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Local Obits for Fri. Jul 25, 2014

James Armstrong

Ten mile
James R. "Jim" Armstrong, 75, died Thursday morning, July 24, 2014, at his home. Funeral at 7 p.m. today in the chapel. Burial 10 a.m. Saturday in McMinn Memory Gardens. Visitation from 5-7 p.m. today
Fla. Thomas Wayne Bonner Sr., 73, passed away peacefully on July 7, 2014, at the Fort Walton Beach Medical Center in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. Wayne grew up in Chattanooga, and graduated from Central
Catherine Marie Champion, 88, of Chattanooga, passed away on Monday, July 21, 2014, at Memorial Hospital. Preceded in death by her husband, William F Champion. Funeral service were held. Please share your thoughts and memories

J.C. Combs Jr.

Riceville j.c.
"Bunny" Combs Jr., 60, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at Starr Regional Medical Center, Athens. Funeral service 2 p.m. Saturday in the chapel. Burial in McMinn Memory Gardens. Visitation noon-2 p.m. Saturday at Ziegler Funeral
Thomas James Davidson, born June 4, 1943 in Pittsburgh, Pa ascended to heaven, Thursday July 24, 2014, to join his mother and father, Ruth and Harold Davidson; and his sister, Linda Davidson. He was a

Wanda Elleman

Wanda Sue Dempsey Elleman, 64, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday in the chapel. Rev. Rob Snyder and Rev. Michael Shrum officiating. Burial in Whitwell Memorial Cemetery. Family will receive
Kay Kyle Folliett, 75, of Hixson, passed away on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Arrangements will be announced by Hamilton Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 4506 Hixson Pike, Hixson 423-531-3975.
Roy Cleveland Gamble, 55, of Soddy-Daisy, passed away on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at his home. Roy worked as a dry wall installer for many years. He was preceded in death by his parents, James

Virginia Gilliam

Virginia Long Gilliam, 69, of Bridgeport, formerly of Bellevue, Wash., died Thursday, July 24, 2014. Virginia is the daughter of the late W.O. and Elizabeth Sampley Long born Dec. 25, 1944 in Wannville, Ala. Besides

William Golden

Letcher community
William Owel Golden died Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Huntsville hospital. Funeral at 11 a.m. Saturday at Valley Funeral Home. Burial in Gold Cemetery. Visitation 5-8 p.m. today, July 25, at Valley Funeral Home, 674
Charles W. "Buddy" Hatfield, 72, passed away on Thursday, July 24, 2014, at home. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Laura Hatfield; sisters, Betty Smartt, Barbara Bowers, and Peggy Smith. Survivors

Bob Huitt

Rock spring
Bob Roby Huitt, 62, formerly of Chattanooga, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Survived by sister, Janice Graham, of Rock Spring; nieces and nephews, Rebekah Vaughn, Rachel Graham,
Tommy Jackson Tommy Hugh Jackson, 69, of Chattanooga, moved from his earthly life to his eternal life on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. He grew up in Red Bank, graduated from Red Bank High School in

Ron James

Ron James LaFAYETTE William Ronald James passed away Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Ron was a loving husband, father, grandfather, friend and "teammate." Ron was born and raised in Rossville, graduating in 1960 from Rossville

Wesley Kennedy

Wesley Dewayne Kennedy, 25, passed away unexpected, Tuesday, July 23, 2014. He was employed at M&M Plastics, Tiftonia. Preceded in death, by his late brother, Henry "Junior" Kennedy. He is survived by mother, Greta Alford;

Nancy Lee

Nancy Lee, 64, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Survivors, husband, Edward Lee; children, Allen Brown, Mark Lee; sisters, Alice Melton, Kathy Ledford; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Memorial service: 11 a.m. today, July 25,
Sara Lee Mackay, 94, of Signal Mountain, passed away on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at Alexian Village. Sara was a member of Signal Crest United Methodist Church. Sara was preceded in death by her parents;
Freddie Roy Malone, 62, passed away Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at his residence. A memorial service 2 p.m. Saturday at Church on the Rock. Burial in Cochran Cemetery in Englewood. Visitation 1-2 p.m. Saturday at

Richard McGinness

Rock spring
Richard R. McGinness, 71, formerly of Rock Spring, passed away Monday, July 21, 2014 in Conroe, Texas. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today, July 25, 2014, in the South Crest Chapel with
Agnes Morgan LAWRENCEVILLE Agnes Louise Morgan, 86, formerly of Fort Oglethorpe, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, July 24, 2014. Agnes was preceded in death by her parents, James T.

Delia Parham

Delia Viola Tate Parham, 96, passed away Sunday, July 20, 2014. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. today at Tennessee-Georgia Memorial Park. To share expressions of sympathy, visit Arrangements are by the
Jeanna Davenport Patterson born May 16, 1966 in Richmond, Va., went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, July 24, 2014. A resident of Chattaooga for over 40 years. She worked as an internal

Thomas Pearson

Thomas Pearson, 65, passed away Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Funeral services 11 a.m. Saturday in the Wallis-Stewart Chapel. Family will receive friends 3 until 8 p.m. Friday, and prior to the service Saturday at
Rhoda Robbs, of Chattanooga passed away on July 23rd at her home at the age of 76. She was known for her love of music, especially the piano. She is survived by her two sons,
Teresa Ann Chadwick Grider, 56, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. She was a lifelong resident of the Chattanooga & North Georgia areas and was of the
Jim Watkins Jr., 80, of Chattanooga, passed away Saturday, July 19, 2014, in a local healthcare facility. He was employed by Wheland Foundry and part-time by St. Barnabas Nursing Home. He was of the Baptist
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Rock and roll and rhythm and blues singer Frankie Ford, whose 1959 hit "Sea Cruise" brought him international fame, is dead at the age of 76.
ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) - Catherine E. Coulson, an actress best known as the quirky Log Lady in the TV series "Twin Peaks," has died.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Former Gov. Walter Dale Miller has died at the age of 89.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Fred Stickel, who turned The Oregonian into one of the country's best regional newspapers during his long stint as its publisher, has died.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Richard Rainwater, the son of a North Texas grocer who went on to amass a fortune as an investment manager before becoming a billionaire investor...
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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A top-ranking Mormon leader, 86-year-old Richard G. Scott, has died from natural causes.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Willie Mae Seaton, a chef recognized for her classic American food and whose neighborhood restaurant helped put fried chicken on the culinary map, has died.
RESTON, Va. (AP) - Robert E. Simon Jr., who lent his initials to the northern Virginia community he founded more than 50 years ago, has died. He was 101.
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DETROIT (AP) - Grace Lee Boggs, known as an international activist for justice, has died at her Detroit home. She was 100.