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Local Obits for Wed. May 16, 2012


RINGGOLD Brandon Chase Noah, 22, died Saturday, May 12, 2012.He was born in Fort Oglethorpe, Aug. 14, 1989. He attended Oakwood Baptist at Gateway, Ringgold, and was employed at the Animal Clinic East.

Mildred Abercrombie

Hamilton county
Mildred Virginia Abercrombie, 98, of Chattanooga, died Sunday, May 13, 2012.She was born July 15, 1913, in Cedartown, Ga., to John Alton and Electa Frances Fields. They moved to Chattanooga in 1915. She was employed

Bonnie Bell

Hamilton county
Bonnie Doil Collins Bell, 80, of Hixson, passed away Sunday, May 13, 2012.She was the daughter of the late James F. and Sophia "Trecie" Tollett Collins of Jasper, Tenn. Mrs. Bell was a member of

Lonnie Bishop

BENTON Lonnie Bishop, 59, died Monday, May 14, 2012.Survivors include wife, Karen Bishop; children, Chad Bishop, Lonnie Bishop, Robert Bishop and Shelia Black.Services will be at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at Higgins Funeral

Kent Chandler

WOODSTOCK Kent Chandler, 56, died Monday May 14, 2012, surrounded by his loving family.Kent was born in Chattanooga, and praised as cutest baby of the week. He was a long time resident of Chattanooga

Harold Clay

Hamilton county
Harold Dayward Clay, 59, of Harrison, passed away Monday, May 14, 2012.He was preceded in death by his mother, Gladys Reaves and two brothers.Harold retired as a Lineman for Bell South after 37 years of

James Creasman

Hamilton county
James "Bud" Creasman, 68, of Soddy-Daisy, died Tuesday, May 15, 2012, surounded by his loving family.Arrangements will be announced by Hamilton Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 4506 Hixson Pike, 423-531-3975.

Darrell Davenport

Hamilton county
Darrell Dean Davenport, 73, of Chattanooga, went home to be with the Lord Monday, May 14, 2012. He passed away peacefully surrounded by his family.Darrell was owner and operator of a very successful business "Federal

Ray Deese

Rev. Jr.SPRING CITY Rev. Raymond Deese Jr., 62, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, May 11, 2012.He was a United Methodist Church minister for 30 years.He was preceded in death

Lewis Dozier

SEWANEE Lewis Dozier, 71, died Thursday, May 10, 2012, at Emerald-Hodgson Hospital in Sewanee. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, May 18, at All Saints Chapel, Sewanee followed by

Beau Durham

Hamilton county
Daniel Kane "Beau" Durham, 32, unexpectedly went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, May 13, 2012.Born April 4, 1980 in Chattanooga, he was a lifelong resident of Signal Mountain and a member of

Linda Ferney

Hamilton county
Linda Ferney, 63, beloved wife, mother and grandmother passed away on Sunday, May 13, 2012, at her home in Hixson.She is survived by husband, Brett; three children, Butch, Mike and Angie as well as six

Julia Ford

Hamilton county
Julia Mae Ford, 89, of Birchwood, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, May 13, 2012 from a local health center. She was a Baptist.Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 16,

Katie Hampton

Hamilton county
Katie Margaret Hampton, 95, of Apison, formerly of Hazard, Ky., passed away Sunday, May 13, 2012, at a local hospital.She was a member of Apison Baptist Church and a member of the L.L.L. Sunday School

Chelsea Hayes

Hamilton county
Chelsea Smith Hayes, 14, passed away on Sunday, May 13, 2012 in Chattanooga.Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Avenue, 622-9995.

Betty Heffington

Hamilton county
Betty Ann Gant Heffington, 70, Chattanooga, passed away Monday, May 14, 2012.She was a member of Red Bank Church of Christ where she was involved in the benevolent program. Betty had worked at Quality Tire

James Keeler

Hamilton county
James Robert Keeler, 86, of Hixson, died Monday, May 14, 2012.Arrangements will be announced by Covenant Funeral & Cremation Service, Crox family owned and operated,

Wilma Layne

WHITE CITY Wilma Mae Layne, 89, died Monday, May 14, 2012, at the home of her daughter.Services 2 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. LarryLayne officiating.Funeral arrangements by Foster &

Eula Mitchell

SUMMERVILLE Eula Louise Mitchell, 85, died Monday, May 14, 2012. Survivors, children, Mary Brown, John Mitchell, Anthony Mitchell, Scott Mitchell; sisters, Rose King, Audrey Rial; brother, Johnny Ivey; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren. Funeral is

Dewyella Mosley

BRYANT Dewyella Lynn Reece Mosley, 48, passed away Monday, May 14, 2012.She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and sister, who enjoyed camping, reading, the beach. She was a lifelong resident of Bryant.She was

Pearl Pemberton

JASPER Pearl Pemberton, 88, died Sunday, May 13, 2012, in a Chattanooga hospital.The daughter of the late Ed and Betsy Jane Brown Layne, she worked as a cook at Jasper Elementary School for many

Jacqueline Perry

Hamilton county
Jacqueline Perry, 81, of East Ridge, died Monday May 14, 2012.She was born July 15, 1930 in Chattanooga to Herbert Glenn and Pearl Jeanette Parham. She was of the Methodist faith. Mrs. Perry was preceded

Joseph Persinger

Hamilton county
Joseph Samuel Persinger Sr., 84, of Lookout Mountain, Tenn., died Tuesday, May 15, 2012, in a local health care center.Arrangements will be announced by Heritage Funeral Home, 7454 East Brainerd Road.

Donald Pharr

Hamilton county
Donald Earl Pharr, 71, of Birchwood, went home to be with the Lord on Monday evening, May 14, 2012.He was a longtime resident of Hamilton County and was owner and operator of Georgia Machinery Sales

Dorainda Raines

Hamilton county
Dorainda Raines, 82, passed away Saturday, May 12, 2012, at Life Care of Collegedale.Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday in the chapel with Rev. Eugene Butler and Rev. Nick Forshee officiating.Burial

Lee Rice

Hamilton county
Lee W. Rice Sr., 83, of East Ridge, passed away on Monday, May 14, 2012, at his home.Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today, May 16, 2012, in the South Crest Chapel of

Joe Richey

Hamilton county
Joe Wallace Richey, 67, of Harrison, passed away Monday, May 14, 2012.Joe was born June 23, 1944 in Chattanooga and was a lifelong resident of Harrison. He was a member of the Highway 58 Volunteer

Traynor Ricker

TEN MILE Traynor Ricker, 84, died Tuesday morning, May 15, 2012, at Athens Regional Medical Center.Funeral at 1 p.m. Thursday at Five Point Baptist Church.Burial in Walnut Grove Cemetery.Visitation 5-8 p.m. today at the

Mary Sloan

SOUTH PITTSBURG Mary Margaret "Dubie" Hale Sloan, 86, passed away, Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at her home.She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy "Sammy" Sloan; and parents, David Franklin and

Bobby Stansell

Bobby Joe StansellLaFAYETTE Bobby Joe "Bob" Stansell, 79, formerly of LaFayette, passed away on Saturday, May 12, 2012, at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Ind.He was born in LaFayette, and served in the U.S. Army,

Sarah Thomas

BRIDGEPORT Sarah Ruth Thomas, 84, passed away Monday, May 14, 2012, at Grandview Medical Center.Visitation 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at Bridgeport Methodist Church.Memorial services will be held the same day at 1

David Tibbals

Hamilton county
David Mitchell Tibbals, 51, died Tuesday, May 15, 2012, at his residence.He was formerly of Rhea County, he had worked at La-Z-Boy Chair Co., before going to Volkswagon in Chattanooga, and was of the Presbyterian

Lois Troxell

Hamilton county
Lois H. Troxell, 84, of Chattanooga, was called home on Monday, May 14, 2012. She passed peacefully in her sleep.She was born Jan. 14, 1928 in Alabama.She was preceded in death by her husband,

In MemoryClara Rivers

In memory
INMEMORYClara Smartt RiversOct 31, 1929- May 16, 2011You are now in Gods Arms, and forever in our hearts. Your elegance and grace can never be replaced.Beverly and Larry Rowe Sr., Great Nieces and Nephew, Lysa,

In MemoryWalter Tate

In memory
INMEMORYWalter W.C. TateAug. 4, 1937-May 16, 1994Remembering And Missing You More Each Day, Love Always, The Tate Family
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