Willard Dean Thames

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Willard Dean Thames passed away July 16, 2018 at age 80, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He is survived by his two daughters, Donita Thames Molony and her husband, Dr. William Molony, who are long time residents of Oak Ridge, and Dr. Angela T. West Schoenefeld and her husband Robert Schoenefeld, long time residents of Park City, Utah. He was also survived by his grandchildren: Scott Molony and Kelly Morgan, Joshua and Anna West, Alexis and Justin Schoenefeld, and Grant Wiedeman. Mr. Thames was born in Watson, Louisiana, and spent his life there until moving to Oak Ridge two years ago. He was well-known and beloved in Watson. He had long careers, working at State National Bank and M.A. Allen Realty. Willard still has extensive family in Watson, including surviving siblings Pat Jones, Brady and Betty Lou Thames, Grace and Buddy Watts, and Mattie Allen, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Doherty Sr. and Charlotte Ott Thames, and brothers Doherty Jr. and Sammie Lee Thames. Visitation will be at Live Oak United Methodist Church on Friday, August 10th, from 11 am until 1 pm, with services beginning at 1 pm. There will be a reception immediately following at the Family Life Center. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Live Oak United Methodist Church Building Fund.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from July 18 to Aug. 10, 2018