Obits Archives

Submit an Obit

The first 50 words are free and then it is 50 cents per word. Photos are $25; double photos $35 (recent photo and photo from past). The obit daily deadline is 3 p.m. Major credit cards are accepted.

Obits must be submitted from local funeral homes. If it is an out of town funeral home, crematory, or if the body was donated, the family may submit the obituary but the newspaper must have proof of death - a letter from the institution or a death certificate, for instance.

Obits can be faxed to (423) 757-6674 or emailed to Please call (423) 757-6348 to confirm receipt and to make payment.

In Memory ads can be faxed to (423) 757-6461, emailed to or phone in at (423) 757-6200.

Local Obits for Thu. May 15, 2014

Shirley Faye Allen, 71, of Chattanooga, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, May 1, 2014, surrounded by her loving family. A Celebration of Life Service is planned for Saturday, May 17, from

Charles Ashley

Charles Ashley, 85, passed away Thursday, May 8, 2014, at his home. He was an Elder of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovahs Witnesses in Ringgold, Ga., and.retired from J.D. Helton Roofing Co. He was preceded
Ellen Shields Bivens, 86, of Chattanooga, passed away Wednesday, May 14, 2014, in a local healthcare facility. She was a member of Spring Creek Baptist Church, retired from SunTrust Bank and was a long time

Imogene Blevins

Fort payne
Imogene Jones Blevins, 80, died Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Funeral at 2 p.m. Friday, from Fort Payne Church of God. Burial in Mountain View Memory Gardens Visitation 5-8 p.m. today at the funeral
KNOXVILLEEdBorum, 60, passed away suddenly Monday, May 6, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents, Vester and Nell Borum; brother, Buck Borum; sisters, Bobbie Jean Beckett, and Joyce Woodburn; aunt, Edna Pendergrass; uncle,

Pat Bridgman

Pat Bridgman, 75, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, at her residence. She had lived most of her life in the Chattanooga and Chatsworth area and she had

Agnes Brodie

Agnes Marie Akins Brodie, 82, passed away on Tuesday, May 13, 2014. She was a lifelong resident of the Chattanooga/North Georgia area and was of the Baptist faith. Agnes was a loving mother and grandmother,
John Franklin "B.J." Bunton, Sr., 71, passed away Thursday, May 8, 2014, at his residence. He was born Nov. 21, 1942 in Tuscaloosa, Ala. John was of Baptist faith. He retired from the U.S.
James Robert Burnum, 80, passed away on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, at his home. James worked as a general labor with Atlas Co. He was of the Baptist faith. James was a member of the
Tean Dalrymple, 85, of Hixson, died from complications of COPD on Sunday, May 11, 2014. Tean was born in Geraldine, Ala., on May 27, 1928 and graduated Geraldine High School. He moved to Chattanooga in
Leroy Hart, 92, passed away on Monday, May 12, 2014, at a local healthcare facility. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lewis Hart and Sarah Hurston; brothers, B.D. Hurston and Buddy Hurston.

Ival Hill

Ival Lean Hutcheson Hill, 92, went to be with the Lord early Wednesday morning, May 14, 2014. She was an avid gardener and housewife. Mrs. Hill was a member of Bryant Free Home Holiness Church.
Jesse Cramuel Hines, 95, slept away to be with the Lord on Friday, May 9, 2014. He was born June 16, 1918 to the late Boomer and Lizzie Hines in Chattanooga. He was preceded

Susan Letner

Ten mile
Susan "Susie" Marie Letner, 43, died on Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Graveside service at 11 a.m. Friday in Roberts Cemetery, Ten Mile, with Brother Scottie Bales officiating. Visitation 6-8 p.m. today. Arrangements

Edna McCleod

Edna London McCleod, 65, of Ozark, Ala., formerly of Summerville, passed away Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Service at 1 p.m. Saturday at West Fifth Street Church of Christ with Brother J.J. Bankston and Pastor
Larry Wayne Miller, 70, of Harrison, passed away on Monday, May 12, 2014, at his home. Larry was born in Madison County, Mo., on June 16, 1943 to the late Oren Virgil and Ina Evelyn
Dustin Morrison PISGAH Dustin Allan Morrison, 22, passed away Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at his residence. Funeral at noon Saturday, May 17, at Macklin Baptist Church. Burial will follow in adjoining cemetery. Visitation from
Brenda Fay Padgett, 64, of Harrison, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, May 13, 2014. She attended the Church of The Highland. She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Trayner
Keiara Patton, 20, passed away on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 in Chattanooga, Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Ave., 622-9995.
Sybil Smith, 65, passed away on Tuesday, May 13, 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Bessie Brown; son, Marvin Smith Jr; and daughter, Stacy Smith. Survivors include her husband, Marvin
Geneva Pearl Smith, 87, went to be with her Lord on Monday, May 12, 2014. She died peacefully at Riverside Health Care Center in Covington, Ga. after a 7-year battle with dementia. She
Franklin Joseph "Joe" Stewart Jr., 55, of Chattanooga, passed away on Monday, May 12, 2014. A native of Soddy-Daisy, he worked at BlueCross BlueShield for 15 years. Joe was a Christian and served his country

Joan Tucker

Joan Ann Parrott Tucker, 71, passed away Tuesday, May 13, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Tucker; son, Troy Reichert; three brothers; and one nephew. Survivors include her sons, Steven, Danny,

Martha Vaughn

Martha Kathryn Vaughn, 84, passed away Tuesday, May 13, 2014. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister. She was a member of Glendale Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by
Harold Edward Waters, 82, of Hixson passed away at a local hospital on Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Mr. Waters was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in the Korean War in the 82nd Airborne Division.

Leila Wedgeworth

Leila Louise Wedgeworth, 71, died Sunday, May 11, 201 Funeral service is 2 p.m. Friday, May 16, 2014, at Oakhill Baptist Church. Visitation is 1 p.m. until service hour on Friday at the church.
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...
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.
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.
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.