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Local Obits for Sun. Aug 17, 2014

Joyce Avans

LaFAYETTE Joyce "Maw Maw" McRae Avans, 80, died Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. Surviving, daughters, Regina Matthews, Rhonda Adam; sons,

Joe Barnes

Joseph Phillip Barnes, 75, departed this life Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. He was born in Chattanooga, to the late Charles and Laura Barnes. Joe served in the U.S. Army and later owned-operated Joe Barnes
Robert BellSr. RINGGOLD Robert Floyd Bell Sr., 61, passed away Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. He was born Jan. 18, 1953, to the late George and Evelyn Bell. He retired from J&J Industries and

Red Brockman

Charles Ellis "Red" Brockman, 71, passed away Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. He was a lifelong resident of Ringgold and a member of Peavine Bapfist Church. Red was a graduate of Ringgold High
Sue Cassidy Dedmon, 86, of Chattanooga, passed away Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, at her home. She was the daughter of the late Albert C. and Helen Crowe Cassidy and was a lifelong resident of

J.R. Derryberry

Lookout mountain
John Robert "J.R." Derryberry, 77, of Lookout Mountain, Ga., passed away on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. He was a lifelong resident of Lookout Mountain and was of the Christian Faith. He retired

Anna Fine

Anna Clark Fine, 93, passed away at her home on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. Anna was a lifelong resident of Rhea County, a member of the Garrison Baptist Church. She loved cooking, quilting and spending
Michael A. Frassrand, 93, of Harrison, entered eternal life Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, with Charlyne his beloved wife of 70 years by his side. Throughout Michaels 40-year career at Combustion Engineering, he held many different

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Card of thanks
The Family of the Late Petty Officer Tira Gilbert-Rivera would like to thank each and everyone for any and all acts of kindness shown to us doing our time of sorrow. We thank God for
Bill Gray William T."Bill" Gray 63, passed away on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, at his residence. He was an employee of Boilermakers 454 until he retired in 2006. Survivors include his wife, Alma Carver No

Melba Hart

Robbie Melba Hart, 88, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. She was a Christian and a member of the Tiftonia Baptist church. She was

Patricia Heard

Patricia Lynn Heard, 48, formerly of Rhea County, died Aug. 14, 2014, in Cookeville. Graveside funeral services at 1 p.m. today in Spring City Memorial Gardens. Please share your memories of Patricia

Mildred Howell

Mrs. Mildred Mary "Pete" Howell, 92, died Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. Surviving are a granddaughter, Melody Whitfield; brother, Alfred; sister, Corky; special nephew, Chris Ray; additional nieces and nephews. Graveside service

Evelyn Mitchell

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Evelyn Cordelia Turner Mitchell, 97, passed on to her Eternal Home on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, just 20 days before her 98th birthday. Mrs. Mitchell was born Sept. 4, 1916, in Chattanooga to the late
Alma Murphy, of Chattanooga, passed away Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, at his residence. Arrangements will be announced later by Taylor Funeral Home of Chattanooga Inc.
Thelma Fay "Granny" Kidwell Payne, of Chattanooga, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. She was 80 years old. Thelma graduated from Soddy-Daisy High School and attended Freed-Hardeman College in Henderson, Tenn. She became a
Theodore "Ted" F. Phillips, 91, of Chattanooga, passed away Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, at the Abby Maes Hill Assisted Living in Spring City. Born in Patterson, N.J., Ted was the son of the late Abe
Stanley Lewis Porter, 59, of Chattanooga, passed away Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, at his residence. He was the dearly beloved son of Helen Rose Brown Porter. Stanley had moved in with his mother, in order
Eva Deloris Hullender Rhodes, 74 of Chattanooga, passed away on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. She was a lifelong resident of the Chattanooga area and was of the Baptist faith. Eva was preceded in death

Les Shives

Loren Leslie Shives, 85, died Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. Survivors, wife, Betty Shives; three children, six grandchilden, eight great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild. Memorial service 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 18, at Mason Funeral Home Chapel,
Geraldine "Jerry" Jane Halterman Smith, of Signal Mountain, passed away peacefully Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, at Alexian Health Center. She was born Dec. 26, 1919 in Kansas City, Mo., and worked at Bendix Aviation Corporation
Charles Thomas Spencer, 69, of Chattanooga, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 in a local hospital. He was a member of Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Richard and
James C. Stites, 90, died on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. Jim was born in Henderson, Ky., and even as a young man, showed his true spirit by persevering and achieving the honor of Eagle Scout.
Mary Kathryn Stewart Stone, 85, of Red Bank, died Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. She was born Jan. 19, 1929, in Chattanooga to the late Jesse Hampton Stewart and Ruby Catherine Kerley Stewart. She was
James Keith "Sonny" Stout Sr., 86, of Soddy-Daisy, passed away on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. A native of Kentucky, he lived in Soddy-Daisy most of his life and was a member of Oak
Raymond Taylor, 95, of Chattanooga, passed on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, at his residence. An educator for over 35 years, Raymond was a former principal and coach in Dayton, Tenn., and a teacher with the
George Sparrow Watkins passed away at the age of 90 on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014. A private memorial will take place in North Carolina this fall. Arrangements by Chattanooga Funeral Home.

Hayes Wells

Mr. Hayes Lee Wells, 83, passed away Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. Funeral is 2 p.m. CDT today, Aug. 17, from Mount Moriah Baptist Church. Burial will follow in adjoining cemetery. Family will receive friends

Donna Westmoreland

Donna Rae Westmoreland, 53, died Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. She is survived by three daughters, four grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. There will be a memorial service 2 p.m. CDTtoday, Aug. 17, from
Ronnie Williams, 68, of Hixson, passed away Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. A native of Chesterfield, S.C., he had lived here since 1964. He was retired from Norfolk Southern after 36 years of distinguished
Edward Clifton Wines, 91, longtime educator within the Seventh-day Adventist Church, died Wednesday morning, Aug. 13, 2014, in Signal Mountain. Mr. Wines was Vice-President for Advancement and Public Relations at Loma Linda University; President
June 25, 1959 August 17, 2011 In Loving Memory We loved you then, we love you now, well love you always. Deeply missed by Mother, JL; Father, Bill; Sister, Ceace,


Lynn A. Rhea Jan. 4, 1931-Aug. 17, 2013 We love you and miss you. Carolyn and family.

In MemoryEmmaJean Rufus

Mrs. Emma Jean (Sister) Rufus January 17, 1932 - August 18, 1994 In loving memory of my dear sweet and precious mother, Mrs. Emma Jean "Sister" Rufus, who went home to be with the
A comedy writer and producer who spent 15 years on "The Simpsons" has died in Los Angeles after a long illness. Kevin Curran was 59.
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) - Tom Hayden, the famed 1960s anti-war activist who moved beyond his notoriety as a Chicago 8 defendant to become a California legislator, author and lecturer,...
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Lucia Perillo, an award-winning author and Pulitzer Prize finalist, has died at the age of 58.
CHICAGO (AP) - One of Chicago's earliest African-American disc jockeys, Herb Kent, has died at age 88 after a seven-decade career.
Qatari state television says the country's former ruler, Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad al-Thani, has died.
FORESTBURGH, New York (AP) - Comic Kevin Meaney, who worked the standup circuit, was a late-night TV staple and starred in the short-lived 1990s series "Uncle Buck," has died. He...
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) - Simone Schaller, an American hurdler who competed at the 1932 and 1936 Summer Games and was believed to be the oldest living Olympian, has died. She...
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.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - An original member of the pioneering Philadelphia-based soul group The Intruders has died. Robert "Big Sonny" Edwards was 74.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Clyde Holloway, a former congressman and chairman of Louisiana's utility regulatory agency, has died. He was 72.
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Mystery and crime fiction writer Edward Gorman has died.
STORRS, Conn. (AP) - The former longtime head coach of the Connecticut Huskies ice hockey team, who transitioned them to Division I status, has died. Bruce Marshall was 54.
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.
PENN HILLS, Pa. (AP) - The onetime underboss of Pittsburgh's dwindling Mafia family has died. Charles "Chucky" Porter was 82.
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.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Costume designer Janet Patterson, a four-time Oscar nominee for period films like "Bright Star," ''The Portrait of a Lady" and "The Piano," has died.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Robert A. "Bob" Hoover, a World War II fighter pilot who became an aviation legend for his skills in testing aircraft and demonstrating their capabilities in...