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Local Obits for Sat. Jun 28, 2014

Wilroy Moss Anderson, 86, died Thursday, June 26, 2014, at his home following a brief illness. The son of the late Willard Roy and Mary Louise Moss Anderson, he was a lifelong farmer and a

Gail Brock

Gail S. Brock, 58, passed Wednesday, June 25, 2014, in a local hospital. She was a native of Cincinnata, Ohio, and attended Grand Center Baptist Church. She enjoyed shopping, cleaning, scrapbooking and going to the

Deborah Brown

Deborah Ann Middleton Brown, 57, died Thursday, June 26, 2014. Deborah loved the Lord and was a member of
James Alphonse Burkart, 94, passed away June 24, 2014, at the Alexian Village on Signal Mountain. He was the husband of Naomi Graham Burkart and the son of the late Alphonse Charles and Alma Shiel

Jack Burnett

Jack Burnett, 70, passed away Friday, June 27, 2014, at his residence. Condolences may be sent to Arrangements will be announced by the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home & Crematory located at
Shirley Ann Cooper, 64, of Ooltewah, passed away on Wednesday, 25, 2014, at Vanderbilt Hospital. Shirley was always willing to help others, when she should have been at rest. She was the kindness and
Johnnie Sue Roberts Jones Dennis, 78, died Thursday, June 26, 2014, at her home. Funeral 5 p.m. CDT Sunday in the chapel. Burial will follow in Idlewild Cemetery. Visitation 2-5 p.m. CDT Sunday at the
Milton McDonald Milton W. McDonald, 90, of Chattanooga passed away Friday, June 27, 2014. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Wann Funeral Home & Cremation Center, (423) 821-7551.
Luretha Inez Finney Elder, 92, passed away Thursday, June 26, 2014. She was born in Rhea County and had lived in Red Bank for the past 60 years. She was a housewife and
Otis Ray Frederick, 77, of Soddy-Daisy, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, June 25, 2014. Services will be held today, June 28, at 3 p.m. in

David Grider

David R. Grider, 68, passed away Thursday, June 26, 2014, in a local healthcare facility surrounded by his family and friends. Mr. Grider was a graduate of Stevenson High School and upon graduation

Ollie Hardin

Ollie (Justice) Runyon Hardin, 88, died June 25, 2014. Funeral services are at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 29, in the chapel at Bowers Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. today,

Jimmy Holcomb

Jimmy Lawrence Holcomb, 71, passed away on Thursday, June 26, 2014. He was a lifelong resident of Chickamauga and a member of Revival Baptist Church. Jimmy retired from Shaw Industries in 2011 after
Al Franklin Hutcheson, 84, a lifelong resident of Soddy-Daisy, passed away on Friday, June 27, 2014, in an area healthcare facility. Mr. Hutcheson retired from Kelly Cadillac after many years of service. Survivors

Earl Keesling

Robert Earl "Pearl" Keesling, 79, passed away Thursday, June 26, 2014, at a local hospital. He was a native of Knoxville, Tenn., and had lived over 45 years in the Rossville area. He
Charles King III, of Chattanooga, passed Wednesday June 25, 2014. Arrangements enirusted to Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services Franklin-Suickland Pinkard Bryan Smith Funeral Directors 1724 McCallie Avenue, 423-265-4414.

Wayland Littlejohn

George Wayland Littlejohn, 76, died Thursday, June 26, 2014. Services will be today, June 28, at 10 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow in LaFayette Memory Gardens. Online register book

Tony Minnis

Tony Minnis, 58, died Thursday, June 26, 2014, at Erlanger Medical Center. Funeral is 7 p.m. today, June 28, in the chapel. Burial follows at 2 p.m. Sunday in Short Creek Cemetery. Visitation 4-7
Minnie Petty, 82, of Chattanooga, passed away Thursday, June 26, 2014, at her residence. Arrangements will be announced later by Taylor Funeral Home of Chattanooga, Inc.
Debra "Debbie" Opal Pippin, 55, of Chattanooga, passed away Friday morning, June 27, 2014, at her residence. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jewell and Kenneth Pippin; brothers, Gary "Mojo" Pippin,
Jennifer Michelle Rains, 37, of Chattanooga, passed away Tuesday, June 24, 2014, in a local hospital after a 3 1/2 year battle with Inflammatory Breast Cancer. She was born Sept. 8, 1976 in Chattanooga. Jennifer
Nancy E. "Betsy" Varner Scott, 63, of Soddy-Daisy, passed away Wednesday, June 25, 2014. Betsy grew up in the Methodist Church and she was a member of the Order of St. Luke the Physician and

Melissa Simmons

Melissa Simmons, 47, of Newnan, Ga., (formerly of A1bertville) passed away on Wednesday, June 23, 2014. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. CDT today, June 28, from the W.T. Wilson Funeral Chapel. Burial
James O. Smith, 94, of Chattanooga, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 25, 2014. Affectionately known to all as "J.O." or "Smitty", he never met a stranger and was a friend to all. Born on
Luther Smith, 66, passed away on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at a local hospice facility. Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Avenue, 622-9995.
Fate L. Thomas Sr., 81, of Ooltewah, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, June 26, 2014, at his residence where he was lovingly cared for during a brief illness. Born on April
Clara Thompson Ward, of Chattanooga, passed from this life on Monday, June 23, 2014. Mrs. Ward and her husband, Clifton, and their friends, Charles and Jean Campbell, came to Chattanooga from West Virginia in 1953
Jennie W. Wright, 97, of Lupton City, passed away Friday, June 27, 2014. Graveside services will be held Monday, June 30, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at Chattanooga National Cemetery. Visitation will be held
Teresa Gail Young, 51 of Chattanooga, departed this life Friday, June 20, 2014, at her home. She was born in Winter Haven, Fla., to the late Rayburn and Judy Shirley. She worked for NHC of
PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) - Princeton University says the Ivy League school's 17th president has died. William Bowen was 83.
DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Free Press says sports columnist Drew Sharp has died. He was 56.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Clyde Holloway, a former congressman and chairman of Louisiana's utility regulatory agency, has died. He was 72.
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Mystery and crime fiction writer Edward Gorman has died.
STORRS, Conn. (AP) - The former longtime head coach of the Connecticut Huskies ice hockey team, who transitioned them to Division I status, has died. Bruce Marshall was 54.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Dennis Byrd, the former NFL defensive lineman whose career was ended by neck injury, was killed Saturday in a car accident. He was 51.
PENN HILLS, Pa. (AP) - The onetime underboss of Pittsburgh's dwindling Mafia family has died. Charles "Chucky" Porter was 82.
ATLANTA (AP) - Thomas Ford, the actor who played Martin Lawrence's best friend Tommy Strawn on the hit '90s sitcom "Martin," has died in Atlanta. He was 52.
Thomas J. Mackell Jr., former chairman of the Richmond Federal Reserve Bank and the executive director of the Maritime Labor Alliance, has died.
PLUM, Pa. (AP) - A former NFL defensive lineman who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Giants has died. Lorenzo Freeman was 52.
NEW YORK (AP) - The family of Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson says he has died after a battle with cancer, just days after announcing he would be undergoing treatment.
NEW YORK (AP) - One of the most influential American scholars of Judaism has died.
Aaron Pryor, the relentless junior welterweight who fought two memorable bouts with Alexis Arguello, has died.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - One of the last living crew members on the USS Arizona during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor has died. Raymond Haerry was 94.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts woman who pushed for a statewide anti-bullying law after her 11-year-old son committed suicide has died following a battle with cancer. Sirdeaner Walker was...
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) - UFC fighter Josh Samman has died after spending nearly a week in a Florida hospital. He was 28.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A retired Roman Catholic bishop in Vermont who lost his television-producer brother on 9/11 has died. Kenneth Angell was 86.
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - The man who oversaw Yellowstone National Park during the wildfires that burned across the park in 1988 has died.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Lowell Thomas Jr., a former Alaska lieutenant governor, author, adventurer, glacier pilot and son of the legendary broadcaster, has died.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The manager for folk singer, writer and longtime New York radio host Oscar Brand says that he has died. Brand was 96.
CHICAGO (AP) - The man who got generations of hot dog lovers humming along to the Oscar Mayer Weiner song has died.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - An original member of the pioneering Philadelphia-based soul group The Intruders has died. Robert "Big Sonny" Edwards was 74.