published Thursday, March 19th, 2009

Obituaries for March 19, 2009

HAMILTON COUNTY

Cathe Bennett

Cathe Jean White Bennett, of Tampa, Fla., passed away Sunday, March 15, 2009, at St. Joseph Hospital.

She was born on Feb. 14, 1952, in Chattanooga. She attended Norte Dame High School in Chattanooga, and graduated on May 28, 1970, she then went to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and graduated with a BS degree on Aug. 23, 1974. Mrs. Bennett was a lady with many talents and settled in Tampa after marrying Mr. Andre Bennett over 40 years ago.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Mrs. Mary Love White and Mr. Joseph White Jr.; uncle, Willie White; mother-in-law, Lilly May King; father-in-law, Algie Honeywell; sister-in-law, Delores Bennett Conley. She was a very loving and caring person and enjoyed the water and making people laugh.

She leaves to cherish fond memories: devoted husband, Andrew R. Bennett, Tampa, Fla.; loving and caring daughter and son, Andrea Cathe Mecca Bennett and Andrus Joseph Bennett, both of Tampa, Fla.; aunt, Annie L. White; sisters and brothers-in-law, Williethea Donnell and family, Opa Locka, Fla., Green (Shorty) Coneley and family, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Shirley Johnson Handy (Nathaniel) and family, Morris, Ga., Jerry King (Karen) and family, Hollywood, Fla., Livani King Harris (Derek) and family, Burke, Va., Maurice (Karen) King, Hollywood, Fla., Christle King and family, Hollywood, Fla., Algenia Honeywell Carley and family, Tampa, Fla., Major Gerald H. Honeywell (Charlene) and family, Odessa, Fla., Ralph Honeywell (Linda) Tampa, Fla.; cousins, Willie L. White (Sharon) and family, Mychal DS. White (Terine) and family, David L. White and family, Darryl White and family, all of Chattanooga, and Morgan (Ercell) Wise and family, Chicago, Ill.; devoted friends, Dorothy Oliver, Audry Wilson, Bettye Davis, Bettye Green Johnson (Don), Elain Greer, Carmen Holeman, Jane Greenwood and Marsha Hays; and a number of other family and friends.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, March 21, 2009, at 2 p.m. at Ray Williams Funeral Home, 301 N. Howard Ave., with Elder Michael Jenkins Sr., officiating.

Friends are asked to assemble at the funeral home at approximately 1:45 p.m. Saturday.

Announced by Taylor Funeral Home of Chattanooga Inc.

Imogene Cambron

Imogene H. Cambron, 80, of Hixson, passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2009, at a local hospital.

She was of the Baptist faith and loved taking care of her family.

She is survived by her sons, Lebron, James, Jerry, Ricky, Terry and Teddy Cambron; daughters, Irene Higgins, Patricia Nelson, Sharon Cambron, Jessie Cambron, Gretta Orr; brother, Jimmy Holcomb; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Graveside service will be at 12:30 p.m. Friday at Hamilton County Memorial Park with the Rev. Carl Hunsucker officiating.

Family will receive friends from 10:30 a.m. until time of service Friday 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.

Shirley Campbell

Shirley Jean Campbell, 67, of Chattanooga, passed away Wednesday, March 11, 2009, in a local hospital.

Funeral: today at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Taylor Funeral Home with Brother Eric Garner officiating.

Burial: Forest Hills Cemetery.

David Clark

David Clark, 55, of Chattanooga, died Wednesday, March 18, 2009, in a local hospital.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by Hardwick & Sons Funeral Home.

Thomas Culver

Thomas William Culver, 31, of Chattanooga, passed away Tuesday, March 17, 2009, in a local hospital.

He was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by his wife, Miranda Culver; father, George Culver Sr.; mother, Kathy Lee; stepfather, Mike; four children, Michael, T.J., Dakota and Kayla; one brother, George (Stacey) Culver Jr.,; two sisters, Kelly (Dub) Davis and Cindy (Ricky) Moore; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Friday, March 20, 2009, at 3:30 p.m. in the Highway 58 Chapel of Turner Funeral Home with Pastor Randy Bell officiating.

Interment will follow in Tyner Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Friday from noon until the hour of service at the funeral home.

Turner Funeral Home Inc., Highway 58 Chapel, is in charge of arrangements, 622-3171.

George Curington Jr.

George Washington Curington Jr., known as “Junior” to family, passed away Friday, March 13, 2009, in Chattanooga.

George was born in South Pittsburg, Tenn., on June 30, 1930, to the late George and Addie Belle Curington. George was a quiet, proud, introspective man whose curiosity and sly sense of humor continually surfaced and was enjoyed by all who came to really know him. George “Junior” touched many lives and will be missed by all.

Along with his beloved wife, “Janie” (2003), George was preceded in death by three brothers Charles, John, William; and two sisters, Laura and Gladys.

He leaves behind two children, daughter, Janice Curington-Mirabeau (Leslie), of Philadelphia, Pa.; son, George Curington III and granddaughters, Cassandra and Celeste, of Montclair, N.J.; sisters, Rachael Nelson, Addie Belle Horton, Frances Maureen Earl, Mary Jo Branch; brothers Frank, Nathaniel, Frederick, Thomas, Jerry and David Paul; devoted nephew, Ray (Doris) Stone, of Fayetteville, Tenn.; godchildren, Marcus and Marsia Lorick, of Terre Haute, Ind., and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

George attended McReynolds High School in South Pittsburgh, Tenn. He met and married the love of his life Agnes “Janie” Hester and joined the U.S. Air Force from which he later retired after 20 years of service. His tour of duty as a Tech Sergeant took him to many places including Korea, Japan and Saudi Arabia. George rejoined civilian life and settled in Terre Haute, Ind., where he worked as the Chef Foreman for Indiana State Penitentiary before retiring permanently. As a devoted member of Second Missionary Baptist Church, he served as a trustee and usher, volunteered with numerous other community service organizations such as The Young Men’s Civic Club, the American Legion Post 340, a trustee and lifetime member of the NAACP, and rose to become a 32nd-degree Mason. An avid hunter and fisherman, George was also well-known for his culinary skills, especially his barbecue. After losing his beloved wife, Janie, Junior returned home to his family in Chattanooga and became a member of the Parkwood Retirement Community, where he continued making many new friends.

Viewing will be held today, March 19, from 1 to 9 p.m. at Taylor Funeral Home, 3417 Wilcox Blvd., Chattanooga.

George continued his faith and joined St. Elmo Missionary Baptist Church at 3701 West Ave., Chattanooga, where services will be officiated by the Rev. Billy E. Church at noon Friday, March 20, followed by burial with military honors at Chattanooga National Cemetery at 2 p.m. where he will finally rejoin his beloved Janie.

The family appreciates Ms. Eloise Hick son, and all of the Parkwood Retirement Community members and staff, especially to Margaret, Vicki and Eva.

Condolences and memories may be sent to family at jcurington@gmail.com.

Arrangements are by Taylor Funeral Home of Chattanooga Inc.

Richard Daverson

Richard Allen Daverson, 66, of Chattanooga, passed away Monday, March 16, 2009.

He was a member of Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 43. He was of the Baptist faith and a veteran of the Marine Corps. He was predeceased by his father, Claude Daverson; and beloved daughter, Trina Daverson.

Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Richard A. and Julie Daverson Jr., Bay Springs, Miss.; mother, Faye Daverson, Paducah, Ky.; sister and brother-in-law, Judy and John Ross, Paducah; three grandchildren, Cameron Daverson, Chattanooga, Summer Daverson and Richard A. Daverson III, both of Bay Springs, Miss.; aunt Marjorie Ogle, Chattanooga; and two nieces, Lisa Ivens and Krista Ross.

The Rev. Bob Circeo will conduct the service Friday, March 20, at 11 a.m. in Chattanooga National Cemetery.

Interment will be in Chattanooga National Cemetery.

Send condolences at www.CovenantFuneral.com.

Arrangements are by Covenant Funeral & Cremation Service, Crox family owned and operated.

Teresa Hill

Teresa Jane Hill, 56, of Chattanooga, passed away Tuesday, March 17, 2009, in a local hospital.

She was of the Baptist faith. Teresa enjoyed arts and crafts. She was preceded in death by her mother, Ruby Hardy; brother, Harold Hardy; and stepmom, Loweta Hardy.

Survivors include her daughters, Angela Tallent, of Hixson, Keri Massengale, of Cleveland and Emily Brown, of Cleveland; father, Homer Hardy, of East Ridge; sisters, Pam Hicks and Joyce Sargeant, both of Chattanooga; brothers, Jimmy Hardy, of Ringgold, Ga., and Charles Hardy, of Chattanooga; special friend, John Frazier; four grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday at Calvary Baptist Church on Dayton Boulevard in Red Bank with Richard Floyd officiating.

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

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

Charlesea Jackson

Charlesea Jackson, 47, died Wednesday, March 18, 2009, at her residence.

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

Daniel Janus

Daniel Janus, 79, of Ooltewah, passed away Tuesday, March 17, 2009.

Services will be private.

Survivors: wife, Joyce; children, Cheryl Johnson, Michael and Steven Narloch, and Roshelle Thompson; grandchildren, Danielle, Stephanie, Stacey, Bobby, Mike, Erik, Matt, Brent, Bryan and Jon; great-grandson, Blake.

Arrangements are by the Chattanooga Funeral Home, East.

Harling Jones III

Harling Jones III, 29, of Chattanooga, died Sunday, March 15, 2009.

A lifelong resident of the Chattanooga area, he was a member of the Chattanooga Pool League.

Survivors include his wife, Mary J. Jones; stepson, Zachary Lewallen; parents, Diane and Harling Jones Jr.; sister, Jeasami Jones; mother and father-in-law, James and Jane Parton; paternal-grandmother, Mary Jones, all of Chattanooga; maternal-grandmother, Faye Talley, Huntsville, Ala.

Funeral services will be held at noon today in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Maurice Reed officiating.

Interment will be in Hamilton Memorial Gardens.

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.

Walter Kilgore

Walter “Ed” Kilgore, 76, of Ooltewah, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 17, 2009. He was of the Baptist faith.

Ed served his country in Korean War in the U.S. Navy and went on to retire from the Navy Reserves. He was a member of VFW Post 7189 of Decatur and the American Legion. He was also a retired Machinist from TVA.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Walter and Kate Kilgore; one brother, Joe Kilgore; three sisters, Mabel Garrett, Betty Speegle and Joyce Atchley.

He is survived by his wife, Helen King Kilgore; two sons, Eddie (Brenda) Kilgore and Michael Ricker; one daughter, Rita Payne; two brothers, Farris Kilgore and Orin Winford Kilgore; three sisters, Lucile Hall, Geneva Brookman and Nellie Tabor; six grandchildren, Danny, Erika and Travis Kilgore, Mykayla Ricker, Kevin Payne and Lynn Hiett; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, March 21, 2009, in the Highway 58 Chapel of Turner Funeral Home with the Rev. Landon Hardin officiating.

Interment will follow in Plainview Cemetery in Tracy City, Tenn.

The family will receive friends Friday from 2 to 8 p.m. and on Saturday up to the hour of service at the funeral home.

Turner Funeral Home Inc., Highway 58 Chapel, is in charge of arrangements 622-3171.

Barbara Laymon

Barbara A. Duggan Laymon, 85, of Soddy-Daisy, passed away Tuesday, March 17, 2009, at a local hospital.

Funeral service will be 4 p.m. today in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Rick Smith and the Rev. Calvin Nunley officiating.

Interment will follow the service in East Soddy Community Cemetery.

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

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

Anna Sue Levi

Anna Sue Jones Levi, 88, Chattanooga native, died Monday morning, March 16, 2009, in Austin, Texas.

Anna Sue was preceded in death by an infant son, James; and her husband, William K. Levi Jr. She was a long time member of White Oak United Methodist Church and retired from Railway Express Agency. After leaving REA, she became a realtor with Tom Cannon Coldwell Bankers and then with Herman Waldorf Agency.

Survivors include her son, Larry Levi, of Austin, Texas; her daughter, Susan Friederichsen, of Tampa, Fla.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at White Oak United Methodist Church with Donny Friederichsen officiating.

Interment will be in Chattanooga National Cemetery.

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

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Lane Funeral Home, Coulter Chapel, 601 Ashland Terrace.

Matthew McDowell

Matthew McDowell, 27, departed this life Thursday, March 12, 2009, and went to be with his Heavenly Father.

Matthew Lewis McDowell was born July 30, 1981, to Michael and Lillie McDowell in Youngstown Ohio. He was a member of the Media Ministry at Olivet Baptist Church.

He leaves to cherish his memory his mother and father, brother, Michael W. McDowell; grandmother, Tommie J. Williams, of Youngstown, Ohio; and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral service will be held noon Friday, March 20, 2009, at Olivet Baptist Church with Pastor Kevin L. Adams Sr. officiating.

Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church.

Interment will be in Highland Memorial Gardens.

William Miles

William Polk Miles, 96, of Chattanooga, died Sunday, March 15, 2009, at his home.

A native of Robertson County, Tenn., Mr. Miles was the son of the late William H. and Bess Woodard Miles. His brother, John W. Miles preceded him in death.

In 1934, he graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in Civil Engineering.

He was a member of First Presbyterian Church and served with the 29th Engineer Topographic Battalion in the Pacific Theater during World War II.

Mr. Miles retired from TVA in 1977 after 42 years of service with the Maps and Surveys Branch of The Water Control Planning Division.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret Dickey Miles; one daughter, Evelyn Miles (Philip Lawson) Duval; two granddaughters, Eleanor Duval Hobbs and Jennifer Lawson Duval; one great-granddaughter, Soren Ember Hobbs, Chattanooga; two sisters, Betty Kate Townsend and Ruth Jones, Springfield, Tenn.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. today, March 19, 2009, at Chattanooga National Cemetery with Ben Haden officiating.

Arrangements are by Heritage Funeral Home, 7454 East Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421.

Memorial contributions may be made to Changed Lives Ministries, P.O. Box 100, Chattanooga, TN 37401.

Thelma Norton

Thelma Dean Norton, 86, of East Ridge, passed away Tuesday, March 17, 2009, at a local hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today at the South Crest Chapel with the Rev. Alan Crider officiating.

Interment will follow at Pine Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery, Ooltewah.

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

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

Ann Ottinger

Ann Ottinger, 71, of East Brainerd, went home to be with her Lord on Tuesday, March 17, 2009, surrounded by her loving family.

She was a lifelong resident of Chattanooga and a member of New Haven Baptist Church for 20 years. She was a retired supervisor from Olan Mills after 25 years of service, and was employed with Heritage Funeral Home 1993-2007. She was a member of East Lake OES 238 where she was a Past Matron. She sang with her husband and son (The Ottinger Trio) for over 30 years singing in revivals, churches and TV broadcasts and sang on the Call of Calvary TV broadcast for 12 years. She was a former member of Temple Baptist Church for 26 years where she taught the Esther Sunday School Class.

She was preceded in death by her parents, M.C. “Pete” and Adell Kennedy; brother, the Rev. Bill Kennedy; and grandson, Josh Ottinger.

Her greatest joy was serving her Lord for 58 years, and her loving family. She fought a good fight, finished her course and she kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7.

She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Billy E. Ottinger, Chattanooga; sons and daughters-in-law, Marty and Linda Ottinger, Harrison; Del and Karen Ottinger, Harrison; Curtis Ottinger, Ooltewah; Tim and Debbie Ottinger, Ooltewah; special family friend, Herb Pettit, of Ooltewah; nine grandchildren, Brandy (Billy) Coats, Chickamauga; Jenny Ottinger, Harrison; Jeremy and Leah (Randy) Ottinger, Harrison; Brittany (Michael) Teets, Chattanooga; Maeghan Ottinger, Chattanooga; Brad Ottinger, Chattanooga; Tiffany (Keith) Morgan, Chattanooga, and Heather Ottinger, Ooltewah; six great-grandchildren, Hunter, Madison, Emma, Sydney, Malakai and Taygen; brother and sister-in-law, Pete and Fay Kennedy, Naples, Fla.; brother-in-law, Herman P. Ottinger, Chattanooga; sisters-in-law, Joyce Ottinger, Montgomery, Ala., and JoAnn Kennedy, Chattanooga; several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of her life will be at 7 p.m. Friday at New Haven Baptist Church, 1058 Graysville Road, with the Rev. T.D. Burgess, the Rev. Fred Smith and the Rev. Ken McCoy officiating.

Interment will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Hamilton Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Les Fauntleroy and the Rev. Kevin Wallace officiating.

Wes White, Dave Hendricks, Mike Tallman, Bill Coker, Waymon Brown and Don Paul will serve as pallbearers.

Honorary pallbearers will be employees of Heritage Funeral Home.

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

The family would like to thank Amedisys Hospice for all of their love and care for Ann during her sickness.

The family will receive friends 2-8 p.m. today and 2-5 p.m. Friday at Heritage Funeral Home, 7454 East Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421.

Jeffrey Poole

Jeffrey Dwight Poole, 52, Chattanooga, died Monday, March 16, 2009.

Preceded by his father, Dwight M. Poole, March 2, 2009.

Survived wife, Jennifer Lucas Poole, Chattanooga; mother, Helen Poole, Chattanooga; daughter, Megan Poole; sons, Jeremy Poole, Ryan Poole; and sister, Susan Poole Ross, Newtown, Pa.

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home.

Interment will be in Hamilton Memorial Gardens.

Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday.

Arrangements: Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home LaFayette.

Rev. Jerry Powers

Rev. Jerry David Powers, 71, a 25-year resident of Chattanooga, passed away Tuesday, March 17, 2009.

He was an ordained Baptist Minister and was a member of Central Baptist Church. Rev. Powers had made missionary trips to Romania, Ukraine, Austria, Germany and the last 10 years of his life, he has been involved with the Teddy Bears from Santa Ministry. From mid November until Christmas Eve, he has been a full-time, naturally bearded Santa at Queens Center Mall in New York City posing for 2500 photos each day and mastering the art of holding baby triplets.

Survivors include his wife, Pamela Kaye Powers; daughters, Jan Powers, of Vivian, La., Donna Mahan, of Hixson, Shirley Stiefer, of Ben Wheeler, Texas and Sue Martin of Kilgore, Texas; sons, David Powers Jr., of Van Zant, Texas and A. J. Powers, of Hixson; sisters: Ruth McDougald, of Oil City, La., and Sandra Prince, of Lyndell, Texas and Sharon Sue Brogdon of Dallas, Texas; brothers, George Emmett of California, Dewey Powers of Dallas, Texas, Daniel Ray Powers of Fort Bragg, N.C., and Andrew Blake Powers of Dallas, Texas; 17 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Central Baptist Church with Dr. Ron Phillips, David Powers and A. J. Powers officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Teddy Bears from Santa at www.teddybearsfromsanta.com.

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

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at Lane Funeral Home, Coulter Chapel, 601 Ashland Terrace.

Velma Ramsey

Velma “ Doll Baby” “Dutchess” Ramsey, 89, of Chattanooga, passed away Tuesday, March 17, 2009, at a local hospital.

Born in Bridgeport, Ala., to a musical family, she and her sisters under the direction of their father, were known for their gospel singing as the “Duke Sisters.” “Doll Baby” or “Duchess” never met a stranger. She loved politics and keeping up with the news.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Alicia Marsh; husband, Homer Evans; sister, Ruby Moore; parents, Ethel and John Duke.

Survivors include her husband, “Rocky” Ramsey, of Chattanooga; daughters, Pat Mahaffey, of Chattanooga, Judith (Don) King, of South Pittsburg, Tenn.; granddaughters, Marlene (Ronnie) Pittman, of South Pittsburg, Trina (Jeff) Wells, of Chattanooga; grandsons, Everett Kellis, of Agora Hills, Calif., J.D. (Tena) Kellis, of Chattanooga; great-granddaughter, Allyx Pittman, of South Pittsburg; stepgreat-grandsons, Alex and Michael Wells, of Chattanooga; adopted grandson, Justin McCary, of Chattanooga; sister, Lucy Petit, of Charleston, S.C.; Dot Smith, of New Orleans, La., Myra (Lynwood) Burroughs, of Richmond, Va.; brother, Ken (Glenda) Duke, of Goose Creek, S.C.; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 20, 2008, at the South Crest Chapel with Minister Roy Holiday officiating.

Interment will follow at Lakewood Memory Gardens, South, Rossville.

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

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

Ruth Robinson

Ruth Cates Robinson, a resident of Lookout Mountain, Tenn., passed away Wednesday, March 11, 2009, at her residence.

Mrs. Robinson was the widow of Sam F. Robinson Sr. and together they owned and operated the Lookout Mountain Pharmacy for over 61 years.

She was the daughter of the late Jones Abner Cates and Clara Weigart Cates and is survived by her children locally, Samuel F. Robinson Jr. (Sally) of Chattanooga, Robert W. Robinson (Donna), Signal Mountain; and Susan R. Fowler (Mrs. Herbert), of Schenectady, N.Y.; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Forest Hills Cemetery.

Visitation will be at the Heritage Landing Clubhouse immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to Lookout Mountain Beautification Fund, P.O. Box 22, Lookout Mountain, TN 37350; Lookout Mountain Elementary School, 321 N. Bragg Ave., Lookout Mountain, TN 37350; Baylor School, 171 Baylor School Rd., Chattanooga, TN 37405; or to a favorite charity.

Arrangements are by Wann Funeral Home, 4000 Tennessee Ave.

Benjamin Rushing

Benjamin T. Rushing of Chattanooga died Sunday, March 15, 2009.

He was born Aug. 6, 1919, in Estill, S.C., to Lucy and Ben Rushing and graduated from Clemson University with a degree in textile engineering. Mr. Rushing had a distinguished military career and served with a tank battalion in World War II as a Captain and later as a Major under General Patton, was in 5 major campaigns, landing in Normandy shortly after D-day and participating in the hedgerow battles in France. His unit was responsible for capturing intact the first German Tiger tank which later helped the Allies to improve their tank design. With the 3rd Armored Division, he received the Bronze Star for “meritorious service in support of combat operations against the enemy in France, Belgium and Germany from 10 August 1944, to 3 April 1945” under command of Brigadier General Hickey. During this time, he participated in the Battle of the Bulge with the 32nd Armored Regiment. After the war, he married Jean Louise Geisking of Harrisburg, Pa., and began work with Dixie Yarns, first in Hope Mills, N.C., then in Chattanooga until retiring in 1984.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved wife of 62 years, Jeanie; and a sister, Catherine Rushing Geisking.

Survivors include a niece, Catherine Phillips and her husband, Roger, of Lilburn, Ga.; great-nephews and great-grandnieces and nephew; special friend Michael Margolis Sr., of New York; and godsons, Michael Margolis Jr., of New York and Deric Margolis, of Texas.

Mr. Rushing will be buried beside his wife on Friday, March 20 at 1 p.m. in Harrisburg, Pa.

Neill Funeral Home in Harrisburg, Pa., is in charge of the arrangements.

Local arrangements are by the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home.

William Sivels

William Sivels, 49, of Chattanooga, passed away Monday March 13, 2009, at a local hospital.

Visitation will be held today, March 19, 2009, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Reuben Strickland Memorial Chapel.

Dorothy Smith

Dorothy Jean “Dottie” Smith died peacefully in the Hospice wing of Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, March 17, 2009.

Dottie was a member of OLPH church. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Dottie spent many years of her life as a drug and alcohol counselor assisting others in overcoming their addictions. She was a faithful wife, caring mother and good friend to many. She had many hobbies over the years.

Dottie was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, James C. “Bo” Smith, and her mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene B. Hyden.

Dottie is survived by three children, Karen Barker, of SouthHaven, Miss., Michael Shannon Barker, of Madison, Miss., and Hugh Smith, of Dickson, Tenn. She is also survived by five grandchildren, Austin, Alex and Dylan Barker, and Drew and Carl Rainey. She is also survived by her special friend, Charlie.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church with Father Mike Nolan officiating,

Burial will be in Chattanooga Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the East Chapel of the Chattanooga Funeral Home at 404 S. Moore Road.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Our Lady of Perpetual Help or to Discovery Place, an alcohol and drug treatment facility in Dickson, Tenn.

TENNESSEE

Phillip Hamby

DECHERD — Phillip David Hamby, 26, died Tuesday, March 17, 2009.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday in the funeral home chapel.

Burial will be in Monteagle Cemetery.

Visitation is today from 3 to 9 p.m.

Arrangements are by Cumberland Funeral Home, Monteagle, Tenn., 931-924-2381.

Henry Hughes

PHILADELPHIA — Henry “Clay” Hughes, 67, died Tuesday, March 17, 2009.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Bowers Funeral Home Chapel.

Interment will follow in Hughes Cemetery, Bledsoe County, Tenn.

The family will receive friends today from 5 to 8 p.m. at Bowers Funeral Home, Decatur, Tenn., 423-334-3661.

GEORGIA

Faye Childress

FLINTSTONE — Faye K. “Ms. Faye” Childress, 92, passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2009.

She was a lifelong resident of Walker County and a member of Chattanooga Valley Church of Christ. Her passions were Hummingbirds, her flowers, and mowing her lawn.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Herman Childress; parents, Issack and Lillie Killingsworth; sisters, Bessie White and Jewell Swafford; and brother, Ernest Killingsworth.

Survivors include nieces, Mildred Anzelmo, Doris Wade and Ruth Turner; nephews, J.D. Killingsworth and Carter White; and several great-nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Friday, March 20, 2009, in the funeral home chapel with Minister Leroy Dedmon officiating.

Interment will follow at Tennessee-Georgia Memorial Park, Rossville.

The family will receive friends after 5 p.m. today, March 19, 2009, and prior to the service Friday.

Online guest book is at www.wilsonfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements are by Wilson Funeral Home, Fort Oglethorpe Chapel.

George Davidson

ROSSVILLE — George Hubbard Davidson, 90, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 18, 2009.

He was a lifelong resident of this area and was a member of Oakwood Baptist Church. Mr. Davidson began working for the late Roy McDonald at a young age, first at the Home Stores and then the Chattanooga News-Free Press until his retirement. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Mr. Davidson was preceded in death by his wife, Thelma Davidson.

He will be remembered for his gentle and quiet spirit and his willingness to help others.

He will be greatly missed by his daughters, Gail (Jack) Sims, Ringgold, Susan (Bill) Drake, Franklin, Tenn.; sister, Lena Guess, Red Bank; grandchildren, Kristi Johnson, Allison Hall, Courtney Lankford and Hayley Jones; and great-grandchildren, Ashton and Gavin Johnson, Hayden and Hallie Hall, Tyler and Tucker Jones, Briley, Braxton and Barron Lankford.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in the funeral home chapel with Dr. Darrell Henry officiating.

Interment will be in Tennessee-Georgia Memorial Park.

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

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today at Heritage Funeral Home & Crematory, Battlefield Parkway.

James Gardner

SUMMERVILLE — James Hobson Gardner, 70, died Tuesday, March 17, 2009.

Survivors include sons, Dr. Wayne (Donna) Gardner, Dr. Thomas (LaRay) Gardner; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday, March 20, 2009, at Mason Funeral Home, Summerville.

Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. today.

Betty Laney

CHICKAMAUGA — Betty Sue Young Laney, 69, passed away Tuesday, March 17, 2009.

She was born in Crossville, Ala., to the late Roy and Lola Mae Stephens Young. She was a homemaker and had previously worked at Dan River Mills, Barwick Mills and Synthetic Industries. She enjoyed gardening and caretaking of children. She was of the Church of God faith.

She was preceded in death by her infant son, Barry Stephen Laney; sister, Bernice Roden; and brothers, Junior, Billy Joe and J.A. Young.

She is survived by her husband, Charles Edward Laney, of Chickamauga; daughter, Charlotte Laney, of Harrison; son, Gary (Pam) Laney, of Chattanooga; sister, Pauline Brown, of Fort Payne, Ala.; grandchildren, Joshua Laney, Brad (Ginger) Bankston, Raven Mitchell; great-grandchildren, Mason, Khloe and Kenidee Bankston, Kaden Mitchell; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends all day today and Friday morning prior to the service.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 20, 2009, in the chapel.

Interment will follow in LaFayette Memory Gardens, LaFayette, Ga.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the American Cancer Society and/or Countryside Hospice.

Online register book is at www.wilsonfuneralhome.com.

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

Harold Thacker

ROCK SPRING — Harold “Brownie” Thacker, 89, died Wednesday, March 18, 2009.

Funeral from the Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home Chapel Friday at 11 a.m. Conducted by the Rev. David Sampson.

Honorary pallbearers the original Scout Troop 125 of Rock Spring.

Interment: Chattanooga National Cemetery.

Visitation: today from 6 to 9 p.m.

ALABAMA

Rufus Sauls

FORT PAYNE — Rufus C. Sauls III, 84, died Wednesday, March 18, 2009.

Survivors: wife, Hazel Igou Sauls; son, Randy (Tina) Sauls; daughters, Laurie (Michael) Parker, Fort Payne, Shannon Sauls, Marietta, Ga.; four grandchildren.

Funeral 11 a.m. CST today at Burt Funeral Home Chapel, Fort Payne.

Interment: Glenwood Cemetery.

John Sims

RAINSVILLE — John Lewis “Mutt” Sims, 91, passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2009, at DeKalb Regional Hospital.

Graveside service will be 2 p.m. CST today, March 19, from Mountain View Memory Gardens.

Arrangements are by W.T. Wilson Funeral Chapel, Rainsville, Ala.

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