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Local Obits for Fri. Feb 21, 2014


Rosie Mareda Dent Back, 91, Soddy-Daisy, died Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, at her residence. The daughter of the late Ephiam and Altha Jane Bowers Dent, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Estill
Juanita R. Brown, 84, of Chattanooga, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. Funeral services are 1 p.m. today at Lane Funeral Home, Ashland Terrace with the Rev. Randy Bell officiating. Interment will follow
James Henry Bryson, 84, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, at a local hospital. Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Avenue, 622-9995.
Virginia Lee Chatman, 73, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Chattanooga. A celebration of life service and committal at 1 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home chapel. Burial in Rhea Memory Gardens. www.vanderwallfh.com.

Betty Clancy

Winston salem, n.c.
Betty Jeanette Reed Clancy, 79, peacefully passed away Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, at Walnut Cove Health Center after a lengthy battle with Parkinsonism. She was born June 4, 1934, in Gilliam, McDowell County, W.Va., to
Cynthia Denise "Nesie" Collier, 52, of Chattanooga, passed away Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at her residence. She was of the Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by her son, Glenn Thomas Bean;

Mabel Daniel

Rock spring
Mabel Frances Daniel, 73, passed away Monday, Feb. 17, 2014. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today in the South Crest Chapel with Rev. Jim Luffman officiating. Burial will follow in Tennessee

Sarah Garner

Sherwood
Sarah Marie Garner, 89, passed away Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, at her residence. Visitation is 4-9 p.m. today at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home. Funeral services 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at Moore-Cortner Chapel with burial
Beryl Gass, 65, of Chattanooga, passed away Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, at a local nursing facility. Arrangements entrusted to Advantage Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Franklin-Strickland-Pinkard-Bryan-Smith Funeral Directors.
Shane Talmage Gentry, 34, passed away Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 He was born in Chattanooga, on March 20, 1979 to Ben and Jeanine Gentry. He had many interest such as motorcycling, kayaking, reading, music,

Bryan Gibson

Jonesboro,
Ark. Bryan Owen Gibson died Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Jonesboro. Survivors include his daughter, Pamela Brechelle Stanbery Gibson, of Middleburg, Fla., and her family. Memorials can be made in his name to Fundrazr for
Ralph H. Grissom, 83, of Soddy-Daisy, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. Services will be held at 12:30 p.m. today, Feb. 21, 2014, in the funeral home chapel with Minister Bill Greer

Dub Headrick

Bridgeport
Dub Headrick, 75, died Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. Visitation will be noon-9 p.m. CST today at Valley Funeral Home, Stevenson, Ala. The funeral will be funeral will be 2 p.m. CST Saturday Feb. 22, 2014.

Milford Hedges

Monteagle
Milford Leland Hedges, 74, passed Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents, Milford Hedges and Rev. Lillian G. Hedges; and son, David Hedges. Survived by wife, Susan Hedges; daughters, Dru
Charles "Kenny" Kenneth Higdon, 74, of Portland, Ore., passed away unexpectedly Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. He was born on Signal Mountain on May 14, 1939 to Edith and Charles Higdon. He graduated from Chattanooga

Clyde Hill Jr.

Winchester
Clyde Hill Jr. died Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 at Southern TN Medical Center. Visitation is 3-9 p.m. today at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home. Funeral 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at First Baptist Church.
Claude Obearn Hooks Jr., 66, of Chattanooga, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. A visitation and memorial service will be held 3-5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, in the Fireside Room of Lane Funeral Home.
Michael Jackson, 54, "Outersight Mike", of Chattanooga, passed away Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, at his residence. He attended Howard High School and was employed by the city of Chattanooga for six years. He was a
Frederick "Radio" Jones, 75, of Chattanooga, passed away Thursday Feb. 20, 2014, in a healthcare facility. Arrangements will be announced by Taylor Fuenral Home of Chattanooga Inc.
Willie C. "GOAT" Kelly, 84, died at NHC in Chattanooga on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014. He was born to the late Robert and Idella Kelly on Aug. 17, 1929 in McDonough, Ga. He moved to
Marion G. "Gee Daddy" Leslie, 94, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, at Parkridge Medical Center, Chattanooga. He was a World War II Army Veteran, a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather
Lessie Mae Lewis, 94, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, at Alexian Village, a retirement community in Signal Mountain. She was formerly of Bossier City, La. She was predeceased by her husband of 63
Julian Ray Norwood, 71, of Chattanooga, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014. He was preceded in death by his father, Eldridge Norwood and mother, Edith Cochran. He is survived by son and daughter-in-law,
Kalista Maria Ratliff, 40, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at a local hospital. She was a graduate of Howard High School Class of 1992. She was employed at Life Care of Chattanooga and
Kenneth E. Skelf, 79, of Rossville, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. Ken was a loving, caring husband, father and grandfather. He was a member of The Crossing Church

Nelson Smith

Henagar
Nelson Herbert Smith, 85, died Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, at his residence. Survivors include wife, Willodean Smith; daughters, Linda Jean Smith (Daryl) Samples, Glenda Jane Smith; son, Jimmy Nelson (Shasta) Smith; grandchildren, Eric (Angie)
Cheryl Lee Stewart, 55, of Soddy-Daisy, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. She was of the Baptist faith and a former employee for Kangaroo. Survivors include her husband, David Stewart Sr.; children, David Stewart
Charles Randall Summers, 76, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Mitchell Summers; son, Charlie Summers; and sister, Faye Campbell. Survivors include his wife, Evalene Summers; children,
Charles Richard Taylor, 92, of Chattanooga, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. He was born Nov. 2, 1921, in Sao Paolo, Brazil. Son of missionary parents, George and Gladys Taylor, Charles spent his childhood
Michael Ross Vickery, 54, of Hixson, died suddenly of a heart attack Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. Michael was born in Gadsden, Ala., but lived most of his life in Hixson. Michael was a 1978 graduate
Retired U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt Charles E. Walker passed away Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. He was born in Chattanooga on March 25, 1932. He arrived in Austin Texas at Bergstrom Air Force Base

Roy West

Higdon
Roy Mac "Tman" West, 70, died Friday morning Feb. 14, 2014. He loved his family, son, grandkids, nieces and nephews. Mr. West was preceded in death by his parents, Math and Sallie West; sister, Charlene
Emma "Louise" Whitaker, 91, of Harrison, went home to be with her Heavenly Father, Wednesday morning, Feb. 19, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband, William "Bill" Whitaker who she loved deeply. Mrs.

In MemoryMarva Norwood

Marva Gwendolyn "Gwen" Norwood Feb. 21, 1932 -June 25, 2012 Mother, We hold you close within our hearts, And there you shall remain. We miss you so much! Love Forever, your
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