Rocky Top Chapter TN-1

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Members List


Current members of the Rocky Top Chapter.

Thelma Burns

Rebecca Cornish

Theresa DeBusk

Teresa Greene

Angii Heidbrink

Debra Henderson

Doris Keane

Jessica King

Lindsay Long

Kristina McLendon

Eileen Neiler

Judy Peyrot

Diane Richardson

Laura Ward

Gail Williamson


Loyal Escorts of the Green Garter is the auxiliary society of close relatives of WMA members.  Since 1970 they have supported WMA in reaching its national goals in many ways.  They contribute an annual scholarship to further the educational goal; they sponsor and present awards to chapters for noteworthy accomplishments at each convention, thereby promoting the seven purposes as spelled out in the WMA bylaws.  Members are pledged to "aid, assist and escort WMA members in the performance of their duties as delegates to the Women Marines Association and other WMA functions."


Charter Member Trula Johnson Burnett passed away suddenly on 3 November 2005. Trula enlisted in the USMC in 1943 and worked as an airplane mechanic until her honorable discharge with the rank of SGT in 1946. Following her discharge she attended nursing school with her GI bill. Trula was active in the Chapter until her death.

    Mary Kay Poe Roberts, age 90 of Knoxville, passed away Sunday, October 31, 2010, at Fair Park Health Care Center of Maryville.  She joined the United States Marine Corps Women's Reserve during World War II attaining the rank of Master Sergeant.  Mary Kay was a charter member of Rocky Top Chapter, TN-1 and was an active member for several years.  She will be missed.


Charter Member Betty Anderson Rye, died peacefully on 28 Jan 2014 at the age of 84. Betty attended business school in Chicago and worked as a private secretary before enlisting in the USMC in January 1951. She served at MCAS Cherry Point NC before being assigned to Naval Intelligence in Washington DC. Betty attained the rank of SGT before receiving her honorable discharge. Betty was an active member of the chapter since its inception in 2002.

Charter Member Tommye Fleming Kelly passed away December 2014 at the age of 95. Tommye was taking flying lessons when WWII started. She enlisted in the USMC in December 1943 where she served as a navigation instructor for Marine Corps pilots. After the war Tommye attended nursing school in Houston TX where she met her husband and moved to Oak Ridge TN in the late 1950's. While in the Marines one of her navigation students was later movie actor Tyrone Power, a story she loved to relate.