published Sunday, June 26th, 2011

Precious Lives: Georgia

When a series of storms and tornadoes blasted through the tri-state area on April 27, 76 people lost their lives during the storm or in the days after due to storm-related events. Three students from Northeast Alabama died in Tuscaloosa, bringing the total deaths to 79 for Southeast Tennessee, Northeast Alabama and Northwest Georgia. Here is a brief glimpse of who those people were, provided by the families and friends who continue to grieve their loss two months after they died.



CATOOSA COUNTY

  • photo
    Christopher Dewayne Black
    Contributed Photo

Christopher Dewayne Black, 47, died in the tornado along with his wife, Pamela, son, Cody, and daughter, Chelsea. He worked at Hicks Tufting.













  • photo
    Pamela Lynn Black
    Contributed Photo

Pamela Lynn Hargis Black, 46, was a mail carrier in Ringgold for 10 years.















  • photo
    Cody Dewayne Black
    Contributed Photo

Cody Dewayne Black, 21, recently had moved back home with his family. He worked as a customer service representative at T-Mobile.













  • photo
    Chelsea Miranda Black
    Contributed Photo

Chelsea Miranda Black, 16, was texting a friend when the storm hit their Ringgold home. She was a junior at Ringgold High School, a member of the Future Business Leaders of America and attended Welcome Hill Baptist Church.













  • photo
    Jack Warren Estep Jr.
    Contributed Photo

Jack Warren Estep Jr., 61, owned and operated Jack’s Auto Repair. He was from Oklahoma, but lived in Ringgold for 23 years. He was married, with four children and nine grandchildren.













  • photo
    Holly Lea Readus
    Contributed Photo

Holly Lea Readus, 26, of Ooltewah, never passed up an opportunity to help a friend or neighbor. She threw birthday parties for her family, making everything from the cake to party favors to costumes. She loved animals, rescuing pets when she could or calling police about injured animals she saw on the road. She leaves behind a husband, 4-year-old daughter, parents and a brother.









Robert Lance “Bobby” Jones, 46, is survived by his wife, Teresa Jones.

Rhea Garrett McClanahan, 86, taught school and served as a principal in several schools before his retirement. He served in the U.S. Marines during World War II, fighting in the Pacific theater. He had two daughters and three grandchildren.



DADE COUNTY

  • photo
    Jerry Douglas Williams
    Contributed Photo

Jerry Douglas Williams Sr., 49, had only one son, but was a father figure for his nieces, nephews and other young people in his life. He was a caring, giving and loving man whose passions in life were his family, friends and fishing. He worked at Koch Foods.











Donald Lee “Donnie” Walston, 47, made everyone laugh with his raucous sense of humor. He worked as an equipment operator in the construction field. He leaves behind one son and two brothers.

Comments do not represent the opinions of the Chattanooga Times Free Press, nor does it review every comment. Profanities, slurs and libelous remarks are prohibited. For more information you can view our Terms & Conditions and/or Ethics policy.
please login to post a comment

Other National Articles

videos »         

photos »         

e-edition »

advertisement
advertisement
400 East 11th St., Chattanooga, TN 37403
General Information (423) 756-6900
Copyright, Permissions, Terms & Conditions, Privacy Policy, Ethics policy - Copyright ©2014, Chattanooga Publishing Company, Inc. All rights reserved.
This document may not be reprinted without the express written permission of Chattanooga Publishing Company, Inc.