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Local Obits for Tue. Dec 31, 2013

Margaret Welch Anderson, 97, of Chattanooga, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, at a local nursing home. She was a longtime member of East Ridge Baptist Church and the Chapel Sunday School Class. She
Helen Chappin Bartley, 88, a former resident of North Georgia and the Chattanooga area, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013. She has been living for several years in Cape
Brenda Davis Shropshire Ellis, 55, of Chattanooga, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013 at the Hospice Care Center. The body will lie-in-state today after 9:30 a.m. at Taylor Funeral Home with the funeral to

Donald Forbes

Donald Edwin Forbes, 85, died Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at his residence. Funeral will be 5 p.m. today in the chapel of Coulter-Garrison Funeral Home with Speaker Derrick Hamilton officiating. Interment in Ogden Cemetery.
Robert Lee "Bob" Garner Jr., 78, of Chattanooga, died Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013. He was born Sept. 25, 1935, in Walker County, Ga., son of the late Robert L. Garner Sr. and the late Susie

Tommie Helton

Mrs. Tommie Jean Whitmire Helton, 83, passed away Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, at her residence. Mrs. Helton was a native and lifetime resident of Gainesville, Ga., was a homemaker and a member of Dewberry Baptist
Shirley Ann Hill, of Chattanooga, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. An alumnus of GPS and the University of Chattanooga, Ms. Hill was a CPA and worked as a computer programmer for TVA. She

Flora Johnson

Flora B. Johnson passed away Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013. Services at 1 p.m. Thursday at New Hope Baptist Church, Rydal, Ga. The family will receive friends at the church from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday. Interment in

Jeffrey Kokoszka

Jeffrey William Kokoszka, 50, passed away Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in a local hospital. He was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. Jeffrey was an avid fisherman, a member of

Jimmy Kyle

Jimmy Kyle died Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. Visitation 4-7 p.m. Thursday with the funeral to follow at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment in Concord United Methodist Cemetery at 11 a.m. Friday.
Gerald Matthews, 64, of Chattanooga, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, at a local hospital. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Advantage Funeral Cremation Services Franklin-Strickland-Pinkard-Bryan-Smith Funeral Directors, 423-265-4414.
Charles E. McCurdy, 83, Chattanooga, died Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013. He retired from the United States Army as a Lt. Colonel. He was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Ruth McCurdy. Survivors include
William "Rob" McLean Jr., 69, passed away Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was preceded in death by his parents Margaret and W.R. McLean; and his sister Susan McLean.
Samuel Clinton "Sam" Mills, 80, died Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, at Soddy-Daisy Health Center. Born in Soddy, Oct. 20, 1933, he was the son of the late Harry S. Mills and Ruth Davis Mills. He
Joanne Groover Mossburg, 79, of Chattanooga, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013. She was a graduate of Tyner High School and Tennessee Wesleyan College. Mrs. Mossburg was a member

Sandra Pierce

Sandra Faye Lewis Pierce, 65, died Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, at Erlanger. Funeral at 1 p.m. Thursday at Short Creek Baptist Church. Burial in Short Creek Cemetery. Visitation 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the church. Ziegler
Dr. Wallace Samuel Prescott, 93, past president of Tennessee Tech University, died Friday evening, Dec. 27, 2013. at Life Care Center of Sparta. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014,

Mary Roberts

Mary Ann Roberts, 80, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at Southern Tennessee Medical Center in Winchester. Funeral services 10 a.m. today, Dec. 31, in the Moore-Cortner Chapel. Interment will follow in Maxwell

Dallas Smith

Dallas Smith, 65, died Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at Rhea Medical Center. Dallas was a lifetime resident of Rhea County, attended Morgan Springs Baptist Church, worked for TVA for 20 years and Combustion in Chattanooga
Emily Anne Smith, 26, of Chattanooga, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. Her sister, Shelley, along with her grandparents were anxiously awaiting her arrival. She was
Loyd Austin Sutton, 83 , of Henegar, Ala., went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, with his three children by his side. He was preceded in death by his loving
Donnell Woodruff, 62, passed away Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, in a local hospital. Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Ave., 622-9995.
A comedy writer and producer who spent 15 years on "The Simpsons" has died in Los Angeles after a long illness. Kevin Curran was 59.
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,...
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Lucia Perillo, an award-winning author and Pulitzer Prize finalist, has died at the age of 58.
CHICAGO (AP) - One of Chicago's earliest African-American disc jockeys, Herb Kent, has died at age 88 after a seven-decade career.
Qatari state television says the country's former ruler, Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad al-Thani, has died.
FORESTBURGH, New York (AP) - Comic Kevin Meaney, who worked the standup circuit, was a late-night TV staple and starred in the short-lived 1990s series "Uncle Buck," has died. He...
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) - Simone Schaller, an American hurdler who competed at the 1932 and 1936 Summer Games and was believed to be the oldest living Olympian, has died. She...
PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) - Princeton University says the Ivy League school's 17th president has died. William Bowen was 83.
DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Free Press says sports columnist Drew Sharp has died. He was 56.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - An original member of the pioneering Philadelphia-based soul group The Intruders has died. Robert "Big Sonny" Edwards was 74.
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.
STORRS, Conn. (AP) - The former longtime head coach of the Connecticut Huskies ice hockey team, who transitioned them to Division I status, has died. Bruce Marshall was 54.
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.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Costume designer Janet Patterson, a four-time Oscar nominee for period films like "Bright Star," ''The Portrait of a Lady" and "The Piano," has died.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Robert A. "Bob" Hoover, a World War II fighter pilot who became an aviation legend for his skills in testing aircraft and demonstrating their capabilities in...