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Local Obits for Thu. Jan 09, 2014

Minister Fletcher Armour Jr., 75, of Chattanooga, passed away Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, in a local healthcare facility. Funeral at noon today at St. Elmo Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Billy Church as the eulogist.
Ruth Marie Koch Bailey (Mrs. John), 98, formerly of Wapakoneta, Ohio, passed away on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, at home. Ruth lived most of her life in Ohio, but had moved to Hixson, in 2005
Ralph F. Baker passed away peacefully on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, at 92 years of age. He was preceded in death by his parents, Minnie and Tunis Baker; and his sister, Jimmie I. Pugh. He
Russell Allen "Bo" Bice, 75, of Soddy-Daisy, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. He was of the Church of God faith. Russell was preceded in death by his parents, James and Mary Bice;

Peggy Boone

Peggy Kathleen "Kathy" Nash Boone, 59, passed away Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014. Survivors include husband, Daniel Boone; children, Cheyenne Boone and Michael Gipson; grandson, Justin Gipson. A private family memorial service will

Mattie Broome

Mattie Ruth Broome, 78, passed away Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. Service at 1 p.m. Friday in the chapel with Rev. William Q. Watkins, Eulogist. Family will receive friends 6 to 7:30 p.m. today. Interment in
Ocea Clark, 84, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, in Chattanooga. Arrangement by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Ave., 622-9995.
Geraldine "Geri" Abernathy Cole passed away on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, in a local health care facility. She was born on Jan. 9, 1926, in Delano, Tenn., to Mary Edith McKeehan and Clyde H.
Rev. James Haywood Cosby, 86, of Chattanooga, on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 became "absent from his body, and instantly present with the Lord." Rev. Cosby pastored several churches throughout the Southeast for 50 years

Dessie Dean

Dessie Benefield Dean, 83, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 10, from W.T. Wilson Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow in Kirk Memorial Gardens. The family will receive
Lora Spalding Degnan, 92, of Chattanooga, passed away peacefully Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. A memorial service will be held at noon on Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, at Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church, located at 316 North

Frances Dobbs

Fort payne
Frances J. Dobbs passed away Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. CST Friday, Jan. 10, from Walkers Chapel Church Burial to follow in the adjoining cemetery. Visitation from 6-8 p.m.
Ernest Glen Frazier, 92, a resident of Chattanooga, passed away on Monday Jan. 6, 2014, in Chattanooga. He was born on July 12, 1921 to the late Parker and Stella Frazier. He was a

Rev. Macon Garrett

Rev. Macon H. Garrett Jr., 86, died Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. Funeral at 2 p.m. CST Friday, January 10, from Rainsville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial in Plainview Baptist Church Cemetery Visitation from
Ronnie Hughley, 51, of Chattanooga, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, at his residence. Funeral at 1 p.m. today in the chapel of Taylor Funeral Home with Minister Dorothy Graves as the eulogist. Burial: Tyner
Janie M. Jenkins, 50, of Chattanooga, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband, Keith Jenkins; and father, James O. Davis Jr.

Antionette Jones

Antionette Jones, 51, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, peacefully in a local hospital surrounded by her family and friends. She was born in Chattanooga, and attended Orange Grove Schools, from where she graduated.
Irene Keck, "Mamaw", left her earthly home on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, for her heavenly home. She was welcomed home by Daddy, Keith, Ronnie, Tim, and all of her other relatives who had gone home
Evelyn Christine "Chris" Landress, 85, of Chattanooga, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. The daughter of the late Thomas and Carrie Oliver. She was a

Doyle Lankford

Fort payne
Doyle Lankford, 69, passed away Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014. Family has a special thank you to ABC Hospice, Blake Community, Gentiva, Caregivers, Mount Olive Church and Dr. Sims. Funeral will be at 2 p.m. CST
Wanza Lee, 71 went home to be with the Lord on Monday, Jan. 6, 2013. He was born March 3, 1942 in Hogansville, Ga., to the late William and Maude Lee. He was a
Glenn Daniel McDade, 72, of Soddy-Daisy, passed away on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. He was the son of Gertrude and Frank McDade. He was preceded in death by his sister, Rose Ellen Chambers. Survivors include
Perry Neal McDonough Sr., 78, passed away on Tuesday morning, Jan. 7, 2014, at a Chattanooga, hospital. Mr. McDonough was born in Daingerfield, Texas, on Dec. 12, 1935, son of the late Eva Mae Hutson
Olavene Minton McGinnis joined the angels in Heaven on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. She was 88. Ginnie, as she was known to many, was born and raised on Cagle Mountain but lived and
Dora L. Montgomery, 78, of Chattanooga, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. She will be remembered as a loving wife and mother. Survivors include her husband, Don E. Montgomery; daughters, Theresa Gail Finwick, of Dalton
Brenda Vivian Chandler Nicholson, 67, of Chattanooga, passed away on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. She was a lifelong resident of Chattanooga and was of the Christian faith. Brenda was preceded in death by her parents,
Mary Norris Purkey, 81, of Ooltewah, passed away Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014. Funeral services are 1 p.m. Friday in the chapel with burial at Tennessee-Georgia Memorial Park. Please visit to share condolences. Visitation
Mildred Shaver Raines, 89, of Chattanooga, died Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. A native of Dayton, Tenn., she was born to Dima Sparks and John Hudson Shaver, July 25, 1924 in Dayton, Tenn.. She was preceded

Marion Sampley

Marion "Lightning" Sampley, 78, died Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. Visitation 10 a.m.-9 p.m. CST today and the funeral will be 2 p.m. CST Friday, Jan. 10, from Valley Funeral Home in Stevenson. Burial will be
Dorothy Scott, 77, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, at a local hospital. Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Ave., 622-9995.
Vernon Sanford Stacy, 87, passed away on Wednesday, Jan 8, 2014. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Chattanooga Funeral Home, North Chapel, 5401 Highway 153, Hixson, TN 37343

Warnie Stills

Warnie J. Stills, 83, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. Funeral services at 2 p.m. Friday in the Moore-Cortner Chapel. Interment in Mt. Garner Cemetery, Decherd. Visitation 5 to 8 p.m. today, Jan.
Mark Anthony Taylor Sr., 44, of Chattanooga, passed away Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, in a local hospital. He was employed by Estes Trucking Co. and was a member of New United Missionary Baptist Church. He

Mary Walker

Rock spring
Mary Agnes Taylor Walker, 84, went home to be with The Lord Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. She was born in Kenvir, Ky., to the late Dave A. and Versie Jordon Taylor. She was a
Gifford Lunn Walker, of Chattanooga, passed away on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. Giff who was 90 years young, and loved attending dances with his wife, Jean Tew Walker, is also survived by son, Gifford Edgar
Armont Demars Ware, 14-months, of Chattanooga, passed away Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, at T.C. Thompsons Hospital. He leaves to cherish his memories, mother, Allenshia Ware; father, Kerry Lominick; brothers, Allen and Jeffery; sister, Deanna; his
Joey Young Joseph Adam "Joey" Young, 35, of Soddy-Daisy, passed away on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. He was a 1995 graduate of Soddy-Daisy High School. Joey was employed by Comcast Cable Co. He was of


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