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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

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

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

Virginia "Gency" Boatfield, 80, went to be with the Lord on Sunday May 4, 2014, in a local hospital. Condolences may be sent to 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

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. Visitation from

Jennifer Cooper

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

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

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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

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

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 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 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. Visitation from
A comedy writer and producer who spent 15 years on "The Simpsons" has died in Los Angeles after a long illness. Kevin Curran was 59.
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) - Tom Hayden, the famed 1960s anti-war activist who moved beyond his notoriety as a Chicago 8 defendant to become a California legislator, author and lecturer,...
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Lucia Perillo, an award-winning author and Pulitzer Prize finalist, has died at the age of 58.
CHICAGO (AP) - One of Chicago's earliest African-American disc jockeys, Herb Kent, has died at age 88 after a seven-decade career.
Qatari state television says the country's former ruler, Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad al-Thani, has died.
FORESTBURGH, New York (AP) - Comic Kevin Meaney, who worked the standup circuit, was a late-night TV staple and starred in the short-lived 1990s series "Uncle Buck," has died. He...
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) - Simone Schaller, an American hurdler who competed at the 1932 and 1936 Summer Games and was believed to be the oldest living Olympian, has died. She...
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.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - An original member of the pioneering Philadelphia-based soul group The Intruders has died. Robert "Big Sonny" Edwards was 74.
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.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Costume designer Janet Patterson, a four-time Oscar nominee for period films like "Bright Star," ''The Portrait of a Lady" and "The Piano," has died.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Robert A. "Bob" Hoover, a World War II fighter pilot who became an aviation legend for his skills in testing aircraft and demonstrating their capabilities in...