Obituaries for June 25, 2009

Obituaries for June 25, 2009

June 25th, 2009 in Obituaries

HAMILTON COUNTY

Eloise Edgemon

Eloise Edgemon, 83, resident of Ooltewah, and formerly of Cleveland, Tenn., passed away Tuesday evening, June 23, 2009, in a Chattanooga hospital.

She was retired from Central Soya as an executive secretary. She was a member of North Cleveland Baptist Church. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and was past Matron of the Harmony Chapter of O.E.S. She was past state Grand Representative of the State of West Virginia of O.E.S. She enjoyed working with flowers.

She loved her family and friends. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends and her beloved pet dog "Molly".

She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Dorsey Edgemon; father, Archie H. Barger Sr.; mother, Georgia Mae Edgemon, brothers, Archie Jr., Bob and Dan Barger; sister, Madylyn Barger; daughter, Merryam I. Stevison; and grandson, Jonathan Edgemon.

She is survived by sons, Hugh D. Edgemon and wife, Carolyn, Prentice C. Edgemon and wife, Sue and daughter, Cecilia Evans and husband Dale; sister-in-law, Elizabeth Barger.

Funeral services will be held today, June 25, 2009, at 8 p.m. at Grissom Funeral Home with Rev. Larry Bryant officiating.

Interment will be held Friday, June 26, 2009, at 2 p.m. at Mount Vernon Baptist Church Cemetery in Cohutta, Ga., with Brian Edgemon, Philip Edgemon, Ryan Evans, Bobby Green, Rick Elliott and Dale Evans serving as pallbearers.

The services at the cemetery will be concluded with a "Trinity Dove Release".

Online condolences may be sent to www.grissomfh.net

The family will receive friends today from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Grissom Funeral Home.

Alma Grant

Alma L. Grant, 87, of Falling Water, passed way Tuesday, June 23, 2009, at her home surrounded by her family.

She was a member of Falling Water Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her son, William Earl Grant; parents, Claude and Ilda Marie Davis; brother, Claude Davis Jr.; sisters, Frankie Davis, Charlotte Smith, Talma Davis.

She is survived by her loving husband of 70 years, Elbert Grant; son, Wade Grant, of Falling Water; daughter, Betty (Paul) Smith, of Soddy-Daisy, Faye (Mike) Sneed, of Virginia; sister, Jeanette Eustice, Bobbie Bradley, Kitty Sims, Anna Ruth (Bill) Allen, of Louisiana, Thelma Allen, of Florida; brother, Walt (Nancy) Davis, of Soddy-Daisy; 11 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Friday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Frank Evans and the Rev. Tommy Taylor officiating.

Interment will follow the service at Hamilton Memorial Gardens.

Family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

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

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

Quentin Hullender

Quentin W. "Tot" Hullender, 89, of Harrison, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, June 23, 2009. She was a member of Greenwood Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Bill and Sally Whitaker; husband, Hoke Hullender; three brothers, Dougar, Billy and DeWitt Whitaker; one sister, Agnes Bankston.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Paula (Alan) Roark, of Harrison; two grandchildren, Craig and Greg Roark; 10 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held Friday, June 26, 2009 at 2 p.m. in the Highway 58 Chapel of Turner Funeral Home with the Rev. James Vaughn officiating.

Interment will follow in Old McDonald Cemetery.

The family will receive friends today from 2-8 p.m. and on Friday up to the hour of service at the funeral home.

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

Tom Moyer

Thomas "Tom" Owen Moyer, 62, of Hixson, passed away suddenly on Monday, June 22, 2009, at his home.

Born in Campbell, Mo., he attended college on a track scholarship and graduated from Arkansas State University in 1972 with a degree in Communications. Tom served as an editor of the Press Argus, the oldest weekly west of the Mississippi River in 1973. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Tom worked for Beltone Electronics in various positions and worked at the home office in Chicago, Ill. He was appointed to Health Related Boards by three Governors, served as past president of the Tennessee Hearing Aid Society and retired following a long career as a hearing instrument specialist. Tom joined the Lions Club in Jackson, Tenn., in 1980 and rejoined the Hixson Lions Club in 2002. He served as secretary for the Hixson Lions Club from 2006 to 2009, was the current president for the Hamilton County Lions Sight Service Association Inc., was editor of Club newsletter and Chairman, District 12-0 newsletter contest. Tom and his wife owned and operated Happy's Eyeglass Center at Northgate Mall for 13 years. Tom was a wonderful man and loved by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Marvin and Nadine Moyer; two brothers, Kennith and Glen Moyer.

Tom is survived by his devoted wife of 25 years, "Happy" Peggy Moyer; son, Darren (Elizabeth) Moyer; daughter, Jennifer Henson; special grandchildren, Caressa Moyer, Abigail Henson and Alexander Moyer; sisters, Virginia (Robert) Meier, Boonville, Ind., Christine Moyer, Dyersburg, Tenn., and Ruth McGhee, Southaven, Miss.; and many relatives and friends.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. today and 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the North Chapel.

Funeral services for Tom will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the North Chapel.

Burial will follow in Lakewood Memory Gardens, East.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to The Hixson Lions Club, P.O. Box 202, Hixson, TN 37343.

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

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

Della Nichols

Della O. Nichols, 87, of Chattanooga, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, June 23, 2009.

Della was a member of Lupton Drive Baptist Church. She was the wife of the late Robert L. Nichols.

Survivors include her sons, Marvin (Joann) Nichols, of Chattanooga and Ray (Sandy) Nichols, of Henderson, Tenn.; grandchildren, Terri Griffin, of Lebanon, Tenn., Gene Nichols, of Chattanooga, Shannon Millman, of Whitehouse, Tenn., and Shane Railey, of Winterhaven, Fla.; four great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday at Lane Funeral Home, Coulter Chapel with Rev. Randy Bell officiating.

Interment will be in Chattanooga Memorial Park.

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

Visitation is 4-8 p.m. today at Lane Funeral Home, Coulter Chapel, 601 Ashland Terrace.

Johnnie Ricks

Johnnie Lee Ricks, 60, passed away Monday, June 22, 2009.

John was a 1967 graduate of Riverside High School, a veteran of the U.S. Army, an alumnus of Central State University and a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. John was employed and loved by many at Hamilton County Juvenile Court.

He was preceded in death by brother, Norman Ricks; and sister, Margaret Burt.

John is survived by his loving parents, Percy and Louise Ricks; children, Timothy Knowles, John Ricks Jr., Jameelah Ricks and Jealani Ricks; brothers, Al-Kareem (Florence) Abdullah, George (Maria) Ricks Sr., Anthony Ricks and David Ricks; sister, Regina (Michael) Edwards; devoted friends, Monica Middlebrooks, Juliet Mark, Antinio Petty and Shirley Ricks.

Funeral services will be held Friday, June 26, 2009, at 12:30 p.m. at Westside Baptist Church, 4001 Hughes Ave. with Pastor Jeffrey Wilson officiating.

Interment: Chattanooga National Cemetery.

The family will receive friends today from 6-7 p.m. at John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Ave., Chattanooga 622-9995.

Alma Sanders

Alma Lou Sanders, of Chattanooga, passed away Wednesday, June 24, 2009, in a local hospital.

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

Maurice Smith Sr.

Maurice "BB" Smith Sr., 67, died Wednesday, June 24, 2009, in Chattanooga.

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

Hydie Stevens

Hybernia "Hydie" Stevens, 86, of Hixson, a sweet spirited person, passed away on Tuesday, June 23, 2009, peacefully at her home.

Hydie was retired from Jacobsen Furniture in Dearborn, Mich., and was an active member of Central Baptist Church of Hixson. Although opportunities for education were denied her early in life, she managed to get a college degree at age 64.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Stevens Sr. in 1994.

Hydie is survived by her two sons, Chuck (Ava) Stevens, of Hixson and Duane (Barb) Stevens, of Allen Park, Mich.; nine grandchildren, Amy, Daniel, Nathan, Jessica, Emily, Amanda, Sarah, Andrew and Charles Jr.; two great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and Gwen Smith, of Hixson.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the North Chapel.

Services for Hydie will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the North Chapel with Dr. David McNabb officiating.

Burial will follow in Hamilton Memorial Gardens.

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

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

Mary Tatum

Mary Geneva Tatum, 81, of Chattanooga, passed away Tuesday, June 23, 2009, at her home.

She was born Aug. 3, 1927 in Dutton, Ala.

Ms. Tatum was a member of East Ridge United Methodist Church, and prior to her retirement she worked in Rossville as a receptionist for both Dr. John Hoover and Dr. Tom Atkins. Following her retirement, she was employed with K-Mart. She was honored by the Highland Park Neighborhood Association by naming "Tatum Park" in her honor for years of service as a neighborhood organizer.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie and Minnie Tatum.

Survivors include her companion and care giver, Julian Walker, of Chattanooga; sister, Johnnie Calloway, of Ringgold; brother, Matthew Tatum, of Auburn, Ga.

Graveside services will be held Friday at noon EDT at Dutton United Methodist Church Cemetery in Dutton, Ala., with the Rev. Mike Angel officiating.

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

The family would like to extend a special "ThankYou" to P.A.C.E. Organization for three years of support and loving care of Mary.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to P.A.C.E, 425 Cumberland St., Suite 110, Chattanooga, TN 37404, or Dutton UMC, c/o Brenda Walker, 4705 Alabama Highway 40, Dutton AL 35744.

The family will receive friends today from 6-9 p.m. at the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home & Crematory, Rossville.

Shauniqua West

Shauniqua Javonne West, 24, of Chattanooga, passed away Friday, June 19, 2009, in a local hospital.

Funeral: today at noon in the chapel of Taylor Funeral Home.

Burial: Greenwood Cemetery.

David Workman

David Workman, 45, of Chattanooga passed away Wednesday, June 24, 2009.

He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Workman; and two brothers, Dwight Workman and Michael Workman.

Survivors include his daughter, Jamie Alisa Workman, Rock Spring, Ga.; mother, Bessie McNeese, Chattanooga; sister, Rebecca (John) Sisk, Chattanooga; brother, Randy (Maranda) McNeese, Chattanooga; granddaughter, Pailey Marie Branham; nieces, Rachel and Kristin Workman, Jordan Crane, Mary and Cloe Sisk; nephews, Cory McKaig, Charles Sisk and Tyrell Workman.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. EDT Saturday in Moore Funeral Home Chapel with Gene Coleman officiating.

Burial will follow in Brown's Gap Cemetery.

Visitation 1-9 p.m. Friday and noon-2 p.m. Saturday.

Arrangements by Moore Funeral Home, Trenton, Ga.

TENNESSEE

Sara Bennett

WINCHESTER - Sara Louise Donaldson Bennett, 91, died Monday, June 22, 2009, at Southern Tennessee Medical Center.

Funeral will be at 3:30 p.m. CDT today at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home with the Rev. Jonathan Clark officiating.

Burial in Mount Garner Cemetery.

Gary Hale

COWAN - Gary Wade Hale, 52, died Friday, June 19, 2009.

Funeral will be Friday, June 26, from 1 p.m. CDT at Cowan First Baptist Church.

Visitation will be from 5-9 p.m. today CDT, June 25, at the church.

Burial at Franklin Memorial Gardens.

Arrangements by Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, Winchester.

Harold Miller

CLEVELAND - Harold G. Miller, 64, passed away Tuesday, June 23, 2009, at a local hospital.

He was a former resident of Niagara Falls, N.Y. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in the Vietnam War. He was a member of the American Legion Post 81 and the Vietnam Veterans Association. He was a member of the Cherokee Antique Car Club and was an avid bowler.

He was preceded in death by his father, Raymond S. Miller; and a brother, Darrell Miller.

Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Lorraine Miller, of Cleveland; mother, Beulah Castle Miller, of Niagara Falls; two children, Lauren Silber and husband, Brian, of Cleveland and Craig Miller and wife, Jennifer, of Cleveland; four grandchildren, Zachary Sharp, Kyle Sharp, Evelyn Silber and Abigail Miller, all of Cleveland; stepgrandchild, Chase Slaughter, of Cleveland; sister, Sybil Clark, of Niagara Falls, N.Y.; brother, Jerry Miller, of Niagara Falls, N.Y.; and several nieces and nephews.

The family requests that memorials be made to the American Cancer Society, 6221 Shallowford Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421.

We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Miller family guest book at www.ralphbuckner.com.

The family will receive friends today, June 25, 2009, from 5-8 p.m. and on Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Ralph Buckner Funeral Home.

Albert Pilgrim

JASPER - Albert A. Pilgrim, 82, went home to be with the Lord, Wednesday, June 24, 2009, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Mr. Pilgrim was a member of Faith Filled Tabernacle Church of God, a retired employee of Wheland Foundry and retired farmer.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Cantrell Pilgrim; daughter, Robin Pilgrim; son, Bobby Pilgrim; father, Marshall Pilgrim Sr.; mother, Hattie Layne Pilgrim Smith; brothers, Marshall Pilgrim Jr. and Pat Smith; and a sister, Ann Smith.

He is survived by his children; Marshall "Skip" (Marilyn) Pilgrim and Deborah (Ed) Newcom; special friend, Judy Jones; brothers, Bill Pilgrim, James Pilgrim, Ted Smith and Johnny Smith; sister, Evelyn Peacock; grandchildren, Justin Pilgrim and Christopher (Brittany) Pilgrim, Heather (Jason) Hood, Eric Newcom and Tim (Stephenie) Newcom; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted from the funeral home chapel at 2 p.m. CDT Friday, June 26, 2009, with Brother Jimbo Basham and Brother Tommy Quick officiating.

Interment will follow in Havron's Chapel Cemetery.

The family will receive friends today from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. CDT today.

Arrangements by Tate Funeral Home, Jasper, 423-942-9500, www.tatefh.com.

Bessie Scharer

SOUTH PITTSBURG - Bessie Mae Graham Scharer, 93, passed away quietly and peacefully at her home on Tuesday, June 23, 2009.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John H. and Matilda Lyle Graham; several brothers and sisters; husband, Joe Scharer; son, Charles Donald "Don" Scharer; one grandchild, Diana Wynne; two great-grandchildren and son-in-law, Roy W. Ridley Sr.

She is survived by her children, Patty (William) Barnes, of Bryant, Ala., Ann Ridley, of South Pittsburg, Ted Scharer, of Sequatchie, Tenn., Sue (Jimmy) Stephens, of South Pittsburg and Reba Scharer, of Chattanooga; 13 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

She was a member of Grace Baptist Church in South Pittsburg and The Order of The Eastern Star in Marietta, Ga., Chapter 208.

She received her nursing license in 1963 and worked at South Pittsburg Municipal Hospital and at Kennestone Hospital in Marietta. Her will to live was surpassed only by love of her family and her love of God.

Rest in quiet peace.

Funeral services will be conducted from the South Pittsburg Chapel of Rogers Funeral Home today, June 25, at 11 a.m. CDT officiated by the Rev. Ronnie Case.

Interment will be in Cumberland View Cemetery in Kimball, Tenn.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.rogersfuneralhome.com.

Ralph Sims

DUNLAP - Ralph Smith Sims, 90, died Tuesday, June 23, 2009, at NHC Dunlap.

Mr. Sims was a lifelong resident of Sequatchie County. He was a retired carpenter and farmer. He was a member of Dunlap Church of God and was a veteran of WW II and received the Purple Heart.

Preceded by parents, Gus and Pearl Smith Sims; brothers, George, Louis, Sam, Bill and Donald Sims; sisters, Betty Hobbs, Katherine Lowery and Nellie Kerley.

Survivors include, his wife of 68 years, Louise Land Sims; sons, Lloyd (Linda) Sims, Randy (Pam) Sims, all of Dunlap; two grandchildren, Anita (Doyle) Allen and Joseph (Jackie) Sims; step-grandchild, Randi Holland; four great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 6 p.m. CDT Friday in Ewton Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Kenneth Doyle Allen and the Rev. Sonny Wilkes officiating.

Burial in Cordell Cemetery.

Visitation: 4-8 p.m. CDT today and 4-6 p.m. CDT Friday.

Online guestbook at www.ewton funeral home.com.

Arrangements by Ewton Funeral Home, 6936 Highway 28, Dunlap, TN 37327, 423-949-2112.

Jack Summers

WINCHESTER - Jack Summers, 92, died Tuesday, June 23, 2009, at Southern Tennessee Medical Center.

Service will be 1:30 p.m. CDT today at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home chapel with Brother Dale Andrews officiating.

Burial in Franklin Memorial Gardens.

GEORGIA

Martha Abney

RINGGOLD - Martha Louise Elrod Abney, 93, a well-known local businesswoman in Ringgold, passed away Wednesday, June 24, 2009.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Nolen and Alma Elrod; brothers, James and Joe Elrod; her beloved husband, Raymond Lee Abney Sr.; son, Kenneth Julian Abney; and grandson, Andy Abney, Martha will be best remembered as the matriarch of the family business that started in LaFayette with Abney's Chrysler, Dodge, Plymouth and later in Ringgold, with Abney's Department Store and Abney's Pharmacy.

Martha is survived by her son, Raymond Lee Abney Jr.; daughters-in-law, Charlotte Crawford Abney and Faye Crawford Abney; grandchildren, Lee Abney, Keith Abney, Alyce Sullivan, and Paige McBryar; and great-grandchildren, Julian Ritchey, Megan Sullivan, Raymond Lee Abney IV, Gabrielle Abney, and Michelle Hey.

The funeral service will be 11 a.m. Friday, June 26 2009, in the chapel with Dr. Dan Whitaker and Dr. Kerry Bunn officiating.

Interment will follow in Anderson Memorial Gardens, Ringgold.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. today, June 25, 2009 and prior to the service Friday.

Online guest book at www.wilsonfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Wilson Funeral Homes, Wallis-Stewart Chapel.

Willie Crane

TRENTON - Willie Mae "Judy" Crane, 78, died Wednesday, June 24, 2009.

Mrs. Crane attended Trenton Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her husband, James S. Crane.

She is survived by two sons, Steve Crane, Trenton, Larry Crane, Chattanooga; two grandchildren, David Crane and Shelby Boatner, both of Chattanooga; three great-grandchildren, Trace Boatner, Trenton, Whitney and Brittany Crane, Chattanooga; one sister, Clara Allison, Atmore, Ala.; one brother, Herbert Luker; also several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. EDT Friday in the Ryan Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Woody Allison officiating.

Interment will be in Lake Hills Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends 5-9 p.m. today and 11 a.m. until service time on Friday.

Arrangements are by Ryan Funeral Home, Trenton.

David Hodge

CHICKAMAUGA - David Michael Hodge, 55, formerly of Chickamauga, passed away Wednesday, June 24, 2009 in St. Petersburg, Fla.

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

Leona Jackson

LaFAYETTE - Nancy Leona Jackson, 94, died Monday, June 22, 2009.

She was a member of LaFayette First United Methodist Church.

Preceded in death by parents, Capus and Rebecca Ann Murray Jackson; a sister, Minnie Bell Jackson.

Survived by cousins.

Funeral: 2 p.m. today at LaFayette First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Queon Smith.

Honorary pallbearers: Frank Leake Sunday School Class, and Mary Helen Circle of UMW.

Memorial gifts to LaFayette First United Methodist Church.

Interment: Wesley Chapel Cemetery.

Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home LaFayette.

Marie Pickett

RISING FAWN - Marie Pickett, 82, passed away Tuesday, June 23, 2009, in a local health care center after a long battle with cancer and COPD.

Mrs. Pickett was a longstanding member of Rising Fawn United Methodist Church. A prolife social activist, she worked tirelessly to establish the first AARP Chapter in Dade County and to serve as it's first president and regional director.

She will be remembered in the hearts of many for her years of dedication to the care and well-being of others as a Hospice caregiver and an active supporter of the American Cancer Society.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Presley Pickett; brother, Jerry Johnston; and sister, Betty Flournoy.

She is survived by two sons, Jerry W. Pickett and his wife, Patti, Ronald N. Pickett and his wife, Patti. Grandchildren, Kelly Smith, Katherine Nyvy, David Pickett, Christa Pickett, Matthew Pickett, Jessica Pickett, Jessica Branson, Melanie Paul, Kathryn Jarrett; and several great-grandchildren.

There will be no visitation.

A memorial service will be held in her honor at 1 p.m. EDT Saturday, June 27, 2009, at Rising Fawn United Methodist Church with Rev. Sullins Lamb officiating.

Mrs. Pickett requested that in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Church Building Fund.

Arrangements are by Ryan Funeral Home, Trenton, Ga.

Freddy Pruitt

TRENTON - Freddy Lee Pruitt, 55, passed away Monday, June 22, 2009.

He was born Jan. 30, 1954 to the late Lee and Cathleen Pruitt

He was employed with Sequatchie Concrete, he like motorcycles and was a member of White Oak Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Rocelia Pruitt; daughter and husband, Christina and Brad Gatlin, Fort Oglethorpe; son and wife, Chris and Jessica Pruitt, LaFayette, Ga.; stepson and wife, Robert and Shelly Dunn, Trenton; stepson, Clayton Moreland; Trenton, four grandchildren, Jayden Folds, Isaac Moreland, Anna Gatlin and Mason Pruitt.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. EDT Saturday in the Trenton chapel with the Rev. Terry Trivette officiating.

Burial will be held in Payne Gap Cemetery.

Visitation: today 4-8 p.m. EDT and Friday 4-8 p.m. EDT.

Arrangements by Moore Funeral Home, Trenton.

Robert Smith

RINGGOLD - Robert Bruce Smith, 78, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, June 23, 2009.

He was born Feb. 21, 1931 in Cleveland, Tenn., to the late David and Elizabeth Smith and has lived in the Ringgold area since 1951. He was a member of Ringgold Church of God and was previously employed with TVA as a Carpenter for more than 21 years.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather and will be missed by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his son, James Smith; brothers, Hubert, Otto, Norris, Milburn, Oliver, Jethro, Otis and Vernon Smith; and sisters, Mamie Smith, Dorothy Hinton, Geneva Brindle and Violet and June Smith.

Survivors include his loving wife of more than 59 years, Lillian Cochran Smith, of Ringgold; sons and daughter-in-law, Ronnie and Alexis Smith, of Chattanooga, and Jerry Smith, of Ringgold; daughter and son-in-law, Patsy and Donnie Byrd, of Ringgold; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 26, 2009, in the Wallis-Stewart Chapel of Wilson Funeral Homes, with the Rev. Carroll Allen officiating.

Burial will follow in Lakewood Memory Gardens, South.

The family will receive friends after 2 p.m. today and prior to the service on Friday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by the Wallis-Stewart Chapel of Wilson Funeral Homes, Ringgold.

Johnnie Tutton

FORT OGLETHORPE - Johnnie Lou Tutton, 72, departed this life Tuesday, June 23, 2009.

She was born in Flintstone, Ga., to the late Eric and Mary Lou Little Ketner, and was preceded in death by her brothers, Freddie and Jackie Ketner.

Johnnie was a member of Chattanooga Valley Church of Christ.

Survivors include her husband, Ray Tutton, of Fort Oglethorpe; sons, Mike (Eloise) Tutton, of Ringgold, Gary Tutton, of Rossville, Randy (Beth) Tutton, of Chickamauga; siblings, Alwyn (Helen) Ketner, Darlene (Aubrey) Bradford, Deloris Ketner, all of Flintstone; grandchildren, Amy, Michael, Denise (Todd), Stephen, Ashley, Will, LauraKate; great-grandchildren, Whitni, Toni, Kaitlyn, Michael Ray; nieces and nephews, Charles, Tim, Eric, Lebron, Lynn Ketner, Renee Bradford; and a special family friend, Denise French.

A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Friday June 26, 2009 in the funeral home chapel.

Family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today.

Memorial donations may be made to Chattanooga Valley Church of Christ.

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

ALABAMA

Floyd Fraiser

GROVE OAK - Floyd Fraiser, 85, passed away Tuesday, June 23, 2009, in Shepards Cove Hospice.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. CDT today, June 25, from W.T. Wilson Funeral Chapel.

Burial will be in Greens Chapel Cemetery.

OTHER AREAS

Vincent Cox

ROCKVILLE, Ind. - Vincent L. Cox, 67, died Monday, June 22, 2009, 11:40 p.m. at his residence.

Born Nov. 17, 1941 in Chattanooga to Vincent E. Cox and Lila Frances Malone Cox.

He was a graduate of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy and in the U.S. Army, 101st Airborne, Tripoli-Libya.

Previously employed as a firefighter at Hulman Field Airport and was Town Marshal for various towns in Parke County. Formerly a member of the Eagles in Mattoon, Ill., and VFW and American Legion.

Survivors: two sons, Vincent L. Cox, Tallahassee, Fla., Spc. David E. Cox, Fort Campbell, Ky.; six daughters, Teresa Keith, Chattanooga, Beverly J. Lawson, Raccoon Lake (Rockville, Ind.), Tracy Lynn White, Crawfordville, Fla., Kim Wynette Hagen, Crawfordville, Tammi Daniel Bright, Crawfordville, Sher-rE Sue Lynn Cox, Mexico, Mo.; 23 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one brother, Robert E. McGlothlin, Lawton, Okla.; three sisters, Janice Weiner, Sue Jackson, Rolla, Mo., Shirley Wallace, Marshall, Ill.

He was preceded in death by a son, James Cox.

Services 11 a.m. Friday, June 26, at Barnes and Rice Funeral Home, Rockville, Ind. with the Rev. Don Perry.

Visitation: 4-8 p.m. today, June 25.

Burial: Danville National Cemetery, Danville, Ill., with military graveside rites.