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Local Obits for Thu. Jun 27, 2013


Hamilton county
Patricia AllenPatricia "Patty" Pitts Allen, of Hixson, passed away on Saturday, June 22, 2013. She was 83 years old.She was a native of Daisy, Tenn., but spent many years living abroad. Patricia lived in Washington,

Priscilla Bucher

Hamilton county
Priscilla Jo Bucher, of Chattanooga, passed away Sunday, June 9, 2013, in a local hospital.Memorial services are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Monday, July 1, 2013, at Rivermont Presbyterian Church on Hixson Pike locally, preceded

Jimmy Colbert

CALHOUN Jimmy Lee Colbert, 71, died Monday, June 24, 2013.Survivors, wife, Janet Colbert; son, Derek (Jennifer) Colbert; mother, Jessie Penland; sisters, Peggy Campbell, Paulette Owens; brother, Doug Colbert; four grandchildren.Funeral is 7 p.m. today,

Virgia Cowley

RINGGOLD Virgia R. Cowley, 78, died on Tuesday, June 25, 2013.Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Heritage Funeral Home, Battlefield Parkway.

Cora Dowdey

TAFT Cora Lee Dowdey, 87, passed away Tuesday, June 25, 2013.She was a loving mother and grandmother who enjoyed cooking, gardening and quilting. She was a member of Cash Point Baptist Church, Taft.She was

Betty Draper

SCOTTSBORO Betty Lou Davis Draper, 65, died Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at her home.Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. today at Rudder Funeral Home in Stevenson, Ala.Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday, June 28,

Bernard Finley

Hamilton county
Sr.Bernard C. Finley Sr., 96, of Chattanooga, passed away Monday, June 24, 2013, at his residence.Graveside services at 11 a.m. today in Forest Hills Cemetery with Pastor Ron Cook as the eulogist.Arrangements are by

Aaron Forrest

Hamilton county
Aaron Leon "Red" Forrest, of Soddy-Daisy, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, June 24, 2013. He was 85 years old.Aaron was retired from Norfolk Southern Railway. He served our country in the

David Franklin

IDER David Lamar Franklin, 56, died Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at his residence.Survivors include, wife, Faye Marie Franklin; son and daughter-in-law, Joe Angela Franklin; stepson, Cody Lee Wills; grandchildren, Zoe and Zarek Franklin; brothers,

Joe Fults

PALMER Joe Monroe "Go" Fults, 68, passed away Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at his home.He was born in Palmer, Tenn., on May 26, 1945 to Ether and Martha King Fults who preceded him in

Rose Gaines

Hamilton county
Rose Beatrice Gaines, 94, passed away Sunday, June 16, 2013, in a local hospital.She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward A. Gaines; brother, Oscar Robinson; sisters, Aline Greene and Annie Mae Rhodes.She leaves

Gerald Gunter

PISGAH Gerald K. Gunter 63, passed away Sunday, June 23, 2013 at his residence.Funeral will be 6 p.m. today at W.T. Wilson Funeral ChapelVisitation will be 4 until 6 p.m. today

Sonny Holland

GERALDINE Willie E. "Sonny" Holland, 72, passed away Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at his residence.Funeral: will be 11 a.m. today, June 27, 2013 at W.T. Wilson Funeral ChapelBurial will be in Beulah Cemetery

Niles Kelley

Hamilton county
Sr.Niles Creighton Kelley Sr., 68, of Chattanooga died Monday June 24, 2013, in a local hospital.A lifelong resident of Chattanooga, Mr. Kelley worked in the family owned Rathskeller Restaurant until its closing in 1970.

Percy King

MONTEAGLE Percy Glenn King, 88, passed away Monday, July 1, 2013.Memorial service 2 p.m. Friday in the funeral home chapel.Online condolences may be made at 1 p.m. Friday until the hour of services.Cumberland

Jesse LaPlume

Hamilton county
Jesse Mannasmith LaPlume, 10-months-old, of Soddy-Daisy, passed away Monday, June 24, 2013.She is survived by her devoted family, Andre', Jan, Laurel, Michelle, Brittany, Alexis and Mikayla.Funeral services will be 1 p.m. today, June 27, 2013,

Mazie Lavender

Hamilton county
Mazie Louise Brown Lavender passed away Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at her home.She was born Jan. 1, 1931, in Luxora, Ark., moving early to Gadsden, Ala. She will be loved and remembered for her

Nanette Miller

DUNLAP Nanette Johnson Miller, 55, died at her home Tuesday, June 25, 2013.She was a member of Little Hopewell Baptist Church.She was preceded in death by her parents, Woodrow and Allie Marie Myers Johnson;

Charles Murray

Hamilton county
Charles "C.W." William Murray, of Hixson, passed away on June 26, 2013. He was 85 years old.Arrangements will be announced by the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home.

Hurdist Nolen

ROSSVILLE Hurdist Lamar Nolen, 74, died Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at his residence.He was a son of the late Marvin and Joyce Baldwin Nolen and a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving aboard USS

Kimberly Overby

Hamilton county
Kimberly Kathryn Hester Overby, 49 of East Ridge, departed this life Sunday, June 23, 2013.She was preceded in death by her mother, Frances Hester and was of the Baptist faith.Survivors include her daughter, Kaitlyn Overby;

Elise Pardue

CLEVELAND Elise "Lisa" Pardue, 70, died Tuesday, June 25, 2013.Survivors: children, Edward Davenport, Marissa Decker, Jana Cook.Services are 11 a.m. Friday at Ralph Buckner Funeral Home.Family will receive friends 5-8 p.m. today at

Leila Parker

FORT OGLETHORPE Leila Beatrice Cooper Parker, 84, passed away Tuesday, June 25, 2013.She was born to the late William Edgar and Ethel Mae Bell Cooper in LaFayette, Ga., on March 4, 1929. She

Jean Poe

Hamilton county
Jean B. Poe, 101, died on Monday, June 24, 2013, at her residence.She was a descendant of one of the early settlers in Hamilton County.Jean was a lifelong resident of Chattanooga. She attended Milligan College,

Jesse Reeves

BRYANT Jesse Isaiah Reeves, age 6, passed away June 23, 2013.Jesse had a kind, gentle heart, always wanted to help people out. He was always happy and smiling, he was always a shadow to
CHATSWORTH Helene D. Robertson, 59, passed away Tuesday, June 25, 2013.She had lived most of her life in Wichita Falls, Texas, and the past five years in the Dalton and Chatsworth area. She

Emma Robins

Emma RobbinsSOUTH PITTSBURG Emma June Robbins, 80, passed away Wednesday, June 26, 2013.A loving mother and grandmother she was a member of Long Island Baptist Church. Her favorite bible verse was Hebrew 13:6 "So

Bill Roessel

Hamilton county
William A. Roessel, 90, of Chattanooga, passed away Sunday, June 23, 2013, in a local health care facility.He was the son of the late Lawrence and Mary Roessel and was preceded in death by his

George Smith

CROSSVILLE George Washington Smith, 92, died Monday, June 24, 2013,.Funeral service at 2 p.m. Friday in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home.Interment in Spring City Memorial Gardens.Visitation from noon to 2 p.m. Friday at

Robert Whitelaw

ATLANTA Dr. Robert Simeon Whitelaw Jr., 66, passed away Friday, June 21, 2013, in Highlands, N.C.A loving father and grandfather, he was affectionately known as "Gramps" by his grandchildren. His eldest son, Robert Simeon

Lester Williams

CHARLESTON Lester Williams, 83, died Tuesday, June 25, 2013.Survivors: wife, Ruby Williams; daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Bob Nipper; two grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren.Services are 2 p.m. Friday at East Side Church of Christ.Family

Georgia Williamson

Hamilton county
Mother Georgia Williamson passed away Tuesday, June 18, 2013.She was born Oct. 17, 1922, in Henning, Tenn., to Mr. and Mrs. Moses Halloman. At an early age, she left home and worked several jobs to


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INMEMORYROULOS C. DAVISJune 27, 1963 - Aug. 20, 2012Just twenty four years we shared an anniversary.Just fifty years old youd be today. It broke our hearts to lose you. Tears of love will never wake

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