Obits Archives

Submit an Obit

The first 50 words are free and then it is 50 cents per word. Photos are $25; double photos $35 (recent photo and photo from past). The obit daily deadline is 3 p.m. Major credit cards are accepted.

Obits must be submitted from local funeral homes. If it is an out of town funeral home, crematory, or if the body was donated, the family may submit the obituary but the newspaper must have proof of death - a letter from the institution or a death certificate, for instance.

Obits can be faxed to (423) 757-6674 or emailed to obits@timesfreepress.com. Please call (423) 757-6348 to confirm receipt and to make payment.

In Memory ads can be faxed to (423) 757-6461, emailed to advisor@timesfreepress.com or phone in at (423) 757-6200.

Local Obits for Thu. Apr 04, 2013



Bessie Anderson

Georgia
ROSSVILLE Bessie Mae Anderson, 98, passed away Tuesday, April 2, 2013.She was born to the late W.W. and Mattie McDowell Willoughby on Dec. 6, 1914 in DeKalb County, Ala. She retired from E.T.

Rodney Bailey

Hamilton county
Rodney Bailey, 51, passed away on Monday, April 1, 2013 in Atlanta.Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Avenue, 622-9995.

Ronald Barber

Tennessee
DECHERD Ronald Melvin Barber, 67, passed away on Monday, April 1, 2013, at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville.Funeral at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Moore-Cortner Chapel.Interment in Shady Grove Cemetery, Flintville, Tenn.Visitation 10 a.m.

Emma Bentley

Alabama
BOAZ Emma Jean Hudgins Bentley departed this earthly life on Sunday, March 31, 2013, at Huntsville Hospital.She was born Dec. 4, 1945 in Chattanooga to the late Marcy C. "Peggy" McCollum and Erskine Lattimore.

Edward Bezkor

Hamilton county
Edward Leon Bezkor, 85, beloved husband and father, of Manhasset, N.Y., passed away peacefully on Monday, April 1, 2013, in Chattanooga.He was born in the Bronx to Albina and Theodore Bezkor. He earned a masters

Ed Blair

Georgia
ATLANTA Ed T. Blair, 84, passed away at home on Sunday, March 21, 2013, following a long illness.He graduated from Central High School, Chattanooga, and Georgia State University then spent most of his

Wilma Bradley

Georgia
CHICKAMAUGA Wilma Jean Bradley, passed at a local hospital on Monday, April 1, 2013.She was 70 years young, preceded in death by her parents, Odell and John Neal; two brothers, Herbert and Charles Neal;

Virginia Brown

Alabama
RAINSVILLE Virginia Brown, 81, died Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at her residence.Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today, April 4, 2013, from Rainsville Funeral Home Chapel.Burial will follow in Kirk Memorial Gardens,

Claryon Burgess

Georgia
ROSSVILLE Claryon Kenneth Burgess, 68, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, April 2, 2013.Mr. Burgess was born in Cartersville, Ga., to George and Grace Burgess. He was raised in Dalton, Ga., and was a Believer

Charles Burnette

Tennessee
SEUQATCHIE Charles Sherman Burnette passed away Tuesday, April 2, 2013.Memorial service will be conducted from the funeral home chapel at 7 p.m. Friday, April 5.The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until time

Tracy Campbell

Hamilton county
Tracy Leon Campbell, 84, of Hixson, went to be with his Lord on Sunday, March 31, 2013.He was born May 6, 1928 to the late Walker and Flora Mae Campbell in Grant, Ala.Tracy was a

James Davis

Hamilton county
James R. Davis, 98, of Harrison, formerly of Murphy, N.C., passed away Tuesday, April 2, 2013.He is survived by three daughters, Maxine Honeycutt, Morene Cangemi, Beth McNulty; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.The family will receive

Elizabeth Davis

Tennessee
ATHENS Elizabeth Wayne Hallcox Davis, 74, died Monday, April 1, 2013.Family and friends will meet at Smith Funeral Home at 10 a.m. today to go to Eaves Family Cemetery, Decatur for graveside service with

Jeff Dean

Georgia
RINGGOLD Jeffrey "Jeff" Shane Dean, 42, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, April 2, 2013.He was a lifelong resident of the North Georgia area and was a member of

John Dozier

Hamilton county
John Elmer Dozier, 94, of Chattanooga, passed away Thursday, March 28, 2013, at his residence.Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. today at St. Elmo Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Billy Church as the

Billy Green

Tennessee
PALMER Billy Ray Green, 53, passed away Tuesday, April 2, 2013.He was born in Palmer on May 4, 1959.He was preceded in death by his parents, Scott Green and Mary Edna Walker Green Roberts;

Johnny Harrington

Hamilton county
Johnny "Butch" Harrington, 65, passed away on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at a local hospital.Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Ave., 622-9995.

Mary Hickey

Hamilton county
Mary Reno Hickey, 65, of Soddy-Daisy, passed away on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at her home.Mary retired from Dixie Yarns after many years of service and was of the Baptist faith.She was preceded in death

Ollie Hill

Hamilton county
Ollie Force Hill passed away Sunday, March 31, 2013.She was the youngest child of the late Rev. William Matthew and Georgiana Battle Force. She was preceded in death by six brothers and seven sisters. She

Kendrick Irvin

Hamilton county
Jr.Kendrick Cornelius Irvin Jr., infant, of Chattanooga, passed away Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at a local hospital.Arrangements will be announced by Taylor Funeral Home of Chattanooga Inc.

Tyrell Jackson

Hamilton county
Tyrell Verdell Jackson, 3, of Chattanooga, passed away Monday, April 1, 2013, at his residence. Arrangements will be announced by Taylor Funeral Home of Chattanooga Inc.

Marie Justice

Georgia
ROSSVILLE Vassie Marie Justice, 83, is now in heaven with Jesus after departing this life on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, after a long illness.Mrs. Justice was a lifetime member of Fairview Baptist Church,

Roger Limbaugh

Tennessee
WINCHESTER Roger Dale Limbaugh, 65, passed away Tuesday, April 2, 2013.Visitation is 5-9 p.m. today at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home.Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday, April 5, at Moore-Cortner Chapel.Interment in Franklin Memorial Gardens with

Savanah Mahan

Alabama
FLAT ROCK Savanah Amberlie Mahan, 15, died Friday, March 29, 2013, at Vanderbilt Medical Center.Survivors include mother, Angela Gatton Mahan; brother, Trey Mahan Otten; sister, Hailey Mahan Otten; grandparents, Mary Otten, Mike and Marti

Tony Mahan

Alabama
FLAT ROCK Michael Anthony "Tony" Mahan Jr., 38, died Friday, March 29, 2013, at Gateway Medical Center.Survivors include wife, Angela Gatton Mahan; son, Trey Mahan Otten; daughter, Hailey Mahan Otten; mother, Mary Otten; father

Megan Mahan

Alabama
FLAT ROCK Megan Cheyenne Mahan, 11, died Friday, March 29, 2013, at Vanderbilt Medical Center.Survivors include mother, Angela Gatton Mahan; brother, Trey Mahan Otten; sister, Hailey Mahan Otten; grandparents, Mary Otten, Mike and Marti

Willisa Marsh

Georgia
DALTON Willisa Marsh, 35, passed away Tuesday, April 2, 2013.Survivors and funeral arrangements will be announced by Willis Funeral Home Inc.

Desmond McClure

Hamilton county
Desmond N. McClure, 28, died Tuesday, April 2, 2013, in Chattanooga.Arrangements will be announced by Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services, Franklin-Strickland-Pinkard-Bryan-Smith Funeral Directors, 1724 McCallie Ave., Chattanooga, TN37404.

John Nall

Hamilton county
John A. Nall, a resident of Montgomery, Ala, went to be with His Lord on Sunday, March 10, 2013, after a 10-year battle with cancer.He was preceded in death by his mother, Clyda M. Nall;

Samuel Neeley

Hamilton county
Jr.,Samuel L. Neeley Jr., 87, a resident of East Ridge, passed away at a local hospital Sunday night, March 24, 2013.He was a longtime member of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. He was preceded

James Proctor

Alabama
RAINSVILLE James David Proctor, 73, passed away Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at his residence.Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. CDT today, April 4, from the W.T. Wilson Funeral Chapel.Burial to follow in Fort

James Roberts

Tennessee
Jr.James Carl Roberts Jr., 71, of Sale Creek, died Wednesday morning, April 3, 2013, at his home.He was laid to rest in Welch-Rogers Cemetery in Sale Creek, at 5 p.m. Wednesday.Vanderwall Funeral Home in

Irene Smith

Tennessee
WINCHESTER Irene L. Smith, 90, passed away on Wednesday, April 3, 2013.Funeral 10 a.m. Saturday in the Moore-Cortner Chapel. Interment in Rose Hill Memorial Gardens, Tullahoma, TN.Visitation 5 to 9 p.m. Friday,

Marcie Sumerel

Hamilton county
Marcelene "Marcie" Sumerel 79, of Chattanooga, passed away Tuesday, April 3, 2013, at a local hospital.She was the daughter of the late O.M. and Zelma Sumerel.Marcie retired after working several years in medical records.

James Teems

Georgia
Jr.TRION James Ralph Teems Jr., 63, died Monday, April 1, 2013.Survivors, wife, Mildred Teems; daughters, Ginger Norton, Missy Duncan, Tiffany Rose, Edith Samples; brother, Billy Blackmon; sisters, Barbara McCrickard, Wanda Allen; eight grandchildren;

Bill Thomas

Tennessee
John William "Bill" Thomas, 74, of Sale Creek, went home to be with the Lord early Wednesday morning, April 3, 2013.He was born Jan. 28, 1939, in Dayton to the late Frank and Maude Iles

Ronald Thurow

Hamilton county
Ronald Paul Thurow, 69, of Hixson, died Thursday, March 28, 2013 at Memorial Hospital.He was the son of late Henry and Ruth Thurow of Kearney, Neb. Ron proudly served in the U.S. Navy for seven

Gloria Vick

Hamilton county
Gloria Vick, 62, passed away on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at a local healthcare facility.Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Ave., 622-9995.

Jannette WadleyElde

Hamilton county
rJannette Wadley-Elder, 58, passed away Tuesday, March 30, 2013.She was a member of Trinity Baptist Church and Howard High School class of 1972. She was a longtime employee of the Chattanooga Free-Press and Chattanooga Housing

John Winfield

Hamilton county
Jr.John Grey "Mississippi" Winfield Jr., 78, passed away on Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at a local healthcare facility.He was born on Sept. 11, 1934 in London, Ala. John was a devoted employee at U.S.

Claude Wooten

Georgia
Rev. LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN Rev. Claude Wooten, 78, died at his home Wednesday, April 3, 2013.He was a lifelong member of the West Brow Community and the pastor of Scenicland Holiness Church. He was retired

In MemoryCharles Byous

In memory
INMEMORYApril 18, 1950 - April 4, 2010Love and missed so much,by wife Fran, Family and Friends.Revelation 21:4

In MemoryErnest Guess

In memory
INMEMORYApril 29, 1927 - April 4, 2011To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die.Every tomorrow starts without you, but I know were not far apart, for every time I think of
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Max Ritvo, a poet who chronicled his long battle with cancer in works that were both humorous and searing, has died. He was 25.
NEW YORK (AP) - Veteran actor Marvin Kaplan has died at 89.
BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - Former Biloxi, Mississippi, Mayor Jerry O'Keefe, who received the Congressional Gold Medal for his service as a fighter pilot in World War II, died Tuesday. He...
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former "Law & Order" star Steven Hill has died. He was 94.
WESTON, Conn. (AP) - An Oscar-nominated filmmaker who developed a technique to transform illustrations from children's books into moving images for films has died. Morton Schindel was 98.
The American epidemiologist who led the successful international effort to eradicate smallpox has died. Dr. Donald "D.A." Henderson was 87.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Mark R. Chellgren, who covered Kentucky state government for about two decades for The Associated Press, has died at age 62.
WEST BEND, Wis. (AP) - Guitarist Matt Roberts, a founding member of the rock band 3 Doors Down, has died in Wisconsin.
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Joyce Carol Thomas, a prize-winning children's author and champion of multiculturalism, has died. She was 78.
WESTON, Mass. (AP) - The former director of the Boston College Jesuit Institute whose research helped to revive the Jesuit religious order's musical tradition has died. Rev. T. Frank Kennedy...
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A former Travelers Group chief executive who became a national advocate for Lou Gehrig's disease research after being diagnosed with the disease has died at his...
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Retired Army Gen. John W. Vessey, who rose through the ranks in a 46-year military career to become chairman of the joint chiefs of staff under President...
MIAMI (AP) - John Timoney, who grew up in New York and served stints as police chief in Philadelphia and Miami, has died of lung cancer. He was 68.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Bobby Hutcherson, the bricklayer's son who became one of the greatest, most inventive jazz vibraphonists to pick up a pair of mallets, has died. He was...
NEW YORK (AP) - John McLaughlin, the conservative political commentator and host of the namesake long-running television show that pioneered hollering-heads discussions of Washington, D.C., politics, has died. He was...
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Deborah Foland, a former longtime administrative assistant for The Associated Press in New York state, has died after a brief battle with cancer. She was 61.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A man at the center of a lawsuit that culminated with the U.S. Supreme Court outlawing segregated public schools has died. Harry Briggs Jr. was 75.
NEW YORK (AP) - Stage and screen character actor Fyvush Finkel has died. He was 93.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Peter Finney, a sports writer whose award-winning career in New Orleans spanned nearly 70 years, died Saturday at the age of 88.
The manager for singer Ruby Wilson says the blues, soul and gospel performer known as "The Queen of Beale Street" has died. She was 68.
FREDERICKSBURG, Texas (AP) - Jim Hardin, a Secret Service agent who protected President Lyndon B. Johnson and his family during and after their White House years, has died in Texas....
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Warren Hinckle, a muckracking journalist who drew the wrath of mayors, police or anyone who got in his way, has died, his daughter said Thursday.