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Local Obits for Fri. Apr 13, 2012

Martha Adams

Hamilton county
Martha Elizabeth Gordon Adams, 73, passed away on Friday, March 30, 2012, at a local hospital.She was a graduate of Chattanooga High School Class of 1957 and Erlanger Nursing School. As a registered nurse, Martha

Raymond Arp

ROSSVILLE Paul Raymond Arp, 82, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, April 5, 2012 and to be reunited with his bride of 62 years, Nancy. He was a lifelong resident

Jewell Brown

Jewell May Brown, 92, of Chattanooga, passed away Thursday, April 12, 2012, in a local health care facility.She was a member of First Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Chattanooga since 1948. She led a very simple

Willis Bryan

CALHOUN Willis "Witt" Bryan, 86, a passed away Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at his home.He was the owner and operator of Aileys Garage in Charleston for many years. He was a veteran of

Arthur Desjardins

Hamilton county
Col. Col. Arthur "Art" Desjardins, 69, of Hixson, passed away on Wednesday, April 11, 2012.Art was born on Oct. 24, 1944, in Boston, Mass., to the late Willard and Rita Desjardins. He graduated

Linda Dillon

SPRING CITY Linda F. Dillon, 65, died Thursday, April 12, 2012. Survived by husband, Wess Dillon; daughter, Shelia Ann Ramirez; brother, Ted Rhodes; and four grandchildren. There will be no visitation or services.

Shawn Estermyer

Sr.LaFAYETTE Shawn Andrew Estermyer Sr., 41, passed away Thursday, April 12, 2012.A native of Pennsylvania, Shawn has lived in the North Georgia area for the past 24 years, was an employee of Mohawk

Harold Evitt

Hamilton county
Harold Evitt, 60, a lifelong resident of Chattanooga went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, April 11, 2012.He was the son of the late James and Florence Evitt.

Tara Fuller

Hamilton county
Tara Taylor Fuller, 48, of Chattanooga, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family and friends on Thursday, April 12, 2012. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 14, 2012 at Christ United Methodist

Linda Garner

CLEVELAND Linda Parks Garner, 72, died Tuesday, April 10, 2012. Survivors include her children, Deborah Hicks (fianc Mike Crittenden) and William (Paula) Garner; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.Funeral services are 2 p.m. today at

Herbert Gilley

FYFFE Herbert Gilley, 85, passed away Wednesday, April 11, 2012 in Wimauma, Fla. Funeral services will 3 p.m. Sunday, April 15, from the W.T. Wilson Funeral Chapel.Burial will follow in Highway Church of God

Daniel Korol

Hamilton county
Daniel Korol, 74, of Chattanooga, passed away Wednesday, April 11, 2012.Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. today, April 13, 2012 at GraceWorks Church, 6445 Lee Highway, Chattanooga, TN 37421, with Dr. Dennis Newman

Sybil Larison

DUNLAP Sybil Louise Havey Larison, 101, died peacefully Thursday, April 12, 2012.She was preceded in death by in death by her husband of 49 years, Archie Lee Larison; parents, James Henry Havey and Agnes

Buena Luke

IDER Buena Lee Luke, 88, died Wednesday, April 11, 2012, at her residence.Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Rudy and Donna Mays, Michael and Manila Mays; brother and sister-in-law, Martin and Grace Shrader; grandchildren,

David McNabb

Hamilton county
David Vernon McNabb, 85, of Red Bank, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 11, 2012.Dave was a member of Lupton Drive Baptist Church. He was an Army veteran and retired from

Joy Miller

LEXINGTON Joyce Smith "Joy" Miller, 65, formerly of Bridgeport, Ala., died Wednesday, April 11, 2012, following a courageous battle with cancer.The daughter of the late Andrew Jr. and Katherine Payne Smith, she was a

John Myer

IIIKNOXVILLE John W. Myer III, 80, passed away Wednesday, April 4, 2012.He was a member of Kerbella Shrine and French Broad Masonic Lodge #588. Retired from Tennessee Technology and C.C. Dixons.Preceded in death

Virginia Patterson

Hamilton county
Virginia Eichorn Patterson, 84, of Soddy-Daisy, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 10, 2012.Funeral service will be 11 a.m. today in the funeral home chapel with the Rev Carl Hunsucker officiating.Interment

Mary Patterson

Hamilton county
Mary Francis Patterson, 95, of Hixson, passed away on Wednesday, April 11, 2012, in an area health care facility. Mrs. Patterson was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Patterson; son, Michael Patterson; parents, G.W.

William Ray

William SandersRAINSVILLE "W.R." Sanders, 63, died Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at his residence.Funeral services at 2 p.m. Saturday from Rainsville Funeral Home Chapel.Burial will follow in Rainsville Memorial 10 a.m.-8 p.m. today

Billy Roberts

Hamilton county
Sr.William James Roberts Sr., 93, of Chattanooga, formerly of Elberton, Ga., died on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at Hospice of Chattanooga, Walker Road facility.He was born on March 23, 1919 in Elberton to the

Wanda Rogers

Hamilton county
Wanda Frances Baron Rogers, 90, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, April 11, 2012, after a lengthy illness at a local hospital.She was preceded in death by her husband, Arley

Mark Rose

CLEVELAND Mark Boyd Rose, 56, died Friday, April 6, 2012.Survivors include his son, Mason Rose; mother, Martha Rose; and brother, Gregory Rose.A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Grissom Funeral

Linda Ross

Hamilton county
Linda Dianne Ross, 64, of Chattanooga, was greeted in heaven by her Superior Lord and Savior on Tuesday, April, 10, 2012, and was reunited with her beloved husband, Chip Ross.She was born March 31, 1948

Helen Scannell

Hamilton county
Helen Butler Scannell, 85, of Lakesite, passed away peacefully Saturday, April 7, 2012, with her family by her side.Helen was born in Hurlock, Md., to Arthur J. Butler and Ruth Colbourn Butler. She received her

James Smith

WHITWELL James "Tee" Smith, 79,passed away Thursday, April 12, 2012.He was a member of First Baptist Church and retired after 30 years from J&L Steel, Cleveland, Ohio; he drove School Bus #2 for

Richard Sullivan

Hamilton county
Richard Lamar "Lmar" Sullivan, 60, passed away Monday, April 9, 2012, at St. Barnabas Nursing Home.He was preceded in death by his mother, Lena Sullivan; and father, Walter Sullivan Sr.Survivors include his daughter, Veronica Sullivan;

Tommie Swafford

ROCK SPRING Tommie Inez Hullender Swafford, 78, died Wednesday, April 11, 2012. Preceded in death by her husband, Robert "Bobby" Swafford; and several brothers and sisters.Survived by daughter, Tammy and husband, Allen Toney, of

Annie Tatum

Hamilton county
Annie Adair "Ann Lou" Tatum, 80, passed away Thursday, April 5, 2012.Survivors are four daughter, Joan Guy, Janice Underwood, Joyce Porch, and Jenifer Arnold; other relatives and friends.Services will be held at noon Saturday, April

Dean Thomas

ROSSVILLE Flora "Dean" Thomas, 76, passed away Wednesday, April 11, 2012.Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, in the funeral home chapel with Dr. Keith McLeod officiating.The interment service at National Cemetery will

Bonny Thomas

CHICKAMAUGA Bonny Jean Nichols Thomas went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 11, 2012.She was married to Heatwole Campbell "Tommy" Thomas. Visitation will be 3-5 p.m. Saturday at Chickamauga Presbyterian Church.

John Walline

Hamilton county
John Charles Walline, 50, of Chattanooga died Friday April 6, 2012. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. today at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. The family will receive friends from 9-10 a.m.

James Watson

Hamilton county
James "Jimmy" Watson, 65, passed away Monday, April 9, 2012, in a local hospital.Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Avenue, 622-9995.

Luther Wilkerson

Hamilton county
Luther H. "Petey" Wilkerson, 99, a retiree from Patterson Dental Supply Co. died on Wednesday, April 11, 2012.He was preceded in death by his wife, Polly.He worked in the dental supply business in sales and

Robert Wysong

ROME U.S. Air Force MSgt. (retired) Robert Frederick Wysong, 68, passed away Wednesday morning, April 11, 2012, in a local hospital.Mr. Wysong was born July 21, 1943, son of the late Robert Wysong and

In MemoryGeraldine Mays

In memory
April 13, 1943 - Oct. 5, 2010Happy Birthday Mom.You are truly missed.Love, Your Family.

In MemoryEric Payne

In memory
INMEMORYEric L. Payne Sr.You look so much better when you "Smile" looking down from Heaven. Happy Birthday! Love you, Miss you.The Payne Family.

In MemoryJohnny Talley

In memory
JOHNNY TALLEYMarch 22, 1941-April 13, 2009Three years ago today you left on that old Ship of Zion for your new Home. But our home will never be the same.Love and miss you dearly.Betty and Brad


In memory
INMEMORYJOHANNA T. WIEGANDApril 13, 2010Deeply missed but your spirit, love, and the memories of happy times spent together are in our hearts forever. Your loving husband,Berthold; and children, Gabi, Barbara, Bert and Hanni.
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