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Local Obits for Thu. May 08, 2014


Karen Alexander, well-known photographer and longtime resident of Lookout Mountain, passed away on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Karen graduated Chattanooga High and was a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy. She is survived by two

Eunice Barnett

Ringgold
Eunice Barnett, 83, died Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at her home. Born March 4, 1931, a native of Kentucky, came to live in North Georgia in 1956. She is the daughter of the late Foster

Gene Beaird

Ringgold
Sherman Eugene "Gene" Beaird, 77, died Tuesday, May 6, 2014, with family and friends by his side. Gene was a lifelong resident of the North Georgia area and a member of the Church of

Virginia Boatfield

Rossville
Virginia "Gency" Boatfield, 80, went to be with the Lord on Sunday May 4, 2014, in a local hospital. Condolences may be sent to www.lane-southcrestchapel.com. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. today,
Valerie Anne Emily Bowden, born on January 29, 1933, was the youngest of seven children born to Herbert and Eva Luxford of Weybridge, Surrey, England. She married Malcolm Bowden in 1954, bore two daughters:

Ruby Clifton

Rainsville
Ruby Yonett Bouldin Clifton, 79, died Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at Collinsville Health & Rehab. Funeral at 11 a.m. CDT Friday, May 9, from Rainsville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial in Glenwood Cemetery. www.rainsvillefuneralhome.com. Visitation from

Jennifer Cooper

Knoxville
Jennifer Lynn Cooper, 37, passed away on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Jennifer loved crime novels, authors Stephen King, Ann Rice, Dean Kootz and watching courtroom dramas. She enjoyed traveling, exploring new places, and time in

Joyce Crane

Rossville
Joyce Green Forgey Crane, 84, died on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at the home of her son in Fort Oglethorpe after a lengthy battle with cancer. Joyce was a native of Chattanooga/North Georgia where she
Louise "Mimi" Crawford, 93, of Hixson, passed away Monday, May 5, 2014. She was the namesake inspiration for Mimis Market and Deli. Mrs. Crawford was a member of Red Bank United Methodist Church. After
Brandon Merrell SUMMERVILLE Brandon Douglas Merrell, 39, passed away Tuesday, May 5, 2014. Private memorial services will be held Saturday, May 10, 2014. Arrangements by Coffman Funeral Home.
James Russell Fredrick, 54, passed away on Monday, May 5, 2014 in Chattanooga. Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Avenue, 622-9995.

Catherine Holder

South pittsburg
Catherine Mayfield Holder, 85, died Monday, May 5, 2014, in a local hospital. The daughter of the late Robert Jeff and Ada Mason Mayfield, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Chester Holder;
James Buddy Jackson, 71, of Chattanooga, died Monday, May 5, 2014. Survivors include his daughter, Nyla (James) Wilson; two daughters; three sisters and four brothers. A graveside service will be conducted at Chattanooga National Cemetery
Geraldine Laster, 83, passed away Wednesday, May 7, 2014, in Chattanooga. Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Ave., 622-9995.
Angelique Michelle Lattimore, 43, of Chattanooga, passed away Tuesday, April 29, 2014, in a local hospital. Funeral at 1 p.m. today in the chapel of Taylor Funeral Home with Pastor Samuel Blakemore

Mary Marks

Summerville
Mary Thornhill Marks passed away May 5, 2014, at her home. Ms. Marks was born July 29, 1917 in Bridgeton, N.J. She married her husband of 68 years, James Harry Marks of Summerville, in 1945
Gladys Ruth Bell Marler, 97, of Chattanooga, and Glendora, Calif., died Thursday, May 1, 2014. She began her career as a seamstress at Picketts in downtown Chattanooga and became a successful dressmaker. She was the

Ester Maynard

Dalton
Ester Kate Maynard passed away on Thursday, May 1, 2014. Homegoing service at noon Saturday, May 10, in the Chapel of Willis Funeral Home Rev. Jerry L. Burse officiating. Visitation from 6-8 p.m. Friday. Interment
Robert Rex McBride, of Chattanooga, passed away Wednesday, May 7, 2014. He was 87 years old. A graveside service for Rex will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, May 9, at Hamilton Memorial
Vickie L. Mercer, 62, of Chattanooga passed Saturday, May 3, 2014, at her residence. She is survived by her husband, Brook Mercer; daughter, Brandie Benham; son, David Young; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Graveside service will

Lester Morris

Lafayette
LaFAYETTE Lester Lee Morris, 70, died Wednesday, May 7, 2014. He was born in Short Creek, Ky., on Sept. 28, 1943, to
Marilyn Orend Oakes, 66, of North Chattanooga, passed away on Thursday, May 1, 2014. She was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. She was preceded by her parents, Mary and Frank Orend
Amma Lee Powell, 74, passed away on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents, Willie Mae and Culberson Burrows; brothers, Marvin Burrows, C.L. Burrows, Ruberp Burrows; and son, Mitchell Powell.
Kathy Frances Reynolds Roberts, 50, passed away Monday, May 5, 2014, at Sweetwater Hospital. Memorial service noon Friday in the chapel of funeral home. Visitation 10 a.m.-noon Friday at the funeral home. Ziegler Funeral Home,
Johnny Morris Stokes, 56, passed away on Saturday, May 3, 2014, at a local hospital. He was a graduate of Tyner High School. He was a member of Trinity Missionary Baptist Church. He was
Anthony Strickland, 58, of Chattanooga, passed away Sunday, May 4, 2014, in a local hospital. He was a veteran of the United States Navy and was a member of Westside Baptist Church. He was preceded

Robert Suttle Jr.

Lafayette
LaFAYETTE Robert Lee "Robbin" Suttle Jr., passed away on Saturday, May 3, 2014, after a short admission to the hospital. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Lee Suttle Sr. and Betty
Ralph Eugene Williams Sr., 78, of Chattanooga died Wednesday morning, May 7, 2014 in Chattanooga. Funeral services at noon Friday in the funeral home chapel. Burial in Spence Cemetery in Dayton. www.vanderwallfh.com. Visitation from
CHICAGO (AP) - The man who got generations of hot dog lovers humming along to the Oscar Mayer Weiner song has died.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The executive producer of TV's "NCIS" and creator of "NCIS: New Orleans" has died. CBS says in a statement that Gary Glasberg died in his sleep...
Herschell Gordon Lewis, the horror filmmaker known as the 'godfather of gore,' has died. He was 87.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Bataan Death March survivor, artist and educator Ben Steele has died in Montana. He was 98.
Arnold Palmer brought a country-club sport to the masses with a hard-charging style, charisma and a commoner's touch, At ease with both presidents and the golfing public, and on a...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Jean Shepard, "the grand lady of the Grand Ole Opry" who had a long recording career as an influential female in country music, died Sunday, according...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A spokeswoman for the Grand Ole Opry says Country Music Hall of Fame artist Jean Shepard has died. She was 82.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Louisiana musician Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural Jr., who introduced zydeco music to the world through his namesake band Buckwheat Zydeco, has died. He was 68.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Ed Temple, the former Tennessee State track and field coach who led the U.S. women's team to 15 Olympic gold medals and helped break down racial...
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A pioneering physicist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has died.
TOTOWA, N.J. (AP) - The Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey, says the world's oldest Roman Catholic bishop has died. The Rev. Peter Gerety was 104.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Longtime Nebraska politician Bill Barrett, who helped shape the nation's farm policy during his 10 years in Congress, has died at age 87.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Curtis Hanson, who won an Oscar for the screenplay for "L.A. Confidential" and directed Eminem in the movie "8 Mile," has died at age 71.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An influential community activist who turned San Francisco's Asian-American population into a political power in the city has died.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Charmian Carr, the actress best known for portraying the eldest von Trapp daughter in Rogers & Hammerstein's "The Sound of Music," has died. She was 73.
NEW YORK (AP) - Three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Edward Albee has died in suburban New York City at age 88.
PHOENIX (AP) - A former spokeswoman says Arizona's first female governor, Rose Mofford, has died at age 94.
The grand dame of daytime television drama, Agnes Nixon liked to say that "everyone's life is a soap opera." For proof, she offered up her own.