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Local Obits for Mon. Jan 27, 2014


Fredrick Austin, 46, passed away on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 at a local healthcare facility. Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Avenue, 622-9995.

Jeanette Byrd

Lafayette
LaFAYETTE Jeanette Byrd, 85, passed away Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 at a local healthcare facility. She was a lifelong resident of the Noble Community and a believer in Jesus Christ. She began work at
Sheila Watts Carter, 57, of Hixson, died Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. Survived: daughter, Tara Ponders; son, Brent Ponder; sisters, Trisha Irwin, Brenda Brindle, Judy Lawson, Ruth Spencer; brothers, Ronnie, Pete, Mike, Watts. Funeral: Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral

Mary Cash

South pittsburg
Mary Gladys Decker Cash,, 90, died Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014. Visitation: today and Tuesday 1-9 p.m. CST, Rudder Funeral Home, Bridgeport, AL. Service: Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 1 p.m. CST at the funeral
Peggy Joyce Cope Christol, 81, passed away Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 in a local hospital. She was a lifelong member of Ridgedale Baptist Church. Mrs. Christol was born Dec. 29, 1932, daughter of the late
Mandy Geraldine Wooten Colbaugh, 86, of Chattanooga, died Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014. Arrangements will be announced by Covenant Funeral & Crematory, Crox family owned and operated, www.CovenantFuneral.com.
Edward Lewis Drake, Jr., 63, of Chattanooga, passed away Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014 at his residence. He was a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran and was formerly employed by the Chattanooga Times-Free Press. Survivors

Zona Edwards

Grandview
Zona Roberta Rhear Edwards, 58, died Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 at Rhea Medical Center. A lifelong resident of Rhea County, Zona was a graduate of Spring City High School. She was currently at sales associate
Mary Joanna Cherry Goodson, 61, of Chattanooga died at her residence on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014. She was a devoted and loving wife for over 29 years. Mrs. Goodson was preceded in death by her

Daniel Gouger

Whiteside
Daniel "Danny" Raymond Gouger, 58, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014. Danny was the son of the late George Harvey and Kathleen Elizabeth Gouger. He was a truck driver for many years. Survivors include
Catherine Lehman Jones Griswold, 91, of East Ridge, died Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. Arrangements will be announced by Covenant Funeral & Crematory, Crox family owned and operated, www.CovenantFuneral.com.
Debra Lynn Hedden, 52, of Soddy-Daisy, passed away peacefully at home Friday, Jan. 24, 2014. Debra was preceded in death by her father, Scottie Jefferson Hedden and is survived by her mother, Maria Arndt;
Rev. William H. "Bill" Lassiter, 77, died Saturday Jan. 25, 2014 in a Chattanooga hospital. A minister in the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church for over 30 years when he retired in 1999,
Vennie Lay, 81, passed on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 in a local health facility. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ozzie and Rita Dykes, and one sister. Survivors include daughters, Ethelyn Moore (James

Kent Layne

Gruetli-laager
Mr. Kent A. Layne, 77, passed away Saturday Jan. 25, 2014. He was a US Army veteran and a retired truck driver. He was born in Palmer, Tenn., on Sept. 2, 1936 to
Charles Raymond Lee, 69, of Chattanooga, died Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. Arrangements will be announced by Covenant Funeral & Crematory, Crox family owned and operated, www.CovenantFuneral.com.
Ruth Mariah Lehman, 94, of Chattanooga, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. She was born May 13, 1919 in Athens, Tenn., where she lived until six years of age,
Doris Jean Marshall, 67, of Chattanooga, passed away Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, in the Hospice Care Center. Graveside services 12:30 p.m. today in Chattanooga National Cemetery with Elder Freddie Hambrick as the eulogist. Arrangements are
Jimmy Lee McGlothen, 67, died in a Chattanooga hospital Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. Mr. McGlothen was a member of Ewtonville Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Gladys Seals

Ada McGuire

Summerville
Ada Katherine McGuire, 91, died Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. Surviving, children, Hershel Croy, Jimmy Croy Robert Croy, Tommy McGuire, Billy McGuire, Ethel DeBerry, Barbara Goss; brother, Fred Thompson; sister, Ailene Thompson; 20 grandchildren,

Ruby Pagel-Gentz

Rossville
Ruby Lee Pagel-Gentz, 84, passed away Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. Survivors include her son, Lawrence Pagel; three grandsons, Chris Pagel, Ryan Pagel, and Bill Pagel; three great-grandchildren; four sisters, Ida and (Dale) Burwitz, Sherma Addington

Charles Phipps

Ringgold
Charles Eugene Phipps, 76, passed away Sunday Jan. 26, 2014. A resident of the North Georgia, Chattanooga area for the past 15 years, he was a former resident of Morehead City, N.C. He was a

Kenneth Pinner

Rossville
Kenneth R. Pinner, 68, died Friday, Jan. 24, 2014. He was born Dec. 12, 1945 in Deland, Fla., son of the late Warren Lewis and Dorothy Alberta Pinner. He was preceded in death by
Arthur Martin Rawn, 60, of Chattanooga passed away Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 from complications of a chronic illness. He attended Notre Dame High School and had worked for A&M Construction and Berry Construction. He was
Linda Faye Reynolds, 71, of Soddy-Daisy, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014. She retired from J.W. Bray Company. Faye is preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Stella Bowman; son, Floyd Allen
LaVaughn Roberson of Chattanooga died Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. She was born Nov. 2, 1923 in Lawrenceburg, Tenn., daughter of Wallace and Bertha Baxter. She was preceded in death by her husband John Roberson.

Mary Rogers

Jasper
Mrs. Mary Simmons Rogers, 86, died Sunday Jan. 26, 2014 in a Chattanooga healthcare facility. Born Jan. 28, 1927 in Richard City, Tenn., the daughter of the late Roy Franklin and Martha Ellen Mayfield Simmons,
Vernon Payne Sluder, 96, of Soddy-Daisy, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. She was a member of the New Salem Baptist Church. Ms. Sluder was preceded in death by her husband, James Claude
George Rhea Smith, 77, of Red Bank, went home to be with his Heavenly Father Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. Memorial contributions may be made to Hearth Hospice, 1800 Rossville Avenue, Suite 7, Chattanooga, TN
David Spain, 49, of Pikeville, formerly of Chattanooga, died Friday, Jan. 24, 2014. Arrangements will be announced by Hamilton Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 4506 Hixson Pike. 423-531-3975
McDONALD Larry Gene Sprayberry, 71, was called home by the Lord on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. Larry was a loving son to the late Coy Benny and Annie Ruth Sprayberry, of Rome, Ga.
Barbara Stricklen, 79, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 in Chattanooga, Tenn. Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Avenue, 622-9995.
Shonney Underwood, 46, of Chattanooga, passed away Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 in a local hospital. Arrangements will be announced later by Taylor Funeral Home of Chattanooga, Inc.

Forais Walker

Dunlap
Forais Warren "Ron" Walker, 73, died at his home Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014. Mr. Walker retired from American Bakery Company in Detroit, MI after 38 years of service and was of the Baptist faith.

Eleanor Ward

South pittsburg
Eleanor Reynolds Ward, 74, passed away Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband, Grady Ward; son, Jerry Randles; parents, Dave Edward and Emma E. Kennemore Reynolds. She is survived by
Annie Lois Cureton White, 79, of Chattanooga, passed away Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 at her residence. Funeral: Today at Noon in the chapel of Taylor Funeral Home with Pastor Baron Ammons as the

In MemoryJIM COONE

Jim Garon Coone Jan. 27, 1938- June 11, 2012 This would have been your seventy-sixth birthday. We miss you very much--your gruff sense of humor, your tenderness for
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