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Local Obits for Wed. Jul 16, 2014

Florence Anna Gray Babcock, 84, of East Ridge, died Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Survivors include two daughters, Juanita Babcock and Patty Thele; son, George Babcock; and grandsons, Steven, Larry and William Babcock; granddaughter, Elizabeth Thatcher.
Bethany Jill Carver Blackburn 45, of Chattanooga, passed away Monday, July 14, 2014. Arrangements will be announced by Hamilton Funeral Home and Cremation Services. 4506 Hixson Pike, 423-531-3975.
Thomas Bowne Thomas D. Bowne, 80, of East Ridge passed away Monday, July 14, 2014, at his home Surrounded by his family. He was born in New Castle, Ind., to the late Lowell and Helen

Robert Chambers

Robert Leon "Bob" Chambers, 78, died Monday July 15, 2014, at his residence. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Heritage Funeral Home, Battlefield Parkway.

Lyle Claiborne

Dayton j.
Lyle Claiborne, 86, passed away Monday, July 14, 2014, at his home. He was retired from Dixie Yarn where he worked for 47 years. After holding several positions he retired as the director of research
Walter Raleigh Clark, 79, of Chattanooga, passed away Monday, July 14, 2014. He was the son of the late Homer F. and Zola L. Clark and was preceded in death by his brother, Charles Clark;
Ralph E. Faulkner, 73, of Chattanooga, died on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. He was the son of the late Edwin and Frances Renegar Faulkner. Ralph was an avid golfer, playing in the DuPont World Amateur
Charles Edgar Fisher, 66, passed away Sunday, July 13, 2014. The service to celebrate his life will be 2 p.m. today at his residence, 1483 Resaca Lafayette Road, with Pastor Lamar Patton officiating. Arrangements by

Beverly Garrison

Spring city
Beverly J. Garrison, 62, died Monday, July 14, 2014, at her home. A lifetime resident of Spring City, Beverly was the daughter of the late Clarence Elmer and Ruby Dorline Alley Jones. She was a

Janice Goins

Janice Mayfield Goins, 62, died Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at her home. The daughter of the late James S. Graham and Fannie Bell Mayfield, she was a graduate of Stevenson High School. She retired from

Kerry Hebert

Kerry Ryan Hebert, 65, of Letcher and Gretna, La. Community passed away Monday, July 14, 2014, at Erlanger. Funeral at 2 p.m. Friday at Letcher Church of God. Burial in Golds Cemetery, Letcher Community. Visitation
James Hedges III RISING FAWN James R. "Jimmy" Hedges III died on Sunday, July 13, 2014, at his farm in Rising Fawn, in a drowning accident. Jimmy leaves behind his mother, Mary Katherine Fred Moore,

Nannie Horton

Nannie Beatrice Horton, 81, passed away Monday, July 14, 2014, at DeKalb Regional Hospital. Services at 4 p.m. Thursday from W.T. Wilson Chapel with burial in Straight Creek Cemetery. Brother Melvin Dawson officiating. Visitation
Christopher Lee Kilby, 30, of Hixson, passed away Saturday, July 12, 2014, at his residence. Visit to share condolences. A memorial service will be announced by Lane Funeral Home 601 Ashland Terrace, 877-3524.
Christine Conley Lawing, of Chattanooga, went to be with her Lord on her 97th birthday, July 13, 2014. She was born in Calhoun, Ga., and lived most of her life in Chattanooga. She was a
David Lowe, 58, of Chattanooga passed away on Saturday, July 12, 2014. He is survived by his wife, Kimberly; daughters, Misty Lattimore and Christina Lowe; son-in-law, Brian Lattimore; grandchildren, Xavier, Brian Jr., Dante and Ada;
Dr. Douglas H. Manley, 42, died Saturday, July 12, 2014. Survivors include mother, Margaret Brooks Manley; sister, Carla Manely Brown. Services are 1 p.m. Thursday at St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church. Visitation is

Roberta McFarlane

Roberta Sue McFarlane, 99, passed away Sunday, July 13, 2014, at Willows of Winchester. Visitation is noon-2 p.m. today, July 16, 2014 at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home with services at 2 p.m.

Lester Miller

Lester James "Dick" Miller, 77, went home to be with the Lord Sunday, July 13, 2014, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge. Dick was born in Dayton to the late Lester "Jack" Miller and
Marie Meyer Murphy, 91, of Apison, died on Monday, July 14, 2014. She was born Jan. 2, 1923 to the late Cecil and Winnie Fisher Meyer and was a longtime resident of Apison. Marie was

Russell Pressley

Russell Lynn "Rusty" Pressley, 54, died Monday, July 14, 2014, at Parkwest Medical Center in Knoxville. Funeral 7 p.m. Thursday in the chapel. Burial 10 a.m. Friday in Idlewild Cemetery. Visitation 4-7 p.m. Thursday at

William Ransom

William D. Ransom, 86, passed away on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in a local health care facility. Arrangements will be announced by the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home & Crematory, at the end
Jo Ann Arnold Roberts, 70, went to be with the Lord, Monday, July 14, 2014, at Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga. She was a lifelong resident of McMinn County and was the daughter of the late

Norman Ross

Norman Christopher Ross, 48, passed away on Monday, July 14, 2014. Arrangements will be announced by the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home & Crematory, at the end of historic Missionary Ridge, Rossville.
Mary Sue Sherfey, 89, of Lakesite, Tenn., passed away on Monday, July 14, 2014. She was born Nov. 26, 1924, in Toone, Tenn., to the late Archie and Bertha Keller. Mary Sue met her
Cora Lee Skiles 87, passed away on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at her home. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Skiles; daughters, Emily Sanders and Rita Joyce Hood; sons, Donnie Plank and
Grace Louise Cunningham Smith, 95, of Chattanooga, died Wednesday, July 9, 2014. She was born Oct. 9, 1918, in Chattanooga to the late David M. Cunningham and Nancy Ann Cunningham. She was preceded in death
Helen Barton Solomon, 91, passed away Monday, July 7, 2014. Services will be at Unitarian Universalist Church, 3 p.m. Sunday, July 20, with a reception following. Visitation is scheduled from 1:30-2:45 p.m. Sunday
n BOSTON, Ky. Rev. Kenneth "Ken" Sparkman, 84, died Monday, July 14, 2014, at Jewish Hospital in Louisville. He was born May 9, 1930 in Richard City, Tenn., a retired Baptist minister in Kentucky and
Thena Stewart, 62, of Soddy-Daisy, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, July 12, 2014. Thena was born in Chattanooga and was a graduate of Red Bank High School in 1970 where she
David Traylor, 89, of Leeds, formerly of Rainsville, Ala., died Monday, July 14, 2014, at Birmingham VA Medical Center. Funeral services at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 19, from Rainsville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial in Rainsville

Lawrence Verges

Tunnel hill
Lawrence Kevin Verges, 57, passed away Monday, July 14, 2014. A native of Belleville, Ill., he has resided in the Tunnel Hill Area for the past two years, and was a former employee of

Russell White

Russell Allen White, 67, passed away on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in a local hospital. Arrangements will be announced by the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home & Crematory, at the end of historic
Dominic LaVon Wright, 22, of Chattanooga, passed away Thursday July 10, 2014. Survivors include his daughter, Lyrik K. Wright; fathers, Michael Wright Sr. and Monty Young; mother, Myra Hyatte; grandparents, Carver and Bessie Wright, Mattie

In MemoryEverlena Blanks

July 31, 1921 - July 16, 1986 In memory of our mother who departed this life twenty eight years ago today. Gone but will never be forgotten. Sadly missed by children, grandchildren

In MemoryCarroll L. Byrd

Sept. 13, 1955 - July 16, 2011 It has been three years since you smiled, and we heard your unique laughter. However, these memories and more are forever in our heart, and
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