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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
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Arthur L. Alarcon, who was the first Latino appointed to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, has died. He was 89.
ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - Andrew Fischer was a stock clerk earning less than $100 a week in 1963 when a doctor explained why his pregnant wife's belly had grown so...
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The founding dean of Brown University's medical school has died. Neuropathologist Dr. Stanley Aronson was 92.
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Charles Hard Townes, the co-inventor of the laser and a Nobel laureate in physics, has died. He was 99.
Charles Townes, the Columbia University physicist who transformed modern society with his invention of the maser and the laser, receiving the 1964 Nobel Prize in physics for his effort, has...
PHOENIX (AP) - Sue Clark-Johnson, a pioneering figure in the newspaper industry who served as publisher of the Arizona Republic and Reno Gazette Journal during a lengthy career at Gannett...
COVINGTON, Ind. (AP) - Former U.S. Rep. John Myers, who represented western Indiana's 7th District for three decades, has died.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Luke Martin Jr., whose father was an ex-slave and Civil War Union soldier, has died - 179 years after his father was born.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Luke Martin Jr., whose father was an ex-slave and Civil War Union soldier, has died - 179 years after his father was born.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - The Rev. Richard McBrien, a University of Notre Dame theologian known for his unabashed liberal stands on various church teachings and his popular books on...
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - The Rev. Richard McBrien, a University of Notre Dame theology professor known for his popular books on Catholicism and unabashed liberal stands on various church...
NEW YORK (AP) - Pioneering radio and TV host Joe Franklin, who gave breaks to the likes of Al Pacino and Bill Cosby on his variety show long before they...
CHICAGO (AP) - Hall of Fame slugger Ernie Banks, the two-time MVP who never lost his boundless enthusiasm for baseball despite years of playing on losing Chicago Cubs teams, died...
BOSTON (AP) - The founder of Action for Children's Television who waged a decades-long fight to improve the quality of children's programming has died. Peggy Charren was 86.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Stan Irwin, a Las Vegas producer and manager for such celebrities as Johnny Carson, has died at age 94.
NEW YORK (AP) - Prominent liberal theologian and Biblical scholar Marcus Borg has died at age 72.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Frank Mazzola, the real-life tough guy who taught James Dean how to stage an authentic-looking fight scene for the 1955 film classic "Rebel Without a Cause,"...
Wendell Ford, a former governor and U.S. senator who was the dominant figure in Democratic politics in Kentucky for 30 years, has died. He was 90.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Former Iowa and Utah head football coach Ray Nagel has died at age 87.
CHICAGO (AP) - The CEO of Tootsie Roll Industries has died at age 95.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Reies Lopez Tijerina, a champion of Chicanos' land-rights claims and the leader of a group that raided a northern New Mexico courthouse nearly 50 years ago,...
SEATTLE (AP) - Lt. Col. Edward Saylor, one of four surviving Doolittle Raiders who attacked Japan during a daring 1942 mission credited with rallying American morale during World War II,...
NEW YORK (AP) - Rod McKuen, the husky-voiced "King of Kitsch" whose music and verse recordings won him an Oscar nomination and made him one of the best-selling poets in...