Oak Ridge Class of 1942



Class Pages:

In these pages, I have collected information, photos and memorabilia 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.

1938 Redwood Junior High Girls Basketball Team
These students would have transferred to Oak Ridge their next year.
Picture in front of Little Green School on Milldale Rd
Back: Virgil O’Neil, teacher, Ruth (Gaunt) Henry.
Second Row: Dorothy (Wells) Yeager, Mary (Rist) Hearn, Virginia (Allison) Redditt, Unknown
Front: Ethel (Shingler) Lewis, Laura(Nip) (McDuff) Graham, Hazel Howard, Grace (Brown) Scott, Wynemar McBee
Very Front With Ball: Beth O’Neil, daughter of Virgil O’Neil.

Laura McDuff is about 8th grade, so this would be a class that would graduate in 1942.
Picture contributed by Barbara McDuff Guttery, sister of Laura (McDuff) Graham


Another person likely in this class was Majorie Belle Sanderson, daughter of Alfred Russell (1900–1983) and Nancy Jane Hennessee (1906–2000) Sanderson. Here are a few picture of the family: Marjorie on left and Alfred and Nancy on right. Photo courtesy of Melissa Snow.





Rockets Obituaries of deceased members of Class of 1942

Gone But Not Forgotton


Zane Grey Cole, 90, of Prescott, AR, passed away Sunday, May 24, 2015. He was born August 5, 1924, in Vicksburg, MS; son of the late Russell Graham and Addie A. (Hackler) Cole. Zane enlisted in the US Marine Corps on March 16, 1942 and was honorably discharged March 16, 1946. He once wrote, “The high points of my life can be summarized as being, a blessed husband to a wonderful and loving wife, Mildred J. DeSelm Cole who passed away in 2001 and three fine children, Zane G. Cole, Jr, Linda J. Cole Fike and Judy Ann Cole; three brothers and two sisters.” Mildred was a corporal in the U.S. Marines during WWII. She and Zane were married in Washington, DC on June 12, 1945. She is buried in Memorial Park Cemetery in Tulsa, OK.

In 2002, he married Doris Naomi Barnes. He was a successful business executive for over 25 years and retired as Vice President of Amerace Corporation. He then fulfilled a lifelong wish with a second career as a rancher. Zane said, "I served as a Marine, I learned as a Mason." Zane made the decision to be a Christian at an early age. Th Funeral Service will be held 11AM Saturday, May 30, 2015 in the chapel of Freeman Harris Funeral Home.



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.