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Local Obits for Sun. Mar 30, 2014

Mark Barnett

Mark Daniel Barnett, 54, died Friday, March 28, 2014, at his residence. Mark was a 1977 graduate of Ider High School and was a steel worker. Survivors include, parents, Joe and Julia Barnett, sister, Winona
Virginia Bonds DALTON Mother Virginia Beck Bonds, 82, passed away Thursday,March 27, 2014. Homegoing Service will be Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church with her son, the Rev. Chris Bonds officiating. The
Demarcus Dewayne Bryant, 23 months infant, of Chattanooga, passed away Saturday, March 22, 2014, at a family residence. He attended Faith Unlimited Ministries. Survivors include his father, Demarcus Dewayne Bailey; mother, Sarah LaDonna Bryant; grandparents,
Charlotte Ann Wilson Burchfield, 79, of Harrison, died Wednesday, March 26, 2014. Arrangements will be announced by Covenant Funeral & Crematory, Crox family owned and operated,
Mary "Lucille" Camp, 87, of Chattanooga, passed away Friday, March 28, 2014. Lucille was born in Nebraska where she met her husband. She lived in Dunlap, Tenn. for 10 years and then Signal Mountain, Tenn.
Mrs. Brenda Chandler, 65, died Saturday, March 29, 2014 at DeKalb Regional Medical Center. Funeral: Monday, March 31, 2014, at 2 p.m. from Rainsville Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation : 6-8 p.m. today, March

Iola Fowler

Flat rock
Iola Mae Stiefel Fowler, 90, died Friday, March 28, at her residence. Funeral services are today at 5 p.m. est at Higdon Holiness Church with Brother Edwin Spurgeon and Brother Edward Atchley officiating. Burial will
Donna Buisson Giarrusso, 54, a native of Harvey, La., and resident of Chattanooga, passed away suddenly on Thursday, March 20, 2014, in Tennessee. Donna grew up in Harvey and relocated to Chattanooga 12 years ago.
John Allan "Jack" Gilbride, 59, a resident of Chattanooga, passed away on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at the Hospice Care Center. Jack was born on December 28th, 1954, a son of the late Jack

J.W. Goza

Fort payne
Mr. J W. Goza, 83, passed away Friday, March 28, at his residence. Funeral: Monday, March 31, 11 a.m. at Burt Chapel-Fort Payne. Visitation: 4-8 p.m. today, March 30, at Burt Chapel-Fort Payne. Burial: Mount
Martha Louise Hailey, 80, of Chattanooga, died Wednesday, March 24, 2014. Survivors include two sons, John Edward Wingo and Glenn Allen Beeler; daughters, Vanessa Wingo Dorris, Teresa Ayers and Cheryl Wilson; sister, Frances Irene Farmer
Jethro Hammond Jr. was born Nov. 20, 1954 in Chattanooga, to the late Jethro Sr. and Margaret Cain Hammond and departed this life on Sunday, March 23, 2014. Jethro was educated in the Chattanooga public
Jared Michael Hawkins, 16, of Chattanooga, passed away suddenly at his residence with his family at his side on Saturday, March 22, 2014. He was preceded in death by his aunt, Tanya Grandberry; uncle, Patrick

Donald Herron

Donald K. Herron, 75, died in a Chattanooga hospital Thursday, March 27, 2014. Mr. Herron was born May 12, 1938 in Sequatchie County. He graduated from Sequatchie County High School in 1957. He had been
Grady Huff, 70, of Harrison, passed away Wednesday, March 26, 2014. He was a school teacher with the Catoosa county Department of Education for over 33
Karry Rynn Hulgan, 54, of Chattanooga, died Wednesday, March 26, 2014. Arrangements will be announced by Covenant Funeral & Crematory, Crox family owned and operated,
Johnnie Carroll Massengale, age 69, of Chattanooga, died late Friday evening, March 28, 2014. She was a graduate of Dade County High School. She attended the North Georgia Worship Center. She was preceded in death
Louise McCamish Matteson died at her home on Wednesday, March 26, 2014. She was 95. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today, March 30, 2014, at the funeral home with Rev. Grady Cooper officiating.
Hazel Rusmisel LONE WOLF, OKLA. Hazel Christine McMurry Rusmisel, 76, former Chatanooga, Tenn., resident, passed away at her home on Thursday, March 27, 2014. Services: 2 p.m., Monday, March 31, 2014, Hobart Rose Cemetery,
Frank W. "Bud" Orrell, 96, of Chattanooga went home to be with the Lord and his family on Thursday, March 27, 2014. Mr. Orrell was born in St. Elmo, and attended the Tennessee School for

Kuzko Orsdal

Cherry lo, ga.
Kuzko Terai Van Orsdal, 85, died Friday, March 28, 2014. Arrangements will be announced by Covenant Funeral & Crematory, Crox family owned and operated,

Doyle Payne

Doyle Payne, 69, died Friday, March 28, at his residence. Funeral services are Monday at 2 p.m. cst in the chapel with Brother Richard Byers, Brother David Brown and Brother Danny Payne officiating. Burial
Artis Thurman "Cotton" Porter, 69, of Chattanooga, passed away Saturday, March 29, 2014. He was a self employed logger and of the Baptist faith. He was preceded in death by his parents, Melvin and
Mildred E. Powell, a lifelong resident of Chattanooga passed away Monday, March 24, 2014, in local hospital. She was a beautiful lady, full of life and love for her husband, Noel R. Powell. She
Odessa "Dessie" Ramsey, 88, of Harrison, passed away Friday, March 28, 2014. A lifelong resident of Harrison, she was retired from Hamilton County Nursing Home and was a member of the Denny Hill Baptist Church.
John "Jack" Reilly, a long-time resident and native of Chattanooga died Sunday, March 16, 2014. Jack was the son of the Late John and Gertrude Wilcox Reilly of this city. He is survived by his
Sidney Duane Reynolds, 76, of Signal Mountain, passed away on Thursday, March 20, 2014, after a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis. Sid was born in Dodge City, Kan., on Aug. 11, 1937. His parents, Sidney

Raymond Richardson

Raymond Arlen Richardson, 75, passed away on Thursday, March 27, 2014. He was a lifelong resident of North Georgia and was of the Baptist faith. Raymond served his country in the U.S. Air Force and
Shirley Rothenberg passed away on Friday, March 28, 2014, in a local healthcare facility. Shirley had a 52 year loving marriage with Jack who passed away in 2008. She moved to Garden Plaza at Greenbrier
Mr. Scottie E. Slatton, 26, passed away Friday, March 28, 2014. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Mary Roberts, Scott Green, Everette Harold Slatton and Rex Tate. He is survived by his parents,
Virginia Smallen, 87, of Chattanooga, passed away Saturday, March 29, 2014 in a local healthcare facility. Arrangements will be announced by Heritage Funeral Home, 7454 East Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421.

Sheila Spurgeon

Sheila Faye Spurgeon, 63, a loving mother and sister passed away, Saturday, March 29, 2014. She had worked at Shaw Industries and was a member of Trenton Church of God. She was preceded in death
Diane Roberts passed away on Saturday, March 29, 2014, in a local hospital. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne Roberts; parents, Robert Miller and Betty Smith Miller; brothers, Teddy, Dewey and Tommy
Jimmy L. Talley of Chattanooga passed away Saturday March 29, in Seminole, Florida. Local Arrangements will be announced by Turner funeral Home 3913 Webb Road. 622-3171.
Charles "Al" Thomas, of Red Bank, passed away on Tuesday, March 25, 2014. He was 83 years old. He was the son of the late Charles William and Velma Tate Thomas of Chattanooga. Al
Kelsey Thomas, 23, passed away Saturday, March 29, 2014 at his residence. Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Avenue, 622-9995.
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