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Local Obits for Sat. Jan 11, 2014

Cynthia Adkins

Cynthia Lynn Stephens Adkins, 56, passed away Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, in a local hospital. She was a member of Temple Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and
Martha Allison of Cleveland, Tenn., passed away Thursday, January 9, 2014. She was the daughter of the late Nina and Louis Schmidt. She was born on Jan. 11, 1923, in Evansville, Ind. where she grew
Enos Brown, 87, of Chattanooga, died on Sunday, January 5, 2014, in a local hospital. Funeral: at 1 p.m. today in the chapel of Taylor Funeral Home with Bishop Sims Bledsoe as the eulogist.
Linda Brown, 60, passed away on Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, at a local hospital. Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Ave., 622-9995.
Sharon Rene Burney-Knox, 53, of Chattanooga, passed away Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, in a local hospital. Funeral at 1 p.m. today in the chapel of Taylor Funeral Home with Bishop Sims Bledsoe as the eulogist.

Audrey Carroll

LaFAYETTE Audrey Ellen "Susie" Carroll, 71, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. Memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday from LaFayette Housing Authority Community Center. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Doris Cate

Doris Wood Cate, 83, died Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. Funeral service 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the chapel of Smith Funeral Home with visitation 12:30-2:30 p.m. prior to service. Interment 10 a.m. Monday in McMinn
Angela Farley Childress, 43, died Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. Services 2 p.m. CST Sunday in the chapel with Mitchell Owensby and Freddie Clayton officiating. Burial in Collier Cemetery. Online condolences can be made at
Thomas J. "Tom" Denny, 53, of Signal Mountain, passed away Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. Survivors include his wife of nine years, Patricia Vestal Denny; two children, Thomas Jr., of Swansboro, N.C. and Maria of Jacksonville,

Jackie Drotzur

Jackie Drotzur, 54, passed away on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013. He was born on Sept. 24, 1959 in Racine, Wis., to the late Robert Henry and LaVerne Drotzur. In addition to his mother and
Raymond Martin Garner Sr., of Chattanooga, departed this life Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. He was born in Sherwood, Tenn., to the late Albert and Bertha Garner and served his country in United States Army during

Virgil Gordon

Virgil Lee Gordon, 86, passed away Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, in the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home. Burial will follow
Bailee Teyana Green, 3 months, of Chattanooga, passed away Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014. Arrangements will be announced by Taylor Funeral Home of Chattanooga Inc.
Edward Lee Griffitts, 66, of Chattanooga, passed away with his family at his side on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, in a local hospital. Affectionately known to many as "Cornbread", he grew up in the Chattanooga

Mary Grooms

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Mary Ruth Grooms, 75, departed this life Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, at the local hospital. Mary was born June 27, 1938 in Hixson, a daughter of the late Ebb and Dollie Howard Poteet. She

Clarice Ingle

Clarice Mae Bowling Ingle, 84, died Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. Survivors are her daughter, Pam (Bill) Croy; and a sister, Virginia Holliday. Funeral is 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, at Mason Funeral Home. Visitation

Marsha Jones

Marsha C. Jones, 66, passed away Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, at Shepherds Cove. Memorial service will be at 2 p.m. CST Sunday, Jan. 12, from W.T. Wilson Funeral Chapel.

John Lillard

John "Johnny" Thomas Lillard, 66, died on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. Funeral at 1 p.m. Sunday, in the Bowers Funeral Home Chapel. Burial in Decatur Cemetery. Visitation 5-8 p.m. today at the funeral

Ernest McAlpin

Ernest "Dink" McAlpin, 78, died Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 at his residence. Funeral services at 1 p.m. today, Jan. 11, from Rainsville Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Wayne White and Rev. Charles Centers officiating. Burial
James "Mac" McNabb, 88, of Tiftonia, passed away Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, at a local hospital. He was a lifelong resident of Tiftonia and he retired in 1990 from U.S. Pipe and Foundry with over
Vicky Greanias Mena, 59, of Signal Mountain, died Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, at her home in the arms of the man who has adored her since childhood. Vicky is a native of Decatur, Ill., where
Henry Russell Nauman Jr., 57, a resident of Birchwood, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, in a Chattanooga hospital. He was a member of Collegedale Seventh-day Adventist Church. He was employed with Windstream Communications for
Ressie E. Neighbors, 75, of Soddy-Daisy, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. She was a member of Soddy-Daisy First Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Neighbors;
Ph.D. Patricia Ann Niemczyk Ph.D. in Education, 77, of Hixson, passed away Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. Patricia leaves her husband, Ted Niemczyk; three children, Lydia, Lisa and Theodore; two grandchildren, Molly and Ethan. A private

Ellen Ortwein

Ellen Ortwein, 87, died Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, at her residence. She has lived most of her life in the North Georgia area and was a member of East Ridge United Methodist Church. She

Dennis Penson

LaFAYETTE Dennis Ray Penson, 21, died Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. Preceded in death by his father, Paul Elswick Sr. Survived by mother, Sandra Penson, of LaFayette; sisters, Tammy Carter, of Fort
Claude L. Petty, 65, of Rossville, formerly of Soddy-Daisy, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. He was of the Baptist faith and served his country in the U.S. Air Force. Claude graduated from the

Katherine Robinson

Katherine OShann Robinson, 70, passed away Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, in a local healthcare facility. She was a member of Calhoun United Methodist Church. She was a former secretary at Wesley United Methodist Church, the
Dorothy Scott, 77, passed on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. She was a lifelong member of Union Hill Missionary Baptist Church and a 1954 graduate of Howard High School. She retired from Hamilton County Juvenile Court
Virginia Lee Settles, 85, of Lookout Mountain, Ga., died Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, in a local hospital. Born in Nashville, she moved with her family to Chattanooga as a child and attended City High and

Lawrence Shrum

Lawrence Kenneth Shrum, 73, passed away Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. He was born to the late Lawrence and Nora Shrum in Grundy County, Tenn., on Aug. 18, 1940. He was of the Christian faith, an
Vernon Sanford Stacy, 86, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. Vernon was beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He worked for DuPont until his retirement. Vernon was a member of The Gathering (Memorial Baptist
Jean Parker Swafford passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, at home in West Palm Beach, Fla., at the age of 91. She was born June 8, 1922 in Cincinnati, Ohio, and lived for
Charlotte Taylor, 82, of Chattanooga, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. She was born and raised in Reliance, Tenn., the daughter of the late James Arless and Anna Elaine
Clara Ware TRION Clara Chandler Ware, 83, died Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. Survivors, stepchildren, Chad Campbell, Adam Gorham; sisters, Anne (Leonard) Meadows, Nell (Walter) Love; two grandchildren; six great-grandchildren. Funeral is 3:30 p.m.
Billie Jean Webb, 54, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, at her home surrounded by her loving family. A native of West Plains, Mo., Billie Jean was the daughter of the late Walter

Elizabeth Winkles

Elizabeth Rose "Betty" Winkles, 65, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, at her residence. Funeral is set for 2 p.m. CST today, Jan. 11, at New Bethel Cemtery. Arrangements by W.T. Wilson Funeral Chapel.
Jan. 11, 1983-Sept. 14, 2003 HAPPY BIRTHDAY "This is the day the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it."- Psalms 118:24 Love and miss you mom, Jacobia and family.
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