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HAMILTON COUNTY

Isabelle Bratcher

Isabelle Bratcher, 83, of Signal Mountain, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009.

Arrangements will be announced by the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory, & Florist.

Kenneth Burns

Kenneth R. Burns, 55, of Hixson, died Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009, at his residence surrounded by his family and friends.

A lifelong resident of Hixson, he was of the Baptist faith and was the son of the late, T.J. and Hazel Burns. He was also preceded in death by a brother, John Gilbert; two sisters, Bobbie Sims and Clara lee Burns.

Survivors include his loving family: son, Tony Burns, Hixson; three brothers, Tommy Burns, Eddie Burns and Dennis Burns, all of Chattanooga; six sisters, Betty Gayton, Billie Vickers and Gail Wagner, all of Hixson, Vivian Bray, Frances Bowman and Patricia Chauncey, all of Soddy-Daisy.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Jimmy Dunn officiating.

Interment will be in the Chattanooga National Cemetery.

Please share your thoughts and memories online at mem.com.

The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 5401 Highway 153.

Bill Carpenter

William Everett "Bill" Carpenter, 49, of Birchwood, died Sunday Feb. 22, 2009, in a local hospital.

He was born Feb. 7, 1960, in Mt. Clemmons, Mich.

Mr. Carpenter was a member of Unity Baptist Church in Sale Creek and was employed with Scenic Industries in Fort Oglethorpe, Ga.

His father, William Buck Carpenter, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife of 17 years, Cheah Carpenter; daughter, Kylee West, of Ringgold; mother, Lois Ann Johnson, of Florida; two grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the North Chapel with the Rev. Jay Reed officiating.

Interment will be at Hamilton Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 850 Fortwood Street, Chattanooga, TN 37403.

Please share your thoughts and memories at www.mem.com.

Arrangements are by the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 5401 Highway 153, Hixson.

Neil DeBord

Neil Bayless DeBord, 87, of Hixson, passed away Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009.

He was born in Pikeville, Tenn., on Jan. 3, 1922, to the late Posey H. DeBord and Amanda Bayless DeBord.

He was a WWII veteran, having served in the 475th AAA AW BN A/T. He was retired from Combustion Engineering and was a member of Central Baptist Church in Hixson.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, H.P. DeBord and Raymond DeBord, both of Pikeville, Tenn., and great-grandson, James Robert Edmonson.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Doris Mae DeBord, of Hixson; sister, Louise DeBord Cobble, of Pikeville; sons, Ronnie N. DeBord and wife, Connie, of Hixson, Timothy J. DeBord and wife, Edie, of London, Ky.; daughter, Jean Dunham and husband, Wayne, of Charlotte, N.C.; grandchildren, Robbie Livingston, Norman DeBord, Tammy Messengale, Rhonda Dobbs, T.J. Dobbs, Caroline DeBord, and Joshua DeBord; great-grandchildren, B.J. Daughtrey, April Wright, Jake Livingston, Noah Livingston, Brianna Dobbs, and Haley Dobbs.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home chapel with Brother Joe Guthrie officiating.

Interment will follow the service at John M. Hixson Cemetery.

Family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Condolences and memories may be shared at www.williamsonandsons.com.

Arrangements are by Williamson & Sons Funeral Home, 8852 Dayton Pike, Soddy-Daisy, TN. 37379.

Gertrude Edgerton

Gertrude Irene Birk Edgerton passed away Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009.

She was the daughter of Selma and George Oliver Birk; Her dad a rancher and WWI veteran, her mom a school teacher. Trudy was born in the Dominican Republic Sept. 21, 1926, she completed grade school at the company school there before moving with her mom to Arcadia, Fla., to attend high school. In Arcadia she met Aviation Cadet Richard Edgerton in June 1943. At war's end she left her sophomore class at Florida Southern College and married Richard at the Air Corps Base in San Antonio, Texas Dec. 22, 1945. Following separation from the armed forces in 1946, Trudy followed Richard for 21 years in the Tropics and four years at the University of Florida where she worked full time to replace the G.I. Bill. From 1972 to 1983 she stayed with him in San Francisco; then in retirement they settled in the Chattanooga area where she again followed him on volunteer projects to Cairo, Alexandria, Uruguay and Sri Lanka.

Besides her grieving husband, this devout Christian, wonderful Mother, loving wife and great cook leaves behind a brother George, in Minnesota; daughters Cheryl Baker, of Chattanooga, Frances Curran, of Peachtree City, Ga. She leaves son, Richard G. Edgerton Jr., of Flintstone, Ga., and adopted son Augusto. She leaves one granddaughter; five grandsons; two great-grandsons; and two great-granddaughters.

In lieu of flowers, we pray that friends will contribute their token either to their favorite charity, or to Lookout Mountain Methodist Church at 1300 Lula Lake Road, Lookout Mountain, GA 30750.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Chattanooga National Cemetery with Dr. Tom Deaton and Rev. Heidi Bender officiating.

The funeral procession to National Cemetery will depart from the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Please share your thoughts and condolences at www.mem.com.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 404 S. Moore Road.

Laura Ford

Laura Ford, 81, of Chattanooga, died on Friday, Feb. 20, 2009.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Billy Dean and the Rev. Jimmy Carl Ball officiating.

Interment will be in the Chattanooga National Cemetery.

To send condolences, please visit their guestbook at www.lane-coulterchapel.com.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. today and Tuesday at the Coulter Chapel of Lane Funeral Home, 601 Ashland Terrace.

Leonard Grider

Leonard H. Grider, 92, of Chattanooga, died Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009, at his home with family and friends.

An East Brainerd resident for over 67 years, he was retired from Chattanooga Boiler and Tank with over 50 years service and was a member of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers.

Most of all, Leonard was a faithful Christian for over 67 years. He was a member of East Ridge Church of Christ and truly loved the Lord and the Lord's church.

Leonard was preceded in death by his loving wife of over 50 years, Alice Grider; and his son, Richard Howard Grider.

Surviving are son and daughter-in-law, Bobby and Patricia Grider, of East Brainerd; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at East Ridge Church of Christ with Minister James Watkins officiating.

The body will lie in state at the church building for one hour before the service.

Interment will follow in Lakewood Memory Gardens, East.

The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to the Mission Fund of East Ridge Church of Christ, 951 McBrien Road, Chattanooga TN 37412.

Turner Funeral Home, Highway 58 Chapel, is in charge of arrangements, 622-3171.

Naomi Griffith

Naomi Cagle Griffith, 69, passed away Friday, Feb. 20, 2009, at her home.

She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and was preceded in death by her husband, James Griffith and son, Larry Wayne Griffith.

She is survived by her son, James William Griffith, Chattanooga; daughters, Kathy French, Red Bank, Janet Waatti, Red Bank, Angel Headrick, Chattanooga, Peggy Griffith, Chattanooga; sister, Ruth Freeman, Whitwell; brothers, Larry Cagle, Chattanooga, Jimmy Cagle, Whitwell, Bob Cagle, Chattanooga; 14 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. today at Heritage Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jim Merciers officiating.

Interment will follow in Hamilton Memorial Gardens with Jason Davis, Jamo Griffith, Jonathan Griffith, Zack Griffith, Joshua Griffith, Patrick Hitchcock and John Hitchcock serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Derrick Smith, Jared Scoggins, and Eric Cagle.

Visit www.heritagefh.com to view the memorial tribute and share condolences.

Arrangements are by Heritage Funeral Home, 7454 East Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421.

James Gurley

James H. Gurley, 48, died Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009, at a local health care facility.

Arrangements are by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Ave., 622-9995.

Jackie Harris

Jackie Marie Harris, 54, of Birchwood, died Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009.

Arrangements will be announced by Covenant Funeral & Cremation Service, Crox family owned and operated, www.CovenantFuneral.com.

Ernest Hausler Jr.

Ernest Martin Hausler Jr., 86, of Signal Mountain, passed away Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009, in a local hospital.

He was born Aug. 25, 1922, in Chicago, Ill., and was a 1946 graduate of the University of Illinois as well as drum major for the marching band.

Mr. Hausler was a United States Navy Veteran, serving during World War II and was retired from Mobil Oil Company after 35 years of service. He was a member of the Signal Mountain Golf and Country Club.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Nancy Hausler; three sons, Joel (Gina) Hausler, of Beech Grove, Tenn.; Paul (Kelley) Hausler, of Chattanooga; Andrew (Sandy) Hausler, of Signal Mountain; five grandchildren, Sam, Sarah, Max, Elizabeth and Hadyn Hausler.

The family will receive friends from 9-11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Private burial will be held at Chattanooga National Cemetery.

Special thanks to Hospice of Chattanooga and the staff at The Terrace for their professional care for our loved one.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a favorite charity.

Arrangements are by the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 5401 Highway 153, Hixson.

Please share your thoughts and memories at www.mem.com.

Dr. Ethem Kuzucu

Dr. Ethem Yildirim Kuzucu, a prominent anesthesiologist in Chattanooga for many years, passed away Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009, at his home surrounded by loved ones.

Dr. Kuzucu was an anesthesiologist at Parkridge Hospital from 1971 to 1986, serving as chief of anesthesiology from 1971 to 1975. He worked part-time as a staff anesthesiologist at Erlanger Medical Center between 1988 and 1996.

He was a Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology, a Fellow of the American College of Anesthesiologists, and a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians. He also was a member of the American Medical Association and American Society of Anesthesiologists.

Born in Akhisar, Turkey, in 1930 to Refik and Mufide Kuzucu, he came to the United States in 1958 after receiving his medical degree from the Medical School of Istanbul University.

Dr. Kuzucu completed his anesthesiology residency at Yale University Medical Center in 1963. He was assistant professor of anesthesiology at M.D. Anderson Hospital and University of Texas Dental School from 1963 to 1965. He served as chief of anesthesiology at the Guthrie Clinic in Sayre, Pa., and director of the residency program and the School for Nurse Anesthesia at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre from 1965 to 1969.

He was associate chief anesthesiologist at Baltimore City Hospital and assistant professor of anesthesiology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore from 1969 to 1970. He served as associate director of anesthesiology at St. Mary's Hospital in Waterbury, Conn., from 1970 to 1971.

Dr. Kuzucu authored articles in numerous medical publications and presented papers and scientific exhibits at several medical meetings and symposia.

He received his MBA from UTC in 1979.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara; children, Melody Lyew, Parkland, Fla., Melinda Foster, Bristol, Va., Melissa Vickers, Scottsboro, Ala., and Dr. Mark Kuzucu, Boca Raton, Fla.; sister, Necla Aka, Istanbul, Turkey; six grandsons; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. today at Wann Funeral Home. The funeral and burial will be private.

Honorary pallbearers will be sons-in-law, Richard Lyew, J. Todd Foster, and Micheal Vickers; brothers-in-law, Mike Laurendine and Charlie Dickas; and nephew, Chas Dickas.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or the American Cancer Society.

Martha Pace

Martha Alyne Pace, 89, of Apison, passed away Friday, Feb. 20, 2009, in a local health care facility.

She was a member of the Ooltewah Seventh-day Adventist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Annie Miller; and husband, Frank Pace.

She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Smith and husband Ron, Apison; son, Bob Pace and wife, Judy, Apison; and four grandchildren, Chad Pace, Jessica Brunson, Randy Smith, and Roger Smith.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Heritage Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Mike Pettengill and Pastor Fernando Verduzco officiating.

Interment will follow in Collegedale Cemetery with Chad Pace, Roger Smith, Randy Smith, Jerry Higdon, John Reinoelh, and Matt Brunson, serving as pallbearers.

Visit www.heritagefh.com to view the memorial tribute and share condolences.

The family will receive friends 4-9 p.m. today at Heritage Funeral Home, 7454 East Brainerd Road.

Frederick Rickman

Frederick Patton Rickman, 74, of Chattanooga, passed away Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009, at his residence.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and retired from INCO.

Survivors: wife, Olrena Ann Rickman; son, Darrell Rickman, of Flowery Branch, Ga.; daughters, Nancy Stafford and Sandra Powell, both of Pensacola, Fla.; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Chattanooga National Cemetery with the Rev. Sherry Boles officiating.

Arrangements by Taylor Funeral Home of Chattanooga Inc.

Charlene Robertson

Treva Charlene Robertson, 71, of Collegedale, passed away Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009, at her home.

She was born July 2, 1937, in Hudsonville, Mich., to Vettie and Edna VanAllen. Devoted wife and mother of five, she was a member of the Collegedale Seventh-day Adventist Church where she had served as Head Deaconess, was on the church board, and had served on the Samaritan Center Board. She obtained her Masters Degree in Nursing and spent a number of years teaching in the nursing department of Southern Adventist University. She had served as Executive V.P. for nursing at Memorial Hospital. She was a member of the National League of Nursing Accreditation Commission Board and had been president of District 4 Tennessee Nurses Association. She became a friend and mentor to her students, many of whom she retained as lifelong friends. Charlene continued to care for people as an administrator, a work she continued until her retirement.

She had a kindness and grace that touched everyone she met. The world will be a less elegant and less beautiful place without her. She will be forever missed and remembered.

She is survived by her loving husband, Charles Robertson, Collegedale; daughters, Cheryl Sears, Nashville; Lisa Robertson, Westchester, Pa.; Kimberly Ann Johnson, Isle of Palms, S.C.; sons, Terry Allen Robertson, Bellingham, Wash., Daniel Todd Robertson M.D., Lake Tahoe, Calif.; brother, Murlin VanAllen, Ramona, Calif.; sisters, Vesta McCart, Paradise, Calif.,, Zelda Christen, Naperville, Ill., Beverly Huff, Allegan, Mich.; and four grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Collegedale Seventh-day Adventist Church with Pastor Ed Wright, Pastor John Nixon, Pastor Wolfe Jedamski, and Pastor Paul Smith officiating.

Interment will follow in Collegedale Cemetery.

Visit www.heritagefh.com to view the memorial tribute and share condolences.

In lieu of flowers, she has asked that donations be made to The Samaritan Center, Lee Highway, Ooltewah, TN 37363, or SAU Nursing Dept., 4881 Taylor Circle, Collegedale, TN 37315.

The family will receive friends 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Heritage Funeral Home, 7454 East Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421.

Melody Rowland

Melody Turner Rowland, 95, of Chattanooga, died Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. today at White Oak United Methodist Church with the Rev. Amy Cook officiating.

Interment will follow in Hamilton Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Chattanooga, 4411 Oakwood Drive, Chattanooga, TN 37416, or White Oak United Methodist Church, 2232 Lyndon Ave., Red Bank, TN 37415.

Visitation one hour prior to the service today at White Oak United Methodist Church.

Visit our guestbook at www.lane-coulterchapel.com to send condolences.

Arrangements by the Coulter Chapel of Lane Funeral Home, 601 Ashland Terrace.

Gerald Toney

Gerald Demetric Toney, 7, of Chattanooga, passed away Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009, in a local hospital.

Arrangements will be announced later by Taylor Funeral Home of Chattanooga Inc.

James Trotter

James A. Trotter, 79, of Chattanooga, died Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009, in a local hospital.

There will be no services or visitation. The body has been cremated.

Arrangements are by the Valley View Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 7414 Old Lee Highway.

Bill Umphrey Jr.

William F. "Bill" Umphrey Jr., 69, of Hixson, died Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009.

Bill was born in Big Rapids, Mich., on Nov. 9, 1939, graduated from Ottowa Hills High School in Grand Rapids, Mich. in 1938 and attended Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich.

He served in the U.S. Navy from January 1962 through June 1965. Bill was a retired insurance executive and had lived in Chattanooga area for 23 years at the time of his passing.

Bill was a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William F. Umphrey Sr. and Jean W. Umphrey; step-daughter, Debra K. Satterfield and a granddaughter, Kimberlee M. Johnson.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce L. Umphrey, Hixson; daughters, Amy Jo (Norm) Amend, Roswell, Ga., Katie A. (Ken) White, Gurnee, Ill. and Susan L. (Nick) Russo, Cumming, Ga.; step-children, William David Satterfield, Hixson, Kimberly L. (Tim) Ponder, Rosalie, Ala., Christopher M. (Michelle) Satterfield, Wyoming, Mich., and Tiffany L. Satterfield, Hixson; brothers, James E. (Corrine) Umphrey, M.D., Grand Rapids, Mich., Michael D. (Martha) Umphrey, West Bloomfield, Mich. and Patrick B. (Doris) Umphrey, Ada, Mich.; grandchildren, Andrew White, Van Amend, Brittany Ponder, Kristi Green, Brandon Ponder, Morgan Satterfield, Chandler Satterfield and Will Satterfield and great-grandchild, Carter Thurmond.

A graveside service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, at the Chattanooga National Cemetery with military honors.

The family suggests memorial contributions in Bill's memory be made to the American Lung Association Headquarters, 1301 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20004.

The family will always remember the unconditional love and joy that Bill gave them over all these years. He will forever be in their hearts.

To send condolences, please visit their guestbook at www.lane-coulterchapel.com.

Arrangements are by the Coulter Chapel of Lane Funeral Home, 601 Ashland Terrace, Chattanooga, TN 37415, (423)877-3524.

TENNESSEE

Carl Best

DAYTON -- Carl Nelson Best, 92, died Friday, Feb. 20, 2009, at Ben Atchley State Veterans Home.

He was a retired chief in the U.S. Navy, and a member of Pearl Harbor Fleet Reserve Organization, a mason, and a member of New Bethel United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by wife, Lema Jewel Best; parents, Odist and Tiza Bottomlee Best; brother, James Best; sister, Emily Blackburn.

Survivors include two half brothers, Bill Best, Buda, Texas and Harold Best, Pace, Fla.; several nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral service at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009, at Chattanooga National Cemetery with the Rev. J. Glenn Moseley officiating.

Arrangements by Coulter Garrison Funeral Home Inc., Dayton.

Velma Cagle

PALMER- Velma Ann Cagle, 86, died Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009.

She was born in Overton County on Nov. 22, 1922, to Haze and Millie Melton Green who preceded her in death along with her husband, Dexter Cagle; brothers, Jody and George Green; sisters, Della Turner, Vella Nolan, Dora Yell, Stella Layne and Delia Green.

She is survived by her son, Larry Cagle; daughters, Yvonne Hogan and Cathy Smartt; grandson, Danny Smartt.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. today in the funeral home chapel with Brother Cecil Walker and Brother James Louellan officiating.

Burial to follow in the Browns Chapel chapel.

Arrangements by Layne Funeral Home, Palmer.

Bobby Cantrell

McDONALD -- Robert Anthony Cantrell, 24, died Friday, Feb. 20, 2009.

Bobby was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Mary Cantrell.

Surviving are his daughter, Alexia Cantrell; parents, Charles and Dora Cantrell; brothers, Tommy Cantrell, Charlie Cantrell Jr., Jacob Cantrell; paternal grandfather, Winford Cantrell; maternal grandparents, James and Ruth McKinney; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Highway 58 Chapel of Turner Funeral Home, the Rev. Jim Caywood officiating.

Interment will follow in Lee Cemetery.

The family will receive friends 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Turner Funeral Home, Highway 58 Chapel, is in charge of arrangements, 622-3171.

Jimmy Johnson

DUNLAP -- Jimmy James Johnson, 53, died Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse James and Savannah Jane Lockhart Johnson; and grandparents, David and Annie Johnson and Howard and Irene Lockhart.

Survivors include his sisters, Diane Ake, South Pittsburg, Georgia Bell Hagan, South Pittsburg, Betty Louallen, Dunlap, and Marie Thornburg, Pikeville; brother, Jesse Howard Johnson, Dunlap; aunts, Irene Narramore and Sara Smith, Dunlap; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. CST Wednesday, Feb. 25, in the Ewton Funeral Home Chapel.

Burial in Dill Cemetery, Brockdell Mountain, Tenn.

Visitation 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. today and 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Tuesday.

View online guestbook at www.ewtonfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Ewton Funeral Home, 6936 Highway 28, Dunlap, TN 37327, (423)949-2112.

Chase McNelley

BENTON -- Chase McNelley, 24, of Benton, died Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009, at Vanderbilt Medical Center, in Nashville.

Funeral service 8 p.m. today, Feb. 23, South Chapel.

Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. prior to service.

Committal service 10a.m. Brock Cemetery.

Bordwine Funeral Home of Etowah in charge of arrangements.

Rena Myers

PIKEVILLE -- Rena Myers, 84, died Sunday morning, Feb. 22, 2009, at Erlanger Hospital.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred J. Myers; parents, Arthur and Emma Prater.

She is survived by two daughters, Judy Fugate, Pikeville and Nelda (Paul) Keener, Dunlap; two sons, Alfred (Virginia) Myers, Dunlap and Sammy (Lisa) Myers, Jasper; 11 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Effie Davis and Christine King, both of Dunlap and Nora Blaylock, Hollywood, Fla.; brother, Landon Prater, Pikeville; several nieces and nephews; special friends, Vivian Webb and Diane Holland.

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. CST Tuesday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Danny Lee and the Rev. David Rogers officiating.

Burial will be in the Cagle Cemetery.

Online condolences may be made at www.reedfamilyfh.com.

The family will receive friends from 3-9 p.m. CST today.

Arrangements by Putnam-Reed Funeral Home, Pikeville.

Edward Pierce

DUNLAP -- W. Edward "Ed" Pierce Jr., 70, died unexpected Saturday morning , Feb. 22, 2009, of congestive heart failure at his farm in Dunlap.

He was born on July 23, 1938, in Chickamauga, Ga., and grew up on a farm. In 1956, he graduated from Gordon Lee High School, where he played on the football and baseball teams and was also a member of L-Club and was elected to Who's Who. Following graduation, he began work for Combustion Engineering in Chattanooga and played for the company's softball team, which made it to the World Softball Tournament for four consecutive years beginning in 1959 and in 1961, was the runner-up in the tournament. In 1962, he began working at the Mueller Company, where he became involved in IAM&AW labor affairs. In 1974, he was elected as Directing Business Representative of Local Lodge 56 in Chattanooga and in 1983, was assigned to set up and direct all the TVA locals in Tennessee and Kentucky, in which position he served until 1986. In 1986, he became a Grand Lodge Representative for the Southeast, and in 2005, until his retirement in June 2006, he served as President of the Trades and Labor Council for employees of TVA.

Upon retirement, Ed devoted this time to his large family and working on his farm in Sequatchie County outside Dunlap, which he raised Black Angus cattle.

Mr. Pierce was preceded in death by his parents, Willis Edwin and Ludie Mae Pierce and three sisters, Evelyn Pierce Wade, Thelma Pierce Achey and Betty Pierce Hamlin.

Survivors are one son, Edward Pierce; three daughters, Sylvia Lenore Smith, Newport, Ark. and Selena Rene and Donna Lynne Pierce, both of Chattanooga; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home chapel.

Interment in Tennessee-Georgia Memorial Park.

Visit www.heritagefh.com to view memorial tribute and share condolences.

The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at Heritage Funeral Home & Crematory, Battlefield Parkway.

Reba Jo Walker

DAYTON -- Reba Jo Walker, 75, died Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009, at her home from ovarian cancer.

She was born April 30, 1933, in Dayton. She was a wonderful sister, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was married to Edwin Eugene Walker on June 10, 1950, for a loving 50 years, prior to his passing on June 13, 2000.

Mrs. Walker and her husband, Edwin, were avid bowlers all of their marriage. Mrs. Walker was a believer and follower of the Lord Jesus Christ and was a member of New Union Baptist Church in Dayton. She was a woman of strong faith, love, and compassion. She deeply enjoyed the blessings of marriage, family, and faith. She was enthusiastic and energetic about life all of her blessed days.

Mrs. Walker was preceded in death by her parents, Jesse Wheeler and Agnes Smith; husband, Edwin Eugene Walker; son, Steven Eugene Walker; brother, John Smith; and sister, Rose Hood.

Survivors include her daughter, Janice (Tim) Revis, of Dayton; son, Sam (Geri) Walker, of Dayton; six brothers, Ray (Sandra) Smith, Tom (Shirley) Smith, Bob Smith, Bill Smith, Jerry Smith, and Mike (Gwen) Smith, all of Dayton; three sisters, Helen (John) Ballard, of Dayton, Barbara (David) Howard, of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Kay (Connie Mack) Newberry, of Graysville, Tenn.; three grandchildren, Josh (Carrie) Revis, of Soddy-Daisy, Tenn., Trent (Emily) Walker, of Indianapolis, Ind., and Shane Walker, of Red Bank, Tenn.; one great-grandchild, Saylor Raine Revis; and many, many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday in the chapel of Coulter-Garrison Funeral Home with Dr. Danny Ruehling officiating.

Interment in Rhea Memory Gardens.

Visitation 5-9 p.m. today.

Arrangements by Coulter-Garrison Funeral Home Inc., Dayton.

GEORGIA

Joseph Thompson

FLINTSTONE -- Joseph "Big Joe" Thompson, 43, passed away Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009, at his residence.

Joe was a lifelong resident of the North Georgia area and was a welder by trade.

Survivors include his daughter, Jessica Thompson, of Flintstone; parents, Richard and Tona Thompson, of Chickamauga, Ga., and Jamestown, Tenn.; sister, Karen Thompson, of Chickamauga; and niece, Jade Millard, of Chickamauga.

Condolences may be sent to www.lane-southcrestchapel.com.

Funeral services were held Sunday at 3 p.m. in the South Crest Chapel with Tommy Huskey officiating.

The family received friends Sunday from 1-3 p.m. at the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home and Crematory, Rossville.

Lige Wooten

TRENTON -- Lige Junior Wooten , 69, died Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009.

Mr. Wooten owned and operated JR's Fruit market for many years and dealt in produce prior to that. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during the Vietnam era. He was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lige and Lillie Mae McElhaney Wooten Sr., and brother, Riley Wooten.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Gass Wooten, of Trenton, Ga..; one daughter, Regina Wooten (Michael) Cloud, Trenton; one son, Greg (Christy) Wooten, Trenton; three grandsons, Landon and Logan Cloud and Samuel Wooten; two step- grandsons, Shane and Heath Cloud; step-granddaughter, Sonny Anderson; four sisters, Clara Hicks, Lookout Valley, Margaret "Tootsie" Floyd, Trenton, Edith White, Sulphur Springs, Ala., Shirley Cope, Trenton; four brothers, Walter Wooten and Kenneth Wooten, both of Trenton, Earl Wooten, Bryant, Ala., Leroy Wooten, Wildwood, Ga.; also several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. EST Tuesday in the Ryan Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Billy Wallace and the Rev. Darren Rogers officiating.

Interment will be in Brown's Gap Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. today. Arrangements are by Ryan Funeral Home, Trenton.

ALABAMA

Bill Chester

RAINSVILLE -- Bill Chester, 83, died Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009, at Crossville Health and Rehab.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. CST Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009, from Rainsville Funeral Hope Chapel.

Burial will follow in Unity Cemetery with Rainsville Funeral Home directing. www.rainsvillefuneralhome.com.

Gearldine Howard

GERALDINE -- Gearldine Howard, 87, died Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009, at Collinsville Health and Rehab.

Graveside services will be held at 4 p.m. CST today Feb. 23, 2009, from Green's Chapel Cemetery.

Burial to follow in Green's Chapel Cemetery.

Arrangements by Rainsville Funeral Home. www.rainsvillefuneralhome.com.

Pearlie Love

IDER -- Pearlie Love, 92, passed away Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009, in Dade Health and Rehab.

Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009, from W. T. Wilson Funeral Chapel.

Burial will follow in Trinity Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. today.

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