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Local Obits for Sat. May 24, 2014

Mitchell "Mitch" Beard, of Ringgold, Ga., passed away Thursday, May 22, 2014, from injuries he received in a motorcycle accident. He was 24 years old. A longtime resident of the Chattanooga area, Mitch was
Melissa Anne Vaught Belcher, 40 passed away on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at her residence. Survivors include her mother, Dianne (Dale) Dodson, of Chattanooga; father, Wayne (Sandra) Vaught, of Nashville; children, Tyler, Trevor and
Eugene Borden, 92, of Chattanooga, passed away Thursday, May 22, 2014. A lifelong resident of the Chattanooga area, he was a Veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corp serving in W.W. II. He was
David Spencer Charlesworth passed from this world and went home on Sunday, May 18, 2014. He will be truly missed by family and friends. David was kind hearted and always had a smile for everyone.

Duane Ezell

Spring city
William Duane Ezell, 55, died Thursday, May 22, 2014, at his home. A lifetime resident of Spring City, Duane was the son of the late William Hubert "Bulldog" and Viola Miller Ezell. He was a

Julian Fricks

Julian M. Fricks, 84, passed away Thursday, May 22, 2014, at a local health care facility. Funeral services will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at Fort Oglethorpe United Methodist Church

Thomas Hall

Thomas E. "Tommy" Hall, 69, passed away Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at his residence. Thomas was a member of Gateway Baptist Church in Rossville. He retired from APAC Midmouth after 44 years. He was preceded
Helen Boyd Womack Heffington, 94, born April 29, 1920, "Nanny" known by many earned her heavenly reward Wednesday, May 21, 2014. She lived a long wonderful life and was a kind spirit to everyone who
Barbara Mathews "Snooks" Holley, of Lookout Mountain, died on Friday, May 23, 2014. She was born in Baltimore, Md., moved to Atlanta as a young girl then came to Lookout Mountain where she graduated from

Myrtle Holloway

Myrtle Mae Adams Holloway, 70, passed away Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at a local healthcare. She was a life member of Shiloh Baptist Church, employed with the Catoosa County School System, a member of the

E. W. Layne

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Layne, 82, died Thursday, May 22, 2014, at his home with his family close by his side. He was a U.S. Army Veteran, cattle farmer and road construction Foreman in South America. He served on
Lila Lee Loomis, 66, of Chattanooga, passed away Monday, April 21, 2014. She was a member of Living Church of God. She was born in Flint, Mich. Lila was a dental hygienist for the Hamilton

William Lynn

Tunnel hill
William F. Lynn, 81, passed away Thursday, May 22, 2014. William served his country in the U.S. Army serving two years in Korea. He enjoyed fishing, gardening and being outdoors. He was preceded in
Georgia Ellen Pendergrass, 68, died Thursday, May 22, 2014, in a Chattanooga hospital. She was a member of the Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her parents, G.C. Powell and Betty
Marlon L. Ricks, 45, of Chattanooga (Baptist faith), passed away Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Gold Star Health Care Center in Inglewood, Calif. Funeral: at noon today in the chapel of Taylor Funeral Home with

Helen Rockholt

Helen Jeanette Rockholt, 82, died on Thursday, May 22, 2014. She was a member of the Decatur United Methodist Church. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. today in the Decatur Cemetery.

Gene Sechler

Gene L. Sechler, 76, passed away on Friday, May 23, 2014, in a local health care facility. Funeral services will be held at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, in the South Crest Chapel with Pastor

Mary Smartt

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Mary Van Voorhis Smartt, 88, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at home, surrounded by her loving and grateful family. Born on a farm in Worcester, N.Y., Mary was the daughter of Lloyd
Daniel James Strozak, 83, passed away on Sunday, May 18, 2014, at Erlanger Medical Center Dan was owner and operator of Cleveland Communications and Electric Inc. He retired from Duracell in Cleveland, Tenn.. Dan
Ernest L. "Buddy" Sweatt, 80, of Hixson, passed away Monday, May 19, 2014. Funeral services are 3 p.m. today at Lane Funeral Home, Ashland Terrace with Pastor Pat Baze officiating. Interment is in Hamilton Memorial
Sept. 3, 1970-May 24, 2011 Its been three years since she passed away. Sadly missed but never forgotten by Husband George, Son Nicholas, family and friends.


Sadly missed by Son, Don, and Daughter, Peggy
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.