published Monday, May 24th, 2010

Obituaries for May 24, 2010

HAMILTON COUNTY

Russell Adams

Russell S. Adams, 88, of Snyder, Okla., passed away Friday, May 7, 2010.

He was born May 13, 1921, in Crab Orchard, Tenn., and raised in the Crossville, Tenn., area. Mr. Adams was to become a veteran of WWII, serving in the ETO. After the war he married his wife of more than 50 years, Florrine Almond.

He was preceded in death by his wife; daughter, Dixie Marie Thurman; and son, Charles Andrew Adams.

He is survived by two sons, Thomas (Ruth) Adams, John Daniel (Renee) Adams; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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

Memorial services will be held 10 a.m. today, May 24, 2010, at the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home & Crematory, Rossville.

Clyde Blaylock

Clyde Raymond Blaylock, 75, of Hixson, passed away at his refuge, Blaylock Music, on Friday, May 21, 2010.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. today, May 24, 2010, in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Danny Dowden officiating.

Burial will follow at Hamilton Memorial Gardens.

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

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

Dorothy Carey

Dorothy “Dot” Carey, 82, died Wednesday, May 19, 2010.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 25, at the Chattanooga National Cemetery.

She will be remembered for her warm heart and great hats.

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

Send condolences at www.CovenantFuneral.com.

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

Parker Carroll

Parker Lynn Carroll, 87, of Hixson, passed away on Sunday, May 23, 2010.

Arrangements will be announced by the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home.

Vera Clarke

Vera Victoria Clarke, 89, of Chattanooga, passed away Thursday, May 20, 2010, at her home.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. today at Heritage Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Billy Dean officiating.

Interment will follow in Chattanooga National Cemetery.

Visit www.heritagefh.com to share words of comfort to the family.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service Monday at Heritage Funeral Home, 7454 East Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421.

Paul Collins

Paul Thomas “Tom” Collins, 63, of East Ridge, gave up his battle with cancer and went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, May 22, 2010.

He was a lifelong resident of East Ridge and a 1966 graduate of East Ridge High School. He received an honorable discharge in 1974, having served his country with the United States Army in Vietnam.

Tom was a member of and currently served as music director at Peoples Baptist Church of Rossville and formerly at Pathway Baptist Church of Apison and Philadelphia Baptist Church of Ringgold, Ga.

He was a football official with the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association for 15 years. His highest achievement in his officiating career was in 2007 when he was selected to officiate a state tournament in Nashville. Tom was a member of Men of Epsion Sigma Alpha of Chattanooga.

Tom was employed by Luken Holdings Inc. of Chattanooga, where he served in maintenance at the Volunteer Building for 25 years. He received a degree in heating and air conditioning from Chattanooga State Community College and attended Edmondson Business College.

He was preceded in death by his father, Paul Joel Collins, who served for many years as music director at several local churches.

Survivors include his wife and best friend of nearly 20 years, Wanda Thrower Collins; daughters and sons-in-law, Tammy and Alan Thomas and Teresa and Bob Ballenger; grandsons, Burton Thomas and Jarrett Thomas, of Carrollton, Ga. He is also survived by his mother, Ann Collins Talley, of East Ridge; three sisters, Patty Tanner, of Little Rock, Ark., Nancy Wilson, of Rossville, and Lisa Lowery, of Chattanooga; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 26, 2010, in the Fort Oglethorpe Chapel with Brother Steven Kellogg, Brother Bill Gardner and Brother John Carroll officiating.

Burial will follow in the Chattanooga National Cemetery with the Rev. Billy Dean officiating.

The family will receive friends from noon to 3 p.m. and after 5 p.m. on Tuesday and prior to the service on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the new youth building under construction at Peoples Baptist Church, where Tom served as Sunday school teacher and Wednesday night OATH leader for the youth.

The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff of Hospice of Chattanooga for the excellent care he has received during this illness.

Online guest book at www.wilsonfuneralhome.com.

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

Marlene Dennis

Marlene Dennis, 54, of Middle Valley, passed away Thursday, May 20, 2010.

A lifelong resident of the Tennessee Valley, she was a devoted daughter, mother, grand mommy, sister, aunt and friend.

She worked for Dr. J. Selzer at Hixson Pike Medical office, was a member of Central Baptist Church in Hixson and member of the Allemande Hall Cloggers. She loved dancing and enjoying life. Loving, outgoing and loyal to all she knew. She was loved by her family, friends and patients.

Marlene is survived by her daughter, Meredith (Jason) Franks; son, Michael Dennis; two grandchildren, Lillie and Lydia; mother, Willie Meriam Johnson; brother, Steve (Barbara) Johnson; sister, Pam (Stephen) Cormier; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; dog, Scooby.

Services will be held 3 p.m. today, May 24, at the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home with Pastor Chris Brooks officiating.

Burial will be at Hamilton Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends from 1 until 3 p.m. today at the funeral home.

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

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

Dimis Dowse

Dr. Dimis “Dee” Dowse, 78, of Signal Mountain, passed away on Thursday, May 20, 2010.

She was an associate professor in the English department at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga from 1965-1981 and a professor in the philosophy and religion department from 1982-1996. She retired from UTC in 1996.

She received her BA from Geneva College, MA from the University of Chicago and Ph.D. in philosophy from Emory.

She is survived by her cat, Auti; friends, Debarah Harbuck, Nancy Pollard; and caregivers, Sharon Holland and Geraldine Long.

Special thanks to Hospice of Chattanooga for their compassion and care of Dee.

There will be no service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the animal charity of your choice.

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

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

Tom Mann

Thomas Gordon Mann, 68, of Harrison, passed away Saturday, May 22, 2010, at his home surrounded by his family.

He was preceded in death by his father, Leroy Mann.

Tom retired from BASF after 30 years of service and was currently co-owner of Eastern Rivers Inc. in Chattanooga.

He attended Bayside Baptist Church and was an avid golfer, who enjoyed fishing and spending time at the beach with his family.

Survivors include his wife, Carol Mann, of Harrison; daughter, Michelle (Mike) Collier, of Cleveland, Tenn.; two sons, Thomas (Colleen) Mann, Greg Mann, both of Chattanooga; stepson, Ronnie (Jenny) Dunn; stepdaughter, Jill (Greg) Baughn, both of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; seven grandchildren, Drew Collier, Trey Dunn, Macy Collier, Cooper Baughn, Carter Baughn, Abigail Mann, Evalynn Mann; mother, Eva Boyd Mann, of East Ridge; two sisters, Wanda Langston, Memphis, Nancy Emerling, of Chattanooga; two brothers, Mickey (Toni) Mann, of Signal Mountain, Herb (Nancy) Mann, of Jasper, Tenn.; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday in the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home with the Rev. Eric Stitts officiating.

Interment will follow in Hamilton Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends from 5-9 p.m., today and 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Tuesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, 822 McCallie Ave., Chattanooga, TN 37403.

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

Arrangements by Chattanooga Funeral Home, North Chapel, 5401 Highway 153, Hixson.

Cecil Parrott Jr.

Cecil S. Parrott Jr., died peacefully Sunday, May 23, 2010, at home surrounded by his loving family.

Graveside services are 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Chattanooga National Cemetery.

Arrangements by Lane Funeral Home, 601 Ashland Terrace.

Cleo Poe

Cleo H. Poe, 79, of Chattanooga, died Sunday, May 23, 2010.

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

Russell Schaeffer

Russell H. Schaeffer, 84, of Ooltewah, died on Friday, May 21, 2010.

Funeral services will be held at Collegedale Church of Seventh-day Adventists, at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 26, with Dr. George Akers and Pastor Dwight Herod officiating.

Interment will follow in Collegedale Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to the A.W. Spalding Middle School, P.O. Box 3002, Collegedale, TN 37315.

Visit www.heritagefh.com to share words of comfort to the family and view the memorial tribute.

The family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, May 25, at Heritage Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, 7454 East Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421.

Billy Scott

Billy Joe Scott, 60, of Chattanooga, passed away Saturday, May 22, 2010, in a local hospital.

He was the owner and operator of Big Orange Escort Service.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Frankie Rainwater Scott; parents, Paul and Louise Scott; and brothers, Raymond, Ronnie, and James.

Survivors include daughter, Darlene Stanton; grandson, Shane Skidmore; granddaughter, Kirstin Stanton; great-grandson, Jude Haven Skidmore; one brother, Frankie Scott, of Rossville; sisters, Nancy Gann, of Chattanooga, and Betty West, of Chattanooga.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the South Crest Chapel with Pastor Bennie G. Mills officiating.

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

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

Billy Young

Billy Gene Young, 73, of Soddy-Daisy, passed away on Saturday, May 22, 2010, after a lingering illness.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

He was preceded in death by his father, Floyd “Cotton” Young; and son, Billy Gene Young Jr.

He is survived by son, Billy Joe Young, of Lawton, Okla.; and three daughters, Cherie Greer, of Houston, Texas, Lisa Turner, of Spring City, Tenn., and Cari Young, Soddy-Daisy; mother, Helen Young, of Soddy-Daisy; brother and sister-in-law, Larry and Judy Young, Soddy-Daisy; 15 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 25, 2010, in the chapel of Williamson & Sons Funeral Home with the Rev. Dan Mouw officiating.

Visitation is 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and after 10 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

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

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

TENNESSEE

Minnie Britton

SUCK CREEK — Minnie Vee Britton, 69, passed away Friday, May 21, 2010.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John S.L. Britton; parents, Ennis and Rachel Francis.

Survivors include six children, Annette (Johnny) Duncan, of Rome, Ga., Ronnie (Glenda) Britton, Lorrie (Leslie) Nolan, Joyce (David) Walker, of Whitwell, Tenn., Andy (Charlene) Britton, Chasta Dickerson, of Chattanooga; three sisters, Alberta Francis, Judy Francis, of Chattanooga, Gloria Dutton, of Kansas; 21 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren.

Visitation 10 a.m.-8 p.m. CDT today, May 24, 2010.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. CDT Tuesday, May 25, 2010, in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Larry Miller officiating.

Interment will be at Beason Cemetery, Woodland Heights, Chattanooga.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to the funeral home to assist with funeral expenses.

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

Bennie Coffey

TRACY CITY — Bennie Dale Coffey, 61, passed away in a Nashville hospital Saturday, May 22, 2010.

Mr. Coffey was a retired clerk for the Monteagle Depot.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Billy Joe Coffey, Ronnie Coffey and Jack Coffey; and a sister, Janie Reed.

He is survived by his wife, Wilma Nunley Coffey, Tracy City, Tenn.; a brother, Bobby Coffey, Tracy City; special brother-in-law, Roger Dale Nunley; mother-in-law, Nerva Nunley; and special friends, Freddy Nunley and the Anna Ruth Layne family.

Funeral services will be 11:30 a.m. today in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. John Potts and the Rev. Mike Rigsby officiating.

Burial will be in the Freemont Cemetery.

Arrangements are by Foster & Lay Funeral Home, Tracy City, 931-592-3691.

William Richardson

CLEVELAND — William “Bill” Herbert Richardson, 85, passed away May 22, 2010, at his home.

He was born in Hastings, W.Va., grew up in Arkansas, and also lived in Florida. Bill lived in Chattanooga for more than 35 years and was a retired sales engineer and private pilot.

Bill served our country in WWII in the Army Air Force as a pilot and was honorably discharged in 1946 with a rank of corporal. While in the service, he received a WWII Victory Ribbon and Good Conduct Medal.

He was a longstanding member of the Chattanooga Flyers Club, member of the Tasso Methodist Church in Cleveland and the Cleveland/Bradley Senior Center and an avid card player.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Drew Richardson, and brother, Robert Richardson.

Bill is survived by his son, Bill Richardson Jr.; daughters, Patty Silverman and Beverly Falls; four grandchildren: Stephanie Fant, of Tallapoosa, Ga., Bethany Silverman, of Cleveland, Drew Falls, of Tulsa, Okla., and Kara Falls Welten, of Buford, Ga.; three great-grandchildren: Sidney Fant and Grayson Fant, of Tallapoosa, Ga., and Ava Welton, of Buford, Ga., and sister, Margie Lee Coleman.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 25, 2010, in the chapel of Ralph Buckner Funeral Home with the Reverend Michael Cutshaw officiating.

Interment will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery, Chattanooga, Tenn. with military honors. A white dove release ceremony will conclude the service.

His family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Bill Richardson, Southeast Veterans Home, 155 Ocoee St., Room 105, Cleveland, TN 37311or by email at bradleyco.net and link to Veterans Home.

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

GEORGIA

Janet Chance

SUMMERVILLE — Janet Kay Chance died Saturday, May 22, 2010, at her residence.

Funeral 2 p.m. today, May 24, 2010, in Erwin-Petitt Funeral Home Chapel.

Interment in West Hill Cemetery.

Visitation noon-2 p.m. today.

Erwin-Petitt in charge of service.

Geneva Crawford

ROSSVILLE — Geneva Inetta Nabors Crawford, 89, passed away Thursday, May 20, 2010, in a local hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. today in the South Crest Chapel with the Rev. Luke McKay and the Rev. Rocky Bradford officiating.

Burial will follow at Lakewood Memory Gardens, South.

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

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

Clara Gibson

TRENTON — Clara Mae Gibson, 83, went home to be with the Lord Saturday, May 22, 2010.

Mrs. Gibson was retired from Brock Candy Co. of Chattanooga after 45 years of service.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy L. Gibson and son, John H. Gibson, and grandson, Benjemin L. Gibson.

She is survived by her son, Ronald and wife, Marti Gibson, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; also several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 5 p.m. EDT Tuesday in the Ryan Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Allen Flowers and the Rev. Johnny Wooten officiating.

Interment will be in Chattanooga National Cemetery.

The family will receive friends 3-9 p.m. today and 1 p.m. until service time on Tuesday.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to your favorite charity in her name.

Arrangements are by Ryan Funeral Home, Trenton, GA.

Martha Gifford

ROSSVILLE — Martha R. Gifford, 75, passed away on Sunday, May 23, 2010, at her residence.

Arrangements will be announced by the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home & Crematory, Rossville.

Jannie McWhorter

TRION — Mrs. Jannie L. Thomas McWhorter, 89, died Saturday, May 22, 2010.

Funeral 4:30 p.m. today, May 24, graveside in West Hill Cemetery at Trion, Ga.

Visitation will be from 2 until 4 p.m. today at Earle Rainwater Funeral Home.

Clara Tennyson

ROSSVILLE — Clara Pendergrass Tennyson, 97, passed away Saturday, May 22, 2010, at her residence.

After only 97 years and eight months on this earth, the Lord decided to take Clara home to be with Him. She has been a good Christian all of her life and was always ready for His coming; but He elected to leave her here for all of us who loved her. She was a member of The Crossing (East Ridge Church of God) for many years.

Clara was a good and faithful wife to William L. (Bill) Tennyson Jr., for almost 63 years before his death in 1994. Clara never worked outside the home and was always there for her children. She also took in, at various times, one sister, two sisters-in-law, two brothers-in-law, mother-in-law and father-in-law, and treated them like her own with never a complaint. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Clara was born in Birchwood, Tenn., to parents Jesse Pendergrass and Martha Allison, who preceded her in death; as did brothers, Earl Pendergrass and Harry Pendrgrass; sisters, Hazel Everett and Pauline Roark; daughter, Bobbie Jean Tennyson; sons, James (Jimmy) Tennyson and Charles Richard Tennyson, and great-grandson, Garrett Yemm.

Clara is survived by daughter, Clara Durgin and husband, David, of Rossville, Ga.; daughter, Betty Tennyson, of Rossville; daughter, Faye Levi and husand, Cecil, of Maryville, Tenn.; son, Paul Tennyson and wife, Linda, of Maryville; daughter-in-law, Linda Tennyson Hixon, of Rossville; brothers, Ben Frank Pendergrass and Kenneth Pendergrass, both of Chattanooga and sister, Louise Grube of Mobile, Ala. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren.

Visit www.heritagefh.com to share condolences with the family.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Heritage Funeral Home with the Rev. Terry Harris officiating.

Interment will be in Tennessee-Georgia Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Hospice of Chattanooga Foundation at 4411 Oakwood Drive, Chattanooga, TN, 37416.

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

Dellean Vaughn

ROSSVILLE — Dellean “Curly” Vaughn, 87, formerly of Rossville, passed away on Sunday, May 23, 2010, in a Venice, Fla. health care facility.

Arrangements will be announced by the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home & Crematory, Rossville.

ALABAMA

Lucille Barham

BRIDGEPORT — Lucille Burrows Barham, 89, died Saturday, May 22, 2010, at NHC in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Thelma Lucille was the daughter of late Ed and Lilly Norris Burrows; born Aug. 15, 1920 in Wise, Va. She had worked as a retail clerk at Loyd’s Department Store in Bridgeport, Ala., for over 25 years. She was a member of Bridgeport United Methodist Church and OES Chapter 181. Lucille was active at the Bridgeport Senior Center and served as an election clerk.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her grandmother who raised her, Mary Norris; husband, Grant Calvin “G.C.” Barham; siblings, Richard Burrows, J.E. Burrows and Edna Burrows.

She is survived by her sons: Grant (Nancy) Barham, of Bridgeport, Ala., Edward (Jane) Barham, of Harrison, Tenn.; grandchildren: Grant E. Barham, Jennifer Barham, Steve Barham, Lisa Chapuran, Mandy Barham; nieces, nephews and other relatives.

The funeral will be 2 p.m. CDT on Monday, May 24, at the funeral home chapel officiated by the Rev. Buster Timmons and the Rev. Richard Saylor.

Interment will be at Mt. Carmel Cemetery.

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OTHER AREAS

Rene Tepper

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Rene B. Tepper was born on September 2, 1916 on a family farm near Scranton, Penn-sylvania and died Saturday, May 22, 2010, at her home.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Sara and Maurice Kaplan; her brother, Floyd Kaplan; her son, David Tepper, MD and two grandchildren, Brian and David Kusnetzky.

Rene was an outgoing and caring person who grew up in New York, attended fashion design school and after her marriage and her husband's medical training, lived many years in Chattanooga, Tenn. before retiring to Boca Raton, Fla. and then moving to the Kansas City area to be near her daughter and family.

Rene was active in leadership positions in the membership of Ochs Memorial Temple, the Jewish Federation and the Jewish Community Center in Chattanooga where she also served as President of the UJA annual fundraising campaign.

She is survived by her husband, Jack Tepper, MD, of the home; her daughter, Cindy (Phil) Kusnetzky, of Kansas City; her grandchildren, Carol (Bruce) Jerwick, of Overland Park, Lisa Kusnetzky, of Kansas City, Michael (Julie) Tepper, of Atlanta, Ga., Jacaqueline (Ruth) Tepper, of Charleston, S. C., William (Mary) Tepper, of Columbia, S. C., and Anna Tepper, of Philadelphia, Pa.; and great-grandchildren, Jake, Neil and Lillian Tepper, Ann Carter Tepper, Michael and Lindsay Jerwick, and Ben, Carter and Madison Kusnetzky, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Nana was an excellent wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and loved by all of her family. She will be missed by all.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City will be appreciated. Graveside funeral service will be at Mt. Moriah Cemetery at noon today, May 24, 2010.

Online guestbook available at

www.louismemorialchapel.com.

Arrangements: The Louis Memorial Chapel 816-361-5211.

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