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Local Obits for Mon. May 21, 2012



David Botts

Tennessee
CLEVELAND David E. Botts, 52, died Saturday at his home. Survivors, daughter, Amanda Stewart; son, Jeremy Botts; 3 grandchildren; mother, Ida Mae Botts; one sister and one brother. Funeral services, 2 p.m. Tuesday, May

Connie Braught

Georgia
ROCKSPRING Connie Boyd Braught, 93, died Saturday May 19, 2012.Survived by daughters, Janice Peoples, Rock Spring Ga., Pat (Don) Bethune, Rossville, Ga.; Grandchildren John Peoples, Iris Jarrell, Amy Stone, Brent Edgeman; seven great-grandchildren,

Bobbye Ellington

Tennessee
ELORA Bobbye Kay Ellington, 59, passed away on May 17, 2012. Services will be held Wednesday, May 23, at 4 p.m. at Ellibell Farm, 474 Vantown Road, Elora TN 37328. In lieu of flowers,

Donna Gass

Georgia
RINGGOLD Donna Faye Sprayberry Gass, 71, passed away Thursday, May 17, 2012, at her residence.Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Monday in the funeral home chapel with Minister Charles Cochran officiating.Interment will follow

Henry Gordon

Hamilton county
Henry Lee Gordon, 82, of Chattanooga, passed away Monday, May 14, 2012, at his residence. Burial at 10 a.m. Monday in Chattanooga National Cemetery.Arrangements by Taylor Funeral Home of Chattanooga Inc.

Martha Grasham

Georgia
RINGGOLD Martha E. Grasham, 88, passed away on Sunday, May 20, 2012 in a local hospital.Arrangements will be announced by the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home & Crematory, located at the end

Bobby Hancock

Tennessee
Bobby HancockDAYTON Bobby Dean Hancock, Jr., 46, died Sunday, May 20, 2012 at his home. Funeral service will be Tuesday, 11 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. Burial, with military honors, will be

Geneva Hensley

Hamilton county
Geneva HensleyGeneva S. Hensley, 86, of Lupton City, Tenn. passed away, Friday, May 18, 2012. She was a member of Lupton Drive Baptist Church and retiree of Dixie Yarns. She was preceded in death

Jeanette Hughley

Hamilton county
Jeanette Featherstone Hughley, 74, passed away Saturday, May 19, 2012 in Chattanooga. Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Avenue, 622-9995.

Betty Johnson

Hamilton county
Betty Penney Johnson, 83, of Soddy-Daisy, went to her Heavenly Home to be with her husband on Friday, May 18, 2012. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. today at Williamson & Sons Funeral

Terry Jones

Tennessee
KELSO Terry Jones, 55, passed away Friday at Lincoln Medical Center in Fayetteville. He is a native of Tullahoma and is preceded in death by his father, Herman Jones. Mr. Jones was retired from

Lucille Malone

Hamilton county
Lucille Malone, 90, of Chattanooga, departed this life Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at a local hospital. Mrs. Malone was the first Black Woman Professional Barber in the Chattanooga Area. Owner and operator of the Green

Joan Ott

Hamilton county
Clara Joan Ott, 76, of Lookout Valley, passed away on Friday, May 18, 2012 in a local health care facility.Funeral services will be held today at 1 p.m. in the South Crest Chapel with Rev.

Robert Parks

Hamilton county
Robert Calvin Parks passed away Saturday, May 19, 2012 at his residence.Professional arrangements have been entrusted to Advantage Funeral Cremation Services Franklin Strickland Pinkard Bryan Smith Funeral Directors 1724 McCallie Avenue. 423-265-4414

Joseph Persinger

Hamilton county
Joseph Samuel "Joe" Persinger Sr., lifelong resident of Lookout Mountain, Tenn., died Tuesday morning, May 15, 2012, at the The Terrace at Mountain Creek. He was 84 on April 27.Joe was the son of Rachel

James Precise

Georgia
ROSSVILLE James Robert Precise, 89, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, May 18, 2012. He was born in Scottsboro, Ala. to the late, Rorex & Mae Belle Precise,

Gary Roache

Hamilton county
Gary Roache, 64, of Chattanooga, passed away Monday, May 14, 2012 at his home. Services were private. Please visit www.lanefh.com to share condolences. Arrangements are by Lane Funeral Home, 601 Ashland Terrace.

Myrl Ross

Hamilton county
God answered prayer. The Rev. Myrl C. Ross of Soddy-Daisy was called from his earthly home to his heavenly home on May 17, 2012. Myrl was born on December 25, 1932. He shared his birthday

Netta Sanders

Tennessee
GRUETLI-LAAGERNetta June Sanders, 84, went to be with the Lord on Sunday May 20, 2012, at the Sheltering Arms Home in Palmer, Tenn. She was a retired and beloved elementary school teacher and

Carla Shelton

Tennessee
SPRINGCITY Carla Rosetta Shelton, 52, passed away Saturday, May 19, 2012 in Cleveland, Tenn. Funeral services for Carla will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. Burial will be

William Spencer

Hamilton county
Col. William Hartwell Spencer, Jr. went to be with the Lord Saturday, May 19, 2012. Bill was born April 11, 1929 in Vicksburg, Mississippi. His was preceded by his parents William H. and Madeline Spencer

Eddie Vaughn

Hamilton county
Eddie Vaughn, 76, of Chattanooga passed away Friday May 18, 2012.He had lived in the Chattanooga area for most of his life and was of the Baptist faith. He was an Army Veteran having served

In MemoryJEREMY HENDERSON

In memory
INMEMORYJeremy Michael HendersonOct 25, 1986 - May 21, 2006No farewell words were spoken, no time to say goodbye. You were gone before we knew it, and only God can tell us why. The world is

In MemoryJOHNNY L

In memory
May 21, 1950-Nov. 22, 1999Happy Birthday, Johnny! We love and miss you!Your wife Connie, daughters Polly and Laura, Mother Marian, sister Peggy, brother Dennis, and Grandchildren.

In MemoryBeatrice Swift

In memory
INMEMORYBeatrice Swafford SwiftMay 21, 1911- April 16, 2005Happy Birthday Mama and Grandma. With love, Your Family.

In MemoryDavid Walker

In memory
INMEMORYDAVID JASON WALKERMay 21, 1974 - Sept. 3, 2010Happy Birthday JayWe love you.Susan, Mom and Dad, Julie, Kevin, Phillip, Tanner, and Ryan
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