published Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

Obituaries for May 13, 2009

HAMILTON COUNTY

Willard Burns

Willard Burns, 80, of Chattanooga, passed away on Monday, May 11, 2009.

He was a veteran of the Korean War.

Mr. Burns retired from BellSouth Telephone Co.; he was a Mason for 50 years. He attended Red Bank United Methodist Church.

Mr. Burns was preceded in death by his first wife, Jean H. Burns.

Survivors include his wife, Juanita McAllister Burns; daughter, Jennifer (Steve) Jones; stepson, Pat McAllister; grandchildren, Misha, Matthew, Michael, Sarah Jones; twin sister, Wilma Jean Stokes, several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 15, 2009, at the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home with the Rev. Joe Crockett and the Rev. Ben Roberson officiating.

Interment will follow at Hamilton Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends for visitation from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 14, at the North Chapel.

Willard is a 17 year survivor of a heart transplant from Vanderbilt Hospital.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Chattanooga Heart Transplant Group, 417 Ashwood Terrace, Chattanooga TN 37415.

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.

Elfie Gothard

Elfriede Schober “Elfie” Gothard, of Soddy-Daisy, died on Sunday, May 10, 2009.

She was born in Regensburg, Germany, on May 10, 1925, to the late Heinrich and Johanna Rothe Schober.

Elfie was a DuPont Lab retiree and member of First Presbyterian Church of Soddy-Daisy.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, W.M. “Bill”; son, Michael and wife, Carolyn, of Crossville, Tenn.; grandson, David and wife, Lisa; and four great-grandchildren, Megan, Matthew, Andrew and Aaron, of Canton, Ohio, one brother, Peter Schober, of Pentling, Germany, and many friends.

Burial will be private.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 1061 Dayton Pike, in Soddy-Daisy, at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 16, 2009, with the Rev. Jim Hayes officiating.

The family will receive friends from 1:30 p.m. until time of service.

The family wishes to acknowledge the outstanding kindness and compassion shown by the staff of Soddy-Daisy Healthcare Center and especially that of Dr. Frederick Gould.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a favorite charity in her memory.

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

Eli Griffin Jr.

Eli E. Griffin Jr., 82, of Chattanooga, passed away Saturday, May 9, 2009.

He was a World War II veteran. He received the World War II Victory Medal and Army of Occupation Medal. He retired from the city of Chattanooga Public Works.

He was preceded in death by his father, mother and siblings.

He will be missed and remembered by his caregiver and friend, Joe Ann Wright, the Gardner Family and many friends.

The body will lie in state after 1 p.m. today, May 13, at the Trammell Chapel, 913 M.L. King Blvd.

Graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 14, at Chattanooga National Cemetery with Pastor Ernest Tanner, Piney Woods Baptist Church officiating.

Arrangements by Hardwick & Sons Funeral.

Charlyne Haden

Mrs. Charlyne (Ben) Haden, 83, of Chattanooga, died Sunday, May 10, 2009, at her home. Her death followed a lengthy illness.

She is survived by her husband, Ben Haden; her daughter, Dallas Haden Gibbons; her son-in-law, Arthur Gibbons; her granddaughter, Haden Gibbons; and a brother, C.P. Edwards.

Charlyne was a native of Kingsport, Tenn. She finished at Ward-Belmont Preparatory School in Nashville. She graduated from Finch College in New York City after attending Sophie Newcomb in New Orleans. She also attended the New York School of Design, where she studied interior decoration and dress design.

She was a Harry Conover Model in New York, appearing in Harper’s Bazaar and Town & Country Magazines. She was a portrait and landscape painter with exhibitions in Chattanooga, Atlanta, and Nantucket, Mass. Her work is included in numerous corporate collections as well as TVA and U.S. Navy.

Charlyne was a believer in Jesus Christ and a member of First Presbyterian Church.

She was a member of Junior League of Chattanooga, Junior League Garden Club and the Chattanooga Golf and Country Club.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 14, at First Presbyterian Church with John Queen and Ben Haden officiating.

After the services, the family will receive friends in the Fellowship Hall of the church.

Honorary pallbearers will be Ben Mason, Dr. John T. Evans, Col. Roger Ingvalson, John McGee, R.B. Davenport III, Ramon Perdue, Lee Anderson, Sam H. Anderson, Glenn Draper, Scott Probasco, Charles Flatt, James F. Steffner Jr., Peter McNally, Deaderick Moon, Arthur Gibbons, Dr. David McCallie and Bill Dietzen.

Visit www.heritagefh.com to share condolences.

Arrangements are by Heritage Funeral Home, East Brainerd Road.

Leotis Harris Jr.

Leotis Harris Jr., 42, of Chattanooga, passed away Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at his residence.

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

Fredrick Lambert

Fredrick Lambert, 80, of Soddy-Daisy, passed away on Monday, May 11, 2009.

He was a member of Community Baptist Church in Soddy-Daisy.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. Fred J. Lambert and Mrs. Tony Lambert.

Survivors include his wife, Florence Eileen Lambert; children, Suan (Dell) Hyssong, Coleen (Tom) Shields, of Hixson, Tim Lambert, of Hixson; four grandchildren, Derek (Cari) Roncin, Richard (Kelliy) Hyssong, of Maine, Azlee Lambert, Amelia Lambert, of Hixson; great-grandchildren, Emily Roncin, Shaina Roncin, Megan Roncin, Makyla Hyssong.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 14, at Hamilton Memorial Gardens, located at 5401 Highway 153, Hixson, with the Rev. Cliff Roth officiating.

Interment will be in Hamilton Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Mission Fund at Community Baptist Church, 8007 Dallas Hollow Road, Hixson, TN 37343.

The family wishes to thank all the workers at Soddy-Daisy Healthcare and Hospice of Chattanooga.

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,

Jeremy Landers

Jeremiah “Jeremy” Christopher Landers, also known to his friends as “Big Boi”, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, May 5, 2009, at the young age of 23 after injuries sustained in a boating accident.

He was a graduate of Hixson High School Class of 2004 and an employee of Outback Steakhouse in Hixson.

He was a talented and motivated rapper and a big Titans fan. He was loved by all who saw his face and always carried with him the most memorable smile and had the biggest heart you’ve ever come across. He was always willing to go out of his way to lend a helping hand and anytime his friends needed him he was there with open arms. He was the most wonderful son anyone could ever hope for. He is sooo loved and will be very dearly missed by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his three grandfathers, David Landers, James Garner Sr. and Bobby Gene Crain; grandmother, Verna May Lewis; and one great-grandmother, Annie Norris.

Survivors include his mother, Rebecca Crain and daddy, Brad Crain; father and stepmother, James Maverick and Rhonda Garner; one brother, Lee Crain; one sister, Nikki Garner; two stepbrothers, Billy Finnen and Evan McCurry; stepsister, Secret McCurry; two grandmothers, Dora Landers and Nancy Reed; grandfather, Bobby Wheeler; nine aunts, seven uncles, 33 cousins and leaving behind more friends like family than we can name.

We greatly appreciate all the people that supported us throughout this tragedy. We would also like to thank all the wonderful volunteers and agencies that helped in the recovery of our son. Also, we send a special thanks to Carol Mays and all the crew at Outback for all their help.

Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. Thursday at Lane Funeral Home, Coulter Chapel with Minister Brian Wynne officiating.

Interment will be in Hamilton Memorial Gardens.

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

Visitation is 4-9 p.m. today and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday at Lane Funeral Home, Coulter Chapel, 601 Ashland Terrace.

Marion Martin

Marion H. Martin 94 of Chattanooga peacefully departed this life on Thursday, May 7, 2009, at her residence.

She was a lifelong and dedicated member of Historic St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church where she served faithfully on the Stewardess Board.

Marion received numerous awards and honors and was the secretary of Martin Exxon Service Center for many years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Randolph C. Martin Sr.; father and mother, Sidney and Maggie Hutchens; brother, Leroy Hutchens; and sister, Catherine Cooper.

Marion H. Martin is survived by her loyal and devoted son, Randolph C. Martin Jr.; daughter-in-law, Queen; two grandsons, Randolph III and Toriq, all of Chattanooga and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 14, 2009, at noon at Historic St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church with the Rev. David Harrison Strong, officiating.

Interment in Lakewood Memory Gardens, East.

The family will receive friends today from 7-8 p.m. at John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Ave., 622-9995.

Marion McKaig

Marion Elizabeth McKaig, 86, a lifelong resident of Chattanooga, Loving Mother and Devoted Wife, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, May 10, 2009 at Martin Boyd Christian Home.

She was the daughter of the late Loy and Nell Cagle. She was a member of Spring Creek Road Baptist Church for 62 years and she served as Church Hostess for more than 30 years. She was a member of the Fidelis Sunday School Class. She attended Baroness School of Nursing and she was the bookkeeper for McKaig Construction Co. She was a longtime worker for the East Ridge Election Polls. She was a former resident of Hickory Valley Retirement Center.

She was preceded in death by husband of 59 years, R.W. “Mac” McKaig; brother, Loy Cagle; sister, Ruth Hudson; son-in-law, Alan Gray.

She is survived by son, Donald McKaig and his wife, Judy, of Ringgold, Ga.; daughter, Sandra Gray, of Chattanooga; daughter and son-in-law, Ruth Ann Johnson and her husband, Michael, of Chattanooga; five grandchildren, Tommy Gray and his wife, Bonnie, of Ringgold, Brenda Gray, of Arlington, Va., Jason McKaig and his wife, Brittany, of Ringgold, and Jonathan McKaig and his wife, Leslie, of Chattanooga, Jacob Johnson, of Chattanooga; four great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Arthur Hudson; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Bill and Doris McKaig, of Chattanooga; sister-in-law, Ginger McKaig, of Trenton, Ga.; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held today at 11:30 a.m. at the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home with the Rev. C. Henry Preston and the Rev. David Clay officiating.

Interment will be in Chattanooga National Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Tip Stafford, John Kirby, Harold McClure, Newell Keel, David Humble and David Hudson.

Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Fidelis Sunday School Class at Spring Creek Road Baptist Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Spring Creek Road Baptist Church, 1312 Spring Creek Road, East Ridge, TN 37412.

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

Arrangements are by the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, 404 S. Moore Road, Chattanooga, TN 37412.

Cora Parham

Cora Parham, 69, of Chattanooga, died Tuesday morning, May 12, 2009, in a local hospital.

A native of Pickens County, S.C., she has been a resident of the Chattanooga area most of her life. A member of Lupton Drive Baptist Church, she was the daughter of the late General Ladd.

Survivors include her mother, Mildred Ladd; sister, Clara Bridgeman, Valley Head, Ala.; two brothers, Waymon Ladd, Signal Mountain and William Ladd, Colorado.

A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Hamilton Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Wayland Stewart officiating.

There will be no visitation at the funeral home.

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

JaMichael Russell

JaMichael Antonio Russell, 22, passed away Tuesday, May 5, 2009, from injuries sustained in a boating accident.

He was employed by Cheeburger CheeBurger and was a graduate of Hixson High School Class of 2004, member of Second Missionary Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death with his friend, Jeremy Landers; father, Michael Russell; grandmother, Helen Russell; grandfather, Jessie Russell; great-grandmamma, Rosa Howard; and two uncles.

He is survived by his mother, Willa Walker Townsend; stepdaddy, Walter Pitmon; granny, Rosalyn Mitchell; fiancée, Rachele Petosa; and a whole host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday, May 15, 2009, at Second Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Paul A. McDaniel and the Rev. Calvin White officiating.

Burial will follow in Hamilton Memorial Gardens.

Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 14, 2009, at J. Avery Bryan Funeral Home.

Condolences maybe made at www.javerybryan.com.

Donations maybe made at SunTrust Bank.

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

Inez Smith

Inez Smith, of Chattanooga, passed away Monday, May 11, 2009, at her residence.

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

Violet Stinnett

Violet C. Stinnett, 88, of Chattanooga, went home to be with her Lord on Sunday, May 10, 2009, in a local health care facility.

She was born in Brighton, England and she moved to Chattanooga in 1928. She was the daughter of the late Albert and Ida Coole. Her family was one of the original members at Central Baptist Church located on McCallie Avenue which later relocated to Woodmore in 1958.

Throughout her years she was a devoted Christian Lady supporting the WMU and served in several church leadership roles at Central Baptist. At the time of her death she was a member of Red Bank Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Woodrow Stinnett.

She is survived by a daughter, Pam Raley Young and her husband, Charles, of Chattanooga; two sons, Don Stinnett and his wife, Cheryl, of Lookout Mountain, Tenn., and Glenn Stinnett and his wife, Sandy, of Chattanooga; six grandchildren, Dr. Shannon Serie and her husband Bill, of Nashville, Tyler Stinnett, of Atlanta, Amy Stinnett, of Chattanooga, Whitney Raley, of Chattanooga, Ryan Raley, of Chattanooga and Kate Stinnett, of Chattanooga; one great-grandchild, Rylee Raley, of Chattanooga; cousin, Dennis Coole, of Chattanooga.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Chattanooga National Cemetery with Rev. Bert Jones officiating.

The family will receive friends today from noon until 1:30 p.m. at the East Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to Red Bank Baptist Church, 4000 Dayton Boulevard, Chattanooga, TN 37415.

The family expresses a special thanks to the staff at Standifer Place for their love and care. Please share your thoughts and memories at www.mem.com.

Arrangements are by the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, 404 S. Moore Road, Chattanooga, TN 37412.

Kathryn Tredway

Kathryn Tredway, 84, of Chattanooga, passed away on Tuesday, May 5, 2009.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 15, 2009 at the funeral home.

Burial will follow at Chattanooga National Cemetery.

Additional arrangements will be announced by the East Chapel of Chattanooga

Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist.

Rita Tyree

Mary Rita Tyree, 87, of Chattanooga, passed away Monday, May 11, 2009.

She attended East Ridge Baptist Church and the Silent Workers Sunday School Class. She attended St. Rita’s Catholic School for the Deaf. She was retired from DuPont after 27 years of service and was a member of the Tennessee Association of the Deaf and the National Fraternal Society of the Deaf.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Tyree; and a daughter, Pam Boone.

Survivors include two grandchildren, James Thomas Boone III and Lisa Michelle Hopkins; three sisters, Betty and John Lawrence of Louisville, Ky., Shirley Chrisman, of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Joan Thompson, of Knoxville, Ky.; brother, Anthony Thompson, of Louisville, Ky.

Graveside services will be held at 1:30 p.m. today at Hamilton Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Royce Powell officiating.

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

The family will receive friends from 10 a.m.to 1 p.m. today at the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 404 S. Moore Road.

TENNESSEE

Betty Childers

SOUTH PITTSBURG — Betty Ruth Sharp Childers, 82, died Tuesday, May 12, 2009, in a local nursing home.

The daughter of the late William Russell and Elizabeth Venable Sharp, she was also preceded in death by eight brothers and sisters and one grandson.

She was a retired employee of Galaxy Carpet Mills and Wal-Mart and was a member of First Baptist Church in South Pittsburg.

She is survived by her children, Glenda (Buster) Faris and Jerry Childers, both of South Pittsburg; grandchildren, Candy Owens (Doug) Anderson, of Palmer, Tenn., Amber Childers, of South Pittsburg, Justin Childers, of South Pittsburg and Shawn McAllister, of Texas; great-grandson, C.J. Anderson, of Palmer; brother, Elmer Sharp, of Scottsboro, Ala.; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted on Thursday, May 14, at 2 p.m. CDT, from the South Pittsburg Chapel of Rogers Funeral Home, with the Rev. Ronnie Case officiating.

Condolences may be sent by visiting www.rogersfuneralhome.com.

The family will receive friends today, May 13, from 4 to 9 p.m. CDT at Rogers Funeral Home in South Pittsburg.

Larry Harris

PIKEVILLE — Larry Joe Harris, 50, died Sunday, May 10, 2009, at Bradley Memorial Hospital.

He was a longtime resident of Pikeville, Tenn., and of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by father, Joseph “J.B.” Harris; and brother, Danny Harris; grandparents, Whit and Robbie Harris and Sherman and Ruth Crowe.

Survivors: mother, Betty Corder, of Pikeville; two brothers, Rick Harris, of Cleveland, Tenn., Barry Harris, of Pikeville, Tenn.; two sisters, Diana (Barry) Delashmitt Doss, of Dayton, Tenn., Charlene Delashmitt Dunn, of Pikeville; several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be 11 a.m. today in the chapel of Coulter-Garrison Funeral Home with Rev. Claude Pendergrass officiating.

Burial in Spence Cemetery.

Arrangements by Coulter-Garrison Funeral Home, Dayton.

Warren Kross Jr.

CHARLESTON — Warren “Art” Kross Jr., 59, died Monday, May 11, 2009, at Skyridge Medical Center.

Service is 8 p.m. today at South Chapel, with visitation 6 to 8 p.m. prior.

Burial is 11 a.m. Thursday at Cochran Cemetery.

Bordwine Funeral Home of Etowah, in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy Melton

WHITWELL — Dorothy Melton, 79, passed away Tuesday, May 12, 2009.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Melton; son, Ronnie Melton; grandson, Jordan Tyler Kim; parents, Charlie and Bethel Thomas.

Those left to cherish her memories are her children, Kris Melton, Karen McGowan, Tracy Melton, Donald Gary Melton, of Whitwell, Sharon Kim, of Calhoun, Ga., Vicky Clark, of Parker, Colo., Vonda Stephens, of Boaz, Ala.; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.

Family will receive friends 5-9 p.m. CDT today, May 13.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. CDT Thursday, May 14, in the funeral home chapel.

Interment will be at Whitwell Memorial Cemetery.

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

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Alzheimer’s Association.

Belle Sheets

DAYTON — Belle T. Sheets, 91, died Tuesday, May 12, 2009, in Soddy-Daisy.

She was born in Dayton on Nov. 1, 1917 the daughter of the late George and Mary Arnold Trotter. She was a lifelong resident of Dayton where she was a member of North Dayton Church of God.

She is survived by her daughters, Frances Pace, of Soddy-Daisy and Stesta Gilliam, of Hixson; her son, Paul Tilley, of Hixson; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two great-great-granddaughters.

Funeral services for Belle will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Donald Ray Arnold officiating.

Burial will be in Ad Smith Cemetery in Spring City.

Please share your memories of Belle on her on-line guest register at www.vanderwallfh.com.

The family is being served by the Vanderwall Funeral Home where they will receive friends Thursday after 5 p.m.

Kyle Todd

HUNTLAND — Kyle Todd, 93, died Monday, May 11, 2009, at Willows at Winchester.

Her funeral will be 1 p.m. CDT today, at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Mike Robertson officiating.

Burial will be in Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Joe Willis

KNOXVILLE — Joe Willis died Saturday, May 9, 2009.

Survivor by his father, G.W. Willis, of Knoxville; siblings, Rev. Geoffrey (Brenda) Willis, Evelyn Willis Baker, Valery W. (Rev. Charles) McConnelly, Cynthia Willis Fears, all of Chattanooga.

Graveside services today at 10:30 a.m. at Tennessee Veteran’s Cemetery in Knoxville.

Arrangements by Unity Mortuary Funeral Home in Knoxville.

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

GEORGIA

Blanche Chandler

ROSSVILLE — Blanche Hazel Chandler, 79, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, May 11, 2009.

She moved to North Georgia in 1951 from Rainsville, Ala. She was a member of Parkway Baptist Temple and enjoyed her flowers, cooking and collectables. She retired from Standard-Coosa Thatcher in 1991 with over 30 years of employment.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Milton G. Chandler; sister, Mary Ruth Whiting; brothers, Elmo T. Whiting, Ned Whiting, Fred Whiting, Jewel Whiting and Paul Whiting.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Fred Smith, of Rossville; son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Georgia Chandler, of Ringgold; sister, Wilma Fox; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be 1 p.m. Thursday, May 14, 2009, in the funeral home chapel with Dr. David Sampson officiating.

Interment to follow at Chattanooga National Cemetery, Chattanooga.

The family will receive friends after 4 p.m. today, May 13, 2009, and prior to the service Thursday.

Special thanks to the 7th floor nurses at Erlanger Hospital.

Online guest book at www.wilsonfuneralhome.com.

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

Vernon Elliott Sr.

RINGGOLD — Vernon Edwin Elliott Sr., 71, departed this life Saturday, May 9, 2009.

He was born in Taylor County, Ky., to the late Herman Reid and Virgie Hines Elliott, and was preceded in death by his brother, Kenneth R. Elliott.

He was an avid Billiards player and was inducted into Billiards Hall of Fame.

Survivors include his children, Stacy Elliott, Vernon Elliott Jr., Nora Elliott, David Elliott, all of Louisville, Ky., Kendrick Elliott, of Ringgold, Lisa Oxford, of East Ridge; siblings, Ivadean Alvey, of Gary, Ind., Mitchell Elliott, of Waynesburg, Ky.; 13 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; lifelong friend, Erica Elliott; and several nieces and nephews.

Family will receive friends noon today, and all day Thursday at W.L. Wilson & Sons Funeral Home in Fort Oglethorpe.

Services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, May 16, 2009, at Bartle Funeral Home in Liberty, Ky.

Interment will follow in Salyers Cemetery in Waynesburg, Ky.

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

Jimmy Hughes

EVANS — Jimmy R. Hughes, 72, entered into rest Monday, May 11, 2009, at the residence of his son.

Mr. Hughes a native of Chattanooga and has lived most of his life in the Augusta area. Member of Woodman of the World, He was a truck driver and shop foreman for Dana Suttles Truck Leasing Co. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

Survivors include one daughter: Lisa Bailey, Leah Community; two sons, Jeffrey Hughes, Jimmy Hughes, Evans, Ga.; and eight grandchildren.

The family will have a gathering in Jimmy Hughes memory at 4716 Waltons Circle, Evans, Ga. Sunday, May 24, 2009, from 1:30 until 3:30 p.m.

McNeill Funeral Home, 109 Shaw St., Martinez, Ga. 706-364-9122.

Dumas Jackson

LaFAYETTE — Birthel Albert “Dumas” Jackson, 68, died Sunday, May 10, 2009.

A member of the Highway 27 Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Birthel Albert and Lela Wooten Jackson; son, Brian Jackson; sisters, Bertha Chancey and Linda Greeson.

Survived by his beloved wife of 44 years, Charlotte Carroll Jackson; daughter, Sherri Jackson; son, Duane and wife, Janice Jackson, all of LaFayette; sisters, June Gray, of Rossville, Betty Ledford, of LaFayette; brothers, Charlie Jackson, of Rock Spring, Swift Jackson, of LaFayette; grandchildren, Jamey and Reanna Huskey, John and Daniel Jackson, all of LaFayette; several nieces and nephews; and a beloved brother-in-law, Dannie and wife, Peggy Carroll, of Richmond, Mich, also survive.

Funeral at 2 p.m. today from the Wallis Memorial Chapel conducted by Minister Mack Stephens.

Pallbearers: David Ledford, Madison Ledford, Edward Ledford, Troy Ballard, Brent Jackson and Mike Chancey.

Interment: McIntyre Cemetery.

Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home of LaFayette.

Edwin Smith Sr.

ROSSVILLE — Edwin Alton “Sandy” Smith Sr., 83, God’s faithful and loyal servant went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, May 11, 2009, after succumbing to injuries that he received in an automobile accident.

Sandy was born in Jackson County, Ala., to the late Europe and Didema Hicks Smith and was preceded in death by his wife, Elsie Lee Smith; and son, Ralph Larry Smith.

He served his country as a U.S. Marine, and retired from Container Corp. after 26 years of service and from Rock-Tenn after serving as a supervisor. He was a longstanding member of Shield Baptist Church in Chickamauga where he served his last years as a Deacon. A devoted father, granddaddy, and Papaw who enjoyed spending time with his family.

A special thank you to Parkridge East for their care, love and support during this difficult time.

Survivors include his children, Helen (Chuck) Higgins, of Chickamauga, Skip (Renee) Smith, of Forest City, N.C., Johnny (Sande) Smith, of Chattanooga; siblings, Charles, Lucian, Nelman Smith, Anita Hancock, Melba Goolsby, Rachel Denton; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held 11 a.m. today, May 13, 2009, in the chapel with the Rev. Bill Proctor officiating.

Interment will follow in Pleasant View Cemetery in Henagar, Ala. Family will receive friends prior to the service today.

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

Legatha Walden

CARTERSVILLE — Legatha Paulette Walden, 66, died Tuesday, May 12, 2009, at Heartland Hospice House.

Born in LaFayette, Ga. on Feb. 7, 1943, she was the daughter of the late Roy E. Walden and Willie Bell Kilgore Walden. She enjoyed decorating cakes, quilting, gardening and her grandsons.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Suzette and Barry Green; her grandsons, Sam and Zack Green, all of Cartersville; her sister, Margaret Bradford, of Lookout Mountain, Ga.; her brothers, Dannie Walden, of Trenton, Ga. and Andy Johnson, of Ringgold, Ga.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 15, in the chapel of Parnick Jennings Funeral Home and Cremation Services with Mr. Darrell Smith officiating.

In lieu of flowers, those desiring may make donations to The American Cancer Society, Bartow Unit, 300 W. Emery St., Ste. 106, Dalton, GA 30720.

Please join in celebrating Paulette's life by visiting www.jenningsfuneralhome.com to share memories and to post tributes.

The family will receive friends from 6-9 p.m. Thursday at Parnick Jennings Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 430 Cassville Road, Cartersville.

Mary Warrenfells

CHICKAMAUGA — Mary E. Ray Warrenfells, 74, passed away Friday, March 27, 2009.

Memorial services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, May 16, 2009, in the funeral home chapel.

Arrangements are by the LaFayette Chapel of Wilson Funeral Homes, LaFayette.

Dr. Billy Wyche

ROSSVILLE — Dr. Billy H. Wyche, 71, passed away Saturday, May 9, 2009, at his home.

Funeral services will be held today at 1 p.m. in the South Crest Chapel with Rev. Henry Groseclose officiating.

Entombment will follow in Tennessee-Georgia Memorial Park.

Visit www.lane-southcrestchapel.com to share thoughts and memories.

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

ALABAMA

Gary Hurst

FLAT ROCK — Gary Wayne Hurst, 54, passed away Monday, May 11, 2009, in Chattanooga.

His service will be Thursday at 2 p.m. CDT in Kerby Funeral Home Chapel.

interment in Shanty Town Cemetery in Trenton, Ga.

Visitation will be today from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. CDT.

Woodrow Pruett

RAINSVILLE — Woodrow Wilson Pruett, 93, died Monday, May 11, 2009, at Crowne Health Care of Fort Payne.

Funeral will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. CDT from Rainsville Funeral Home Chapel.

Burial in Kirk Memorial Gardens.

Visitation will be today from 5-8 p.m. CDT and Thursday from 8 a.m.-10 a.m. CDT

John Walker

BRIDGEPORT — John James “Johnny” Walker, 72, died Sunday, May 10, 2009.

Visitation will be Thursday, 5-9 p.m. CDT at Rudder Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

The funeral service will be 11 a.m. CDT Friday at Rudder Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport.

Interment in Walker Family Cemetery in Bridgeport.

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Bonnie Richardson

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Bonnie Kate Richardson, 91, died Monday, May 11, 2009, at St. Eizabeth’s Medical Center, Boardman, Ohio.

Bonnie was born Jan. 21, 1918, in Dalton, Ga., a daughter of George W. and Julia Clements Richardson.

She was a secretary at various companies in Georgia and Tennessee. She moved to Boardman, Ohio in 2005 to live with her niece, Wanda Jean White and leaves many other nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death her parents, four brothers, Karl M. Richardson, Eugene V.D. Richardson, Kenneth F. Richardson, George Wm. Richardson Jr.; five sisters, Lois Simms, Clarice Wuster, Alice Richardson, Betty Lucille Glasscock and Rosemary Martin.

Family and friends may view this obituary and send condolences at www.foxfuneralhome.org.

Private services were held.

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