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Local Obits for Thu. Mar 07, 2013

Majel Akins

Hamilton county
Majel R. Akins, 81, of East Ridge, passed away Monday, March 4, 2013. She was born Dec. 29, 1931 in Valley Head, Ala., a daughter of the late John O. and Gladys Blansit. Mrs. Akins

Norma Baker

MENTONE Norma E. Johnson Baker, 81, died Tuesday, March 5, 2013.Funeral will be 11 a.m. Friday at Burt Chapel, Fort Payne.Burial in Fischer Cemetery.Visitation from 5-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Christine Barnes

Hamilton county
Christine Simmons Barnes, 78, of Chattanooga, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Monday, March 4, 2013, from complications of Alzheimers.Mrs. Barnes was born in Chattanooga to the late Sye

Erika Canada

ROSSVILLE Erika Canada, 84, passed away Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at NHC of Chattanooga.She was a native of Germany and lived in the United States since 1949 receiving her citizenship in 1953. She worked

Paulette Cook

Hamilton county
Paulette J. Cook died Tuesday, March 5, 2013.Arrangements will be announced by Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services Franklin-Pinkard-Bryan-Smith Funeral Directors, 1724 McCallie Ave., 423-265-4414.

Stacy Creighton

ALTAMONT Stacy D. Creighton, 46, passed away Tuesday, March 5, 2013, from injuries he received in an automobile accident.He was employed by Nissan in Smyrna, Tenn. He was born on May 8, 1966.He was

Wiley Dayton

JOHNSON CITY Wiley Reed Dayton, 88, entered into rest, Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at Lakebridge Health Care Center.Mr. Dayton was a native of Chattanooga and had lived in Johnson City for several years.He was

Deward Edgmon

Hamilton county
Elder Deward Edgmon, 86 of Collegedale, died on Wednesday, March 6, 2013.A private memorial service will be held at a later date.Visit to share words of comfort.Arrangements are by Heritage Funeral Home, East Brainerd

William Finley

Hamilton county
William F. Finley 94, a veteran of World War II, died Sunday, March 3, 2013, at a local hospital.He was preceded in death by his parents, Rev. Amos and Sarah Sims Finley; stepmother, Bertha Webb

Dorothy Freeman

Hamilton county
Dorothy Virginia Freeman, 88, of Chattanooga, died Monday, March 4, 2013, in a local hospital.Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today, March 7, at the Hamilton Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bill Harvey,

Al Gamble

SPRING CITY Hugh Allison "Al" Gamble, 56, died Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at Memorial Health Care System in Chattanooga.A lifetime resident of Spring City, he was the son of the late Burton Martel and

Dottie Godfrey

Hamilton county
Dorothy M. "Dottie" Godfrey, 82, of Harrison, passed away Wednesday, March 6, 2013, in a local hospital.She was a member of Jones Memorial United Methodist Church, a charter member and pianist of the Fellowship Sunday

Rowena Goode

Hamilton county
Rowena Goode, 91, of Chattanooga, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, in a local hospital.Funeral services will be at noon today at Union Hill Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Samuel Jackson as the eulogist.Burial: Hamilton

Betty Graham

Hamilton county
Betty Alice Graham, 87, of Chattanooga, passed away on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, in an area healthcare facility.She was employed by American Lava, GE, 3M and retired from Coors Ceramics after 47 years of service.Her

Mildred Greene

Hamilton county
Mildred Greene, 92, of Soddy-Daisy, passed away on Wednesday, March 6, 2013. She was a longtime member of Oak Street Baptist Church.She was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold Greene, parents, W.J. and Ida

Earl Hall

CLEVELAND Earl Hall, 93, died Tuesday, March 5, 2013.Survivors: wife, Iola Hall; children, Robert Hall, Linda Wolfe, Joy Young.Services are 2 p.m. Friday at Ralph Buckner Funeral Home.Family will receive friends 5-8 p.m. today

Betty Haygood

BOAZ Betty Jean Haygood, 74, passed away Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at her residence.Funeral will be at 2 p.m. today, March 7, from W.T. Wilson Funeral Chapel.Burial in DeKalb Memorial Garden.

James Higdon

Hamilton county
Jr.James Higdon Jr., 84, passed Tuesday March 5, 2013, in a local hospital.His life was spent dedicated to God, his family and friends.He was preceded in death by son, James Higdon; grandson, Zachary Higdon.He

Terry Higgins

FYFFE Terry Don Higgins, 55, died Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at Oak View Health & Rehab.Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. today, March 7, from Mountain View Memory Gardens.Burial will follow in

Nena Hill

Hamilton county
Nena Olene Ferguson Hill passed away Tuesday, March 5, 2013.She was born July 20, 1915, near Mineral Bluff, Ga., to parents Fletcher and Josephine (Tarpley) Ferguson. She was the second of seven children, and

Rev Howard

Hamilton county
Rev. Howard Micheal "Corky" Taylor Sr., 83, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 5, 2013.He was called to preach in 1967 and was pastor of his first church, Hillcrest Baptist Church

Bob Johnson

Dr. Bobby JohnsonCLEVELAND Bobby Johnson, 86, died Tuesday, March 5, 2013.Survivors: wife, Betty Johnson; seven children; 17 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.His service is 3:30 p.m. today at the Lee University Chapel with visitation from 1-3

Lillian Kelley

Hamilton county
Lillian Bush Kelley, 93, of Chattanooga, died Monday, March 4, 2013.She served as a counselor in Wesleyan Service Guild and womens Society of Christian Service, held offices including president of Dalewood Lioness Club and Chattanooga

Ruby Kirby

SUMMERVILLE Ruby Lee Kirby, 97, died Tuesday, March 5, 2013.Funeral at 2 p.m. Friday, March 8, in the chapel of the funeral home.Burial in Greenhills Memory Garden.visitation 6-8 p.m today at Earle Rainwater Funeral

Hubert Knight

DECHERD Hubert Enlo Knight, 86, passed away on Tuesday, March 5, 2013.Funeral at 11 a.m. Friday in the Moore-Cortner Chapel.Interment in Franklin Memorial Gardens, Winchester, Tenn.Visitation 5 to 8 p.m. today, March 7, at

Carl Logan

Hamilton county
Carl Scott Logan, 56, of Lookout Mountain, Ga., passed away Saturday, March 2, 2013, at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, Ga., surrounded by his family.He was a graduate of Notre Dame High school, owner of Carl

Pearl Lovelady

Hamilton county
Pearl E. Lovelady, 83, of Soddy-Daisy, passed away on Monday, March 4, 2013.Ms. Lovelady was of the Baptist faith. She retired from Ganns Middle Valley Elementary School.She was preceded in death by her husband, Sevier

Ray Marshall

Hamilton county
Ray Frank Marshall, 83, of Hixson, passed away Wednesday, March 6, 2013.He was a member of Hixson First Baptist Church. He retired from DuPont after 40 years of service.He was preceded in death by his

Edna Mavity

Hamilton county
Edna-Ruth MavityEdna-Ruth Mavity, 85, of Ringgold, Ga., died on Monday, March 4, 2013.She was born Sept. 29, 1927, in Catoosa County, Ga., to the late Mr. and Mrs. D.A. Massey. She lived in East Ridge

Karen McCrary

Hamilton county
Karen Layne McCrary, 64, of Red Bank, passed away on Tuesday, March 5, 2013.She was daughter of the late James and Geneva Grant.Karen was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.Karen is survived by her husband,
ROSSVILLE Randall Gene Middleton, 47, passed away Monday, March 4, 2013.He was a lifelong resident of the Chattanooga and North Georgia areas and was of the Baptist faith. He graduated from Lakeview Fort Oglethorpe

Margaret Minga

Hamilton county
Margaret Jean Kirby Minga, 84, of Chattanooga, died on Sunday, March 3, 2013, in Chattanooga.Born Sept. 16, 1928 in Oakland, Calif., she was a daughter of the late William Albert and Margaret Christabel Viera Kirby.

Kaylen Nichols

Kaylen Lee Nichols, 56, of Chattanooga, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, March 5, 2013.She had lived in the Chattanooga area for most of her life and was of the

Ethel Norris

RINGGOLD Ethel K. Norris, 79, passed away Tuesday morning, Feb. 26, 2013, at Consulate Healthcare of Chattanooga.She is survived by two daughters, Jenni Nabors, Ringgold, and Gail White, Anderson, S.C.; one son,Jerry Norris, Covington,

Paul OLeary

MEMPHIS Paul Edward OLeary, DDS, 89, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 5, 2013.He is survived by three sons, Steven M. OLeary, of Jacksonville, Fla., Douglas Eric OLeary, of
LaFAYETTE Magdalene Bridges Patterson, 91, died Wednesday, March 6, 2013.Magdalene was a longtime member of The Second Baptist Church.Preceded in death by husband, Howard Patterson Sr.; son, Howard Lee

Brandon Phipps

PELHAM Brandon Lee Phipps, 30, died Monday, March 4, 2013, at his home.Services 2 p.m. today in the funeral home chapel.The Rev. Rodney Cain will officiate.Arrangements by Cumberland Funeral Home, Monteagle, Tenn. 931-924-2381.

Sidney Ramey

ROCK SPRING Sidney Florace West Ramey, 87, died Tuesday, March 5, 2013.Preceded in death by husband, Lester "Bud" Ramey; parents, Joseph and Mattie West; daughter, Tammy Ramey; grandchild, Sandy Keith; three

Nona Rudd

Hamilton county
Nona Ann Vandergriff Rudd, 65, of Evensville, Tenn., passed away on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at her home.Nona was born to Jake Shelby and Dorothy Harrold. She married George Vandergriff. Nona was a

Randy Russ

Hamilton county
Randy Kaye Russ, 37, of Soddy-Daisy, passed away on Monday, March 4, 2013.She was preceded in death by her father, Randy Wilson; mother, Brenda Staton.Survivors include her husband, Andrew Russ; daughters, Nikki, Laura, Savannah and

Jimmie Ruth

Hamilton county
yJimmie Ruth Hensley Daughtrey, 76, died peacefully and surrounded by loved ones on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at Brakebill Nursing Home in Knoxville, where she had been lovingly cared for the last four years.She was

Beverly Swope

Hamilton county
Beverly Kinser Swope, 83, of Chattanooga, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, March 4, 2013.Services will be held at 3 p.m. today in the chapel with her son, Dr. Korbet Swope officiating.Burial

Irene Teems

Hamilton county
Irene Wilda Teems, 91, of East Ridge went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 5, 2013.A longtime resident of Chattanooga, Mrs. Teems was a member of Harmony Baptist Church.She was preceded in

Elaine Thomas

Hamilton county
FORT OGLETHORPE Elaine Fulton Thomas, 95, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, March 4, 2013.She was a longtime resident of Fort Oglethorpe and was born in Birmingham, Ala. Mrs. Thomas

Campbell Thomasson

JASPER Campbell Franklin Thomasson, 82, of Fort Worth, passed away on Sunday, March 3, 2013.Campbell was born in Wildwood, Ga. on Jan. 27, 1931. He graduated from Marion County High School, in Jasper,

Marjorie Wallace

JASPER Marjorie L. Wallace, 61, died Wednesday, March 6, 2013.Visitation from 2 from 8 p.m. CST Friday, March 8.Services: at 11 a.m. CST Saturday, March 9, 2013.Burial: Pine Grove Cemetery.To send online condolences visit

Izak Wessels

Hamilton county
Izak Frederick Wessels, M.D, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013.He is survived by his wife, Elaine Wessels; his children, Gunter, Delia, Rhoda; and five grandchildren.A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday,


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