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Local Obits for Fri. Jan 03, 2014

Barbara Ables

South pittsburg
Barbara Ables, 60, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. She was the owner of Apple Orchard Beauty Boutique and Whats Cooking. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles Robert and Rada Belle Edmonds
Sarah Smith Allison, 93, formerly of Chattanooga, died on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, in Houston, Texas with her family at her side. Sarah lived most of her life in Chattanooga, but had moved to Houston
Fletcher Armour Jr., 75, of Chattanooga, passed away Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, in a local healthcare facility. Arrangements will be announced by Taylor Funeral Home of Chattanooga Inc.
Sarah Marie Aslinger, 57, of East Ridge, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, at her home. She lived all of her life in the Chattanooga area where she graduated from Kirkman High School. Following her

Mary Barnes

Mary Willingham Barnes, 89, died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. Survivors, children, Pam McCarty, Hank (Barbara) Barnes, Mike (Angie) Barnes and Dennis Barnes; 13 grandchildren; and 32 great-grandchildren. Funeral is 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4,
Gary Roger Beal, 64, went home to be with the Lord, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, in Chattanooga. He was born in Rogersville to Harry M. "Mark" Beal, who precedes him in death, and Janelle Dykes

James Brown

LaFAYETTE James William "J.W." Brown, 73, of Dickson Tenn., formerly of LaFayette, died Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. Funeral from the Wallis Memorial Chapel at 2 p.m. today. Service conducted

Jessica Brown

Jessica Lynn Brown, 25, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, in Highlands Medical Center. Funeral services at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, from the W.T. Wilson Funeral Chapel with burial to follow in Langston Cemetery.

Ellen Carden

Ellen Sue Carden, 84, died on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, at a local hospital. She was a lifetime resident of Chickamauga and the daughter of the late Daniel and Mary Carden. Ellen worked at Interstate

William Davis

William "Howard" Davis, 94,went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. He had lived in the Chattanooga and North Georgia areas for most of his life and was of

Jennifer Davis

South pittsburg
Jennifer Elaine Davis, 45, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. She was preceded in death by her parents, Russel B. Smith and Betty C. Goff Smith. She is survived by her husband, Miles Davis; children,

Babington Deakins

Lookout mountain
Babington Lampton Hall Deakins died at her home on Lookout Mountain on the morning of Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. She was born to Robert L. and Babington Lampton Hall in Magnolia, Miss. Babington
Marianne Westall Douglas, age 83, passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 at Rivermont Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Carol

Rose Finch

Rose Finch, 84, died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, at Crossville Health Care. Funeral services at 2 p.m. held Saturday, Jan. 4, from Rainsville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Town Creek Cemetery,
Bobbie Kirk Green, 70, of Chattanooga, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. She was the daughter of the late George and Pauline Grider Kirk. Bobbie was a member of Fairview United

James Gregg

Fort payne
James Hoyt Gregg, 73, died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, at DeKalb Regional Medical Center. Funeral will be at 11 a.m. CST Saturday in the Burt Funeral Home Chapel. Burial in Glenwood Cemetery. Visitation 5-8 p.m.
Kelley Denise Coffelt Harris, 34, of Chattanooga, went to be with our Lord on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. Born in Carthage, Tenn., Kelley moved to Chattanooga and graduated from Boyd Buchanan in 1998. She attended
Nancy Moore Herring, 60, of Chattanooga, passed away Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. She was born in Huntsville, Ala., on March 19, 1953. She was a loving, faithful, devoted servant of Jesus Christ, wife, mother,

Michael Hopkins

Beersheeba springs
Michael John Hopkins, 61, died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, at his home. Memorial funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, in the chapel of Layne Funeral Home at Altamont, Tenn.
Ronnie Hughley, 51, of Chattanooga, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, at his residence. Arrangements will be announced by Taylor Funeral Home of Chattanooga Inc.
Stanley F. Kirkpatrick, 95, passed away on Oct. 28, 2013. A memorial service planned for Jan. 4, 2014, at Red Bank Baptist Church has been canceled. The family wants to thank all those who offered
Mildred Manis McDonald, 95, of Chattanooga, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. A native of Whitfield County, Ga., she was a lifelong resident of the Chattanooga area and has been a resident of East Ridge

Donald McRae

Fort oglethorpe
Donald "Donny" McRae, 54, celebrated the arrival of the New Year in the arms of Jesus on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. Donny graduated from ABAC College in Tifton, Ga., in 1980 and worked as
Mildred Selena Miller, 67, of Chattanooga, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, in a local hospital. She retired from the Tennessee Department of Human Services and was a member of Westside Missionary Baptist Church. She
Martha Alice "Sis" Morgan, 66, born in Murfreesboro, Tenn., passed away at her home on Signal Mountain on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, Sis was surrounded by her husband, son, mother, family and friends. Funeral services

Edith Oberklein

Fort oglethorpe
Edith Margaret Oberklein, 93, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. Edith was a home maker, mother and grandmother. She was a former employee of Jorges Carpet Mills, and Southwest Motor Freight. Edith was preceded
Marvin "Big Whop" Parker Jr., 44, of Chattanooga, transitioned peacefully at his childhood home on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. He was preceded in death by his parents, Marvin and Sarah Parker Sr.; stepfather, Leroy Williams

Mary Parks

Mary Elizabeth Parks, formerly of Dalton, Ga., and Milwaukee, Wis., passed away on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013. Service at 2 p.m. Sunday at Mountain Ridge Baptist Church with Dr. Jerry D. Jones Sr. officiating. Interment
Rosemary Peters, 85, of Chattanooga, passed away on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013. She was a childrens textbook editor. Survivors include her sister, Cynthia Barbee, of Chattanooga; niece, Lisa Layne; and nephew, David Barbee, and their
Charline Elizabeth Raulston, 57, of Soddy-Daisy passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. She was a member of First Free Will Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her sister, Connie Bales. Survivors include
Lillian Hines Smith, 84, of Chattanooga, passed away Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at her residence. She was a retired teacher from the Hamilton County Public School System. She was a faithful member of the Westside

Wendell Smith

Wendell Allen Smith, 61, died Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. He was preceded in death by his parents, Obed and Virgie Pursley Smith. Survived by five sisters, Mary Davis, Wanda Copeland, Carolyn (Hack) Smith, all of
LaFAYETTE Ernestine "Dink" Hegwood Stanfield joined her Lord, her loving husband of 50 years, Ray Stanfield; her mother and father, Lela and Bart Hegwood; brother, Jud Hegwood; sisters, Lois Loughridge,

Luis Velez

Luis Omegar Velez, 61, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, at his home. He was born Dec. 27, 1952, in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. Mr. Velez was member of Collegedale Spanish-American Seventh-day Adventist Church. He

Reva Venable

Reva Estelle Sartin Venable, 87, went home to be with her Lord on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, in a local health care facility. She was born to the late William and Naomi ODell Sartin in

Alma Walker

Alma Carolyn Walker passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. She was born on April 25, 1937 to the late George and Nancy Higgins. She was preceded in death by son, Charles Dale Walker; son-in-law,
Calvin T. Webster, 51, of Hixson, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, at his residence. Calvin was 1980 graduate of Rossville High School and Lee University and was employed as a corrections officer
Harold R. Wilkey, a Chattanooga resident, devoted family man, proud veteran and avid outdoorsman-died on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at the age of 74. Wilkey was a retired member of the U.S. Navy Seabees. He
Sandra Choate Wilson, of Crossville, Tenn., and formerly of Chattanooga, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. She was 66 years old. Sandra was born and raised in Chattanooga. She was a 1965 graduate of Central

Tammy Wood

Spring city
Tammy A. Wood, 49, died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, at her residence. Born in Dunkirk, N.Y., Tammy was the daughter of Clarence and Patricia Baker Wood. She was a graduate of the University of New

Jaxson Wynn

Jaxson Lee Wynn, age 2, died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, in a local hospital. He was preceded in death by grandparents, Lee F. Witt and Sharon Wynn. He is survived by his parents, Jarrell and

In MemoryRobert Ballard

Robert L. "Chippy" Ballard Sr. Sept. 29, 1949-Jan. 3, 2010 Deeply missed JoAnn, Jeffery (Trinette), Robert (Pamela) Jr. Ballard, grandchildren and family
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...