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Local Obits for Fri. Apr 11, 2014

Ruth Bird

Ruth Pendergraft Bird passed away Monday, April 7, 2014, at home with her family at her bedside. Mrs. Bird was born April 6, 1939, in Eureka Springs, Ark. Ruth had an engaging smile, gracious spirit
Bessie Bolden, 57, passed away on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at a local hospital. Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Ave., 622-9995.

Norma Brock

Norma Presley Brock, 84, passed away Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at Hamilton Medical Center. She was preceded in death by her husband, W.H. "Bill" Brock in 1996; mother, Hester Presley Johnson and stepfather, Reid Johnson;
Linda Brown, 64, of Soddy-Daisy, passed Monday, April 7, 2014, at her residence. She was the daughter of the late William T. "Wop" and Bernice Ledford Hamic. Linda retired from SunTrust Bank after 37
Brandon Thomas Cass, 28, of Chattanooga, died unexpectedly Tuesday, April 8, 2014. He was born on June 28, 1985, the son of Thomas Michael Cass and Denice A. Cass. Brandon graduated from Sam Rayburn High
Carolyn Denise Battle Cook, 57, of Chattanooga, passed away Friday, April 4, 2014, at her residence. She was a 1974 Riverside High graduate. She was employed by Parkridge Hospital and was a member of
Lowell Dan Fine, 74, of Soddy-Daisy, died Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at Laurelbrook Nursing Home. He was retired from DuPont and was of the Baptist faith. He was preceded in death by parents, William and

Norma Garner

Norma Jean Garner, 75, passed from this life on Tuesday, April 8, 2014. Funeral services 1 p.m. Saturday, April 12, in the Moore-Cortner Chapel. Interment in O'Dear Cemetery, Sewanee, Tenn. Visitation 5 to 8 p.m.

Earl Harrison

Earl Fate Harrison, 87, died Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at Parkridge Medical Center. He was a lifelong resident of Rhea County and was a member of Dayton Masonic Lodge #512 F&AM, Eastern Star #360, Alhambra
Mintie Hobbs FLINTSTONE Mintie Grace Barton Hobbs died on Monday, April 7, 2014. She was born Aug. 22, 1938, to the late Wilbur and Mintie Ann Payne Barton in Athens, Tenn. She was preceded
William Lebron Houlk Sr., 78, of Chattanooga, passed away on Tuesday, April 8, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Aline Houlk; son, William L. Houlk Jr. He is survived by

Doris Howell

Doris M. Howell went home to be with her Lord on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, surrounded by her family. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. today in the South Crest Chapel with the
Alvin G. Johnson Sr., 80, of East Ridge, died on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, while visiting friends out of state. Alvin was a lifelong resident of the Chattanooga area and an active member of South

Fred Langley

Fred Allen Langley, 66, passed away Thursday, April 10, 2014. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who enjoyed driving his truck, spending time with his grandchildren. He loved old cars and
Patricia Ann McBryar, 69, of Birchwood, passed away Saturday, April 5, 2014. There will be a visitation with her family from 2 until 4 p.m. Saturday, April 12, 2014, at Williamson & Sons Funeral Home.
Evelena "Nanny" McDade, 83, passed away on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at her home. Evelena was retired from Roper Corporation. Survivors include her devoted children, Fredrick (Ella), Evelyn and Sandra McDade; a host
Edgar Lee Millwood, 67, of Soddy-Daisy, passed away on Wednesday, April 9, 2014. He was a lifelong resident of Soddy-Daisy and a member of Sequoyah Baptist Tabernacle. Edgar loved to fish and camping. He
James L Mooney Jr., 97, of Red Bank, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Monday, April 7, 2014. He was a graduate of Chattanooga Central High School. Jim married the love

Glenda Nichols

Glenda Nichols, 72, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday April 9, 2014. She was a lifelong resident of the Chattanooga and North Georgia area and was retired from Interstate Life Insurance Co.
Dawn Freeman OMalley, Ooltewah, passed away peacefully in her sleep early Friday morning, April 4, 2014, of natural causes, after bearing the burden of Trigeminal Neuralgia (look it up, please...) for over 10 years. She
John R. Pressnell Jr., 65, formerly of Chattanooga, passed away on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Little Rock, Ark. Arrangements are pending and will be announced by the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory
Kenneth Wayne Simonds, 87, of East Ridge, died April 8, 2014. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. today, April 11, from the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home with Rev. Chris

Gabriel Slaten

Gabriel T. Slaten, 42, passed away Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at Marshall Medical South in Boaz. Funeral service will be at 7 p.m. today, April 11, from the W.T. Wilson Funeral Chapel. Visitation
William "Will" Smith left for heaven on Saturday, April 5, 2014. Will only lived 4 years and 10 months on this earth, but will live eternally in heaven. Will loved to make forts.

Ronnie Steele

Ronnie David Steele, 61, passed away Wednesday, April 9, 2014. Born in Sewanee, Tenn., he has lived in the North Georgia area for the past 40 years, he was a member of Fort Oglethorpe
Dr. Bob Ward passed away Wednesday, April 9, 2014. Born Oct. 3, 1941, in Chattanooga, former music minister at Hixson First Baptist Church. Funeral services 1 p.m. Saturday at Stevens Street Baptist Church, Cookeville.
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Dennis Byrd, the former NFL defensive lineman whose career was ended by neck injury, was killed Saturday in a car accident. He was 51.
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ATLANTA (AP) - Thomas Ford, the actor who played Martin Lawrence's best friend Tommy Strawn on the hit '90s sitcom "Martin," has died in Atlanta. He was 52.
Thomas J. Mackell Jr., former chairman of the Richmond Federal Reserve Bank and the executive director of the Maritime Labor Alliance, has died.
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NEW YORK (AP) - The family of Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson says he has died after a battle with cancer, just days after announcing he would be undergoing treatment.
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Aaron Pryor, the relentless junior welterweight who fought two memorable bouts with Alexis Arguello, has died.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - One of the last living crew members on the USS Arizona during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor has died. Raymond Haerry was 94.
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HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) - UFC fighter Josh Samman has died after spending nearly a week in a Florida hospital. He was 28.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A retired Roman Catholic bishop in Vermont who lost his television-producer brother on 9/11 has died. Kenneth Angell was 86.
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - The man who oversaw Yellowstone National Park during the wildfires that burned across the park in 1988 has died.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Lowell Thomas Jr., a former Alaska lieutenant governor, author, adventurer, glacier pilot and son of the legendary broadcaster, has died.
PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) - Princeton University says the Ivy League school's 17th president has died. William Bowen was 83.
DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Free Press says sports columnist Drew Sharp has died. He was 56.