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Local Obits for Sun. Jun 15, 2014

Casey Smith Austin, 66, passed away at her home after a valiant battle with lung cancer on Wednesday, June 11, 2014. Casey was a graduate of Notre Dame High School and attended Edmondson Business College.

Odell Avans

Odell Avans, 71, passed away Friday, June 13, 2014 at a local hospital. He was a lifelong resident of Dade County and Chickamauga, where he worked as a Barber for most of his life.
Irene Butler Barnes passed away early Friday, June 13, 2014. She has reunited with her parents, Berry and Bertha Butler; her husband, Floyd and her beloved son, Thomas; her brother, Robert, her sister, Maude; and
Anneliese Bartels, 85, died Friday, June 13, 2014. Arrangements will be announced by Covenant Funeral & Crematory, Crox family owned and operated,

Cleo P. Campbell

Cleo P. Campbell, 89, passed away Saturday, June 14, 2014. She was a member of South Whitwell Baptist Church and retired from Marion County Board of Education. Cleo was preceded in death by her

Winford Cantrell

Winford Cantrell, 76, passed away at his home on Friday night, June 13, 2014. Survivors and arrangements will be announced by Companion Funeral Home, who has charge of those arrangements.
Harvey "Buster" L. Carmichael, 69, of Chattanooga, passed away the morning of Thursday, June 12, 2014. He was an Army veteran and worked at Carter Distributing, Stark Martin, River Bend Distributing and Krispy Kreme. He
Ben Cohen passed away on Saturday, June 14, 2014, in a local hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Advantage Funeral Cremation Services, Franklin-Strickland Pinkard Bryan Smith Funeral Directors, 1724 McCallie Ave. (423)
William "Kelly" Cunningham, 55, passed away on Thursday, June 12, 2014, at Erlanger Medical Center. Kelly was born in Chicago, Ill., and lived there most of his life before moving to Tennessee. Kelly was preceded
Sarah Catherine Duck, 58, of Chattanooga, passed away Tuesday, June 10, 2014. She is survived by her husband of 37 years, Steve Duck Sr.; son Steve (Cindy) Duck Jr.; siblings, Mary, Grace and Neil; grandsons,

Dustin Hargis

South pittsburg
Dustin Dakota Hargis, 17, passed away Friday, June 13, 2014. Dustin is survived by his father, Johnny "Jay" Hargis Sr.; mother and stepfather, Renee Sitz Kilgore and Chris; brothers, Johnny Hargis, Mark and Chris Green;
David Richard "Dog" Higgins, 65, of Soddy-Daisy, passed away Friday, June 13, 2014. He was of the Church of God Faith. Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Mary Nell Higgins; and
Hugh Dayton Huffaker Jr., went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, June 6, 2014. A loving husband, father, and grandfather, Hugh was a successful leader in the insurance and real estate
Frederick Jennings, 53, of Chattanooga, passed away Thursday, June 12, 2014 in NHC Nursing Home. He became a Christian at an early age. He loved the Tennessee Vols. He was a graduate
Alfred LeBlanc Alfred Paul LeBlanc, 76, of East Ridge, died Friday, June 13, 2014, at a local healthcare facility. Alfred was born in New Orleans, La., and was a resident of East Ridge for 26
William Lewis Liles, 68, of Chattanooga, died Thursday, April 12, 2014, at his residence. He was a member of American Legion Post 95 and VFW 4848. He was an eight-year veteran serving in Vietnam with
Edna C. Little of Chattanooga passed away Saturday, June 14, 2014, at her home. She was a member of Lookout Valley Baptist Church and was retired as a secretary from American National Bank. She was

Jason Lockhart

Jason Wallice Lockhart, 34, of the Griffith Creek Community, died Thursday, June 12, 2014. He was born in Chattanooga on December 16, 1979. He is survived by his father, Jerry Lockhart, Whitwell; mother, Dianne Cherry,

Thomas Maxwell

Thomas Ernest "Tom" Maxwell, 75, departed this earth to a better land on Thursday, June 12, 2014. He was a lifelong resident of Chattanooga Valley and attended Wauhatchie United Methodist Church. He proudly served his
Florence Beatrice McBryar, 77, passed away Friday, June 13, 2014, at her home. She had worked at Standard-Coosa-Thatcher and was a member of General Church of God. She was preceded in death by her parents,

Franklin Messer

Cedar bluff
Franklin Messer, 81, died Friday, June 13, 2014. Survivors include wife, Dixie Messer; daughters, Shelia Hurley, Cindia Peoples; sister, Tressie Hanks; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren. Funeral, 2:00 p.m. EDT Monday, June 16, Mason
Dwight Payne Hubert "Dwight" Payne, 62, East Ridge, died Friday, June 13, 2014. He was a lifelong resident of the Chattanooga-North Georgia area and worked as a vice president for Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union
Jo Ann Hart Pugh transitioned to her healthy heavenly home on Friday, June 13, 2014. She was born May 5, 1939 in Chattanooga. She loved growing flowers, gardening canning fresh vegetables and cooking. Jo
Billye Kennedy Ragsdale, 91, of Chattanooga, passed away Thursday, June 12, 2014, after a short illness. She was born Sept. 2, 1922 in Perryville, Tenn. She was a committed Christian and supported both ministries of
Bertha Gass Robbs, 102, of Chattanooga went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at a Franklin, Tenn., care facility. She was born in Dade County, Ga., to the late William
Montgomery RobinsonSr. LOOKOUT MTN. E. Montgomery "Monk" Robinson Sr., 83, passed away Friday, June 13, 2014. Arrangements will be announced by Wann Funeral Home.
Norman Sander RINGGOLD Norman Elwood Sander, 69, of Hawaii, formerly of Ringgold. died peacefully in his sleep, Friday, June 13, 2014, with his wife Dawn at his side. Norm had bravely battled pancreatic cancer

Clifford Smock

Mr. Clifford G. "J.C." Smock, 64, passed away Friday, June 13, 2014, at Crestwood Hospital. W.T. Wilson Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Dustin Watson

Dustin K. Watson, 27, died Friday, June 13, 2014. Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. Monday, June 16, at Ziegler Funeral Home. Graveside services to follow at 4:30 p.m. in Cedar Grove Cemetery. Ziegler Funeral

Jonas Whaley

Jonas Harding Whaley, 93, died Wednesday, June 11, 2014. Survivors include wife, June Thearle Whaley; and many special friends. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday, June 16, at Fike Funeral Home with the
Frances Wheeler, of Chattanooga, died Friday, June 13, 2014 in Jacksonville, Fla. Arrangements will be announced by Lane Funeral Home, 601 Ashland Terrace, 423-877-3524.
Sara Ellen Ewton Wilcox, 76, of Chattanooga, passed away Friday, June 13, 2014, at her residence with her family by her side. Memorial contributions may be made to Hearth Hospice, the American Cancer Society, or

Wanda Wilcox

Dry valley community
Wanda Wilcox, 61, of the Dry Valley Community, passed away Friday, June 13, 2014, at her home surrounded by her loving husband, son and family. She was of the Baptist faith. Wandas passions


Fathers Day Tribute A father is neither an anchor to hold us back. Nor a sail to take us there. But a guiding light whose love shows us the way. We love and miss

In MemoryEric Colen Sr.

"Pops" Sept. 8, 1956-June 14, 2009 To a loving husband, father son, brother, uncle, and friend. We miss you, and our memories of you will never fade away. You are gone

In MemoryWillie Cottrell

In memory of our father on Fathers Day, only God knows how much we love and miss you. Your loving wife and children

In MemoryHubert Harrison

Happy Fathers Day, Dad and Grandad, from all of us. We love and miss you dearly. Its hard to believe youre gone. Love you, Ann, Edward, Shay and Sasha Steele, Jakel and


We love you Your Children, Larry & Kheisa Penn


There are no goodbyes if we remain in each other hearts. Sadly missed by the Mitchell Family.
Samuel Shaw Sept. 8, 1996-Apr. 21, 2011 Rozale Shaw Feb. 26, 1967-June 1, 2010 Forever missed by your sisters and aunts, Oceola Few and Annie Benning, children, nieces and nephews.


Happy Fathers Day Rufus Benning Sr. Oct. 16, 1916 - April 13, 1999 It's been fifteen years since God called you home but your Memory still lives within our hearts. The Benning


Happy Fathers Day To my Dad, I miss you and our private talks. Love, Linda
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