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Local Obits for Thu. Jan 03, 2013



George Adkison

Hamilton county
George Adkison, 82, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2013, at a local healthcare facility.Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Ave., 622-9995.

Willis Argo

Tennessee
KIMBALL Willis Argo, 82, died on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012.Willis was born on July 6, 1930 in Battle Creek, Tenn., to Roy and Ruth Argo. He was a devoted son, husband, father and grandfather.He

Willie Bethune

Alabama
HIGDON Willie Gilbreath Bethune-Price, 89, passed away on Monday, Dec. 31, 2012 in a local health care facility.Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 4, in the South Crest Chapel

Joe Brand

Hamilton county
Joseph J. Brand, 89, a resident of Morning Pointe of Chattanooga, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013.Joe Brand was born Sept. 13, 1923, in Fairmont, W.Va. He was predeceased by his wife of

Virgil Brown

Georgia
FORT OGLETHORPE Virgil Eugene Brown, 85, passed away peacefully at his home recently, surrounded by his loving family and with his daughter holding his hand as he walked into Heavens gate.Virgil became a Christian

Nina Brown

Tennessee
ATHENS Nina ODaniel Brown, 86, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, at her home.Funeral will be 7 p.m Friday in the chapel.Burial will be noon Saturday in Idlewild Cemetery.Visitation 5-7 p.m. Friday at

Avis Browning

Hamilton county
Avis Smith Browning, of Chattanooga, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. She was 82 years old.Arrangements will be announced later by the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, 5401 Highway 153 in Hixson.

Nancy Carlisle

Hamilton county
Nancy Ann Carlisle, 78, a native of Michigan, passed away Monday, Dec. 31, 2012. She moved to Chattanooga two years ago from Riverview, Mich. Nancy retired from Ford Motor Co. and was of the Catholic

Robert Chamlee

Georgia
RINGGOLD Robert William Chamlee, 65, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012 in a local hospital surrounded by his loving family.He was born April 28, 1947 in Atlanta, Ga., to John Henry and Adele

Edith Cofer

Hamilton county
Edith Carson Cofer, 97, of Chattanooga, passed away at her home, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013.She was a member of First Christian Church and Ladies Kiwanis's Club. Edith graduated from Edmondson Business College and worked

Richard Cremeans

Tennessee
DECHERD Richard Terry Cremeans, 66, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2012, at Southern Tennessee Medical Center. Visitation will be noon-1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, at Moore-Cortner Chapel with services to follow at 1 p.m.

Danny Dean

Hamilton county
Danny M. Dean, 66, of Chattanooga, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Tuesday morning, Jan. 1, 2013. He was the son of the late Lloyd and Helen Dean and was a Vietnam

Charles Durham

Hamilton county
Charles "Bobby" Durham, 63, passed away with angels around him on Monday, Dec. 31, 2012. Bobby was a 1967 graduate of Whitwell High School. He was retired from Wal-Mart in Kimball and Dunlap, Tenn.Bobby became

Janie Ervin

Hamilton county
Janie Mae Ervin, 64, of Chattanooga, passed away Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in the Hospice Care Center.She was a member of New Directional Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her son, Richard

Donald Hale

Georgia
CHICKAMAUGA Donald L. Hale, 73, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2012.Arrangements will be announced by the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home & Crematory, located at the end of historic Missionary Ridge,

LaKisha Hambrick

Hamilton county
LaKisha Hambrick, 36, passed away on Monday, Dec. 24, 2012, after a brief illness at a local hospital.She leaves to cherish her memories, children, Toneshia, Erick, Ebony , Jerry, Aisha; fathers, Buster Smith and George
FORT OGLETHORPE Daniel Mathew Harrington, 72, departed this life Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, at his home.He was born in Rockwood, Tenn., to the late Isom Calvin and Ruby Rebecca Harrington.Dan retired from BASF after

Ernest Haynes

Hamilton county
Ernest Joel Haynes, 66, of Hixson, was called to join heavens choir on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2012.A native of Tracy City, Tenn., he was a son of the late Vesta and Howard Haynes.Mr. Haynes is

China Henderson

Hamilton county
China Monique Henderson, 17 days, of Chattanooga, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012 in a local hospital. Survivors include her mother, Yasmine Henderson; father, Jerrick Young; grandparents, Kathy McKee, Samuel Marsh and Foxy Young; several

Max Higgins

Alabama
ATTALLA Max Ross Higgins, 79, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, at his residence.Funeral service will be 2 p.m. CST Friday,Jan. 4, from W.T. Wilson Funeral Chapel.Burial at Bethlehem Baptist Cemetery, Gallant, Ala.Visitation will

Valerie Howard

Tennessee
RICEVILLE Valerie Ann Freeman Howard, 51, passed away Wednesday morning, Jan. 2, 2013, at Park Ridge Medical CenterMemorial services 5 p.m. Saturday chapel.Visitation 3-5 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.Ziegler Funeral Home has been

Debbie Jones

Hamilton county
Debbie Louise Jones of Chattanooga, 56, passed away, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.She was preceded in death by her brother, Kenneth Jones.Survivors include her daughter, Angela (Chris) Cecil, Cleveland, Tenn.; son Adrian (Shannon) Stacy, Trenton, Ga.;

Alice Kilgore

Tennessee
WHITWELL Alice Louise Kilgore, 82, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Flara Ruth Kilgore. Alice was a member of Sulpher Springs United Methodist Church.Those left

Naomi Ledbetter

Georgia
SUMMERVILLE Naomi Ledbetter, 83, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013Visitation from 6-9 p.m. today, Jan. 3, at Erwin-Petitt Funeral Home.Funeral service at 3 p.m. Friday in the chapel Friday, Jan. 4.Interment in Greenhills

Darrell Lee

Tennessee
WINCHSTER Darrell Smith Lee, 48, passed away on Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, at Willows at Winchester.Funeral at 11 a.m. Friday in the Moore-Cortner Chapel.Interment in Moore Memorial Cemetery, Huntland, Tenn. Visitation

Steve Linder

Hamilton county
Steve H. Linder, 58, of Ooltewah, passed away Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012. Steve was a retired engineer, employed by Duracell Batteries for 31 years.Survivors include his wife of 22 years, Susan Dickinson Lindner, of Ooltewah;

Rosa Long

Hamilton county
Rosa Long, 50, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Chattanooga.Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Ave., 622-9995.

Gussie Manns

Hamilton county
Gussie Lee Manns, 91, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at a local healthcare facility.She was formerly employed at McCallie School Cafeteria, Notre Dame Cafeteria, Chambliss Childrens Home, Foster Grandparent Program and Avondale School.

Margie Martin

Georgia
LaFAYETTE Margie Martin, 83, died Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2012.Survivors include her son, Steve Martin; two grandsons; three great-grandchildren.Private services will be at a later date.In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to

Frances McMahon

Hamilton county
Frances D. King McMahon died Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, from natural causes after a long illness.Born Jan. 12, 1930 in Akron, Ohio to her late parents, Issac and Vesta June Dunlap, she lived most of

Lois Nelson

Hamilton county
Lois Virginia Rigsby Nelson, 76, of Soddy-Daisy, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013.She was a beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who loved her family with all her heart. Lois was a member of the

Edith Padgett

Hamilton county
Edith M. King Padgett, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. She was 92 years old. She was born Nov. 13, 1920, She was the oldest child in a family of five, which limited her

Betty Painter

Hamilton county
Betty Jane Epps Painter passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.She was born Aug. 19, 1925 in Athens, Ga., the only daughter of Carl and Claudine Henry Epps. Betty grew up in Rome, Ga., where

Tony Pepe

Georgia
TRENTON Anthony "Tony" Joseph Pepe, 78, passed away Monday, Jan. 1, 2013.He was active with the Dade Senior Citizens Program and attended Rising Fawn Baptist Church.Survivors include his sister, Camille Warzecha, Trenton; nieces, Felicia

Donna Poole

Tennessee
Donna Faye Poole, 65, of Sale Creek, died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, at her residence.She was a longtime resident of Rhea, Hamilton County and was a member of Lake Drive Baptist Church for 33 years.She

Carlos Reynolds

Hamilton county
,Carlos Espinal Reynolds, 25, of Signal Mountain, died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012 in a local hospital.Arrangements will be announced by Hamilton Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 4506 Hixson Pike. 423-531-3975

Annie Russell

Hamilton county
Annie Ruth Russell, 94, of Chattanooga, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, in a local health care facility.Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, in the South Crest Chapel

Robin Sanders

Georgia
LaFAYETTERobin Sanders, 51, Chattanooga, formerly of LaFayette, died Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012.Preceded in death by brother, Roy Alan Sanders; mother, Jodie Sanders.Survived by daughters, Samantha Alley, of North Carolina, Stephanie Coon and

Marsha Savage

Hamilton county
Marsha Savage 60, of Chattanooga passed away Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.Arrangements will be announced by Hardwick & Sons Funeral Home, 423-267-1244 www.hardwickandsonfh.com.

Dustin Smith

Hamilton county
Dustin Lebron Smith, 38, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, in a local hospital.Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Ave., 622-9995.

Gussie Taylor

Hamilton county
Gussie Virginia Buffett Taylor, 94, of Chattanooga, passed peacefully away on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.She attended Lake Vista United Methodist Church and was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Lodge #417 at

Wayne Voils

Georgia
LaFAYETTE Wayne Voils, 72, died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.Survived by wife, Willie Voils; son, Harley Voils and Neal Voils; sister, Wanda Dutton; brothers, Butch Voils and Danny Voils, all

Lorraine Wilkey

Georgia
Lorraine Wilkey, 54, of Chattanooga passed away Tuesday Jan. 1, 2013, at her home.Survivors include her daughters, Maria Wilkey and Christy Wilkey, mother, Paulette Born, six brothers and sisters; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several
ROSSVILLE Jacqueline Ann "Jackie" Williams, 49, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at her residence.Jackie was a 1981 graduate of East Ridge High School and earned her R.N. degree from Chattanooga State.

Forrest Wilson

Hamilton county
Forrest "Big Momma" Wilson, 91, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, at her residence in Chickamauga, Ga.Forrest was a loving mother and grandmother. She was the 3rd of nine children born to her

Del Wood

Hamilton county
Jr.E. Del Wood Jr., formerly of Chattanooga, died on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, at his home in Birmingham.He was born June 4, 1933, the son of the late E. Del Wood Sr. and Iva

Tangelia Woodruff

Hamilton county
Tangelia Lonzell Woodruff, 50, of Chattanooga, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, at a local hospital.Arrangements will be announced by Taylor Funeral Home of Chattanooga Inc.

James Wooten

Georgia
LaFAYETTE James F. "Jimmy" Wooten, 66, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.Visitation noon to 2 p.m. today, Jan. 3, 2013 at Erwin-Petitt Funeral Home.Funeral at 2 p.m. today, Jan. 3, in chapel.Interment in

In MemoryRAYMOND THORN

In memory
INMEMORYSept. 20, 1935 - July 31, 2011HAPPY NEW YEAR!This is the second time I start a new year without you being here. However, you really are here because I have you in my heart.I know
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