Betty J. Whitley Myers of Riceville, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, July 8, 2019, at her home. A native of High Point, N.C., a former resident of Orlando, Fla., and a resident of McMinn County since 1979, she was the daughter of the late D.S. Whitley and Lakey Mae Southern Whitley and was preceded in death by a sister, Nancy Ann Brown; and brothers, Gary Whitley, Darrell Whitley, Jimmy Whitley, and Jack Whitley. She was a former secretary with Martin Marietta and Motorola and formerly with the Orange County Parole Board. She was a member of Miracle Deliverance Tabernacle. Survivors include her husband of over 67 years, Richard E. Myers of Riceville; one daughter and son-in-law, D. Michele Myers Pegg and husband, Larry, of Greer, S.C.; one son, Ricky Myers of Riceville; two grandchildren, Jessica Kelley Howard and Samantha N. Pegg; and two great-grandchildren, William Hunter Howard and Adeline Cheyanne Ruth. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Miracle Deliverance Tabernacle with Brother Anthony Wynn officiating. The body will lie in-state for one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in Hammonds Cemetery. Family and friends will be serving as pallbearers. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. If you are unable to attend the visitation or service, sign the guest registry at www.zieglerfuneralhome.com Ziegler Funeral Home of Athens has been entrusted with the care of Betty J. Whitley Myers.
Charles “Charlie” Oakes, 89, of Athens, died Saturday, July 6, 2019, at Life Care Center of Athens. Charles was born March 26, 1930 in Knoxville, to the late Elmer B. and Hula Barr Oakes. He was a very active member of Allen Memorial United Methodist Church in Athens, where he served as greeter for many years, and was a member of the Friendship Sunday School Class. He was a graduate of Madisonville High School and married Eva Grace Thomas on Aug. 25, 1949. He farmed for five years before joining the U.S. Air Force on Oct. 25, 1954. Charles completed basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, and remained there 11 months and was assigned to Nana Air Force base in Okinawa. Later assignments included Orlando, Fla., Spangdahlem, Germany, Seymour Johnson, N.C., Ubon, Thailand, and K.I. Sawyer, Upper Peninsula of Michigan. He and Eva were able to live most of his military service together, living with a German family for almost three years in Speicher, Germany. Charles ended his 20 years of military service at Robin Air Force Base in Georgia in 1974 and moved to Athens. He then attended Cleveland State Community College and graduated there while working at Athens Products. He transferred to Watts Bar Nuclear Plant and worked eight years as an Engineer Aide and Quality Control Electrical Inspector. He retired from TVA in August 1988. He played lead guitar with country bands at certain airbases in the states and overseas. He had been a long-time member of the McMinn Senior Activity Center, where he played guitar. He was an active gardener and enjoyed doing oil painting that he shared with family and friends. He enjoyed traveling and traveled in all states except Alaska. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Eva Thomas Oakes of Athens; two nieces, Sondra (Robert) Vaughn of Germantown, N.C., and Kristin (Rodney) Rouse of Madison, N.C.; and nephew, Steve (Paula) King of High Point, N.C. A funeral service was conducted at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9, at Allen Memorial United Methodist Church with the Rev. Steve King, Dr. Charles Ensminger and the Rev. Charla Sherbakoff officiating. The committal service was held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 10, at McMinn Memory Gardens. The family received friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the church prior to the service. Pallbearers were Tim Sharp, Tanner Collins, Chris Meadows, Michael Bryant, Jared Wright, and Charles Littleton. The family suggests memorials be made to Allen Memorial United Methodist Church, 800 Decatur Pike, Athens, TN 37303; or a charity of your choice. If you are unable to attend this service or visitation, sign the guest register at www.smithfuneralandcremationservicesofathens.com Smith Funeral & Cremation Services of Athens was honored to serve the family of Charles “Charlie” Oakes.
James “Pat” Wilson, 75, of Englewood, passed away on Monday, July 8, 2019, at his residence. He was preceded in death by his parents, Horace and Bertie Wilson; brother, Dwight Wilson; and son, Greg Wilson. Pat was a graduate of Tennessee Wesleyan; taught 30 years at Tellico Plains High School; and ministered at Starr Mountain Church of Christ. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Barbara Wilson; daughter, Lily Wilson; daughter and son-in-law, Teresa and Jerry Hale; grandson, David Owens Jr.; grandson and wife, Matthew and Holly Owens; granddaughters and spouses, Mandalyn and Touré Lewis, Jerrica and Matt Knittel, and Tori Hale; special daughter, Joan and Vernon Cross; special grandson, Myles and Paige Powell; great-grandchildren, Journey and Ali Lewis; brother and sister-in-law, Mike and Debbie Wilson; nieces, Michelle Wilson, Tonya Williams, and Christy and Stephen Barajas; great-nieces, Mandy Williams, and Cassidy and Isabella Barajas; his beloved church family at Starr Mountain Church of Christ; and friends and collages at Tellico Plains High School. Per his wishes, a graveside service was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 10, at Liberty Hill Cemetery in Englewood with Minister Johnny Jenkins officiating. No formal visitation was held. In lieu of flowers, Pat requested to remember the 2nd Commandment, “Love your neighbor as thyself” and do something for your fellow man. Bordwine Funeral Home of Etowah was in charge of arrangements. If you were unable to attend, sign the guest registry at www.bordwinefuneralhome.com