James Frank Lockmiller, age 87, passed away Tuesday October 16, 2012 at his residence.
Mr. Lockmiller was born October 29, 1924 in Ashland, Ohio to the late Frank and Gertrude Lockmiller. Mr. Lockmiller was a lifetime Patriot and Supporter of his Country through his service. He was a Private 1st Class in the United States Marine Corp, 3rd Marine Division, Pacific Theater Guadalcanal and security detail for the "Manhattan Project" 1943-1945. Mr. Lockmiller was a GI participant in the "Battle of Athens" August 1, 1946 the outcome of which helped to lay the foundation for the McMinn County Government. He worked for Union Carbide Corporation Nuclear Division from January 1945 to June 1982 at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Fuel Recycle Division and was honored to be included on the Secret City Founders Wall which was dedicated in 2004.
In addition to his parents Mr. Lockmiller is preceded in death by his wife Colleen Frahm Lockmiller. Survivors include his son Randy Lockmiller and his wife Dawn of Knoxville, daughters: Sarah Lockmiller of Eatonton, GA, Jaime' McKinney of Knoxville, and Anne French of Knoxville, grandson Nick Lockmiller and his wife Kara of Knoxville, great Grandchildren; Jaimie Lockmiller, Jacob Jones, and Gabriel Lockmiller, sister Barbara Woody of Lyndon, KY, and special friend of the family Bill Hunt of Knoxville.
The family will receive friends Friday October 19, 2012 from 5:00 to 7:00pm at Martin Oak Ridge Funeral Home. Private graveside services will be held Saturday.
In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be sent to the Parkinson Support Group 117 New Haven Rd. Oak Ridge, TN 37830 or Friends of the Smokies P.O. Box 1660 Kodak, TN 37764.