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Local Obits for Wed. Jul 25, 2012


Van Buren RodenVan Buren Roden, 96, passed away Monday, July 23, 2012 in Chattanooga.He is survived by a daughter, Mary Jo Ross; son-in-law, Tim Ross, Chattanooga; two granddaughters, Ann-Marie (Chad) Irons, Florence, Ala., and Elizabeth

Benny Bridgman

IVCHATSWORTH Benny F. Bridgman IV, 75, son of Benny F. and Delia Bridgman III, loving husband and soul mate of Pat changed addresses to his permanent home Sunday afternoon, July 22, 2012, to

Johnnie Byrd

Johnine ByrdRINGGOLD Johnine Flo Young Byrd, died on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at Erlanger Hospital. She was surrounded by her family as she departed this earthly life for her eternal home in heaven. Johnine

Ray Collier

LaFAYETTE Ray Collier, 81, died Tuesday, July 24, 2012.Survived by granddaughter, Nikki Bourget; grandsons, Micah Vinyard and Chris Henderson.Funeral at noon Thursday at Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home with service conducted by Brother Wilton Grimes.Interment in

Palmer Collins

RINGGOLD Palmer Ray Collins, 52, departed this life Sunday, July 22, 2012.He was born in Chattanooga to the late Robert and Cora Collins. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Joe Snyder

Frances DurhamUrffe

Hamilton county
rFrances E. Durham-Urffer, passed on to be with Jesus at 8:40 a.m. on Sunday, July 22, 2012.She was a native of Chattanooga and a member of Elizabeth Terrace Baptist Church.Surviving are her husband, Ron Urffer;

Fannie Epps

TUNNEL HILL Fannie Sue Epps, 77, died Monday, July 23, 2012.Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Thursday from the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Tunnel Hill.The family will receive friends from 5

Lillian Farmer

COWAN Lillian Farmer, 86, passed away Monday, July 23, 2012.A Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Moore-Cortner Chapel.Interment in Cowan Montgomery Cemetery, Cowan.Visitation 5 to 8 p.m. today, July

Maxine Gang

Maxine GangROSSVILLE 79, died Monday, July 23, 2012, in a local health care facility.She devoted the majority of her life as a wife, mother, grandmother and servant for the Lord. Mrs. Gang
MORROW Emmadeane Garner, 82, died Saturday, July 21, 2012.Survivors are daughters, Julia Bruce, Angela (Curtis) Seelhammer; two grandchildren.Graveside service is 4 p.m. today, July 25, 2012, at New Hope South Cemetery.Visitation is 1

Larry Green

WETUMPKA Larry Roger Green, 65, died Friday, July 20, 2012.He is survived by his wife, Dawn Green; son, William Roger "Billy" (Elizabeth) Green Sr; grandson, William Roger Green Jr.In lieu of flowers, contributions are

Elsie Grogan

MENLO Elsie Cooper Grogan, 93, died Sunday, July 22, 2012. Survivors, children, Bub (Wanda) Cooper, Ann Ward, Joan DuBois; brothers, Bud Dempsey, Tab Dempsey; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren. Graveside service is 11 a.m. Friday,

Richard Hairston

Hamilton county
Richard Hairston, 73, passed away on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at a local hospital.Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, July 26, 2012, at National Cemetery with Rev. Wayne Johnson officiating. Arrangements by

Robert Hilt

Hamilton county
Robert "Rob" Louis Hilt, 72, passed on Wednesday, July 18, 2012.He was last employed at the city of Chattanooga and Moccasin Bend.He was preceded by his parents, Tidus and Cornelia Hilt; siblings, Clarice Putnam and

Wallace Hodge

ROSSVILLE Wallace Hilburn Hodge, 75, died Sunday, July 22, 2012, at his residence. He was a lifelong resident of North Georgia and was of the Christian faith. Mr. Hodge was retired

Therman Hudson

Hamilton county
Dr. Dr. Therman Parks Hudson, 92, of Chattanooga, passed away Monday, July 23, 2012, at his home.He was born in Lincoln County, Tenn., on March 7, 1920, the son of James Berry and Monia B.

Billy Hurt

Hamilton county
Sr.Billy Ray Hurt Sr., 70, East Ridge, died Tuesday, July 24, 2012, in a local health care facility.He was a member of Edgewood Baptist Church where he was a Deacon and attended the Victory

Calvin Janssen

Hamilton county
Dr. Calvin Janssen went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Monday, July 23, 2012.He was born in 1925 to Fred and Lulu Janssen who preceded him in death. Calvin was

Angel Jimenez

ALBERTVILLE Angel Tomas Jimenez, infant son of Andres Francisco and Eugenia Jimenez, passed away Monday, July 23, 2012, at DeKalb Regional Hospital.Graveside service at 3 p.m. today, July 25, at Rainsville Park Cemetery.W.T. Wilson

Samuel King

Hamilton county
Samuel King, 65, of Chattanooga, passed peacefully at home Monday, July 23, 2012, surrounded by his family. Samuel was a tile setter for all his life. He loved the Lord and his family. He

William Manning

Hamilton county
Sr.William W. "Bill" Manning Sr. 90, of East Ridge, died Monday, July 23, 2012, at his home.He was born Feb. 21, 1922, in Chattanooga to the late Robert P. and Mona Manning. He was

JD Martin

TULLAHOMA J.D. Martin, 94, passed away Monday, July 23, 2012, at Life Care Center in Tullahoma.Visitation will be 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. today at Tullahoma Funeral Home.Service at 1 p.m. today in the

Donnie Matthews

JASPER Donal "Donnie" Matthews, 83, went home to be with the Lord and his loving wife, Carolyn on Monday, July 23, 2012.Donnie served as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army from 1950-1952 and was

Rodney Miller

Hamilton county
Rodney Dale Miller, 30, of Soddy-Daisy, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, July 22, 2012.Rodney was preceded in death by his "Papaw" Benny Hackler and "Mamaw" Emma Lee Miller. He was employed

Wilma Montgomery

Hamilton county
Wilma Clarice Jones Montgomery entered into rest Thursday, July 19, 2012.She was born in Chicago, Ill., in 1924. Worked at Illinois Bell for over 15 years. She was also a cosmetologist by trade.Preceded in death

Deborah Morton

HUNTSVILLE Deborah Morton, 56, died Monday, July 23, 2012, at her residence.Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. today, July 25, 2012, from Rainsville Funeral Home Chapel.Burial will follow in Rainsville Memorial Park.

Shirley Mullis

Hamilton county
Shirley Jean Mullis, 77, of Chattanooga, died Monday, July 2, 2012 at her home.Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. today in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Patrick Cooper officiating.Interment will be in Hamilton

Crystal Neely

LYNCHBURG Crystal Gail Neely, 35, passed away on Thursday, July 19, 2012, at Harton Regional Medical Center in Tullahoma.The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, July 27, 2012, at

Gayle Nyman

Hamilton county
Gayle Alvis Nyman, 68, of Sale Creek, formerly of Haw River, N.C., passed away on Monday, July 23, 2012, at her home with her loving family by her side.Mrs. Nyman was a loving mother and

Dale Payne

ROSSVILLE Dale Payne, 75, passed away Tuesday, July 24, 2012 in a local hospital.Arrangements will be announced by the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home and Crematory, Rossville.

Jean Petty

Hamilton county
Jean Petty, 81 years of age, passed away on Saturday, July 21, 2012, at her residence in Evanston, Ill.Jean and her husband, Dr. Glenn Petty, who preceded her in death, raised their family and resided

Chesley Phillips

Jr.JASPER Chesley Jackson Phillips Jr., 47, died Friday, July 20, 2012, at his home.Chesley was the son of Chesley "C.J." Jackson and Jimmie Sue Hester Phillips born Jan. 28, 1965 in Fort Payne,

Margie Pierce

RINGGOLD Margie McCraw Pierce, 90, went to her heavenly home on Monday, July 23, 2012.She was a lifelong resident of Ringgold and faithful member of Gospel Way Baptist Church, a devoted wife, mother, and

Winona Prater

PIKEVILLE Winona Faye Prater, 87, passed away on Monday July 23, 2012.Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday.The family will receive friends beginning at 1 p.m. today. Please share your thoughts

James Ratledge

NIOTA James Christopher "Boola" Ratledge, 37, passed away Monday morning, July 23, 2012, at Athens Regional Medical Center.Funeral will be 6 p.m. Thursday at Union McMinn Baptist Church.Burial in UnionMcMinn Cemetery.Visitation 4-6 p.m. Thursday

Karen Sarg

RINGGOLD Karen Lynn Sarg, 48, passed away Tuesday, July 24, 2012, at her residence. Arrangements to be announced by Heritage Funeral Home and Crematory, Battlefield Parkway.

Garland Sexton

ROSSVILLE Garland Ray Sexton, 76, passed away on Tuesday, July 24, 2012, at his residence.Mr. Sexton was a native of Sevier County, Tenn., and a graduate of Harrison-Chilhowee Academy. He was also a veteran

Margaret Skinner

Hamilton county
Margaret N. Skinner, 70, of East Ridge, passed away Saturday, July 21, 2012, at her home.Condolences may be sent to services will be held at 1:30 p.m. today, July 25, 2012, in the South

Catherine Smith

RINGGOLD Catherine Ruth ORourke Smith, 59, went to rest peacefully with our Lord, Saturday, July 21, 2012.Beloved mother, grandmother, sister and friend.She was preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Margaret ORourke, of

Annie Smith

LYNCHBURG Annie Katherine Smith, 70, passed away on Monday, July 23, 2012, at her home.Funeral at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Moore-Cortner Chapel. Interment will be in Cumberland Cemetery.Visitation 5 to 8 p.m. today,

Sheila Stewart

BRIDGEPORT Sheila Rhea Guess Stewart, 61, died Monday, July 23, 2012, at Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga.Funeral service will be at 3 p.m. today, July 25, at the Rudder Funeral Home chapel officiated by Danny

Lisa Stone

Hamilton county
Lisa Krueger Stone, 48, of Signal Mountain, went home to Heaven to live with our God and Savior, Jesus Christ on Monday, July 23, 2012, after a brave and gallant fight with cancer.Lisa is survived

Ida Stoner

ROSSVILLE Ida Stoner, 91, passed away Saturday, July 21, 2012, at a local health care facility.Condolences may be sent to lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of Chattanooga at

Ida Strickland

Hamilton county
Ida Richards Strickland, of Chattanooga, passed away Sunday, July 22, 2012, at a local hospital.She grew up in St. Elmo, attended Calvin Donaldson School and graduated from Howard High School in 1959. She was retired

Roy Sturdivant

Hamilton county
Roy Lester Sturdivant, 78, passed away on Monday, July 23, 2012, at a local hospital.Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Ave., 622-9995.

Samuel Whited

BRYANT Samuel Rafe Whited, infant son of James and Katelin Whited, passed away Sunday, July 22, 2012.Survivors also include grandparents, Billy and Kathy Gilliam, Gerald and Malana Whited; aunts and uncles.Graveside service will be

Thelma Woody

BENTON Thelma E. Turner Woody, 92, died Monday, July 23, 2012 Survivors include children, James Woody, Carole Pirtle and Deborah Carver; step-children, Pauline Woody and Jasper Woody.Funeral held 8 p.m. today at Higgins Funeral

Eugene Wooten

Hamilton county
Eugene Wooten, 82, of Chattanooga, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, July 24, 2012.He was born on Dec. 15, 1929, son of the late Walter and Beulah Wooten.


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Blanche Willette Smith Oct. 1, 1930-July 25, 2000We love and miss you.Your Family


In memory
INMEMORY Vivian L. McCleskey SmithJuly 25, 1950 - July 25, 1992In loving memory from Ralph L. Smith Sr., Shawn, Sherman, Ralph Jr., Kelley, Alee, Mom-Alee, Virginia,Victor, Vanessa, and a host of Family and Friends
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