Ella Jean Adams
Ella Jean Adams, 79, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009
She is survived by three children, Gloria Richardson, William Adams and Gene (Janet) Adams; two sisters, Rachel Williams and Anna W. (Sonnie) Ware; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Memorial service will be 1 p.m. today, Oct. 1, 2009, at Reuben Strickland Memorial Chapel with Pastor Oscar Lockhart officiating.
Public may continue to pay their respects up until 8 p.m. today, Oct. 1, at Reuben Strickland Memorial Chapel.
Beverly Brand Anderson departed this life on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009.
She was born in Winfield, Kan. on July 20, 1934 to John W. Brand Sr. and Catharine Snyder Brand, of Lawrence, Kan.
She was raised and educated in Lawrence, receiving a B.S. in Education from the University of Kansas in 1956. Shortly after graduation Beverly married Robert C. "Bob" Anderson. They lived in Ardmore, Okla., Oklahoma City, Okla., Dallas, Texas, and White Bear Lake, Minn., before moving to Signal Mountain, in the fall of 1970. Beverly and Bob have three children, the Rev. Jon R. Anderson, Santa Fe, N.M., Christopher M. Anderson, Evergreen Park, Ill., and Elizabeth A. Meyer Knoxville.
Beverly's early career included teaching assignments in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades in Ardmore and Oklahoma City, Okla. She then took time to be a stay at home mother and homemaker. She returned to teaching in 1984 and retired in 1999 after teaching for many years at Bachman Elementary School where she was much loved by her students. She was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta and an Honorary Life Member of the Tennessee Congress of Parents and Teachers.
She is survived by her husband, Bob; daughter, Elizabeth; sons, Jon and Chris; granddaughter, Connor; and brother, Jack Brand.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, the Outreach Education Fund at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Signal Mountain, or Hospice of Chattanooga.
Burial will be at Chattanooga National Cemetery with private graveside services.
A memorial service will be conducted at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church on Saturday, Oct. 17, at 2 p.m.
Arrangements are by Covenant Funeral & Cremation Service, Crox family owned and operated.
Elinor Jeane Athearn, 81, of Chattanooga, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009.
Mrs. Athearn was born in Chattanooga to William and Blanche Case. She was a dedicated mother and wife who enjoyed being a homemaker. She was of the Methodist faith, a graduate of Chattanooga City High School Class of 1946, and a well-known East Ridge High School Band Booster. She was also past president of the American Legion Post 95 Ladies Auxiliary.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Malcolm and Floyd; and sisters, Mildred, Dorothy, Virginia and Frances.
Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Carl R. Athearn; daughter, Carole (Greg) Millard; sister, Kathryn Case; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations may be made to Pet Placement Center, 5975 Dayton Blvd., Chattanooga, TN. 37415.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 2, 2009 at Chattanooga National Cemetery with Dr. J. David Tabor officiating.
Please share your thoughts and condolences at www.mem.com.
Arrangements are by the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 404 S. Moore Road.
Michael Brittain, 62, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009, at his residence.
Arrangements are by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Ave., 622-9995.
Doris Swanson Brooks, 81, of Ooltewah, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009.
A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday, Oct. 3, in the Fellowship Hall of Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, 1995 Ooltewah-Ringgold Road, Ringgold, GA 30736, with the Rev. David Flood officiating.
Visit www.heritagefh.com to share words of comfort to the family.
Arrangements are by Heritage Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 7454 East Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421.
Glenn Brown Jr.
Glenn W. Brown Jr., 72, of Lookout Mountain, passed away Monday, Sept. 28, 2009 at home.
Mr. Brown was president of local manufacturing firm Sherman & Reilly Inc., where he began as a sales correspondent in 1961 and served as Sales Office Manager, vice president of International Operations and Executive Vice President. Mr. Brown led the Company's International Sales Division and received the prestigious Presidential E Award for excellence in export on behalf of the company at a White House ceremony in 1976. During this time, the Company also received the Presidential E Star Award for continued excellence in export.
Mr. Brown was a speaker at many export seminars and was Chairman of the Tennessee and the Tennessee-Kentucky Export Councils. He was a lifetime member of the International Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.
Mr. Brown was a member of Church of the Good Shepherd on Lookout Mountain, where he was a chalice bearer for 16 years and two-time member of the Vestry. Mr. Brown also had been on the Board and was a longtime member of the Lookout Mountain Fairyland Club, was Police Commissioner for the city of Lookout Mountain, Ga., and a member of the Lookout Mountain Golf Club.
A graduate of the University of Chattanooga, Mr Brown was chairman of the Intramural Committee, a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity, voted Most Handsome and listed in Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities. He attended White Oak Elementary School and graduated from Red Bank High School where he was president of his sophomore, junior, and senior classes, captain of the football team and a member of the boxing team.
Mr. Brown is survived by his beloved wife, Marilyn Voges Brown; and sons, Glenn W. "Skip" Brown III and his wife, Barclay, of Daphne, Ala.; Mitchell Brown and his wife, Tina, of Hunt Valley, Md.; and six grandchildren, Travis and Mallory Brown, of Mobile, Ala., Bennett and Baylor Brown, of Daphne, Ala., and Jamie and Parker Brown, of Hunt Valley, Md.; brother, Gilbert Brown, of Chattanooga.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Downtown YMCA and Hospice of Chattanooga.
A Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009, at Church of the Good Shepherd on Lookout Mountain. The Rev. John Talbird and the Rev. Sam Payne will be officiating.
The family will receive friends at the Church at 10 a.m.
Honorary pallbearers will be Buddy Blevins, Jerry Cline, Robert "Reggie" Hixson, Steve Jett, Lowry Kline, James Reilly, Toby Silberman and John Whitt.
Visit www.heritagefh.com to share words of comfort to the family.
Arrangements by Heritage Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 7454 East Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421.
Wilbur Gene Cantrell, 68, went to be with the Lord and Savior on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009.
Gene was retired from the Chattanooga Police Department, served in the U.S. AirForce with honorable discharge, a former Dee Jay (Mean Gene) for WFLI and WCHU Radio stations, founder of Starguard BodyGuard and Limousine Co. and was very close friends with many TV stars who were also clients.
Gene was preceded in death by his father, Roscoe Cantrell; mother, Margaret Cantrell; and brother, Johnny H. Cantrell Sr.
Gene is survived by a daughter, Cheri (Joey) Fowler, Milan, Tenn.; two sons, Christopher "Chris" (Nicci) Cantrell, Harrison, Charles "Chuck" (Debbie) Cantrell Chattanooga; and a sister, Patricia "Pat" Talley, Chattanooga; two grandsons, Brandon and Kyle; two granddaughters, Holly and Cheyenne; one great-grandson, Andrew; Repo business partner, Bobby Clayton and many loving nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life service will be held at First Baptist Church in Whitwell, Tenn. on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009, at noon CDT.
Interment will be at Lakewood Memory Gardens, East in the family plot shared by Patsy Cantrell.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Forgotten Child Santa Train.
Family will receive friends one hour before services.
Bill Holt Sr.
William Leonard "Bill" Holt Sr., 78, of Chattanooga, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009.
He was born April 24, 1931, in Winchester, Tenn. (Franklin County). He was the oldest of five children of William R.J. and Eunice Holt. Bill served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean conflict. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service after 38 years. He lived in the Chattanooga area since 1954.
Bill was a member of Grace Baptist Church and the Maranatha Sunday School Class.
He is survived by his immediate family, wife, Mattie "Jean" Chambers Holt and son, William L. "Len" Holt Jr.; grandchildren, Philip Justin Holt, of Houston, Texas, and Laura Caitlin Holt, of Austin, Texas; brothers, Charles E. Holt Sr., Raymond A. "Andy" Holt, both of Fair Hope, Ala., Lt. Colonel David L. Holt, Air Force, of Newport News, Va.; sister, Mary Joyce Holt Davis, of Winchester, Tenn.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was a dedicated husband, loving Father, doting grandfather (PaBill) who was actively involved in his community. He loved spoiling his grandchildren, gardening and feeding his birds.
A graveside committal service will be held 1:30 p.m. Friday at Chattanooga National Cemetery with the Rev. Bill Summers and the Rev. Harris Steumer officiating. Military rites will be conducted at the cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Please share your thoughts and memories online at www.mem.com.
Arrangements by Chattanooga Funeral Home, Valley View Chapel, 7414 Old Lee Highway.
Mary Alice Hutchins, 81, of Chattanooga passed away at her home on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009.
She was a lifelong resident of Chattanooga and graduated from Chattanooga High School, Chattanooga State Technical Community College and the University of Chattanooga. She worked for several years in the laboratory at Erlanger Hospital and in the medical records department at Red Bank Hospital. She was a member of First-Centenary United Methodist Church, the Hodge Sunday School Class and sang in the Chancel Choir for many years.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, William H. Hutchins.
Survivors include son, William H. Hutchins III, of Chattanooga; daughters, Rebecca Moore and Carol Mays, of Chattanooga; son-in-law, Bruce Mays, of Chattanooga; grandsons, Michael Mitchell and Wade Hutchins, of Chattanooga, and Jacob Mays, of Lakeview, Ga.; granddaughters Nicole Holland, of Chattanooga and Danielle Moore, of Dunlap, Tenn.; great-grandson, Briley Holland of Chattanooga; great-granddaughter, Bailey Holland, of Chattanooga; and several nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to extend a special thanks to the staff and caretakers of Manor House on Mountain Creek Road for the loving care they provided during her final years. From those who cared for her home and cooked her food to especially those who provided the continuous loving care, everyone treated her like a member of their own family.
The funeral will be held Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009, at 11:30 a.m. in the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home with the Rev. David Harr officiating.
Interment will follow at Chattanooga Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends for visitation on Friday from 5-7 p.m. and one hour prior to the service Saturday at the North Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Music Ministry at First Centenary Church, P.O. Box 208, Chattanooga, TN 37401.
Please share your thoughts and memories at www.mem.com.
Arrangements are by the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 5401 Highway 153.
Fiorenza Kilian, of Signal Mountain, died Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009, in a local hospital.
She was a native of Italy and had lived in New Orleans, before moving to Signal Mountain. She was a parishioner of St. Augstine Catholic Church, Signal Mountain.
She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Arthur Kilian; daughters, Cristina LeMay and Diana Cairns; son, Roger Kilian; seven grandchildren, Casey, Kristina, Isabella, Sierra, Julian and Berent.
Services will be held in New York and Italy at a later date. Visit www.lane-coulterchapel.com to send condolences.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital or Ronald McDonald House.
Arrangements by Lane Funeral Home, Coulter Chapel, 601 Ashland Terrace.
Arthur Lawson Jr.
Arthur Lee Lawson Jr., 49, of Ooltewah, went to be with the Lord on Monday, Sept. 28, 2009, from earthly home.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Jack and Mary Lawson; Berry and Grace Cartwright; one brother-in-law, Karlin Holder.
He is survived by his father and mother, Arthur and Shelvia Cartwright Lawson Sr.; one son, "Scooter" Garrett, of Birchwood; one daughter, Jennifer Lawson, of Harrison; two sisters, Mary Holder, Melinda (Ricky) Bailey, of Ooltewah; three grandchildren; nieces and nephews, Crystal Cox, Cherie Holder and Travis Bailey.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009, at 11 a.m. in the Highway 58 Chapel of Turner Funeral Home with the Rev. James Hughes officiating.
Interment will follow in Johnson Cemetery in Meigs County.
The family will receive friends on Friday from 4-8 p.m. and on Saturday up to the hour of service at the funeral home.
Turner Funeral Home Inc., Highway 58 Chapel is in charge of arrangements 622-3171.
Wilma Virginia McGowan, 83, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009.
Born in Dayton, Tenn., on Sept. 17, 1926, she married James F. McGowan following WWII and moved to his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pa., where they lived until relocating to Miami, Fla. in the late 1960's and then to Chattanooga in the mid 1970's.
She was preceded in death by infant son, John F. McGowan; and husband, "Mac", after more than 48 years of marriage; mother and father, Sally Virginia and Lester M. Marler; and sister, Helen M. Hixson.
She will always be deeply missed by her son, James V. McGowan and his wife, Elaine, of Chattanooga; sister, Anna Laura King and husband, John, of Hendersonville, Tenn.; sister-in-law, Margaret Lee, of Victoria, Texas; along with many beloved nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends, including those from her beloved congregation at Red Bank Church of Christ.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at the North Chapel with Minister Steve Lusk officiating.
Interment will follow at Hamilton Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends for visitation from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, and on Saturday one hour prior to the service at the North chapel.
Memorial contributions may be made in the name of Wilima V. McGowan to Red Bank Church of Christ or to Hospice of Chattanooga.
A special thank you from our family to Hospice of Chattanooga, Memorial Home Health, and Brightstar for their surrendering service to God on behalf of our sweet Wilma.
Please share your thoughts and memories at www.mem.com.
Arrangements are made by Chattanooga Funeral Home Crematory and Florist, 5401 Highway 153, Hixson, TN 37343.
Janice Williams Owens, 77, passed away Friday, Sept. 25, 2009, at Erlanger.
She was predeceased by her parents, John Owen and Alberta Williams; and her three brothers, John Owen, Ralph and Albert Williams who died of the same terrible disease.
She is survived by Vann Owens, former Hamilton County Chancellor, her loving husband of 56 years; children, Bruce (Betty), Gregg (Sharlene), Kathy Shearin (Jerry) and Gwen Tatum (Scott). She also is survived by grandchildren, Stephen Owens (Morgan), Trevor Owens, Sarah Owens, Chris Howell, Laura Shearin and Stacey, Caroline and Jack Tatum; great-grandchildren, Stephen and Emmett Owens. She is also survived by Vann's brothers and sisters, Lester Owens (Alice), Frances Dent (Frank) and Betty Sexton (Gene) and much loved nieces and nephews.
Janice inherited her love for music from her father and pursued a major in Music at Auburn University. There, she met Vann and they began their long and lasting love for each other. She left Auburn to help care for her father after he had suffered a severe heart attack. She and Vann married and they devoted themselves to raising their children. She was the winner of multiple beauty pageants and was named "Miss Auburn," and she remained beautiful throughout her life. However, she was even more beautiful in her loving, caring and compassionate ways not only to her family, but to the many others she served.
She finished her college education when she obtained a degree in social work at age 50. She served others through employment at Alexian Brothers, Hospice of Chattanooga and North Park Hospital. Even after she retired, she performed caring and compassionate service to many on Signal Mountain and the members of St. Timothy's Episcopal Church.
She served on the church Outreach Committee for several years, Pastoral Care committee, served on long-range planning study, in the Altar Guild and many more ways of serving others. She had the most beautiful voice and directed choirs at Alcoa Methodist Church and Signal Crest United Methodist Church. She also sang in the choir and performed in the handbell choir at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church. She and Vann have retained many of their close friendships at Signal Crest Methodist Church and have a multitude of friends at St. Timothy's.
Janice suffered from pulmonary fibrosis. Research for this terrible disease is underfunded in comparison to much less common diseases, some of which are not fatal. She was diagnosed 31/2 years ago, but she and her husband did everything recommended to fight it. She was comforted by her friends at Erlanger Lifestyle which helped keep her strong. She also received wonderful care at Erlanger Hospital. She truly loved her pulmonologist, Dr. Sibaji Shome, whose compassionate, excellent care made the disease more tolerable.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, Oct. 3, at 11 a.m. at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church with Rev. George Choyce, Rev. Gordon Temple and Rev. Kathryn Mathewson officiating.
Visit www.heritagefh.com to share words of comfort to the family and view the memorial tribute.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: The Dr. Lloyd Familial Research Fund for IPF sent to: Richard Steinhart, Administrative Office for Research, Vanderbilt University Medical Center T-1217 Medical Center North, Nashville, TN 37232-2650; or The Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis, Suite F, #227, 1659 Branham Lane, San Jose, CA 95118-5226.
The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. today at Heritage Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 7454 East Brainerd Road.
Mildred "Millie" Marie Pollett, 81, of Chattanooga, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009.
Funeral service will be 2:30 p.m. today, Oct. 1, graveside at Lakewood Memory Gardens, South.
The family will receive friends today prior to the service.
Online guestbook at www.wilsonfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements by W.L. Wilson and Sons Funeral Home.
John Prince Jr.
John C. Prince Jr., 90, of Chattanooga, went to be with the Lord and Maker on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009.
Mr. Prince was a resident of Chattanooga for more than 56 years. He was a native of Savannah, Tenn., and was a veteran of the U.S. Army where he served WWII seeing combat in the Battle of the Bulge and was wounded in that battle on Christmas Eve 1944.
He was currently a member of Christ United Methodist Church and the BYKOTA Sunday School class, and also a former member of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church where he served on several committees and was very active in the visitation and outreach ministry at Wesley as well as a member of the fellowship Sunday School Class.
He retired from TVA as an assistant Branch Chief in 1987 after 43 years of service. After retiring from TVA, he served as a volunteer with Family and Children Services of Chattanooga, as an Ombudsman. He was a Charter Member of WWII Memorial, member of Alhambra Shrine, Scottish Rites, DAV, Masonic Lodge 736, American Legion Post 14, Blood Assurance Inc. and TVA retirees Association.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John Claude Prince Sr. and Willie Moore Prince, of Savannah, Tenn.; and sister, Cornelia Prince Arvay, of Columbia, S.C.
Survivors include his devoted wife of 60 years, Elizabeth Rowland "Libby" Prince, of Chattanooga; two daughters, Becky (Ralph) Jordan, Alpharetta, Ga.; Leann (Rick) Lister, Chattanooga; two grandsons, Drew Jordan, Alpharetta; Jason "J.T." Shull, Los Angeles, Calif.; two sisters, Marguerite (Billy) Laden, Savannah, Tenn.; Willie Mae Forrester, Mckenzie, Tenn.; brother, Jeemes Prince, Ankara, Turkey; several nieces and nephews and his very special caregiver, Grace Tillman, whom he loved and adored.
Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Don Allison and Rev. Lawrence Clark officiating.
Interment will be in National Cemetery with Military Honors.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the BYKOTA Sunday School Class at Christ United Methodist Church or to Hospice of Chattanooga.
Visit www.heritagefh to share words of comfort to the family and view the memorial tribute.
The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Friday at Heritage Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 7454 East Brainerd Road.
Mary Alice Smith
Mary Alice Smith, 74, of Soddy-Daisy, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009, in a local hospital.
She was a member of Gospel Assembly Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Essie Bunch Essex; sister, Ruby Essex Frala; brothers, George, Lawrence, Stanley and Ben "Buck" Essex; and grandchildren, Tiffany and Travis Smith.
Survivors include her husband, Casto H. Smith; daughters, Sheila Hodges, Brenda Harrison and Mary J. Smith, all of Soddy-Daisy; sons, Roger Smith, of Graysville and Terry Smith, of Soddy-Daisy; brother, Rev. Kenneth Essex, of Soddy-Daisy; grandchildren, Megan, Daniel, Cory and Tyler Smith along with several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 2, 2009, in the funeral home chapel with Dr. Clankston Freeman officiating.
Interment will follow the service at Dodd Cemetery.
Family will receive friends from 2 to 9 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.
Donald Winthrop Sugden, 51 of Chattanooga, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009.
Arrangements will be announced by Heritage Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 7454 East Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421.
William Thompson, 81, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009 at a local healthcare facility.
Arrangements are by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Ave., 622-9995.
Samuel "Casey" Williams, 23, of Chattanooga, died Tuesday morning on Sept. 29, 2009, at a local hospital.
Casey was a lifelong Pittsburgh Steelers fan.
He was preceded in death by grandfather, Mike Williams of Rossville.
He is survived by his mother, Janice Lopopolo, of Chattanooga; father and stepmother, Scott and Becky Williams, of Atlanta; sister Ryan Bushman, her fiancée, Ricky Boyd and his son, Zane, of Chattanooga; twin brother, Christian Williams, of Chattanooga; brother, Jonathan Williams, of Augusta, Ga.; sister, Macy Williams, of Atlanta; niece, Kiley Paxston Williams and her mother, Kristen Dale, of Chattanooga; grandparents, Gene and Pauline Powell, of Cincinnati, Ohio; grandmother, Janice Williams of Rossville; his fiancée, Heather Holmes and her son, Caleb Jones, of Chattanooga; and by an extended large family and many lifelong, childhood friends.
A celebration of his life will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Please share your thoughts and condolences at www.mem.com.
Arrangements are by the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 404 South Moore Road.
B.G. Wilson passed away Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009.
Survivors include mother, Geneva C. Wilson; brother, Raymond (Joan) Baylor; sisters, Dianne (John) Tibbs and Joyce Marshall; and dear friend, Dorothy Simmons.
Funeral services will be held at noon Friday, Oct. 2, 2009, at Olivet Baptist Church with Rev. Jimmie Ingram officiating.
Interment in National Cemetery.
The body will lie in state after noon today with the family receiving friends from 6-7 p.m. today at John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Ave., 622-9995.
KNOXVILLE - Jennifer Marie Ray Davis, 56, passed away Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009.
The family will receive friends today from 1-2 p.m. at First Calvary Baptist Church with services to follow. Rev. Benjamin Lewis Jr. officiating.
Arrangements by Willis Funeral Home, Dalton, Ga.
FORT OGLETHORPE - Opal Ruth Meadows Blackwell, 83, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009.
She is a lifelong resident of North Georgia and a member of Stanley Heights Baptist Church, East Ridge. She is a loving mother and grandmother who loved to cook for her family and sew on her Singer sewing machine.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert "Bob" Blackwell; and parents, Perry and Edith Meadows.
Opal is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Charles and Betty Blackwell, of Fort Oglethorpe, Jerome and Brenda Blackwell, of Rossville, and Donnie and Barbara, of McDonald, Tenn.; sister, Ann Jones Watson, of Albertville, Ala.; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; special niece and family, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Waters; and daughter, Tammy Graham; and several other nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, 2009, in the funeral home chapel with Brother Roy Seals and Brother Brent Baughman officiating.
Interment will follow at Lakewood Memory Gardens, South.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 8 p.m. today, Oct. 1, 2009, and prior to the service Friday.
Online guestbook at www.wilsonfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements by W.L. Wilson and Sons Funeral Home, Fort Oglethorpe.
TRENTON - William Kenneth Emerson went to be with the Lord in the early hours of Tuesday, Sept. 29, of 2009.
Mr. Emerson graduated from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, received a Master's Degree from Peabody College and worked on his doctorate at Vanderbilt University. He played football at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Football was one of the loves of his life along with Little Debbie Oatmeal Pies and Chocolate Squares.
He was an educator all of his career and had many positions including coach, teacher, principal and superintendent. He worked at various schools throughout his career including Manchester, Georgia, Gordon Military College, West Georgia College, Dade and Walker County schools. His interests included sports, calling square dances and adopting homeless animals.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lou Emerson; his brothers and sister, Arthur Lee Emerson II, Jewel Emerson Church and Ralph Emerson.
Mr. Emerson spent the last years of his life with his great-niece, Misty Bryson. He also leaves behind six nieces and nephews, Arthur Lee Emerson III, Bonnie Emerson Cook, Jenny Emerson Turley, Jewell Emerson, Guy Emerson and Bill Emerson.
He will surely be missed and always in our hearts.
In lieu of flowers the family request donations to The Humane Society of Chattanooga 214 N. Highland Park Ave., Chattanooga, TN 37404, or Hospice and Community Care, 2275 India Hook Road, Rock Hill, SC 29732.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, 2009, at Chattanooga National Cemetery with Brother R.V. Wells officiating.
Arrangements by Wilson Funeral Home, J. Avery Bryan Chapel.
ROSSVILLE - Clara B. Gladden, 85, died Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009, in a local health care facility.
She was a lifelong resident of the Chattanooga and North Georgia areas. Mrs. Gladden was a well-know area pianist and loved her family.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Charles Brandon and Robert Gladden.
Survivors are daughter, Joyce (Bill) Whitaker, Ringgold; granddaughter, Kelly Denise (Harvey) Hinkle, Kensington, Ga.; grandson, Chuck (Brandi) Whitaker, Nashville.
Graveside services will be 3 p.m. Friday in Forest Hills Cemetery with the Rev. Mike Lowery and the Rev. Calvin Wigley officiating.
Visit www.heritagefh.com to share words of comfort with the family and view the memorial tribute.
A special thanks to NHC Rossville for the love and care given through her stay here and Hospice of Chattanooga.
The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. today at Heritage Funeral Home, Battlefield Parkway.
CHICKAMAUGA - Mickey Lee Little, 50, retired Georgia State Trooper, departed this life on Monday, Sept, 28, 2009 at his home.
A lifelong resident of Chickamauga, Mickey graduated from Gordon Lee High School. After graduating, he was employed with the State of Georgia in 1978 as a communication officer and later became a Georgia State Trooper. Mickey had a successful career with the State Patrol. He was most noted for the drug traffic he stopped on 1-75 during 1994 and 1995. After his retirement in 2000, he enjoyed riding his Harley with his friends.
Most recently, Mickey had qualified to run for a seat on the Chickamauga City Council.
Mickey is the son of the late William D. Little and Alice Evelyn Little.
He is survived by one sister, Renee (David) Best, of Chickamauga; two brothers, David (Dee) Parrish, of Rock Spring, Kenneth Little, of Trion; three nephews, Danny Parrish, of Chattanooga, Dustin Parrish, of Rock Spring, and Michael Best, of Chickamauga.
The family will receive friends from 3 to 9 p.m. today, Oct. 1, 2009, at W.L. Wilson and Sons Funeral Home, Fort Oglethorpe.
The funeral service will be 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, 2009, in the funeral home chapel with Minster Jack James and Minster Chris Barnett officiating.
Interment will follow at Chickamauga City Cemetery.
Arrangements by W.L. Wilson and Sons Funeral Home, Fort Oglethorpe.
NEWNAN - Margaret Anne Quinn Powell, 57, died Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009, peacefully and surrounded by her family.
Born Sept. 9, 1952, in Chattanooga, to the late William L. "Bill" Quinn and Lantie Tawzer Quinn, she was preceded in death by her husband, Asa Mitchell Powell Jr.
Reared and educated in Chickamauga, Ga., she graduated from Shorter College with a BA in Fine Arts in 1974. Anne married Mitch Powell in August 1977 and taught in the Bibb County Schools until moving to Newnan, where she served as an educator from 1978 until her retirement in 2007 as Smokey Road Middle School Librarian. She earned her masters in library media education from the University of West Georgia 1996-1998. From 1985-1987, Mitch and Anne lived in Boston, Mass., where he earned his master's of theological studies at Harvard. During that time, Anne worked for three professors at the Kennedy School of Government.
Upon their return to Newnan, their lives were full of a growing family of nieces and nephews who spent summers with them, and a wide, wonderful circle of friends. Her college roommate and lifelong friend, Carol Lee Shankel said, "Anne was a genuinely kind person, my 'side by side' friend for 39 years, who could tell a great story, write a delightfully entertaining letter, host gatherings where everyone felt welcomed, made strangers feel special, loved being at the beach, was passionate about a good book and politics, enjoyed a good hot dog, preferred her Coca-Cola from small glass bottles, adored her dog Mia, and was devoted to Mitch."
Anne was named Coweta County Media Specialist of the Year in 2008. She is a cofounder of the Smokey Road Middle School Asa Mitchell Powell Jr. Memorial Scholarship. In the past two years, $8,000 in scholarships have been awarded to four Newnan High School graduating seniors who were alumni of Smokey Road Middle School. From 2006 to 2009, Anne led the Smokey Road Middle School Relay for Life Team for the American Cancer Society, which walked in memory and in honor of Mitch and Anne Powell and Smokey Road family members who are currently fighting, have successfully defeated, or have lost the battle to cancer.
Anne would like to recognize the loving and dedicated medical staffs at Peachtree Hemotology-Oncology and Northwestern Memorial Hospital: Drs. Assikis, Schink, Morgan, Singh and Lurain, and their medical teams, especially nurse practitioner Tammy Rabern.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.mckoon.com.
A memorial service is planned for today, Oct. 1, at 11:30 a.m., in the sanctuary of Central Baptist Church in downtown Newnan, preceded by a quiet graveside service for family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, please make any memorial contributions to the A. Mitchell Powell Jr., Public Library, 25 Hospital Road, Newnan, GA 30263, or to Central Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1221, Newnan, GA 30264.
She is survived by her mother, Lantie Tawzer Quinn; her sister, Jane Quinn, and her husband, Jeff McCarthy; her brother, Carl Quinn, and his wife, Pam; her parents-in-law, Asa and Grace Powell; her sister-in-law, Grace Powell Freeman, and her husband, Bob. She is also survived by seven very loving nieces and nephews, Powell and Lewis Freeman; Quinn McCarthy; Andrew, Allyson, Anna and Alex Quinn.
McKoon Funeral Home 770-253-4580.
LaFAYETTE - Cheryl Ann Randles died Monday, Sept. 28, 2009.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Wallis Memorial Chapel.
There will be no visitation.
Arrangements are by Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home of LaFayette.
ROSSVILLE - Aaron "A.D." Townsel, 77, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009, at a local hospital.
He was a native of DeKalb County, Ala., and had lived most of his life in the Rossville area. Mr. Townsel was a truck driver by trade working for Thurston Motor Line, Dave L. Brown Co., and Vulcan Materials. He was a member of the Teamsters Local 515, and he was an avid sportsman enjoying hunting and fishing. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Barbara Townsel; daughter, Becky Townsel; parents, T.M. and Plumer Townsel; two brothers, Johnny and Gordon Townsel; and two sisters, Bonnie Meadows and Jewell Lea.
Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Donna Spain and Roger Spain Sr., of Rossville; brother, Barney Townsel, of DeKalb County, Ala.; two sisters, Imodine Stallings, of Rock Spring, Ga. and Norma Dell Sears, of Fort Oglethorpe; grandson, Roger Spain Jr., of Rossville; two great-grandchildren, Cody and Madison; and several nieces and nephews.
Condolences may be sent to www.lane-southcrestchapel.com.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. in the South Crest Chapel with the Rev. Jim Bennett officiating.
Interment will follow in Lakewood Memory Gardens, South.
The family will receive friends today from 4-8 p.m. at the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home & Crematory, Rossville.
TOCCOA - Charles Cecil Whitaker, 78, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009, at Stephens County Hospital.
A son of the late Roy Edgar Whitaker and Dora Bell Hedrick Whitaker Nichols, he was born June 23, 1931 in Chattanooga, but had lived most of his life in Michigan, and lived in Yuma, Ariz., Florida and for the past 41/2 years lived in Toccoa. He was retired from Valenite Tool Manufacture as a plant manager after 35 years of service. He was a member of VFW Post 10167 in Holiday, Fla., and was U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Meryl Michela Whitaker; sons, Michael Whitaker, Piedmont, S.C., James Whitaker, Murphysboro, Tenn., and William Whitaker, Anderson, S.C.; daughter Tamara Tweedy, Pocahontas, Ark.; a stepson Dennis Santomauro, Waterloo, Iowa; six grandchildren; five step-grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by brothers, Lawrence Whitaker, D.R. Whitaker and Daniel Whitaker, Chattanooga; sister, Carolina Jean Irvan, Kirksey, Ky.; stepfather, Pleger Nichols.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, Oct. 3 at 11:30 a.m. at Hillcrest Chapel of Acree-Davis with the Rev. Alan Cole officiating with visitation Saturday from 10 until 11:30 a.m.
Graveside service will be Monday, Oct. 5, 11:30 a.m. at Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Ga., with full military honors provided by the VA Honor Guard.
Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, 2565 Thompson Bridge Road, Suite 114, Gainesville, GA 30501 in memory of Mr. Charles Cecil Whitaker.
Acree-Davis Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
RAINSVILLE - Lillian Ables, 95, formerly of Rainsville, died Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009, in Florida.
Memorial services will be held at 4 p.m. CDT Friday, Oct. 2, CDT from Geraldine Baptist Church.
Rainsville Funeral Home announcing.
FORT PAYNE - Willie Louise Henderson Browder, 89, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009.
Survivors include daughter, Barbara (Tommy) Gifford.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. CDT today, Oct. 1, at Burt Chapel, Fort Payne.
Burial in Browder-Peek Cemetery.
Arrangements by Burt Funeral Home.
FYFFE - Virginia "Jenny" Murdock, 74, died Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009, at her residence.
Funeral service will be Friday, Oct. 2, 2009 at 3 p.m. from Rainsville Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial in Mount Zion Cemetery.
Visitation will be today from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. CDT and Friday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. CDT.