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Local Obits for Sun. Jul 14, 2013

TUNNELHILL David Howard Canterbury, 64, died Thursday, July 11, 2013 in a local hospital. He was a member of Friendship Baptist Church in Ringgold, Ga.Mr. Canterbury was preceded in death by his parents,
ROCK SPRING Catherine "Katie" Carlock, 85, passed away Thursday, July 11, 2013. She was born in Rock Spring on Dec. 31, 1927 to the late James Fred and Bessie Carlock. She was

Brenda Collins

Hamilton county
Brenda Kay Purdy Collins, 70, of Hixson, died Friday, July 12, 2013 in a local hospital.Brenda was born in Knoxville, Tenn., but had lived in Chattanooga for the past 41 years. She was a

Jo Cooper

Hamilton county
Jo Evelyn Cooper, 74, of Chattanooga, died Thursday, July 11, 2013.She was born May 17, 1939 in McMinn County, Tenn. She was preceded in death by her father, Lake Rowland; and her daughter, Tammy York.She

Dwayne Copeland

Hamilton county
Dwayne Copeland, 54, of Chattanooga passed away Friday July 12, 2013.Arrangements entrusted to Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services Franklin-Strickland-Pinkard-Bryan Smith Funeral Directors; 1724 McCallie Avenue, 423-265-4414.

Keyai Crenshaw

CLEVELAND Keyai D. Crenshaw (Hammer), 19, went home to be with the Lord, Sunday July 7, 2013 at Athens Regional Hospital. Keyai was preceded in death by his father, Carl D. Crenshaw; his grandmother,

Reese Ervin

ROSSVILLE Reese E. Ervin, 88, passed away Friday, July 5, 2013 at his home.He was a U. S. Navy veteran during World War II, a former U. S. Secret Service Agent and retired from

Barbara Grayson

Hamilton county
Barbara Louise Grayson, 74, of Chattanooga, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, July 11, 2013.She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, L.B. Grayson; parents, Clarence

Freddie Green

Hamilton county
Freddie Mae GreenFreddie Mae Green, 77, of Chattanooga, passed away Tuesday, July 9, 2013, in a local hospital. Funeral at noon today in the chapel of Taylor Funeral Home with Pastor J.W. Cole as the

Dorothy Harris

Hamilton county
Dorothy L. Smith Newsome Harris, 69, of Chattanooga, passed away Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at her sister's residence. She retired from Regional Transit Authority in Cleveland, Ohio and was a faithful member of Trinity

Mike Johns

Hamilton county
Dr. Mike Johns, 61, of Chattanooga, went home to glory on Friday, July 12, 2013.Mike was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, friend and minister. He pastored four churches in South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee, influencing

Laura LaCourse

Other areas
CLEVELAND, Oh. Laura Ann Schwanger LaCourse, 51, residing in Cleveland, Ohio and formerly of Sandusky, Ohio, passed away on Thursday afternoon, July 11, 2013 in the Louis Stokes VA Medical Center in Cleveland.She was

Betty Laughlin

BRENTWOOD Betty J. Laughlin, 80, passed away on Friday, July 12, 2013. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. today in the Moore-Cortner Chapel. Interment will follow at Franklin Memorial Gardens, Winchester, Tennessee. Moore-Cortner Funeral

Tillman Merritt

RISINGFAWN Tillman Haskell Merritt, 26, passed away Friday, July 12, 2013.He attended Trenton United Methodist Church. He enjoyed playing guitar, watching and playing sports.He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Alvin and Ollie

David Miller

RAINSVILLE David Keith Miller, 44, passed away Tuesday July 9, 2013 in Dekalb Regional Medical Center.Memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Monday July 15, from the Corinth Baptist Church in Fyffe. The Rev.

James Penley

Hamilton county
Jr.James William Penley Jr. died at his home in Decatur, Ala., on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, following a long illness.He was born Sept. 26, 1946, in Chattanooga, to James William Penley Sr. and Frances

John Plummer

, Jr.SUMMERVILLE John Richard Plummer, Jr. 60, died Friday, July 12, 2013.Funeral from Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church 4686 West Armuchee Rd. Summerville, Ga. 30747, Monday at 3 p.m. Conducted

Judy Reno

Hamilton county
Judith "Judy" I. Reno, 71, of Ooltewah, Tenn., passed away Friday, July 12, 2013, at her residence.She was the daughter of the late Harold and Myrl Slaybaugh.Judy retired as a data processing supervisor with Vulcan
WILDWOOD Jessie Melvin Robertson, 82, died Friday July 12, 2013. He was retired from Korehing Southern in Chattanooga, Tenn. He was of Baptist faith.He is survived by his wife of 60 years Margaret

Lillie Shirley

Hamilton county
Lillie Mae Shirley passed away on Monday, July 8, 2013.Survivors are her children, Christina, Butch, Thomas and Trurina Shirley; brothers, Billy Ray and David Eaves; sister, Linda Durham; four grandchildren.Graveside services will be noon Monday,

Willie Stamper

Hamilton county
Willie "Bill" Stamper, formerly of Chattanooga, passed away Monday, July 8, 2013 in Huntsville, Ala. He was the son of the late Reverend J. T. Stamper. Survivors include his wife, Pearlie Stamper; sisters, Regina

Freeman Townson

BRYANT Freeman Richard Townson, 81, passed away Thursday, July 11, 2013. He attended Bryant Free Holiness Church. He worked several years at Bungee Foods as a maintenance Mechanic/Welder. Freeman enjoyed working with his hands

Naomi Williams

Hamilton county
Naomi "Judy" Williams, 90, of Soddy-Daisy, passed away on Thursday, July 11, 2013, at her home.She was born on May 24, 1923 in Sequatchie County.She was preceded in death by her parents, Preston and Lou

Lydia Wolfe

Hamilton county
Lydia M. Wolfe, 77, of Ooltewah, passed away Saturday, July 13, 2013 at a local nursing home.She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother; she retired from K-Mart after 22 years of service. She was

Robert Wright

LaFAYETTE Robert Milton Wright, 77, died Friday, July 12, 2013.Robert is a member of the Harrisburg Nazarene Church, where he was the Sunday


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