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"Our Deepest Sympathy"


Adamson, Malcolm Monroe - Superintendent of Bonny Oaks

Armstrong, Charles (Eugene, Gene)
Submitted by Robert Pete Hale, brother
gene-armstrong.jpg (13526 bytes) Pictured: Charles in the 7th grade at Bonny Oaks.
"Charles lived in the Melbourne, Florida area for about 20 years.  Charles told me that he had gone back to a personal relationship with the Lord that was planted in his heart at Bonny Oaks.  He is survived by his wife, Anne, four half brothers and his mother, Betty Shull."

Artman, Billie
The Chattanooga Times Free Press announced the death of Billie Artman.  Mrs. Artman was the beloved houseparent of many Bonny Oaks students.  She continued to work for Mr. Ken Clay at the Partnership for Families, Children and Adults department after Bonny Oaks closed.  More will be added to the website when the information comes in.  The following was sent to us by Harry Jackson:
"Willie Humbard "Billie" Artman, 84, of Hixson, died Sunday, December 4, 2005, at her residence." "Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Gary Welch officiating.  Mrs. Artman's wishes were to be cremated following the service. The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. today (Dec. 6) at Lane Funeral Home, Coulter Chapel, 601 Ashland Terrace, 423-877-3524"
Email from Mr. Adamson:  "Yes, Mrs. Artman died Sunday.  George and I are going to the home for visitation this afternoon and to the funeral tomorrow.  She was a great lady indeed!!!  Will be missed very much as she spent her life serving others!  The Adamson's."

Artman, Harold - 1993
Mr. Artman was houseparent to many during his years at Bonny Oaks, 1950-1953 and returned in 1974-1984.  Mrs. Artman will be forwarding more information for this page.

Artman, Timmie - Vietnam
Mrs. Artman will be forwarding information for this page.

Bailey, Lester C.
Submitted by Mr. Malcolm M. Adamson
Obituary from Dalton Daily Citizen, Georgia:

Bozza, Wayne
Submitted by Harry Jackson, friend
Obituary:  "Wayne Bozza, Sr., 66, died Monday, August 23, 2004, in a local hospital. Mr. Bozza was a native of Rock Island, TN, but made Chattanooga his home for most of his life. He was owner and operator of the Brainerd 76 Auto Service Station for many years. He was the son of the late A.J. "Pop" and Ilee Robbins Bozza and was a vetean of the U.S. Army. Mr. Bozza was formerly a partner in ISI Inc. and was a member of Bayside Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Betty Sue Kamin Bozza; a son, Wayne Bozza, Jr.; and a stepson, Wesley Bowman; two daughers, Tammy Bozza, one sister, Mrs. Bill (Sue) Watkins; two brothers, Jimmy (Geraldine) Bozza and Jack (Judy) Bozza. There are several grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Graveside funeral service will be at 2:30 p.m. today, August 26, in Chattanooga National Cemetery with the Rev. Eric Stitts officiating. Memorial contributions are to be made to Bayside Baptist Church or Hospice of Chattanooga. Friends may see the family at the cemetery. Arrangements are by Turner Funeral Home, Dodds Avenue Chapel, 622-3171."

Brooks, Marvin
Submitted by

Broome, Lisa (Kendrick) - Bonny Oaks 1980
Submitted by Susie Broome, sister
"Lisa was the daughter of Margaret Humphreys and sister to Susie, Karen and Chip Broome.  Lisa passed away in 1994 and left behind two children, Edward and Endia Kendrick.  My mother, Margaret Humphreys, has custody of them.  If anyone has any pictures of Lisa, I would be interested in seeing them, if possible.  God bless."

Burnett, Willard - Bonny Oaks 1932 - 1938 +-
Submitted by Adam Burnett, grandson
"Willard 'Mr. B' Burnett, 81, a longtime resident of Rossville, Georgia, died on Friday, June 23, 2006.  He was a World War II veteran, retired from Shaw Industries and was a member of Oakwood Baptist Church in Chickamauga, Georgia.  He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Mildred Burnett, of Rossville; sons, Dwayne Burnett of East Brainerd and David Burnett of Chickamauga; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Comment:  George E. Hatch and Lester B. Robison came to the visitation on Sunday, June 25, 2006.  Unfortunately, the family was not there.  However, George was able to come back later that day and visit with the family.  What a blessing it was to hear stories of Bonny Oaks and Sand Mountain.  Thank you again, George.

Burton, Ruby - Bonny Oaks Little Girls Building
Ruby was still a child and a student at Bonny Oaks when she passed away on Christmas Day, 1966.  I remember she came to the little girls building in a wheelchair and was very ill at times.  Her picture is in one of the photo albums in the Library which will be put on here when we get the albums for the website.  Ruby was always cheerful and we thought she was pretty lucky she didn't have to go to school a lot!  Tri-County Cemetery, Fort Oglethorpe.

Camp, Walter C. / Nov 1890 - June 1962. 
1947 - 1956  Maintenance Superintendent
Submitted by Charley Camp, son
walter_camp_1960.jpg (3312 bytes)"Even now I remember him as being the greatest man to ever come into my life.  Daddy was a one of a kind, for sure.  One of my vivid memories at 14 years of age was the "conference" conducted one evening in the presence of an attorney, Dr. Keese, Mrs. Crabtree, and others.  He wanted to legally adopt me and witnesses were required as I responded to his emotional plea.  There was never any doubt!  For me to drop Torbert and add Camp was a no-brainer!!  Daddy cried and I cried.  It must have been some more sight!!  Within seconds of me saying "yes", I recall feeling completely whole and clean for the first time ever.  Daddy was truly a Godsend to Bonny Oaks.  A "jack of all trades" type, he busied himself restoring campus facilities following the War.  On occasion he would laugh and say "in another life, I want to be an orphan at Bonny Oaks"!  He was a campus favorite---both among Staff and children.  For a number of years, he and Mother did double-duty as they served as Houseparents in the Big Boys' Building.  Every day was a joyous adventure for him and he had an ability to share that heartfelt exuberance with others.  Many Alumni will recall happy times with Daddy.  No doubt about it, he was SPECIAL in every way.  Mother's greatest gift to me - other than life itself - was that of giving me such a wonderful Dad.  He loved me with all his heart.

Carden, Willard, age 13 (1926) - Died from burns received when his clothes caught fire willard_carden_4yrs.jpg (15949 bytes)while burning rubbish at Bonny Oaks.  Death Certificate signed by W.S. Keese.  Picture:  Only known picture of Willard, age 4, pictured with his little sister, Lowie and Grandmother Tennie Brooks Hixson. 
Submitted by Delores Straight, Cousin
Click here to see Delores' email notifying website and Death Certificate located during a genealogy research.

Roger D. Cardin (PeeWee)
Bonny Oaks - 1962 to 1966
Submitted by William Cardin, brother.
"I am the younger brother of PeeWee.  He passed away on July 20, 2005 in Cookville, Tennessee.  He was loved by all.  William's email address is william_cardin@hotmail.com
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The information below was PeeWee's on the Alumni page and has been moved to this page in memory of Roger "PeeWee" Cardin.
cardinmrmrs.jpg (15881 bytes)  cardinr.jpg (4885 bytes)Newlyweds Roger & Martha (Mr. and Mrs. Roger Cardin married July 4, 2001). 
peewee cardin.gif (12696 bytes)Message PeeWee wrote to website:  "I believe I was the youngest one there at the time.  I do remember having my picture taken holding a world globe and I wouldn't do the picture unless I could have one of those ceramic ducks they had.  My mother kept it for years but it became lost or broken. Thank you for having this site!  Past Thoughts, Roger D. Cardin". (PeeWee with the globe was on the cover of Acorns 1965 on The Acorns pages of this website).
Click here to e-mail Martha Cardin at cardinr@hotmail.com

Carpenter, Elby  (Bonny Oaks 1978-1980)
Submitted by Donna Carpenter Cisco, sister
Message:  "
My brother and best friend (Elby Carpenter) passed away on May 31st, 2008 after a long fight with cancer with his family by his side.   He was a wonderful man with such a compassionate heart.   He has been missed so much.  He had a long journey throughout his life; however, after being diagnosed his journey became much easier.   I (Donna Carpenter Cisco) miss him daily and wish he was here with me.   He will always forever be in my heart as well as those that was touched by him as well. Sleep in Peace by brother and some day we will see each other again."

Caruthers, Johnnie Mae Ms.
Submitted by Charles L. Calloway, Sr., one of her Bonny Oaks students and lifelong friend - "Ms. Caruthers was my housemother for 14 years.  Ms. Caruthers died on April 14, 1984, in Atlanta, Georgia, where she lived with her niece at the time.  Ms. Caruthers worked at Bonny Oaks School for many years.  I also went to church with her for 22 years and I was Saved under her leadership at Bonny Oaks.  I am not kin to her but she helped raise my brothers, sisters and me at Bonny Oaks.  I miss her every day!  Love, Charles"

Castleberry, James Jr., age 35
- Bonny Oaks 1970's
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Pauline Presley sent an email to let us know of James passing on August 9, 2001.  James' obituary is on left.

Coleman, Scotty
- Bonny Oaks 1972 - 1980
Submitted by Robbie Coleman, brother - "Scotty was born on July 2, 1965.  He was 36 when he passed away on November 28, 2001, in Webster, Florida." 

Colquitt, Fred Edward Jr.  (Bonny Oaks 1963)  10/14/1945 - 02/26/2008
Submitted by Harry Jackson, friend - "Eddy graduated from Tyner High School in 1963 so several of the Bonny Oaks kids probably remember him".
Eddy_Colquitt.jpg (34468 bytes)Obituary:  Fred Edward Colquitt, Jr., 62, of Chattanooga, passed away Tuesday, February 26, 2008, at his home.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.  He graduated from Tyner High School in 1963.  He earned an AS degree from Chattanooga State Technical Community College in 1989, cum laude.  He was a member of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church.  He was preceded in death by his father, Fred Edward Colquitt, Sr., mother Jeanette Brooks Colquitt, and sister Kathy Colquitt.  Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Bonnie U. Colquitt, of Chattanooga; sister Jean Bush of Leander Texas, sister and brother-in-law, Brook and Zach Ingle, of  Chattanooga; two granddaughters Hayley and Hannah Ingle; aunt Josephine Ross of Kingston GA; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; and many close friends.  A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Monday March 3, 2008, at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church.  Visitation with family will begin at 2 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hospice of Chattanooga.  Please share your thoughts and memories at www.me.com   Arrangements by Chattanooga Funeral Home, Valley View Chapel.

Coots, Cecil A.
May 4, 1906 - September 9, 1965
(Bonny Oaks 1916)
Submitted by Mary Coots Cunningham, daughter
Beloved father, his brothers and sisters placed at Bonny Oaks upon death of parents.
Five of the six Coots children were placed at Bonny Oaks in 1916 or 1917.  Their mother (my grandmother) died in April 1917 and their father died in November 1917.  The youngest was only a few months old when his mother died.  The oldest was 16 and married.  Logically, they were placed there in 1916.  The youngest was adopted and not reunited with the other siblings until November 1949.  The only reference I can remember was that my father and his oldest brother ran away several times from Bonny Oaks and stayed in the woods along the Tennessee River.  His uncle kept sending them back.    There was a big write-up and picture in the Chattanooga paper when the children were reunited.  Also, during my teenage years, our church was involved a lot with Bonny Oaks.  Joyce Stover spent some time with our family.  Sincerely, Mary Coots Cunningham.
Dates submitted by Mary on the "Coots" Siblings from Bonny Oaks (oldest on website):
Ernest Erwin Albert Coots, 1903 - 1958
Cecil Alexander Coots, 5/04/1906 - 9/09/1965
Lillie Mae Coots, 3/14/1908 - 10/14/1994
Clara Bell Coots, 7/22/1911 - 4/13/1984
Grady Benton Coots Crawford, 1916 - 1952

Costello, Jean R.

Mrs. Costello.jpg (76566 bytes) Houseparent and Librarian.  Mrs. Costello and Ms. Billie Raulston, our Nurse at the Clinic on campus, were sisters.
Submitted by Virginia Costello Richie, daughter:
"When I was growing up, my mother was a teacher in the Chattanooga City School System.  Afterward, she was at Bonny Oaks School for seventeen years.  She served as a housemother, then as Librarian and remedial teacher.  Mother retired when she was 75 but she never gave up her interest in the children and staff of Bonny Oaks.  They, too, were her family and she always spoke of them in that manner.  On January 26, 1977 she passed away."
Submitted by Charley Camp: 
"...She introduced hundreds of children to another level of cultured living and achieving.  Only Heaven can know how many of us departed Bonny Oaks with the gift of a scrapbook she lovingly put together for our life-long enjoyment..." .  Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Crabtree, Trezavant L. (Mrs.). 
Little Boys Houseparent - early 40's - 50's
Submitted by Charley Camp
 mrs crabtree.jpg (20004 bytes)"For many years this dear woman single-handedly took care of boys residing in the Little Boys' Building.  Before World War II ended, single beds accommodated 2 boys each, so something close to 100 children were housed in this facility in 1944.  There was never a question as to who best nurtured the often-times unspoken needs of so many children.  It was as though the Angels sent Mrs. Crabtree on a mission to accept, direct, discipline, instruct, and love each child as presented.  She was gifted in so many ways.  We all felt the power of her presence and we all responded with thanksgiving.  To be "Mother" to so many required an ever present faith, compassion, and genteel desire to serve as one "called" for the fulfillment of a unique ministry.  She was truly "Special" and all who grew up influenced by her remarkable witness and example are, indeed, blessed by that awesome experience.  Just 3 days before "Cha-chee" expired in about 1967, I made a hospital visit to say "goodbye".  At peace and all alone in Intensive Care following a massive stroke, I did not think she would know me.  To my great surprise, she said, "My precious, Charles".  Five minutes or so later, she was fast asleep.  However, she asked about several of "my boys" and spoke eloquently about the "Bonny Oaks touch".  Like so many others, I am reminded often of this wonderful, Christian woman.  I have no doubt that she met The Master having accomplished her life mission.

Crawley, Uyless and Hazel
Message submitted by Paula, granddaughter "My grandparents were houseparents to the boys in Hagan Hall from the 1960's to 1970's.  They were Uyless and Hazel Crawley.  They loved their job and I always loved to come and stay with them so I could play with the boys.  My grandparents died in 1974 and 1976.

Davis, Foster B.
Message submitted by Charley Camp 
"Mr. Davis was the Dairy/Farm Manager from the early to mid 1940's.  The Davis family, sylvia_davis.jpg (80830 bytes) wife Eleanor and daughter, Sylvia.  Pictured at left is daughter, Sylvia with Mary Ann Camp and Charley Camp.  The Davis' lived in the small, wood frame dwelling later designated "Infirmary"!  These were good people---thus respected and appreciated by Staff and children alike.  Mr. Davis was hard working.  He was committed to a plentiful farm and dairy operation as needs then were acute.  Driven by the harsh realities of a war-based economy, Mr. Davis demanded maximum effort from the Big Boys assigned him for labor.  The work was grueling and never ending.  Only God in Heaven really knows how everyone managed to survive those difficult days, weeks, months, and years!  Suffice it to say that Foster B. Davis was indeed an important instrument for each campus resident during WWII.  Much of our "daily bread" then resulted from his farm/dairy know-how; strong and exemplary work ethic; organizational and time-management skills; and a genuine caring for each boy and girl.  For a period of several months prior to the arrival of Superintendent Lewis P. Lindsey, Mr. Davis served as Acting Superintendent."

Maymie Delong-Jones
Bonny Oaks - 1934 through 1938
Message submitted by Marilyn Jones-Koshinski, daugher.
"I'm sorry I have taken so long to inform you of my mother's passing.  She passed away on December 15, 2005 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  She was 86 years old.  Services will be held in Ocala Florida on March 31st 2006.  Maymie was so thrilled when a page was created for her on the Bonny Oaks website.  I can't thank you enough for doing that for her.  I miss her so.  Sincerely, Marilyn Jones-Koshinski."
Obituary submitted by Marilyn, daughter:  
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Maymie and Marilyn at Bonny Oaks on the porch of the Dent House.

Maymie E. DeLong Jones
, Born August 3, 1919 in Tennessee
Died December 15, 2005 in Albuquerque, NM

Taken from the Alumni page, Maymie's message:
  "Dr. and Mrs. Keese gave hope to all children."  Maymie lives in Albuquerque, NM.
Click here to go to Maymie's Picture Index - Photo's from 1930's and her May 2003 reunion with Clara Woody in Chattanooga.
Click here to go to Maymie's great memories of Bonny Oaks 1934-1938

Click here to email Maymie's daughter, Marilyn, at margail73@aol.com

Denson, Joann
Submitted by Mary Ann Neighbors:  Joann Denson-Eldridge lived about 2 miles from me in Soddy-Daisy, TN.  She died with cancer on January 9, 2000.   She was laid to rest in Rhea Memory Gardens in Rhea County on Highway 27 south of Dayton, Tennessee.

Driggans Brown, Lucy Mae
Message submitted by Darlene Brown Boatfield, oldest daughter.
"My mother died on 4/29/97 at the age of 66.  She and my dad, Lewis A. Brown, had been married 40 years upon her death.  Pop died on 8/21/01.  She had four children, two girls and two boys, and 10 grandchildren.  Mama told me many stories about life at Bonny Oaks, and I remember going to a reunion with her, probably back in the early 1970's.
Darlene has an email link to her on Lucy's name if you would like to write.

Driggans Thibodeau, Nancy
Message submitted by John Thibodeau, son.
"Mom died of heart problems on August 27, 2000.  She was 61 years old.  She was married to Richard Thibodeau.  He preceded her in death on April 4, 2000.  She had five children: John (Lisa) Thibodeau, Carrie (Robb) Collins, Kurt (Becky) Thibodeau, Keith (Dawn) Thibodeau, Gina (Warren) Downs.  She also had 14 grandchildren: Katie, Andrew, Brandon, Jeremy, Breanna, Linsay, Michele, Hanna, Madison, Aaron, Matthew, Kaylon, Jessica, and Dannele."
1/9/2006 Email update from son, John:  "Hello, my name is John Thibodeau.  My mom was Nancy Driggins.  She was at Bonny Oaks for many years
My mom passed away in August 2000.  My father passed away 4 months before my mom.  My dad never liked computers so they never had one.  Right after my dad died, I bought my mom a computer and she was really getting into talking to people on it but she only had less than 4 months to enjoy it before she died.  
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Click on picture to enlarge it.  Shortly after my mom died, Gordon Driggins ran into a person who knew my mom well, a Fran, and was asking about her.  Gordon told me about this website and gave Fran my email address and she shared some wonderful stories and pictures with us.  We also met Mary Ann and she has been in contact with us ever since.  We even met her on a trip to Pigeon Forge a few years ago.  I was wondering if anyone remembers stories about my mom or has some pictures of her.  We never talked about her days at Bonny Oaks as we lived in Wisconsin but I would like to learn more about those days.  Thanks for your help.  My email is journey366@aol.com.  Thanks again.  John Thibodeau.

Duncan-Lively, Maxine Imogene (Bonny Oaks 1934-1937)
duncan_lively_maxine_obit.jpg (37168 bytes)Message submitted by her daughter, Norma Jean Camp.  "Maxine Imogene Duncan  was born in Wartburg, Tennessee.  Her family moved to Chattanooga when she was a baby.  They lived in the Eastdale area of Chattanooga.  She lived there until she maxine_duncan.jpg (66353 bytes) went to live at Bonny Oaks after her mother passed away in 1934.  Her father had passed way in 1931.  She was a resident there from 1934-1937.  Her sister Aldene Duncan  was also a resident there.   After leaving Bonny Oaks , she met and married Lloyd Lively at the age of 17.    They were married for 44 years when her husband passed away.  She retired from Downtown General Hospital in Chattanooga.  She worked in the business office.  She was a very good cook and loved cooking for her family, especially on holidays.  She could also sew, crochet and knit.  She would make afghan, quilts and etc, which she prided in giving to her family.  Which I believed that she learned all of these things while at Bonny Oaks.  Everyone including the grandchildren loved to go and visit Mammaw and Pappaw.   She passed away in September 1996. She was survived by 5 children, 16 grandchildren and several  great grandchildren..  She is sadly missed by everyone."

Click here to email Maxine's daughter, Norma Jean, at njc4419@hotmail.com
Message submitted by her son, Bob Lively.  "My mother was raised at Bonny Oaks School from early childhood until her graduation from high school. We don't know much about her years at Bonny Oaks, as she didn't talk about it very much.  This site and possibly pictures during her early childhood that might surface will help us put the puzzle together.  I will continue to monitor this site for anything pertaining to my mother, Maxine Duncan Lively. I live in south Florida and can't attend the reunion but very interested in finding out anything pertaining to my mother.  Bob Lively".  Bob and his sister, Norma, have both contacted the website and would like to hear from anyone that remembers their mother.
Click here to email Maxine's son, Bob, at BLively777@aol.com
Message submitted by her son, Bill Lively, Feb 3, 2006.  "Hello, My name is Bill Lively.  My mother, Maxine Duncan and aunt, Aldene Duncan stayed at Bonny Oaks in their early childhood.  I would like to get any information on them while they stayed there.  I saw one picture of my mother in a dentist chair.  She never talked about her stay there.  I was able to attend the reunion held.  Thanks, Bill Lively.
Click here to email Maxine's son, Bill, at blively@xgsi.com

Ellis, Joe Edward (Bonny Oaks 1930's/1940's)
Ellis, James (Bonny Oaks 1930's/1940's)
Submitted by Theresa Ellis, Joe's daughter - "I am looking for information on the Ellis Brothers who were at Bonny Oaks in the late 30's and early 40's.  To the best of my knowledge, they have all passed away.  I am the only child of Joe Ellis.  James passed away last year.  Bill was last known to have lived in Birmingham, Alabama.  No one has any specific information on Eugene except that he moved to California long ago.  Any information would be appreciated.  Joe passed away in 1965 in the Army in Germany."
Click here to email Joe's daughter, Theresa Annette Ellis Miller

Evans, John - Died 1980 (Bonny Oaks 1944 - reentered 1946 to 1951)
Submitted by nephew and wife, Carolyn and David Wilson
"My husband's Mom and siblings were at Bonny Oaks in the early to mid 1940's.  We only know about her and Johnny Evans, who is pictured on one of the group pictures submitted by Dewane Kidwell.  Johnny had two other siblings there.  Wanda Louise Evans was my husband's mother who died in 1958.  Johnny died in 1980, while living in Florida.  The others were Artie Mae Evans (Bonny Oaks 6-15-44 to 11-5-44) and Mack Evans (Bonny Oaks 6-15-44 to 11-5-44) (taken for a while by Roy and Pauline Rogers?).  We have all the records from Bonny Oaks about the children.  We have not been able to locate Mack or Artie.  The last we have been able to track was 1964-65 time-frame."
Submitted by Dewane Kidwell, friend to Johnny at Bonny Oaks:  "Hi Carolyn and David.  What a nice surprise to hear from you.  My brothers and I often talked about Johnny (Jew baby), that was his nickname as I was called Brown Bean...John and I were the best of friends.  After leaving Bonny Oaks in 1953, we lost contact with one another.  He may have left before I did.  He was often in my thoughts through the years.  That is Johnny in the picture in the cafeteria that I submitted.  Dewane".
If you have any information for Carolyn or David, please email them with the email link on Wanda and John's name above.

Evans, Wanda Louise - Died 1958 (Bonny Oaks 1944)
Submitted by daughter-in-law, Carolyn Wilson and son, David Wilson
"My husband's Mom and siblings were at Bonny Oaks in the early to mid 1940's.  We only know about her and Johnny Evans, who is pictured on one of the group pictures submitted by Dewane Kidwell.  Johnny had two other siblings there.  Wanda Louise Evans was my husband's mother who died in 1958.  Johnny died in 1980, while living in Florida.  The others were Artie Mae Evans (Bonny Oaks 6-15-44 to 11-5-44) and Mack Evans (Bonny Oaks 6-15-44 to 11-5-44) (taken for a while by Roy and Pauline Rogers?).  We have all the records from Bonny Oaks about the children.  We have not been able to locate Mack or Artie.  The last we have been able to track was 1964-65 time-frame."
If you have any information for Carolyn or David, please email them with the email link on Wanda and John's name above.

Charles Frost - 1990's (Bonny Oaks 1953 - 1960) and
Jerry Frost - 1990's (Bonny Oaks 1954 - 19600
Submitted by brother, Raymond Frost
Hello, My name is Raymond Frost, brother of Charles and Jerry Frost. Charles and Jerry passed away in late 1990's.
blueonblue21@yahoo.com Raymond

William "Billy" Oliver Fry
Submitted by Dr. Harry R. Jackson, Bonny Oaks' brother
Bonny Oaks 1958-1959

Our Bonny Oaks brother, William (Billy) Fry, passed away this morning in the ICU at Erlanger Hospital, Chattanooga.  His sister will let us know arrangements for a memorial service as soon as they are available. Billy loved his Bonny Oaks' family very much and he will be missed by all of us.  Please pray for Billy and his family.


William "Billy" Fry
Fort Polk, Louisiana
1966 - Vietnam Vet
13 1/2 years in Army
Three tours of Vietnam

Obituary sent by Dr. Harry R. Jackson
Fry, William Oliver
Obit posted January 11, 2012

William Oliver Fry, 63, of Soddy Daisy, died on Tuesday, January 10, 2012.
He was born in Floyd County, Georgia, son of the late Silas Franklin and Annie Roberson Fry.
He was retired from the U.S. Army, having served in the Vietnam War. He was a charter member, life member and past president of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 203. He was also past president of the Tennessee State Council of Vietnam Veterans of America.
He was the recipient of the Charles H. Coolidge Award (veteran of the year) from the Chattanooga Area Veterans Council in 1985 and was a member of Disabled American Veterans Chapter 6.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Jimmy Fry.
Survivors are a sister, Martha Sue (Ellsworth) Mines of Chattanooga; brothers, Ricky (Charlette) Fry and Dicky Fry all of Bryant, Ala.
A graveside memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, January 16, at Chattanooga National Cemetery with Chaplain Phil Minton officiating. Full military honors will be performed by Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 203.
Arrangements are by Chattanooga Funeral Home Crematory and Florist, North Chapel, 5401 Highway 153, Hixson, Tn. 37343.

Click here for pictures of Services at Chattanooga National Cemetery

Games, Norma Ruth
Submitted by Mary Ann Neighbors Poe: 
Norma Ruth passed away last Sunday, September 29, 2002.  Sending the obituary through the mail.

Giles-Hodge, Juanita Marie - Died 1986 (Bonny Oaks 1930's)
Submitted by Joanne Recter, daughter.

Glover, Anna Mae  (Bonny Oaks 1930's)
Message submitted by Gil Lusk, son of Anna Mae - "

Glover, Sara (Bonny Oaks 1930's)
Message submitted by Gil Lusk, nephew of Sara - "
I was pleased to see two pictures on the website of my mother's younger sister, Sara Glover, who was also a Bonny Oaks alumnae.   These are images I had never before seen.  Sara died about 15 years ago.  Dr. Keese officiated at her wedding in 1958. "
Note: Please see Gil Lusk's emails on the Bulletin Board, 5/11/04 and 5/12/04.

Gorski, Karen
Message submitted by Peter Gorski, husband, via Harry Jackson 
"Karen Gorski and her husband, Peter, were houseparents to the 8 - 12 year old boys at Hagan Hall from 1979 to 1983.  Karen passed away on July 1, 1997, in Ohio.  She leaves her husband, Peter, and three children.  She was well loved by the boys because of her kindness and unconditional love for them."  If you knew Karen and Peter, a message can be forwarded to Peter through Harry Jackson, his link is provided on Karen's name above.

Gregory-Elder, Alice Ruth
alice_ruth_gregory_elder_ob.jpg (68493 bytes) "Mrs. Elder taught the 4th grade at Bonny Oaks from 1948 to 1950.  alicegregory_elder_obit2.jpg (64771 bytes)She was in an assisted living home when she passed away on September 30, 2002.  Mrs. Elder was born on November 19, 1917.  Decatur Cemetery, Decatur Tennessee.

Hagan, Marion O.
Message submitted by Charley Camp 
"By every measurement standard, this was truly an outstanding man!  Even as a young boy I knew  Mr. Hagan was SPECIAL.  More importantly, all children on campus knew he was "a cut above" and the Staff Member responsible for paying bills and purchasing groceries. 
    As Business Manager/Bookkeeper, Mr. Hagan worked long hours.  While not directly involved in our day-to-day care, he was certainly a key life-line. This kind and good man labored diligently to maintain administrative order while basic needs for food, clothing and shelter were assured in a timely fashion for all. 
    In a way not understood at times, Mr. Hagan cared passionately for every child and staff member on campus.  Often times he was pre-occupied with the mundane details of balancing books, juggling available funds, and buying  necessary items, at bargain value, he frequently created while ordering by telephone.  He was known throughout Chattanooga as a no-nonsense kind of "Businessman Missionary" assigned to Bonny Oaks for specific reasons.  In ordering supplies, this man of many gifts often times created bargains with his skillful and  humane bargaining tactics and his unashamed devotion to Bonny Oaks children. 
    This gentle soul was a Master at his craft.  Most of us, I think, recognized that we stood in the presence of greatness when we entered his office for an informal visit or because we were delivering a message.  Always tender with us, Mr. Hagan derived considerable joy when we lingered long enough to view his books and be introduced to accounting.  To him, every boy was meant to "organize and appreciate detail".
    Pleasant memories for me as I try to finish this tribute include:  Watching him nap after lunch.  We, 2 or 3 pals and I, would stand on the steps of the original Little Boys' Building, giggling as he bobbed back and forth during his nap!  Also, the boisterous singing he did driving to and from work each day!
    The simple, straight and compact architectural lines used in the design of Hagan Hall (the new Little Boys' Building) speak eloquently to this Christian's saintly service on behalf of  deserving boys and girls.  Mr. Hagan enjoyed the SIMPLE things in life.  Mr. Hagan was STRAIGHT with his fellowman.  And, Mr. Hagan had a knack for expertly reducing huge amounts of complex numbers to COMPACT works of art.  He did all of this and more with a kind spirit and a joyful intermingling with his "Bonny Oaks Family" 
    All of us who were sustained by his  goodness, remain validated and affirmed by his service and witness."  Charley Camp
White Oak Cemetery.

Hendrix, Berlie
berlie.jpg (3710 bytes) Bonny Oaks Maintenance.  Apison Cemetery.

Hickman, John
Submitted by Richard Hickman, son
"I believe my father was there in the early 1900 to 1915.  His name was John Hickman, no middle name.  He told me that he was there.  He passed away in 1974."

Hill, Larry Eugene (Gene) Hill (Bonny Oaks 1953-1957)
Larry Eugene Hill, 66, a lifelong resident of Chattanooga and a member of White Oak Baptist Church, passed away May 27, 2011. He was the owner of a printing business and a member of The Alhambra Shriners.  Larry was preceded in death by his brother, James Vernon Hill. Survivors include his wife, Mary A. Hill; son, Michael Hill of Chattanooga  and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 31 at Lane Funeral Home, Ashland Terrace with Harry Jackson officiating. Interment will follow in Chattanooga Memorial Park. Visitation is 10:00-3:00 p.m. Tuesday at Lane Funeral Home, 601 Ashland Terrace. Visit www.lanefh.com to share condolences.

Bonny Oaks Alumni at Gene's Funeral - First row (l-r) Mary Ann Neighbors Poe, George Frazer, Mary Chambers Ellis, Pauline Presley, Christine Haven, Harry Jackson.  Back row (l-r) James Ellis, Jerry Presley, Douglas Hawk, Harold Stewart, Jesse Presley
Bonny Oaks Alumni at Gene's Funeral - (l-r) Robert (Bobby) Smith, Ronnie Yarbrough, Jerry Presley, Jesse Presley, Harold Stewart

Hill, Jimmy - (Bonny Oaks 1952 - 1958)
Submitted by Gene Hill, brother:  "My brother, who many of you knew, Jimmy Hill, grew up at Bonny Oaks from 1952 to 1958.  He died in California on December 5, 2000.  He is missed very much."

Frances (Frankie or Fran) Holden
Bonny Oaks - 1944 to 1949.
Rosene, Fran and Maxine in picture taken at Bonny Oaks.
holden_sisters.jpg (15996 bytes)Message:  "I often think back to my years at Bonny Oaks and realize how good I had it.  I miss those times and the friends I had."

Click here to read Frankie's "Memories" of when she fled from a hair cut and other memories of her Bonny Oaks days!
Click here to see Fran's "Home Pictures".

George L. Holden, Jr.
george_holden_17yrs_and_tex_morse_korea1950.jpg (8871 bytes)Bonny Oaks - 1943 to 1948.George, at 17 years old (left), and Tex Morse, Korea 1950.
Message:  "Bonny Oaks School was probably the best thing that ever happened to me.  It has been a while.  I had three sisters and one brother that were also at the school.  The sisters were Rosene, Maxine and Frances.  Rosene being the oldest, then Max and Fran.  My brother's name was Ed.  Rosene and Ed passed away in 1993 within three weeks of each other.  Maxine lives in Nashville and Fran lives in Houston.  Fran is the one who found the website.  After I left the school, I enlisted in the Army, so did Ed.  We were both in the Korean War (too young).  We were there from 1950 to 1951.  We crossed paths twice while in Korea.  After the military, I got married, moved to Detroit, had two daughters and moved back to Chattanooga in 1959.  My wife passed away in 1996.  She and Bonny Oaks is the best thing that ever happened to me.  I have three grandkids (20, 21 & 23).  That's about all about me in a nutshell, good to hear from you.  P.S. I knew all the Kidwell boys.  Good Luck!"  George Holden

Holden, Maxine (Bonny Oaks 1944 to 1949) 
Submitted by Fran Holden, sister:  "My beloved sister and best friend, Maxine, passed away on January 7, 2003, at her home in Nashville, Tennessee".
holden_sisters.jpg (15996 bytes)Rosene, Fran and Maxine in picture taken at Bonny Oaks.
Maxine's Message from the Alumni page: "Thanks to my sister, Fran Holden, who found this website for me.  I got very excited just reading a lot of familiar names and places and especially a lady named Mrs. Turner, whom I loved dearly.  Max"
Click here to read Maxine's "Memories" page including Mrs. Turner's ghost-tales.
Click here to see Mac's "Home Pictures".

 Holder, Rebecca and Albert
Message submitted by David Hannah, nephew:  "My aunt and uncle were children at the Bonny Oaks School.  They are both deceased.  May I add their names to the Bonny Oaks registry.  Rebecca Holder, 7/20/1926 - 7/09/1988;  Albert Holder, 10/19/1924 - 2/27/1975.  I think this is a great web page."

 Holloway, Amanda Rose (Block) - 1922 - 2001 (Bonny Oaks 1937  to 1942)
Message submitted by Art Prichard, Alumni and Friend:  "Amanda Rose died on May 11, 2001, at the age of seventy-nine (79).  She was a dear friend of my sisters, Gerry and Billie Prichard, and mine.  She was the older sister of my friend and mentor, Jack Holloway, who helped me through those difficult years as a new-boy of 8 to 12 years old at Bonny Oaks.  A poised and caring young woman, in my young eyes she was simply beautiful, but, in genuine modesty, she wouldn't have believed it for a minute!  We wish condolences and peace to her family and to all who knew and loved her."
Holloway, Thelma (Bonny Oaks 1937  to 1938)
Submitted by Johnnie Holloway, sister:  "My sister, Thelma, passed away last month, July 9, 2001, in California.  She had been blind and crippled for many, many years but she had a heart of gold."
Alumni, Johnnie also lost her younger sister, Sue, within a month of Thelma's death.  Sue, a toddler when Johnnie and Thelma were sent to Bonny Oaks, was raised by their grandmother.  Please remember Johnnie in your prayers, cgh. 

Houser, Stephen Louis (Bonny Oaks 1954 to 1955)
Submitted by Davisa, daughter:

Obit:  "Steve L. Houser, 68, of Soddy-Daisy, passed away Wednesday, July 6, 2011, at his home. His peace of Heaven was his home on Mowbray Mountain, but now he has gone to his real home to be with Jesus. His pride and joy was his daughter, Davisa, and his grandchildren she gave him. He was a truck driver, after which he ran a catering truck and produce stand. His customers loved him and would not buy from anyone else. He enjoyed entertaining, telling jokes and playing his guitar. He never met a stranger and had a smile that lit up a room. Fishing was his passion and had to have 2 or 3 cups of Coffee and smokes to wake up start his day. When this world has turned you down and not a true friend can be found, remember me, Im the one who loves you. He is survived by his daughter, Davisa Dawn Shepherd; grandchildren, Hannan Shepherd, Benjamin Shepherd, Jacob Shepherd, David Shepherd; son, David Houser; brother, Tyrone Delano Houser; sisters, Semoan Blum, Mary Lena Horvath.Funeral service will be 3 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Carl Hunsucker officiating. Interment will follow the service at Houser Family Cemetery. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.williamsonandsons.com. Visitation 2-9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Arrangements are by Williamson & Sons Funeral Home, 8852 Dayton Pike, Soddy-Daisy, TN 37379."

Humphreys, Monroe - Bonny Oaks 1947 - 1951
Submitted by Margaret Humphreys Broome, sister
"Monroe passed away on May 19, 1975.  Monroe died of cancer at the age of 42."

Jackson, Patricia A. (Pat) - Bonny Oaks from 1953 to 1961
Submitted by Harry Jackson, brother
pat_jackson.jpg (27717 bytes)"Pat died on October 13, 1998.  She and I talked often of the positive impact Bonny Oaks had on our lives, and more specifically, the individuals who touched, "made up", The Bonny Oaks School...both staff and her childhood friends.  She is missed!"

John Coleman (J.C.) Kalleen - First Superintendent of Bonny Oaks 1897
Obituary: Chattanooga Times, page 2, 23 Dec 1928. John Coleman Kalleen , 82, first superintendent of Bonny Oaks School and widely known for his work in schools throughout the country, passed away at 3:30 Saturday afternoon at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Claude E. Sprague, wife of the Rev. Mr. Sprague, 718 Oak Street. He had been sick for some time, but recently appeared to be improved. There was a relapse early yesterday, however, and the end came several hours later.
Mr. Kalleen was superintendent of Bonny Oaks for several years, and he was also in charge of the New Jersey State School at Jamesburg for two years. He was connected with the Government Industrial School in Washington D.C., for some time. The greater part of his life was spent in school work, and he was known and loved by a host of friends here and elsewhere. He was a member of the Central Presbyterian Church and the Masonic Order. He was born in New York City.
Surviving are his widow, two daughters, Mrs. Sprague, this city, and Mrs. Earl Hensley, of Birmingham; and two sons, James L. Kalleen, of Indianapolis, Ind., and John Roy Kalleen, of Mobile, Ala.
Funeral services will be held from the residence, 718 Oak Street, at 2:30 Monday afternoon, the Rev. T. S. McCallie officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Hills. Funeral arrangements in charge of Wann's. Pallbearers will be J. B. Minigan, Grover C. Brown, of Cleveland, J. I. Harrison, of Cleveland; Herman Ferger, Sr., J. W. Massey and Lucius Alford.

Click here to read the Kalleen genealogy page.

Keese, Mrs. William Shelton, Sr. - 7/19/59
"Mother of Bonny Oaks School"
Wife to Dr. Keese, Superintendent of Bonny Oaks.  "To meet the manifold needs of the underprivileged children entrusted to the stewardship of The Bonny Oaks School, she strived tirelessly, lovingly, and graciously.  Clothing for this little girl, care for the injured arm of this young lad, comfort for this recent arrival from a broken home, she provided sedulously and resourcefully.  For all she succeeded in creating, to a remarkable degree, the magic of a home atmosphere, the charm of music, and the love of God and Country.  One of her fondest dreams materialized into the beautiful Memorial Chapel" Excerpts taken from "The Bonny Oaks School, Service of Commemoration for Mrs. William S. Keese, Sr."

Keese, Dr. William Shelton, Sr. - Age 95 -  Superintendent of Bonny Oaks.
Obituary submitted by Jerry Kidwell
dr_keese_obituary.jpg (43495 bytes)  Dr. Keese was an extraordinary man!
Obituary Excerpt: "Bonny Oaks, since its establishment in 1897, had been considered a home for delinquent boys and girls.  Under the leadership of Dr. Keese and his first wife, it soon came to be regarded as a home for dependent children from broken homes who had no other place to go.  It was a matter of great pride to Dr. Keese that so many of Bonny Oaks alumni have done so well in life."

Keith, Jessie - Died April 1975
Submitted by Harry Jackson, son
"Mother lived at Bonny Oaks from 1918 to about 1927, nine years.  I know this is a long time ago but, perhaps, someone may have known her.  Knowing her life before Bonny Oaks, I know that she was far better off having been taken away from her home environment".

Kidwell, Jerry - Bonny Oaks 1940's (8/27/1934 - 6/22/2002)

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Golden Knights Parachutist Tribute Jerry's Parachute Jump Burial in Arlington National Cemetery  U.S. Armed Forces Collage Jerry's

jerrykidwell_car.jpg (101876 bytes) Submitted by Dewane Kidwell, brother - "6-23-02: Sorry to give you some bad news.  Jerry passed away last night.  We had talked to him Weds. evening & he said he wasn't doing too good but still had hopes to make the reunion.   We haven't heard anything on the burial but hope to hear something."
Submitted by Nannette Kidwell, wife, and Jill, step-daughter (email address is link on Nannette and Jill's name) - "Jerry was looking forward to going to the reunion on July 27th, 2002.  He was also looking forward to sharing with the Alumni, his happiness of his new life with his wife, Nannette.  Jerry and Nannette met in 1977.  Jerry loved to travel and he and Nannette shared a life of traveling through Mexico and the United States since 1996.  For the past six years they built a relationship and expressed it fully through their marriage on May 18, 2002.  Jerry's passing was sudden from his cancer due to "Agent Orange".  He was laid to rest with military honors in Arlington National Cemetery.  Jerry was honored and proud to serve his country."
Submitted by Christine Haven - "It was very heartbreaking to hear the news of Jerry's passing.  His illness was courageously endured.  I know he was looking forward to being at the Reunion.  Jerry was an active participant in the website and it's extremely sad to see our Bonny Oaks brother go from the Alumni page to the "In Memory of..." page.   See you in Heaven, Jerry!"  God Bless the Kidwell family."
Submitted by Charley Camp - "Dear Ones, A few minutes ago I decided to check e-mail, so now have the sad news regarding Jerry's demise last night.  One vivid memory I have of Jerry from childhood days at Bonny Oaks was him picking-up a mammoth, metal five gallon can of milk at the dairy --- and on a brutal cold winter morning, carrying it on his shoulders to one of the Dining Rooms.  Today, such sounds impossible for one so young!  However, this was a routine and daily part of his duty as "a Big Boy" on campus then.  The fact that Bobby before him had attended the same duty might have played into Jerry's being content to work this way and not complain.  At any rate, he labored hard and long for the care he received as part of the 1940s Dependent Children population.  Also, he agreeably made it possible for smaller and weaker boys to serve in less strenuous jobs.  Without question, Jerry's humanity; his kind ways; his big heart; and his strength and stature helped pave the way for others at Bonny Oaks to live an easier life.  All who knew him will remember essentially what I've shared herein.  He was a big and loving Teddy Bear-type!  He leaves the world a better place. May Ronald, Donald and Dewane --- and all whom they love and hold dear at this time, be comforted during the bereavement period.  And may Jerry's family members and loved ones find peace and joy in the good memories of his life well lived. Peace, my Brother,  Charles   (June 23, 2002)."

Ledford, Danny "Wallace"
Submitted by Teresa Ledford Brown, sister
"Danny was my brother.  He was one of the "rowdy boys".  But he always made Virginia and me smile even if our mom never came to see us on visiting Sundays.  Scuffed patent leather shoes to you, babe.  I miss your crooked smile."

Leonard, Mrs. Reola

Housemother for over 20 years to the boys and girls.

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Submitted by Charley Camp
Mr. Lindsey served as Superintendent following World War II.  This special couple did not have children of their own but they were genuinely devoted to their "Bonny Oaks Family".  Mrs. Lindsey loved cats, children, and her Presbyterian husband! Mr. Lindsey was an aggressive, no nonsense kind of fellow.  He immediately ordered and made provisions for more variety in meals and a re-distribution of the workload being handled each day by the Big Boys on campus.  Within weeks of his arrival, Bonny Oaks was huge in the chicken farming business.  Fresh eggs and hot biscuits with butter and robert_wilkins.jpg (9753 bytes)jelly was a morning ritual! (Robert Wilkins gathering eggs in picture). We began eating apple sauce, apple butter, a variety of jellies and jams, pancakes with maple syrup, bananas, hot chocolate, bacon, sausage, cheese toast and other delicious breakfast foods most of us had never experienced before.  Wow, what a difference he made!  Rev. Lindsey's presence was unmistakable.  He enjoyed being our Superintendent and he knew what to do to improve things.  Sometimes a bit gruff, Mr. Lindsey did not tolerate laziness or one's being content to "just get by".  From the Chapel pulpit each Sunday afternoon, he told us moving stories - all undergirded with a particular moral meant to help us cope and grow responsibly.  This was an action-oriented leader!  He enjoyed walking and for some of us little guys who wanted to be with him, it was all but impossible to keep up when he moved from one building to the next.  His walk was a "penguin trot"!  Another sweet memory includes the wonderful tales he shared about the beauty of the New England states and the lasting impact nature had on his developmental years.  Short-tempered on occasion, Mr. Lindsey's bark was much worse than his bite as they say!  Deep down, he was something very, very special.  He came to Bonny Oaks at just the right time.  The numerous changes he made were the beginning of the "institution" becoming a "loving, nurturing Home for all".  I last visited with Mr. and Mrs. Lindsey in Nashville, Tennessee in 1977.  Retired, and in failing health, both of these wonderful "Christian missionaries" wept as I entered their little home and as I said "goodbye" two hours later.  Alumni who knew them will gladly validate the magnitude of their giftedness and the great contribution each made to Bonny Oaks.


Samuel Kane Lusk (Sammy)
11/03/1949 - 5/01/2010

Bonny Oaks 1959-1963

Samuel Kane Lusk, 60, of Rossville, died Saturday, May 1, 2010 at his home. Sammy was of the Baptist faith and was a son of the late Harley & Nellie Lusk and was also preceded in death by a sister, Ann. He was a past member of Steamfitters Local #43 and Viet Nam Vets Chapter # 203. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in Viet Nam. Survivors include his wife, Vicki E. Lusk, two sons, Robert Lee (Shannon) Lusk, Raleigh, NC; Samuel Eddie (Vicki) Lusk, Soddy-Daisy, TN; brother, Danny (Dian) Lusk, Ringgold; three sisters, Linda Lusk, Gale ( Chip) Samples and Dale Lusk, all of Chattanooga; five grandchildren, Victoria LeeAnn Lusk, Springfield, MO; Jackson Lee Lusk, Raleigh, NC; Kane Lusk, Ethan Lusk and Noah Lusk, all of Soddy-Daisy, TN; several nieces and nephews.
Private graveside services will he held in National Cemetery with Danny Lusk officiating. Visit www.heritagefh.com to share words of comfort to the family. There will be no visitation at the funeral home. Arrangements are by Heritage Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 7454 E. Brainerd Road, Chattanooga TN.  Cemetery:Chattanooga National Cemetery, 1200 Bailey Avenue, Chattanooga TN 37404.


Marshall, Joyce
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  Joyce died from open heart surgery, November 1961.  She was always a sweet girl and well liked by everyone.  If you knew Joyce, please send your written memories of her to the website.  Cowan Cemetery.

Martin, Donald Lewis, Jr.
Submitted by Don's son:  "My father, Don Martin, was at Bonny Oaks in the 40's, I think.  He also had sisters and a brother there.  Don passed away at age 60.  If anyone knows anything about his time at Bonny Oaks, please share.  He was the father of 3 sons and had three grandchildren at the time of his death.  He worked at Rock Tenn Paper Mill in Chattanooga for over 35 years.  I think he attended City High and played football and baseball.  He was a Golden Gloves boxing champion and boxed in the U.S. Army.  I am his second son, Bob.  We miss our Dad and remember him fondly."

Martin, Ledford D. (L.D. or Junior) May 21, 1919 - May 21, 2002
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Submitted by Roberta Martin, wife.

"This has helped me so much. I feel like I am doing something for my husband. I am still working through the grieving process, and not having much success on some days. This does help me. I hope I can get Harry involved. I think he could benefit also.  LD-Martin-Navy-Days-1.jpg (62848 bytes)Our family is very interested in unraveling the mystery of the early years of both Don and his brother.  We had been married for at least fifteen or sixteen years before I learned that he had grown up at Bonny Oaks after his father died.  He retired in 1974, we moved back to Tennessee and every time we went to Chattanooga he wanted to go through the school grounds and see it one more time.  The only names I can rememberWinston-and-LD-Martin-1989-.jpg (49462 bytes) him talking about were Mr. Keese, the Prater brothers and Roy Smith (played on his football team).  He passed away on his 83rd birthday.  I would like to inscribe the school's motto, "Mighty Oaks from Little Acorns Grow", on his headstone.  His brother Harry Winston Martin survives him.  Thank you for all that you do.....as ever, Roberta."
Please click here to read L.D.'s obituary.

McKeel, Margaret (1933-1975)(Bonny Oaks 1940's)
Submitted by Debbie Williams, daughter
"My mother passed away in 1975.  Before my mother passed away she told me that she was placed at Bonny Oaks after her mother had died.   Also, some of her siblings were placed at Bonny Oaks."

Metcalf, Jessie
Submitted by Mary Ann Neighbors-Poe
"Mrs. Jessie Metcalf was housemother to the little girls for the five years I was there .  Then she went to the little boys dept. She passed away. But I am not sure of the date"

Miolen, Michael (Mikey)  5/3/1948 - 5/11/2001
Submitted by Paula Vandiver
Mikey was at Bonny Oaks from the early 1960's to the late 1960's.  Paula writes, "My brother, Fred, and I just came from attending the funeral of Mike Miolen.  He was a long-time friend, as close a friend as one can get without being related.  I would like to honor Mike and let the people who knew him from Bonny Oaks know of his passing.  Mike was a good person and a friend to all that knew him."
Submitted by Pete Hale: "I knew and cared for Mikey Miolen.  He was a good friend at Bonny Oaks.  At Tyner, he was the most popular and the best athlete.  He was a Great football player and Golden Gloves boxer.  I remember the longest standing ovation of the tournament given to him by the crowd.  I missed him when he left Bonny Oaks and wish his family well."

Tommy Curtis Neighbors
Bonny Oaks - Nov 1949 to June 1954
Message:  "Hi, I am Tommy Neighbors.  My brother, Cassidy and I, along with our two sisters, Eva Jane Neighbors and Mary Ann Neighbors, were at Bonny Oaks for 5 years.  I am married and have one son, David Neighbors.  My wife, Myrtle, is at the present time in a nursing facility due to a terminal illness. We live in and around Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee.  I am looking forward to and hoping to see all of you at the reunion.  Most of you guys may remember me as the boy who ran away a lot.  I ran off a couple of times."
Click here to email Tommy's sister, Mary Ann, at thesingingnone@aol.com

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Message:  Mr. Nick was killed in a car accident a few miles from Bonny Oaks School where he worked as the Maintenance Director for 28 years.  Memorial Gardens Cemetery.  You can email Mr. Nick's daughter, Teri, at terisart@yahoo.com
Submitted by Pete Hale:
"Any time "Nick" was around...you would hear his great laugh...He always lifted our spirits...and always asked us about what we were up to...at school or sports or whatever our interests.  He was an encourager.  He made a difference in our lives.  I remember several times we would be in the swimming pool 'after hours', we would hear Nick open his door and roar.....'Who Dares Swim in My Pool?".  We ran for our lives as we heard his loud threats...and his laughter...!  He was a good Man!!"  Pete Hale, 1961-1967.

Nichols, Pamela Lashonne (Slaton)
Submitted by Teri Nichols, sister
 I am Teri Nichols (Tolbert) .. Pam was my sister, and our Father and Mother were Nick and Gloria Nichols.  Mother and Dad have been gone for a number of years now .. BUT, Pam passed away from a short illness on March 8, 2010.  I will miss my sisser ... Some of the BOS students from those years may remember me (Teri) and Pam.  (Our dad, Nick, was the maintenance man for over 30 yrs.)  terisart@yahoo.com 

Page, Thomas (Tom)

Submitted by Hannah Jane Griffith, daughter
Thomas Page passed away March 17, 2008 . He passed peacefully after a battle with ALS. He was surrounded by family, and each person felt his loss. His legacy of his optimism, love of learning, and sense of humor live on in his five children and nine grandchildren.

Poague, Nick and Marie
Submitted by Harry Jackson as told by their son, Donald
Message:  Mr. and Mrs. Poague were houseparents to the Big Boys.  Mr. Poague was coach of the 1960 boxing team.  He passed away in December 1964 and Mrs. Poague, beloved housemother, passed away on April 19, 1997.  Donald will be forwarding a picture soon.

Prater, Charles  "Alvin" - Bonny Oaks 1928 - 1934
Submitted by Martha Dwyer, daughter
Message:  "My dad, Dr. Charles Alvin Prater, died January 2, 2006 - 89 years old.  I was thrilled to find out through a family friend who resides in Chattanooga about your website. 
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Please read the information sent by Martha, they are wonderful tributes to her dad, a Bonny Oaks boy.
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Alvin was a Tyner High School Graduate and went on to college and became a Doctor.  He was an honor pupil for four years at Tyner, winner of Springfield Me Alumnae Medal, WCTU Medal, Extra Curriculum Certificate, winner of Times Race February 1932.  He entered Washington and Lee University, working his way through college and was Outstanding in sports Track.

Prater, Raymond 
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Radford, Rev. John Lewis
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Reverend John Lewis Radford
May 2, 1931 - May 24, 2007
Submitted by Charles Calloway - Bonny Oaks "son"
He was a good man, a good Dad and a good friend.  When I was a little boy I didn't understand the things he tried to teach me.  The things that I know now.  When I was young he tried to teach me about the world, how it would be.  I still didn't understand at that time how to treat a young lady, how to go to church - I wasn't getting the picture.  So when I became a young man and went to work, I began to understand what he was talking about.  I got married, started having children and it kicked in what he was trying to tell me.  When you are a child you don't understand what your mother and father want you to know about some things.  We have to learn on our own.  Daddy showed me how to be a man.  I am what he put inside of me.  I always told him I loved him so much and I would tell him all the time, "Dad, thank you for being my friend and for teaching me about the Lord Jesus Christ."  I told him and mother they are the best thing that could have come out of Bonny Oaks School.
   I believe dad, Rev. John Lewis Radford, lived what he preached.  Even when he was in a nursing home he would still talk about the Lord.  I would go in and ask him, "Who did you preach to today?" and he would say, "Whoever would listen!".  I would go in to see him some time and he would be there just talking to the Lord and he would say to me, "Come on, let's go to church, go get Faith and Moma, they want to go too."  I can see him smiling right now at me.  He would always ask me what had I been doing that took me a long time to come and see him.  He told me that he comes before me.  That is the kind of man he was.  On May 2, 2007, he turned 76 years old.  Faith and I had a party for him.  I took him outside and he was so happy to be there.  He loved the sunshine.  He had a great time on his birthday.  He wanted me to talk to him all day long.  He was enjoying his party that we had given him.  So on May 5, 2007, I asked him how was the party and he said it was too short.
   I thank God for him.  I will always have good memories of the good ole days with him.  There are a lot of young men who are doing great because Rev. Radford taught them all how to be men.  Somebody had to teach us and God gave him the gift to do just what he did.  I still love going to church.  I still help other people out.  I have been married for 27 years to a beautiful young lady who came out of Bonny Oaks School too, Darlene (Ross) Calloway.  We have two children and eight grandchildren (6 girls and 2 boys).  All that came from their teaching of getting married first and then have children.  That is what I've done and I can't speak for everyone else but for myself.  Rev. Radford will be missed but never, never forgotten because he is in my heart.  I know I was in his heart.  He would always tell me, "I love you so much".  I had a chance to shave him for the last time before he passed away.  I had a chance to cut his hair.  I will never forget that he wouldn't let anyone do that but me.  He would tell them, "I will wait on my son to come to cut my hair and shave me".  He made me feel so special because he was so special to me.  I want the world to know that I loved this man so much.  The good thing about this is that I had told him this for three years while he was in his right mind.  So he did know how I felt about him.
Dad, go on and rest in peace, take your rest, I will see you on the other side.  I will always love you, Daddy!
Charles Calloway, your son

Miss Billie Raulston, Nurse (Mrs. Costello's sister)
Submitted by Virginia Costello Richie, niece
"My favorite Aunt, Billie Raulston, worked at Bonny Oaks for 10 years.  She always enjoyed taking care of me and spoiling me when I was a child.  She had no children of her own.  She shared with me her joy at being in the Bonny Oaks clinic and caring for the sick children.  She really cared about each of them.  Miss Billie had a lot of love to give.  Aunt Billie passed away after a lengthy illness on July 5, 1968.  Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Ronald (Ron) Gilbert Ray (Bonny Oaks 1944-1951)
Submitted by David Ray, son - Email: nymphoria_ray@yahoo.com
"Ron Ray was born in May 8, 1935 in Chattanooga. His papa, Ben, distilled his own corn whiskey and his diabetic mama, Lois, left behind a trail of candy wrappers he couldn't follow from the orphanage.  On weekends he was visited by his aunt and uncle who went to snake-handling church.  Ron was a good ol' alcoholic boy with a trace of drawl. He fought in the Korean War and married a shy San Francisco girl named Rosalee.  In the mid-70's they found Jesus.  Ron stayed close to Christ until his death from a liver infection in 1995 at the age of 60."
Email from Ronald Ray's son, David, after I asked how he found the website:  "Christine, It's a peculiar story, really. I live in Los Angeles, where I work sometimes as an actor, sometimes as a musician, and sometimes as a writer.  Sometimes I have money.  Currently, I'm working as a production coordinator on a show that flies me around the country.  In the blur of hotels and faces, I wound up at the Radisson in Tucker, GA, just north of Atlanta. There was a brochure in the local attractions rack for Lake Winnepesauka, where my family had lived until I was three.   My father was born in Chattanooga, and had told my sister and I often that he'd spent time in Bonny Oaks, and at Tyner High.  His memories were mostly bitter.  He drank a lot and always seemed to be simultaneously groping for and pushing away a sense of family. He became gentle in his last decade and went softly into that good night, as the poem says. We have no photos of Dad from his childhood. There's a tiny faded one, taken when he was 32, and I was a newborn.
Anyway, I was bored yesterday afternoon, looking up every manner of autobiographical thing on Google, just to get some thrill while I overstuffed myself on Doritos and kettle corn. Your Bonny Oaks website sprang up and I amused myself looking at everyone's memories (I love old photographs). I got to Barbara Allen Pierce's album and my heart skipped a beat when I came across a nearly-pristine photo of my father. It's now only the second picture of him I've ever seen where he doesn't have a beard.  Man, he was a good-looking kid! He was a handsome old man too, much like Sean Connery.  I quickly cell-phoned my sister, who lives in Vancouver, Washington. We, like my father, constantly grope for and reject a sense of family.  I told her about the photo and we both got incredibly hyperactive about it.  I'm printing us each a copy.
I'm open to anybody's memories of my father, even bad ones. He was a self-proclaimed bully, but he was also a cowboy wallflower, a redneck rogue, and a charmer.  If there are alumni with recollections of Ron, I'd love to hear about them.  Thanks for making my day.  David

Robbins, Mavis (Mrs.)
Submitted by Mr. Robbins and  their son, Shane:  

"My son, Shane, and I are grateful to the many Bonny Oaks people who have
shared our sorrow at the loss of Mrs. Robbins.   Her heart was with the Bonny Oaks children, and her love for them has been returned many times during these last trying days.  While I can never claim to be a true "Bonny Oaker," through Mrs. Robbins and our close friendship with Mr. and Mrs. Adamson I have learned to "know" so many of you.  I share their pride in the many fine accomplishments of the men and women who once called Bonny Oaks home. I take consolation in knowing that through the lives Mrs. Robbins touched she still lives, and her influence continues.  Cordially, Jim Robbins"

Robinson, Lola - Bonny Oaks Nurse and Staff Member
Submitted by Mr. Adamson, Bonny Oaks Superintendent: "Mrs. Lola Robinson was the school nurse for a number of years.  She was 93 years of age.  She died peacefully at a local health care center where she was for several months.  She was a great lady...one who never counted the time nor effort in her attempt to help the students. "
Submitted by Christine Haven: "I remember Mrs. Robinson very fondly.  I worked with her in the boys' kitchen one week in the summertime when there were so few children on campus that all meals were served in the boys' dining room.  Mrs. Robinson had unending energy and it was very hard to keep up with her.  I learned a valuable lesson on how to take pride in a job well done from her.  She moved fast, worked fast, played the piano fast (boogie-woogie style we called it) and she drove that little black and white car of hers even faster.  Everyone should have a 'Mrs. Robinson' in their life."  
White Oak Cemetery.

Rogers, Kenny 1952-2004 
Bonny Oaks 1964 to 1969
Rogers, Johnny (Vietnam) 
Bonny Oaks 1963 to 1964
Submitted by sister, Katie
"Death of a Brother"  Hello, This is Katie, former Katie Rogers.  I am writing to let you know of Kenny's death that occurred 4 years ago. He died in his sleep very peacefully they say. I found him and he was smiling.  Kenny had a lot of friends there and he would want them to know , I suppose?  He passed away on Feb. 15, 2004.  I have recently stumbled upon this wonderful website and feel compelled to write to you.  All of my mother's children were at Bonny Oaks.  I have a sister named Mary Elizabeth Mills who graduated from there I am told, she is sibling #1.  I have never met her and am told that she graduated a nurse.  Can you shed some light on this.  My sister Norma Games was there with brothers Bobby & Billy Games.  Twins like Kenny & I.  A middle sister Johnny Carolyn who died when she was 9.  The albums have given me such JOY.  Patsy, Johnny and Susie were there before Kenny & I, I think.  Johnny was killed in Vietnam while I was in Nashville at TPS.  Thank God for the Good Judge (Judge A. Britt) who saw fit to see that I got a good education and graduated in 1970.  I have been married to Rick Woolfolk for 30 some odd years.  We have two children.  A boy named Eason and a girl named Kathleen.  They are always asking about our childhood and now I can show them some of mine.  I have 5 beautiful granddaughters , who happen to think I hung the moon.  Go figure.  Who would have thought that my life would be so blessed . God gives us children to Love and Grandchildren to love us back.  Times in the beginning were rather fearful for All of us and I give Thanks EVERYDAY for all the blessing God has given my wonderful family.  Good roots.  From small acorns grow mighty oaks.  I will always remember that.  Take care and God Bless You.
Katie Rogers Woolfolk

Roy, Roland - Bonny Oaks 1947 to 1950

Sherrill, Sharon Rose - Auto accident (1970's)
Submitted by Mary Ann Neighbors Poe

Smith, Barton Brooks - March 5, 1926 - November 26, 1988 (Bonny Oaks 1932-1942)
Submitted by daughter, Carol Smith Crowley
barton_brooks_smith.jpg (23353 bytes) "My dad was at Bonny Oaks from the time he was six until he was sixteen, which would have been 1932-1942.  When my mother and father visited Bonny Oaks years ago, they discovered that he had malaria when he was young (and I believe that his mother died from malaria).  He saw pictures where, in 8th grade, he was voted the Most Outstanding Boy in 8th grade.  My mom said that they had a lot of information on my dad in the books at Bonny Oaks so I don't know if those things went to the library or where they went.  But that is where my mom was able to learn a lot about his childhood.  My dad came to Seattle with several boys from Bonny Oaks to join the service for World War II.  She said that the boys that went to Seattle were known as "The Bonny Oaks Platoon".  However, my father and one other boy were not able to enlist.  The other boy stayed in Seattle and managed a Horlucks Ice Cream Shop for a number of years.  He and my father stayed in touch for many years but my mother does not recall his name."
"My dad died November 26, 1988.  He was a very successful businessman in Seattle.  He went to work for Safeway and became a manager and worked for them for several years.  When they laid people off over something to do with pensions, he went to work for Glaser Beverage, which is the Pepsi/7-Up bottler in the Seattle/Tacoma area.  He started as a driver, salesman and worked his way up in the company to become Chief Executive.  He soon learned that was just a title with the work of six men, as he put it, so he quit and took a four month vacation and found a small grocery store.  He bought that store and later went on to buy the building and the donut shop next door.  He took that little store that didn't do much business at all and turned it into a moneymaker with his personality.  I don't think I ever heard my dad swear, but he called a lot of people "cotton pickin' yahoos".  He would talk to a salesman and tell him that 'You know, last week I had 15 cases of that cotton pickin' stuff and last week some cotton picker came in here and bought every cotton pickin' case that I had."  My dad was a deacon in his church.  He always contributed to his church and any other charity he could.  It is my belief that he contributed to Bonny Oaks, also.  He raised four of us children, two girls and two boys.  When my dad passed away it was a tremendous loss to the family.  God truly took home a very wonderful man."  Carol
12/2/01 - "I also discovered that two of his sisters were at Bonny Oaks but they did not stay long.  My Aunt Anita was adopted by some people named Pruitt.  He was the Sheriff of Selma AL and they changed her name to Edna.  Also, my Aunt, Eleanor Smith, was there for a while.  Both were older than my father." Carol.
Update: Email from daughter, Carol Crowley: "I would like to inform those of who knew my mother, Betty Smith from Edmonds Washington, that she passed away October 17 of this year, 2005.  She was a wonderful mother, grandmother and friend and will be sorely missed by all of us.  She attended the last reunion at Bonny Oaks and thoroughly enjoyed each and every one of you whom she met.  Carol."

Smith, Lucille Barbara Ann
Submitted by Aline Smith Cookston, sister:  "Lucille Smith died in August 2001.  She and I were at Bonny Oaks from 1945 to 1954.  She was 8 years old and I was 5 years old when we went there to live."

Stewart, Jean  1935 - 2000 (Bonny Oaks 1945 through 1953)
Submitted by Charles Camp, friend
"Jean was a 1953 graduate and Tyner High School classmate!  Though quiet and cautiously reserved, she was a pleasant cooperative individual - capable of laughter with and among friends and always loyal to those she knew well.  A stomach cancer victim, Jean died in March 2000."

Stiner-Parks, Glenda 1938 - 2004 (Bonny Oaks 1950-1952)
Submitted by Robert Charles Haven, lives in same North Carolina town
Email from Robert: "Christine, the lady that I met here from Bonny Oaks 'Glenda Parks' was killed last week in auto accident...will try to get maiden name if I can..was an alumni in late 40's or early 50's."
Obituary from Thomasville, North Carolina newspaper:  "

Stone, Rev. Vernoral
Submitted by Charles I. Calloway, Sr., brother:  "My brother passed away on March 12, 1995.  He was 39 years old at the time of his death.  I am the youngest of 14 children but there were 4 of us at Bonny Oaks:  Diane Stone, Georgia Calloway, Vernoral and myself.  We all THANK THE LORD FOR THE SCHOOL because we all LOVE THE LORD JESUS CHRIST!  That's the bottom line!"

Stover, Rev. Richard Theodore (Dickie)
Submitted by Barbara Allen Pierce-Burhans:
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Dickie's obituary.Submitted by Mary Ann Neighbors:  "Dickie was killed in a car wreck.  Mr. Adamson can give you the details.  Dickie was the brother of Joyce Stover.

Stowe, Libby
Submitted by Mr. Malcolm M. Adamson:  "There was another death in the Bonny Oaks School family, Mrs. Libby Stowe.  She was one of the best, and best-loved, teacher ever!  She died in May 2001.  She lived in Clover, South Carolina with her husband M.D."
Submitted by Christine Haven:  "In 1959, Mrs. Stowe was the first  and second grade teacher at the elementary school on campus.  I remember how "upright" she always stood, with hands clasped as she watched her students file out the door to go to recess or leaving school at the end of the day.

Tankersley, Linda - December 30, 2005
Submitted by George Tankersley, brother, in 2/19/2006 phone call:  "Yes, Linda passed away December 30, 2005, we believe from a heart attack.  She was 62 years old.  Everyone else (Patsey, Wanda, Carolyn, Nancy and George) is doing fine and thank you".  He will ask Wanda to send the newspaper notice when she gets back to Chattanooga.

Turner, Mrs. George (Sally Bailey Turner)
  "Beloved Houseparent to the Big Girls" .  If you were one of Mrs. Turner's "girls", please forward your memories of her to include here.  "I believe God put Mrs. Turner at Bonny Oaks because HE knew we (her girls) were coming, and would need someone like her in our lives.   Christine Haven"

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Please send your memories of Mrs. Turner to the website.  Here's one written by Barbara Pierce Burhans:  Memories of “Mom” Turner, Houseparent at Bonny Oaks School


Walker, Alice

Kenneth A. Walker (Kenny) - Bonny Oaks 1953 - 1959
Submitted by James M. (Mickey) Walker, brother
"Kenny was born August 2, 1944 in Chattanooga, Tennessee and passed away after a short-term illness with diabetes in January 1999.  He is survived by three sisters, one brother, two daughters, and five grandchildren, all residing in the state of Arizona."
Click here to read Mickey's "Brief History of Kenny's Life at Bonny Oaks School and After".

Fred Watts - Bonny Oaks 1955 - 1956
Submitted by Paul Hugh Watts, brother

Message:  Obituary forthcoming.
Paul's email address is

West, Thelma Louise - Bonny Oaks from 1947 to 1953
Submitted by Jackie Evitt, son
"My mother has now passed away.  She was at Bonny Oaks for 5 years.  The family is wanting some school photos of her.  If anyone remembers our mother or has pictures of her at Bonny Oaks of any kind to share with us, please email me at evittjk@comcast.net Her sister was Carol West.

Whittemore, Charles H. - Bonny Oaks 1945-1945
Submitted by Theresa Daughtery, daughter of Anniece Whittemore.
Anniece is my mother and Charles sister, Allene is my aunt and Charles sister and Ivan is my uncle and Charles brother. All three of them are still alive.  All of these were at Bonny oaks at the same time. I am Charles niece Teresa Daugherty and my mom wanted to summit about his death. Charles, born 1935, passed away in the VA Hospital in 1995 due to a fall in 1992.  He was paralyzed from the neck down. He was 60 years old at time of his death.
You may contact the Whittemore family at treedontfork@yahoo.com

Whittemore, James Ivan - Bonny Oaks 1945-1952
Obituary submitted by daughter, Jamie
James Ivan Whittemore, of Soddy-Daisy, passed away Friday, Nov. 5, 2010. Born January 1937, James was retired from Roadway Express and was a U.S. Army Veteran. He was a very proud father, grandfather and great grandfather. He loved to play golf. Survivors include his daughter, Jamie C. (Ronnie) Fletcher, of East Ridge; son, Bruce I. (Cynthia) Whittemore, of Soddy-Daisy; sister, Allene Holsomback, of Ringgold; brothers, Julius Whittemore, of Chattanooga and Edward Whittemore, of Ohio; grandchildren, Eric Turner, Amber Fletcher, Candice Fletcher, Jenifer Whittemore, Richard (Ashley) Whittemore and Byron Whittemore; greatgrandchildren, Audrey Miles and Elliott Whittemore; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday in the Funeral Home Chapel on Ashland Terrace with the Rev. Kelton Williams officiating. Interment will be in Chattanooga Memorial Park.Visitation will be 2-7 p.m. today at Lane Funeral Home, 601 Ashland Terrace. Condolences may be sent to www.lanefh.com"

Wilkins-Edwards, Nellie  Born 2-29-1936 (Bonny Oaks 1944-1955)
Submitted by Ruth Wilkins, sister-in-law
"Nellie passed away in 1999 from ovarian cancer."  After Bonny Oaks, Nellie entered nurses training at Erlanger Hospital in 1955.

Wilkins, Robert  Born 9-4-32 according to records (Bonny Oaks 1944-1949)
Submitted by Ruth Wilkins, wife
"Bob was born in 1930 and passed away on March 23, 1974 from lung complications.  He was 44 years of age when he passed away."

Williams, Elwander
Submitted by Charles & Darlene Calloway, friends
"Elwander Williams was raised up by Mrs. Radford.  Elwander died in October 2001.  She was Saved and was a member of Greater Faith Temple on East 10th Street.  She served the Lord until her death.  She was 41 years old and was a good friend to me and my wife.  We miss her so much.  She was the sister to Johnny Sander, he was also out at Bonny Oaks."

Williams, William Steven Kritzer (Steve)
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William Steven Kritzer Williams, 36, died in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  Steve was a graduate of Tyner High School.  As a Tyner student, he served as student body president and president of the National Honor Society.  He was a graduate of UTC, where he served as  president of the Student Government Association.  He won a Chapin Scholarship to the University of Cincinnati Law School where he was editor of the Law Review.  He was an attorney  and had his private law practice in Cincinnati.

Yokely, Darryl - Died from injuries in car wreck on January 29, 1970

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