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Local Obits for Sun. Jan 13, 2013

William Austin

William Ray Austin, 83, passed away, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013.He was born on Sept. 6, 1929 in Bridgeport, Ala., and moved to South Pittsburg in 1950.He was a retired employee of US Stove and Foundry.

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

Helen Bell

Hamilton county
Helen Burford Bell passed away Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 at the age of 89.Helen is survived by her sons, Kerry (Pam) Bell, of Kennesaw, Ga., and Mitchell (Hazel) Bell, of Lookout Mountain, Ga.; and her

Kenneth Boyd

Hamilton county
Kenneth Robert Boyd, 67, of Chattanooga, passed away Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013.Family and friends, since you are reading this, my time has come. As my time approached, I thought of you often. I was taken

George Bruning

FLINTSTONE George W. Bruning, 86, departed this life, Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, at his home.He was a longtime resident of Walker County. George served in the U. S. Army and was a veteran of

Charles Carder

Hamilton county
Charles Timothy Carder, 53, of Chattanooga, Tenn., passed away Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013.The family will receive friends on Tuesday, Jan. 15, from 48 p.m. at the Valley View Chapel.Arrangements by Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory

Faye Casey

RAINSVILLE Faye Casey, 76, died Friday, Jan. 11, 2013.Services: today at 3:30 p.m. from Rainsville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Mountain View Memory Gardens with Rainsville Funeral Home, Inc. directing, Visitation:

Daniel Cavin

RINGGOLD Daniel Ray Cavin, 54, passed away Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. He had lived in the Ringgold area for most of his life and was of the Baptist faith. He was preceded in

Michael Chislom

Hamilton county
Michael Chislom passed away Friday, Jan. 11, 2013. Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Avenue, 622-9995.

Joan Davis

Hamilton county
Joan Davis, 72, of Chattanooga, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012. She was formerly employed by Hamilton County Nursing Home. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Davis. Survivors: sons, Curtis

Dr Edward

Hamilton county
Dr. Edward Harrell died on Nov. 18, 2012.He will be remembered at a memorial service at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19, at McFarland United Methodist Church, 101 E. Gordon Ave., Rossville.Visitation will be from

Jessie Foster

RINGGOLD Jessie Lou Gates Foster, 82, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday Jan. 10, 2013, at her home.Jessie was a loving mother, Grandma and friend. She was a member of New

Ralph Frazier

Hamilton county
Ralph E. Frazier, 92, went to be with the Lord Friday, Jan. 11, 2013.He was a member of Second Presbyterian Church. He was a veteran of World War II. He proudly served his country

Dorsey Gardner

Hamilton county
Dorsey "Willard" Gardner, 82, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2012 Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announce by Chattanooga Funeral Home- North Chapel, Highway 153, Hixson, Tennessee 37343. Please share your thoughts

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

Brierley Hall

Hamilton county
Brierley Hartis Hall, 52, of Hixson, passed away Friday morning, Jan. 11, 2013 after a brief illness. Brierley, affectionately known as "Bibi", was born in Albany, Ga., lived in Rome, started school in Trion and

James Harris

Hamilton county
Jorge HarrisJames A. "Jorge" Harris, 73, a lifelong resident of the Ooltewah and Apison area passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, in a local hospital. Jorge was born on June 6, 1939 a son

Fred Karnes

ROSSVILLE Fred Karnes, 79, passed away on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 in a local hospital.He was a native of the Kankakee Bradley area in Illinois and had lived in the Rossville area for forty

Catherine Kennedy

Hamilton county
Catherine Mildred Kennedy, 72, of Soddy-Daisy, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, at her home comforted by family and friends. Services will be at 2 p.m. today,

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

Martha Link

SOUTHPITTSBURG Martha Gaston Link, 90, died Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 at home.The daughter of the late Frank Edward and Mary Kozlowski Gaston, she was a former employee of Pittsburg Knitting Mills and a member

Quincy Margerum

Hamilton county
Quincy T. Margerum 50, of Chattanooga, died Friday, Jan. 11, 2013.Arrangements will be announced by Covenant Funeral & Crematory, Crox family owned and operated,

Lillian Martin

TUNNELHILL Lillian Arabella Martin, 85, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013. She was a life-long resident of the Chattanooga, North Georgia area.Lillian was a member of Clifton Hill

Joe McClure

, Jr.KNOXVILLE Joe M. McClure, Jr. 59, passed away Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 at a Knoxville medical facility. He was a Chief Petty Officer in the US Navy where he served 3 tours of

Eleanor McCurdy

FORTPAYNE Eleanor Louise McCurdy, 74, passed away Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013.Funeral services are 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, from W.T. Wilson Funeral Chapel with burial to follow in Glenwood Cemetery.Visitation: Noon to service time

Willie Meeks

PALMER Mr. Willie Dee Meeks, 76, passed away Friday Jan. 11, 2013. He was the owner operator of Meeks Service Station in Gruetli-Laager locally known as the "Pentegon". He was a member

Jason Messer

CLEVELAND Jason O'Neal Messer, 39, passed away at his home on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013. He was born on Dec. 21, 1973 a son of the late Terry Lee Messer and Jan O'Neal

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

Jane Misiewicz

Hamilton county
Jane Misiewicz, 92, passed away peacefully at home in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013. She was born in Millbury, Mass., to Julian and Anna Malicki. Jane grew up in Worcester, Mass., where she

Bertha Moore

GRAYSVILLE Bertha E. Moore, 75, died Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 at Erlanger Hospital due to injuries in an automobile accident.Bertha was born and raised in Rhea county. She was a member of Brayton Seventh

Rena Newton

Hamilton county
Rena Rae Renfro Newton passed away in Chattanooga, on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at the age of 88.She was born in the Texas Panhandle town of Hereford on Sept. 19, 1924, daughter

Jean Oldham

Other areas
BROOKHAVEN, Miss. Jean Ratliff Oldham, 101, formerly of Jackson, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 at her home.She was born April 30, 1911 in Clinton, Miss.She taught school for a brief period of time

Dorothy Oliver

Hamilton county
Dorothy Norma Oliver, 92, of Chattanooga, passed away Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, in Cleveland, Tenn.She was preceded in death by her husband, George Oliver; sisters, Stevie Martin, Jo Sloan, Mable Moore, Lillian Vandergriff, Julia Gibson;

David Pearson

, Sr.BIRCHWOOD Rev. David Samuel Pearson, Sr., 67, died Friday, Jan. 11, 2013.Arrangements will be announced by Covenant Funeral & Crematory, Crox family owned and operated,

Terry Pigott

Other areas
COLUMBUS, Miss. Terry Allen Pigott, 46, made his journey to be with the Lord, on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. He is preceded in death by his father Ronnie Calvin Pigott and his mother Peggy

Opal Pressley

Hamilton county
Opal Mae Pressley, 86, of East Brainerd passed away Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 at her son's residence in East Ridge. Funeral services will be held Monday, Jan. 14, at 3 p.m. in the South

Clara Sehorne

Hamilton county
Clara Jo Seay Sehorne, 87, of Ooltewah, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. She had lived in the Rossville area for most of her life and was

Vera Silvey

Hamilton county
Vera Mae Silvey, 66, transitioned to glory on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at home.She was born Feb. 22, 1946 in Leesville, La., to the late Ike and Lillie Mae Burns. She was the oldest

Ralph Smith

Hamilton county
McDONALD Ralph Smith, 82, passed away on Friday Jan. 3, 2013, among friends and family. Ralph was retired from Star Tool & Die in Detroit, MI and was a Navy Veteran. The family held

Harriet Snyder

RINGGOLD Harriet Olive Snyder, 102, died Friday Jan. 11, 2013 in a local healthcare facility. She was born in Sioux City S.D. A daughter of the late George and Mildred Snyder. Miss Snyder
SUMMERVILLE Maggie Lou Brown Sprayberry, 85, died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013.Survivors, husband, Leonard Sprayberry; several nieces and nephews.Funeral service 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, 2013 at Mason Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation 6 until 8

Mildred Springer

Hamilton county
Mildred Marilyn McGill Springer, of Signal Mountain, passed away Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013. She was born on Feb. 3, 1923 in Detroit, Mich., where she and husband Donald (deceased) raised their family. They

Mary Strickland

Hamilton county
Mary Almeta Strickland, 69, of Chattanooga, was called to her eternal rest on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013.Homegoing at 1:30 p.m. today in the chapel of of Taylor Funeral Home. Minister William T. Clark as the

Robert Taylor

FLINTSTONE Reverend Robert Taylor, 75, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 in a local hospital. Condolences may be sent to services will be held today at

William Tew

SPRINGCITY William "Bill" Earl Tew, 65, died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 at his residence.Services: Graveside at 2:30 p.m. today in McClendon Cemetery with Speaker Charles Fisher and Speaker Buddy Cowden officiating.Visitation: Noon to 2

Steve Walls

Hamilton county
Stephen Edward Walls, 63, of Signal Mountain, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 at home following a lengthy illness. He graduated from High School in Jackson, Tenn., and earned a degree in Respiratory Therapy.He was preceded

Brandy Winder

Hamilton county
Breanna Lashae "Brandy" Winder, 29, of Lupton City, Tenn., passed away Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013.Brandy was a 2001 graduate of Soddy-Daisy High School. She was a very loving mother to her son Mycah.She was preceded


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