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Local Obits for Thu. Mar 27, 2014

Nell Bryan RINGGOLD Eva Nell Dover Bryan, 60, passed away Tuesday, March 25, 2014. She was born to the late Tiney and Georgia Payne Dover in Trion, Ga., on May 14, 1953. Ms. Bryan
Barbara Sewell Christison went to be with the Lord Sunday, March 23, 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents, Milbern and Lillian Sewell; and her brother, John Sewell. Barbara is survived by her
Norma Clark Norma Raoul Clark, 84, of Lookout Mountain, died on Monday, March 24, 2014, at Erlanger Hospital. A lifelong resident of Lookout Mountain, she was preceded in death by her husband, Warren Kappner Clark;

Lilah Combs

Lilah T. Combs, 68, passed away on Tuesday, March 25, 2014. She is survived by her two daughters, Beverly Gipson and Starrlyn Taylor; four grandchildren, Tori Strickland, Jonathan Gipson, Blake Gipson, and John
Herbert "Herb" Hunt Fields, 85, passed away Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at Hamilton Memorial Hospital in Dalton. Herb received his degree in Geology at Berea, Ky. Afterwards, he worked for many years as an engineer
Phyllis "Dear" Franklin, 70, passed Saturday, March 22, 2014, at a local nursing home. She was a 1961 graduate of Howard High School. She was a licensed nail technician and owner of Little Angels Daycare.

Libby Gilley

Adah Elizabeth "Libby" Gilley, 56, went to meet her Lord and Savior Tuesday, March 25, 2014. Libby was born to the late Rev. Jimmie L. Willis and Kathleen Holbrook Willis in Moulton, Ala., on
Martha Louise Hailey, 80, of Chattanooga, died Monday, March 24, 2014. Local arrangements are by Covenant Funeral & Crematory, Crox family owned and operated,
Crystal Nicole Holland, 27, of Daisy, passed away on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. Crystal was born in Chattanooga on Nov. 16, 1986. She is survived by her son, Iziah Keith Bowers; mother, Pamela Holland; father,
Kathryne F. Jones, 83, of Hixson, entered the pearly gates to heaven with Kathy, Doris King and her sister, Mary by her side passed away on Tuesday, March 25, 2014. She retired from TVA and
Michael E. Kennard, 63, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 23, 2014. He was a member of Second Missionary Baptist Church and the Howard High Class of 1969. Survivors include his

Guy Layne Jr.

Phines Guy Layne Jr., passed away Tuesday, March 25, 2013. He was a retired employee of Sequatchie Handle Works. Guy was preceded in death by his wife, Bernice Layne; parents, Phines G. and Jenny V.

Robert Lovett

Robert Charles Lovett, 63, passed away Tuesday, March 25, 2014. He had lived in the Chattanooga and North Georgia areas for most of his life and was of the Christian faith. He was a
Pace Lula Mae Pace, 77 of Cedartown, Ga., passed on Monday, March 24, 2014. Local relatives include brother, John (Blondie) Johnson; nieces and nephew: Laneeta, Mary, Lisa, Pamela, Meka, Kevin and Millin. Funeral
June McReynolds, of Chattanooga, passed away Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at her residence. Arrangements will be announced by Taylor Funeral Home of Chattanooga Inc.

Keith Murphree

Charles Keith Murphree, 44, died Tuesday, March 22, 2014. Survivors include wife, Anna Murphree; sons, Matthew Murphree and Ben Walker Murphree; parents, Wayne and Mary Murphree; brother, David Murphree (Ivy); niece, Cari Murphree; and nephew,
Altalene "Tiny" S. Myers, 83, of Chattanooga and a former resident of Coalmont, Tenn., passed away Monday evening, March 24, 2014. Survivors include her children, Carol (Jimmy) Burnett, Chattanooga, John Michael Myers, Chattanooga, Russell (Beverly)
Doris June Nelson, 86, of Lookout Valley, passed away Tuesday, March 25, 2014. She was a housewife for many years and of the Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and

Randy Owens

Randy Gene Owens, 59, passed away Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at Erlanger. Graveside service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday. Family will receive friends from 2-3 p.m. at Price Cemetery in Fackler, Ala. Arrangements by

Johnny Peardon

South pittsburg
John Grady "Johnny" Peardon, died Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at the age of 86 at his home. The family will receive friends from 2 until 8 p.m. CDT Friday, March 28, and from 10 a.m.
Donnie T. Pendergrass, 67, of Ooltewah, was surrounded by his family as he departed this life and joined his Heavenly Father on Monday, March 24, 2014. Donnie was born on Oct. 19, 1946, in Guntersville,

Dorothy Prater

Tracy city
Dorothy E."Dot" Prater, 89, passed away Tuesday, March 25, 2014. Funeral: 2 p.m. today in the funeral home chapel with Minister Ben Curtis officiating. Burial: Plainview Cemetery. On line condolences may be made at
Wilber T. Rock departed this life Sunday, March 23, 2014, at a health care facility. Mr. Rock was the son of Rev. W.P. Rock and Evelyn Goldwire Rock. Wilber was a native of Newman, Ga.
Christopher Sharpley, 48, of Chattanooga, passed away on Friday, March 21, 2014, at a local nursing home. Arrangements will be announced by Advantage Funeral &Cremation Services Franklin-Strickland-Pinkard-Bryan-Smith Funeral Directors, 1724 McCallie Ave., Chattanooga, TN 37404.
Margaret M. Spain, 91, passed away Sunday, March 23, 2014, at her residence, surround by family. She was a longtime employee of COS, loved by all. Preceded in death by her son, Derrick (Melinda) Francis.
Terrance "Tank" Leroy Swafford, 49, of Chattanooga, passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home on Saturday, March 22, 2014. He was the son of Jimmy and Louise Swafford, who preceded him death.
Doris Carroll Tuck, 88, passed away Sunday, March 23, 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Polly Carroll; and daughter, Judy Wade Lohmann. Survivors are her children Jane (Jim) Vach, Oviedo,

Mildred Turner

Mildred Lois Turner, 95, went home to be with her Lord Tuesday March 25, 2014, at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was a member of Laager Methodist Church. She was
Timothy Dover TRION Timothy "Tim" Wayne Dover, 53, passed away Sunday, March. 23, 2014. Funeral will be at 2 p.m. today, March 27, 2014, at Coffman Funeral Home-Petitt Chapel, Summerville, Ga.
Martha P. Westburg, of Hixson, passed away on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, after a long illness. She was 91 years old. Martha was born in Eureka, S.D., and was a longtime resident of the Chattanooga
Joyce Williams, 56, passed away Wednesday, March 26, 2014, in Chattanooga. Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Ave., 622-9995.
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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.
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Thomas J. Mackell Jr., former chairman of the Richmond Federal Reserve Bank and the executive director of the Maritime Labor Alliance, has died.
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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.
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,...