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Local Obits for Fri. Jul 13, 2012

Peggie Akridge

Hamilton county
Peggie Virginia Akridge, 71, of Chattanooga, passed away Saturday, July 7, 2012, in a local hospital.She was formerly employed by Hamilton County Health Department and was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church.She was preceded in

Jo Ann

Hamilton county
Jo Ann "Joey" Bernstein, 66, of Soddy-Daisy, passed away Monday, July 9, 2012.Joey had a big heart with a soft spirit and a laughing smile who was known for her love of her teddy bears.

Camilla Barnheart

Hamilton county
Camilla Hurt Barnheart, 45, transitioned Sunday, July 8, 2012, in Conyers, Ga. She was a resident of Atlanta.She is survived by her daughter, Jessica Barnheart; son, Jerka Barnheart; one grand-daughter, Greensboro, Ga.; father, Richard

Dona Barton

LYNCHBURG Dona Dodd Barton, 100, passed away on Wednesday, July 11, 2012, at Harton Regional Medical Center in Tullahoma. A Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. today in the Jennings Moore-Cortner Chapel.Interment

Carl Blair

Hamilton county
Carl Nolan Blair was called home Tuesday, July 10, 2012 to be with the Lord at the age of 103.Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. today at Heritage Funeral Home Chapel with Rev.

Doris Cole

Hamilton county
Doris Nix Cole, 73, passed away Wednesday, July 11, 2012, in a local hospital.She moved to Milwaukee from Chattanooga in 1958 and was employed with the Milwaukee Minority Chamber and the city of Milwaukee Housing

Elsie Collins

Hamilton county
Elsie Collins, 79, of Chattanooga, passed away Thursday, July 12, 2012 in a local health care facility.Arrangements will be announced by Taylor Funeral Home of Chattanooga Inc.

Mary Cookson

Hamilton county
Mary Virginia Cookson, 83, of Chattanooga, passed away on Wednesday, July 11, 2012, in a local hospital.She was a native of Mentone, Ala., but had lived most of her life in the Chattanooga area.

William Crisp

RINGGOLD William Asbury Crisp, 75, died Thursday, July 12, 2012.He was retired from education in Catoosa and Walker County and was retired from the U.S. Air Force from 1962 to 1968.Survived by his wife,

Gretchen Day

OAK RIDGE Gretchen Hamilton Day, 82, departed this life at NHC Dunlap on Thursday, July 12, 2012.Gretchen was a member and former deacon of First Baptist Church of Oak Ridge, a former member of

Jerry Dixon

Hamilton county
Jerry E. Dixon, 65, passed away on Thursday, July 12, 2012, at a local hospital. Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Ave., 622-9995.

Joel Dragg

Hamilton county
Joel Dragg died in a local hospital on Saturday, July 7, 2012.He was preceded in death by his father, Mose Howard; mother, Inez Dragg; brother, Terry Lee; sisters, Gurletha Robinson, Doris Suttles and Essie Townsend.Survivors

Bessie Duncan

Hamilton county
Bessie Powell Duncan, 84, of Chattanooga, passed away Thursday, July 12, 2012, at a local hospital.Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time, completed arrangements will be announce in a later edition by Heritage Funeral Home,

Tenisea Fox

Hamilton county
Tenisea Fox, 50, of Chattanooga passed away on Sunday, July 8, 2012, in Jacksonville, N.C.She had lived most of her life in Chattanooga, and was presently living in Maysville, N.C.Tenisea was a member of New

Collette French

Hamilton county
CROSSVILLE Collette Cross French, 40, passed away Tuesday, July 10, 2012.She was born Feb. 12, 1972 in Chico, Calif. She resided in both McMinn and Rhea Counties since 1980.She was predeceased by her grandfather,

Samella Gilmore

Hamilton county
Samella Gilmore, 89, passed away Tuesday, July 10, 2012, at a local hospital.Arrangements by Hardwick & Sons Funeral Home Inc., 765 East M.L. King Blvd. 267-1244.

Erma Glasgow

Hamilton county
Erma J. Glasgow, 78, of Chattanooga, passed away Friday, July 6, 2012 at her residence.She was formerly employed by Hamilton County Nursing Home. She formerly attended New United Church and recently attended Metro Tabernacle.She was

Arvil Goins

ATHENS Arvil Justin Goins, 80, passed away Thursday morning, July 12, 2012, at Athens Regional Medical Center.Funeral 11 a.m. Saturday in Short Creek Baptist Church.Burial will be in Buttram Cemetery.Visitation 5-8 p.m. today at

Lane Griggs

Dr. Lane GriggsADAIRSVILLE Lane Brooks Griggs, M.D. died Saturday, July 7, 2012, at Emory Hospital from complications associated with surgery to repair his damaged heart. He was 54 years old.Lane was born on May

Tonnie Hickey

Hamilton county
Tonnie Jarrett Lori Hickey, 66, a resident of East Ridge and beloved mother of Dawn Hickey Zielke and Lori Hickey Ezell, passed away Wednesday, July 11, 2012, of pancreatic cancer.Other survivors include her son-in-law, Mark

Alfred Holland

PIKEVILLE Alfred Holland, 82, died Thursday, July 12, 2012, at his home.Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Saturday in the chapel with the Rev. Jimmy Williams officiating.Burial in Pikeville Cemetery.Visitation will begin 4-9 p.m.

Karon Jennings

Dr. McMINNVILLE Dr. Karon Ray Jennings, D.V.M. died on Thursday, July 12, 2012, in McMinnville.He was born Oct. 29, 1925, in Lawrence County, Tenn. He was a graduate of Lawrence County High School, attended

Ronald Keith

Hamilton county
Ronald Eugene Keith, 41, of Chattanooga, passed away on Wednesday, July 11, 2012.He was of the Christian faith and preceded in death by his father, Clarence Eugene Keith.Survivors include his daughter, Tracie Keith; mother, Rosie

June Kelly

LUMINARY June L. Kelly, 74, died Wednesday, July 11, 2012, in an area hospital after a lengthy battle with cancer. Miss June, AKA the Chicken Lady, was very active in the Luminary Volunteer Fire

Geraldine Langley

DAYTON Geraldine "Geri" Shofner Langley, a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend to many, passed this life, being 92 years old, on Thursday, July 12, 2012.She was born May 27, 1920

Rosa Lee

CLEVELAND Rosa Lee Hixon, 81, passed away on Thursday, July 12, 2012.Survivors include her husband, John M. Hixson; and five children.Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Higgins Funeral Home.Interment will follow in Lee

David Mays

Hamilton county
Jr.Joseph David Mays Jr., 68, passed away Thursday, July 12, 2012.He was a member of Jones Memorial United Methodist Church and was retired from the city of East Ridge as city finance director/City Manager.Survivors

Creasie Meeks

COALMONT Creasie Meeks, 81, passed away Tuesday, July 10, 2012.Funeral will be 11 a.m. today in the funeral home chapel.Burial in Meeks Family Cemetery.Online condolences may be made at are by Foster &

Ruth Metzger

CLEVELAND Ruth Hicks Metzger, 90, a lifelong resident of Bradley County, passed away on Wednesday, July 11, 2012, in a Chattanooga hospital.A graduate of Bradley High School and the Chattanooga School of Business, she

Matthew Neal

CHARLOTTE Matthew Brashears "Matt" Neal, 50, formerly of Chattanooga, suddenly Wednesday, July 11, 2012, at his home.Survivors include his wife, Mendy Powell Neal, Charlotte; his mom and dad, Marcia and Morton Brashears, LaGrange,
Sr.FORT OGLETHORPE Clyde DeForest Penland Sr., 79, passed away on Thursday, July 12, 2012, at his residence. He was born Feb. 3, 1933 to the late Clyde and Euna Penland. After

Lucy Plemons

RINGGOLD Lucy Mae Green Plemons, 90, passed on into glory to be with her Saviour and Lord Jesus Christ on Wednesday, July 11, 2012.A resident of the Chattanooga North Georgia area for the past

Herbert Roberts

SUMMERVILLE Herbert "Herbie" Roberts, 56, died Wednesday, July 11, 2012.Funeral will be 2 p.m. Saturday, July 14 in the chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home.Burial: Greenhills Memory Garden.Visitation 6 until 8 p.m. today at

Margaret Ryon

Hamilton county
Margaret Fullam Ryon, 87, a longtime resident of Chattanooga, peacefully went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, July 10, 2012.Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 13, at the East

Nancy Stephens

RISING FAWN Nancy Castleberry Stephens, 56, went to be with the Lord Tuesday evening, July 10, 2012.She had been employed by Hutcheson Medical Center of Fort Oglethorpe. Mrs. Stephens was of the Methodist faith

Charles Thurman

CLEVELAND Charles K. Thurman, 72, passed away Wednesday, July 11, 2012, in a Chattanooga hospital.He was a veteran of the United States Army and a graduate of Ooltewah High School Class of 1957 where

Marilyn Watts

Hamilton county
Marilyn Jo Siress Watts, 55, lifelong resident of Red Bank, walked from her earthly home into her heavenly mansion prepared for her by The Lord Jesus Christ, Tuesday, July 10, 2012. She was a

Bobby Williams

ETOWAH Bobby Lee Williams, 78, died Wednesday, July 11, 2012, at his residence. Memorial service will be held 7 p.m. Monday, July 16, at First Baptist Church, Etowah.Family will receive friends 6-7 p.m.

Robert Williamson

Hamilton county
Robert Hugh "Bob" Williamson Jr., 83, of Ooltewah passed away Thursday, July 12, 2012. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Chattanooga National Cemetery.The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m.


In memory
INMEMORYGRACE KELLEBREWJuly 13, 1942 - Nov 26, 2010Happy Birthday, MomLoving you forever.Your daughter, grand, great-grandchildren, sisters, family and friends.

In MemoryAllan Gordy

In memory
February 12, 1975-July 13, 1996Thank you for all the times you made me laugh. Thank you, Allen, for all the tears, worries, and for making me proud to be your mom. Thank you for 21


In memory
July 13, 2000Surely missed by her husband, George Garth, sister, Mary and dear friend Georgia


In memory
ZOLA M. MOOREJuly 13, 1944-June 2, 1997HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAMAYou are greatly missed and never forgotten. You are in our hearts forever. Theres not a minute of each hour in a day we dont
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