published Saturday, February 21st, 2009

Obituaries for February 21, 2009

HAMILTON COUNTY

Dixie Arthur

Dixie June Arthur passed away Friday, Feb. 20, 2009, in a local healthcare facility.

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

Frederick Bradford Sr.

Frederick Bradford Sr., 52, of Chattanooga, passed away Friday, February 13, 2009.

Funeral: today at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Taylor Funeral Home with Pastor William Reed officiating.

Burial: Monday at 11 a.m. at Chattanooga National Cemetery.

Lucille Duncan

Lucille Duncan, 76, of Red Bank, died Sunday, Feb. 15, 2009.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Viola McPherson; husband, Don Duncan; and children, Pam and Lucy Duncan, died as infants.

Survivors include her sons, Cliff (Gay) Duncan, of Athens, Ala., and Hal (Lora) McPherson, of Hixson; daughters, Donna Cooke, of Nashville, Susie (Steve) Elder, of Monroe, N.C. and Cindy (Mike) Daniels, of Red Bank; sister, Carrie (J.C.) Massey, of Ormond Beach, Fla.; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; good friend and neighbor, John Holliday.

She was a master alterationist and seamstress for over 40 years and enjoyed working puzzles and genealogy. Lucille had a happy spirit and encouraging words for everyone. She will be greatly missed.

Memorial services will be held 3 p.m. Sunday at Lane Funeral Home, Coulter Chapel.

Visit our guestbook at www.lane-coulterchapel.com to send condolences.

Visitation will be 1-3 p.m. Sunday at Lane Funeral Home, Coulter Chapel, 601 Ashland Terrace.

Gertrude Edgerton

Gertrude Irene Birk Edgerton passed away Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009.

She was the daughter of Selma and George Oliver Birk; Her dad a rancher and WWI veteran, her mom a school teacher. Trudy was born in the Dominican Republic Sept. 21, 1926, she completed grade school at the company school there before moving with her mom to Arcadia, Fla., to attend high school. In Arcadia she met Aviation Cadet Richard Edgerton in June 1943. At war’s end she left her sophomore class at Florida Southern College and married Richard at the Air Corps Base in San Antonio, Texas Dec. 22, 1945. Following separation from the armed forces in 1946, Trudy followed Richard for 21 years in the Tropics and four years at the University of Florida where she worked full time to replace the G.I. Bill. From 1972 to 1983 she stayed with him in San Francisco; then in retirement they settled in the Chattanooga area where she again followed him on volunteer projects to Cairo, Alexandria, Uruguay and Sri Lanka.

Besides her grieving husband, this devout Christian, wonderful Mother, loving wife and great cook leaves behind a brother George, in Minnesota, daughters Cheryl Baker, of Chattanooga, Frances Curran, of Peachtree City, Ga. She leaves son, Richard G. Edgerton Jr., of Flintstone, Ga., and adopted son Augusto. She leaves one granddaughter, five grandsons, two great-grandsons and two great-granddaughters.

In lieu of flowers we pray that friends will contribute their token either to their favorite charity, or to Lookout Mountain Methodist Church at 1300 Lula Lake Road, Lookout Mountain, GA 30750.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Chattanooga National Cemetery with Dr. Tom Deaton and Rev. Heidi Bender officiating.

The funeral procession to National Cemetery will depart from the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

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

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday and Monday at the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 404 S. Moore Road.

Lt. David Gann

Lt. David “Tiny” Charles Gann, 48, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009.

Visitation will be 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. today, Feb. 21, at Chattanooga Funeral Home North Chapel.

David will lie in state at Middle Valley Baptist Church beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday.

A celebration of David’s life will be held at 3 p.m. with burial following in Dividing Ridge Church of God Cemetery. All times listed are Eastern Standard.

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

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

Richard Gerken

Richard “Dick” Howard Gerken, 89, of Chattanooga, passed away quietly at his daughter’s house on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2009.

A Celebration of Dick’s life will be held 1 p.m. Monday at the North Chapel with the Rev. Henry Groseclose officiating.

Burial will follow in Chattanooga National Cemetery with military honors.

The family will receive friends from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday 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.

Vincent Hereford

Vincent Hereford, 44, passed on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009, in Richmond, Va.

He is survived by wife, Michelle Hereford; daughter, Brittany Hereford; and son, Brandon Hereford; mother, Lue Edith Hereford Foster; sister, Lisa Foster; nieces, Danesa, Elena and Bailey; brother, Harvey L. Hereford; nephews, Marcus and Derrick; aunts, Ruthie Hereford and Mary Taylor, and Barbara Hereford; uncles, Harvey, John, William, and James Hereford; close cousins Michael Taylor Sr., Patrick, James Jr., Johnny, Jonathan, Kimberly Hereford, and Ashley Rhinehart. And a host of other cousin and relatives.

Funeral service will be Monday, Feb. 23, 2009, at 11 a.m. at March Funeral Home of Virginia, 2110 E. Laburnum Ave., Richmond, VA 23222.

Public may view Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009, at 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Michael Kelley

Michael Francis Kelley, 79 of Chattanooga, died on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Marines and was an educator for the last 20 years. Michael was the former principal at North Rossville Elementary School.

He was preceded in death by two sons, Lewis Kelley and Col. Michael L. Kelley.

Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Pogue Kelley, Loganville, Ga. sons, Pat Kelley, Lawrenceville, Ga., and James “Jimmy” Kelley, Dacula, Ga.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, in the funeral home chapel.

To send condolences, please visit their guestbook at www.lane-coulterchapel.com.

Arrangements are by Lane Funeral Home, Coulter Chapel, 601 Ashland Terrace.

Dorothy Lindsay

Dorothy Ludwene Hufft Lindsay, 86, of Chattanooga, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009.

Mrs. Lindsay was a longtime resident of Chattanooga and a member of East Chattanooga Church of God. She was preceded in death by her one true love of 50 years, Rev. Joe Lindsay; precious mother, Bessie B. Johnson; and brother, Col. Edward E. Hufft.

Survivors are her son, Barry (Carolyn) Lindsay; grandchildren, Travis Lindsay, Ginger Moeller, Jeff (Lisa) Brown, Lisa May; eight great-grandchildren.

Ms. Dot’s life was richly blessed with an additional family she called her “buddies.” Neither words nor riches can ever express our sincere gratitude for the love and care that this wonderful family of buddies provided over the years. This love and selflessness surrounded Ms. Dot until the moment she was called home. The Lindsay family gratefully gives thanks to Dot’s earthly angels, Bill and Diane Foxworth, Rev. Don and Pat Glenn, Sonya Westbrook, Pat Mays, Sherrie Steventon, Wanda Whitener, Debbie Adair. very special thanks go to Manor House and NHC-Fort Oglethorpe. Your care and compassion is beyond reproach and is truly the best it could be. We love you.

Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Don Glenn, the Rev. Fred Smith and the Rev. Don Stovall officiating.

Interment will be at 10 a.m. Monday in Chattanooga National Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 1-7 p.m. Sunday at Heritage Funeral Home, East Brainerd Road.

Margaret Oehmig

Margaret Oehmig, of Lookout Mountain, Ga., passed away Friday, Feb. 20, 2009 at her home.

Arrangements will be announced by Heritage Funeral Home, East Brainerd Road.

Miles Reader

Miles Myers Reader, of Chattanooga, passed away Friday, Feb. 20, 2009, in a local healthcare facility.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Susan Reader; brother, Arthur Murray Reader.

His survived by his sister-in-law, Patricia Reader; and several nieces and nephews.

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

Melody Rowland

Melody Turner Rowland, 95, of Chattanooga, died Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009.

She was born Jan. 23, 1914 in Chicago, Ill., and was the daughter of the late Harry and Elsie Turner. Mrs. Rowland volunteered as a grey lady at Erlanger Hospital, St. Barnabas and was an active member of White Oak Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles G. Rowland Sr.

Survivors include her daughter, Charmel Rowland Farmer, of High Point, N.C.; sons, Thomas T. (Judy) Rowland and Charles G. (Margie) Rowland, all of Chattanooga; 10 grandchildren, Laurie (Cleve) Willcoxon, Julie (Charles) Maunder, Tom (Cynthia) Rowland Jr., Tiffany (Andy) Roth, Stephanie (Jeff) Daniels, Hadley Rowland, Courtney (William) Valentine, Todd (Amy) Farmer, Ashley (Ward) Davenport and Katherine (Charlie) Scoggins; and 13 great-grandchildren.

The family would like to express their thanks to Earlene Hudgins for the wonderful care that she provided.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Monday at White Oak United Methodist Church with Rev. Amy Cook officiating.

Interment will follow in Hamilton Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Chattanooga, 4411 Oakwood Drive, Chattanooga, TN 37416, or White Oak United Methodist Church, 2232 Lyndon Ave., Red Bank, TN 37415.

Visitation is 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009, at Lane Funeral Home, Coulter Chapel and one hour prior to the service on Monday at White Oak United Methodist Church.

Visit our guestbook at www.lane-coulterchapel.com to send condolences.

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

Bobbie Thompson

Bobbie J. Martin Thompson, 74, of Chattanooga, died Friday, Feb. 20, 2009, at her home surrounded by her family.

She was born on Feb. 21, 1934, to the late Hilliard and Flossie Samples Martin.

A lifelong resident of Chattanooga, she was a graduate of Chattanooga “City” High School. She was formerly employed with Cutter Laboratories and later volunteered for Erlanger Hospital and T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital. She especially enjoyed ministering to families in the Ronald McDonald Family Room. She was a member of Red Bank Baptist Church, where she attended the Mabel Lindsey Sunday School Class.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Homer R. Thompson; infant son, Marty Thompson; brothers, Gary and Carlton Martin; grandson, Homer Wyatt.

Survivors include her daughter, Pamela Wyatt, of Knoxville; four sons, Mike (Pam) Thompson, of Chickamauga, Jeff (Brenda) Thompson, of Hixson, Rick Thompson and Matthew Thompson, of Chattanooga; eight granddaughters, Kimberly (Chuck) Johnson, of Rossville, Susan (Brandon) Allen, of Chickamauga, Jill (Nick) Goeller, of Hixson, Christin (TJ) Shockley, of Soddy-Daisy, Lindsay, Candace and Hayley Thompson, of Chattanooga and Brittany Thompson of Virginia; two grandsons: Mitch and Daniel Thompson, of Hixson; seven great-grandchildren; one sister, Pat Watkins, of Rock Spring, Ga.; sisters-in-law, Mildred Thompson and Dorothy Thornton, of East Ridge; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services are 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Lane Funeral Home, Coulter Chapel with the Rev. Bert Jones officiating.

Visitation is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today and noon until service time Sunday at Lane Funeral Home, Coulter Chapel, 601 Ashland Terrace.

Interment is 10 a.m. Tuesday at Chattanooga National Cemetery.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia Society or Susan G. Komen For the Cure.

Charles Thornton

Charles Thornton, of Chattanooga, passed away Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009, in a local hospital.

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

Nellie Uptain

Nellie V. Uptain, 82, of Hixson, died Friday, Feb. 6, 2009.

She was of the Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Dutto; loving friend, George Goodson; one sister, Audrey Moore; six brothers, Lubie, Clarance, Freddie, William Mann, and Clifford Uptain; and parents, Wallace and Ada Uptain.

She is survived by one daughter; Susan Wilkins, Bryant, Ala.; one son, Charles (Rita) Dutto, Ringgold, Ga.; one brother, Wallace (Sally) Uptain, Hixson; three sisters, Lessie McClendon, Scottsboro, Ala., Faye Floyd, Red Bank, Cile (Paul) Phillips, Hixson; four grandchildren, Courtney and Peter Hammett, Christopher Wilkins, Amanda and Michael Yell and Shawn Dutto; four great-grandchildren, Colbie, Hailey, Tori and Rhett; 17 nieces; and 12 nephews.

A private family memorial service will be held today, Feb. 21, 2009 at 1 p.m. EST at the graveside at Asbury Community Cemetery near Albertville, Ala.

The body was cremated.

The family would like to thank Dade Health and Rehab and United Hospice for all their care and concern-during this time.

Arrangements are by Ryan Funeral Home, Trenton, Ga.

TENNESSEE

Fred Cagle

KIMBALL — Fred Harrison Cagle, 62, died at a local hospital on Friday, Feb. 20, 2009.

He was born in Richard City, Tenn., and was educated at Richard Hardy Memorial School. He worked at Valley Tire, Penn-Dixie, Asplundh Tree Co. and, as a dog catcher for the city of South Pittsburg. Mr. Cagle was active with the South Pittsburg Quarterback Club. He was a member of Kimball Church of Christ for over 40 years and was a Dixie Saddle Club member.

He was preceded in death by his father, Fred Harrison Cagle Sr.; parents, Steve T. and Mava Patterson, of Richard City; his brother, David Winfred Walker; and his grandson, Joshua Ridley.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Debra M. Cagle, of Kimball; his daughter, Kim (Roy) Ridley, of South Pittsburg; his son, Ernie (Cathy) Cagle, of Kimball; his four grandchildren, Colt Ridley, Rhyley Ridley, E.J. Cagle and Ryan Cagle; his brother, Steve Patterson, of Kimball; his sister, Diane VanAllman, of South Pittsburg; several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends (everybody in town).

Funeral services will be held from the chapel of Rogers Funeral Home in South Pittsburg at 2 p.m. CST Monday, Feb. 23, 2009, with Billy Watkins and the Rev. Joe Moore officiating.

Interment will be in Ridley Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to www.rogersfuneralhome.com.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 1-9 p.m. Sunday.

Dorothy Kimsey

CLEVELAND — Dorothy Violet “Dot” Kimsey, 82, a lifetime resident of Cleveland, died Thursday morning, Feb. 19, 2009, at her home.

She was a longtime member of First Cumberland Presbyterian Church of Cleveland since 1956, where she taught Sunday school and had served as a church Elder since 1977.

She was a member of Bradley Central High School Class of 1944 where she was currently organizing the 65th class reunion.

She was a housewife and loving mother who was very active in the community, freely providing services such as transportation and tax return preparation to elderly Cleveland residents. She worked for many years for Edward D. Jones investment brokers in Cleveland, and before that had worked briefly for the Cleveland school system at Cleveland High School.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin Raymond Kimsey; parents, J. Walter Blackburn Sr. and Laura Mae Blackburn; and sisters, Marcella McIntosh and Edna Marie Brown.

Survivors include two daughters, Laura Kimsey Eshbaugh and husband, Carl, of Knoxville and Lieutenant Commander Linda Kimsey, of Tazewell, Tenn.; two sons, Edwin Raymond Kimsey Jr. and wife, Kathleen, of Atlanta, and John Brian Kimsey and wife, Ann, of Atlanta; one sister, Sarah Jane West, of Maynardville, Tenn.; two brothers, James Blackburn and John B. Blackburn, of Cleveland; and four grandchildren, Greg Eshbaugh and wife, Jessica, of Knoxville and Anna Kimsey, Rebecca Eshbaugh and Greer Kimsey, all of Washington, D.C.

The funeral will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Cliff Hudson officiating. The church will be open before the service for visitation from 10 to 11:15 a.m.

Interment will follow at Hilcrest Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers will be Greg Eshbaugh, John McIntosh, Joe Blackburn, Alan Blackburn and Bill Brown.

Elders of First Cumberland Presbyterian Church will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 161 Second St., Cleveland, TN 37311.

We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Kimsey family guestbook at www.fikefh.com.

The family will receive friends from 4-7 p.m. Sunday at Fike Funeral Home, 2415 North Ocoee St., Cleveland.

Crystal Sanders

GRUETLI-LAAGER — Crystal R. Tate Sanders, 35, died Thursday Feb. 19, 2009.

She was preceded in death by her father, Bruce E. Tate; fiancee, Richard Green; infant brother, L.D. Tate; grandparents, Amos and Violet Coffelt, Woodrow and Mae Tate.

She is survived by her son, Jonathan Kyle Sanders; mother, Margie Tate.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. CST today in the funeral home chapel with Brother Sam Allen and Brother Andy Lockhart officiating.

Burial to follow in Palmer City Cemetery.

Arrangements are by Layne Funeral Home, Palmer, Tenn.

GEORGIA

Kitty Flarity

LaFAYETTE — Kitty Ozell Flarity, 88, passed away Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009, at a local nursing home.

She was a lifelong resident of the Walker County Cloudland Community.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Cleveland and Lou Flarity; three sisters, Ruby Shipman, Lora Shields and Sarah Gregory; four brothers, Taylor, Ben, Arline and Robert Flarity. She is survived by several nieces and nephews and caregivers, Nancy and Butch Strickland.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. today in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Jack Green officiating.

Interment will follow at Little River Cemetery in Mentone, Ala.

The family will receive friends today from noon until funeral time at the funeral home.

Arrangements are by Wilson Funeral Home, LaFayette Chapel, LaFayette.

J.D. Greer

LaFAYETTE — J.D. Greer, 81, died Friday, Feb. 20, 2009.

A graveside service today at 4 p.m. in Crestlawn Cemetery. Conducted by the Rev. C.F. Strickland and the Rev. Cecil Bryant.

Visitation at the funeral home today from 2-3:30 p.m.

Arrangements by Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home of LaFayette.

Paula Hughes

CHICKAMAUGA — Paula Rush Hughes, 56, passed away Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009, in a local hospital.

Mrs. Hughes was a native of Detroit, Mich., and had lived in Chickamauga for most of her life. She was employed with Shaw Industries in LaFayette with over 10 years of service.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jessie Ray Hughes; and son, Barry Hughes.

Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law, Charles and Dianne Hughes, of Ringgold, Keith and Mary Beth Hughes, of Charleston, W.Va., and Arron and Brooke Hughes, of Chickamauga; five grandchildren, Cameron Hughes, of Ringgold, Cody Rodriguez, of West Virginia, Chloe Hughes, of West Virginia, Zoey and Tatem Hughes, of Chickamauga; five brothers, Roger, Joe, Andrew, Barry, and Steve Rush, all of Detroit; sister, Ruth Holloway, of Detroit; special caretaker, Junior Lively, of Chickamauga; and several nieces and nephews.

Condolences may be sent to www.lane-southcrestchapel.com.

Funeral services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. in the South Crest Chapel with Pastor Jim Bennett officiating.

Interment will follow in Tennessee-Georgia Memorial Park.

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

Robbie Reed

LaFAYETTE — Robbie Clements Reed, 83, died Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009.

Survivors: husband, Ben Joe Reed, LaFayette; daughter and son-in-law, Glenda and Ronnie T. Millican, Chickamauga; son and daughter-in-law, Lee and Gail Reed, Summerville; grandchildren, Joe and Caroline Millican, Greg and Amy Millican, Corey and Christy Reed, Aaron and Valerie Reed; four great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral at 1 p.m. today at Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home. Service conducted by the Rev. Dewey Boyd and the Rev. George Ross.

Interment in West Hill Cemetery.

Mary Ruskaup

ROSSVILLE — Mary Ruskaup, 67, passed away Friday, Feb. 20, 2009 in a local hospital.

Private graveside services will be held at Chattanooga National Cemetery.

To send condolences, visit www.lane-southcrestchapel.com.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, Feb. 24, from 5-7 p.m. at the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home & Crematory, Rossville.

Charles Smith

RINGGOLD — Charles Earl Smith, 66, departed this life Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009.

He was born in Catoosa County, Ga., to the late Ernest Earl and Grace Lucille Smith, and was preceded in death by his brother, Ernest Lebron Smith; grandson, Timothy Smith; and special friend, Wanda Friddell.

Charles attended Bible Baptist Church in Chickamauga.

Survivors include his sons, Tim and Terry Smith, Charles and Johnny Hill, all of Ringgold; sister, Teresea (Don) Wilson, of Ooltewah; granddaughter, Amanda Malone; great-granddaughter, Victoria Malone; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009, in the chapel with the Rev. James Turnipseed officiating.

Interment will follow in New Liberty Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Chattanooga.

Arrangements are by W.L. Wilson and Sons Funeral Home, Fort Oglethorpe.

ALABAMA

Mattie Lovvorn

BIRMINGHAM — Mattie Grace Lovvorn, 80, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009, at Golden Living Center, in Oneonta, Ala.

Graveside service at 11 a.m. CST today, Feb. 21, at Jefferson Memorial Garden, Brimingham.

W.T. Wilson Funeral Chapel, Rainsville, Ala. in charge.

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