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James Grant Stradley

August 24, 1932 - November 11, 2010

Long time resident of Oak Ridge, Tennessee On Thursday, November 11, 2010, Grant Stradley, 78, of Oak Ridge died at Methodist Medical Center after a brief illness. He was dearly loved by every life he touched.

Mr. Stradley was born in Newark, Ohio, August 24, 1932, son of Edward and Catherine Keller Stradley. He received his Master’s Degree in Ceramic Engineering from The Ohio State University in 1955. During his undergraduate years, Mr. Stradley played the trumpet in the OSU Marching Band and was a member of the ROTC Cadet Corps.

He achieved the rank of Captain in the United States Army Reserves Corps of Engineers. During his career, Mr. Stradley worked for North American Aviation and U.S. Nuclear, Inc. He worked in the Fuel Recycle Division and then became Technical Assistant to the Deputy Director at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Among Mr. Stradley’s civic activities, he served as board member of the Boys Club, and recently as board member and vice-president of the Ecumenical Store House. He was also very active with the Friendship Force of Knoxville. Through the Friendship Force, Grant and his wife were able to travel extensively around the world and made many dear friends. Mr. Stradley was treasurer and charter member of Grace Covenant Church, which he loved dearly.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Patricia King Stradley and sister, Kathleen Chanay. He is survived by his wife, Lillian Cochran Stradley; children Scott and wife, Carrie; Kirk and wife, Kimberly; Cathy Lue Cofer and husband, Bryan; Lynn Zinnecker and husband , Dave; Alex Cochran and wife, Renee; Paul Cochran and wife, Sandy; brother, Norman and wife, Peggy; and brother-in-law, James King and wife, Jean; 12 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Grace Covenant Church, PO Box 4575, Oak Ridge TN 37831; or to the Boys and Girls Club of Oak Ridge, PO Box 4021, Oak Ridge TN 37831; or to the charity of your choice. The family wants to personally thank Dr. Thompson, Dr. Sloan, Dr. Diaz, Dr. Bremer, and all the nursing staff of Methodist Medical Center for their exceptional care and compassion during this difficult time. The family will receive friends on Monday November 15th from 10:00 – 11:00am at Weatherford Mortuary, with a memorial service immediately following. An online guest book may be signed at weatherfordmortuary.com

Grant was a member of the marching band from 1950 through 1953. He played Trumpet.