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Local Obits for Thu. May 22, 2014

Martha Aikens

Martha Ann May Aikens, 74, passed away Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at Starr Regional Medical Center of Athens. Memorial service will be 7 p.m. Friday in the chapel. Receive friends 5-7 p.m. Friday at the
Melissa Ann Vaught Belcher 40, passed away on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. Arrangements are incomplete have been entrusted to Advantage Funeral Cremation Services Franklin-Strickland-Pinkard-Bryan-Smith Funeral Directors, 1724 McCallie Ave., 423-265-4414.
Bobby R. "Boo" Carlisle passed away Monday, May 19, 2014, due to complications following surgery. He was 59. He was a fine friend, son, brother and uncle. Born in Chicago, Ill., his family moved to
Kathy Davis Carter, 62, of Chattanooga, passed away Wednesday, May 21, 2014, in a local hospital. She was a member of East Ridge Baptist Church and attended Christ United Methodist Church. Kathy was a graduate
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.

Ann Derryberry

Delorise "Ann" Derryberry, 60, passed away Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at her home surrounded by her family. Condolences may be sent to The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until 7

James Edgeworth

LaFAYETTE James Lee Edgeworth, 58, died Tuesday, May 20, 2014. Memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. today, May 22, at Mason Funeral Home Chapel. There will be a gathering of family and
Justin Lee Elrod, 28, of Chattanooga, passed away Friday, May 16, 2014. He was born on July 6, 1985 to Malcom and Judith Elrod. Justin loved to play the guitar, Facebook and hangout with
Alton Ford, 38, passed away on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at a local hospital. Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Avenue, 622-9995.
Kirk Hamilton Hall, 72, Sale Creek, passed away Friday, May 16, 2014. Preceded in death by mother and father. He is survived by son, Kirk Brian (Melissa) Hall; daughter, Sherri (David) Weber; and brothers, Carter

Clara Hughes

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Clara Nell Hughes died on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. She was a member of Comminity Baptist Church and was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Derrill Hughes. She is survived by a daughter, Sherrie
Peggy Markum Peggy Joyce Von Schaaf Markum, 84, of Hixson, passed away on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. She was a lifelong resident of the Chattanooga area. Peggy retired from and was a faithful member
Willie Johnson, 87, passed away on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 in Chattanooga. Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Avenue, 622-9995.
Charles Beckham Linder, 84, of Snellville, Ga., went to be with the Lord Thursday, May 15, 2014, at East Side Medical Center in Snellville. He was born in Louisville, Ky., on April 26, 1930. A
Barbara Sue Miller, 59, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. She was born in Jackson County, Ala., but had lived in the Chattanooga area for most of

James Mitchell

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James "Buddy" Wayman Mitchell, born Nov. 4,1932, in McMinnville, Tenn., died Tuesday, May 20, 2014. He was a 1951 graduate of Bledsoe County High School and an Air Force Veteran of the Korean War. Buddy
John Agnue Montgomery, 63, died Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at Erlanger. John was born in Dayton. He was a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army during Vietnam and Desert Storm. He was a janitor at
Don Strong FORT OGLETHORPE Donald Edward "Don" Strong, 71, went home to be with the Lord Tuesday May 20, 2014 surrounded by his loving family. Mr. Strong has been a resident of Fort Oglethorpe

Juanita Painter

Juanita Davis Painter, long-time resident of Rossville and widow of Superior Court Judge Paul W. "Johnny" Painter, died on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. Born on April 8, 1919 in Murray County, Ga., she was the

Stephanie Potts

Stephanie Brooke Blansit Potts, 32, formerly of Dalton, passed away Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at her residence. She was preceded in death by her mother, Jenny Bolin Blansit. Brooke loved and was dedicated to her
Robert Tommie Sibert, 74, passed away on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at Marshall Medical Center North. Funeral is at 2 p.m. Friday, May 23, from the W.T. Wilson Funeral Chapel. Burial in Salem Church Cemetery.
Charles Smalling, 83, of Chattanooga, passed away Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Arrangements will be announced by Lane Funeral Home, Ashland Terrace, 877-3524.
Ernest L. "Buddy" Sweatt, 80, of Hixson, passed away Monday, May 19, 2014. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in Korea and retired from Ravenscroft Apartments. He was a charter member and

Barbra Voshell

Barbra Jo Voshell, 80, died Tuesday, May 20, 2014, in a local hospital. She was a resident of the North Georgia area for the past 46 years, having moved here from Smyrna, Del. She

Thomas Warner

Thomas "Tommy" Charles Warner, 40, passed away on Sunday, May 18, 2014. Tommy was a lifelong resident of Flintstone and a member of Calvary church of God. Tommy retired in 2010 from I.B.E.W.


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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - An original member of the pioneering Philadelphia-based soul group The Intruders has died. Robert "Big Sonny" Edwards was 74.
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.
The grand dame of daytime television drama, Agnes Nixon liked to say that "everyone's life is a soap opera." For proof, she offered up her own.
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.