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Local Obits for Sun. Jan 26, 2014

Samson Oluremi Awotula, Sr., passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 in a local hospital. Funeral Arrangements are incomplete and have been entrusted to Advantage Funeral Cremation Services Franklin Strickland Pinkard Bryan Smith Funeral Directors

Linda Bishop

Linda R. Creasman Bishop, 67, passed away Friday, Jan. 24, 2014. She was a member of Lighthouse Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clyde Joseph Creasman and Ruth Mae Dotson Creasman;
Donald Edd Boynton, 68,passed away Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 in a Chattanooga hospital. He was a member of Dunlap First Baptist Church. A lifetime resident of the Daus Community, Don was a very caring,

Kelly Casto

Kelly Dannette Casto, 44, died Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. Arrangements will be announced by Covenant Funeral & Crematory, Crox family owned and operated,
Juanita J. Conley, 85, of Hixson went to be with the Lord, Friday, Jan. 24, 2014. She was born Feb. 6, 1928 in Chattanooga, a daughter of Walter F. and Hazel Coffelt. She
Nannie Mae Elder, 90, passed away Saturday Jan. 25, 2014 and now she is resting in peace. Preceded in death by her first husband J.B. Elder; father and mother, Charlie and Dolly Malone; sisters, Ellen

Ella Going

Ella Louisa Bridgman Going, 83, passed away Friday, Jan. 24, 2014. She was born in Hutchinson, Kansas to the late Otis and Iva Redhair Bridgman. She was a longtime resident of Great Bend, Kansas
Frances Headrick "Fran" Gonia, 85, of Miami, passed away Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014. She was born July 26, 1928 in Chattanooga, to William R. and Mattie M. Headrick. She was preceded in death by her
Rebecca Thurmond Crow Gowen, 87, formerly of Rossville, Ga., passed away Wednesday Jan. 22, 2014. She was born Sept. 5, 1926 in Murray Ky., to the late Cecil Heron Thurmond and Altha Mae Holcomb Thurmond.
Margie Burton Green, 85, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, at Soddy Daisy Healthcare. Margie was born May 26, 1928 in Sale Creek, Tenn. Her family relocated to Pikeville in the late 1930s due
Davis Andrew Gregor, 19, of Lookout Mountain, passed away, Friday, Jan. 24, 2014. He was born March 17, 1994. He was employed as an auto mechanic at Viral Performance, member of NASA and SCCA
Airene Harvey, 94 of Chattanooga passed away on Thursday, January 23, 2014. She was a loving caregiver and was of the Protestant faith. She was preceeded in death by her husband William A Harvey Sr.;
Debra Hedden, of Chattanooga, passed away Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. Arrangements will be announced by Lane Funeral Home, Ashland Terrace, 877-3524.
Bette Wilson Holladay, 96, of Chattanooga died Friday Jan. 24, 2014. She was retired from Bell South and a member of the Pioneer Club. She was a long time member of First Cumberland Presbyterian

James Jones

James William (Billy To-Tall) Jones, 60, passed away Nov. 13, 2013. He was preceded in death by his father, William Isac Jones; grandparents, Robert and Gladys Massey, William and Millie Jones. Those left to

Willie Lay

Willie Vergal Lay, passed away Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 at his residence. Funeral arrangements will be announced later by Willis Funeral Home, Inc., Dalton, Ga.
Ruth Mariah Lehman, 94, of Chattanooga, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. She was born May 13, 1919 in Athens, Tenn., where she lived until six years of age,

Jerry Lewis

Jerry Lewis, passed away Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, following a brief illness. Celebration of life will be conducted on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 1:30 p.m. in the South Crest Chapel. Burial will follow in
Doris Jean Marshall, 67, of Chattanooga, passed away Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, in the Hospice Care Center. She was a member at Holy Temple COGIC. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter F.
Niles Corley Meacham, 81, passed away on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014. "With a tear rolling down his cheek, as a final goodbye slipped quietly from the lives of family who loved him." "Big Meach"
Robert "Bob" T. Mulligan, 80, of Chattanooga, Tenn., passed away Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, at his home. He was the son of the late Millard and Velva Mulligan and was a veteran of the US

Billie Nickens

Billie Nickens 80, passed away on Tuesday Jan. 21, 2014. She lived many years in Chattanooga. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Nickens; sons, Michael, Jimmy and David; and daughters, Patsy and
Doris Jeanette Ownbey, 79, a lifelong resident of Chattanooga went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. She was the daughter of the late David S. and
Janis W. Phillips, 83, passed away Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. Arrangements will be announced by Lane Funeral Home, Ashland Terrace, 877-3524.
Arthur Martin Rawn, 60, of Chattanooga passed away Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 from complications of a chronic illness. He attended Notre Dame High School and had worked for A&M Construction and Berry Construction. He was
Lloyd Earl Rayburn, 86, of Riceville, Tenn., but a longtime resident of the Chattanooga area, passed away Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, at his residence in Riceville. He was born March 7, 1927, in lower Spring
Ellen Burton Rice, 87, passed away Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 in Chattanooga. Arrangements will be announced by Lane Funeral Home, Ashland Terrace, 877-3524.
LaVaughn Roberson of Chattanooga died Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. She was born Nov. 2, 1923 in Lawrenceburg, Tenn., daughter of Wallace and Bertha Baxter. She was preceded in death by her husband John Roberson.
Joan M. Robertson went to be with the Lord on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. Preceded in death by husband, Thomas G. Robertson Sr.; son, Thomas G. Robertson Jr.; parents, William and Gladys Taylor;

Gene Robinson

Gene F. Robinson, 90, died Friday, Jan. 24, 2014. Funeral Mass 11 a.m. Tuesday Jan. 28, St. Mary's Catholic Church, Athens. Visitation 6-8 p.m. Monday, Smith Funeral Home. Burial Wednesday 11:30 a.m., Chattanooga National Cemetery.
Rhonda Seeber, of beloved memory, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, at 9:15 p.m. peacefully, with her family surrounding her. She had fought a valiant battle against gastric cancer. 23 years
George Rhea Smith, 77, resident of Red Bank, went home to be with his Heavenly Father Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. He was a member of Red Bank Baptist Church and a veteran of the United
Deontrey Southers, 13, passed away on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 in a local hospital. He attended Eastlake Academy where he was a linebacker for the football team and attended The Refuge Church. He was
Connie Ray McElreath, Sr., 66, went to be with our father in Heaven Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, may he rest in peace. Survived by kids Evelyn Burkhart, Ray McElreath, Michael McElreath, Kenneth McElreath, Tim McElreath;
Joe Turner RINGGOLD Joe Turner, 81, died Friday Jan. 24, 2014. Arrangements will be announced by Heritage Funeral Home and Crematory, Battlefield Parkway.
Elmer Ernest Walker, 79, of Soddy-Daisy, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, in a local hospital. He was preceded in death by his wife, Hazel Walker; parents, Thomas and Ester Walker; and two
Annie Lois Cureton White, 79, of Chattanooga, passed away Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 at her residence. She was formerly employed by Holiday Inn and was a member of Friendship Primitive Baptist Church. She was preceded
Leon Williams, formerly of Chattanooga, passed away Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 in Athens, Ala. Arrangements will be announced later by Taylor Funeral Home of Chattanooga, Inc.


Jan. 14, 1962-Jan. 26, 2013 "Vic", I will always love you! Youre truely missed. "Jackie"

In MemoryJimmy Nickens

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