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Local Obits for Tue. Dec 17, 2013

Paul Willard Allen, 79, a resident of Chattanooga for over 40 years, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013 with his family by his side. Paul served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps
Adelene Collins Bonner, 92, of Chattanooga, passed away Monday, Dec. 16, 2013. She was born in Newnan, Ga., and a resident of the Chattanooga area for over 50 years and was retired from Sears
Angela Brown, 55, passed away Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, in a local healthcare facility. Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Ave., 622-9995.
Clyde B. Bush, 88, of Chattanooga, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013. Mr. Bush was born and raised in Chattanooga. He was a founding member of the former Westside Baptist Church now called Shelter
Joseph Russell Carson, 71, of Hixson, went home to be with the Lord, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at his home. Mr. Carson was born in Newburgh, N.Y., and had lived in Hixson for the past
Leonard Frederick Cole, 77, of Ooltewah, died on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, at his home. He was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was known

Barbara Cupp

Barbara A. McNish Riddle Cupp, 77, passed away Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, at a local health care facility. She was a lifelong resident of Chickamauga and was a member of the Trinity Baptist Church having

Nettie Durham

Nettie Aleene Durham, 77, passed away Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, in a local healthcare facility. She was a member of Mineral Springs Baptist Church and was a former employee of the South Pittsburg Knitting

Martha Garrett

Martha Elizabeth Garrett, 80, died Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, at DeKalb Regional Medical Center. Funeral services will be held at noon today, Dec. 17, from Rainsville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial in Bellview Cemetery in Rockmart,
Melody Gail Gaut, of Chattanooga, passed away Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013. She was a native of Chattanooga and graduated from Tyner High School and Cleveland State. Melody was an inventory controller with Camping World. She
Donald Joe gilbert, 61, passed away Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, in Huntsville hospital. Funeral will be 11 a.m. CST Wednesday from W.T. Wilson Funeral Chapel. Burial in Lusk Chapel Cemetery.

Tim Guthrie

Spring city
Tim Guthrie, 75, died Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, at his winter home in Fort Myers, Fla. Born in Sweetwater, Tenn., Tim was the son of the late Timothy and Catherine Cannon Guthrie. He was a
Natalie Hale, 51, of Chattanooga, former resident of Scottsboro, Ala., died Dec. 15, 2013. Visitation 10 a.m. to 2 p.m Wednesday at Scottsboro Funeral Home. Funeral will follow.
Leonard Howington, 71, of Chattanooga, passed away Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013. He was of the Baptist faith and was retired from Sweetwater Rug Corp. in Ringgold, Ga. He was preceded in death by his brothers,

Paul Johnson

Paul Ray Johnson, 73, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at his home surrounded by his loving family. A lifelong resident of the Chattanooga and North Georgia areas, he was a son of the
Tahereh Nahid Karimian, 77, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at Erlanger Medical Center. Tahereh was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother who was loved by everyone who crossed paths with her. Tahereh was

John Little

Fort payne
John Alexander Little, 48 passed away Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, at his residence. Funeral services are set for at 3 p.m. today from W.T. Wilson Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Jeff Arnold and the Rev
Lewis Taylor McCalister, 97, died Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. He was a WWII veteran. Funeral services was at 7 p.m. Monday at Ziegler Fuernal Home. Entombement will be 2 p.m. today in Mountain View

Mike McConnell

Mike McConnell, 60, our beloved husband, father, son, friend and confidant, passed away at home surrounded by loved ones on the evening of Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. Mike is survived by his wife, Cindy; his

Bill Medford Jr.

Oxford, n.c.
John William "Bill" Medford Jr., 86, died Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, at his home. Mr. Medford was born Jan. 11, 1927, in Granville County, to Mr. and Mrs. J. William Medford Sr. He was a
Thomas Eldridge Morrow, 60, of Birchwood, passed away, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, in a Rhea County hospital. He retired from W.R. Grace Chemical and attended Grasshopper Road Church of God. He was
Hazel Alice Ownbey Murphy died Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at her home surrounded by her loving family. She had been very ill for quite awhile. Growing up in Etowah, she had a truly idyllic life
Janet C. Myers passed away on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013. She was born April 13, 1937 in Toledo, Ohio, but was a longtime resident of Chattanooga. She was very active in Burks United Methodist Church

James Nolan

James Jerome Nolan, 44, died at his home Monday Dec. 16, 2013, with his family at his side. He was born in Altamont on Jan. 16, 1969. He was a member of Plainview Community

Derick Ownby

Derick Joel Ownby, 48, passed away Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. He was employed with TWH Architects in Chattanooga for 21 years. Survivors: wife, Tammie Beck Ownby; son, Nathan Joel Ownby; and mother, Oleta Frazier

Myrtle Oxford

Myrtle C. Oxford, 87, passed away on Monday, Dec. 16, 2013. She was born to the late Walter and Mattie Rogers Clough in Harriman, Tenn., before moving to the North Georgia Area.
Fred Perdue Sr. Fred Perdue, 69, of Chattanooga, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, at his residence. Funeral: at 1 p.m. today in the chapel of Taylor Funeral Home with Pastor Larry Owens as

Luke Phillips

Southport, n.c.
Luke Stephen Phillips, born March 29, 2013, died Dec. 13, 2013, beloved and happy son of Seth and Katherine Phillips, and adored brother of Adeline Anne Phillips. He is survived by his paternal grandparents, Charles
Helen H. Reardon, of Hixson, passed away Monday, Dec. 16, 2013. Helen was a longtime member of Hixson First Baptist Church and the Grace Sunday School Class. She was preceded in death by her husband

Raymond Schoenmann

Tracy city
Raymond Jackson Schoenmann, 81, died Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, in Life Care of Sparta. Funeral 2 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Izen "Red" Craven officiating. Burial in Plainview Memorial Cemetery with
Robbie T. Shahan, 94, of Birchwood, passed away Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, in a local healthcare facility. The last living of 11 children she was a retired cafeteria worker at Birchwood High School after many
Mary Nell Smedley, 71, went to be with her Lord on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. She was a member of Apison Baptist Church. A lifelong resident of Apison, she was preceded in death by her
Chester Harlen Swafford, 86, of Chattanooga, passed away, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. He previously worked at Cumberland Case, Soddy-Daisy Police Department, Hamilton County Sherriff's Department and the Hamilton County Highway Department for 35 years.

Brady Tinker

Brady "Junior" Tinker, 70, passed away Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013 in a Hamilton County healthcare facility. He was a self employed carpenter, an avid NASCAR fan and loved to fish. He was preceded in
Kenneth West RINGGOLD Kenneth "Ken" Odell West, 69, passed away Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at a local hospital. He was a lifelong resident of North Georgia and was of the Baptist faith. Mr.

Joe Williams

Joe Williams, 62, died Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 at Erlanger. Funeral services at 2 p.m. today from Mount Oliver Baptist Church. Burial in Union Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be at Rainsville Funeral Home
Maggie Henegar Wray passed away Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, following a lengthy illness. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home chapel and a graveside service will be Thursday at 1 p.m.
Apr. 1, 1947 - Dec. 17, 2010 Its been three years, but seems a lot longer. We miss you every day. Love, Margie and Pat, sister, rest of the family, and your friends from


Jay (Jaybird) Ellison April 10, 1974- Dec. 17, 2008 It seems like just yesterday and not five years since we had to let you go. Your smile and laughter I miss. I still hear
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