Obituaries

FRANCIS ‘FRANK’ IAROLI

Francis “Frank” Iaroli, 100, Clinton passed away March 6, 2017, at Morning Pointe Assisted Living. Frank was a member of St. Therese Catholic Church. Frank enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in 1942 and served as a Chief Petty Officer on board the U.S.S. Ontonagon, AOG-36, during the World War II, and most of his time he spent in the Pacific, transporting and supplying fuel and supplies to the military stationed there. After the war, he joined the Naval Reserves and spent a couple more years in the Reserves. He worked at Bendix as an instrument technician making gyroscopes for space travel during the mercury program. Two of the gyroscopes he worked on were sent into space. Preceded in death by: Wife, Doris Hamilton Iaroli; parents, Dominick and Anna Iaroli; four brothers; and one sister. He is survived by: Special nieces and nephews, Phyllis McCormick and husband Michael of Texas, Lenny Schwalm and wife Kathy of New Jersey, Carol Pitrowski and husband Mark of Florida; numerous other nieces and nephews. The family received friends from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Thursday, March 9, 2017, at Holley Gamble Funeral Home. His funeral mass was at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 9, 2017, at St. Therese Catholic Church. Frank’s graveside service followed at the Valley View Cemetery in Elk Valley. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be sent to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Holley Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton is in charge of all arrangements. www.holleygamble.com

PAGE NELSON

Page Nelson, 49, Clinton, passed away Monday, March 6, 2017, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge. Page was preceded in death by: Parents, Richard and Lana Greene. She is survived by: Husband, Butch Nelson; son, Richard A. Nelson; stepson, Tony Nelson; daughters, Mandy Rice and husband Chris, and Kairi Nelson; brother, Matthew Elliot; sister, Stephanie Welch; father-in-law, Elmer Nelson Sr.; grandchildren, Destanie Rice, Josh Rice, Anthony Nelson and Jacob Nelson; best friend, Sandra Foust; and many other relatives and friends. Page’s family will hold a Memorial Service at a later date which will be announced by Jones Mortuary. Jones Mortuary in Clinton is in charge of all arrangements. Condolences can be made to the family at www.jonesmortuaryllc.com

KENNETH RAINS

Kenneth Rains, 62, Rocky Top, passed away suddenly Friday, March 3, 2017, at his home in Rocky Top. Kenneth was a member of Antioch Baptist Church in Clinton. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. Kenneth worked for Clinton Home Center for 30 years before his recent retirement. Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Betty Rains. He is survived by: Wife, Robin Rains of Rocky Top; sons, Kevin Rains and Jessica Roberts, and Robbie Rains and wife Ashley, all of Rocky Top; brothers, Darrell Rains and wife Brenda, and Scotty Rains and wife Heather, all of Campbell County; sister, Kim Rains of Campbell County; grandchildren, Travis Rains, Zachary Rains, Joshua Golden, Courtland Golden, and Kabin Bolton; as well as many other relatives and friends. In honoring Kenneth’s wishes there will not be any services. Jones Mortuary in Clinton is in charge of all arrangements. Condolences can be made to the family at www.jonesmortuaryllc.com

MARIE KESTERSON WATTS

Marie Kesterson Watts, beloved mother and grandmother, 91, Rocky Top, passed away Saturday, March 11, 2017, at her residence. Marie was born in Campbell County Aug. 31, 1925. Marie was a member of Rocky Top United Methodist Church. She graduated from Draughns Business College and worked as a Calutron Operator and lab analyst at Y-12 in Oak Ridge during World War Il. She also worked at the Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) until her retirement in 1990. Marie was preceded in death by: Parents, Troy and Verna Kesterson; husbands, Donvan Byrd and Harry Lee Watts; sister, Myrtle Busbee; and brothers, Otis, Clarence, Clyde and Glen Kesterson. Survivors: Children, Ray (Darlene) Byrd of Halls, Steve (Carolyn) Byrd of Oak Ridge, Cindy (Joe) Smith of Clinton, Rose Ann ( Michael) Mobley of Knoxville; brother, Arnold Kesterson (Polly); sister, Dorthy Hembree (Carl); 12 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; several other family members and friends. Visitation was from 5 – 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at Hatmaker Funeral Home in Lake City. Funeral service was at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at Hatmaker Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dave Henderson Officiating. Friends and Family will meet at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at Leach Cemetery in Lake City for Marie’ graveside service. You can also visit Marie’s Guestbook at: www.hatmakerfuneralhome.com Hatmaker Funeral Home, Lake City, is in charge of arrangements.

MELISSA LYNN WHEELER

Melissa Lynn Wheeler, 48, formerly of Knoxville, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, in Aurora, Colo. She was born Dec. 25, 1968, in Knoxville. Melissa was of the Baptist faith. She enjoyed traveling and listening to music. Melissa was preceded in death by: Parents; sister, Karen Parker; and brother, Jimmy Corcaran. Survivors include; Husband, Joseph Tyler, Aurora, Colo.; daughter, Sarah Ann Parker, Andersonville; son, James Douglas Parker, Andersonville; brother-in-law, Larry D. Parker, Briceville; and host of aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends. A graveside service for Melissa was held at 11 a,m. Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at Norris Memorial Gardens in Norris with the Rev. Larry Sharp officiating. You can also visit Melissa’s Guestbook at: www.hatmakerfuneralhome.com Hatmaker Funeral Home, Lake City, was in charge of arrangements.

STANLEY EUGENE WILLIAMS

Stanley Eugene Williams, better known at Gene, 68, Clinton, passed away Thursday, March 9, 2017, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge. Gene enjoyed wood working, auto mechanic work, and watching western movies. He was a member of Second Baptist Church in Clinton. Gene was preceded in death by: Parents, Joseph and Margaret Williams; son, Joseph Williams; and brother, Horace Wayne Williams. Gene is survived by: Wife, Sandra Williams of Clinton; sons, Jacob Williams and Joshua Williams, both of Clinton; brothers, Joseph Howard Williams of Portland, Maine, and Wade Williams of Knoxville; sisters, Mary Ruth Underwood of Zephyrhills, Fla., Judy Christine Williams of Knoxville, Geneva Mae Williams of Knoxville, and Margie Lucille Arnold of Knoxville; father and mother-in-law, Charles and Wilma Sherwood of Clinton; and a host of other relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Jones Mortuary LLC, 375 N Main Street, Clinton, TN,37716. Gene’s family received his friends from 6 – 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, 2017, with his funeral service following at 8 p.m. in the chapel of Jones Mortuary with Dr. Michael Thompson officiating. Gene’s interment will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at Woodhaven Memorial Gardens in Claxton with full military honors. His pallbearers will be Jacob Williams, Joshua Williams, Andy Bullock, Greg McKamey, Mike Long, and John Beard. Jones Mortuary in Clinton is in charge of all arrangements. Condolences can be made to the family at www.jonesmortuaryllc.com

HELEN MELTON WEBBER

Helen Melton Webber, 94, Clinton, died peacefully at home February 28, 2017. A hard worker her entire life, she possessed a steadiness and strength of character that made her the family rock. She was always looking out for and taking care of others. She had an easy going manner, loved to laugh and was often quick with a witty remark for family and friends. She was employed by the Manhattan project during World War II, and did the same work as the women in the now-familiar picture, seated on those tall stools and monitoring dials. After the war, she spent 20 years as the head waitress at Clinton’s Park Hotel, greeting hungry patrons lined up in the hallway leading into the dining room. When the hotel closed she “went back to school” and trained to work at the K-25 and Y-12 plants (she got a car and even learned to drive). She retired as senior lab technician after 25 years. Helen was a member of First Baptist Church in Clinton. She loved Pat Summit’s Lady Vols and watching Atlanta Braves games on TV. Her home was the center of family holidays and no Christmas was complete without her peanut butter divinity roll and 24-hour salad. She was born in Belmont (part of present-day Andersonville) and moved with her family to the Clinton area after the Tennessee Valley Authority bought their land for Norris Dam and state park. She was preceded in death by: Grandson, Brian Brewer; parents, Worley and Carrie Melton; brothers, Joe, Clarence, Charles and Jeff Melton; and sisters, Lillie Melton King and Mildred Melton Shultz. Survived by: Daughter, Judy Webber Brewer and son-in-law Jerry; son, Wallace “Wally” Webber and daughter-in-law Bonnie; granddaughters, Rhonda Milen (Gary) and Tanya Webber (Dave); great-grandson, Dustin Jennings; and special niece, Anna Belle King. Also survived by: Nieces and nephews, Brenda (Shultz) Shrader, Debbie, Donald and Mike Shultz, Shirley Allaway; great-nieces and nephews, Carole and Kenny King, Rob, John, and Gus Lawson, Amy, Joe, and Steve Shrader, Darryl Melton; and special friends, Joyce Cabe and Marie Norman. The family wishes to give special thanks to caregivers Kathy Anderson, Cleo Brooks and JoAnne Duncan for their devoted service, welcome companionship and many kindnesses. The family received friends from 5 – 7 p.m. Friday, March 3, 2017, with service immediately following in the chapel with the Rev. Terry Baker officiating. Burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Sunset Cemetery. Holley Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton was in charge of all arrangements. www.holleygamble.com

KEN WYTIAZ

Ken Wytiaz, 61, Clinton, passed away peacefully in his home during the morning, Thursday, March 2. He will be greatly missed by those who knew him, but may they find comfort knowing he died where he wanted, surrounded by people who loved him. Ken was a loving husband and father who put family first, yet managed a successful career in rock mining. Second only to his family, those he worked with will miss his advice, sense of humor and ability to get the job done right. Ken truly lived a charmed life and was taken too soon. Long day, hard night. He is survived by: Loving wife, Beth; sons, Greg and Tom; brother, Gary. The service will be a small private affair with close family members. Holley Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton is in charge of all arrangements. www.holleygamble.com