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Local Obits for Mon. Dec 02, 2013

Janice Ainsworth

Janice Ainsworth, 66, passed away on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013 at her residence. Arrangements will be announced by the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home & Crematory, at the end of historic Missionary Ridge,
Sara Akridge ROSSVILLE Sara Baker Akridge, 86, died Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Heritage Funeral Home and Crematory, Battlefield Parkway.
Capt. James R. "Jimmy" Clemons, 87, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013. He was a veteran of the United States Navy and a 30 year veteran and captain with the Chattanooga Police Department. He

Freda Cunnyngham

Freda M. Cunnyngham, 92, passed away Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013 in a Chattanooga healthcare facility. She was a member of the Blackfox United Methodist Church and also attended Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church. She served
Dorothy Gordy Degler, of Chattanooga, Tenn., died peacefully at the age of 87 on Friday Nov. 29, 2013, with her husband and son at her side. Dot Degler was born in Rossville, Ga., on Sept.
Vincent Eldridge, Sr. Vincent "Hoss Cat" Wayne Eldridge, Sr., 74, of Soddy-Daisy passed Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013. Mr. Eldridge retired from TVA in 1990 after many years of service. He was a member
Anna Ruth Gross, 80, of Chattanooga, passed away Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013 in a local nursing home. Mrs. Gross worked at Interstate Life Insurance Company 25 years and the Coca Cola Company for several years.

Doris Hanna

Doris Hanna, 61, died Friday Nov. 29, 2013 at her residence. Memorial services will be Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 6 p.m. at the funeral home. The family will receive friends two hours prior to services.

Mary Hester

LaFAYETTE Mary Crosswhite Kidd Hester, 78, died Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013. Survived by daughters, Rita (Eddie) Stanfield, Chickamauga, Denise (Richard) Asher, LaFayette, and Brenda (Julian) Hicks, Rossville; sons, Todd
Leonard Henderson, Jr. Leonard Lindsey Henderson, Jr., 84, of Chattanooga, passed away Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013 in a local hospital. Visitation: Today at 10 a.m. in the chapel of Taylor Funeral Home with the
Rev. B. L. Kelley, 78, resident of Ooltewah, Tenn., passed away Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, in a Chattanooga hospital with his loving family by his side. He was a member of Redemption Point Church
Mary Ruth Kyle, 89, of Red Bank formerly of Sweetwater, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday Nov. 30, 2013, at Wood Presbyterian Home. She was a member of Red Bank Baptist Church
Dolores Rose McDaniel, of Chattanooga, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. Arrangements will be announced by Hamilton Funeral Home & Cremation Services; 4506 Hixson Pike, Hixson, Tennessee. 423-531-3975
Jimmie Ruth Varner Nolan, 79, of Soddy-Daisy, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. Services will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Chaplain Frank
Wayne M. Potter passed away at home in the care of his family Friday, Nov. 29, 2013 after a courageous, determined battle with lung cancer at the age of 69. The funeral service will be
James "J.R." Ricketts, 60, of Chattanooga passed away Friday, Nov. 29, 2013 at a local hospital. He was a lifelong resident of the Chattanooga area and was a United States Army Veteran with the

Johnny Russell

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Johnny M. Russell, 69, died Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013 at his home following a brief illness. He was a beloved husband, Daddy and "Pop". The son of the late William Howard and Lenolia Russell,
Wanda Dean Acuff Smith, 80, of Chattanooga passed away on the morning of Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. Wanda was a devoted wife, loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was an incredible lady, with
Laura Anna Turner, 68, of Chattanooga, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, in a local healthcare facility. Funeral: Today at 12:30 p.m. in the chapel of Taylor Funeral Home with Pastor Sandra Bramlett as the

Lois Walker

Lois Marie Walker, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. She lived in the North Georgia area most of her life and was a member of Lakeview First Baptist Church. She was a loving mother,

Ronald Westbrook

Ronald A. Westbrook, Lt. Col. USAF, (Ret.), 72, of the High Point Community, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013. Condolences may be sent to Contributions may be made in Mr. Westbrook's
Arby Eugene Wright, Sr., 83, of East Ridge died Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013 at his home. He was born Nov. 12, 1930 in Soddy Daisy to the late Tilford Wright, Sr. and Pearl Sims Wright.


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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Clyde Holloway, a former congressman and chairman of Louisiana's utility regulatory agency, has died. He was 72.
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Mystery and crime fiction writer Edward Gorman has died.
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Dennis Byrd, the former NFL defensive lineman whose career was ended by neck injury, was killed Saturday in a car accident. He was 51.
PENN HILLS, Pa. (AP) - The onetime underboss of Pittsburgh's dwindling Mafia family has died. Charles "Chucky" Porter was 82.
ATLANTA (AP) - Thomas Ford, the actor who played Martin Lawrence's best friend Tommy Strawn on the hit '90s sitcom "Martin," has died in Atlanta. He was 52.
Thomas J. Mackell Jr., former chairman of the Richmond Federal Reserve Bank and the executive director of the Maritime Labor Alliance, has died.
PLUM, Pa. (AP) - A former NFL defensive lineman who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Giants has died. Lorenzo Freeman was 52.
NEW YORK (AP) - The family of Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson says he has died after a battle with cancer, just days after announcing he would be undergoing treatment.
NEW YORK (AP) - One of the most influential American scholars of Judaism has died.
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) - Tom Hayden, the famed 1960s anti-war activist who moved beyond his notoriety as a Chicago 8 defendant to become a California legislator, author and lecturer,...