published Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

Obituaries for February 11, 2009

HAMILTON COUNTY

Billie Allen

Billie Louise Allen, of Apison, passed away on Monday, Feb. 9, 2009.

She was born Oct. 7, 1923, in Union County, N.C. to Wilma and Willie F. Long.

She was preceded in death by her; devoted husband of 48 years, James G. Allen. She worked alongside her husband at the Union News Co. Mrs. Allen was an avid gardener, homemaker and an active church member, devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Survivors include her daughter, Edie Young; granddaughter, Bonnie (Joshua) Davidson; great-granddaughter, Caelan, Gavin and Natalie Davidson; several nieces and nephews, a special friend and sitter, Ms. Johanna Garrett.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 5001 Hixson Pike, with Pastor Gary Schimmer officiating.

Interment will follow at Chattanooga National Cemetery.

The family will receive friends for visitation from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at 1 p.m. Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.

The family would like to thank the doctors and staff at Memorial Hospital for their care and compassion.

Please share your thoughts and memories at www.mem.com.

Arrangements are made by Chattanooga Funeral Home Crematory & Florist, 5401 Highway 153, Hixson, TN 37343.

Jeppie Bailey

Jeppie Hazel Goodman Bailey, 92, of Chattanooga, passed away on Monday, Feb. 9, 2009, at a local hospital.

Jeppie was originally from the Sand Mountain, Ala., area and a longtime resident of the Chattanooga area. She was a member of Lakewood Baptist Church of Harrison.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Archie Kermit Bailey.

Survivors include her daughter, Hazel (John) Gamble; son, Kermit (Theresa) Bailey; grandchildren, Sharon (Larry) Gossett, Regina (Randy) Williams, David (Rachel) Bailey; seven great- grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. today, Feb. 11, at the North Chapel with Dr. David Bragg officiating.

Entombment will follow at Hamilton Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends for visitation today from 1 p.m. until the time of the service at the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Gideon’s International Bible Fund.

Please share your thoughts and memories at www.mem.com.

Arrangements are made by Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 5401 Highway 153, Hixson, TN 37343.

Helen Brener

Helen Barshay Brener, 98, of Chattanooga, passed away Monday, Feb. 9, 2009, in Charleston, S.C.

She was born May 27, 1910, in Summerville, S.C., the daughter of the late Marcus and Lena Banov Barshay. Her father was a businessman and civic leader in South Carolina.

She was a graduate of Summerville High School and attended the College of Charleston. She came to Chattanooga in 1938 after marrying Robert Brener of this city.

She was a member of Mizpah and B’nai Zion Congregations and was active in PTA and Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.

She participated in the family businesses.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; three brothers, Aaron, Samuel and Joseph Barshay; and a sister, Ruth (Mrs. Herman) Barshay Brener, of Chattanooga.

She is survived by two sons, Dr. Max (Susan) Brener, Chattanooga, and Dr. William (Christine) Brener, Charleston, S.C.; five grandchildren, Scott (Maureen) Brener, Edina, Minn., Robert (Tracy) Brener, Charlotte, N.C., Andrea (Chad) Brener-Brose, Minnetrista, Minn.., Alexander (Elizabeth) Brener, Charlotte, N.C., and Andrew Brener, Charleston, S.C.; four great-grandsons, Brian, Connor and Zachary Brener, Edina, Minn., and Nathan Brener, Charlotte, N.C.; and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009, at 3:30 p.m. at B’Nai Zion Cemetery with Rabbi William S. Tepper officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mizpah Congregation Endowment Fund, 923 McCallie Ave., Chattanooga, TN 37403, or a charity of your choice.

Please share your thoughts and memories at www.javerybryan.com.

Arrangements by J. Avery Bryan Funeral Home, 747 McCallie Ave., 423-266-2131.

M.L. Brown

Marion L. “M.L.” Brown, 78, of Soddy-Daisy, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009, at his home.

He served his country in the U.S. Army in Korea and earned the rank of Sergeant. Mr. Brown retired from 3M Company as a resident engineer after 34 years of service. He was a volunteer at Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and enjoyed working in his yard and woodworking.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Lola Mae Brown; son, Thomas Boyd Brown; brothers, Bob, Chester and James Brown.

Survivors include his wife, Deanna Weekley Brown; son, Peter M. Brown, of Harrison; daughter, Sabra J. Brown, of Houston, Texas; brother, Bill Brown, of Soddy-Daisy; and five grandchildren.

The family request that expressions of sympathy take the form of memorial contributions to Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, 2525 de Sales Ave., Chattanooga, TN 37404-3322.

At Mr. Brown’s request there will be no services.

Those wishing may share their thoughts and memories at www.legacyfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements are by Legacy Funeral Home and Cremation Center.

Terry Burns

Terry Michael Burns, 54, of Chattanooga, died Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009.

Graveside service will be 3 p.m. Thursday at LaFayette Memory Gardens. Service conducted by the Rev. C.F. Strickland.

Arrangements are by Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home of LaFayette.

Lucy Caddell

Lucy Virginia Suggs Caddell, 81, of Hixson, died Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009.

Arrangements will be announced by Covenant Funeral & Cremation Service, Crox family owned and operated, www.CovenantFuneral.com.

Dorothy Hughes

Dorothy Mattie Hughes, 82, of Chattanooga, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009.

Arrangements will be announced by Lane Funeral Home, Coulter Chapel, 601 Ashland Terrace.

Joyce Jackson

Joyce Kay Jackson, 60, of Harrison, died Monday, Feb. 9, 2009, at the Health Care Center of Standifer Place.

Survivors: husband, Lonnie Jackson; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Cordia and Bill Hill; daughter, Jessica Dill; three sisters, Carol Roysdon, Linda Blevins and Brenda Crawley; five brothers, Wayne, Benny, Jimmy, Jerry and Carl Slaven; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral will be 2 p.m. Thursday in the chapel of Coulter-Garrison Funeral Home with Pastor Glen Morgan officiating.

Burial in Dunn Cemetery.

Visitation from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Coulter-Garrison Funeral Home, Dayton.

Sara Johnson

Sara June Bryant Johnson, 66, of Tunnel Hill, Ga., died Monday, Feb. 9, 2009.

Arrangements will be announced by Covenant Funeral & Cremation Service, Crox family owned and operated, www.CovenantFuneral.com.

Richard Mayo

Richard Lebron “Scooter” Mayo, 33, of Chattanooga, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2009.

Scooter was a self-employed car salesman.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Carl D. Canoy; uncles, Eddie Russell, Randy Russell, Thomas Russell.

Survived by his fiance, Kenya Cummberson; daughter, Kelby Cummberson; mother, Carol Bearden, of Chattanooga; father, Thomas Anthony (Sandra) Mayo, of Chattanooga, Jackie (Sharon) Daniels of Pikeville; grandmother, Noble D. Canoy, of South Pittsburg; stepsisters, Leann Jones, April Shavers, Tamiah Munroe, Mystical McGee; stepbrother, J.J. Daniels; uncles, Ricky Russell, Stanley Russell.

Family will receive friends 5-10 p.m. CDT today, Feb. 11.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, in the funeral home chapel.

Interment will follow at House of Happiness in Scottsboro.

Arrangements by Whitwell Memorial Funeral Home 423-658-7777.

Georgia McLemore

Georgia Mae McLemore, 74, of Port Orange, Fla. and formerly of Chattanooga, passed away Friday, Feb. 6, 2009, in Ormond Beach, Fla.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Gussie Harris.

Survivors include her daughters, Vicky Dyson and Jeanette Fickling; son, Timmy McLemore; one sister; four brothers; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Thursday at Lane Funeral Home, Coulter Chapel with the Rev. Nick Ball officiating.

Interment will follow in Chattanooga Memorial Park.

Visit www.lane-coulterchapel.com to send condolences.

Helen Nall

Helen Nelson Nall, 80, of Hixson, passed away Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009.

Helen was a longtime resident of the Chattanooga area and a member of First Baptist Church of Chattanooga.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George Ralph Nall; her parents, and two siblings.

Helen is survived by her daughter, Debbie Hamilton and husband, Jim; granddaughter, Sarah Hamilton; brother, J.D. Nelson, of Cleveland, Tenn.; several nieces and nephews.

Services for Helen will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the North Chapel with Dr. Gary Carver officiating.

Burial will follow in Hamilton Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of Chattanooga, 401 Gateway Ave., Chattanooga, TN 37402.

Share your thoughts and memories at www.mem.com.

Arrangements are by the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist.

Naomi Parker

Naomi Parker, 89, of Chattanooga, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009, in a local nursing facility.

Arrangements will be announced by Taylor Funeral Home of Chattanooga Inc.

Linda Reaves

Linda Patricia Reaves, retired professor at Chattanooga State Technical Community College, died on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009, in a local hospital after a prolonged illness.

She was born in 1941 in Vicksburg, Miss., but spent her growing years in Clarksdale, Miss. Her parents were the late Carl Edward and Sarah Doggett Reaves. A brother, Carl Edward Reaves Jr., also preceded her in death.

After graduating from Clarksdale High School, she attended Mississippi State College for Women where she achieved her bachelor’s degree with honors in English Literature. She taught in the Clarksdale Public Schools for several years before taking positions teaching the dependents of American Armed Forces in Libya and Japan for five years. Returning to the United States, she entered graduate school at Columbia University in New York City, where she received her master’s degree. Shortly thereafter, she joined the faculty at Chattanooga State Technical Community College, where she taught Developmental English, Freshman Composition, and Humanities for over 30 years. During the late 1970s she was Head of the Development English/Reading Department at the College. She was known among her students for her kindhearted nature and keen sense of humor. After retiring from the college, she was an active volunteer with the Inner City Ministry and the Prayer Committee at First-Centenary United Methodist Church, where she was a member.

She is primarily survived by three cousins and their families, Mrs. Gail W. Phipps, of Charleston, S.C., Mrs. Patsy Mullins, of Vicksburg, Miss., and Mrs. Carolyn Miller, also of Vicksburg. Other cousins include members of the Reaves and Doggett families of unknown locations. Linda was supported by a longtime and very devoted friend, Sue Hyatt.

A memorial service celebrating her life will be held in the Memorial Garden at First-Centenary United Methodist Church at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14.

Please share your thoughts and memories at www.mem.com.

Arrangements are by the Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, Valley View Chapel.

Jim Rice Jr.

Jesse “Jim” Rice Jr., 60, of Hixson, passed away on Monday, Feb. 9, 2009.

Jim was a lifelong resident of the Chattanooga area and was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jessie Inez and Jesse J. Rice Sr.

Jim is survived by his three children, Jamie Rice, Jason Rice and wife, Jamie, and Stacy Young and husband, Edward; sister, Diane Goins and husband, Bill; brother, Ken Rice and wife, Cheryl; 11 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Services for Jim will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the North Chapel with the Rev. Roger DeHart officiating.

Burial will follow in Hamilton Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. today and 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Share your thoughts and memories at www.mem.com.

Arrangements are by the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist.

Robert Ridge

Robert K. Ridge, 27, of Hixson passed away Monday, Feb. 9, 2009.

He attended Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He was a loving father and being with his family, and loved the outdoors.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather; Robert F. Ridge; great-grandmother, Sharlene Gallops; great-grandparents, Robert Bruce and Daisy Lee Pitts.

He is survived by his daughter, Kylie Deanne Ridge; parents, Robert T. Ridge and Kay D. Ridge; sisters, Keeli Ridge, Katelyn Denise Ridge; grandmother, Barbara A. Ridge; niece, Keeli Lashea Velasquez; nephew, Justin Lloyd Broadwell II; special friend and mother to his daughter, Hollie Nelson.

Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Pitts Cemetery in Falling Water with Pastor Jim Barry officiating.

Family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until time of service Thursday at the funeral home.

Condolences and memories may be shared at www.williamsonandsons.com.

Arrangements are by Williamson & Sons Funeral Home, 8852 Dayton Pike, Soddy-Daisy, TN 37379.

Betty Sproat

Betty Jane Sproat, 87, of Hixson, died on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009, at her home surrounded by loving family and devoted caregivers.

She was born in Shelbina, Mo., on March 7, 1921, and was preceded in death by husband, Robert Allen Sproat; parents, Frank and Mary Turney; brother, Paul; and sister, Imogene Lathrop.

She is survived by three beloved daughters, Laura Marsh and husband, Brian, who lovingly cared for her in their hom e, Regina Sagen and husband, Alan, and Susan Stolfa; 10 dear grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; and nephew, Robert Sproat.

A devoted wife and mother, she loved to travel and took many trips abroad including an 8-month European tour where she fell in love with Ireland. She played master level duplicate bridge, was a very skilled seamstress and taught sewing classes, and was an excellent cook who enjoyed preparing wonderful meals for family and friends.

A private interment service will be held at The Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Knoxville.

Her favorite scripture was 2 Timothy 4:7, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”

Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. www.rosemortuary.com.

Gary Taylor

Gary S. Taylor, 55, of Chickamauga died Sunday morning Feb. 8, 2009, at his residence.

A lifelong resident of the Chattanooga area, he moved to Chickamauga 15 years ago. Gary had such a love for animals and nature all his life. He was a business partner with Luttrell-Taylor Handmade Furniture and a member of the Trinity Woodmore United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his father, Hubert D. Taylor and a brother, Herby Taylor.

Survivors include his mother, Evelyn M. Taylor; brother and his wife, Greg and Laura Taylor, Hixson; his soul mate, Toni Dunn, Chickamauga; nephew, Matthew Taylor; niece, Jessica Taylor.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today in the Valley View Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home with Dr. Robert Haskins officiating.

Interment will be in Lakewood Memory Gardens, East.

Memorial contributions may be made to the McKamey Animal Care and Adoption Center, 4500 Access Road, Chattanooga, TN 37415.

Please share your thoughts and memories online at mem.com.

Arrangements are by the Valley View Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 7414 Old Lee Highway.

Randy Therrell

Randy Clifford Therrell, 58, of Soddy-Daisy, passed away Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009, at Erlanger Hospital.

Randy was born in Charlotte, N.C. and had lived in Atlanta and Longmont, Colo. He served his country in the Air National Guard during the Vietnam War. Randy enjoyed woodworking and created beautiful pieces for his family. Randy worked as a high school woodworking teacher in several states and was most recently employed with Sears Northgate Mall.

Randy was preceded in death by his mother, Foy Huffman.

Survivors include his wife, Eileen Therrell; son, Benjamin Therrell, Longmont, Colo.; father, Frank (Ann) Therrell, Charlotte, N.C.; stepfather, Herman Huffman, Salisbury, N.C.; brother, Evan (Mary) Therrell, of Charlotte, N.C.; sisters, Debbie (Doug) Burkham, Dallas, Texas, and Myra Zabek, Charlotte, N.C.; sisters-in-law, Carol Rimmer, Knoxville and Suzanne (Bob) Kita, Hawaii; father-in-law, Oran Culberson, Knoxville; stepdaughter, Valerie (Jay Hoodenpyl) Richardson and their children, Jack, Phillip and Jay Hoodenpyl, Murrells Inlet, S.C.; stepson, John Schlatter, Knoxville; several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends 2-4 p.m. Saturday at Lane Funeral Home, Coulter Chapel, 601 Ashland Terrace.

Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Community Kitchen of Chattanooga.

Please, visit our guestbook at www.lane-coulterchapel.com to send condolences.

Hiko Waldon

Katsuhiko “Hiko” Waldon, 56, of Chattanooga, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009, at his home.

He was born Sept. 12, 1952, in Okinawa, Japan.

He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in the 82nd Airborne.

Mr. Waldon was well known in Chattanooga for his association with various soccer organizations including the National Inter-Collegian Soccer Officials Association (NISOA), the Southeast Soccer Officials Association (SSOA), the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) and the Tennessee State Soccer Association (TSSA).

He was employed with McKee Foods Corporation for the past 26 years.

His stepfather, Gary Waldon Sr. preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife of 29 years, Cheryl Waldon; two sons, Justin (Wendy) Waldon, of Huntsville, Ala., Austin Waldon, of Chattanooga; mother, Emiko Waldon, of Jacksonville, N.C.; brothers, Hiroaki (Itoe) Uemura, of Okinawa, Japan, Gary (Leslie) Waldon Jr., of Raleigh, N.C.; sister, Judy Annette (Troy) Kaiser, of Foley, Ala.; granddaughters, Brittaney Madison Metcalf and Kohana Grace Waldon.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 4 p.m. in the East Brainerd Chapel with the

Rev. Granville Seward officiating.

The family will receive friends Friday from 1-4 p.m. at the funeral home.

There will be no burial to follow as the body is being cremated.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Chattanooga, P. O. Box 19269, Chattanooga, TN 37416, or Blood Assurance of Chattanooga, 700 E. Third St., Chattanooga, TN 37403.

Please share your thoughts and memories at www.mem.com.

Arrangements are by Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 8214 East Brainerd Road, Chattanooga.

Robert Wetherbee

Robert E. Wetherbee departed this life on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009, at a local hospital.

He was a member of Local 656 Boilermakers Union. Rob was a loving father, a avid sportsman and lifetime resident of Signal Mountain.

He was preceded in death by his father, L.E. Wetherbee; and grandfather, Wayne Brock.

Rob leaves to cherish his memories of his wife, Sandra L. Wetherbee; son, Justin E Wetherbee; daughter, Amanda L. Wetherbee; mother, Lynda Wetherbee Johnson; brother, Rick (Patty) Wetherbee; nephews, Quinton Wetherbee and Zack Harmon, all of Signal Mountain; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral service will be today at 1 p.m. EST at Mount Carmel Baptist Church with the Rev. Steve Granger officiating.

Burial will be in Fairmount Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be his brothers of Local 656 Boilermakers Union.

Online condolences can be made at www.reedfamilyfh.com.

Arrangements by Putnam-Standefer-Reed Funeral Home, 50 May Road, Dunlap.

Joe Wheeler

Joe H. Wheeler departed this life on Monday, Feb. 9, 2009, in Little Rock, Ark.

He was born Sept. 26, 1922, in Bolivar, Tenn., to Alvin and Sophie Wheeler. After he and his father won an agricultural competition, a chance meeting with the state secretary of agriculture led to an invitation to attend the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He began his studies in agriculture until he volunteered in the Army Air Corps in 1942. He served as a bomber pilot in the South Pacific until the end of WWII and then volunteered to serve in the occupation of Japan where he managed the Osaka airport for the allies. There he met his future wife Marianna Amende, a Red Cross volunteer. They were later married in Knoxville, Tenn., in 1945. He returned to the University of Tennessee and studied chemical engineering. After graduating he worked in Lakeland, Fla., in the blossoming orange juice business and later for Purina. He later moved back to eastern Tennessee where he founded Industrial Water Chemicals in his basement in Chattanooga, in 1957. His business thrived and he later sold to Sara Lee Corporation in 1971 remaining as manager. He retired from Sara Lee in 1974 and began a private consulting practice while serving numerous charitable and philanthropic organizations including CADAS as chairman of the board.

Joe was very involved in the Chattanooga Engineers Club and served the city of Chattanooga as a volunteer consultant on several projects including the site selection of the Veteran’s Bridge. He was also deeply involved in support of the Republican party of Tennessee as it emerged as a reform party in the 1960s. He was deeply devoted to the University of Tennessee, both the Knoxville and Chattanooga campuses. He was a key supporter of the new Engineering building at UTC. He was a charter member of the Century Club and served on the Development Council for the consolidated University of Tennessee.He was a member of First-Centenary United Methodist Church and had served as Trustee.

Joe and Marianna moved to Little Rock, Ark., in 2006 where they resided at Parkway Village and made many new friends and attended St. Michael’s Episcopal Church. He never forgot Tennessee and was frequently seen sporting his Big Orange cap. His life was marked by his generous spirit, his sense of gratitude and his belief and commitment to his country. His final days were marked by the dignity that he showed in living with Parkinson’s disease.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Sophie and Alvin; and sister, Ann.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Marianna, of Little Rock; his sisters, Bonnie Sue Martz, of Atlanta, and Kathleen Gamble, of Memphis; two sons, Gary Wheeler and his wife, Rebecca, of Little Rock, and David Wheeler and his wife, Stacey, of Greenville, S.C.; five grandchildren, Zachary, Abigail, Hannah, Emily and Phillip.

A memorial service will be held at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Little Rock, Ark., today, Feb. 11, 2009 at 6:30 p.m. with the Rev. Ed Wills Jr. officiating.

In Chattanooga, the family will receive friends beginning at 10 a.m. Friday at the church followed by funeral services at the Kate Lyle Chapel of First-Centenary United Methodist Church, Friday, Feb. 13, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Dr. David Harr officiating.

Interment with military honors will be at Chattanooga National Cemetery.

Chattanooga arrangements are under the direction of The East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist.

Little Rock arrangements are with Roller-Chenal Funeral Home (501)224-8300, assisting.

Online guestbook: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/chenal.

In lieu of flowers, the family appreciates memorials to CADAS, 207 Spears Ave., Chattanooga, TN 37405; The Baylor School, 171 Baylor School Road, Chattanooga, TN 37405; University of Tennessee, Office of the Bursar, 211 Student Services Building, Knoxville, TN 37996; or First-Centenary United Methodist Church, 419 McCallie Ave., Chattanooga, TN 37402.

John Wheeler

John Harlan Wheeler, 84, of Apison, passed away Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009, in a local hospital.

He was born July 19, 1924, in Cleveland, Ohio to the late A.H. and Cora Belle Wheeler. He was a 1942 graduate of Ooltewah High School where he received the Future Farmer of America Star Farmer of the Year Award. He also attended Southern Adventist College.

Mr. Wheeler was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a member of the Scottish Rite and a 50 year member of Ooltewah Masonic Lodge 741, he served on the Tennessee Farmers Co-op Board for 10 years; he was on the Bradley County Co-op Board of Directors, the Production Credit Association, Federal Land Bank, and the Tennessee Soil Conservation Association. In 1994, he was inducted into the Hamilton County Agriculture Hall of Fame. He was the first recipient of the Tennessee Cooperative Spirit Award in 2001 for helping in the advancement of Agriculture in all areas of the state.

Mr. Wheeler and his brother, Jack, were lifelong partners in the dairy and beef farming industry and were the owners of Wheeler’s Dairy.

He was a member and trustee of Apison Baptist Church and Betty Ware’s Sunday School Class.

His son, John Harlan Wheeler, Jr. preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Nona Wheeler; daughter and son-in-law, Janna and Stan Robbs, of Apison; daughter-in-law, Sally Wheeler Moore, of Norfolk, Va.; brother, Jack Manis Wheeler and his wife, Nell, of Apison; sister, Betty Brooks, of Ooltewah; grandchildren, LeeAnn (Casey) Neal, John Stanley Robbs II, Rachel Robbs, Ben Robbs and Nicholas Wheeler Moore; one great-granddaughter, Aubrey Neal; niece, Cindy Wheeler Stulce; nephews, John Allen Brooks, Phillip Brooks and Mark Brooks.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Apison Baptist Church with the Rev. Chris Campbell, Rev. Richard Blalock and Dr. Leroy Spinks officiating.

Burial will follow at Plowman Cemetery with military honors.

Memorial contributions may be made to Apison Baptist Church Building Fund, 11127 Old East Brainerd Road, Apison, TN 37302.

Please share your thoughts and memories at www.mem.com.

Arrangements are by Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 7414 Old Lee Highway, Chattanooga.

Janet Willerson

Janet Willerson, 41, of East Ridge, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009, at her residence.

Memorial donations may be made to the family.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. today, Feb. 11, 2009, at the funeral home with Rev. Warren Denton officiating.

Burial will follow at Hamilton Memorial Gardens.

Please share your thoughts and condolences at www.mem.com.

Arrangements are by the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 404 S. Moore Road.

TENNESSEE

Wade Clark

JASPER — Luther Wade Clark, 73, died Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009, at his home, surrounded by his family.

The son of the late Luther Milton and Geromie Brown Clark, he retired from General Contractors of Gallatin, Tenn., after many years.

He also was preceded in death by his brother, Lowell McGowan; and sister, Floy Bell White.

He is survived by his wife, Sue Clark; daughters, Mari Lynn (Scott) Rivers, of Twin Falls, Idaho, Heather Clark, of Jasper, and Kelly Roberts, of Escondido, Calif.; sons, Jason Clark, Mike (Lorrie) Roberts and Bill Roberts, all of Jasper; stepdaughters, Suzanne Crews and Lori Crews; sisters, Maudell White, Evelyn Clark (Marvin) Fountain and Barbara Clark, all of Mt. Vernon, Ga.; three grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be Friday, Feb. 13, at 2 p.m. CST from the Jasper Chapel of Rogers Funeral Home with the Rev. Floyd Kilgore officiating.

Interment will follow in Cumberland View Cemetery in Kimball.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.rogersfuneralhome.com.

The family will receive friends Thursday, Feb. 12, from 6-9 p.m. CST at Rogers Funeral Home in Jasper.

Dollie Everett

ATHENS — Dollie Marie Everett, 89, died Monday, Feb. 9, 2009, at her daughter’s home.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Clearsprings Baptist Church.

Burial will be in Clearsprings Baptist Cemetery.

Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. today at Ziegler Funeral Home.

Bertie Nale

DUNLAP — Bertie Lou Nale, 81, died early Tuesday morning Feb. 10, 2009, in Memorial Hospital.

She was a member of Hopewell Road Baptist Church and was preceded in death by her husband, Harold P. Nale.

She is survived by a daughter, Mary Grace Shields, Murphy, N.C.; three sons, Donnie Miller, Danny Nale and David Nale, all of Dunlap; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two sisters, Grace Dyer, Crossville and Ethel Smith, Dunlap; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be Thursday at 11 a.m. CST in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Terry Barker officiating.

Burial will be in Hixson Cemetery.

Online condolences can be made at www.reedfamilyfh.com.

Family will receive friends today from 4 -9 p.m. CST.

Arrangements by Putnam-Standefer-Reed Funeral Home, 50 May Road, Dunlap.

Louise Rorex

SOUTH PITTSBURG — Louise Jessie Rorex, 84, died Monday, Feb. 9, 2009, at N.H.C. Dunlap, Tenn., after a brief illness.

She was born Sept. 10, 1924.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James B. Rorex; parents, Jessie James Hargiss and Lillie Gertrude Castleman Hargiss; sisters, Mrs. Bertha Mae Holeman, Mrs. Amanda Novella Case and Mrs. Mary Katy Adkins; and brothers, John William Hargiss and James Thomas Hargiss.

Surviving are brothers, David Frank Hargiss and wife, Shirley, Carlsbad, N.M., Francis Eugene Hargiss and wife, Petreva, Dunlap, Tenn., James David Thomas and wife, Jan, Mattawan, Mich.; several nieces and nephews and a friend, Ruth Kirk, Dunlap, Tenn.

Funeral services will be conducted from the graveside of Sequatchie Valley Memorial Gardens, at 10 a.m. CST Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009, with Brother Darrell Nunley officiating.

There will be no visitation at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Tate Funeral Home, Jasper, Tenn., 423-942-9500, www.tatefh.com.

Sibyl Sumner

MEMPHIS— Sibyl Elizabeth Eskew Sumner entered heaven on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009. She was 73 and a native of Greenville, S.C.

Sibyl was the first lady of Presbyterian Day School while her husband was headmaster for 21 years. She was also a former employee of accounting firm Watkins, Watkins & Keenan. She was a member of Christ United Methodist Church and a former member of the Lamplighters Sunday School Class.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Dr. Len Sumner. She is also survived by her daughter, Elizabeth Sumner Wafler; a son, Robert Pyor Sumner; and two granddaughters, Olivia Blair Wafler and Katherine Stanton Sumner, all of Memphis. She also leaves three sisters, Mrs. Ann Murphy, of Winston-Salem, N.C., Ms. Nancy Eskew and Ms. Jean Pierson, both of Atlanta.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, at Memorial Park Cemetery.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, that memorials be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

GEORGIA

Frances Adams

TRION — Frances Pauline Adams, 63, died Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009.

Survivors: brother and sister-in-law, David and Melissa Fox Adams; sister and brother-in-law, Linda Gail and John Pritchett; nephews, Jonathan and Amanda Pritchett, Justin Adams, Casey Adams; and great-nephew, Landan Pritchett.

Services, 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, at Ridgeway Baptist Church.

Visitation 6-8 p.m. today at Mason Funeral Home.

Thomas Brock

ROSSVILLE — Thomas Franklin Brock, 57, passed away Monday, Feb. 9, 2009.

He was preceded in death by his father, George Brock; sister, Edie Combs; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Melvin C. Nix and Mr. and Mrs. Walter F. Brock.

He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Betty Brock; children, Shannon Miller, Shawn Brock and Daniel Brock; brothers, Mike Brock and David Brock; seven grandchildren.

The graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. today, Feb. 11, 2009, at Chattanooga National Cemetery.

Arrangements by Wilson Funeral Home, Fort Oglethorpe Chapel.

Charlsie Clark

ROSSVILLE — Charlsie Faye Garrett Clark, 68, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009.

She was born in Bryant, Ala. to the late Fred C. and Virgie Mae Douglas Garrett. She was currently employed with Wal-Mart in Fort Oglethorpe, where she worked in the Deli. She was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Marsha Clark; and a granddaughter, Maria Wright.

She is survived by her sons: Jack Garrett, of Rossville, Darrell Parrish, of Dalton, Ga.; sisters, Doyce Lansford, of East Brainerd, Shirley Franklin, of Atlanta; brothers, Vernon Garrett and Ernest Garrett, both of Chickamauga, Ga.; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild; several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from noon-9 p.m. today and Thursday morning prior to the service.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009, in the J. Avery Bryan Chapel of Wilson Funeral Homes.

Burial will follow in Chickamauga Cemetery.

Online register book at www.wilsonfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Wilson Funeral Homes, J. Avery Bryan Chapel, Chickamauga.

Ruby Cunningham

DALTON — Ruby Lee Robbs Cunningham, 70, passed away Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009.

Funeral will be at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the chapel of Willis Funeral Home with Bishop Stephen Thomas officiating.

Interment in Chattanooga National Cemetery.

Arrangements by Willis Funeral Home, Dalton.

Alex Ensley

RINGGOLD — Alex Ensley, 13, passed away Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009.

Alex was a beloved son, grandson, and friend. Alex was a member of First Lutheran Church where he was an Acolyte. He was an eighth grade student at Belvoir Christian Academy, formerly the Lutheran School where he participated in cross-country, soccer, basketball and golf. He spent his summers with his grandparents in Southport, N.C. where he swam on the Marlins swim team.

He was preceded in death by grandparents, Martha Whittle and Evelyn R. McGuire.

Everyone who met him will remember his friendly nature and laugh. He not only touched everyone that he met, they also touched him. He was a mentor to many younger students but especially the members of the track team. He did not just tell them about perseverance he showed it to them by running along with them when they felt like they could not make it. Alex showed them that they could make it. Always with a smile on his face he glowed with life and it shows by the host of friends that love him and will miss him.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his mother and stepfather, Cheryl and Ron Puckett; grandparents, Frank and Patsy Ensley, Sandy and Dan Arhelger, Farrell and Jean Garnand; father, Geoffrey Ensley; aunts and uncles, Christopher Garnand, Mary Ann (Bobby) Johnson, Jennifer Futrell, Jennifer Ensley, Bill Porter, Nathan Arhelger; special cousins, Taylor Arhelger, Peyton Pethick, and Mary Elizabeth Bowers; and his many friends in his eighth grade class at Belvoir Christian Academy as well as many other family members and friends.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at First Lutheran Church with Pastor Gilbert Pingel officiating.

Interment will follow in Lakewood Memory Gardens, South.

Alex will lie in state from 1-2 p.m. Thursday at the church.

Visit www.heritagefh.com to view memorial tribute and send condolences.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made in Alex’s honor to Belvoir Christian Academy, 800 Belvoir Ave., East Ridge, TN 37412.

The family will receive friends from 2-8 p.m. today at Heritage Funeral Home, Battlefield Parkway.

Virginia Fox

ROSSVILLE — Virginia I. “Jackie” Goodson Fox, 76, passed away Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009, at a local hospital.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today in the South Crest Chapel with Pastor Jim Bennett officiating.

Interment will follow in Tennessee-Georgia Memorial Park.

Visit www.lane-southcresthcapel.com to share condolences.

The family will receive friends today from 10 a.m. until the funeral hour at the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home & Crematory, Rossville.

Len Higdon

LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN — William “Len” Franklin Higdon Jr., 48, passed away on Monday, Feb. 9, 2009, at a local hospital.

He was a lifelong resident of the North Georgia area and a member of Hinkle Baptist Church. Mr. Higdon enjoyed spending time with his friends and family and watching Atlanta Braves baseball.

He was preceded in death by grandparents, Jess and Stella Thacker, Rossville, Roy and Nellie Higdon, Lookout Mountain, Ga.

Mr. Higdon is survived by wife of 27 years, Lisa Higdon; parents, William Franklin Higdon Sr. and Charlotte Thacker Higdon; mother and father-in-law, Denny and Pat Hooper, Ringgold; brother-in-law, Paul (Stacey) Hooper, Ringgold; sister-in-law, Vicki (Brian) Mays, East Brainerd; aunts, Betty Lewis, Flintstone, Margaret (Tom) Pierce, Flintstone, Polly Thompson, Lookout Mountain; uncle, Jerry (Peggy) Higdon, Rossville; special nephew, Airman 1st Class USAF Keith Mays, East Brainerd; special niece, Maeghan Mays, East Brainerd; and several cousins.

Services will held 11 a.m. Thursday, in the funeral home chapel with Rev. John Powell and Marvin Pace officiating.

Interment will be in Tennessee-Georgia Memorial Park.

Visit www.heritagefh.com to view memorial tribute and share condolences.

Memorial contributions may be sent to American Diabetes Association, 211 Center Park Dr., Suite 3010, Knoxville, TN 37922 or the American Heart Association, 519 E. Fourth St., Chattanooga, TN 37403.

The family will receive friends 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. today at Heritage Funeral Home & Crematory, Battlefield Parkway.

Elaine Newell

ROSSVILLE — Elaine C. Newell, 83, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009, in a local health care facility.

Mrs. Newell was born April 8, 1925 in Chattanooga to the late John Luther and Margaret High Cyree. She was a 1943 graduate of Central High School and received her degree from McKenzie College. She taught piano and organ for many years at Conn Music Store, Fowlers, Clemons and played in many churches around the Chattanooga area, including East Lake Baptist, Philadelphia Baptist, Clifton Hills Baptist, Temple Baptist, Immanuel Baptist and Fairview Baptist. After a move to Atlanta, she also taught there for many years as well. She moved back to the Chattanooga area in 2004 to be near her family as her health began to decline.

Mrs. Newell was preceded in death by her brothers, Harold and Ronal Cyree.

Survivors include her sister, Ellowene (Ralph) Wilson, of Rossville, and very devoted, loving and caring nephew, David A. Wilson. She was deeply loved by this family that cared for her. Also surviving is sister-in-law, Sherry Cyree; nephew, Scotty Cyree; and niece, Jill Cyree.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. in the South Crest Chapel with the Rev. Billy Dean officiating.

Burial will follow in Lakewood Memory Gardens, South.

To share your thoughts and memories, visit www.lane-southcrestchapel.com.

Memorial contributions may me made to Hospice of Chattanooga or the Alzheimers Association.

The family will receive friends Thursday from 4-8 p.m. at the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home & Crematory, Rossville.

Dorothy Phillips

RINGGOLD — Dorothy Rider Phillips went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009, after a brave and courageous battle for a year with cancer.

She was born in Memphis on Nov. 18, 1925. She had lived most of her life in the North Georgia area. She was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Chattanooga. Her and her husband, Gene Phillips, were the original owners of Maggie’s Restaurant in Rossville and Fort Oglethorpe.

She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Mary Alice Rider, of Memphis; spouse, Eugene Phillips and brother, Kenneth Rider, of Memphis.

She is survived by five daughters, Pepper (Maurice) Quinn, Fort Oglethorpe, Diane (Jack) Cochran, of Dalton, Janie (Jim) Cox, Rossville, Kay (Raymond) Whittle, South Haven, Miss., Cheryl Kyle, Ringgold; 13 grandchildren, Eddie, Scott and Michael Quinn, Randy Hill, Tiffany Lowe, Lamar and Chris Cox, Lisa Carlisle, Ricky Whittle, Ramanda Sharrock, Christy Harris, Stacy Harmon, Lesley Shutters; and 27 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mary Virginia Bass, Frances South and Gloria Facenelli; two brothers, Raymond Rider and Henry Rider, all of Mississippi; sister-in-law, Yvonne Browning, Rossville; and special friend, Ruth Quinn, of East Ridge.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday in the chapel with the Rev. John Andrus and Rev. Eric Johnson officiating.

Interment will follow in Tennessee-Georgia Memorial Park.

Visit www.heritagefh.com to view memorial tribute and share condolences.

The family would like to thank friends, neighbors and her church family for their faithfulness with cards, calls and prayers. And a special thanks to Hutcheson Hospice, Dr. Johnson, and Dr. Rice at Memorial Hospital.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hutcheson Hospice, 640 Battlefield Parkway, Fort Oglethorpe, GA 30742.

The family will receive friends from 2-8 p.m. Thursday at Heritage Funeral Home & Crematory, Battlefield Parkway.

James Sharp

TRION — James Taylor “Bone” Sharp, 76, passed away Sunday Feb. 8, 2009, at a local hospital.

A lifelong resident of the Walker County area, he was a member of Rock Spring Church of God of Prophecy, a veteran of the U.S. Army and a former employee of the Georgia Department of Transportation.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Will and Rosie Lively Sharp; sisters, Francis Carter, Ruby Pattyjohn and Catherine Crisp; and two brothers, Dewey and Pete Sharp.

He is survived by his wife, Mamie “Rosie” Linam Sharp, of Trion; son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Leigh Sharp, of Monroe, Ga.; brother, John Sharp, of LaFayette, Ga.; two grandchildren, Rebecca and Amber Sharp, of Monroe, Ga.; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Carlos Brock and Rev. Carl Jackson officiating.

Interment will follow at LaFayette Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends all day today at the funeral home.

Arrangements are by Wilson Funeral Home, LaFayette Chapel LaFayette.

ALABAMA

Mildred Durham

HENAGAR — Mildred Josephine Durham, 81, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009, in Fort Payne.

Her survivors include sons, Frankie (Martha) Durham, of Ider, Patrick David Durham, of Henagar; daughters. Carolyn Sue (Jim) Walker, of Dallas, Texas, Mary (Levon) Duncan, of Flat Rock; Martha Durham Hughes, of Henagar and Rhonda Kay (Jeff) Watkins, of Ider, seven grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Henderson Haynes Parker and Zula Jane Workman Parker; husband, Roland Durham; granddaughter, Kristy Coots.

Her service will be Thursday at 2:30 p.m. CST in Kerby Funeral Home Chapel with interment in Sulpher Springs Cemetery.

Visitation will be today from 5 until 9 p.m. CST and Thursday from 10 a.m. until time of service; the Rev. Watson Williams and the Rev. Jeff Watkins officiating.

Shirley Kinsey

BRYANT — Shirley Edwin Kinsey, 67, passed away Monday, Feb. 9, 2009.

He was a lifelong resident of Bryant and was a member of Boilermakers Local 454 in Chattanooga.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Bonnie Kinsey; brothers, Royce Kinsey and Eugene Kinsey.

Survivors include his loving wife of 48 years, Hilda Nash Kinsey; two sons and daughters-in-law, Eddie and Tina Kinsey, Perry and Patty Kinsey; four grandchildren, Clark Kinsey, Logan Kinsey, Suzanne Kinsey, and Edwin Kinsey, all of Bryant; two sisters and brother-in-law, Theldon Ellis and Bonnie and Billy Reeves, sister-in-law Lillie Kinsey, all of Bryant; brother and sisters-in-law, Manuel and Lorene Nash, Scottsboro, Ala., Mabel Weldon, Bryant, Vina and Clayton Bowen, Flat Rock, Ala., Mary Ann Nash, Bryant, Palmer and Virginia Nash, Bryant, Martha Nash, Bryant, Charles and Peggy Nash, Bryant, Raymond and Nelda Long, Dutton, Ala.; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. EST Thursday in the Bryant chapel with the Rev. Wayne Winters officiating.

Interment will follow in Oak Lawn Memorial Park.

Visitation noon-9 p.m. EST today and 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday.

Arrangements by Moore Funeral Home, Bryant.

James Summers

STEVENSON — James Richard “Teddy Bear” Summers, 59, died Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009.

Funeral will be Friday at 1 p.m. CST at the funeral home chapel.

Interment will be at Longacre Cemetery in Stevenson.

Visitation will be today 5-9 p.m. Thursday 10 a.m.-9 p.m. CST at Rudder Funeral Home.Stevenson.

David Worrell

RAINSVILLE — David T. Worrell, 63, passed away Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009.

Funeral will be 2 p.m. CST Thursday from W.T. Wilson Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Melvin Hilley officiating.

Burial will follow in Mount View Memory Gardens with W.T. Wilson Funeral Chapel in charge.

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