Ralph Herbert Weatherford and his wife Vivian Bennett Weatherford opened the doors of Weatherford Mortuary for business in December 1966. Mr. and Mrs. Weatherford were both born and raised in Lake City, TN. Mr. Weatherford served with the United States Air Force during WWII and he and Mrs. Weatherford were married in 1947. Mr. Weatherford graduated from Gupton-Jones Mortuary School in Nashville in 1950, and had worked for funeral homes in Tennessee, North Carolina and Arizona. The Weatherford's had dreamed of opening their own funeral home and after much consideration, they decided on Oak Ridge as the location for their funeral home.