Obituaries for July 20, 2009

Obituaries for July 20, 2009

July 20th, 2009 in Obituaries


Pat Gilliland

Patricia "Pat" Gilliland, 73, of Chattanooga, passed away Friday, July 17, 2009, in a local hospital.

Pat loved her church family at Rossville First Baptist Church and was employed for Kleen-A-Matic for many years at locations in Rossville, East Ridge and Brainerd.

Survivors include her husband, John "Mack" Gilliland; son, Anthony "Tony" Gray; step-daughters, Sarah Lee White and Mary Furman; grandchildren, Ashley Hall, Joseph White, Benjamin, Amanda and Megan Furman; one great-granddaughter; stepsisters, Carol Cooper and Reatte Robinson; stepbrothers, Rick Carlton, Andy and Dennis Morrow, several cousins.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. in the South Crest Chapel with the Rev. Paul Williams and the Rev. Cecil Gilliland officiating.

Burial will follow in Chattanooga National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Rossville First Baptist Church Mission Fund, 100 Spring St., Rossville, GA 30741.

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

Jimmy Goins Jr.

James Harrison "Jimmy" Goins Jr. went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, July 18, 2009.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. today at the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist with the Rev. Jerry Davis officiating.

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Helen McCloud

Helen Ruth McCloud, 65, of Ooltewah, passed away Friday, July 17, 2009, in a local hospital.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. CDT today at New Hope Baptist Church, Rosalie, Ala., with the Rev. Owen McCloud and the Rev. Marshall McCloud officiating.

Mrs. McCloud will lie in state from noon until the funeral hour at the church.

Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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

Jennifer Mitchell

Jennifer Lynn Wall Mitchell, executive director of the Children's Advocacy Center of Hamilton County, passed from this life on Tuesday, July 14, 2009.

Along with being a driving force in helping to keep children in two states safer from abuse, she was also a devoted mother to her own son, Dustin.

Jennifer was born Aug. 18, 1965, in Fort Worth, Texas. She was the daughter of Noel and Nancy Wall, currently of Bells, Texas, and the granddaughter of R.E. Monroe, Denison, Texas. She was educated in the Plano, Texas, school system where she graduated with honors. Thereafter, she was awarded a bachelor's degree in psychology from Texas A&M Commerce and then completed her master's in clinical neuropsychology at the University of Texas campus in Tyler, Texas. She received an accounting degree from the Collin Community College in Mckinney, Texas.

She was a champion of children and animals. In her teen years, she was a dedicated equestrian and won many awards.

Jennifer began her career in accounting, but later after receiving her master's degree transitioned to her work in children's advocacy. Jennifer had a rare passion and excellence in her work in helping to save children from physical and sexual abuse and became well known in Texas for her particular skills in conducting forensic interviews. She rose to be executive director of the Henderson and Anderson Counties Children's Advocacy Center in Texas where she sharpened those skills and developed her fine leadership qualities.

She and her family moved to Chattanooga after she was hired as the executive director of the Children's Advocacy Center of Hamilton County in April 2005. During her tenure she made tremendous strides in strengthening the organization fiscally and planning strategically for the future.

Along with her parents and grandfather, Jennifer is survived by her beloved son, Dustin Mitchell, of Chattanooga; husband, Randy Mitchell, of Chattanooga; stepdaughters, Somer Page, of Carthage, Texas, and Shanna Cloudt, of Bonham, Texas; her sister, Shelley Parks, of Plano, Texas; her sister and brother-in-law, Noelle and Brian Sweany, of Rockwall, Texas; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. today, July 20, at Brainerd Crossroads (BX) located at 4011 Austin Road, Chattanooga, TN 37411.

Chattanooga Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.

Services in Jennifer's home state of Texas are to be scheduled soon. Bratcher Funeral Home in Denison will be in charge of those arrangements.

Her family has requested that donations may be made in her memory to the Children's Advocacy Center of Hamilton County.

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Arrangements are by the Valley View Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home Crematory & Florist, 7414 Old Lee Highway, Chattanooga, TN 37421.

Joe Anne Quillian M.D.

Joe Anne Quillian, M.D., of Chattanooga, passed away Friday, July 17, 2009, at Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Quillian was born Nov. 8, 1928, in Chattanooga. She received her baccalaureate degree from Wesleyan College and her medical degree from the University of Tennessee. She began practicing internal medicine in Chattanooga after completing residencies at Erlanger Hospital and in Memphis. Her career of caring for patients spanned over 50 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Howard N. Quillian and Mary Porter Quillian.

She is survived by her sister, Beth Quillian Johnson, and her brother-in-law, Albert R. Johnson, of Chattanooga. Other survivors include her niece, Mary Johnson Kerstetter, and husband, Dr. Philip Kerstetter, of North Carolina; grandnephew, Dr. David Kerstetter, and wife Dr. Kathy Kerstetter; their children, Matilda and Lane; grandniece, Joanne Rooney; and her children, Malcolm and Duncan; and her nephew, William Johnson, and wife, Carolyn Johnson, of Virginia; grandniece, Taylor; and grandnephew, Jack. Survivors also include Billie and Burt Page, Kimberly Anne Page Hughes and husband James, their children Nicholas and Rachel and Michael Page. She leaves behind many dear friends, patients and co-workers in the medical profession.

Her family would like to acknowledge the loyalty, love and dedication of her office staff over the years.

The family greatly appreciates the love and admiration given by Barbara and Fate Thomas family.

Dr. Quillian was active for many years in local and state medical professional boards. She was a member of the board of Contact. In 1978, she received a distinguished alumna award from Wesleyan College in Georgia and in 2004 received a 50-year award for medical practice from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today, July 20, 2009, at McEwen Chapel of First Baptist Church in Chattanooga with the Rev. Fate Thomas presiding.

The family will receive friends at the church from noon until 2 p.m. today.

Interment will be at Forest Hills Cemetery in St. Elmo.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Contact, 6221 Vance Road, Chattanooga, TN 37402.

The family extends its deep appreciation to the staff of the MICU at Memorial Hospital for extraordinary caring and professional service.

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

Oscar Scott

Oscar Scott, 75, passed away, Monday, July 13, 2009, in a local hospital.

He was a faithful member of Fields Chapel AME Zion Church.

Mr. Scott was a veteran of the U.S. Army and retired from Electric Power Board after 34 years of service. He founded the Give A Hoot For Kids program, was a board member of Hamilton County Soil Conservation District and Farm Bureau, member of Hyksos Temple #123 and was involved with many other community organizations.

Oscar was preceded in death by his parents, Milton (Emma) Scott; and 19 siblings.

Survived by devoted spouse, Barbara Scott; daughters, Audrey (Ty) Wallace, Fairfield, Ala., Apryl Scott and Armel (Darius) Robinson, Chattanooga, DeVonda McCloud, Huntsville, Ala.; brothers, Samuel L. (Lillie) Scott, Detroit, Mich., Robert (Ophelia) Scott, Shaker Heights, Ohio, Benjamin (Frances) Scott, Cleveland, Ohio; sister, Blanche Jagoe, Cleveland, Ohio; grandchildren, Chris and Brandon Dobbs, Atlanta, David and Magan Strickland, Chattanooga, Courtney Robinson, Memphis; sisters-in-law, Ludie Scott, Jefferson, Ala., Willa Mae Scott, Cleveland, Ohio; brothers-in-law, J.T. Phillips, Jefferson, Ala., Joseph (Brenda) Dean, Chattanooga, Albert (Willie Mae) Dean, Marietta, Ga.; a host of nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

Memorial donations may be made to the Reuben Strickland Scholarship Fund, Hyksos Temple #123, P.O. Box 864, Hixson, TN 37343.

Funeral services will be held at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 21, 2009, at Greater Tucker Baptist Church, Pastor M.T. Billingsley officiating.

Interment in Chattanooga National Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. today with a Shriner ceremony beginning at 7:45 p.m. at John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Ave., 622-9995.

Sarah Stone

Sarah Carlton Stone, 75, of Chattanooga, died Friday, July 17, 2009.

A lifelong resident of the Chattanooga area, she attended Chattanooga Valley High School.

Surviving are two sons, Gary (Kimberly) Highfield and Terry Highfield, of Chattanooga; five grandchildren, Neil (Amy) Highfield, Brian (Jessica) Highfield, Camellia (Carter) Fowler, Stephanie Highfield, Jesse Highfield; eight great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. today in the Highway 58 Chapel of Turner Funeral Home with Minister John Cupp officiating.

Interment will follow in Candies Creek Cemetery, near Cleveland, Tenn.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from noon until 2 p.m. today.

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

Pat Taylor

Patrick "Pat" T. Taylor, 57, died Wednesday, July 15, 2009, at a local hospital.

He was a longtime devoted employee of Osborne Building Corp. and Luken Holdings.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Frances Wolfe. He loved the outdoors and working with flowers and will be missed by his co-workers and friends.

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

Marvin Templeton

Marvin Ray Templeton, 69, of Chattanooga, died Saturday, July 18, 2009, in a local hospital.

A lifelong resident of Chattanooga, he was of the Baptist faith and was retired from Candlewick Yarns after 34 years of service. He was a member at the Chattanooga Life Style Center.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Bessie Templeton and sister, Roberta Babb.

He was a loving husband of 47 years to his wife, Joyce Winters Templeton; and a wonderful father to his son, Jeff Templeton, Chickamauga, Ga., and disabled son, Scottie Templeton, Chattanooga; five brothers, Robert Templeton, Ringgold, Ga., Gerald Templeton and Larry Templeton, both of Chattanooga, George Templeton, Chickamauga, and David Templeton, Cleveland; grandchildren, Heather and Jonathan; several nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the chapel with the Rev. Bill Broom and the Rev. Danny Henson officiating.

Burial will be in Tennessee-Georgia Memorial Park with nephews serving as pallbearers.

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The family will receive friends from 2-8 p.m. today at Heritage Funeral Home, East Brainerd Road.

Mae Vaught

Cordia Mae Webster Vaught, 66, of Soddy-Daisy, passed away on Sunday, July 19, 2009.

Arrangements will be announced by North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home Crematory & Florist.


F.W. Creasman

LEBANON - F.W. "Dub" Creasman, 84, died Saturday, July 18, 2009.

Mr. Creasman was a native of Hixson, and a member of Cooks United Methodist Church. He was a member of Hixson Masonic Lodge #727 F&AM for 55 years, a veteran of WWII and a retiree of State Farm Insurance Co. Mr. Creasman was the son of the late Francis Wesley and Nellie Bowman Creasman.

He also was preceded in death by his sister, Elizabeth Ann Nale; and his grandson, Phillip Brandon Hance.

He is survived by wife of 64 years, Dorothy Jollay Creasman, of Lebanon; daughter, Debra Creasman (Ric) Phillips, of Mount Juliet, Tenn.; son, David (Deborah) Creasman, of Lebanon; granddaughter, Leah Creasman; brother-in-law, Ernest (Jean) Jollay; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. CDT Tuesday, July 21, at Bond Memorial Chapel with Dr. Craig Goff officiating.

Interment with military honors will follow at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Honorary pallbearers will be Friendship Sunday School Class.

Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to Cooks United Methodist Church Building Fund, 7919 Lebanon Road, Mount Juliet, TN 37122.

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. CDT today and one hour prior to service time Tuesday at Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mount Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mount Juliet, Tenn. 615-773-2663.

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James Hannah Jr.

MURFREESBORO -James Glenn Hannah Jr., 62, has gone to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Thursday, July 16, 2009, in Houston, Texas.

He was born Dec. 17, 1946, at Montgomery Air Force Base, Ala. Jim was from a long line of Hannahs from Florence, Ala., where he grew up and lived until he joined the Army.

Survived by his wife of 26 years, Diana Lynne Hannah, formerly of Beaumont, Texas. The two met in Chattanooga, where they began their life of worldwide travels as part of Jim's employment as a procurement contract specialist. Jim spent more than 20 years working in Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Kuwait. Diana lived in Saudi Arabia for a period of time and then moved to Murfreesboro, where they set up their permanent home.

Jim also is survived by his daughters and their families, Sarah Lynne Farley, her husband Henry Dean Farley and their children, Caela L., Keili N. and Kyler D. Johnson, all of Crossville, Tenn., Jeanette G. Marchessi-Acevedo and her husband Cesar Marchessi-Acevedo and their children Yaisett A., and Yuneisi H. Perez, all of Miami, Fla., Andria L. Balaguer and her husband, Alejandro Balaguer, and child, Alexandria Balaguer, all of Miami, and daughter, Heather D. Hannah, of Chattanooga; sister, Deborah Cain and her husband, Paul Cain and their children, Brandon, Derek, and Hannah Cain, all of Athens, Ala.; nephew, Michael Shane Byrd and wife, Wendy Byrd, of Florida; nephew, Justin Hannah, of Florida; pets, Oliver Hannah, latest addition, James Berton Hannah, and Jared Hannah, grand-pets, Pete, Iris, Cisco, Minnie, Coco and the late Sadie.

Jim was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy Marie Hannah; father, James Glenn Hannah Sr.; and sister, Sherry Kay Hannah, all of Florence, Ala.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, and was a member of First United Methodist Church in Murfreesboro. Jim attended East Tennessee State University, graduating with a B.S. from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and earning his MBA from the University of Tennessee System. Proud Fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide football team, founding member of the Pachyderm Club of Chattanooga and founding member of the Horny Toads basketball and softball recreational teams. His employment: Aramco, Saudi Arabia, 1982-86; Ham Enterprise, Chattanooga, 1985-1986; GSX Chemical, Charleston, S.C., 1986-1991; John Brown E&C, Saudi Arabia, 1991-94; Abdulla Said Bugshan & Bros., 1995-96; Al-Hoty Establishment, Saudi Arabia, 1996-2004; FluorAMEC LLC, Iraq, 2004-2005; and Kellog, Brown, & Root, Houston, Texas 2008-2009.

Memorial service will be 1 p.m. CDT Wednesday at Woodfin Memorial Chapel with Brother J.W. Vickers officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Hematology and Stem Cell Clinic, Suite 2603, The Vanderbilt Clinic, 1301 Medical Center Drive, Nashville, TN 37232; or a charity of your choice.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. CDT Wednesday at Woodfin Memorial Chapel, 615-893-5151.

Curtis Jackson

COWAN - Curtis W. Jackson, 95, passed away Sunday, July 19, 2009.

Funeral service will be conducted at 10 a.m. CDT Tuesday from the chapel of Watson-North Funeral Home.

Interment to follow in Cowan Montgomery Cemetery.

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Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. CDT today.


Mary Caylor

RINGGOLD - Mary "Libby" Elizabeth Lavin Caylor, 93, passed away Sunday, July 19, 2009, at a local hospital.

A lifelong resident of the North Georgia area, she was a member of New Hope Baptist Church in Tunnel Hill, Ga., and was a former employee of Miller Bros. of Chattanooga, where she worked for 25 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Sanford Caylor Sr.; parents, Timothy Andrew and Pricilla Amanda Denton Lavin; brother, Timothy Lavin Jr.; and two sisters, Loreena Byrd and Minerva Ann Lavin.

She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara "Betty" and Stuman Peters, of Ringgold, Linda and David Nelms, of Tunnel Hill, Ga.; son and daughter-in-law, Paul "Chigger" and Joy Caylor, of Rossville; eight grandchildren, Sheila Thompson, Lisa Peters, Ritchie Caylor, Debbie Magrath, Sherri Davis, Terry Caylor, Danny Nelms and Mike Nelms; 15 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Mark Atkins and the Rev. Doug Tate officiating.

Interment will follow at Anderson Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends from 2-9 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. Tuesday until funeral time at the funeral home.

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

Arthur Cox

ROCK SPRING - Arthur Franklin Cox, 75, passed away Saturday July 18, 2009, at his residence.

A lifelong resident of the North Georgia area, Frank retired from Institutional Jobbers of Chattanooga after 26 years and for over 20 years owned and operated Creek Meadows Farms in Rock Spring along with his wife.

He was preceded in death in January 2008 by his wife of 55 years, Sarah Francis Cox.

He also was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Mettie Poe Cox, of Peavine, Ga.; brother, J.R. Cox, of Rock Spring; sisters, Mary Ruth Peters, of Peavine, Ga., Louise Johnson of Rome, Ga., and Willena Dixon of Ringgold.

He is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, Gail and Kenny Wallace, of LaFayette, Ga., Sharon and Buddy Hurley of Chickamauga, Ga., and Diane Cox of Ringgold, Ga.; son and daughter-in-law, Brad and Beth Cox, of LaFayette; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; several brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 21, 2009, at LaFayette Memory Gardens with Pastor Terry Colbert officiating.

The family will receive friends from 5-9 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Arrangements are by Wilson Funeral Home, LaFayette Chapel, LaFayette.

Clinton Haley

FORT OGLETHORPE - Clinton "Red" Haley, 72, passed away Saturday, July 18, 2009, at his home surrounded by his family and friends.

He was a native of North Georgia and a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He enjoyed a long career as a truck driver and was a well-known lawnmower repairman in his retirement. Many will miss his wonderful spirit, his love of life and generous acts of kindness.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jasper Haley and Augusta Brummitt; brother, Jack Haley; and sister, Juanita York.

He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Elizabeth Haley, of Fort Oglethorpe; daughter, Geora Zolman, of Rossville; sons, Ron Haley, of Rossville and Mark Haley, of Birchwood, Tenn.; six grandchildren, Hailey Pursley, Madison, Wis., Jonathan Pursley, Chickamauga, Ga., Megan and Hunter Haley, Rossville, and Payton and Sawyer Haley, Birchwood; several great-grandchildren; brothers, Norman Haley and Claude Haley, both of Chickamauga, and Kenneth Haley, Oklahoma; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at noon Wednesday, July 22, 2009, in the Fort Oglethorpe Chape.

Burial will follow in Chattanooga National Cemetery.

The family will receive friends after 5 p.m. today, all day Tuesday and prior to the service on Wednesday at the funeral home.

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

Joseph Rape

RINGGOLD - Joseph Hustin Rape, 71, of Stuart, Fla., formerly of Ringgold, passed away peacefully Wednesday, July 15, 2009, at Treasure Coast Hospice Residence in Stuart.

Before retirement, Mr. Rape was a delivery truck driver for Lance Co. in Palm Beach County, Fla., for 25 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran and attended the Grace Place in Stuart.

Mr. Rape was preceded in death by his parents, Alonzo and Dorothy Rape; and his sister, Betty Hicks.

Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Phyllis Rape, of Stuart; son, James Rape, of Stuart; three daughters, Barbara Nichols, of Cashiers, N.C., Deborah Johnson, of Boynton Beach, Fla., and Jennifer Rape, of Stuart; brother, John Rape, of LaFayette, Ga.; sister, Linda Myers, of Okeechobee, Fla.; and nine grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel.

Interment will be in Chattanooga National Cemetery.

Family will receive friends 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Wednesday at Heritage Funeral Home & Crematory, Battlefield Parkway.