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Subject: Obits from The Knoxville News Sentinel 17 Aug 2005
Date: Wed, 17 Aug 2005 08:23:51 EDT

From The Knoxville News Sentinel 17 Aug 2005

CHOAT, ERNEST EDWARD - age 78, of Oak Ridge
SCATES, DOROTHY F. - age 95 of Morristown, TN, formerly of Helenwood, TN,
WEBSTER, RONALD A. - age 66 of South Knoxville, native of Coalfield community
in Morgan County,

CHOAT, ERNEST EDWARD - age 78, of Oak Ridge died on Sunday, August 14, 2005
at Methodist Medical Center. Born on December 25, 1926, in McMinn County.
Ernest was preceded in death by his beloved parents Frank Nelson and Margaret
Tallent Choat of Etowah, TN, and his son Ronald Owen Choat of Rome, GA. He was also
preceded in death by four siblings. They are Nelson Choat of Kingston,
Arbutus Mayfield also of Etowah, Daphne Blair of Chattanooga and Robert Choat of
Knoxville, TN. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Kathleen Long Choat; and
by two children: Ernest Edward Choat, Jr., of Knoxville, and Margaret Ann Oden,
of Oak Ridge. Ernest has six grandchildren: Allison Olivia Choat, of
Knoxville, Misty Gayle Cox, of Oak Ridge, Tyrone, Tony, Ronald Owen, and Travis Choat
of Rome, GA. He also has five great-grandchildren: Melanie Kathleen Vinson and
Caleb Parker Cox of Oak Ridge, TN and Steven Tyler Choat, Tony Curtis Choat,
Jr., and Joseph Gilmore, of Rome, GA. He is also survived by seven siblings:
Martha Lou Armstrong, of Englewood; Oveline Massingale, Dan Choat, Gene Choat,
and Joyce Culpepper all from Etowah, TN. Bill Choat, of Kingston, Pat Klein,
of Knoxville. His survivors also include many beloved nieces, nephews, and
extended family members. Ernest began his education in McMinn County, attending
Good Springs Elementary School and graduating from Etowah High School in 1944.
Following his high school graduation, he enlisted in the United States Navy,
serving from 1945 following WWII until 1946. He graduated from UTK, in 1951,
with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, and earned a Masters of
Science in Industrial Management in 1968, also from UTK. In 1953, Ernest began an
outstanding and prolific professional career that was to last fifty-four
years. Ernest began working as a Junior Engineer for Union Carbide Corporation in
Oak Ridge TN. He was promoted to Associate Engineer, Design Supervisor, and
Superintendent, finally working as Manager of Environmental Control Engineering
and Manager for Energy Conservation. After retiring from Union Carbide in
1984, he began the second phase of his career with the creation of his own highly
successful firm, Environmental Engineering Consultants. As the head of
Environmental Engineering Consultants, Ernest worked as a developer, teacher, and
administrator, conducting training seminars for large corporations, colleges and
universities around the United States and surrounding territories. As an
educator and author, he published seventeen professional works, papers and five
highly influential textbooks that he used in his educational seminars. His
professional affiliations included both Fellow and life memberships in the American
Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers, Inc.
(ASHRAE). As a member of ASHRAE, Ernest held positions as a member of the ASHRAE
National Committee on Testing and Balancing, Chairman of ASHRAE's Oak Ridge
subsection ASME, and as ASHRAE Chairman for the State of TN. In addition to
creating a successful career as an educator, Ernest carried his passion for education
into civic life, supporting and leading several educational and
youth-oriented civic groups in the Oak Ridge area. As a member of the Oak Ridge Country
Club, he served on its Board of Directors. He served as President of the Willow
Brook PTA, President of the Linden School PTA, President of the Oak Ridge PTA
Council, and as a member of the Board of Managers, and Vice President of the
3rd District TN Congress of Parents and Teachers. Ernest was also a member and
Chairman of the Citizenship Committee for the Oak Ridge Legislation, Juvenile
Protection and Urban Services Committees. The funeral service will be held on
Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 6:30 pm at Royce Baptist Church with Pastor Rick
Miller officiating. Graveside services are Friday at 11:00 am at Anderson
Memorial Gardens. The family asks that any memorials be in the form of
contributions to the Royce Baptist Church Building Fund, 131 LaSalle Road, Oak Ridge, TN
37830. The family will receive friends on Thursday at Royce Baptist Church from
4:00 - 6:30 pm. Weatherford Mortuary is handling the arrangements. An on-line
guest book can be signed at

SCATES, DOROTHY F. - age 95 of Morristown, TN, formerly of Helenwood, TN,
passed away Tuesday, August 16, 2005 at the Morristown-Hamblin Hospital. Born in
Monticello, Kentucky January 28, 1909, she was the daughter of the late John
and Mary Flowers. She was of the Methodist faith and owner/operator of Scates
Craft Cottage in Helenwood for 25 years. In addition to her parents, she was
preceded in death by: her husband, Claude J. Scates. She is survived by: one
son, Tom Scates and wife Billie of Morristown; three grandchildren, Kathy Perry
and husband Roger of Maggie Valley, NC, Cindy Rigor and husband Arthur of
Nashville, TN, and Thomas Scates, Jr. and wife Dana of Morristown; one great
grandson, Aaron Cate of Maggie Valley, NC. She also leaves other relatives and
friends. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, August 18 at 7 p.m. in the
Chapel of Jones & Son Funeral Home with Rev. Jim West officiating. The family
will meet for graveside services on Friday, August 19 at 10 a.m. at the Pleasant
Ridge Cemetery in Sunbright, Tennessee. The family will receive friends
Thursday evening from 6 until time of the funeral services at 7 p.m. at Jones & Son
Funeral Home. Jones & Son Funeral Home, Oneida, TN.

WEBSTER, RONALD A. - age 66 of South Knoxville, native of Coalfield community
in Morgan County, son of the late Paris G. and Myrtle Hill Webster, died
Tuesday morning August 16, 2005 at his home. Ron was a graduate of The University
of Tennessee College of Business and College of Law, where he received his
Doctor of Jurisprudence and was a Knoxville Attorney since 1963. He was a member
of Sigma Chi Fraternity and an Avid UT Football Fan. Ron was District Attorney
General for Knox County from 1968-1982. He served as State Representative
from Knox County from 1964-1968, where he was a Minority Floor Whip for the
Republican Party 1966-1968, and a past Public Defender. Ron was preceded in death
by: parents; brothers, Roy Eugene Webster and Warren Raymond Webster; sisters,
Kathy Mueller and Eunice Webster. He is survived by: his devoted and loving
wife of 37 years, Dianne Sharp Webster; beloved son and daughter-in-law, Jim and
Lee Ann Nixon Webster; loving grandfather to Abbie Lee and James Webster all
of Knoxville; brothers and sister-in- law, James Guthrie Webster of Knoxville,
John Kenneth Webster of Hamilton, Ohio, William Frank Webster and wife
Barbara of Knoxville; sisters and brothers-in-law, Pat and Ed Cunningham of Waco,
TX, Ann and Leigh Charmella of Lansing, MI; mother in law, Anna Elizabeth
"Libby" Sharp, formerly of Knoxville and now of Richmond, TX; brother-in- law and
sister-in-law, Darden and Linda Sharp of Caspar, CA; sister-in-law, Wilma
Webster of Farragut; numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral service 11:00 a.m. Friday
Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel with Rev. Paul Hahn officiating with
interment following at Highland Memorial Cemetery. The family request memorials may
be made to: Redeemer Church of Knoxville, 923 Windgate Street, Knoxville,
Tennessee 37919. The family will receive friends from 6-8:00 p.m. Thursday at Rose
Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.
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