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Local Obits for Thu. Dec 18, 2014


Pearl Billingsley, 89, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, at a local healthcare facility. Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Ave., 622-9995.
Walter Lee Boggess, 76, of Ooltewah, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. He was a member of New Haven Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by

Beverly Breaux

Lorganger,
La. Beverly W. Breaux, 57, a native of Chattanooga, and a resident of Loranger, passed away peacefully on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. She is survived by her loving husband, Robert J. Breaux Sr.; four
James "Red" Buckner Jr., 65, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, at Starr Regional Medical Center of Athens. Graveside services at 1 p.m. today in Hampton Cemetery in Englewood. Visitation will be 11:30 a.m.-12:30
Beatrice "Polly" Campbell, 91, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Funeral is set at 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, from W.T. Wilson Funeral Chapel with Brother Verlon Stiefel officiating. Visitation from noon-3 p.m. Friday,
Elva Marie Casey-Johnson, 102, a longtime resident of Chattanooga, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. She was born in Atlanta, Ga., on Aug. 7, 1912,
Joanne Christman, 69, of Saint Johnsville, N.Y., died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Local arangements are by Covenant Funeral & Crematory, Crox family owned and operated, www.CovenantFuneral.com.
Mr. Y. C. Cothron passed Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014 in Macon. Preceded in death by his parents, Otis and Julia Cothron; a beloved wife, Naomi Ruth Paris Cothron; daughter, Margaret Smith; sons-in-law, Robert Mitchell and
Robert Craig, 65, of Ooltewah, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. A lifelong resident of the Chattanooga area, he was retired from Shaw Industries with 30 years of service. He was the son of the
Luther Andrew "L.A." Dillingham, 84, of Soddy-Daisy, formerly of Ringgold, Ga., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 in a local health care facility. A native of Shannon, Ga., he was a son of
Howard "Bud" Elliott, 91, of Chattanooga, died peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. Bud was truly a member of "the greatest generation," beloved by his family and many friends, and
Patricia Jo Freeman, 73, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, in Chattanooga. Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Ave., 622-9995.
Melvin Frost, 69, of Chattanooga, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in the Hospice Care Center. Arrangements will be announced by Taylor Funeral Home of Chattanooga Inc.
Bernice Edwards Gay, 88, of Chattanooga, died Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, surrounded by family. Bernice retired from Erlanger Hospital where she worked for over 15 years. She was a faithful member of St. Elmo Missionary
Thomas Odell Gordon, 71, died on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, at a local hospital. He was a graduate of Howard High School class of 1961 and he was a member of the football team. He
Charles W. Heberer, 88, of Hixson, passed away Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014. He was a graduate of University of Detroit High School, class of 1944 and Michigan State University, Class of 1951. Mr. Heberer

Albert Gooch Jr

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Albert "Roy" Gooch, Jr., 67, died recently at his home. He was born on Sept. 1, 1947 in St. Louis, Mo., to the late Albert Roy Gooch Sr., and Pauline Hartt Gooch. He attended school
Roosevelt Dossett Jr., 83, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 in a healthcare facility in Greensboro, N.C. Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Ave., 622-9995.
Helen Pegg Kennedy, 98, of Chattanooga, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Arrangements will be announced by Covenant Funeral & Crematory, Crox family owned and operated, www.CovenantFuneral.com.
Virginia "Jenny" Ellen Manis, 65, of Hixson, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. "Jenny" was born in Knoxville, to the late Tom and Ruby Wilkerson. She was employed with IHOP in Hixson for over
Louis Gordon Oakey, 93, a native of Chattanooga, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. He was a veteran of WWII and retired from the US Post Office. Mr. Oakey was a member of 2nd Presbyterian
Larry Mack Ownbey, 73, of Apison, went home to be with his Lord on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. A generous and caring person, he was the son of the late Robert Joseph Sr. and Callie
Lawrence Howard Phillips, 80, of Harrison, went to Heaven on Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. He was a graduate of Bob Jones University and Deacon of Hillside Baptist Church. Born in Kansas City, Mo., to the
Jorge DeOliveira Pontes, 56, of Chattanooga, passed away on Friday, Dec. 17, 2014. He leaves behind to cherish his memory his sons, Jason and Josh Pontes; his granddaughter, Brianna Pontes; his wife, Kristy Bezenah; and
Paul Brian Rector, 38, of Chattanooga, passed away on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. He was preceded in death by his mother, Connie Rector; sister, Kimberly Malone; maternal grandparents, Earl and Nina Johnson; paternal grandfather, Harold
Debra Charlene Stailey 55, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Arrangements are incomplete and have been entrusted to Advantage Funeral Cremation Services Franklin-Strickland-Pinkard-Bryan-Smith Funeral Directors, 1724 McCallie Ave. 423-265-4414.
Annie Lucille Thompson, 93, of Chattanooga, passed away Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in a local hospital. She was formerly employed by Howard High School and a member of Liberty Temple in Detroit, Mich., and later
John L. Tilstra, M.D., of Collegedale, died Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, at Life Care Center of Ooltewah. He was born to missionary parents in Indonesia, Jan. 7, 1930.He graduated from Loma Linda University School of
Jack David Vance, 69, of Chattanooga, passed away Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. He was the son of the late Jack Desmond Vance and Mary Ruth Thomas Vance Williams and was preceded in death by a
Elizabeth Fox Ward, 101, of Chattanooga, passed away Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014. A lifelong resident of Chattanooga, she was a member of St. Marks United Methodist Church and retired from Signal Knitting Mills. She was
Henrietta West CHICKAMAUGA Henrietta White McMahan West, 92, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. She was born in Rising Fawn, Ga., to the late Asa and Cecil Hitt McMahan. She had lived most of
Marianna Amende Wheeler, 91, died on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, in Greenville, S.C. Born on Nov. 14, 1923 in Grimma, Germany, she was the daughter of the late Marie and Otto Amende. She was married

Robert Wilhelm

Lafayette
LaFAYETTE Robert Eugene "Bob" Wilhelm, 83, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Bob was born to the late Paul Joseph Wilhelm

Mary Wilkerson

Summerville
Mary Wilkerson, 100, died Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. Survivors: sons, Jimmy Wilkerson, Bobby Wilkerson, Jerry Wilkerson, Mark Wilkerson, David Wilkerson, Dale Wilkerson; 21 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; 24 great-great-grandchildren; four great-great-great-grandchildren. Funeral, 2 p.m. Friday, Dec.
Thomas Clinton Wright, 78, of Chattanooga, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, in a local hospital. Please share your thoughts and memories at www.chattanooganorthchapel.com. Arrangements are by the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory

In MemoryJanie Broadnax

Sept. 8, 1926 - Dec. 18 2011 And while she lies peaceful in sleep, Her memory we shall always keep. Love, children, grandchildren, family and friends
Pastor Clarence T. Brooks, Sr. December 18, 2014 On behalf of your loving wife of 48 years, this would have been our Wedding Anniversary today. Words cant convey just how much we love

In MemoryMattie Fox

In Loving Memory MATTIE L. FOX Aug. 12, 1933-Dec. 18, 2005 "We love and miss you so very much...." Sadly missed by, Joe, Marie, John, Family and Friends

In MemoryBessie Upshaw

Feb. 25, 1933 - Dec. 18, 2011 Three years ago today your body left us, but your spirit is still with us. Sons; Stanley, Tommy and Glenn. Relatives and friends

In MemoryJames Winston

Mar. 25, 1920-Dec. 18,2013 Sadly but joyfully missed by Children, Grandchildren, Great-Grandchildren, and a host of Family and Loved ones. Loved Always.
Walter Lee Boggess, 76, of Ooltewah, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. Funeral services will be held at noon Thursday in the funeral home chapel with
Idaho Hershel R. Carmichael, loving husband, father, grandfather and all around good man, passed away Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, at the VA hospital in Boise. He was born March 16, 1934 in Chattanooga, to

Rowena Clark

Huntland
Rowena J. Clark, 80, passed away Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, at her residence. Visitation will be 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18 at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, with funeral services following at 1 p.m. in Moore-Cortner

Tracy Clark

Tullahoma
Tracy R. Clark, 41, passed away Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, at Harton Regional Medical Center. Visitation is 1-2 p.m. today, Dec. 17, at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home with services at 2 p.m. Burial in
Martha Elizabeth DeFriese Coffey, 92, was released from her earthly bonds on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. Born on Feb. 21, 1922, she was a lifelong resident of the Chattanooga area and a member of Newnan
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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Rose Cochran, the wife of Mississippi Republican Sen. Thad Cochran, has died. She was 73.
PHOENIX (AP) - Former Phoenix Mayor John Driggs, who is credited with helping establish a group of mountain parks in the desert city, has died at the age of 87.
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NEW YORK (AP) - Ken Weatherwax, who played the child character Pugsley on "The Addams Family" television series in the 1960s, has died. He was 59.
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L. Stephen Coles, a researcher who studied supercentenarians - the rare breed of humans who have managed to stay alive 110 years or more - has died. He was 73.
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Claudia Emerson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, died early Thursday morning at age 57 after a long battle with cancer, the...
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Claudia Emerson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, has died. She was 57.
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NEW YORK (AP) - The first person born in Puerto Rico to become a U.S. congressman has died. New York City politician Herman Badillo was 85.
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