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Ernest Lawrence Ryan Sr. passed away Monday, April 18, 2016, at the Alexander Guest House where he had lived since Nov. 19, 2015.
Surviving Ernest are his wife of 63 years, Billie; two sons, Ernest L. Ryan Jr. and Robert Paul Ryan and wife Sandra Moneyhun; daughter, Elizabeth McBee (Fred); and seven grandchildren, Ryan McBee (wife Kristen), Emily McBee, Jennifer Jenkins, Jessi Jenkins, and Mary Faith, Kaelie and Erin Ryan; and one great-grandson, Brantley Ryan Nelson. In addition, he is survived by two brothers, Samuel and wife Donna, and Gordon; sisters-in-law, Beatrice Hammond and Dorothy Ryan; brother-in-law, Walter Parker and wife Eileen; and numerous nephews, nieces and grand-nieces and nephews.
Preceeding him in death were his parents, Sam and Bessie Ryan; daughter, Mary Jenkins; brothers and sister-in-law, Edward and wife Katherine, Raymond and Jake; niece, Brenda Hammond; and grand-nieces, Kendra Dew and Sarah Elizabeth Parker.
Ernest was born in Twinton, TN, grew up in Crossville, TN, graduated from Cumberland County High School in 1947 and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. A large part of his service took place in Washington, D.C. where he was a member of the Military Police and stationed at Ft. Myers. He primarily did guard duty at Arlington National Cemetery.
He worked at all three plants in Oak Ridge, beginning at the Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion Plant (K- 25) in 1950, and later at both Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Y-12 before retiring in 1989 as an engineering technologist. He married Billie, also from Crossville, in 1952 at Trinity Methodist Church in Oak Ridge. He lived in Oak Ridge over 30 years, then moved to a house he built himself on Norris Lake as a retirement home.
Ernest particularly enjoyed woodworking and he built many lovely pieces of furniture. He also enjoyed camping, boating and waterskiing on the lake, and was proud of the fact that he taught all his grandchildren to waterski. The family also enjoyed annual vacations together at Isle of Palms near Charleston, SC, for the past 24 years.
A Memorial Service was held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, 2016, at Norris United Methodist Church, Norris, TN, with Rev. Billy Kurtz officiating. Ernest was a member of the church.
The family asks that any memorials be made to Amedisys Hospice Care, 1420 Dutch Valley Rd., Suite C, Knoxville, TN 37918.
Published on May 5, 2016
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