c/o Bible Fund, 304 Rocky Springs Rd., Spring City, TN 37381. Vaughn Funeral Home in Spring City was in charge of the arrangements.
Shirley Marie Kittridge
Shirley Marie Kittridge, of Spring City, died Saturday, April 17, 1999, in Harriman. She was 72.
Mrs. Kittridge was of the Catholic faith and was preceded in death by her husband, Patrick Kittridge, and daughter, Patricia Olszewski.
Survivors include her son, Richard Kittridge and wife, Gigi; daughters, Mary Brackett and husband, Butch; Diane Davis and fiance´, Anthony Loden; and Kathy Prestianni and husband, Jerry; 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. No services will be conducted. Coulter-Garrison Funeral Home in Dayton is in charge of the arrangements.
Mesha Natalya Moore
Mesha Natalya Moore, of Dayton, died Tuesday, April 20, 1999, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. She was two days old.
Moore was born Sunday, April 18, 1999, at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga, to Perry and Penny McLemore Moore.
Survivors include her parents, Perry and Penny Moore of Dayton; sister, Malisha DaVaya Moore of Dayton; grandmothers, Patricia Davis and June Sisco, both of Dayton; great-grandmother, Eula Nichols of Maryville, Tenn.; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral services were conducted Friday, April 23, in the chapel of Vanderwall Funeral Home with Dr. Danny Ruehling officiating. Burial was in Babyland at Rhea Memory Gardens in Dayton. Vanderwall Funeral Home in Dayton was in charge of the arrangements.
Lucy K. Dillard
Lucy K. Dillard, of Dayton, died Saturday, April 24, 1999, in a Chattanooga hospital. She was 84.
A lifelong resident of Rhea County, Mrs. Dillard was of the Church of God faith. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jasper Dillard, of Dayton.
Survivors include four daughters, Doris Smith and Deborah Hellstrom, both of Dayton, and Shirley Fuller and Martha Stout, both of Graysville; three sons, Charles, J.W. and Richard Dillard, all of Dayton; three sisters, Dolly Tilly, Pauline Knight and Mildred Barnes; 24 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were conducted Monday, April 26, in the chapel of Coulter-Garrison Funeral Home with Rev. Charles Underwood officiating. Burial was in Rhea Memory Gardens. Coulter-Garrison Funeral Home in Dayton was in charge of the arrangements.
Juanita Elizabeth Henderson
Juanita Elizabeth Henderson, of Clinton, Tenn., died Saturday, April 24, 1999, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Knoxville. She was 96.
Born March 3, 1903, in Rhea County, to T.I. and Annice Smith Riddle, Mrs. Henderson lived in Rhea County most of her life.
She graduated from Rhea Central High School in 1921 and attended East Tennessee State University for one year. She then taught school until she married Dennas Henderson. She was a member of Mountain View United Methodist Church in Dayton.
She was preceded in death by her parents, T.I. and Annice Smith Riddle; husband, Dennas Henderson on 1977; son, Thomas F. Henderson; grandson, Thomas Lee Henderson; sister, Lucille Sharpe; and brothers Lawrence and Claude Riddle. Survivors include her daughter, Nancy Alley of Clinton; three grandchildren, Janet Rutherford of Knoxville, Harold George Hightower of Rainbow City, Ala., and Yvonne Ownby of Chattanooga; four great-grandchildren and one great-great- grandson.
Funeral services were conducted Monday, April 26, in the chapel of Vanderwall Funeral Home with Rev. Bill Ewing and Rev. Jim Purser officiating. Burial was in Rhea Memory Gardens in Dayton. Vanderwall Funeral Home in Dayton was in charge of the arrangements.
Benny Royce Holden
Benny Royce Holden, of Dayton, died Sunday, April 25, 1999, at a local hospital. He was 63.
Born July 29, 1935, to James Wendell and Viola Lou Holland Holden, Mr. Holden was a Rhea County resident his entire life. He retired from TVA in 1983.
He was an avid sportsman and loved the Tennessee Vols and the Atlanta Braves. He was also a member of Grace Baptist Church of Decatur, Tenn.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ruby Swafford Holden; one sister, Louise Thompson; and three brothers, J.W. Holden, Billy Holden and Howard Edward Holden.
Survivors include two sisters, Margaret Raper and Elizabeth Layne, both of Dayton; two brothers, Carl E. Holden of Laurel, Md., and Jessie Holden of Gallatin, Tenn.; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. today, April 28, in the chapel of Vanderwall Funeral Home with Rev. Ronnie Torbett officiating. Interment will follow in Rhea Memory Garden in Dayton. Vanderwall Funeral Home in Dayton is in charge of the arrangements.
Bessie Lee Roberts
Bessie Lee Roberts, of Oak Ridge, Tenn., died Friday, April 23, 1999, at her home. She was 75.
Born March 29, 1924, in Spring City, to George W. and Alice May Simpson Newby, she was a member of Solway Missionary Baptist Church in Knoxville. Her interests included going to flea markets and yard sales and especially her grandchildren.
Mrs. Roberts was preceded in death by her infant son and special sister, Helen Lee.
Survivors include her husband, Philip Earl Roberts of Oak Ridge; son, Don Roberts and wife, Linda, of Oak Ridge; brothers, Ralph and Earl Franklin Newby, both of Spring City; three grandchildren, Kimberly, Amy and Joseph Roberts, all of Oak Ridge; special niece and nephew, Beverly Farmer and George Lee, both of Oak Ridge.
Funeral services were conducted Saturday, April 24, at Weatherford Mortuary in Oak Ridge with Rev. Ray Buchanan officiating. Graveside services were conducted Sunday, April 25, at Spring City Cemetery. Memorials contributions may be made to Solway Missionary Baptist Church, Mission Fund, 9013 Solway Ferry Rd., Knoxville, TN 37931. Weatherford Mortuary in Oak Ridge was in charge of the arrangements.
Wendell P. Thorpe
Wendell P. (Humphrey) Thorpe, of Columbia Station, Ohio, died Wednesday, April 7, 1999, at Fairview Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, following a short illness. He was 65.
Born in Spring City, he moved from North Royalton, Ohio, to Columbia Station, where he lived the last 27 years of his life. Mr. Thorpe served as a Sergeant, First Class, in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
Mr. Thorpe retired from Ford Motor Company, Brookpark Engine Plant Number Two, in 1994, after 37 years of service. He was a faithful member of the United Auto Workers Union Local 1250.
He enjoyed farming, working on cars, going to flea markets and traveling to Amish Country. Once he raced at Lorain County Speedway.
Mr. Thorpe was preceded in death by his parents, George and Jesse Thorpe; two sons, Randy and Scott Thorpe; four brothers and one sister.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Charlotte Thorpe; three sons, Ronald Thorpe of Stacy, Minn., Roger Thorpe of Greensburg, Ind., and Russell Thorpe of North Ridgeville, Ohio; seven daughters, Becky Workman of Atlanta, Ga., Dorothy Keenan of Elyria, Ohio, Brenda Thorpe of Berea, Ohio, Penny Musial and Wendy Johnston of Sheffield Lake, Ohio, Kristy Diruggerio of North Royalton, Ohio, and Jessica Thorpe of Columbia Station, Ohio; five brothers, Ed Thorpe of Kansas City, Mo., Ralph Thorpe of Cleveland, Ohio, Claude Thorpe of Athens, Donald Thorpe of Brandon, Fla., and Rev. Ray Thorpe of Clarksville, Tenn.; one sister, Lucille Wright of Louisiana; and 26 grandchildren.
Funeral services were conducted Monday, April 12, at David Bogner Family Funeral Home with Rev. Ray Thorpe officiating. Burial was in Resthaven Memory Gardens in Avon, Ohio. David Bogner Family Funeral Home in North Ridgeville, Ohio was in charge of the arrangements.
Jo R. Johnson
Jo R. Johnson, of Dayton, died Wednesday, April 21, 1999, at Rhea Medical Center. She was 67.
Born Sept. 7, 1931, in Benham, Ky., to the late Edward R. and Cecil Rains Robinette, she had lived in Dayton since 1959. She was a high school graduate and attended the University of Kentucky for two years and Roane State Community College. She was Rhea County National Bank vice president and loan officer before retiring in 1992. Mrs. Johnson was a Lady Shriner and a member of the Order of Eastern Star organization. She was of the Methodist faith.
Survivors include her husband of 48 years, Thomas Andrew Johnson of Dayton; sister, Betty Robinette Brown of Chattanooga; brothers, Dan Robinette of Richmond, Ky., and John (Bunny) Robinette of Somerset, Ky.; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were conducted Thursday, April 22, in the chapel of Vanderwall Funeral Home with Rev. David Burkhart officiating. Burial was in Rhea Memory Gardens in Dayton. Vanderwall Funeral Home in Dayton was in charge of the arrangements.
Betty Worthington, of Bakewell, died Saturday, April 17, 1999, in a Chattanooga hospital. She was 71.
A lifelong resident of Bakewell, Mrs. Worthington was a member of Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her sister, Clementine Sanders; brother, Curtis Mills; and daughter, Della Martin Swafford.
Survivors include her husband, Frank Worthington of Bakewell; brother, Malcolm Mills of Chicago, Ill.; grandchildren, Gerald and Christopher Swafford and Cathy Davis, all of Bakewell.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, April 20, at Mr. Tabor United Methodist Church with Rev. Albert Johnson officiating. Burial was in AME Zion Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Bakewell. Coulter-Garrison Funeral Home in Dayton was in charge of the arrangements.