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Local Obits for Wed. Jun 25, 2014

Larry Walter Ables, 68, of Harrison, went to be with the Lord on Monday, June 23, 2014. He was a Presbyterian. Larry served his country in the U.S. Army and was a retired Iron Worker
Ernest James "Jim" Bell Jr., 81, of Tequesta, Fla., and Montezuma, N.C., passed away on Monday, June 23, 2014, in Johnson City, Tenn. Born on Dec. 5, 1932 in Chattanooga to the late Ernest James

Elizabeth Bess

Elizabeth Louise Bess, 78, passed away at her home Monday, June 23, 2014. She was a member of Altamont Baptist Church. She was born in Dade County, Ga., on Sept., 27, 1935, to Joe and
Lisa Brewer, 52, of Soddy-Daisy, died Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at her residence. She was the daughter of the late Raymond and Betty Lou Hawkins Higgins. Survivors include her husband, Lance Brewer; sons,
James Clifton "Jim" Brown 97, died Sunday, June 22, 2014, in Atlanta. He was the husband of Mary Frances Brown. He was born in Chattanooga, and attended schools there, including the University of Chattanooga. He
James Burkart, of Signal Mountain, passed away Tuesday, June 24, 2014. Arrangements will be announced by Lane Funeral Home, 601 Ashland Terrace, 877-3524.
Jerry Vincent Caminiti, 54, of Chattanooga, passed away on Saturday, June 21, 2014. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 19, 2014, at the St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church at 1175
Mae Rosa "Rose" Chestnutt passed away on Friday, June 20, 2014, at a local hospital. Ms. Chestnutt was preceded in death by her parents: Ralph and Frances Pittard Sr. She was a graduate of
Melvin Perkins Dews, 73, passed away on Monday, June 23, 2014, at a local hospital. Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Ave., 622-9995.
Michael Roy Feher, 50, of Signal Mountain, was mercifully delivered to the Lord on Sunday, June 22 ,2014 at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga. A Michigan native, Mike was born in Douglas, Mich., on July
Neal Finch Jr., 83, of Chattanooga, passed away Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in a local hospital. Funeral at noon today in the chapel of Taylor Funeral Home with Pastor Lydell Lovelace as the eulogist. Burial:
Ruby Lee Connaster Giles, 89, went to be with her Lord on Monday, June 23, 2014. She was a member of Ooltewah Baptist Church. A member of Fidelis Sunday School class. The Sunshine Lady
Laura Mae Barnes Gillespie, 101, quietly transitioned to heaven Saturday morning, June 21, 2014, around 12:45 a.m. She is the direct descendant of Mr. Bennie and Amanda Barnes of Thomaston, Ga., by way of Culloden,
Robert Lester Harris Sr. passed away Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at his residence. Survivors and funeral arrangements will be announced by Willis Funeral Home, Inc., Dalton, Ga.
Wilbert Hines passed from this life on Thursday, June 19, 2014. He was born Aug. 16, 1931, to Norman Hines and Everoy Mae Adams. He was preceded in death by Valerie Hines. Survived by his
Leonard James Krzewinski, 71, of Chattanooga, passed away Tuesday, June 24, 2014, in a local healthcare facility. Leonard was confirmed in the Catholic faith. He was extremely intelligent and a loving husband and father.
Clyde B. Malcomb, 70, of Chattanooga, formerly of Tioga, W.Va., died Monday, June 23, 2014 at Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga. Born Sept. 17, 1943, at Richwood, W.Va., he was the son of

Lester McElhaney

Lester "Booster" McElhaney, 79, died Monday, June 23, 2014, at his home. Funeral 7 p.m. Thursday in the chapel. Burial 10 a.m. Friday in Hornsby Hollow Cemetery. Visitation 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Charles "Chuck" Painter 56, passed away Monday, June 23, 2014, at his Hixson home with his loving family by his side. Chuck served 12 years in the USMC was currently employed by Alstom of Chattanooga

Barbara Payne

Barbara Ann Matthews Payne, 84, passed away in her home on Monday, June 23, 2014, surrounded by family and loved ones. Mrs. Payne is survived by her children, Aldonna (Wayne) Crabtree, DeAnn Day, Jean (Steve)

Mary Presley

Mary Pauline Presley, 82, formerly of Benton, Tenn., passed away Monday, June 23, 2014. Funeral at 7 p.m. Thursday, at Higgins Funeral Home. Interment at 10 a.m. Friday at Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation
Barbara Jean Parker Randall, 76, died Monday, June 23, 2014. Mrs. Randall was born in Covington, Ga., and was retired from the Chattanooga City School System after 30 years of service. She dedicated her entire
Larry Leon Shrader, 64, of Chattanooga, died Saturday, June 21, 2014. Survivors include, daughters, Shana Evans, Libby (Jeff) Beene; sons, Dakota (Katherine) Shrader, Gaige Shrader; grandchildren, Alexander Dunn, Cole Christopher and Autumn Christopher;
Corine Waters Smith, 95, passed away at her Signal Mountain home on Saturday, June 21, 2014. Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. today, June 25, in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Dennis Price
Barbara Sue Smith, 69, died Sunday, June 22, 2014, at her residence. Ms. Smith is survived by several cousins, nieces and nephews. She had worked for Buster Brown Corporation and was a member of

Robert Solomon

Robert Lee Solomon, 62, passed away Monday, June 23, 2014, in a local healthcare facility. He was a former employee of the Hamilton County School System and he was a Christian. His passion in
Donald Gene Sparks, 75, of Hixson, passed away peacefully Sunday, June 22, 2014. Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Thursday at Lane Funeral Home, Ashland Terrace. Interment will follow in Hamilton Memorial Gardens, 5301

Edwin Suttle

LaFAYETTE Edwin Suttle passed away Monday, June 23, 2014, at his residence. Survivors and funeral arrangements will be announced by Willis Funeral Home, Inc., Dalton, Ga.
Jack Tallant, 82, of Ooltewah, passed away, Sunday, June 22, 2014. A lifelong resident of the Chattanooga area, he was a member of the Providence Baptist Church. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air
Pastor William Henry Thompson, a native of Chattanooga, passed away Saturday, June 21, 2014, at his residence in Shelbyville, Tenn. He leaves to cherish his memories his loving wife, Mildred; daughers, Gwendolyn (James) McClain, Felicia
Kenneth Earl Watts, 53, of Chattanooga, passed away on Saturday, June 21, 2014, in a local hospital. The body will lie-in-state after 10 a.m. Wednesday at Taylor Funeral Home with the service to follow
June 25, 1985- April 18, 2008 Happy 29th Birthday. I miss you and I love you. Love, Mama and Larry


Victor Root Sr. 1949-2013 Happy Anniversary honey, I love you and miss you. Shirley
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