Oak Ridge Class of 1941



Class Pages:

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.



Rockets Obituaries of deceased members of Class of 1941

Gone But Not Forgotton


Thelma Rowland McLaughlin

Birth: Sep. 26, 1924
Warren County
Mississippi, USA
Death: Sep. 13, 1985
Florence County
South Carolina, USA

Mrs. Thelma Rowland McLaughlin, 60, of 4107 Ashley Lane, died Friday in a Florence hospital.
Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday in Effingham Presbyterian Church. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, directed by Waters Funeral Home.
Mrs. McLaughlin was born in Vicksburg, Miss., a daughter of Mrs. Melba P. Rowland and the late Samuel E. Rowland. She was a member of Effingham Presbyterian Church, president of the Women of the Church, a member of the Ruth Gillespie Bible Class and past president of the VFW Auxiliary. She had been a resident of Florence for 40 years.
Surviving are her mother of Florence; her husband, I.J.L. McLaughlin Jr. of Florence; two sons, Larry McLaughlin and Rowland McLaughlin, both of Florence; two sisters, Mrs. H.M. (Billie) Craft of Florence and Mrs. Ruth Nosser of Vicksburg, Miss.; a brother, James Ray Rowland of Vicksburg and seven grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Effingham Presbyterian Church, the American Legion Scholarship Fund of the American Cancer Society. (--obituary, Florence Morning News, Florence, SC, Sat, 14 Sep 1985)

Family links:
Samuel E Rowland (1892 - 1973)
Melba P Rowland (1906 - 2002)

Isham Jehu Lowrie McLaughlin (1923 - 1989)

Samuel Rowland McLaughlin (1949 - 2003)*


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, born in 1922, 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.


Frank Owens

January 29, 1923–April 17, 2019

Mr. Frank Owens, age 96, of Lake, Mississippi, departed this life, Tuesday, April 17, 2019, at his home surrounded by family.

Franks Owens was born in Swifton, Arkansas to Lester Schley and Eva May Owens. The family moved to Vicksburg and Frank attended Oak Ridge High School. His younger siblings included Elwood and Imogene Owens Hyman.

Frank"s Military Career

Frank served in the US Navy during WWII. He spent time on a rocket boat. Here is a link to an article on these ships. LCT(R)


Franks Work Career

In the 1950s Frank worked for R. G. Letourneau in Vicksburg. He later joined Spencer Chemical Company, working in Vicskburg and Donaldsvile, LA.

In 1977-78, Frank and Elizabeth spent 8 months woring in Java, Indonesia. They spent the year 1980 working in Guatemala.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Lester Schley Owens and Eva May Owens; His wife, Florence Elizabeth Hamm Owens; Daughter-In-Law, Rebecca Monk Owens; Brother, Elwood Owens and Sister, Imogene Owens Hyman.

He is survived by two sons, Jerry Owens and David Owens, both of Lake, MS.; Two Grand Children, Gwen Purvis (Matt) of Morton and Matthew Owens of Meridian. Many nieces and nephews and extended family members.

Visitation will be Friday, April 19, 2019, from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM at Newton County Funeral Home-North followed by Graveside Services in Newton County Memorial Garden. Bro. Ken McLemore officiating. Newton County Funeral Home-North is in charge of arrangements 601-635-3200

Pallbearers will be Earnest Hamm, Matthew Owens, Matt Purvis, James Parker, Larry Parks, and Chuck Parks.

Photos of Frank Owens

Oak Ridge Church Group Photo

Frank and Elizabeth Owens


At right end in hat., 1971 fishing trip.

Frank in Kuwait

Frank Owens at right end.