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 Please call (423) 757-6348 to confirm receipt and to make payment.

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

Local Obits for Mon. Jan 14, 2013

Doris Bearden

Hamilton county
Doris Aline Bearden, 82, of Chattanooga, died on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013.She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles F. Bearden Jr.; her parents, Raymond Athearn and Laura Athearn Lusk; and her sisters, June

Katie Brown

Hamilton county
Katie Brown, 84, passed away Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 at a local hospital. Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Avenue, 622-9995.

Willie Burgess

Hamilton county
Willie Mae Burgess, 81, of Chattanooga, passed away Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 in a local hospital, surrounded by her loving family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Burgess; mother, Elzora Hawkins; son,

Robert Chism

Hamilton county
Robert Lee Chism passed away Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 in Chattanooga. Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Avenue, 622-9995.

William Clayton

COHUTTA William T. Clayton (Bill), 81, passed away Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 at his residence.He was preceded in death by his parents, Cora I. and Thomas M. Clayton; brother James Earl Clayton.He was a

Arthur Dunnigan

Hamilton county
Arthur Dunnigan, 88, passed away Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 at a local hospital. Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Avenue, 622-9995.

James Fain

LENOIRCITY James Mitchell Fain went to be with the Lord on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 after a hard fought battle with Pancreatic Cancer at his home in Lenoir City, Tenn. He was born on

Gail Freshour

Hamilton county
Gail Longcrier Longcrier, 72, of Pensacola, Fla., passed away of natural causes in Hospice at West Florida Hospital in Pensacola, Fla., on Dec. 27, 2012.Gail was born in Chattanooga, Tenn., to the late Hazel R.

Ben Gardner

RAINSVILLE Ben Ray Gardner, 80, passed away Friday, Jan. 11, 2013.Services: 11 a.m. today, Fyffe Church of God. Burial to follow at 2:30 p.m., Jefferson Memorial Gardens.The body will lie in state today 10

Dorsey Gardner

Hamilton county
Dorsey Gardner, also known as W.D., 82, of Chattanooga, Tenn., passed away peacefully, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 Dorsey was married to his high school sweetheart. They were married for 63 years when he

Roger Gordy

DUNLAP Roger David Gordy, 68, formerly of LaFayette, Ga., died Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 at his home. He was preceded in death by parents, William and Viola Gordy; brother, Walt Gordy.He is survived by

James Hawes

HENAGAR James Wade "Fuzzy" Hawes, 65, died Sunday Jan. 13, 2013 at Memorial Hospital. He was a retired carpenter and member of Ider Church of Christ.Mr. Hawes was preceded in death by his

Arlene Igou

FORT PAYNE Arlene Carden Igou, 91, died Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, at DeKalb Regional Medical Center.Survivors include her loving husband of 70 years, Dr. R.A. Igou; son, Richard (Deema) Igou, of Fort Payne; daughters,

Nora Knox

Hamilton county
Nora Gorman Knox, 100, of Buffalo, N.Y., passed peacefully Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013.She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Buffalo, N.Y., and a former member of New Emanuel Baptist Church, Chattanooga.She is survived by

Garlen McCrary

ROSALIE, Ala. Garlen Lee Charlie McCrary, 69, died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 at his residence. He was retired from Singer Coble. Mr. McCrary was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse Lee Price and

Dorothy Mingle

Hamilton county
Dorothy May Mingle "Miss Dottie", 80, died on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 in Chattanooga.She was born in Bristol, Tenn., to the late Mr and Mrs. William Harvey Richardson. She was the wife of the late

Avanell Morris

Hamilton county
Avanell Gillespie "Marcie" Morris, 85, of Soddy-Daisy, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. She was a member of New Salem Baptist Church.Mrs. Morris was a devoted wife and mother spending most of her

David Pearson

Hamilton county
David "Sam" Pearson, of Birchwood, passed away unexpectedly Friday afternoon, Jan. 11, 2013. Sam was born June 7, 1945 in Alexandria, Va., and reared in Brentsville, Va. He graduated from Garfield High School

William Ratcliffe

CLEVELAND William "Bill" Vaden Ratcliffe, 84, died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013.Survivors: wife, Jean Ratcliffe; son, Gary Ratcliffe; daughter, Jo Ann Cavett; 2 grandsons.Services: Tuesday, 3 p.m. at Fike Funeral Home. Family receiving friends 11

Raymond Reavis

Hamilton county
Raymond Earl Reavis, 65, of Chattanooga, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013.Mr. Reavis was a member of the Professional Tour Caddies Association for many years and caddied for several well know PGA golfers.He was

June Rivers

Hamilton county
June Rivers, 79, passed away Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013 at a local hospital. Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Avenue, 622-9995.

Robert Smith

TULLAHOMA Robert Eugene Smith, 69, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 at his home. Funeral Service: 1 p.m. today in the Moore-Cortner Chapel. Interment will be in New Center Grove Cemetery. Moore-Cortner Funeral

Amos Sparks

Hamilton county
Amos Sparks, 83, passed away Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013 in a local healthcare facility. Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Avenue, 622-9995.

Barry VanCura

Hamilton county
Barry J. VanCura, 64, of Chattanooga, passed away Friday, Jan. 11, 2013. He was the founder and executive director of Ballet Tennessee.Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at Lane Funeral Home, Ashland Terrace.Complete obituary

Imogene Weaver

RINGGOLD Imogene Scruggs Weaver, 83, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013.She had lived in the North Georgia area for most of her life and was a

Margaret Wells

Hamilton county
Margaret L.Wells, 92, of Chattanooga, passed away Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013.Survived by, son, William Hines Jr., of Harrison,Tenn.; daughters, Glenda Cox, of Valley Head, Ala., Shelia Jackson, of Graysville, Ga.; 13 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild.Arrangements by

Mildred Woody

Hamilton county
Mildred Elizabeth Woody, 97, went to be with her Lord and waiting loved ones on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, while surrounded by family and friends. She was a lifelong resident of the Chattanooga, Tenn.,

In MemoryEli White

In memory
ELI WHITE April 19, 1924-Jan. 14, 1995 You left, but you left peace of your own gifting imparted gently through the quiet years. You left, but you left goodness so uplifting that each remembering only
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.
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.
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.
Aaron Pryor, the relentless junior welterweight who fought two memorable bouts with Alexis Arguello, has died.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - One of the last living crew members on the USS Arizona during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor has died. Raymond Haerry was 94.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts woman who pushed for a statewide anti-bullying law after her 11-year-old son committed suicide has died following a battle with cancer. Sirdeaner Walker was...
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) - UFC fighter Josh Samman has died after spending nearly a week in a Florida hospital. He was 28.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A retired Roman Catholic bishop in Vermont who lost his television-producer brother on 9/11 has died. Kenneth Angell was 86.
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - The man who oversaw Yellowstone National Park during the wildfires that burned across the park in 1988 has died.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Lowell Thomas Jr., a former Alaska lieutenant governor, author, adventurer, glacier pilot and son of the legendary broadcaster, has died.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The manager for folk singer, writer and longtime New York radio host Oscar Brand says that he has died. Brand was 96.
CHICAGO (AP) - The man who got generations of hot dog lovers humming along to the Oscar Mayer Weiner song has died.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - An original member of the pioneering Philadelphia-based soul group The Intruders has died. Robert "Big Sonny" Edwards was 74.