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Introduction to Weatherford Mortuary

Located in the heart of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Weatherford Mortuary has been providing compassionate and professional funeral services to the local community for many years. With a rich history and a commitment to excellence, this esteemed funeral home has earned a reputation for delivering personalized and dignified farewell ceremonies that honor the lives of loved ones who have passed on.

A Legacy of Trust and Compassion

Weatherford Mortuary's legacy is built on a foundation of trust, compassion, and dedication to serving families during their most difficult times. The funeral home's experienced team of professionals understands the importance of creating a meaningful and memorable celebration of life, and they work tirelessly to ensure that every detail is meticulously planned and executed. From traditional funeral services to cremations and memorial gatherings, Weatherford Mortuary offers a range of options to suit the unique needs and preferences of each family they serve.

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Address: 158 South Jefferson Circle, Oak Ridge, TN, 37830
Phone Number: 865-482-2464
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Gwendolyn Joyce McIntosh - December 28, 1930 - May 15, 2024

Departed: 05/15/2024 (Oak Ridge)
Obituary Preview: Joyce McIntosh went home to be with Jesus on May 15, 2024 at the age of 93. Joyce was born to Bernard and Kathleen McGraw on December 28, 1930 in West Virginia. Her family moved to Oak Ridge when she was a teenager, where she graduated
from Oak Ridge High School. She then began working at the Atomic Energy Commission as an executive secretary. Joyce married Bob Durham in 1949. They had two daughters, Becky and Diane. Later in life, she married Bill Walker and, after his death, Lawrence McIntosh. All of her married life was spent in East Tennessee. In addition to being a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and great- grandmother, Joyce had the gift of hospitality and enjoyed fellowship with friends, cooking, playing cards and other games (she REALLY loved winning), reading, gardening, taking care of her birds, being out in the sunshine, swimming, watching sports, and traveling. Joyce was a charter member of Robertsville Baptist Church, and loved singing in the choir. After moving to Claxton, she became a member of Wallace Memorial Baptist Church for over the next 50+ years. She served on many outreach teams at her church. She was a very hard worker in everything she put her hands to, and is remembered as a very caring person. She would help anyone who needed help, even in her later years at her assisted living home. Joyce's parents taught her to love God as a child. Throughout her entire life, she held an unwavering faith in God, which she shared with those around her. One of her favorite verses was John 3:16. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever would believe in Him would not perish, but have eternal life. Another favorite was Psalm 118:24. “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
Joyce joins her mother, father, brother (John McGraw), and husbands in Heaven.
She is survived by her daughters, Becky Marable (Larry) and Diane Boyer (Daryl), her grandchildren, Lyndi Brooks, Kathleen Marable, Emily Davis (Aaron), Daniel Boyer (Callen), and her great-grandson, Kortney Brooks. We wish to express our greatest appreciation to UT Hospice, Amada Senior Care, and Windsor Ridge Assisted Living for their compassionate care. The family will receive friends on Monday, May 20 from 12-1pm at Weatherford Mortuary in Oak Ridge. A Celebration of Life service will be at 1pm. Burial will follow at
Oak Ridge Memorial Park at 2:30.
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Edward Ralph Gitgood - December 31, 1946 - May 11, 2024

Departed: 05/11/2024 (Oak Ridge)
Obituary Preview: Edward "Ralph" Gitgood, age 77, of Oak Ridge passed away May 11th, 2024 with his wife and daughter at his side.
He was born in Rockwood, TN on December 31st, 1946, the son of Loyd Ralph Gitgood and Anna Mae Holloway Gitgood.
He retired from Oak Ridge Housing Authority after 35 years. Ralph was a member of Faith Masonic Lodge 756 for almost 40 years. He was a Scottish Rite Mason KCHS, and was active in all 3 bodies of the York Rite in Oak Ridge.
He was a navy veteran, serving during the Vietnam War on the USS John R. Craig and USS Robert L. Wilson.
Ralph was preceded in death by parents Loyd and Anna Mae Gitgood, and his grandson Matthew Edward Cheatwood.
He will be dearly missed by his wife of 53 years Viki Johnston Gitgood, daughter Shannon Roberts and husband Brian, and grandchildren Shelby Cheatwood and Sadie Lewis.
A private celebration of life will be held at a later date.
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Brenda A. Story - May 16, 1947 - May 11, 2024

Departed: 05/11/2024 (Oak Ridge)
Obituary Preview: Brenda Story of Oak Ridge, TN, age 76, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, into the loving arms of her Lord, Jesus Christ on May 11, 2024. She was born on May 16, 1947, in Oak Ridge Oak Ridge, TN.
She was preceded in death by her Parents: Lloyd Hileman, Elizabeth Hileman. Brother Bob Hileman, Sister Betty Hileman Vowell of Clinton, TN, Sister-In-Law Thelma Hileman, and nephews, Matthew Hileman, Michael Hileman.
She is survived by Lynn Edd Story, whom she married on August 26 1967, and by her children, Brian Story of Clarksville, TN and Wanda Lynn Story Bramblett (Jeremy) of Signal Mountain, TN, grandsons, Ethan Story Cade Story of Clarksville, TN and granddaughter, Allison Elizabeth Bramblett of Signal Mountain, TN, brothers Joe Hileman of Clinton, TN, George Hileman (Terrye) of Clinton, TN, and Gene Hileman (Carol) of Kingston, TN and many nieces and nephews.
She loved her family, children, grandchildren, church, and extended family with all of her heart. She was a talented seamstress. She volunteered to hem and repair dresses, pants, shirts, etc. She also repaired items donated to the AGAPE Center, especially kids’ clothes. She made quilts for her grandchildren, great nieces, and great nephews. She always volunteered to do things that needed to be done, whether asked or not. Her favorite times were spent with family and friends, especially her grandchildren. She loved Traveling and exploring. She also loved working in the yard and being outside.
She attended Willow Brook Elementary, Donovan Elementary School and graduated from Oliver Springs High School in 1965. She taught at Chapel on the Hill Nursery School for 10 years where she enjoyed being with the children and their parents. She retired from the The Eye Center of Oak Ridge after working there for almost 20 years. She loved working in the nursery at First Baptist Church Oak Ridge and volunteering with Kids Hope as a mentor for children in Woodland Elementary School. She also worked as a volunteer at The Agape Center at First Baptist Church Oak Ridge.
Special Thanks for Doctors at Parkway Heart Center (esp. Dr Saadi Siddiqi, Dr. Larry Justice) and all their support team members that treated Brenda over the years.
There will be a celebration of life service at First Baptist Church Oak Ridge on May 24, 2024, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Funeral Service will follow at 6:00 PM.
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Kenneth Tyron Jackson - August 17, 1977 - May 10, 2024

Departed: 05/10/2024 (Oak Ridge)
Obituary Preview: It is with profound sorrow and a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Kenneth Tyron Jackson, known affectionately as "Redd," who left us on May 8, 2024. Born on August 17, 1977, Redd was a beacon of light and strength in the lives of all who knew him.
Redd was a cherished member of the Word to Life Outreach Church in Oak Ridge, TN. His commitment to his church and his community was evident in his role as a prayer warrior, bringing hope and comfort to many.
Known for his vibrant personality, Redd had the rare ability to illuminate any room with his presence. His laughter was contagious, his spirit uplifting, and his dedication to his loved ones unwavering. Redd was a passionate fan of the Tennessee Volunteers and had an enduring admiration for LeBron James; whom he hailed as the greatest of all time.
A devoted father, brother, and friend, Redd's legacy is carried on through his children: Brook’ale Anderson (Jerrica), Kenneth “Ty” Jackson Jr., Amari Jackson, Asia Jackson, Amiracle Prather, Amiyah Prather, Keniyah Jackson, Isaiah Jackson, and Allure Prather. He was a pillar of support and a source of boundless love for his family.
Preceded by his parents, Frankie Jackson and Kenneth Johnson, his memory will be cherished and kept alive by his sister, Jacquii Cooke, and brother, Cedric Burum (Coranda), along with his aunt Karen Jackson and uncles Quentin, Randall, and Loren Cooke. Redd also leaves behind his special friends Chuki Ellis and Daphne Oxedine, as well as a large circle of nieces, nephews, cousins, and countless friends and colleagues who were touched by his generous heart.
Please join us in celebrating his remarkable life on May 25, 2024, at 12:00 pm at Weatherford Mortuary in Oak Ridge, TN. We will gather to honor the indelible mark he left on our hearts and the community.
As we bid farewell to a true light in our lives, we hold tight to the memories and the moments that Redd gifted us, comforted by the knowledge that his legacy of love, compassion, and joy will forever resonate. Redd's journey on earth has concluded, but his story continues in the lives of those he loved so dearly.
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Thomas Wyatt Oakes - June 14, 1950 - May 09, 2024

Departed: 05/09/2024 (Oak Ridge)
Obituary Preview: Thomas “Tom” Oakes, age 73, of Farragut, TN, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, May 9, 2024. Born June 14, 1950, in Danville, VA. To the late Wyatt “Jimmy” Oakes and Relia Scearce. Tom loved being with family, playing golf, collecting coins, and collecting Nolan Ryan memorabilia. Tom also enjoyed volunteering for Mission of Hope.
Tom is survived by loving wife of 50 years Terry Oakes; son Travis Oakes; faithful companion Lilli “Little Bit” Oakes; and many other loved family and friends.
The family would like to send a special Thank you to NHC Rehab and respite also to Caris Hospice for providing wonderful care to the whole family.
Visitation will be held Monday, May 20, 2024 at First Baptist Concord Church in Farragut from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM with a service to follow. Burial will take place Tuesday, May 21, 2024 in Oak Ridge Memorial Park at 10:00 AM.
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Virginia Ruth Brown - August 01, 1945 - May 08, 2024

Departed: 05/08/2024 (Oak Ridge)
Obituary Preview: Virginia Ruth Brown, age 78, of Oak Ridge, TN passed away on Wednesday, May 8, 2024. A memorial service will be held at Weatherford Mortuary on Monday, May 13, 2024 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Condolences can be left at
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Irvin Gorrell Speas - July 12, 1925 - May 07, 2024

Departed: 05/07/2024 (Oak Ridge)
Obituary Preview: Irvin Gorrell Speas, age 98, passed away quietly on Tuesday, May 7, 2024, with his daughter at his side.
He was born July 12, 1925, in Winston Salem, NC, to Herbert Lee Speas, Sr., and Ruby Lucille Davis Speas.
He was a member of the Oak Ridge First United Methodist Church since 1951. Irv graduated from High Point High School in North Carolina in 1946. He served two and one-half years during WWII in the U. S. Army Signal Corps, including one year in Europe as a Technician Sargent. He then attended Duke University and graduated
in 1949 with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering. On June 7, 1949, the day after both graduated from Duke University, he married Rita Marie Shoaf in the Duke Chapel. The newlyweds moved to Charlotte, NC, where Irv worked for Duke Power Co. as a power plant design engineer. In 1951, Irvin, Rita and young daughter, Patricia, moved to Oak Ridge, TN, where Irv went to work for Union Carbide in the Y-12 Plant Engineering Division and their son, Gary, was born. Irv held the positions of Design Engineer; Piping Design Section Head; Plant Process Engineering Department Superintendent; Engineering Mechanics Department Superintendent; Engineering Consultant, UCC-ND Health, Safety, and Environmental Affairs; and Martin Marietta
Energy Systems Safety Director. After retirement from Martin Marietta in 1990, Irv did consulting work for several local companies for six years. Irv and Rita enjoyed a long and happy marriage until Rita passed away on March 21, 2020, after which he relocated from Oak Ridge to Shalimar, Florida to be closer to his daughter.
Irvin was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Herbert Lee Speas, Jr.
Irvin is survived by his daughter, Patricia (“Tricia”) Speas Grinsted, and son-in- law, Albert (“Ace”) H. Grinsted, III; and his son, Gary Weldon Speas, and daughter-in- law, Rita Sugg Speas. He is also survived by 4 grandchildren: Jennifer Speas Pantleo, and husband, Phillip Pantleo; Justin Grinsted; Evan Grinsted; and Byron Speas; and 4 great-grandchildren: Collin Porter; Sawyer Porter; Dawson Porter; and Ryker Porter. Irvin was an avid golfer and served many years on the Oak Ridge Country Club Board of Directors and as Club President. He and Rita also loved to attend high school football and basketball games, dance and travel, going to places all over the globe. In typical style, they won a jitterbug contest on a cruise at the age of 65!
A memorial service will be held for Irvin on Tuesday, May 28, 2024, at Weatherford Mortuary in Oak Ridge, TN. The family will receive visitors at noon, with the service at 1:00 P.M., and burial to follow immediately at Oak Ridge Memorial Park.
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Steven Douglas Coggins - November 14, 1960 - May 06, 2024

Departed: 05/06/2024 (Oak Ridge)
Obituary Preview: Steven Douglas Coggins, age 63, of Rockwood, TN, passed away on Monday, May 6, 2024. Steven enjoyed Halloween, his favorite holiday with his friends at the Michael Dunn Center.
Steven is preceded in death by, parents, William “Larry” and Myra “Betsy” Coggins.
Steven is survived by, brother, Andy (Deborah) Coggins; sister, Missie (Kirk) Pierce; nephew and nieces, A.J., Ashley, and Samantha.
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Patricia Hamrick Rowan - February 13, 1955 - May 06, 2024

Departed: 05/06/2024 (Oak Ridge)
Obituary Preview: Patricia “Patty” Hamrick Rowan, age 69, passed away suddenly on May 6, 2024 at her home in Knoxville.
Patty was born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee on February 13, 1955, to Thomas “Tom” Pascal Hamrick & Kay Mason Hamrick. She was a 1973 graduate of Oak Ridge High School and graduated with a degree in Music from the University of Tennessee. Raised in a musical family, Patty, an accomplished pianist and flutist, was the music director for several productions at the Oak Ridge Playhouse.
She also displayed her singing talents with the Sweet Adelines and Mountain Magic harmony groups. Patty retired from SAIC/Leidos after 40+ years of devoted service. Her biggest loyalty though was to her family and friends, and while there are many words to describe Patty, “Sweetheart” would be the first and foremost word that would come to everyone’s mind who knew her.
She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Dennis Rowan of Knoxville; brothers, Lynn Hamrick (Linda) of Marion, Iowa; Guy Hamrick (Cindy) of Oak Ridge; and brother, Larry Hamrick (Teresa) of Knoxville. Other survivors include sons, Christopher Rowan (Lauren) of Murfreesboro, Graham Rowan of Knoxville; grandchildren, Delcie Rowan and Nora Rowan; several nieces and nephews; and many other relatives, friends, and loved ones.
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Cynthia Renfro - April 11, 1957 - May 02, 2024

Departed: 05/02/2024 (Oak Ridge)
Obituary Preview: Cyndie Renfro of Oak Ridge passed away on May 2nd, 2024 surrounded by family.
Born in North Carolina, Cyndie moved to Oak Ridge at a very young age and became a true Oak Ridger, ORHS class of 1975. She will be remembered for her welcoming and loyal heart, her contagious laugh and deep love for her family and friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Earl and June McDaniel.
She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Rodney Renfro of Oak Ridge; daughters, Morgan Anderson and husband, Shaun, of Knoxville and Heather Grieb and husband, Curtis of Calgary, Alberta; grandchildren, Mac and Riley Anderson of Knoxville, and Evelyn and Wilson Grieb of Calgary, Alberta.
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George Howard Smith, JR - February 18, 1928 - April 27, 2024

Departed: 04/27/2024 (Oak Ridge)
Obituary Preview: George Howard Smith, age 96, of Knoxville, TN, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 27, 2024. Howard was born February, 18, 1928, in Luling, TX, to the late Howard & Nettie Smith. Howard joined the U.S. Navy at the age of 17, where he was stationed at the Manila Naval base. Howard was also studying to be a weather man during this time. Later in life Howard moved and worked for ARAMCO in Saudi Arabia for 22 years with his loving wife Peggy. Howard and Peggy had many great adventures traveling the world from The Great Wall of China to the jungles in Africa.
Howard is preceded in death by; parents, Howard & Nettie Smith; son, Eric Smith; daughter, Chrissie Freeman; sister, Lucille.
Howard is survived by; loving wife of 51 years Peggy Smith; sons, Paul (Judy) Smith, Brad (Pauline) Smith; step-daughter, Joy (Chris) Kelly; most cherished fur son, Harley “my darling” Smith; grandchildren, Madison, Jay, Shane, and Stephen of the U.S. Navy; great-grandson, Jack, with many other loved family and friends.
The Smith family would like to send a special thank you to Parkwest Hospital for taking such wonderful care of Howard.
A graveside service will be held at Oak Ridge Memorial Park on Tuesday, May 7, 2024 at 1:00 PM. Condolences can be left at
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Alfred Thompson Denny - February 14, 1937 - April 24, 2024

Departed: 04/24/2024 (Oak Ridge)
Obituary Preview: Alfred “Al” Thompson Denny, 87 of Oak Ridge, TN, passed from this life on Wednesday, April 24, 2024, after a lifelong battle with Alpha 1 Antitrypsin Deficiency (AATD). Alfred was born on February 14, 1937, in Hot Springs, South Dakota.
Alfred served in the United States Army as a Specialist 4th Class and stationed in Korea for 18 months. Alfred later became a teacher to become a Field Radio Repairmen.
Alfred lived a life of serving others and was intrigued with the way the world worked. Alfred enjoyed bird watching, donating to organizations, reading, and even being a tutor at the Oak Ridge Volunteer Tutor Corps.
Alfred is preceded in death by his parents, Martha Thompson Denny, and Lester Wilfred Denny; brother, Alvin John Denny; sister, Arlis Yvonne Hansen.
Alfred leaves behind his godchildren, Kimberly Brown (Arlene), Whitney Keathley, Lindsay Keathley; special friends, Tom (Carol) Larkin, and George (Donna) Gardner.
A graveside will be held on Saturday, May 4,2024 at 11:00 A.M. in Oak Ridge Memorial Park in the Valor Garden.
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Merilyn Elizabeth Wright - September 12, 1937 - April 22, 2024

Departed: 04/22/2024 (Oak Ridge)
Obituary Preview: Merilyn Elizabeth Barnhill Wright, age 86, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 22, 2024, with her family at her side. Born on September 12, 1937, in Lake City, Arkansas, Merilyn was the daughter of the late Ernest Wade Barnhill and Lola Magdalene Issacs Barnhill McCloud, and the stepdaughter of James. M. McCloud Sr.
Merilyn was an extraordinary woman, marked by her intelligence and academic achievements. She graduated with honors from Oak Ridge High School and went on to pursue her bachelor's degree at East Tennessee State College. A member of the National Honor Society, Merilyn possessed a thirst for knowledge and a passion for exploration and was always open to a good shopping spree or a visit to a casino, where she played the slots with enthusiasm. Her love for travel led her to her favorite destinations, Australia, and New Zealand, where she and her late husband cultivated deep friendships while engaging in their shared hobby of HAM radios. Merilyn's love of travel opened her to the joy of painting lighthouses, water, and tree scenes. She was an avid reader all her life; whether her summers spent in Tennessee or her winters in Florida, she was rarely seen without a book.
Throughout her career, Merilyn excelled as a computer system analyst at the Atomic Energy Commission, demonstrating her sharp intellect and dedication to her work. Beyond her professional pursuits, she cherished her three beloved Japanese Chin dogs, who brought her immeasurable joy and companionship.
Merilyn is survived by her devoted brother, James M. McCloud, and his wife, Barbara K. “BK” McCloud, who provided unwavering support and care during her later years. She leaves behind a legacy of love and warmth, deeply cherished by numerous friends.
Merilyn was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Roual Wright, and her siblings, Thomas McCloud, Barbara McCloud Wallace, and Betty Jean McCloud Armstrong.
A graveside service honoring Merilyn's life will be held on Friday, May 3, 2024, at 11:00 A.M. at Anderson Memorial Gardens in Clinton, Tennessee, where she will be laid to rest beside her husband.
The Wright family is being compassionately served by Gentry-Newell & Vaughan Funeral Home in Oxford, NC, and Weatherford Mortuary in Oak Ridge, TN. Online condolences can be left at
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Harold Brady Smith Jr - August 22, 1948 - April 20, 2024

Departed: 04/20/2024 (Oak Ridge)
Obituary Preview: Harold Brady “Fuzz” Smith, Jr., 75, of Oliver Springs, Tennessee, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on April 20, 2024.
Harold was born on August 22, 1948, in Augusta, Arkansas. Fuzz grew up in Claxton, TN and graduated from Clinton High School in 1966. He was drafted in 1967 to serve in the Vietnam War in the U.S. Army,1st Infantry Division until 1969. Harold spent his career as a welder, crane operator and Ironworker, and was a member of Local 384. Fuzz attended Kellytown Baptist Church in Oliver Springs, TN. In his free time, he enjoyed coaching all of his children, playing with his grandchildren, hunting, fishing, metal detecting, and spending time in nature.
Preceded in Death: Harold Brady “Arkansas” Smith, Sr., Marlene Smith(parents) and grandson, Isaac Trace Jones.
Survived by his wife, Karen Doughty Smith, daughters, Tracey Jones (Keith) and Melanie Smith, and sons, Jonathan Smith (Ashley) and Jeremy Smith (Lauren). Grandchildren: Brady Jones (Megan), Avery Jones (Ashley), Kodey Jones, Tariku Jones, Jesse Jones, Tobey Jones, Avonlea Smith, Braxton Smith, Camden Smith, and great-grandaughter, Aubrey Jones. Brothers: Allen Smith and Lewis Winters Other: Several nieces and nephews. The family would like to express special thanks to Tina Leinart for her love and support, especially this past week. Fuzz, also known as “Smitty” to his best friend, Emilio Ramos formed a special friendship that lasted from serving in Vietnam to present day.
A visitation will be held Saturday April 27th 2024 in the chapel of Weatherford Mortuary from 3:00pm until 5:00pm with a memorial service in his honor to follow at 5:00pm. The family will hold private graveside services.
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Joe Robert Gouge - November 19, 1939 - April 20, 2024

Departed: 04/20/2024 (Oak Ridge)
Obituary Preview: Joe Robert Gouge, 84 of Oak Ridge, TN went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, April 20, 2024.
Joe worked for BellSouth Telecommunications and retired after 37 years. He was a longtime member of Royce Baptist Church in Oak Ridge, TN. Joe was born in Morgan County, TN on November 19, 1939, to the late Dora and Robert Elmer Gouge. He graduated from Coalfield High School and enlisted in the US Army serving from 1957-1960 as a Army Specialist in Heavy Equipment 4th Class.
Joe married the love of his life Brenda Jean Kelly in 1964. He was a hardworking God-fearing man who had a heart of gold and he showed kindness and respect to everyone he met. He was known for his extraordinary talent of making fudge. He loved to study his Bible, loved sports, and loved to spend time with his family especially his 3 grandkids. He supported and enjoyed attending all their sports, dance, and pageant activities.
In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by his eldest daughter Teresa Gouge, and sisters Louise Singleton and Marie Nelson.
Joe is survived by his loving wife Brenda of 60 years, his youngest daughter Tonya Gouge Williams & husband Chris of Clinton, TN, Grandchildren Kinsley, Cole and Chase Williams, and his brother Bert & wife Patsy of Jamestown, TN, as well as a host of sister and brother in laws, nieces, and nephews.
The family will receive friends at Weatherford Mortuary on Wednesday April 24th from 5:00pm until 7:00pm with a celebration of life to follow at 7:00pm. Pastor Mike Harbin will be officiating. Graveside services will be Thursday April 25th at 11:00am at Oak Ridge Memorial Park.
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Michael John Fournier - December 22, 1953 - April 20, 2024

Departed: 04/20/2024 (Oak Ridge)
Obituary Preview: Michael J. Fournier Sr., age 70, of Oak Ridge, TN., passed away on April 20, 2024. Michael was born in Lewiston, Maine, the son of Allen and Mary Fournier. Michael graduated from Lewiston High School and pursued a career in auto mechanics. He worked locally for Krebs
Chevrolet, Fox Chevrolet, and Worthington Motors. Michael was the cherished nephew of Monsignor William Gahagan of blessed memory. He was devoted to his uncle and will share a niche with him at the St. Joseph CC Columbarium, Norris,
He was preceded in death by his parents Allen and Mary, and his uncle William. He is survived by his beloved son, Michael Fournier Jr. (Wendy), of Florida, sister Linda A. Fournier Doyon (Dan) of Maine, nephew Michael, niece Kathy, and longtime friends Mary Wood and John, and
Megan Wood.
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Alisa Lanette Ogle - July 14, 1975 - April 16, 2024

Departed: 04/16/2024 (Oak Ridge)
Obituary Preview: Alisa Ogle, age 48, died Tuesday, April 16, 2024. There are no services at this time.  A graveside service will be open to family and friends at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, April 24, 2024 at Oak Ridge Memorial Park in the Garden of Devotion.
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Joseph Raymond Ryan - January 21, 1933 - April 13, 2024

Departed: 04/13/2024 (Oak Ridge)
Obituary Preview: Joseph Raymond Ryan, Jr., 91, departed this life on Saturday, April 13,2024. A loving and hardworking man, Joe could fix or build just about anything. Joe rebuilt a charge airplane, a Feather craft boat, and revived countless tractors, lawn mowers, and other small engine gear. Joe was a funny guy and enjoyed a good joke. Joe volunteered with ADFAC and Habitat’s OFC men’s group, officially referred to as our favorite carpenters. Unofficially well I think you can guess. Joe served our country as a dental hygienist in the U.S Navy. Joe also was a machinist and area engineer at the Y-12 plant in Oak Ridge. Joe made many close and lifelong friends during his life and wanted to issue a shout out to all. Joe was so grateful for your love and friendship.
Joe is preceded in death by parents, Joseph, and Elizabeth Ryan, his first wife, Ida Rose Leilani Sanford Ryan; second wife, Mary McCulley Ryan, and third wife, Sarah Louise Sprinkle Ryan; sister, Mary Ann Ryan-Royer; daughter, Margaret Patricia Ryan-Byrd.
Joe is survived by brother, James Ryan; sons, Mike Ryan, Joe Ryan, and Tim Aldridge; eight grand-kids, eight great-grand kids.
Services will be held Thursday, April 18, 2024, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Oak Ridge at 1:00 pm -2:00 pm with burial to follow at Oak Ridge Memorial Gardens. Family asks in lieu of flowers donations be made to Tunnel to Towers. Condolences can be left at
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David B. Allen - November 21, 1930 - April 10, 2024

Departed: 04/10/2024 (Oak Ridge)
Obituary Preview: David B. Allen, age 93, passed away on April 10, 2024, in Oak Ridge. He was born November 21, 1930, in Dixon Springs, TN, the youngest of six children to his parents, Mary “Zee” Garrison Allen and George Webster “Webb” Allen. He was a long-time resident of Oak Ridge and dedicated member of Kern Memorial United Methodist Church.
He was a member of the 1952 class of Tennessee Tech University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. He served in the US Army from 1952 to 1955, followed by service in the Army Reserve until 1962, attaining the rank of First Lieutenant. After marrying his wife Evelyn in 1954, they moved to Oak Ridge in 1955, where he began a long career as an electrical engineer, working at Y-12, X-10, and K-25 before retiring in 1993.
He was known for his easy-going demeanor, dedication to church and family, great sense of humor, wonderful story-telling, and his ability to fix anything. He was fortunate to live a long and full life and will be terribly missed by his children and grandchildren of whom he was so proud and for whom he served as a role model.
David is pre-deceased by his loving wife, Evelyn, and is survived by his daughters, Gerry [Glenn] Macbeth of Murfreesboro, TN and Nancy [Steve] Klein of Seattle, WA, his grandchildren Erin [Spencer] Rubin, Alison [Dan Cook] Macbeth, Josh Klein, Alex [Lindsey] Klein, Isabel Klein, Hannah Klein, and great-grandchildren Hadley, Parker, Landon, and Luna.
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Earle Dorr Lovering - May 18, 1946 - April 09, 2024

Departed: 04/09/2024 (Oak Ridge)
Obituary Preview: Earle Dorr Lovering, age 77, of Clinton, Tennessee passed away on April 9, 2024.
Earle was born to Francis and Marelyn Lovering on May 18, 1946 in Lowell, Massachusetts. He grew up in Chelmsford, Massachusetts and developed a love for music, theater, and complex machines. After graduating from the University of Maine, he bravely served our country in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot for the United States Navy.
Earle is survived by his daughter, Joanna, of New York City, his sister, Martha Vitek (John) of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and his sister, Ann Ramirez (Alejandro) of Guadalajara, Mexico. Earle was predeceased by his parents and his ex-wife, Laura. Earle was a talented musician who loved playing guitar, banjo, and singing bass in multiple semi-professional choirs. He was a member of the Oak Ridge Chorus for many years. He was constantly in awe of the beauty of nature; he enjoyed listening to the birds in his backyard, thunderstorms on summer evenings, and the leaves rustling in the wind. He spoke of wonderful times traveling with family and friends to Sweden, Mexico, and even Walt Disney World. He loved to sail his boat, the Fa-La, to Block Island, Bermuda, and other destinations along the eastern seaboard. He will be remembered for his ardent push for progressive politics, love for the sea, building and flying radio- controlled planes and helicopters, and the boyish twinkle in his eye when he could play with a new “toy”. In lieu of funeral services, Earle’s family asks that you make a donation to, a cause about which he was very passionate. For additional information and pictures visit Earle’s memorial webpage
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Richard Lewis Mynatt - September 09, 1938 - April 07, 2024

Departed: 04/07/2024 (Oak Ridge)
Obituary Preview: Richard Lewis Mynatt age 85, passed away Sunday April 7, 2024 at home with his wife and son at his side.
Richard was a native Oak Ridger who had lived in Oak Ridge most of his 85 years. Richard graduated from ORHS and shortly after joined the US Air Force and was at Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier Parish, Louisiana. While there, he met his wife Carolyn and they were married for 63 years. They had two children, Richard, and Tracy.  Richard and Carolyn lived in Oak Ridge the entirety of their marriage.
Richard worked at the Oak Ridge Fire Department for 28 years, while there he received much training, some through the department, some through emergency medical technicians, at Walters State, University of Tennessee, the State Fire School, National Fire Academy, Roane State Academy, and many others. His professional experience carried him from fire fighter to battalion chief upon his retirement. When he retired from ORFD he continued his career for 10 years at the Y-12 weapons plant with Hartford Steam Boiler/professional loss control fire protection engineering.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents Andrew Lawrence Mynatt and Ella Mae Barnes Mynatt, Daughter Tracy, and 3 brothers and 1 sister. Weatherford Mortuary is handling the services for Richard.
Visitation will be Saturday April 13, from 4:00pm- 6:00pm and funeral service to follow at 6:00pm in the chapel of Weatherford Mortuary. Graveside services will be held Sunday April 14, at 2:00PM at Oak Ridge Memorial Park.
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Wanda Louise Marth - December 06, 1947 - April 05, 2024

Departed: 04/05/2024 (Oak Ridge)
Obituary Preview: Wanda Marth, 76, of Oak Ridge, passed away peacefully at home on Friday April 5, 2024. She was retired from the Oak Ridge Public Library, where she worked for 21 years. She enjoyed reading, trying new restaurants, and loved spending time with her family.
Wanda is survived by her husband of 57 years, Tom. Children ; Chuck (Tara) Marth, and Susan (Shane) Woods. Grandchildren; Chris, Kevin, and Brandon Marth, Lilly and Abby Woods, and great granddaughter, Jacklynn Leach. Brothers; Chuck (Donna), Eddie (Sue), and Pam Currier, and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; Charles and Bernice Currier, son Robbie Marth, grandson “Little” Robbie Marth, and her brother Bob Currier.
Visitation will be held Wednesday April 10th from 5:00PM-7:00PM in the chapel at Weatherford Mortuary, funeral services will follow at 7:00PM.  Graveside services will be held Thursday April 11th at 11:00AM at Oak Ridge Memorial Park. Online condolences can be given at
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Patricia Ann Davis - July 16, 1968 - April 05, 2024

Departed: 04/05/2024 (Oak Ridge)
Obituary Preview: Patricia Ann Davis, age 55, died Friday, April 5th, 2024 in LaFollette, Tennessee. No services will be held at this time. Arrangements will be made at a later date.
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Carolyn Sue Jacobs - July 29, 1942 - April 01, 2024

Departed: 04/01/2024 (Oak Ridge)
Obituary Preview: Carolyn Sue Jacobs, age 81, gained her wings on Monday, April 1, 2024. Carolyn loved to watch her favorite t.v. shows, animals especially horses and dogs, and spending time with her loving sister Connie. Carolyn also enjoyed spending time with family and friends and her "husband" John.
Carolyn is preceded in death by her parents; Emmett and Carrie Jacobs, and  brother, Emmett Austin, Loving "husband" John; brother-in-law, Willie Alvis; grandparents, Emmett, Sr and Hazel Jacobs, and Joseph and Mary Smith.
Carolyn survived by her sister; Connie Alvis; brother Michael (Valerie) Jacobs, and nephews; Michael W.E. ( Angie) Jacobs, Brandon L. Jacobs; great niece and nephew; Ashlyn and Michael T. Jacobs.
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Lula Wall Bartholomew - January 06, 1925 - March 29, 2024

Departed: 03/29/2024 (Oak Ridge)
Obituary Preview: Lula Elsie Wall Bartholomew, 99, passed away peacefully on March 29, 2024. She was surrounded by her children at the home of her daughter, Beth, in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
She was preceded in death by her parents Neta Ozenia Williams Wall and Wilkes Hammock Wall, Sr.; her husband of 21 years, James Earnest Bartholomew Sr.; her three brothers, Wilkes Hammock Wall, Jr.; John Douglas Wall, Sr.; Dr. James Thomas Wall [Col. (Ret.) USA], her sister Anita Wall Moore and her nephew, James (Jim) Gibson.
She grew up in Cookeville, TN, in a loving home during the uncertainty and challenging times of the Great Depression and later World War II. She earned a bachelor's degree in Home Economics in only three years at Tennessee Tech University. After graduating in 1946, she met her future husband, James "Boot" Bartholomew, on campus while working at the Bursar's office, and were married in 1949. After his graduation, the couple moved to Lexington, KY for two years where "Boot" worked on his master's degree. Lula was one of a few women of her time to work in World War II production at the "Liberty ship" factory in Brunswick, GA and for a brief period in the chemistry lab of the Manhattan Project in Oak Ridge. By 1952, the couple had moved to a permanent home in Oak Ridge. Lula spent many of her early years in Oak Ridge as a stay-at-home mother. Later, when her children were older, she spent several years as a nursery schoolteacher at First United Methodist Church. She took great joy in following the lives and accomplishments of her "other children" as they grew to adulthood. She later transitioned to a career working in several different engineering design offices and in materials accountability at either Y-12 or K-25 Gaseous Diffusion facilities.
Lula was very active in her service to her community and church. For decades she gave her time and energy as host and cashier at the United Methodist Medical Center's gift shop, Church Circle Meetings, Oak Ridge Women's Club, volunteered for "Meals on Wheels" serving meals to homebound clients well into her 80s, acting as a block captain for the Heart Fund and even a stint as a girl's church league basketball coach, a sport she loved. She was an active member of First United Methodist Church of Oak Ridge for nearly 72 years. She was one of the last two surviving members who attended Methodist Church in its infancy, when services were held at the Ridge Movie Theatre. Lula loved and cherished her family and friends, both old and new. She traveled hundreds of miles to and from Cookeville to maintain her valued relationships, many of whom were lifelong. When her granddaughter Shelby was young, "Grandmother" would make countless trips to Utah and later Texas. She was always willing to play Polly Pockets, Uno, Monopoly, visit the park to swing and practice somersaults, scoop ice cream at birthday parties, help with homework, or simply read to her grandaughter for hours and hours. Lula, known as both Mother and Mom, was very energetic and adventure seeking.
Some of her adventures included climbing down and back up the Grand Canyon in her 60s, hiking to the summit of Mount Le Conte in her 70s, skydiving in her 70s, and zip lining in her 80s. She attended a variety of theatre and musical performances. Traveling the world and the US was a joy which included Scotland, Germany, Austria, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Hawaii. She cruised with her daughters to Alaska and a majority of the Caribbean on the way through the Panama Canal. She loved family gatherings, playing bridge, and earned her Life Masters in Duplicate Bridge.
A loving mother, she leaves her three children; Beth Bartholomew of Fort Lauderdale, FL; Anita Langley (Glen) of The Woodlands, TX; James Bartholomew of Oak Ridge, TN; granddaughter, Shelby Wadsworth of San Francisco, CA; twelve nieces and nephews, twenty five grand nieces and nephews, and a multitude of surrogate children, of all ages who regarded Lula as their second mother.
The family will receive friends at 12:00 pm on Saturday, April 20th at Weatherford Mortuary. A memorial service will follow at 2:00 pm. Immediately following, the graveside service will be held at Oak Ridge Memorial Park in Oak Ridge.
The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to First United Methodist Church of Oak Ridge, or Aid to Distressed Families of Appalachian Counties (ADFAC), or a charity of your choice. The Funeral service will be viewable through Zoom. The meeting ID is 865 4291 1601 and the Passcode is 665677
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Facilities and Amenities

The funeral home's facility at 158 South Jefferson Circle, Oak Ridge, TN, 37830, is designed to provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere for families and friends to gather and pay their respects. The spacious chapel can accommodate large crowds, while the intimate reception area provides a comfortable setting for smaller gatherings. Additionally, the funeral home offers ample parking, wheelchair accessibility, and state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment to ensure that every service is conducted with dignity and respect.

Personalized Funeral Services

At Weatherford Mortuary, every funeral service is tailored to reflect the unique personality, interests, and achievements of the deceased. The funeral home's experienced staff takes the time to get to know each family, listening carefully to their stories, memories, and wishes. This personal touch enables them to craft a customized ceremony that not only honors the life of their loved one but also provides a sense of comfort and closure for those left behind.

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Pre-Planning Services

Weatherford Mortuary believes that pre-planning is an essential part of ensuring that final arrangements are carried out according to one's wishes. By pre-planning, individuals can spare their loved ones from making difficult decisions during a time of grief. The funeral home's experienced staff is available to guide individuals through the pre-planning process, helping them to make informed decisions about their final arrangements.

Community Involvement

Weatherford Mortuary is deeply committed to giving back to the Oak Ridge community. The funeral home regularly participates in local events, sponsors charitable organizations, and supports initiatives that promote education, healthcare, and social welfare. This commitment to community involvement reflects the funeral home's values of compassion, empathy, and service above self.

Grief Support Resources

Losing a loved one can be an overwhelming experience, but it doesn't have to be faced alone. Weatherford Mortuary offers a range of grief support resources to help individuals cope with their loss. From counseling services to support groups and online resources, the funeral home's staff is dedicated to providing ongoing support during the grieving process.

In conclusion, Weatherford Mortuary is more than just a funeral home – it's a beacon of hope and comfort for families in Oak Ridge and beyond. With its rich history, commitment to excellence, and dedication to serving others, this esteemed institution continues to earn the trust and respect of the communities it serves.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an obituary?

An obituary is a written notice that announces the death of a person, typically including their name, age, date of birth and death, and a brief biography. It may also include information about their surviving family members, funeral arrangements, and other relevant details.

Why are obituaries important?

Obituaries serve as a way to inform friends, family, and community members of a person's passing, allowing them to pay their respects and offer condolences. They also provide a sense of closure and help to celebrate the life of the deceased.

Who writes an obituary?

Typically, an obituary is written by a family member or close friend of the deceased, although it can also be written by a funeral home or other organization. In some cases, the deceased may have written their own obituary in advance.

What information should be included in an obituary?

A typical obituary includes the person's name, age, date of birth and death, place of residence, occupation, education, military service, hobbies, and surviving family members. It may also include information about funeral services, memorial contributions, and other relevant details.

How long should an obituary be?

The length of an obituary can vary depending on the publication and the individual's life story. Typically, it ranges from a few sentences to several paragraphs.

Can I include photos or other multimedia in an obituary?

Yes, many online obituary platforms and newspapers allow you to include photos, videos, and other multimedia elements to enhance the tribute to the deceased.

How do I submit an obituary to a newspaper or online platform?

The process for submitting an obituary varies depending on the publication or platform. Check their website or contact their customer service department for specific guidelines and deadlines.

Is there a cost associated with publishing an obituary?

In most cases, yes. The cost varies depending on the publication, word count, and additional features such as photos or online tributes. Some funeral homes may also offer obituary writing and submission services as part of their packages.

Can I edit or update an obituary after it's been published?

Sometimes, but it depends on the publication or platform. Some may allow edits or updates for a fee, while others may not make changes once it's been published.

What is the difference between an obituary and a death notice?

A death notice is a brief announcement of a person's passing, usually including only the basic facts such as name, age, and date of death. An obituary provides more detailed information about the person's life and legacy.

Can I write my own obituary in advance?

Yes! Writing your own obituary can be a therapeutic exercise and ensure that your life story is told accurately. You can store it with your important documents or share it with your loved ones.

How do I find an old obituary?

You can try searching online archives of newspapers or genealogy websites. Local libraries or historical societies may also have physical copies of old newspapers or obituary records.

Can I use social media to share an obituary?

Absolutely! Social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter can be effective ways to share an obituary with a wider audience and receive condolences from friends and acquaintances.

What is an online tribute or memorial page?

An online tribute or memorial page is a digital space where friends and family can share memories, photos, and condolences for the deceased. These pages often remain active for years after the initial posting.

How do I handle condolences and messages from strangers online?

You're not obligated to respond to every message or comment. However, acknowledging kind words from strangers can be comforting for both you and them. Simply reply with a heartfelt "thank you" or similar response.

Can I include humor or anecdotes in an obituary?

Absolutely! Including personal stories or humorous moments can make an obituary more engaging and reflective of the person's personality.

What if I'm struggling to write an obituary due to grief or emotional distress?

Don't hesitate to ask for help from a trusted friend, family member, or professional writer. Many funeral homes also offer guidance or writing services during this difficult time.

Can I include charitable donations or memorial funds in an obituary?

Yes! Including information about charitable donations or memorial funds can be a meaningful way to honor the deceased and support a worthy cause.

How long does it take for an online obituary to be published?

The timeframe varies depending on the platform or publication. Some online obituaries are published immediately, while others may take several hours or days to review and post.

Can I create a private or password-protected online memorial page?

Yes! Many online platforms offer options for creating private or password-protected memorial pages to ensure that only authorized individuals can access the content.

What if I need to correct errors or inaccuracies in an already-published obituary?

Contact the publication or platform directly to report any errors. They will work with you to correct the mistakes as quickly as possible.

Can I republish an old obituary on its anniversary or special occasion?

Yes! Republishing an old obituary can be a meaningful way to honor the deceased on special occasions such as birthdays or anniversaries of their passing.

Are there any specific guidelines for writing an obituary for someone who was young or died under unusual circumstances?

Yes! When writing an obituary for someone who was young or died under unusual circumstances, it's essential to approach the task with sensitivity and compassion. Consider seeking guidance from a professional writer or counselor if needed.

How do I preserve an online obituary for future generations?

You can save a copy of the online obituary as a PDF or print it out for safekeeping. Additionally, consider creating a physical scrapbook or memory book with copies of the obituary and other mementos.

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About Jeffery Isleworth

Jeffery Isleworth is an experienced eulogy and funeral speech writer who has dedicated his career to helping people honor their loved ones in a meaningful way. With a background in writing and public speaking, Jeffery has a keen eye for detail and a talent for crafting heartfelt and authentic tributes that capture the essence of a person's life. Jeffery's passion for writing eulogies and funeral speeches stems from his belief that everyone deserves to be remembered with dignity and respect. He understands that this can be a challenging time for families and friends, and he strives to make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible. Over the years, Jeffery has helped countless families create beautiful and memorable eulogies and funeral speeches. His clients appreciate his warm and empathetic approach, as well as his ability to capture the essence of their loved one's personality and life story. When he's not writing eulogies and funeral speeches, Jeffery enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and traveling. He believes that life is precious and should be celebrated, and he feels honored to help families do just that through his writing.