published Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

Obituaries for March 11, 2009

HAMILTON COUNTY

Darwin Colbert

Darwin Edward Colbert passed on Monday, March 9, 2009, in Chattanooga.

Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Ave., 622-9995.

Thomas Colston

Thomas Lee Colston, 76, of Chattanooga, passed away Monday, March 9, 2009.

He was the son of the late Robert Lee and Minnie Bell Colston and was preceded in death by his sister, Jessie Ruth Wolfe.

He was a member of Bartlebaugh Baptist Church.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was a member of the Harrison Masonic Lodge.

Thomas retired from Exxon Corporation after 31 years of service.

Survivors include his wife, Drucilla Colston; four children, Thomas Lee Colston Jr., of Burleson, Texas., Beth Cox, of LaFayette, Ga., Greg and Gary Colston, both of Chattanooga; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three sisters, Jeanette Lindsey, of Birchwood, Tenn., June Heiskell, of Chickamauga, Ga., Shirley Gass, of Chattanooga; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Thursday at Bartlebaugh Baptist Church with the Rev. Don Ferguson officiating.

Interment will follow in Lakewood Memory Gardens, East.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to: Bartlebaugh Baptist Church or the American Diabetes Association.

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

Arrangements by Chattanooga Funeral Home, Valley View Chapel, 7414 Old Lee Highway.

James Elsea

James E. "Jim" Elsea, 94, of Soddy-Daisy, passed away Monday, March 9, 2009, at his home.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. today at First Baptist Church of Soddy-Daisy with Dr. Seton Tomyn and Pastor Kevin Hensley officiating.

Interment will follow the service at Hamilton Memorial Gardens with his grandsons serving as pallbearers.

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

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

Harry Green

Harry James "Jim" Green, 82, of Chattanooga, died at his home Sunday, March 8, 2009.

He was born in Wellsburg, W.Va. to the late Ray E. and Jessie Yingling Green. During WW II he was in the Navy for two years as a combat air crewman. He attended Davis & Elkins College for two years followed by a year at West Virginia University. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1953. He served for 10 years in the submarine service ending his naval service on the USS Skipjack nuclear submarine. He then went on to work for TVA, becoming superintendent of Brown's Ferry Nuclear Plant, ending his career with TVA as Division Director of Nuclear Power. Jim became a consultant, working across the nuclear industry on safety review committee's before retiring. After retirement, he enjoyed fishing, gardening and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Caroline Hill Green; and their four children, James Green and wife, Dawn, of Hixson, Linda Crane, of Hixson, Robert Green and wife, Susie, of Tuscumbia, Ala., Jane Green, of Asheville, N.C. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Jennifer, Paul, Jessica and John Green.

Memorial services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, March 13, 2009, at Brainerd Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Jon Schwartz officiating.

The interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: The Society for Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, Executive Plaza III, 11350 McCormick Road, Suite 906 Hunt Valley, MD 21031, or Avalon Hospice, 7625 Hamilton Park Dr., Suite 22, Chattanooga, TN 37421.

Visit www.heritagefh.com to view the Memorial Tribute and share condolences.

The family will receive friends 5-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home and 30 minutes prior to the service Friday at the church.

Arrangements by Heritage Funeral Home, 7454 East Brainerd Road.

Sherman Hixson

Sherman Hixson, 88, a member of earlier pioneer settlers of Hixson, the last great-grandson of Houston Hixson, died Monday afternoon, March 9, 2009, at his home in Bluffton, S.C.

He and his wife, Rebecca Powell Hixson had been in Bluffton for the past three years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Ephram Henry Hixson and Ophia Margaret Smith Hixson; brothers, E.A. Hixson and M.T. Hixson.

Mr. Hixson was a professional engineer, having graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, School of Engineering. He was a member of the Tau Beta Phi Engineering Society and the Professional Engineers Association. He was manager of manufacturing at Combustion Engineering Co., employee of Industrial Water Chemical and was owner of Boilers Heat Exchange Systems. He was a member of the U.S. Air Force serving from 1941 until 1946 and currently he holds the rank of Major.

Sherman was a member of First Presbyterian Church and the Lee Anderson Sunday School Class and was a member of the Chattanooga Golf and Country Club.

For over 200 years his family owned property in Hixson and most recently a dedication was held in honor of Sherman and his family where the new Hixson Middle School, and Morning Pointe of Hixson, Alzheimers' and Assisted Living Care Center will open soon.

Survivors in addition to his wife are a son, Dr. Sherman Douglas Hixson, of Memphis, and a daughter, Carol Hixson, of Savannah, Ga.; four grandchildren, Douglas Hixson, of Nashville, Emily Hood, of Memphis, Ben Pinson, of Atlanta, and Dan Pinson, of Chattanooga; and six great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, March 13, at the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home with Lee Anderson and Rev. Gary Powell officiating.

Interment will be in Hamilton Memorial Gardens with full military honors.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 535 McCallie 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.

Mary Holmes

Mary Elizabeth Holmes left her earthly home for her heavenly home on Tuesday, March 10, 2009.

She was born in Chattanooga April 5, 1926. She retired from Miller Brothers/Hess' Department Store after 30 years in their shoe department and was a Luzier Cosmetic Consultant for 44 years. She found time to be a caregiver for her family and friends in the time of need.

She was a member of East Ridge Baptist Church and the Go-Getters Sunday School Class.

Her parents, Walter and Jesse Walker preceded her in death, along with her husband of 54 years, Wayne Lee Holmes; and her daughter, Martha Elizabeth Holmes.

She is survived by her daughters, Linda Osterhus, of Chattanooga and Barbara Holmes, of Medford Ore.; grandson, Nekhia Christian, of Eugene, Ore.; sister-in-law and lifelong friend, Chris Holmes Smith; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Her family wishes to thank NHC Parkwood, MICS, PCU and 4th Floor South at Memorial Hospital and Hospice for their care.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist with Dr. Ronnie Mitchell and the Rev. Bill Jackson officiating.

Burial will be in Tennessee-Georgia Memorial Park.

Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Go-Getters Sunday School Class.

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

The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Allison Johnson

Allison Almon Johnson, of Signal Mountain, died Monday, March 9, 2009.

She is survived by her husband, Phil Johnson; children, Phillip Johnson, Gowan Johnson, Susan Seiler, Bill Johnson and Lucinda Millard; six grandchildren; sisters, Lou Maynard, Sarah Gomien and Mary Pugh.

A Memorial Service will be held at Signal Crest United Methodist Church on Thursday, March 12, at 2 p.m.

Visitation will be immediately after the service at the Church. Burial will be private at Chattanooga National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Signal Mountain United Methodist Church Building Fund or a favorite charity.

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

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

James Lowery

James Lecil "Jim" Lowery, 74, of Chattanooga, passed away Sunday, March 8, 2009, at a local hospital following an extended illness.

Mr. Lowery was the owner of P&J Iron and Metal in Chattanooga. He enjoyed spending time gardening, traveling and with friends and family. He was an avid animal lover. He was also, a military man having served with honor in both the United States Army and Navy.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lee Roy and Aver Lowery; sister, Mirtie Frost; and special father, Ralph Lees.

Mr. Lowery is survived by Peggy Lees, of Chattanooga; daughters, Carolyn (Buddy) Morgan, of Jasper, Ala., Sheila (Stoney) Pair, of Eldridge, Ala.; stepson, Eddie Gray, of Henegar, Ala.; two grandsons, Jamie (Cathy) Morgan, of Phil Campbell, Ala., Yancy (Denise) Morgan, of Cordova, Ala.; four great-grandchildren, Marlana Morgan, Cody Morgan, Zac Morgan and Alan Callaway; brothers, Jimmy (Faye) Lowery, Julion (Debbie) Lowery; sisters, Dorothy (Jimmy) Hallman, Shirley (Donald) Bonner; brother-in-law, Charles Frost, all of Alabama; extended family includes the Ralph Lees family, several nieces, nephews and other family members along with a host of friends that he cherished dearly.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. today, March 11, at the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home with the Rev. Stoney Pair officiating.

Interment will follow at Hooker Cemetery.

The family will receive friends for visitation from today from 1:30 p.m. until the time of the service at the North Chapel.

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.

Earl McIntyre

Earl Lee McIntyre, 65, of Chattanooga, and formerly of Cohutta, Ga., passed away Sunday, March 8, 2009, at Erlanger Health System.

He was retired from Hamilton County Schools and was a member of Wesley Chapel Community Church.

Mr. McIntyre was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur L. McIntyre and Gladys M. Chatman McIntyre; sister, Robbie Mae Robinson Preston, and brother, A. C. McIntyre.

Survivors are his loving family, ex-wife, Cherri McIntyre, of Cincinnati, Ohio; two sisters, Sara Johnson, of Chattanooga, Betty (Henry) Baker, of Cohutta; goddaughter, Belinda; sister-in-law, Jean McIntyre, of Chattanooga; nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services Thursday, March 12, 2009, at noon at the Chapel of Willis Funeral Home with Rev. Charles Payne and other ministers officiating.

His remains will lie in state at the funeral today after 11 a.m. and the family will receive friends one hour before the service.

Interment in Mt. Olive Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.willisfuneralhomedalton.com.

Arrangements by Willis Funeral Home, Dalton.

Dorothy Moore

Dorothy Moore, of Chattanooga, passed away Tuesday, March 10, 2009, in a local hospital.

Arrangements will be announced by Taylor Funeral Home of Chattanooga Inc

Marvin O’Rear

Marvin Kelly O'Rear, 84, of Chattanooga, died on Monday, March 9, 2009, at a local health care facility.

A lifetime resident of Chattanooga he was retired from Electric Power Board after 40 years of service. He was a World War II veteran serving in the U.S. Navy. Mr. O'Rear was a member of Oakwood Baptist Church were he served as a deacon.

He was a son of the late Kelly and Cora O'Rear and was preceded in death by his wife, Irene O'Rear; and two brothers, Raymond and Kenneth O'Rear.

Survivors include his son, Michael K. (Debbie) O'Rear; daughter, Linda (John) Thompson; four grandchildren, Mark Lambert, Kris O'Rear, Brandon O'Rear and Kelli Bell; six great-grandchildren; one sister, Norma Mahaffey; one brother, Paul O'Rear; several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Life will be held at 10 a.m. today, March 11, at the North Chapel with the Rev. Ken Clark officiating.

Interment will follow at Chattanooga National Cemetery with Military Honors.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Oakwood Baptist Church, 4501 Bonny Oaks Dr., Chattanooga, TN 37416.

We would like to thank the staff at Manor House for their loving care these past months. Also, to Avalon Hospice for their compassion. To the special sitters who helped so much, we thank you.

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

Dudley Porter Jr.

Dudley Porter Jr., died Tuesday, March 10, 2009, at a local hospital.

Born in Paris, Tenn., May 10, 1915, Porter was educated in the public schools there, attended Murray State College, and received a law degree from Cumberland Law School in Lebanon, Tenn.

After service as Assistant Attorney-General in Nashville, he joined the Law Department of National Life & Accident Insurance Co., and also engaged in the practice of law in Nashville. He served in the Army in World War II, his principal assignment being Judge Advocate of the 100th Infantry Division, in France and Germany.

Porter came to Chattanooga in 1949 to head the Law Department of Provident Life and Accident Insurance Co. The following year he was married to Mary Rhoda Montague, who predeceased him in 1999.

In his 27 years with Provident, Porter served as General Counsel and was active in insurance industry affairs, being chairman of the Legal Section of the American Life Convention in 1958, and president of the Association of Life Insurance Counsel in 1975,

Following his retirement from Provident, as Vice Chairman of the Board, in 1976, he was Counsel to the Chattanooga law firm, Chambliss & Bahner.

Porter was a member of the Tennessee and Chattanooga Bar Associations, a life member of the Sixth Judicial Conference, and a Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation. He was for many years a trustee of the Maclellan Foundation.

Porter was a member of the Hamilton County Juvenile Court Commission, and served on the boards of Senior Neighbors, the Children's Home, and Moccasin Bend Hospital. He served on the Tennessee Historical Commission, and on the Hermitage board of trustees. He was a member of the Rotary Club.

Following his retirement from Provident, Porter's primary civic interest was in conservation and preservation. He was a co-founder of the Tennessee Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, a co-founder of the Tennessee River Gorge Trust, and a member of the first board of director of the Chattanooga Nature Center.

Porter was preceded in death by his parents, Dudley Porter and Mary Bolling Porter, of Paris.

His sister, Mary Porter Stiles of Paris, survives.

Porter was a member of Second Presbyterian Church.

Memorial gifts may be made to that Church, the Nature Conservancy, or a favorite charity.

The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to noon Friday at Wann Funeral Home.

Burial will be private at Porter's home on Elder Mountain.

Sara Pulliam

Sara Helen Pulliam, 66, of Chattanooga, passed away Saturday, March 7, 2009, in a local hospital following a short illness.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. today, March 11, 2009, in the North Chapel.

Burial will follow at Chattanooga National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made online to the Leukemia Foundation, or to GPO Box 9954, in your capital city.

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

Arrangements are by the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 5401 Highway 153, Hixson.

Sarah Rule

Sarah Louise Smith Rule, 80, of Hixson, passed away Monday, March 9, 2009, in a local healthcare facility.

She was a member of Central Baptist Church and a former member of Brooklyn Baptist Church in Washington D.C. Mrs. Rule sang in the choir and was a nursery worker, she loved children. She enjoyed baking and was involved with the Girl Scouts. At the time she retired, Mrs. Rule had been a bookkeeper for over 30 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Rule; son, Dale Duncan Rule; brother, William Smith; and sister, Marion Henderson.

Survivors include her daughter, Donna Hughes; stepdaughter, Carolyn Potter; stepson, Donald David Rule; sisters, Ruth do Carmo, of Alexandria, Va., Carolyn Smith, of Chattanooga and Jo Ann Thompson, of Keedyville, Md.; grandchildren, Laura Smith and Jimmy Hughes Jr.; great-grandchildren, Austin Smith, Ariana Hughes, Ryan Hughes and Damien Hughes; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday at Lane Funeral Home, Coulter Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

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

Visitation is 4-8 pm today at Lane Funeral Home, Coulter Chapel, 601 Ashland Terrace.

Jimmy Senn

Jimmy Senn, 60, of East Ridge, passed away Monday, March 9, 2009, at his residence.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. in the South Crest Chapel with Pastor Chris Peponis and Dr. Ron Tankersley officiating.

Interment will follow in Chattanooga National Cemetery with full military honors.

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

The family will receive friends today from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. and 4-8 p.m. at the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home & Crematory, Rossville.

Mary Swearingen

Mary Barrow Swearingen passed away Sunday, March 8, 2009.

She was born in Sanford, Fla. She grew up in West Palm Beach, Fla., the oldest of seven children of Edwin George and Rebecca Marie Barrow. Mary graduated from Palm Beach High School. She met her husband, David H. Swearingen, on a blind date in 1944. He was a corpsman in the Navy and was stationed in the area. The two fell in love and married on Feb. 17, 1945, in Vienna, Ga.; he was 18 and she was 19. After her new husband was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy, the couple moved to Chapel Hill, N.C., where Dave entered the University of North Carolina. They rented a tiny trailer and bought a Model A Ford without headlights. Those years made for some great stories. After Dave's graduation from UNC, they moved to Memphis where their daughters were born. Mary dedicated her life to her husband and her children. She adored her grandchildren, whom she spoiled at every opportunity.

Our memories of Mary will revolve around her wonderful sense of humor. She could make almost any experience funny. She had a talent for mimicry and her laugh was contagious. She was very close to her sisters and she set an excellent example for her daughters. As a wife, she was loyal, supportive, loving and tolerant. As a mother, she was protective, adoring and proud.

She leaves her daughters, Anne Swearingen, of Memphis, Dr. Lynn Swearingen, of Chattanooga, and Jane Swearingen (Robert D. Tomer), of Los Angeles. She also leaves four grandchildren, Christopher Duty and Matthew Duty, of Memphis, and Mary Allison Wright and David Wright, of Chattanooga, as well as two sisters, Edith Nicholson (Doyle), of Jacksonville, Fla., and Marjorie Potter Kolb of West Palm Beach, and a brother, Joseph Barrow (Irene), also of West Palm Beach, and numerous nieces and nephews. She also leaves a cat, Thumper, who was chosen from the House of Mews cat sanctuary by Dave.

The family will receive visitors from 5 to 7 p.m. today, March 11, at Memorial Park Funeral Home on Poplar in Memphis.

Funeral services will be private.

She will be buried in Memorial Park where she will be together with her husband of 60 years, who died in 2006.

The family requests that any memorials be sent to the House of Mews in Memphis.

Helen Warren

Helen Thomas Warren, 87, died Monday, March 9, 2009, on her birthday after visiting with her family.

She was born on March 9, 1922 in Knoxville. She had one brother, Dawson Thomas. Mrs. Warren attended the University of Tennessee and remained an avid fan of the Volunteers. In 1941, Mrs. Warren married Shelburne Michael Warren of Elizabethton, Tenn., upon his graduation from the University of Tennessee and his acceptance in the FBI. Over the next several years they lived in Oklahoma, Utah and North Carolina as Mr. Warren's assignments changed. After the war, Mr. and Mrs. Warren settled in Chattanooga, and later Lookout Mountain, Ga.

Mrs. Warren was a member of the Lookout Mountain Garden Club, the Fairyland Club and the Lookout Mountain Golf Club.

Mrs. Warren was predeceased by her husband of 67 years in November of last year.

Mrs. Warren is survived by her son, Michael Warren and his wife, Beth Braddock Warren, of Lookout Mountain; her daughter, Tamara Warren and her husband, Brad Drian, of San Anselmo, Calif.. Mrs. Warren is also survived by six grandchildren, Libby Warren, Michelle Warren, Erin Warren and Jennifer Warren, all of Lookout Mountain, Ga., and Ali Drian and Nick Drian, of San Anselmo, Calif.

The funeral service will be Thursday, March 12, at 1 p.m. at Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church. Visitation will take place at the church at 11:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church, Rock Creek Fellowship, or Saint Mark's School, 39 Trellis Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903.

Arrangements by Wann Funeral Home.

TENNESSEE

Betty Griffith

CROSSVILLE -- Betty Mae Griffith, 66, died Tuesday, March 10, 2009, at Cumberland Medical Center.

Funeral services are Thursday at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home.

Interment in Winnie Cemetery.

Visitation is today from 6 to 8 p.m. at Vaughn Funeral Home, Spring City.

Carolyn Harding

LEBANON -- Carolyn Springer Harding, 80, passed away at her residence Sunday March 8, 2009.

Preceded in death by parents, David Benjamin and Eula Spivey Springer Sr.; brother, David Benjamin Springer Jr.

Surivived by husband, George H. Harding; sister, Patricia Springer McDaniel; nephews, Tommy R. (Patty Posey) McDaniel Sr., D. Andrew (Mary Jo Hill) McDaniel; great-nieces and great-nephews, Timothy (Brenna Gramatikus) Sneed McDaniel, Jennifer McDaniel Evans, Jacob and Braydon Evans, Tommy McDaniel Jr., Kaleigh McDaniel, D. Benjamin McDaniel, Jonathan and Trevor McDaniel. Stepsons, G. Henry (Brenda Washer) Harding and James A. Harding; step-grandchildren, Jason W. (Resa Reed) Martin, Trena Martin Gassaway, Rachel Harding (Conrad) Macaso and John (Jessica Murphy) Harding; stepgreat-grandchildren, Claire Elizabeth, Julia Grace and Dana Christine Martin, Kristen Lesley and Olivia Diane Harding, Isabella Mae and Sophia Lourdes Macaso.

Mrs. Harding was executive secretary treasurer for the Kentucky Tennessee District of Kiwanas International and a member of West Haven Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be held today, March 11, 2009, at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church with visitation one hour prior to the service. Dr. Jonathan Richerson will officiate.

Interment in Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Mark Thorne, Eddie Callis, Bob Rochelle, William Farmer, John Greer Jr., Stratton Bone.

Honorary pallbearers: Jack Arnold, Bruce Collier, Dr. Kay Mitchell, Dr. James Payton, Dr. Hardie Sorrels, Harry Holland, Bryan Green, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Vanhooser, Johnny and Tommy Knowles, Girls with Grandmother Faces, Jewell Jennings, and members of New Haven Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the building fund at West Haven Baptist Church P.O. Box 1223 Lebanon, TN 37088. Partlow Funeral Chapel 615-444-7007, Obituary line, 615-444-7700.

www.partlowchapel.com.

Clay Hixson

CLEVELAND -- Clay Newell Hixson, 84, of Cleveland, formerly of Pikeville, died Monday, March 9, 2009, in a Cleveland hospital.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. Mr. Hixson was a graduate of Tennessee Tech and an Electrical Engineer for 30 years at TVA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Willie Lester and Dewey Walker Hixson; brother, Owenby Hixson; and sisters, Sarah Dyke and Betty Rogers.

Survivors include his special friend, Mary Northrup, Cleveland; nephews, Michael Hixson, of Searcy, Ark., Gary Hixson, Charolotte, N.C., and Robert Dyke, of Chamblee, Ga.; cousins, Anna Grace Beavert, Dunlap and Carolyn Burton, Pikeville.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. CST Thursday, in the Ewton Funeral Home Chapel with Ministers Johnny Statom and Bill Wolfe officiating.

Burial in Johnson-Lewis Cemetery.

Visitation 4-8 p.m. today.

Online guestbook at www.ewtonfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Ewton Funeral Home, 6936 Highway 28, Dunlap, TN 37327, 423-949-2112.

Thomas Knight

DUNLAP -- Thomas Hall Knight, 76, died Tuesday morning, March 10, 2009, at his home.

He was a member of Way of The Cross Baptist Church, he served in the U.S. Army and was a member of the American Legion.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Marcus and Alene Knight; brother, Raymond Knight; sisters, Pearl Uren and Wynon Peardon.

He is survived by his wife, Lois Knight; daughter, Bobbie Blagg, Jasonville, Ind.; son, Marcus Eugene Knight, Dunlap; three grandchildren, Jennifer, Lee and Elizabeth; two great-grandsons, Skylar and Spencer; two sisters, Betty Vaughn, Rossville, and Nadine Hutton, Stanley N.C.; several nieces and nephews.

Family requests no flowers. In lieu of flowers, family requests donations be made to the Sequatchie County Cancer Society Network c/o Ann Smith, Citizens Tri County Bank, P.O. Box 697, Dunlap, TN 37327.

Family will receive friends Thursday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. with funeral service at 7 p.m. CDT with the Rev. Lanny Tate officiating.

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

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

Renee Miller

MADIONVILLE -- Renee Roissier Miller, 50, died tragically on Wednesday, March 4, 2009.

Memorial service will be offered 2 p.m. Friday, March 13, Butcher Auditorium, Hiwassee College, 225 Hiwassee College Drive, Madisonville.

Memorials may be made to a fund for the benefit of her children: The Miller Children Fund, c/o Regions Bank, 101 Tellico St. S., Madisonville, TN 37354.

Condolences may be sent to: Jamie Miller & Family, 146 Campground Road, Madisonville, TN 37354 and may be posted at http://reneeroissiermiller.com/.

Arrangements by Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville.

GEORGIA

Archimandrite Damian

RESACA -- Great Schema Archimandrite Damian (Hart), aged 77, reposed in the Lord on Saturday, March 7, 2009, at St. Silouan the Athonite Russian Orthodox Monastery, Ben Lomond, Calif., after a courageous struggle with cancer.

At the time of his repose, he was abbot of St. Silouan Monastery under the omophorion of His Grace Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western America, Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia.

Archimandrite Damian was born William King Hart, Dec. 18, 1931, at Rocky Mount, N.C., the son of Floris and Mary Corbett Hart and brother of Mary Orpha Hart, all of whom preceded him in death.

He is survived by a son, William Andrew Hart, of Tyler, Texas; several grandchildren; and a cousin, James E. Corbett, of Richmond, Va.

Archimandrite Damian was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in Salzburg, Austria, in the mid-1950s. He was a graduate of Westminster Choir College, Princeton, N.J. (Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance, 1956), General Theological Seminary, New York City (Master of Divinity, 1959), and United States International University, San Diego, Calif., (M.A. 1966; Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, 1969).

He was headmaster of Saint John's School, Chula Vista, Calif. (1963–1966), All Saints' School, San Diego, Calif., (1966–1970), and president of St. Michael's Farm for Boys, Picayune, Miss., (1970–1980). A lifelong teacher, Archimandrite Damian was also a talented linguist and musician, playing both piano and organ.

Archimandrite Damian was instrumental in founding several Orthodox mission churches in the South and also two monasteries: the Congregation of St. Augustine, San Diego, Calif. (1966), which later became the Orthodox Monastery of the Glorious Ascension in Picayune, Miss., (1977), and later Resaca, Ga., (1980); and St. Michael's Skete, Cañones, N.M. (1992).

From 1977–2005, he was abbot of the Monastery of the Glorious Ascension, and then following several years in retirement, was appointed abbot of St. Silouan Russian Orthodox Monastery in Ben Lomond, Calif.

A pioneer of Orthodox monasticism in America, Archimandrite Damian converted to Orthodoxy in 1977, along with Hieromonk Michael Adams (+1984), Hierodeacon David (Colburn), and Igumen John (Harwell), the co-founders of the

Monastery of the Glorious Ascension. Fathers Damian and Michael had been fellow-students at Westminster Choir College and General Theological Seminary and co-founded a teaching order of monastics in the Episcopal Church, the Congregation of St. Augustine. Archbishop Dmitri (Royster) of Dallas and the South, at that time the Bishop of Hartford, Orthodox Church in America, ordained Archimandrite Damian as an Orthodox priest on Sept. 23, 1977. Archimandrite Damian was tonsured to the Great Schema, the most advanced level of Orthodox monasticism, by a representative of Abbot Parthenios and the elders of Saint Paul's Monastery, Mount Athos, on Oct. 23, 1996.

Archimandrite Damian fell asleep in the Lord surrounded by his Brotherhood of St. Silouan and many brothers and sisters in Christ and spiritual children.

Funeral services will be served by Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco at St. Lawrence Orthodox Christian Church, 6192 Highway 9, Felton, Calif.: Vigil at 4 p.m. Monday, March 9.

Funeral at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 10, with a meal following. Thereafter, Archimandrite Damian's remains will be transported to St. Mary of Egypt Russian Orthodox Church, 1765 Woodstock Road, Roswell, Ga, for a Panikhida (Orthodox memorial) service at 10 a.m. March 12.

Interment will follow immediately at Holy Resurrection Cemetery, Monastery of the Glorious Ascension, U.S. 41 (just north of the Whitfield County line), Resaca, Ga., with V. Rev. John Townsend of St. Mary of Egypt Russian Orthodox Church officiating. A memorial meal will follow at St. Mary's Church at 4 p.m.

In accordance with monastic tradition, mourners are requested not to send flowers.

Memorial gifts may be made either to the St. Silouan Monastery Bell Fund or to the fund for Archimandrite Damian's tombstone.

Tax-deductible gifts may be sent to: St. Silouan the Athonite Russian Orthodox Monastery/One Brooks Road/Ben Lomond, CA 95005.

May the Lord grant rest eternal in blessed repose to the Great-schema Archimandrite Damian, and may his memory be eternal!

Arrangements by locally owned and operated, Ponders Funeral Homes, 138 Melrose Drive, Drive, Dalton, Ga. 706-226-4002 Your selected independent funeral home.

J.O. Gilliam

ROSSVILLE -- J.O. Gilliam, 68, passed away Tuesday, March 10, 2009.

He had lived in the North Georgia area for most of his life and attended Cloud Springs Baptist Church. He was an Air Force veteran and was employed as a truck driver for most of his life. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, but most of all adored his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Zona Mae and J. C. Gilliam; sister, Leedell Morris; and daughter-in-law, Candace Gilliam.

Survivors include his loving wife of more than 48 years, Tonya Gilliam; two sons and daughters-in-law, Lanny and Vanessa Gilliam and Butch and Janet Gilliam, all of Rossville; daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and Stacy Youngblood, of Chickamauga, Ga.; sister, Shirley Clements, of Ider, Ala.; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 12, 2009, in the Fort Oglethorpe Chapel with Pastor Chris Guinn officiating.

Burial will follow in Chattanooga National Cemetery.

The family will begin receiving friends after 5 p.m. today and prior to the service on Thursday at the funeral home.

Online guest book at www.wilsonfuneralhome.com.

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

Ralph Jinkins

CHATSWORTH -- Ralph Jinkins, 84, died Sunday, March 7, 2009.

Funeral services will be 3 p.m. today from the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Chatsworth.

Jones Funeral Home of Chatsworth is in charge of funeral arrangements.

Jack Parrett

FORT OGLETHORPE —Jack E. Parrett, 84, passed away Saturday, March 7, 2009, at his residence.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Chattanooga National Cemetery with the Rev. Louis Hamm officiating.

Full military honors will be given by VVA Chapter 203.

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

Arrangements are by the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home & Crematory, Rossville.

Steven Wade

TRION -- Steven Anthony Wade, 62, died Friday, March 6, 2009.

Survivors, wife, Gail Wade; son, Michael (Wendy) Wade; sisters, Elaine Allmon, Diane Smith.

Funeral service is 11 a.m. Thursday, March 12, 2009, at Mason Funeral Home, Summerville.

Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. today March 11, 2009.

ALABAMA

Marie Close

IDER -- Marie Adkins Close, 88, died Monday, March 9, 2009, at Erlanger Hospital.

Mrs. Close was a member of Ider Methodist Church and retired from Dixie Yarns.

Survivors include brother, Richard "Junior" Adkins; sisters, Lona Mae Albertson, Edna Burson, all of Ider, Merle Lavelle, Clarks, Neb.; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be today at 2 p.m. CST at Corner Stone Funeral Chapel with Rev. Jimmy Carl Ball officiating.

Burial to follow in Green Haven Memorial Gardens.

Family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until service time.

Freda Shrader

FLAT ROCK -- Freda Tinker Shrader, 63, died Tuesday, March 10, 2009, at her residence.

Mrs. Shrader was a member of Free Hill Baptist Church.

Survivors include, mother, Ocie Tinker, Flat Rock; daughter, Lorey Bolinger, Flat Rock; sons and daughters-in-law, Dale and Tina Shrader, Henagar, Randy and Candy Porter, Gulf Shores; brother, Doyce Tinker, Higdon; stepchildren, Cheryl Shrader, Avonne Shrader, Sandra Lewis, Reditha Miller and Kathy Shrader; grandchildren, Alisa and Christy Porter, Haley and Taylor Shrader, Tiffany and Tracy Bolinger.

Funeral services will be Thursday, at 11 a.m. CST at Corner Stone Funeral Chapel with Brother Watson Williams, Brother Dan Kirkpatrick and Brother Robert Shrader officiating.

Burial to follow in Payne Gap Cemetery.

Family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. CST today and 9 a.m. until service time Thursday.

OTHER AREAS

Bose Prichard Sr.

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Bose Arthur Prichard Sr., 82, died at Friendship Village of Columbus, on Friday, Feb. 27, 2009.

He was born to Maude Winona Taliaferro Prichard and James Thomas Prichard on Nov. 12, 1926 in Chattanooga. Bose was a child, orphan, Marine, builder, husband, father and friend.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Michael Frederick Prichard; sister, Billie White; and brother, James Prichard.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Harris Prichard; children, Bose Arthur Prichard Jr., Patricia Amy Prichard Cook, Jeanne Marie Prichard, and James Bryan Prichard; grandchildren, Casey Arthur Prichard, Natasha Marie Bailey, Bryan Michael Prichard, and Andrew Thomas Prichard; and siblings, Gerry White and Tommy George Nanny.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in his name to the National Parkinson Foundation, Inc. Office of Development, 1501 NW 9th Ave./Bob Hope Road Miami, FL 33136-1494.

Information for the Memorial Celebration is forthcoming and can be found at www.schoedinger.com.

Arrangements entrusted to Schoedinger Midtown Chapel.

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