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 Trustee of First Free Will Baptist Church, Ely Road. He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Jean Sweatt and later by Jane Epperson Sweatt. He was also preceded in death by his son, Kelvin Sweatt. Survivors include daughter, Shelah Sweatt and son-in-law, Joe Viola; daughter and son-in-law Amber and C.B. Bitton; grandsons, Bryson Sweatt and Jacob Sweatt ; granddaughters, Tessa Viola, Rebekah and Baylee Bitton; daughter-in-law, Jolene Gray-Sweatt. Funeral services are 3 p.m. Saturday at Lane Funeral Home with Pastor Pat Baze officiating. Interment is in Hamilton Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday and 1-3 p.m. Saturday at Lane Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Building Fund at First Free Will Baptist Church, Ely Road. Visit www.lanefh.com to share condolences. Arrangements by Lane Funeral Home, 601 Ashland Terrace, 877-3524.