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Local Obits for Tue. Nov 26, 2013

Homer Aldrich

Homer D. Aldrich, 87, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, surrounded by his family. He worked for Lever Brothers in Indiana and New York for 24 years, retired from BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee in

John Baldner

John Landaker Baldner, 83, passed away Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. He was a member of Dunlap United Methodist Church. He retired as a Colonel after 22 years of service with the United States Air Force.

John Beam

John L. Beam, 80, died Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. Survivors: wife, Bittena Beam; children, Cassandra Ramage, Nelda Leone, John E. Beam; brothers, Ron Carter, Charles Beam, George Beam; sister, Faye Spurr; eight grandchildren; 13
William C. "W.C." Billingsley, 82, passed away Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, at his childhood home in Whitwell, Tenn. He lived in Whitwell most of his life. W.C. was the Marion County 2004 Conservation Farmer of
Hardy Lavoy Blevins passed this life Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, at his home in Hixson. He was the son of the late Denver and Bonnie Blevins, pioneer residents of Dade County, Ga. He was a
Cookie Bonner Patricia Ann "Cookie" Bonner died Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, after a valiant battle with Alzheimers disease. She was born May 19, 1948, to the late Raymond Harry Rogers and Lucille Rogers Sweeney. She
George W. Burks, 64, of Chattanooga, passed away Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, in a local hospital. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He retired from Carpenter's Local #74 and also worked at the
arolyn Jean Tankersley, 70, of Chattanooga, passed away Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, at her residence. She was employed by Sams Wholesale and was a member of Greater Second Missionary Baptist Church. She was preceded in
Anna Jo Lamb Coffelt, 86, of Soddy-Daisy, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. She was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and preceded in death by her husbands, Dewey Lamb and Arnold Coffelt;

Ellen Coulson

Ellen Ann Mullins Coulson, 74, passed away Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, after a brief illness. She was born in Richmond, Va., to Kenneth and Margaret Mitchell. Ellen was retired from Kennedy Space Center where she

Shirley Delorise

Shirley Delorise, 65, passed away Monday, Nov. 25, 2013. Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, at Berryton Baptist Church. Interment in AMICemetery, Menlo, Ga. Visitation 6 to 8 p.m. today, Nov. 26,
Louise Evett-Wallace ROSSVILLE Louise Grace Evett-Wallace, 85, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. She was born in Flat Rock, Ala., to the late Jess Alvis and
Marion Elizabeth Gilmore, 80, of Chattanooga, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, in a local hospital. Funeral: at 12:30 p.m. today at Greater Faith Temple Baptist Church with Pastor Nathaniel Carter as the eulogist.

Donald Goebel

Donald Jackson Goebel, 67, passed away Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, at the Veterans Hospital in Nashville. Visitation will be 1-2 p.m. Wednesday at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home with services at 2 p.m. Burial in Franklin Memorial
Ray Hannah, 75, died on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. Surrounded by his family, Ray concluded his full life with a peaceful and dignified death. He faced his many health challenges, including his final illness, with
Edgar Sanders Holmes Jr., 84, of Chattanooga, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, in a local hospital. Graveside service: at 11:30 a.m. today in Chattanooga National Cemetery with Pastor Andrew J. Bullard

Annie Howard

Annie Mae Lewis Howard, 79, passed away Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. A resident of the Ringgold area for the past 41 years, she was a former employee of Edgewood Chenille and was of the
Darrell Eugene Hughes, 55, of Soddy-Daisy, passed away Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. Darrell was a well known mechanic in the Soddy-Daisy area. He was preceded in death by his father, Boyd Hughes. Survivors include
Vernon E. "Butch" Jackson, 66, of Sale Creek, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. A native of Louisville, Ky., he was a longtime resident of Sale Creek. He also lived in Rossville, where he
Billie R. Jackson, 94, died Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, at Rhea Medical Center. Funeral will be 11 a.m. Wednesday in the chapel with the Rev. Clyde Fitzgerald officiating. Burial in Ogden Cemetery. Visitation from 6-9
Alice "Sissy" Juanita McGowan, 47, passed away, Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. She had worked as a sales associate. She was preceded in death by her father, George Riley "Billy" Harris; and step-father, Thomas "Tom" Clark.

Sandra Jenkins

South pittsburg
Sandra Paulette Pitts Jenkins departed this life on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, in her home. She was born Dec. 11, 1960 in South Pittsburg. She was preceded in death by her mother, Lucille Pitts. She
Sallie B. Johnson passed away Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. She was a member of New Mount Carmel Baptist Church. She was also a member of the Eastern Star, Ruth Chapter 44. Funeral services will be

Ethel Johnson

Spring city
Cora Ethel Johnson, 84, died Monday, Nov. 25, 2013. Funeral at 2 p.m. Saturday in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral home. Interment will follow in Spring City Cemetery. Visitation noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at
Dawn Marie Melton, 38, of Chattanooga, passed away Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. She was preceded in death by her mother, Darlene Kay Childers Melton; grandparents, C.D. and Jessie Pauline Melton; uncle, Dave Melton. Survivors: father,
Roger Dale Mitchell, 71, passed away Monday, Nov. 25, 2013. Funeral will be 2 p.m. CST today, Nov. 26, from W.T. Wilson Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Dennis Mitchell officiating. Burial in Piney Grove Cemetery.
Donald George Powell, 62, of Hixson, was transferred to Heaven on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. Survivors include his wife, Joyce Powell; sons, John (Carol) Powell and Sean (April) Powell; daughters, Marie (Steve) Williams and Becky

Martha Jo Statom

Fort oglethorpe
Martha Jo Statom, 85, passed away Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, in a local health care facility. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, in the South Crest Chapel with
Georgia Stroud, passed away Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, in Chattanooga. Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Ave., 622-9995.
Doris J. Terning, 84, of Cokato, Minn., passed away peacefully in the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Dixie Terning, on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. She has spent the past three months surrounded
Glenda Jewel Walker, 63, of Ooltewah, died Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, in a local hospital. She was predeceased by her husband, Willie Walker; mother, Zella Holmes; father, Dewey Thompson; half brother, Floyd Howard; sister, Brenda

George Walker

George Gerald Walker, 59, passed away Sunday morning, Nov. 24, 2013, at Erlanger Medical Center. He was of the Christian faith. He was preceded in death by parents, George Walker and Billie Sue Merriman. He
Rhonda Wasson, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. She was born to the late Beattie Mae and O.C. Heath, Sr. on Aug. 1, 1953. She attended Chattanooga Public Schools including Orchard Knob Junior High
LaFOLLETTE Opal Lilly Wilburn, 94, passed away Sunday, Nov, 24, 2013. She was a member of the Faith Way Assembly of God Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edd Wilburn; mother
Lorraine S. Wiley, of Chattanooga, died Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in a local nursing facility. Arrangements will be announced by Hardwick & Sons Funeral Home.


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