William M. Wilkey
William M. “Ted” Wilkey, of Battle Creek, Mich., died Monday, July 5, 1999, at his residence after a lengthy illness. He was 65.
Born in Dayton, Mr. Wilkey moved to Battle Creek, Mich., in June 1952. His parents are Mary Ann Lawson Wilkey and the late William Carlos Wilkey.
In 1989, he retired from Hydreco, a division of General Signal Co., where he had worked as a machinist. He was a member of the Battle Creek Masonic Lodge F & AM #503 and attended the Christ United Methodist Church.
His hobbies included golf, hunting, fishing, travel, working on automobiles, walking and helping his children. He wintered in Brooksville, Fla., for the past nine years with his wife.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Helen L. Roberts.
Survivors include his wife, Helen L. Roberts Wilkey of Battle Creek, Mich.; his mother, Mary Ann Lawson Wilkey of Dayton; two sons, William M. “Mel” Wilkey Jr. and Charles E. “Charlie” Wilkey of Battle Creek, Mich.; five daughters, Yvonne “Carol” West and Teresa Miller, both of Bellevue, Mich., Marianne Girdley of Battle Creek, Mich., Debra Hosking of Ceresco, Mich., and Betty Jo Payne of Orlando, Fla.; 13 grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m., Friday, July 9, at the Bachman Funeral Chapel with Pastor John T. Charter officiating. Interment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery in Battle Creek, Mich. Memorial donations may be made to Good Samaritan Hospice Care through Lifespan or American Cancer Society. Bachman Hebble Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
Mattie M. Rice
Mattie M. Rice, of Hixson, died Wednesday, June 30, 1999, at Life Care Center of Red Bank in Hixson, Tenn. She was 82.
Born in Knoxville, Tenn., Ms. Rice moved to the Spring City area in 1978 from Virginia. She was the daughter of the late Ben and Louvenia Matthews Hale. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Spring City and the Spring City Senior Citizens.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Rice.
Survivors include her five daughters, Alice Mooney of Palm Bay, Fla., Anita Rice of Washington, D.C., Patricia Moultrie of Lebanon, Tenn., Kathy Rice of Hixson, Tenn. and Penny Rice of Spring City; three sons, Thomas Rice of Colorado Springs, Colo., Charles Rice of Silver Springs, Md., and Georga Rice of Boiling Springs, S.C.; 27 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, July 6, at Spring City First Baptist Church with Rev. Terry Meeks and Dr. William Brown officiating. Interment followed in Spring City Cemetery. Vaughn Funeral Home of Spring City was in charge of arrangements.
Brandon Charles Collier
Brandon Charles Collier, of Dayton, died Saturday, July 17, 1999, at Rhea Medical Center. He was 17.
Born Jan. 8, 1982, Collier was a life long resident of Rhea County. He was a member of New Union Baptist Church in Dayton.
Collier was on the Delayed Entry Program into the Marines and would have been a senior at Rhea County High School this fall. His hobbies included horses and jet skiing.
He was preceded in death by two grandfathers, Berne Kerr and Sydney Clark.
Survivors include his parents, Marcia and Randy Collier of Dayton; sister, Sidney Collier of Dayton; paternal grandmother, Shirley Kerr of Dayton; and maternal grandmother, Marie Clark of Pikeville.
Funeral services were conducted Monday, July 21, in the chapel of Coulter-Garrison Funeral Home with Dr. Danny Ruehling officiating. Burial was in Summer City Cemetery on Dayton mountain. Coulter-Garrison Funeral Home in Dayton was in charge of the arrangements.
Paul (Tiger) Graye Fischer
Paul (Tiger) Graye Fischer, of Wylie, Texas, died Friday, July 16, 1999. He was 35.
Born August 28, 1963, in Wichita Falls, Texas, Mr. Fischer was of the Lutheran faith. He was a veteran of the Navy and was a mechanic at Ray Miller Auto Salvage.
He was preceded in death by his father, Peter Joachin Fischer.
Survivors include his wife, Sabra Jean (Jackson) Fischer of Wylie, Texas; mother, Patsy Marilyn (Cantwell) Pearl of Mountain View, Okla.; daughters, Sarah Dierking of Plano, Texas, Nicole Oneal of Waurika, Okla., and Gloria Reel of Graysville; sons, Keith Fischer and Michael Latham, both of Wylie, Texas, Shane Latham of Royse City Texas, and Mervil Greene of Los Angeles, Calif.; step-father, Kenneth Pearl of Mountain View, Okla.; brothers, Ralph Fischer of Princeton, Texas, and Sidney and P.J. Fischer, both of Mountain View, Okla.; and granddaughter, Chelsea Reel of Graysville.
Funeral services will be conducted today, Wednesday, July 21, at 2 p.m., in the chapel of Allen Funeral Home in Wylie, Texas, with Rev. Brad Bullock officiating. Burial will be in Royse City Cemetery in Royse City, Texas. Allen Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Perry Jackson Rector
Perry Jackson Rector, of Evensville, died Wednesday, July 21, 1999, in Columbia, Tenn. He was 78.
A lifelong resident of Rhea County, Mr. Rector was a charter member of Pleasant Dale Baptist Church in Evensville. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and was a retired assistant shift engineer for Tennessee Valley Authority at Kingston Steam Plant.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Bessie Ethel Henderson Rector; and parents, William Tate and Flora McClendon Rector.
Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Geraldine and Tom Fugate of Columbia; son, Gerald Rector of Alexandria, Va.; brother and sister-in-law, Max and Opal Rector of Spring City; sister, Martha Newby of Oakwood, Ga.; grandchildren, Richard Fugate and wife, Sonja, of Albany, Ga., Cheryl Roberts and husband, Allen, of Spring Hill, Tenn., and Todd Fugate of Columbia; great-grandchildren, Taylor, Robbie and McKenzie Roberts; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were conducted Saturday, July 24, in the chapel of Coulter-Garrison Funeral Home with Rev. Tommy Eddington and Rev. Waymon Cooper officiating. Burial was in Spring City Memorial Gardens. Coulter-Garrison Funeral Home in Dayton was in charge of the arrangements.
Juanita D. Cummings
Juanita D. Cummings, of Dayton, died Saturday, July 24, 1999, in a Chattanooga hospital. She was 75.
A lifelong resident of Rhea County, Mrs. Cummings was of the Methodist faith. She was preceded in death by her husband, Victor Cummings; sister, Ceola Daniels; brothers, Lourell, R.J., Eskell and Wendall Daniels.
Survivors include her sister, Eloise Roberts of Dayton; aunts, Henrietta Smith and Blanche Wilkerson, both of Dayton; uncle, Luther Wilkerson of Dayton; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, July 27, in the chapel of Coulter-Garrison Funeral Home with Rev. Donald Daniels officiating. Burial was in Pinecrest Cemetery in Dayton. Coulter-Garrison Funeral Home in Dayton was in charge of the arrangements.
Viola E. Wilson
Viola E. Wilson, of Evensville, died Saturday, July 24, 1999, at her home. She was 60.
Mrs. Wilson was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Nancy Jiles; brother, H.E. Jiles; and sister, Barbara Ruth Jiles.
Survivors include her husband, Leon Wilson of Evensville; daughters and sons-in-law, Peggy Ann and Ronald Thurman and Beverly and Mike Hensley, all of Evensville; grandchildren, Megan and Cody Thurman of Evensville; brothers, Gene Jiles of Dayton and Fred Jiles of Hastings, Mich.; sisters, Geneva Henderson and Dot Smith, both of Evensville; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were conducted Monday, July 26, in the chapel of Coulter-Garrison Funeral Home with Rev. Kenneth Fugate officiating. Burial was in Smyrna Cemetery in Evensville. Coulter-Garrison Funeral Home in Dayton was in charge of the arrangements.
Donna J. O’Neil
Donna J. O’Neil, of Spring City, died Sunday, Aug. 1, 1999, at Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge. She was 63.
Born in Cheboygan, Mich., Mrs. O’Neil moved to Rhea County a year ago from Tampa, Fla. She was a homemaker by trade and a member of St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in Dayton.
Mrs. O’Neil was preceded in death by her father, Oren Millard.
Survivors include her husband, Christy O’Neil of Spring City; sons, Michael and David Boles of Tampa, Fla.; mother, Mary LaGrant Millard of Newport Richey, Fla.; brother, Jack Millard of Ypsilanti, Mich.; two grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted today, Wednesday, Aug. 4, at 2 p.m., in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Father John Milewski officiating. Burial will be in Spring City Cemetery. Vaughn Funeral Home in Spring City is in charge of the arrangements.
Lola Sexton, of Dayton, died Saturday, July 31, 1999, at Rhea County Nursing Home. She was 95.
Born Dec. 1, 1903, in Rhea County, Mrs. Sexton lived in Rhea County all her life. She was preceded in death by her husband, Patrick (Pat) Kearny Sexton who died in June of 1984; parents, Richard Henry and Delia Ann Fine Jordan; and grandson, Larry Arnold.
Mrs. Sexton was a homemaker by trade and years ago worked for Waldridge Knitting Mill, Robinson Manufacturing Company and Gholdston Basket Factory. She and her husband were among the founders of Garrison Baptist Church in Dayton where Mrs. Sexton taught Sunday school for over 60 years.
Survivors include her daughters, Betty S. Arnold and Dean S. Crawley, both of Dayton; sister, Irene Arnold of Dayton; grandson, Dr. Philip Arnold and wife, Doris, of Athens; granddaughters, Sharon Sharpe of Dayton and Daphne Wood and husband, Ken, of Blackville, S.C.; great-grandsons, Jason Arnold of Tallahassee, Fla., Tim Sharpe and wife, Sherri, of Dayton, Bill Sharpe of Dayton and Jeff Wood of Blackville, S.C.; and one great-great-granddaughter, Kayla Sharpe of Dayton.
Funeral services were conducted Monday, Aug. 2, in the chapel of Vanderwall Funeral Home with Rev. David Jordan and Rev. J.C. Gholdston officiating. Burial was in Buttram Cemetery in Dayton. Vanderwall Funeral Home in Dayton was in charge of the arrangements.
Gertie Mae Shephard
Gertie Mae Shephard, of Jackson, S.C., died Saturday, July 31, 1999, in Jackson. She was 81.
Mrs. Shephard was a resident of Graysville for over 20 years before moving to South Carolina. She was a homemaker by trade.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Lestus Rankhorn; and three sons, James, Doyle and Wallace Rankhorn.
Survivors include her husband, Bill Shephard of Jackson, S.C.; sons and daughters-in-law, Homer and Martha Rankhorn of Jackson, Leonard and Diane Rankhorn of Hixson, Tony and Joanne Rankhorn of Graysville, and Mary Ann Rankhorn of Soddy-Daisy; three sisters, Alice Hensley, Merle Eldridge and Betty Chadwick, all of Crossville; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, Aug. 7, at 12 noon, in Beech Island, S.C. Announcement by Coulter-Garrison Funeral Home in Dayton.