Obituaries for January 27, 2009

Obituaries for January 27, 2009

January 27th, 2009 in Obituaries

HAMILTON COUNTY

Ruth Blankenship

Ruth Priddy Blankenship, 94, of Chattanooga, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009.

Ruth was born on Dec. 3, 1914, to the late James G. Priddy and Lena Collins Priddy. She was a member of Red Bank Baptist Church and the Amytie Sunday School Class. Ruth was a member of the Betsy Ross Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star Chapter 272 where she served as past matron.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Clyde Blankenship Sr.; siblings, James, Hollace, Wallace, Crawford, Dewitt, L.J., John and W. Burk Priddy, Rilla Caywood, Minnie Allison Spurenger, Betty Jane Allison, May and Ray Priddy; and one great-grandson, Raymond Blankenship.

Ruth is survived by her son, James Clyde "J.C." Blankenship and wife, Bobbie; grandchildren, Jackie Dale Blankenship and wife, Debi; Rita Mae Blankenship Long and her husband, Gnol; great-granddaughter, Bridget, Michelle Haddock and husband, Jesse; great-great-grandsons, Shawn, Randy, Skylar and Riley Haddock; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Ruth will be held at 1 p.m. today at the North Chapel with the Rev. Bill Harvey officiating.

Burial will follow in Lakewood Memory Gardens, East.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the funeral home.

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

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

Shirley Boyd

Shirley A. Boyd, 68, of Chattanooga, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. today, Jan. 27, in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Murrey McClure officiating.

Interment will be in Chattanooga Memorial Park.

To send the family a note of condolence, please visit their guestbook at www.lane-coulterchapel.com.

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

Rose Cesario

Rose Theresa Cesario, 73, of Chattanooga, died on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009, at her residence.

She was a journalist, artist and an advocate for social concerns. Rose had an incredible love and was a woman of God.

She is survived by her family and loved ones: her sons, Vincent and his wife, Carol, Charlie and his wife, Renee, and E.K. and his wife, Arlene; her grandsons; brothers; sister; several nieces and nephews; and her ex-husband, Hank Blount.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Chattanooga, 4411 Oakwood Drive, Chattanooga, TN 37416.

To send the family a note of condolence, please visit their guestbook at www.lane-coulterchapel.com.

The family will receive friends from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, at Lane Funeral Home, Coulter Chapel, 601 Ashland Terrace.

Mary Conley

Mary Alice Conley, 67, of Chattanooga, passed away on Monday, Jan. 26, 2009, at a local hospital.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by the North Chapel.

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

Gifford Fuller

Gifford L. Fuller, 60, of Sale Creek, went Home to be with his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, at his home Monday morning, Jan. 26, 2009, surrounded by his family.

Gifford was born in Sale Creek on Nov. 19, 1948, the son of the late Tillman and Frances Sluss Fuller. He also was preceded in death by his brother, Charles Fuller; and an infant sister, Janice Fuller.

Gifford was a lifelong resident of Sale Creek and graduated from Sale Creek High School. He served his country with the U.S. Army and was a member of Sale Creek Church of God. He was the owner and operator of Fuller's Place in Sale Creek. Gifford was a member of the Dayton Golf & Country Club, enjoyed the World Poker Tour and was an avid Tennessee Vols fan.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Edmondson Fuller, of Sale Creek; his daughter, Tammy (Richard) Parks, of Chattanooga; two sons, Gifford Lee (fiancée Pam Perry) Fuller, of Sale Creek and Matthew Fuller, of Knoxville. Gifford also is survived by his sister, Connie Goins, of Decatur; his brother, John (Pat) Fuller, of Sale Creek; three grandchildren, Kaitlyn Fuller, Isabella Parks and Lillian Parks along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral service for Gifford will be held Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Sale Creek Church of God with the Rev. Jack Brown, Dr. Mike Fuller, the Rev. Terry Bolton and Bishop Kenneth Bolton officiating concluding with military honors.

Graveside services followed by a white dove release will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in Welsh-Rogers Cemetery in Sale Creek.

Gifford's family will receive friends at the church Wednesday beginning at 4 p.m.

Please visit Gifford's on-line guest register at www.vanderwallfh.com.

The family is being served by the Vanderwall Funeral Home in Dayton.

Shirley Gardenhire

Shirley Eldridge Gardenhire, 86, lifelong resident of Chattanooga passed away on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009.

Dad grew up in the Oak Grove community and attended Oak Grove Baptist Church. Shirley was a former member of Highland Park Baptist Church and served as a deacon at Westminster Presbyterian Church. He attended East Side Junior High School and graduated from Central High School and was in the class of 1941. While at Central, he was all-city at quarterback on the football team and earned a scholarship to Memphis State to play football. He also was an all-city guard on the basketball team, where he was captain and an all-city shortstop on the baseball team. He was a member of the "C" Club for three years lettering in three sports all three years. He was the 1941 May King at Central High School.

A veteran of WWII, he served with the 1330 Army Air Force Base Unit Air Transport Command stationed in China, Burma, India, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. He was crew chief, aeronautical engineer and top turret gunner in a B-24. He flew 87 missions over the Hump (normal was 50).

During his service, he was awarded the Air Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross, and Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with three Bronze Service Stars, American Theatre Ribbon, World War II Victory Medal and a Good Conduct Medal. He also received an honorable discharge in 1945.

At the end of World War II, he attended Dickson College in Carlyle, Pa.

An avid sports participant, he played amateur softball, church league basketball and golf. His last sport love was bass fishing and was a founding member of Bass Masters.

He worked for the Southern Railway for 45 years as a locomotive engineer, as did his father and older brother. In 1982, he was elected to the Hamilton County Metro Charter Commission Study.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Dowling Gardenhire Sr. and Alice Wilson Gardenhire; first wife, Martha Stutz Gardenhire married for 38 years, who died in 1980. Older brother, William Dowling Gardenhire Jr.; and younger sister, Ellen Gardenhire Engel.

He is survived by: son, Randall Todd Gardenhire; daughter, Sharon Lea Gardenhire Pierce Younger; brother, Tom Morris Gardenhire Sr.; second wife, Alvada Gann Gardenhire, of Seattle, Wash.; grandchildren, Shirley (Keith) Brand, of Texas, Kimberly Alice Gardenhire, of Chattanooga, Michelle Dodds Pierce (Robert) Lester, of Marietta, Ga., Randall Todd (Amber) Gardenhire Jr., of Chattanooga, and Andrew George Gardenhire, of Washington, D.C.; and six great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Camp Joy at Highland Park Baptist Church or Bethel Bible Village.

Graveside services will be at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Chattanooga National Cemetery with Dr. Dave Bouler officiating. Military Honors will be provided by American Legion Post 95.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the funeral home.

Please share your condolences at www.mem.com.

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

Janie Gates

Janie Gates died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009, at her residence.

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

Thelma Higgins

Thelma L. Wright Higgins, 81, of Soddy-Daisy, passed away Monday, Jan. 26, 2009, at a local health care center.

She was a member of Mile Straight Baptist Church. She was the widow of Charles Higgins and was preceded in death by her parents, Emmitt G. and Edith S. Wright; brother, Emmitt Jr. Wright; and daughter-in-law, Kathy L. Higgins.

She is survived by her sons, Charles David (Angela) Higgins, Danny L. (Synthia) Higgins, Michael B. (Reesa) Higgins; grandchildren, Naomi (Stan) Gregory, Keelie (Jason) Holder, Danielle (Jeremy) Carney, Austin Martin; great-grandchildren, Dakota Holder, Jake Carney, Sierra "Sissy" Holder; sisters, Wilma (Charles) Shackelford, Bobbie (Bill) Hensley, Mary (Johnny) Harper; sister-in-law, Jo Wright; brother, David J. (Shirley) Wright; aunts, Faynett Wright, of Soddy-Daisy, Helen Scarbrough of Crossville, Tenn., Collen Wright, of Parker City, Ind.; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. David Cross officiating.

Interment will follow in Hamilton Memorial Gardens.

Mrs. Higgins nephews will serve as pallbearers.

Family will receive friends from 2-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

The family would like to thank the doctors and staff of Memorial North Park Hospital and Hospice of Chattanooga for their sincerity and professionalism.

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

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

Keith Hinson

Keith Byron Hinson, 59, of East Ridge, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009.

He was a veteran of the Marine Corps.

He was predeceased by his son, Daniel Hinson.

Survivors include wife, Phyllis Greenspan Hinson; four sons, Jonathan Hinson, Michael Hinson, James Hinson and Matthew Hinson; two daughters, Rachel Hinson and Sarah Hinson; brother, Steve Hinson; and mother, Daisy Hinson.

Dave Gunderson will conduct the service Wednesday at 2 p.m. in Chattanooga National Cemetery.

Interment will be in Chattanooga National Cemetery with military honors.

Send condolences at www.CovenantFuneral.com.

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

Sybil Howard

Sybil Cooper "Mama Luke" Howard, 86, of Chattanooga, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009, at her residence.

Mrs. Howard was retired from Chattanooga Glass and was a member of Christian Worship Center in Rossville.

Survivors include daughter, Mary Johnson, Ider; daughter and son-in-law, Shirley and Merv Barrett, East Brainerd; sons and daughters-in-law, James and Carolyn Pelham, Rossville, Gary and Louise Smith, Ooltewah; brother, Grady Cooper, Bryant; 18 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. EST Wednesday at Corner Stone Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Steven Swaggerty officiating.

Burial to follow in Liberty Hill Cemetery.

Alberta Jenkins

Alberta Florine Jenkins, a longtime resident of Chattanooga, passed away on Friday, Jan. 23, 2009, in Randallstown, Md., at the age of 94.

She was born in Atlanta, on "Sweet Auburn", on Nov. 18, 1914. She was the fifth of six children born to the union of Gussie Mae Ridley and Nathaniel Nero Nickerson.

She spent most of her childhood in Atlanta, but graduated from Howard High School in Chattanooga in 1933. She married James Lindsay Jenkins in 1946. They were together until his death in 1990.

She served in the Women's Army Corps during World War II. She graduated from Alcorn A&M College in Lorzan, Miss., in 1952. She taught elementary school in Warren County, Ga., and later in Chattanooga at William J. Davenport and Elbert S. Long schools. She was active in the Salvation Army during her retirement.

She was a faithful member of Wiley Memorial United Methodist Church.

She is survived by one son, James L. Jenkins Jr.; one sister-in-law, Ethel Jenkins; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Graveside service will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, at Chattanooga National Cemetery. Family will receive friends starting at 1 p.m. at Reuben Strickland Memorial chapel with the Rev. Donald J. Daniels officiating.

Annie Jordan

Annie Ruth Jordan died Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009.

She was preceded in death by parants, Zettie and Estella Jordan; and sister, Hattie Powell.

She is survived by nephews Roddy, Kevin, Maurice (Marlinda), David (Yvonne); niece, Linda Powell Ward; special friend, Delma Brooks and a host of other relatives and friends.

Services will be held today at 2 p.m. in the chapel of John P. Franklin Funeral Home.

The body will lie in state beginning at 8:30 a.m. today.

Interment: Forest Hills Cemetery.

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

Garnett Mansfield

R. Garnett Mansfield, 86, of Chattanooga, joined his heavenly Father Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009, at his residence with his loving family in attendance.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ada Henry and W. C. Mansfield; two sisters and two brothers.

He graduated from Central High School and was attending the Newport News, Va. Shipyard Apprentice School before going into the U.S. Army during World War II. Afterwards, he attended the University of Chattanooga and McKenzie College of Law. While in school he formed a mercantile company to help support his growing, young family. Garnett then worked for the city of Chattanooga in the finance department as the Internal Auditor, and while there he formed the still-active city of Chattanooga City Employees Credit Union where he gave many people jobs that started their financial and accounting careers.

Growing up as a member of a large family in the Depression Era, Garnett laid the foundation for his reputation as an entrepreneurial figure at the age of six by riding the street cars of Chattanooga to sell newspapers. He progressed to obtaining junked bicycles and restoring them in the family's garage, selling the unusable parts as well as the rebuilt bicycles, and by working part-time during his high school years.

Garnett and a partner once formed an innovative company which recycled and rebuilt automobile batteries. This endeavor was followed by many other businesses including M&S Distributors. At the time of his death he owned APCO Amusement Co. and All South Billiard and Games. Though his body was frail, his mind remained keen until his death. Garnett was a devout Christian and in 1960 was instrumental in organizing and building St. Martin's Episcopal Church where he served as treasurer, senior warden and vice president of the Lower Diocese of Tennessee.

He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Katherine Drapes Mansfield; three sons, Harry DeForrest, Patrick (Shelia) and Michael (Vickie), all of Chattanooga; two brothers, Col. Cliff DeForrest Mansfield, of Fairfax, Va., and Harry DeWeese Mansfield, of Chattanooga; two sisters, Barbara (Dr. Arch) Smith, of Signal Mountain and Bettye Emerson, of Chattanooga; 10 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

He will be greatly missed by his family members and will live with them in spirit for eternity. He will also leave a lasting impact on the lives of many with whom he came in contact and with those he helped throughout the years. His generosity to his family, the impoverished and all those less fortunate manifested his love and compassion for his fellow man.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at St. Martin's Episcopal Church with Father Gordon Temple officiating.

Interment will follow in Chattanooga National Cemetery with the Rev. Brian Mosley assisting.

Pallbearers will be grandsons, Chad, Parrish, Joe and Eric Mansfield, Jason Gowing and James Burke.

Memorial donations may be made to the R. Garnett Mansfield Memorial Fund at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, 7547 East Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421.

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

The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday and from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday at Heritage Funeral Home, 7454 East Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421.

Robertine McNair

Robertine Hawkins McNair, 96, of Red Bank, passed peacefully in a local hospital on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009.

Robertine was born in Lyerly, Ga., the eldest daughter of Julian Erick and Carrie Adeline Brooks Hawkins. Although she was a resident of Red Bank for most of her life, she always considered Lyerly, Ga., home.

She was a longtime member of Red Bank United Methodist Church.

Other than her parents, Robertine was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel S. McNair; daughter, Caroline Daniker; brother, Julian E. Hawkins Jr.; and a grandchild, John Barnes Ledford.

Survivors include her daughters, Danny Ledford and Janet Cotter; sons, William Erick McNair and Samuel W. McNair; sisters, Hazel Kerce, of Lyerly, Ga., and Elsie Echols, of Summerville, Ga.; 14 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009, at Lane Funeral Home, Coulter Chapel with Rev. Jeff Lambert officiating.

Interment will be in Chattanooga Memorial Park.

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

The family will receive friends 4-8 p.m. today, Jan. 27, 2009, at Lane Funeral Home, Coulter Chapel, 601 Ashland Terrace.

Michael Ollison

Michael Bernard Ollison, 40, died Friday, Jan.23, 2009, at a local hospital.

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

Katherine Reynolds

Katherine Jane "Splinters" Reynolds, 99, of Chattanooga passed away on Monday, Jan. 26, 2009.

She was a faithful charter member of Central Presbyterian Church and currently a member of Northside Presbyterian Church. Katherine retired from TVA with 37 years of service.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas P. Reynolds and Rosa Pearl Wilkins Reynolds; sisters, Rose Elizabeth Dunn and Mary Lamar Thompson; niece, Elizabeth Beckwith; and nephew, N.A. Dunn III.

Katherine is survived by her nieces, Marci Lamar Thompson (Danny) Hobbs, Kathie Thompson (Bill) Wann; nephew, Thomas R. (Alice) Dunn; three great-nieces, Brenda Hobbs (Stewart) Zane, Julie Hobbs (David) Todd; great-nephews, Tommy (Jennifer) Hobbs, George Hobbs, Chip (Grace) Wann, Toby Wann; nine other nieces and nephews; 27 great-great-nieces and nephews; and five great-great-great-nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at Northside Presbyterian Church at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, with Clay Davis officiating.

Interment will be at Chattanooga Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, at the North Chapel and one hour before the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to T.C. McCallie Memorial Fund at Northside Presbyterian Church.

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

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

Malcolm Robertson

Malcolm Douglas Robertson, 77, of Ringgold, Ga., went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009.

A native of Saratoga, N.Y., he has been a resident of the Chattanooga area for the past 19 years and was of the Church of God faith. He was a licensed funeral director for 25 years in the state of Florida and was retired from First Tennessee Bank. He was a veteran of the Korean War serving in the U.S. Navy.

Survivors include Delores Robertson; daughter, Erin Robertson; stepdaughter, Cheri Satterfield, all of Ringgold; grandson, Damian Weyburn; brother, Earl Bates Robertson; sister, Barbara Himes, both of Rochester, N.Y.

A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. today at Boynton Church of God in Ringgold, with the Rev. Steve Smith officiating.

Interment was in National Cemetery.

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.

Billy Robinson

Billy L. Robinson, of Chattanooga, died in Clarkston, Mich., on Monday, Jan. 26, 2009, at 78 years of age.

Billy had retired from GM Truck & Bus following over 20 years of service.

He was preceded in death by wife, Eliza Robinson.

Survivors include wife, Juanita Robinson; children, Becky (Larry) Medley, Rick (Terri) Robinson and Vicki Ford; grandchildren, Shannon (Andrew) Ryan, Maria (Jeremiah) Roy, Sean (Pam) Medley, Annie (fiancée, Joe) Robinson, Spencer Ford and Chandler Ford; great-grandchildren, Olivia, Caleb, Myah and grandson, Noah, on the way. Also survived by his sister, Helen Oliver.

Funeral service 5 p.m. today, Jan. 27, 2009, at Coats Funeral Home, Waterford, Mich.

Family will receive friends 3-5 p.m. today.

Private burial at Ottawa Park Cemetery in Clarkston, Mich.

To send a private condolence to the family go to www.coatsfuneralhome.com and select guestbook.

Joyce Thorne

Joyce Lynn Clark Thorne, 49, of Hixson, was called upon by our Heavenly father on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009, although sudden and unexpected she answered.

Joyce being a devoted Christian of the Baptist faith she was ready. She was a teacher's aide and will be greatly missed by teachers and students at Berean Christian Academy, Hixson. Joyce was a devoted and dedicated wife, mother, and friend. She will be able to live her life through the giving to the others and that they too may live in Christ's name. It is our honor and privilege to have had Joyce in our lives and her memory will live in our hearts forever! Joyce and her family want to take this opportunity to extent their appreciation and gratitude to their family and friends for their thoughts and prayers.

Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, James S. and Flossie Mae Clark.

Saddened by her loss she leaves behind her best friend and husband of 27 years, Eddie B. Thorne and their sons, Jerrod and Jacob Thorne; daughter, Melissa Campbell; granddaughter, Jessie Campbell; sister-in-law, Judy Condra, of Whitwell; niece, Michelle Combs, of Soddy-Daisy; nephew, Terry Brandfast, of Lenoir City and brother, James Clark Jr.; and her loving companion, her dog Buddy.

Services will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Falling Water Baptist Tabernacle, 603 Jackson Road, Hixson, with the Rev. Ray Wrinkle, the Rev. John Weaver and Jason Robertson officiating.

The family will receive friends from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Alpha Foundation at alphafoundation.com.

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

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

TENNESSEE

Ernie Barton Jr.

RICEVILLE -- Ernie Barton Jr., 50, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009, at Athens Regional Medical Center.

Funeral services will be at 8 p.m. today in the chapel.

Burial will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at New Bethel Cemetery.

Visitation will be at 5-8 p.m. today at Ziegler Funeral Home.

Norma Fraley

DAYTON -- Norma Jean Fraley, 75, passed away Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009, at Erlanger.

She was a lifelong resident of Rhea County, Tenn., and attended New Union Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by parents, Harvey L. and Lucille Harris Yates; sister, Edna Mae Yates.

Survivors: husband, Malcolm Fraley; daughter, Lori (Steve) Able; two sisters, Joyce (Lowell) Perry, Ruth (Morgan) Cook; two brothers, Cordell Yates and Bobby (Shirley) Yates, all of Dayton; several nieces and nephews; great-nieces and great-nephews; and two special great-great-nephews; and one special great-great-niece.

In lieu of flowers, make memorials to New Union Baptist Church Building Fund or American Cancer Society.

Funeral will be 11 a.m. Wednesday in the chapel of Coulter-Garrison Funeral Home with Dr. Danny Ruehling.

Burial in Spence Cemetery.

Visitation from 4-8 p.m. today at Coulter-Garrison Funeral Home.

Virginia Nale

PIKEVILLE -- Virginia Evitt Nale, 86, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009, at an area hospital surrounded by all those that loved her.

She was of the Baptist faith. Virginia was a hard worker and she last worked as a respiratory therapist at Cumberland Medical Center.

Virginia was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmie Nale; parents, John and Amanda Evitt; and one great-great-grandson, Bentley Bassamore.

She is survived by and will be sorely missed by her son, Johnny (Nina) Nale; daughter, Gayle (Dion) Frady; grandchildren, Mike (Leslie) Nale, Mark (Sonya) Nale, John David (Jill) Nale, Anthony (Tina) Frady and Dionna (Rudy) Oakes; great-grandchildren, Cynthia (Tommy) Frady, Carrie Oakes, Meghan, Morgan, and Mattie Nale, Shelby and John Mark Nale, Tabitha Frady, Logan and Loren Frady, Faith and Grace Nale; great-great-grandchildren, Canyon Frady and Layla Frady; brother, Thomas (Shirley) Evitt, of Crossville; sister, Betty (Paul) Limbaugh, Chattanooga; niece, Paula (Mike) Thomas; nephew, Christopher Limbaugh; great-niece, Lauren; great-nephew, Jacob; and a special friend, Rusty Farley.

A celebration of her life will be held in the chapel of Pikeville Funeral Home at 1 p.m. CST today, Jan. 27, 2009, with Brother Rudy Oakes and Brother Delbert Rains officiating.

Burial will be in Green Acres Cemetery, Crossville, Tenn., followed by a white dove release.

Please share your thoughts online with the family at www.pikevillefuneralhome.com.

Pikeville Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Judge John Rollins

MANCHESTER -- The Honorable John Wiley Rollins, Circuit Court Judge in the 14th Judicial District of Tennessee, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009 following an extended illness. He was a lawyer who happened to be a judge. A fellow pilgrim passing through.

His parents, Winston E. and Doris Wiley Rollins, preceded him in death.

John is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Linda Ruth Coppinger Rollins, of Manchester; son, Dren and daughter-in-law, Shannon Harrell Rollins, of Chattanooga; daughter, Sally and son-in-law, David Palmer, of Murfreesboro; and his grandsons, Ben and Will Palmer. His favorite aunt, Charlotte Wiley Smotherman, of Murfreesboro; and his devoted secretary, Ann Hensley, of Manchester, also survive. Loving cousins, Mark, Sharon, John Mark and Sara Beth Smotherman, of Clemson, S.C., Linda Forrester, of Manchester, Jim, Janet and Brittan Gilmore, of Brentwood, Tenn. and Anne, Mike and Elizabeth Hinton, of Brentwood; also survive. Many, many lifetime friends mourn his loss at his family's side.

John was born June 5, 1942, in Manchester, Tenn., and graduated from Coffee County High School in 1960. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in History from Tennessee Technological University in 1965. At Tech John was a member of the Army ROTC Rebel Rifles Corps and the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society. He was a founding member of the Tennessee Delta Chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon.

Following his graduation from Tech, John was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He continued at Tech in a graduate history program until called into active duty in January 1967. John served as a military intelligence officer in Vietnam during the Tet Offensive between 1967-68, and he received a National Defense Service Medal, a Vietnam Service Medal, a Vietnam Campaign Medal, two Oversea Bars and a Bronze Star. John left active duty in June 1969 and remained on active reserve at the rank of 1st lieutenant until the mid-1980s. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.

After his active duty discharge, John and Linda moved to Knoxville, while John attended the University of Tennessee College of Law. He graduated in December 1972 and earned his license to practice law in 1973. John won the UT Moot Court competition along with R. Thomas "Rusty" Graham and received a Career Prosecutor Course Degree from the National College of District Attorneys at Houston, Texas in 1973.

John began his legal career as an assistant district attorney in Knox County, Tenn., before moving back to his hometown of Manchester to serve as an assistant district attorney in early 1974. The Honorable Fred Gilliam invited John into a private law practice in 1977. Claus Thormaehlen joined the firm in 1980, and the firm of Gilliam, Rollins and Thormaehlen was active until 1990. During his time in private practice, John served as Manchester City Judge, Coffee County Attorney, and counsel for the Duck River Utility Commission. In 1990 John was elected to serve as Circuit Court Judge for Coffee County. He was re-elected twice to this position and served in that role until his death. He was a member of the Coffee County Bar Association, the Tennessee Bar Association House of Delegates for close to 20 years, served as chairman of the TBA General Practice Session in 1983-84, and was a Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation.

Two family visitation times will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. CST and from 4 to 8 p.m. CST today, Jan. 27, at Coffee County Funeral Home in Manchester.

A procession to Manchester City Cemetery for graveside services will leave Coffee County Funeral Home at 10 a.m. CST Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009. Father Jim Tubbs will officiate services with full Military Rites to follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions in John's memory be directed to the following places: The Nolan Fowler Constitution Day Endowment, c/o Department of History, Tennessee Technological University, Box 5064, 5 William L. Jones Drive, Cookeville, TN 38505; and to the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), sent to the attention of Heather Duncan, Coffee County Circuit Court Clerk, 300 Hillsboro Blvd, Manchester TN 37355.

GEORGIA

Sharron Allison

SUMMERVILLE -- Sharron Harper Allison, 54, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009.

Survivors include husband, Bob Allison; children, Derrick Martin, Karinda Martin; brothers, Gary (Beckie) Harper, Wayne (Lorinda) Harper.

Funeral is 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009, at Mason Funeral Home, Summerville.

Visitation is 6 until 8 p.m. today.

Tommy Ball

LaFAYETTE -- Tommy Ball, 53, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009.

Funeral 2 p.m. Wednesday from the Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home Chapel. Service conducted by the Rev. Ken Johnson and the Rev. Melvin Bridges.

Interment in LaFayette Cemetery.

Family will receive friends at the funeral home today from 5-9 p.m.

Jack Daniel

LaFAYETTE -- Jack Daniel, 62, passed away Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009.

He was reared in Trenton, Ga., and was a resident of Chattanooga and Shreveport, La. A veteran of the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War. He attended the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga and also Cleveland State College where he received his respiratory therapist degree. He was a former employee of Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga. Former president of Beacon Healthcare Group, Chattanooga; currently a marketing developer for Rural Healthcare of Mississippi. He attended Oakwood Baptist Church in Chickamauga, Ga.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Juanita D. Whitcher; sister, Ingrid W. Caldwell, both formerly of Chattanooga; and grandparents, Lyman R. and Erie Daniel, of Trenton, Ga.

He is survived by his wife, Janet Rothberger Daniel, of LaFayette; his sons, Jackson Daniel, Christopher (Christy) Daniel; and their mother, Elaine B. Daniel, of Chattanooga; his stepchildren, Matthew and Leslie Prince, of LaFayette; a sister, Tamela Whitcher; brother, Philip Whitcher, of Chattanooga; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009, in the funeral home chapel with Dr. Todd Gaddis officiating.

Burial will follow in Chattanooga National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Countryside Hospice in memory of "Jack Daniel" at 104 East Patton Ave., LaFayette, GA 30728.

The family will receive friends from 3-9 p.m. today, Jan. 27, 2009, at the funeral home.

Online guest book at www.wilsonfuneralhome.com.

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

Richard Gentry

SUMMERVILLE -- Richard Talley "Rick" Gentry, 47, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009.

Survivors include his mother, Lula Gentry; brother, Charles Gentry; sisters, Barbara Hughes and Susan Gentry.

Funeral is 1 p.m. today, Jan. 27, 2009, at Mason Funeral Home, Summerville.

Burial will follow in West Hill Cemetery.

Ann Kellett

LaFAYETTE -- Ann Kellett, 70, died Sunday Jan. 25, 2009.

Survivors include sons, Chuck Hewitt, Chris Kellett; sisters, Glorious Pickard, Mary Hewitt; brother, Ronald Kellett.

Funeral will be 4 p.m. today at Naomi Baptist Church.

Visitation 1-4 p.m. at the church.

Arrangements by Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.

Christine Moore

LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- Christine Moore, 81, passed away, Monday, Jan. 26, 2009.

She was a lifelong resident of Lookout Mountain, a member of Lookout Mountain Missionary Baptist Church and was retired from Trenton Spinning Mill.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ike Moore; her parents, John and Harriet Baker Clark; eight brothers and sisters.

Survivors include her sons and daughter-in-laws, Eddie and Mary Ann Moore, Rodney and Patty Moore; son, Tony Moore; her brother, Harry Clark; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held noon Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009, in the Moore Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Alvin Cummings officiating.

Burial will follow in Mount Olive Cemetery.

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. today and Wednesday 11 a.m.-noon.

Arrangements by Moore Funeral Home, Trenton, Ga.

Clifford Payne

RINGGOLD -- Clifford Conley Payne, 77, passed away Monday, Jan. 26, 2009.

He had lived in the North Georgia area since 1965 and was a member of the Baptist faith. He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War, a lifetime member and Commander of the 7th District with VFW Post 679 and the American Legion Post 40. He was also the owner & operator of Cliff's Electric for many years and was an avid hunter and fisherman.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Idas Conley and Mildred Louise Payne; and one brother, Burl Payne.

Survivors include his loving wife of more than 54 years, Ruby Jewel Hunter Payne, of Ringgold; sons and daughters-in-law, Billy and Carol Payne of Rossville, and Phillip and Cathy Payne, of Jonesboro, Tenn.; daughters, Sandra Bailey, of Rossville and Shelby Payne of Cookeville, Tenn.; three brothers, Verbon Payne, of Florida, Dale Payne, of Rossville, and Carlton Payne, of Oak Hill, Fla.; three grandchildren, Christa Mayes, Shawnda Bailey and Fawn Payne; two great-granddaughters, Zoe Mayes and Kayla Fisher; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009, in the Fort Oglethorpe Chapel with the Rev. David Crane officiating.

Burial will follow in Chattanooga National Cemetery.

The family will begin receiving friends after 1 p.m. today, all day Wednesday and prior to the service on Thursday at the funeral home.

Online guest book at www.wilsonfuneralhome.com.

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

Billy Smith

LaFAYETTE -- Billy Smith, 73, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009.

He was a U.S. Marine Corp veteran.

Survivors: sons Thomas Smith, James Smith, Billy Gene Smith Jr.; sister, Freda Butler; brother, Merroll Smith.

Funeral 10 a.m. Thursday at Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home with the Rev. Jim Sailors.

Visitation 9 a.m. Thursday.

Interment Chattanooga National Cemetery.

Jesse Taylor

DALTON -Jesse William Taylor passed away at Children's Hospital in Atlanta Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009.

He was born Oct. 28, 2008, in Dalton, where the family resides. He is survived by parents, Eddie Dewayne and Heather Taylor; one sister, Kyleah Wheeler; and one twin brother, Ryder Taylor; also aunt, Tricia Wheeler, of Rocky Face, Ga.; uncle, Eric Taylor, of Henagar, Ala., Ben (Stacey) Williamson, of Hixson and Dewayne (Stacia) Williamson, of Dayton, Tenn.; grandparents, Wendy Richmond, of Rocky Face, Floyd and Janie Phillips, of Section, Ala., Clarence E. and Jennifer Taylor, of Rocky Face; great-grandparents, Donna Eakins, of Henagar, Clarence Taylor, of Rossville, Tommy Williamson, of Chattanooga; and great-great-grandmother, Christine Qualls, of Rossville. He leaves behind cousins who will miss him, Sarah, Taylor, Eryn and Evan Williamson.

He was preceded in death by grandfather, Jesse Middlebrooks; great-grandparents, Larry Eakins, of Henagar, Suzen Richmond of Rocky Face and Shirley Taylor, of Dayton, Tenn.; great-great-grandparents, Mozelle Qualls, of Henagar, Raymond Qualls, Rossville, Richard and Margaret Eakins, of Chickamauga, Ga. and Kale and Mary Williamson, of Chattanooga.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. today, Jan. 27, at Julian Peeples Funeral Home, 2650 Chattanooga Road, Rocky Face.

The family wishes to express its deepest appreciation to all the friends, family, doctors and nurses that called for, and cared for our precious little one.

In lieu of flowers contributions to the Julian Peeples Funeral Home expense would be greatly appreciated.

Sherry Teague

TRION -- Sherry Dianna Teague, 51, passed away Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009, in the Chapel.

Mrs. Teague will be cremated.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. today, Jan. 27, 2009, at Erwin-Petitt Funeral Home.

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James Wallin

VILLA PARK, Ill. -- James Andrew Wallin passed away Friday, Jan. 23, 2009, in his home at the age of 70.

He was born July 5, 1938, in Rising Fawn, Ga. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Renae.

Survivors include children, Steven (Ruth), Jeffrey (LaVonda), Denise, Linda and Brian Wallin; grandchildren, Joshua and Zachary; brothers and sisters, Robert (Melba), Patsy (Stephen) Kitterman and the late Bobby Jean (David) Hirsch. Uncle of many.

Visitation at Steuerle Funeral Home 350 S. Ardmore Ave., Villa Park, from 3-8 p.m. today, Jan. 27, 2009, and where service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009.

Interment in Mount Emblem Cemetery, Elmhurst, Ill.

For info 630-832-4161 or www.steuerlefh.com.