Oak Ridge Class of 1940



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In these pages I have collected information, photos and memorabelia from the classes that I have been able to secure from students and social media. If you have materials from your class, please contact me. I will happily add items to the page. My email is oakes@physics.utexas.edu.


Oak Ridge Obituaries of deceased members of Class of 1940

Gone But Not Forgotton


Elbert Spencer Redditt Sr.
1922-Sept. 28, 2010

Elbert Spencer Redditt Sr., 88 of Vicksburg, died Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010, at University Medical Center in Jackson.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Frank J. Fisher Funeral Home with the Revs. Marvin Curtis and Harry Hawkins officiating. Burial will be at Cedar Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 until 8 tonight at the funeral home.

Mr. Redditt was a lifelong resident of Oak Ridge, where he owned and operated Redditt’s Grocery for some 55 years. He was drafted into the U.S. Army Infantry Division in 1942. He received four Battle Stars and a Purple Heart during World War II, returning to Oak Ridge in 1945 and opening Redditt’s Store.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Excell and Annie Mae Martin Redditt; his wife, Virginia Allison Redditt; a daughter, Martha Ann Redditt McLeod; sons, Elbert (Sonny) Redditt Jr. and Aroy E. Redditt; brothers, Robert Redditt and Roy Redditt; and sister, Annie Mae Reed.

Survivors include grandchildren, Brad (Nita) Redditt of Vicksburg, Mark (Lisa) Redditt of Nashville, Amy (Russ) McAllister of Florence, Miss., Gail (Jeff) Hunt of Greenville, Ky., and Richard McLeod of Memphis; a number of great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Jack Pace, Glen Jones, John Ervin, Danny Chester, Shane Parker, Kelly Alexander, Steve Alexander and Edward Herring.

Honorary pallbearers will be Martin Pace, Paul Barrett, Glen McKay, Charles Thomas, Thomas Henry, Billy Hearn and Eddie Henry.

Special thanks to Dr. Jackson, Lori and Mary in the ER at River Region Medical Center, Dr. Uschmann and his medical staff, along with Rachel Black and other UMC nurses and flight crew.


Maybe Dolly Mae Cockrell went to Oak Ridge. Her brother and sister Louis and Mary Camille went to Redwood.

Dolly Mae Cockrell Jones died Thursday, April 9, 2009, at University Medical Center in Jackson. She was 87 years old. Born in Vicksburg on March 13, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Mark and Mary Cockrell. She was a member of Gibson Memorial United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Jones was a homemaker and lifetime resident of Vicksburg — except for moving to Newport, Ark., with her husband and son in 1968. After 14 years in Arkansas, her husband retired and the family returned to their home in Vicksburg in 1982.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Lee Jones Jr.; a son, Bobby Lee Jones; a sister, Camille Martin; and two brothers, George Cockrell and Louis Cockrell.

Survivors include her son, William “Bill” Jones and his wife, Anna, a daughter, Cheryl Blakeley and her husband, Terry, and a daughter-in-law, Gwen Jones Edris, and her husband, Earl, all of Vicksburg; seven grandchildren, Jeff Jones (Liz) of Charlotte, N.C., Jason Jones (Eleanor) of Brandon, Cindy Lee of Dothan, Ala., Kim Garcia (Mike) of Dothan, Karie Lynch (Wayne) of Vicksburg, Dustin Lee Jones (Shelley) of Columbus, S.C., and Corey Jones of Vicksburg; eight great-grandchildren, Jessica and Brandon Lee Jones of Charlotte, Garrison and Mackenzie Lee and Landrie Garcia of Dothan, Preston and Maddox Lynch of Vicksburg and Macie Jones of Columbia; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Glenwood Funeral Home with the Rev. Greg Hazelrig, pastor of Gibson Memorial United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will follow at Green Acres Memorial Park. Visitation will be at the funeral home Monday, from 9 a.m. until the hour of the service.

Pallbearers will be Jeff Jones, Jason Jones, Dustin Jones, Corey Jones, Garrison Lee, Mike Garcia and Wayne Lynch.

Memorials may be made to the Gibson Memorial United Methodist Church Building Fund, 335 Oak Ridge Road, Vicksburg, MS 39183.