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Local Obits for Fri. Dec 26, 2014


"Bud" Bailey, of Chattanooga, passed away Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014. Arrangements will be announced by Lane Funeral Home, 423-877-3524.

Ida Beason

Whitwell
Ida F. Beason, 89, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014. She was a member of Laynes Chapel Church and was preceded in death by her husband, James
Cardean Brown, 71, of Chattanooga, passed Dec. 22, 2014, in a local nursing home. Arrangements will be announced by Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services, Franklin-Strickland-Pinkard-Bryan-Smith Funeral Directors, 1724 McCallie Ave., Chattanooga, TN 37404, 423-265-4414.
Fannie Mae Beasley Casteel, 100, of Chattanooga, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014. She was born in Murphy, N.C., to the late Henry and Mollie Beasley. Fannie Mae has been a resident of

Gussie Clark

Lafayette
LaFAYETTE Gussie M. Clark, 86, passed away Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, in a local hospital. She was a member of Midway A.M.E. Zion Church in Chickamauga, Ga. She was preceded in death
Becky Coyner, of Red Bank, passed away Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014. Arrangements will be announced by Lane Funeral Home, Ashland Terrace, 423-877-3524.

Mary Daniel

Rossville
Mary Elizabeth Barnett Daniel, 80, departed this life Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014. She was born in Dalton, Ga., to the late Harvey and Minnie Barnett and was a member of Flintstone Solid Rock Baptist

Lula Darden

Kesington
Mrs. Lula Louise Darden, 69, passed away Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, at Redmond Regional Medical Center. She was preceded in death by the father of her children, William Rogers Darden; parents,
William Davis, 65, passed way Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014, following a brief illness. Arrangements by the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home & Crematory located at the end of Historic Missionary

Jack Ellison

Chickamauga
Julius Jackson Ellison, 80, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014. He was born in Chickamauga to the late James F. and Eria Mammie Campbell Ellison. He was a graduate of Gordon Lee High

Ricky Givens

Rainsville
Ricky Eugene Givens, 60, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 24. Funeral services will be Saturday, Dec. 27, beginning at 3 p.m. CST from the W.T. Wilson Funeral Chapel. Burial follows at Fischer Cemetery. Visitation is from

Grace Gray

Rossville
Grace Gray, 91, passed away on Tuesday Dec. 23, 2014. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home & Crematory. The family will receive friends
Joseph Riley Greene, 12, of East Brainerd, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, in a local hospital. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 26, at in
Troy Talmadge Gullette, 88, of Chattanooga, and a long-time resident of Kingston, Tenn., died Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, at his home. He was a Navy veteran of World War II, and had retired after 40-plus

Terria Henderson

Lafayette
LaFAYETTE Terria Nicole Henderson passed away Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014. Funeral is set for 1 p.m. CST Saturday, Dec. 27, from the W.T. Wilson Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow in Pea Ridge Cemetery. Visitation

Charles Hicks

Rock spring
Charles Malcolm "Bobo" Hicks Jr., 53, passed away, Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014. He was a lifelong resident of Rock Spring and attended Ebenezer Baptist Church, Ringgold. He was the owner/operator of
JohnRyan John Ryan, 71, passed away on Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Ave., 622-9995.
Thelma King, 93, Chattanooga, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014. Thelma was a lifelong resident of Chattanooga and member of Jones Memorial United Methodist Church. Thelma was enthusiastic about all of
Rita Lavon McAdoo, 57, was called to be with the Lord on Dec. 22, 2014, in Chattanooga. Rita was born on Oct. 31, 1957, to John Kidd (deceased) and Theresa B. Woods (deceased) in

Ken McAllister

Lookout mountain
James Kenneth "Ken" McAllister, 53, died suddenly at home Wednesday morning, Dec. 24, 2014, surrounded by his family. He was a member of West Cove Holiness Church. He was very affectionate when it came

Leon Miller

Paint rock
Leon Miller, 72, went to his heavenly home Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014. Leon worke at G.W. Jones as a manager from 1957-1997. then retired to do his dream job as a farmer raising cattle. Mr.
Leonard Morton, 72, of Ooltewah, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, after a lengthy illness. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m., today, Dec. 26, in the Valley View Chapel of
Lena Rae Kopkin Mott passed away on Wednesday evening, Dec. 24, 2014, at the age of 100. Graveside services will beheld at 10 a.m. today, Dec. 26, at Shaari Zion Cemetery with Rabbi Susan Tendler
Doris Jean Butler Newton, 83, died Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014. She was a lifelong resident of Chattanooga, and was still actively working as a private sitter and caregiver. Doris lived a full
Audrey Joan Ottley, 84, of Signal Mountain, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. Audrey was born in Orange City, N.J., and was a longtime resident of the Signal Mountain area. She enjoyed playing tennis,
William A. "Bill" Penney, 86, of Soddy-Daisy, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014. He was of the Church of God Faith. Bill retired from Chattanooga Glass Company. He was preceded in death
Rosa Mea Ryan, 65, passed away on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Ave., 622-9995.
Tarasha LaShun Scott, 44, of Chattanooga, passed away Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, at her residence. She was employed by Orange Grove Center, was a member of the Lookout Congregation of Jehovahs Witnesses.

Jackie Sexton II

Chickamauga
Jackie Lee Sexton II, 39, passed on Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014. He is survived by his parents, Jackie Sexton and Evelyn McNabb Sexton; daughters, Hailey, Hannah and Heather Sexton; sisters, Beverly (Greg) Mayfield
Michelle Stratton, 17, of Chattanooga, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014, in a local hospital. Arrangements will be announced by the Chattanooga Funeral Home Crematory &Florist, North Chapel.

Juanita Tate

Lafayette
LaFAYETTE Juanita Hicks Tate, 89, died Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014. Surviving are daughters, Patricia Faulkner, Phyllis Maddox of Lafayette; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two great- great-grandchildren. Services:, Friday, Dec. 26,
Clarence E. Wilson, 95, of Chattanooga, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, Dec. 22, 2014. Clarence was a longtime resident of the Chattanooga area and a former resident of Summit View
Katherine Wooten, 52, of Soddy-Daisy, died Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, at her residence. She had been the general manager of the Soddy-Daisy Burger King for the past 15 years. She was

Betty Wright

Chickamauga
Betty Sue Stoker Wright, 87, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014. She was born in Chickamauga, Ga., to the late William Burl and Euless Malacoat Stoker. She was a lifelong resident of Walker

In MemoryBeulah Eldridge

In loving memory of Beulah Eldridge, who went to be with Jesus on December 26, 1983. Sadly missed and loved by the entire Eldridge family.
-Johnson March 25, 1940 - December 26, 2009 Gone but not forgotten. Its been five years and it still is hard not being able to see or talk to you. You are always on

In MemoryShawn Washington

Shawn Sewell Washington Sept. 18, 1981-Dec. 26, 2005 Its been nine years since you left us to be with the Lord. Really cant find words for how much Imiss you. But I know you are
Edward Barnes, 43, of Chattanooga, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014, in a local hospital. Arrangements will be announced later by Taylor Funeral Home of Chattanooga Inc.

Linda Bentley

Chickamauga
Linda Jane Reed Bentley, 63, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014. She had lived most of her life in the Clarksdale, Miss., area before moving to
Wahnetta Bourquin, 90, passed away Monday, Dec. 22, 2014. Arrangements to be announced by Lane Funeral Home, Ashland Terrace, 423-877-3524.
Christiane Lucie Burchard, 90, of Flat Top Mountain, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014. She was a member of Pilgrims Rest Baptist Church. Born in France, Christiane was a veteran of
Fannie Mae Beasley Casteel, 100, of Chattanooga, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014. She was born in Murphy, N.C., to the late Henry and Mollie Beasley. Fannie Mae has been a resident of
Mildred Rubylee "Dinkle" Flowers Clayton, 83, died, Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014. Visitation: 6-8 p.m. Friday at Ziegler Funeral Home, Funeral to follow at 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial: 11 a.m. Saturday
Lillian L. Cox, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, in a local healthcare facility. Arrangements are incomplete and have been entrusted to Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services Franklin-Strickland-Pinkard-Bryan Smith, Funeral Directors, 1724 McCallie Ave.,

Lula Darden

Kensington
Lula Louise Darden, 69, passed away Monday, Dec. 22, 2014. Service set for 2 p. m. Saturday, Dec. 27, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Kensington. Visitation at the funeral home
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