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HAMILTON COUNTY

Ellen Baker

Ellen D. Baker, 84, of Chattanooga, passed away Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009.

She was born in Atlanta and had lived in Chattanooga for 44 years. She was a longtime member of Hixson United Methodist Church, where she was very active.

Mrs. Baker was preceded in death by her husband, Robert "Bob" Baker; her son, Robert Craig Baker; her parents, Horace Robert and Lucy Blackwood Donald; and a sister, Carrie Elizabeth Williamson.

Survivors are a son, Donald "Scott" Baker; a daughter and son-in-law, Suzanne Elizabeth and Walter Gervais; a granddaughter, Stacey Leigh Walker; and a great-granddaughter, Kayla Elizabeth Walker, all of Chattanooga.

Graveside services will be held 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Chattanooga National Cemetery with the Rev. Randy Martin officiating.

There will be no visitation at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hixson United Methodist Church.

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

Arrangements are by the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home.

Michael Benford

Michael Dewayne "Bobby" "Chop-Chop" Benford, 52, of Chattanooga, passed away Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008, in the Alvin C. York VA Medical Center in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Mary Sherrill.

Survivors: son, Marcus B. Benford; seven grandchildren, Keaira, Marcus Jr., LaDarius, Kya, Kiana, Demetrius and Kara; mother, Marian Sherrill Benford, all of Chattanooga; brothers, Walter (Calamity) Benford Jr., of Dayton, Ohio, Jerry (Annette) Benford and Ivan Sherrill, both of Chattanooga; sisters, Sylvia (Brady) Daniels, of Columbia, Md., Paula Benford, of Chattanooga, Vickey Brown and Robbi Benford, both of Antioch, Tenn.; aunts, Laura Eubanks, Erma Jean Morris, Elizabeth Finley and Charlene Battle, all of Chattanooga; longtime friend, Calvin Copeland; several nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Monday in Chattanooga National Cemetery with Pastor John Brown Jr. officiating.

The body will lie in state after noon today at Taylor Funeral Home.

Peter Birban

Peter Birban, 81, of Seaside Heights, N.J., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008, in Ooltewah.

He was the son of the late Petro and Tekla Birban.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Catherine Krupa; and brother, Harry Birban.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in Germany, and a member of the American Legion Post 351.

Mr. Birban was the owner and operator of Birban's Grocery Store in Trenton, N.J. He later worked for the Seaside Heights Police Department (Meter Division) where he retired after 25 years of service.

Survivors include his wife, Florence Birban; two daughters, Karen (Len) Ferro, of Ooltewah, Beverly (Peter) Newsom, of West Falls, N.Y.; four grandchildren, Daniel Ferro, Alex Ferro, Mark Newsom, Beth Newsom; two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

The family held a private memorial service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Chattanooga, P.O. Box 19269, Chattanooga, TN 37416.

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

Cecil Black

Cecil Myers Black, 92, of Chattanooga, passed away Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009.

He was the son of the late Fred Black and Minnie Black and was preceded in death by his wife, Margery Black; and two brothers, Chester Black Sr. and Clyde Black.

He was a member of Tyner Church of Christ.

He was a WWII veteran of the U.S. Army and retired from Gilman Paint Co. as supervisor of shipping.

Survivors include his daughter, Karen (Russ) Haynes, of Apison; three grandchildren, Holly (Shawn) Duncan, of Atlanta, Laura Nye, of Knoxville, Abbie Nye, of Apison; and two great-grandchildren, Lucas Duncan and Julian Duncan.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Monday in the Valley View Chapel, of Chattanooga Funeral Home with Ministers John Cupp, George Cupp and Shawn Duncan officiating.

Interment will follow in Chattanooga National Cemetery with military rites being conducted.

The family will receive friends from 2-6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

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

Barbara Bowers

Barbara Jean Bowers, 76, of Soddy-Daisy, passed away Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009.

She was a member of the Mowbray Church of God.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles W. Hatfield, Laura Taylor Hatfield; and two sisters, Betty Smartt and Peggy Smith.

She is survived by her husband, Norris Bowers; sons, Richard (Cynthia) Bowers, Steve (Julie) Bowers; brother, Charles "Buddy" Hatfield; sister, Charline Taylor; grandson, Ryan Bowers and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 5, 2009, at Williamson & Sons Funeral Home with the Rev. Grant Chauncey and Bishop William Coulter officiating.

Interment will follow in Millsaps Cemetery.

Visitation is 1-8 p.m. today, Jan. 4, 2009.

The family offers a special thanks to Memorial North Park Hospital, Life Care Center of Red Bank and Hospice of Chattanooga.

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

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

Nancy Burrows

Nancy Loretta Burrows, 82, Chattanooga, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008.

Mrs. Burrows was preceded in death by her husband, Lemon Burrows.

Survivors include her children, Dennis Hale; daughter-in-law, Sherry, Tommy Burrows; and daughter-in-law, Donna Burrows; one grandson, Joshua Hale; several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 5, at the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home with Rev. Billy Denham officiating.

Interment will follow at Chattanooga National Cemetery.

The family will receive friends for visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. today, Jan. 4, and from noon until the time of the service on Monday at the North Chapel.

Arrangements are made by the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 5401 Highway 153, Hixson, TN 37343.

Maurice Daniel

Maurice Daniel, 49, died Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009, at his residence.

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

Charles Gaston

Charles W. Gaston, 74, of Red Bank, died Friday, Jan. 2, 2009.

He was a retired policeman with the Chattanooga Police Department, where he served for 25 years.

He was preceded in death by his father, Barney G. Gaston; mother, Mary Edna Brown; two children, Joshua and Caleb; one grandson, Jeffery M. Bonner; wife, Leota A Hyde Gaston.

He leaves behind nine children, Terry (Kathy) Jones, Chattanooga, Greg (Beverly) Gaston, Steve (Brenda) Gaston, Brad Gaston, Billy (Linda) Gaston, all of Dunlap, Tenn., Kade Gaston, Panama City, Fla., Mary (Tony) Layne, Mel Gina Gaston and Kim Smith, all of Dunlap; 21 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 1 p.m. CST Monday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Tommy Tillman officiating.

Burial will be in Camp Cemetery.

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

Visitation will be 4-9 p.m. CST today.

Arrangements by Putnam-Standefer-Reed Funeral Home, 50 May Road, Dunlap.

Wanda Goff

Wanda S. Tate Goff, 47, of Chattanooga, passed away Friday, Jan. 2, 2009, at her residence.

Wanda was employed at Burner Systems Inc. for 18 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Glenda Roe and stepbrothers, Chuck Roe and David Tatum.

Survivors include her "old man," Glenn Goff; daughter, Jacklyn Small, Chattanooga; brothers, Stanley, Ed and Charles Roe Jr., all of Chattanooga, and Lloyd Lambert, of Cleveland, Tenn.; sisters, Patricia Rackler, Deborah Bradford and Amanda Arellano, all of Chattanooga; four grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the South Crest Chapel with Pastor Jim Bennett officiating.

Burial will follow in Forest Hills Cemetery.

Visit www.lane-southcrestchapel.com to share thoughts and memories.

The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. Monday at the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home & Crematory, Rossville.

Dorris Hines

Dorris "Dodie" Crow Hines, 76, of Kennesaw, Ga., formerly of Chattanooga, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008, in a Marietta, Ga. hospital.

She was a member of the Baptist church and attended Lupton Drive Baptist Church. She owned and operated Hairstyles by Dodie in Chattanooga for over 15 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer L. Crow and Nora Mae Hardwick Crow; brothers, Mack Crow and Dwight Crow; and sister, Christina Crow.

Mrs. Hines is survived by her husband, Minor Hines, of Kennesaw, Ga.; two sons, Dwight Hines, of Dallas, Texas, Dwayne Hines and wife, Kathi, of Marietta; one daughter, Melinda Haydel, of Jackson, Miss.; six grandchildren, Austin Hines, of Dallas, Texas, Parker Hines and Cooper Hines, of Marietta, Ethan Haydell and Ely Haydell, of Raceland, La., and Jason Finnell, of Chattanooga; one sister, Evelyn Honeycutt and husband, Robert, of LaFayette, Ga.; one nephew, Scott Honeycutt and wife, Tammi, of Ringgold, Ga.; and several nieces.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 5, 2009, in the chapel of Ralph Buckner Funeral Home in Cleveland, Tenn., with Dr. Ernest Groce officiating.

Interment will follow in Chattanooga National Cemetery with Michael Salisbury, Austin Hines, Scott Honeycutt, Johnny Hines, Ray Bullock and Chuck Denham serving as pallbearers. A white dove release ceremony will conclude the service.

Memorials may be made to a charity of your choice or the American Heart Association, 519 E. Fourth St., Chattanooga, TN 37403.

We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Hines family guest book at www.ralphbuckner.com.

Her family will receive friends from 4-6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Clinton Hulsey

Clinton Hulsey, 88, of Gainesville, Ga., formerly of Chattanooga, died Friday, Jan. 2, 2009.

A native of Hall County, Mr. Hulsey was the son of the late Claude and Annie Forrester Hulsey. Mr. Hulsey had lived in Atlanta and Chattanooga for a number of years before moving back to Gainesville. He was a retired vice president from the furniture business and was a member of Holly Springs Baptist Church. Mr. Hulsey served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Vicie Roper Hulsey; sisters, Jewel Hulsey, Mildred Dilbeck, Bobbie Hulsey; brothers, Forrester Hulsey, Brite Hulsey, Tacster Hulsey, Quentin Hulsey, Claude Hulsey and George Hulsey.

Mr. Hulsey is survived his brother, Jerry Hulsey, of Clermont, Ga.; and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 5, 2009, in the chapel of Little & Davenport Funeral Home with the Rev. Royce Powell officiating.

Interment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m. and from 6-8 p.m. today, Jan. 4, 2009, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to Holly Springs Baptist Church or Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center, 2150 Limestone Parkway, Gainesville, GA 30504.

Online condolences can be made at littledavenport.com.

Little & Davenport Funeral Home, 355 Dawsonville Highway, Gainesville, Ga., is in charge of arrangements.

Patricia Jordan

Patricia Marshalene Haney "Pat" Jordan, 74, of Hixson, passed away Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009, at her home.

She attended Burks United Methodist Church in Hixson.

Patricia had been very ill for quite some time, and it has been difficult for loved ones to see her suffer. We rejoice in the fact she is no longer in pain and is now in Heaven with her Lord and Savior.

Mrs. Jordan was born in Houlka, Miss., and grew up in Memphis.

On July 17, 1956, she married Mr. Ray Jordan, who died on Aug. 29, 1994, in Knoxville.

She is survived by her children, April M. Jordan, of Hixson, David B. Jordan, of Spokane, Wash., Dr. Mark (Pal) Jordan, of Chester, Va.; grandchildren, Amy (Wes) Rickards, James Jordan, John Mark Jordan; her sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Haney Bell, of New Albany, Miss.

Funeral service for Patricia will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009, in the funeral home chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home with the Rev. Rhonda Hobbs officiating.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 5, 2009, at the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home on Highway I53.

Interment will be at Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery in Knoxville.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Chattanooga.

Arrangements are made the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 5401 Highway 153, Hixson, TN 37343.

Joyce McVey

Joyce Kirkpatrick McVey departed this life at her home on Friday morning, Jan. 2, 2009, at the age of 73, after a lingering illness.

She was born in Jackson County, Ala., and baptized into Christ at the age of 12 at Mount Carmel Church of Christ in Bridgeport, Ala.

She was a graduate of South Pittsburg High School and retired from the Chattanooga Coca-Cola Bottling Co. after 41 years of service. She was a member of the Coca-Cola Hall of Fame and served on the Valleybrook Community Committee for several years. She continued to live in the Valleybrook community, living there for 37 years.

Mrs. McVey was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald L. McVey; parents, Thomas Kirkpatrick and Louise Crownover Kirkpatrick.

Survivors include one son, Thomas L. McVey, of Hixson; cousin, Shirley Raulston Crownover, of Red Bank; niece, Sharon Wennerstrom, of Hixson; other cousins, nieces and nephews and many friends.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. EST on Monday, Jan. 5, at Sequatchie Valley Memorial Gardens located in Jasper, Tenn., with Richard Floyd officiating.

Interment will be in Sequatchie Valley Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends for visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. today, Jan. 4, at the North Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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

Arrangements are made by the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 5401 Highway 153, Hixson, TN 37343.

Georgiana Mitchell

Georgiana Mitchell, 77, of Signal Mountain, died on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009, in a local hospital.

She was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church. She was an avid golfer and was a member of the Signal Mountain Ladies Golf Association and the Chattanooga Ladies Golf Association. She was a member of the Signal Mountain Garden Club. She was a loving mother and grandmother.

She was preceded in death by husband, Ford Preston Mitchell.

She is survived by two daughters, Kitti Moo Young and her husband, Robert Moo Young, of Florida, and Jan Morgan, of Marietta, Ga.; eight grandchildren, Amanda, Natalie, Eric, Preston, Meghan, Jess, Robert and Stephen; great-granddaughter, Emma; brother, John Wynne, of Maryland; sister, Marion Gauzza, of Maryland.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Father Patrick Brownell officiating.

The family will receive friends at the church following the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 850 Fort Wood St., Chattanooga, TN 37403.

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

Arrangements are by the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist.

James Osterhout

James Carlton Osterhout, 69, of Ooltewah, died Friday, Jan. 2, 2009, at his home.

Mr. Osterhout was a son of the late Ralph and Dorothy Osterhout and was preceded in death by his stepparents, Jean and Frank Duncan; and a brother, Rick Osterhout.

Survivors include his wife of 26 years, Josephine (Pug) Osterhout; children, Donna (Ron) Asbeck, Jean Ann (Wes), Florida; sisters, Wanda (Tom) Bowman, Carol Bowman, John Paul Leuthausser; eight grandchildren; two great- grandchildren; three brothers, Doug (Tonia) Olson, Colorado; Mike (Cher) Olson, Nashville; Shaun (Linda) Duncan, Hamilton, Ga.

Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. Monday at Collegedale Seventh-day Adventist Church with Pastor John Nixon and Pastor Wolfe Jedemski officiating.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made the American Cancer Society, 850 Fort Wood St., Chattanooga, TN 37403.

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

The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. today at Heritage Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 7454 East Brainerd Road.

Gloria Patterson

Gloria Mae Patterson, 79, of Ooltewah, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2008, at Memorial Hospital, Chattanooga.

She was a member of the First SDA Church of Chattanooga.

Gloria was a loving wife, mother and sibling.

She was predeceased by her parents, Carl and Sallie Missimmer of Pottstown, Pa.

She is survived by her husband, David Patterson and her children, Paul Patterson, Barry Patterson, Mike Patterson, Alan Patterson, Norma Stilwell and Gloria James and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 27, at the First SDA Church of Chattanooga.

A private interment was held Dec. 28, at the Collegedale SDA Cemetery.

Arrangements were conducted by Heritage Funeral Home, East Brainerd Road.

Villa Pursley

Villa Mae Cagle Pursley, 84, of Chattanooga, departed this life on Friday, Jan. 2, 2009.

She was born and raised in Dunlap, Tenn., but had lived in the Chattanooga area since 1966 and was of the Church of God faith.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Eligia Lee Pursley; second husband, Ted Burns; and one son, Randall Pursley.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Jimmy Breeden; son and daughter-in-law, Joey Thomas and Kathy Pursley, all of Chattanooga; brother, Armor Cagle, of Hixson; sisters, Dorothy Louallen and Janie Smith, both of Dunlap; 11 grandchildren; several great- grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 5, 2009, in the Lakewood Memory Gardens, East.

The family will receive friends from 11:30 a.m. until the time of service Monday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by W.L. Wilson and Sons Funeral Home, Fort Oglethorpe.

Dr. Robert Ringer

Dr. Robert W. Ringer, 89, of Chattanooga, died Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009, at his home.

Dr. Ringer was born in Buffalo, N.Y. He was a member of the Chattanooga First Seventh-day Adventist Church and was alumni of Emory University. He was a dentist with the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventists, serving first for 10 years in Seoul, Korea and then for three years with Loma Linda University School of Dentistry. Dr. Ringer was a Army veteran serving in WWII.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Barbara Ringer; a brother, Jim Ringer; and a half brother, Reynolds Ringer.

Survivors include his wife, Marlene Ringer; son, Wesley Ringer, Juba Sudan, Africa; two daughters, Linda Ebeling, Benton Harbor, Mich., Janice (Dr. Werner) Grentz, London, Ky.; six grandchildren, Lisa Ebeling, Cristina Betances-Ringer, Matthew Ringer, Dr. Liesel Grentz, Marta (Jeremy) Wetmore, Rudi (Chelsie) Grentz; two great-grandchildren, Matthew Grentz and Emily Wetmore.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at Chattanooga First Seventh-day Adventist Church with Pastor Fred Fuller officiating.

Interment will be in Collegedale Cemetery.

Dr. Ringer will lie in state at the church one hour prior to the service.

View the memorial tribute and share condolences at www.heritagefh.com.

The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. today at Heritage Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 7454 East Brainerd Road.

Anne Ripley

Anne Ray Ripley, 74, of Soddy-Daisy, passed away Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009.

Visitation and services will be held at Bliley's Staples Mill Chapel in Richmond, Va.

Share your thoughts and memories with the family at www.legacyfuneralhome.com.

Local arrangements are by Legacy Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Soddy-Daisy.

Billy Rodgers

Billy Deforrest Rodgers, 74, of Hixson, died Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009.

He was a member and former head deacon of Delashmitt Road Baptist Church. Mr. Rodgers sang with the Noblemen Quartet for many years and was inducted into the Southern Gospel Hall of Fame. He owned and operated B&R Tire City for many years, where he became known as a "horse trader."

Survivors include his wife, Nora Ruth Duckett Rodgers; two sons, Billy Deforrest Rodgers Jr., Ooltewah, and Bobby Rodgers, Hixson; daughter, Janet Baker, Hixson; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 1-5 p.m. today, Jan. 4, and from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday at Delashmitt Road Baptist Church.

The Rev. Ronnie Smith will conduct the service at 1 p.m. Monday in the church.

Interment will be in Hamilton Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to Delashmitt Road Baptist Church, 4709 Delashmitt Road, Hixson, TN 37343.

Send condolences at www.CovenantFuneral.com.

Arrangements are by Covenant Funeral Service, Crox family owned and operated.

Poppie Smith

John A. "Poppie" Smith, 70, of Birchwood, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008.

He was born in Jasper, Tenn., son of the late Willie E. and Mary Katherine Belk Smith and was a U.S. Army veteran. He was employed by Hudson Co. of Alabama as a construction superintendent and was a member of Birchwood Baptist Church. He was an avid fisherman and a member of Basscasters Fishing Club and dearly loved his six grandchildren.

Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Tim Smith.

Poppie is survived by his wife, Vivian Hudson Smith; two sons and daughters-in-law, John "Buff" and Rachel Smith, of Chattanooga, Thom and Shelley Smith, of Ooltewah; a daughter and son-in-law, Michelle and Jason Babb, of Savannah, Ga.; six grandchildren, Kaila Rains, Kennedy Rains, Nolan Babb, Savannah Smith, Spencer Smith and Isabella Smith; four brothers, Billy Smith, of Flintstone, Ga., Sammy Smith and Carl Smith, both of Signal Mountain, Ronnie Smith, of Nashville; and a sister, Bonnie Farley, of The Colony, Texas.

Services will be held 2:30 p.m. today at the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home with the Rev. Dave Delmotte and the Rev. Glen Morgan officiating.

Burial will be at Hamilton Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Birchwood Baptist Church Building Fund.

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

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

Velma Smith

Velma Smith, 94, of Chattanooga, died Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009.

Survivors include two daughters, Darlene Burgett, Wasco, Ore., Deanna Campbell, Chattanooga; seven grandchildren; many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and sister, Margaret Loree Alexander, Seattle, Wash.

A private memorial service was held by the family.

Arrangements by Chattanooga Funeral Home, Valley View Chapel.

Willie Mae St. Germaine

Willie Mae "Billie" St. Germaine, 84, formerly of Chattanooga, passed away Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009, in Heritage Healthcare at Shepherd Hills, LaFayette, Ga.

She was predeceased by two husbands, brother, sister, son and three grandchildren.

Survivors include six daughters, Patsy Barbaree, DeJeannette Cardin, Gail Akridge-McKenzie, Ann Addington, Rita Stephens and Annie Cash; four sons, Murray Norton, Etowah Norton, Willard Norton and Calvin Norton; three brothers, Shirley Roberson Jr., Lynn Roberson and Eddie Roberson; 25 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

Pastor Al Eddie will conduct the service at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the church.

Interment will be in Chattanooga National Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6, at First Calvary Baptist Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Calvary Baptist Church, 300 Bell Ave., Chattanooga, TN 37405.

Send condolences at www.CovenantFuneral.com.

Arrangements are by Covenant Funeral Service, Crox family owned and operated.

Judith Sullivan

Judith "Judy" Phillips Sullivan, 67, of Baton Rouge, La., formerly of Chattanooga, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008, after a short illness.

She was born in Chattanooga and was a graduate of Tyner High School. She was a member and past president of Epsilon Sigma Alpha Sorority and outstanding pledge for the state of Georgia.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joel Sullivan; brother, David Phillips; parents, Jackson Phillips and Varna Lee Phillips; and niece, Candace Stonecipher.

She is survived by daughter, Holly (John) Barbieri; son, Herschel (Marsalena) Thach; three grandchildren, Jordan, Joy and Hope; four sisters, Wanda Mathews, Barbara Evans, Carolyn Phillips and Pam Stonecipher; one brother, Jackson Phillips; numerous nieces, nephews, stepchildren and many friends.

Inurnment to be held at Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens in Nashville at a later date.

William Swearingen

William James "Bill" Swearingen, 87, passed away Friday, Jan. 2, 2009, at a local nursing home.

A resident of the Cleveland, Tenn., area for the past two years, he was formerly of Chattanooga. Bill was retired from Provident Insurance Co. where he served for 43 years. He was a member of Jones Memorial United Methodist Church, where he served as Sunday school superintendent, usher and as a member of the administrative board. Bill was a third-degree Mason and past master of East Ridge Lodge, where he had also served as secretary for 14 years. He was a veteran of both World War II and the Korean War.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Shirley Brown Swearingen; two children, Jane (Mrs. Eddie) Rice, of Cleveland, and Beth (Mrs. Gary) Brewer, of Boiling Springs, S.C.; three grandchildren, Roger A. Vaughn II and his wife Laura, of Knoxville, and Sara E. and Rachel A. Brewer, both of Boiling Springs; three sisters, Becky Kelsay, of Hixson, and Betty Ann Rice and Grace Fults, both of Chattanooga; 20 living nieces and nephews and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Francis and Lura Brown Swearingen; three sisters, Martha Seaton, Frances Mae Norman and Mildred Green; and three brothers, Francis B. Swearingen, Thomas L. Swearingen and Charles B. Swearingen.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home with the Rev. Mark Womack officiating.

Interment will follow at Chattanooga National Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on from 2 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.

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

Arrangements are by the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist.

Betty Waldman

Betty Bell Brookshire Waldman, 84, of Chattanooga, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009.

She was a lifelong resident of Chattanooga and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Red Bank. She was the owner and operator of Betty's Beauty Shop in Hixson.

Betty was preceded in death by her first husband, William T. Brookshire; and her second husband, James P. Waldman.

Survivors are two sons and daughters-in-law, Bill and Celia Brookshire, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Dr. Don and Carol Brookshire, of Signal Mountain; five grandchildren, Shannon Shults, Thomas and John Brookshire, of Murfreesboro, Logan and Andrea Brookshire, of Signal Mountain; two great-grandchildren, Noah and Gabriella Shults, of Murfreesboro; two sisters, Martha Bell Cunningham, of Chattanooga, and Ethel Bell Carter, of West Palm Beach, Fla.; numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be 11:30 a.m. Monday at the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home with Pastor Steve Roberson officiating.

Burial will be at Hamilton Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends from 3 until 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

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

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

Nancy Whittemore

Nancy Lee Whittemore, 74, of Chattanooga, passed away Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009, in a local hospital.

Private burial will be held at a later date.

Visit www.lane-southcrestchapel.com to send condolences.

Arrangements are by the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home & Crematory, Rossville.

TENNESSEE

Lena Anderson

ATHENS - Lena Anderson, 91, passed away Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009, in Cleveland, Tenn.

Funeral service is 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009, in the chapel.

Interment in McMinn Memory Gardens.

Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Monday and 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday prior to the service.

Arrangements by Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home, Athens.

Iva Foust

DUNLAP - Iva Loyd Foust, 84, of died Friday, Jan. 2, 2009.

She was a member of the Church of Christ at Morganville, Tenn.

Preceding her in death were her husband, S.L. Foust; parents, Huke and Eria Hatfield; two sons, Albert Cartwright and Loyd Yell; three sisters, Sally and Margaret Hatfield and Mary Hazel Prater.

Survivors include daughter, Linda (Martin) Johnson, Dunlap; sons, Barney (Henritta) Yell, Whitwell, Tenn., and William (Rosa) Cartwright, Dunlap; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one niece; one stepdaughter, Mona Lesa Pursley, Crossville, Tenn.; two stepsons, Ernest Lynn and Leslie Foust, both of Dunlap.

Services will be at 2 p.m. CST today in the funeral home chapel with Minister Tommy Turner officiating.

Burial will be in Rankin Cemetery.

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

Arrangements by Putnam-Standefer-Reed Funeral Home, May Road, Dunlap.

Raymond Griffith

CLEVELAND - Raymond Griffith, 73, passed away Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009, at his home.

Survivors and funeral arrangements will be announced by Ralph Buckner Funeral Home and Crematory.

Margaret Hall

SWEETWATER - Margaret Hall, 84, passed away Friday, Jan. 2, 2009, at life Care in Athens, Tenn.

She was a member of the First Methodist Church of Sweetwater.

She and her husband were the owner of Hall's Restaurant for 35 years. Margaret and Arthur operated several businesses in Sweetwater for many years and gave numerous young people their first job opportunity. Often they would not have transportation to and from work, so Margaret and Arthur would arrange to transport them so they could work.

Preceded in death by husband, William Arthur Hall; parents, William and Ethel Hicks; brothers, Claude, Ross, L.H. and Paul Hicks; sister, Helen Browder.

Survived by son and daughter-in-law, Tom and Donna Hall, of North Carolina; daughters and sons-in-law, Sherry and Steve Landers, of Riceville, Tenn., Robin and Jerry Estes, of Athens; grandchildren and spouses, Tommy Hall, of Kentucky, Paige and Brad Bennett, of Riceville, Jill and Kim Moore, of Jacksboro, Tenn., Will Estes, of Athens, Rachel Estes, of Athens, Joshua Hall, Seth Hall, Sarah Hall and Jesse Hall; great-grandchildren, Chase Hall, Clay and Ally Bennett, Bailey and Brady Moore and Phoebe Hall; sisters, Wynoa West, of Sweetwater, Maudie Cawood, of Georgia, Martha Chitty, of Florida, Mary Jo Evans, of Soddy-Daisy; sister-in-law, Lois Hicks, of Sweetwater; several nieces and nephews.

The body is at Kyker Funeral Home, Sweetwater, where the family will receive friends from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. today, Jan. 4, 2009.

Funeral service to follow at 8 p.m. with the Rev. Carl Oaks and the Rev. Ed Donley officiating.

Graveside service and interment at 11 a.m. Monday at West View Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church Building Fund of Sweetwater.

Kyker Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Earnest Levan

COALMONT - Earnest Eugene Levan, 52, died Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009, at his home.

Funeral services: 2 p.m. CST Monday in the funeral home chapel.

Burial: Plainview Memorial Cemetery.

Visitation: 3-9 p.m. CST today at the funeral home.

Arrangements are by Foster & Lay Funeral Home, Tracy City, Tenn.

Joey Pickel

McMINNVILLE - Joey Douglas Pickel, 47, died Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008.

He was born in Athens, Tenn. on Dec. 15, 1961, to Charles Edward Pickel and June Claudine Bailey.

He was a U.S. Army veteran.

He is survived by his wife, Kathey Shannon Pickel; son, Joey Pickel; daughter, Deborah Pickel; stepdaughter, Sheena Pruitt; brothers, Allen Akins and Bobby Pickel; sister, Debbie Pickel; granddaughter, Tori Bates.

Graveside funeral services were held 1 p.m. CST Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008, at the Burketts Chapel Cemetery with Brother Don Layne and Brother Jeremy Robinson officiating.

Arrangements by Layne Funeral Home, Palmer, Tenn.

Mack Pickett

GRUETLI-LAAGER - Mack Pickett, 57, died Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009.

He was a member of Bivens Chapel Congregational Methodist Church. He was born on Oct. 19, 1951, to Elmer and Bertha Johnson Pickett who preceded him in death.

He is survived by his sisters, Peggy (David) Palmer, Della (Willie) Smith, Doris (Leonard) Tidwell, Sue (Charles) Taylor, Mary (Roy) Nunley and Debbie Pickett; brothers, Jack, Tom (Thelma), Ralph (Melissa) and Joe Pickett.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. CST today in the funeral home chapel with Brother Larry Campbell officiating.

Burial to follow in the Bonnie Oaks Cemetery.

Arrangements by Layne Funeral Home, Palmer, Tenn.

Mary Shadrick

POWELLS CROSSROADS - Mary Edith Stephenson Shadrick, 92, passed away Friday, Jan. 2, 2009, at her home.

Edith was born and raised in Mount Olive, Tenn., and moved to Crossroads in 1977. She enjoyed gardening and working in her yard. She was a strong, hard-working woman and instilled those values in her family.

Edith was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Earl Clayton Shadrick; sons, Dwight Clayton, Glendon Wayne and Charles Wade Shadrick; as well as three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

She is survived by her daughter, Sandra (Dale) Maney, of Whitwell, Tenn.; three sons, J.T. (Sue) Shadrick, of Whitwell, Dennie (Connie) Shadrick, of Temple, Texas, and Randal (Amy) Shadrick, of Cullman, Ala. She had 23 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. CST today, Jan. 4, 2009, at Whitwell Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ronnie "Goaty" Cookston officiating.

Interment will be at Whitwell Memorial Cemetery.

Family will receive friends from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. CST today.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Edith to Hospice of Chattanooga, P.O. Box 19269, Chattanooga, TN 37416.

Arrangements are by Whitwell Memorial Funeral Home, (423) 658-7777.

GEORGIA

Mae Bradley

LaFAYETTE - Ella Mae Bradley, 80, died Friday, Jan. 2, 2009.

She was a member Linwood Baptist Church and had retired from the Walker County School System.

Preceded in death by husband, Nealie L. Bradley.

Survivors: daughters, Marilyn (Walter) Bramblett, Rossville, Karen Thompson, LaFayette; son, Roger L. (Cathy) Bradley, LaFayette; loving sister-in-law, Betty Jones, Fort Payne, Ala.; grandchildren, Dustin Colbert, Michelle Bradley, Amanda Pyper, Jessica Bramblett; great-grandson, Caden Pyper; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral: 11 a.m. Monday at Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home with the Rev. Dewey Blalock and the Rev. Terry Colbert officiating.

Interment: LaFayette Memory Gardens.

Visitation 1-8 p.m. today.

Stanley Davis

LaFAYETTE - Stanley Davis, 53, died Friday, Jan. 2, 2009.

Survivors: mother, Hazel Newsom; son, Zachary Davis; sisters, Pamela Cole, Kayla Davis; brothers, Anthony Davis, Timothy Davis, Fred Davis, Warner Robin, Ga.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Tuesday at Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home with the Rev. Cecil Bryant officiating.

Interment:LaFayette Cemetery.

Visitation: 6-8 p.m. Monday.

William Davis Sr.

RINGGOLD - William Davis Sr., 74, passed away Friday, Jan. 2, 2009, in a local hospital.

A native of Ider, Ala., he was employed by the Meals on Wheels program in Whitfield County and was also a member of Tompkins Lodge 466 F&AM in Fort Oglethorpe. Mr. Davis also served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.

He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, William Jr. and Donna Davis, of East Ridge, and Tony and Deanna Davis, of Ringgold; one grandson, Tyler Davis; two brothers, Clayton Davis and B.M. Davis; one sister, Ella V. Boss; several nieces and nephews and his ex-wife, Joann Davis.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in the South Crest Chapel.

Interment will follow in Hamilton Memorial Gardens.

Visit www.lane-southcrestchapel.com to send condolences.

The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. today at the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home & Crematory, Rossville.

Wayne Garrett

CHICKAMAUGA - Wayne Lamar Garrett, 67, passed away Friday, Jan. 2, 2009, at a local hospital.

A resident of the North Georgia area for most of his life, he was a self-employed carpenter and a veteran of the U.S. Army. Mr. Garrett was an avid fisherman and loved to write songs and poetry, but most of all he enjoyed being with his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, Hubert Garrett and brother, Clarence Garrett.

He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Linda Bellflower Garrett, of Chickamauga; mother, Dovie Dalrymple Golden, of Cartersville, Ga.; two sons, Ricky Garrett, of Chickamauga, and Randy Garrett, of Chickamauga; daughter and son-in-law, Renee and Paul Smith, of Ringgold, Ga.; sister, Barbara Slatton, of Chickamauga; brother, Johnny Garrett, of Cartersville; five grandchildren, Sherry Garrett, Lindsey Neal, Katelyn Neal, Megan Neal and Scott Smith; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in the funeral home chapel with Brother Alfred Holland and Sister Goldia Harmon officiating.

Interment will follow at Chickamauga City Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 3-9 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. until funeral time Monday at the funeral home.

An on-line register book may be signed at www.wilsonfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements are by the J. Avery Bryan Chapel of Wilson Funeral Home, Chickamauga.

Leola Hilton

ROSSVILLE - Leola Jane Hilton, 76, passed away Friday, Dec. 19, 2008.

She had lived most of her life in the North Georgia area and was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Bessie Queen; husband, Howard Hilton; son, Tommy Hilton; and granddaughter, Sarah Davis Perry.

Survivors include her three daughters, Sharon Burger, of Crosby, Texas, Patsy Fletcher, of Rossville, and Pam Hilton, of Hixson; brother, Durrell Smith, of Brevard, N.C.; sister, Dorothy Griffin, of Pisgah Forest, N.C.; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A private burial was held at Chattanooga National Cemetery.

Arrangements by W.L. Wilson and Sons Funeral Home, Fort Oglethorpe.

Alan Lambert

ROSSVILLE - Alan Jonathan Lambert, 56, died Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009.

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

Jarrett Little

RINGGOLD - Jarrett Lee Little, 24, died Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008.

He was a lifelong resident of North Georgia and a 2002 graduate of Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School, where he was active in ROTC and was also a member of the marching band. Jarrett was a member of the Walker County Fire Department and was a volunteer firefighter with the Fort Oglethorpe Fire Department Station No. 8. He was certified in rope/swift water rescue and helped with wild fires at the Florida/Georgia border. Jarrett was a sub at the Ringgold post office as well as working many other jobs constantly. He also enjoyed rock climbing.

Survivors are parents, Kenny and Becky Little, Ringgold; brother, Sean (Kayla) Little, Fort Oglethorpe; grandparents, Barbara LeCroy and Carl and Aurelia Little, all of Rossville; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services will be 3 p.m. today in the Walker County Civic Center with Chaplain Neal Brown officiating.

Honorary pallbearers will be firefighters with Walker County and Fort Oglethorpe fire departments.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Walker County Emergency Services, c/o Traci Reece, 7249 U.S. Highway 27, Rock Spring, GA 30739; St. Jude Children's Research Hospital; or your local fire department.

Arrangements are by Heritage Funeral Home & Crematory, Battlefield Parkway.

Annie Mae Nelson

ROSSVILLE - Annie Mae Allman Nelson, 76, died Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008.

She retired from Standard-Coosa-Thatcher after more than 25 years of service and was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by brothers, W.H. Dodd and Wadie Dodd; and stepdaughter, Margie Booth.

She was loved and will be missed by all who knew her.

Survivors include her husband, Richard "Luke" Nelson, Rossville; children, Carla (Dennis) Singleton, Renee Kinsey, all of Lookout Mountain, Ga., George Allman, Clearwater, Fla.; stepchildren, Wayne Nelson, Chickamauga, Brenda Hall, McDonough, Ga., Kathy Roberson, Hixson; two sisters-in-law; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday in the chapel with the Rev. Tim Turnipseed officiating.

Interment will follow in Chattanooga National Cemetery.

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

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

Thomas Payne

FORT OGLETHORPE - Thomas "Tommy" Arch Payne, 88, departed this life on Friday, Jan. 2, 2009.

He was born in Orme, Tenn., to the late Joe and Martha Pickett Payne but had lived in the North Georgia area since 1955. He was a charter member of the Fort Oglethorpe United Methodist Church and was an Army Air Corps veteran of WW II. He retired from Chattanooga Glass Co. in 1982 after more than 45 years of service.

He also was preceded in death by his daughter, Janice Ann Payne; and 13 brothers and sisters.

Survivors include his loving wife of more than 68 years, Pauline Austin Payne, of Fort Oglethorpe; daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia and Laurens Hudson, of Kennesaw, Ga., and Susan and Wendell Hall, of Chickamauga, Ga.; two grandchildren, Laura Ellen (Greg) Patterson, of Kennesaw and Steve Hudson, of Marietta, Ga.; two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 5, 2009, in the Fort Oglethorpe Chapel with the Rev. Janice Robertson and the Rev. Laurens Hudson officiating.

Entombment will follow in Lakewood South Memory Gardens.

The family will receive friends from 3 until 7 p.m. today and prior to the service on Monday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by W.L. Wilson and Sons Funeral Home, Fort Oglethorpe.

Don Talley

LaFAYETTE - Don Talley, 66, died Friday, Jan. 2, 2009, at home.

Don was owner of Talley Carpet Cleaning and Janitorial Service.

Don had work for Wallis & Sons Funeral Home for many years and was presently employed with Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home since 1993.

He had been a volunteer fireman for the city of LaFayette for many years.

Survived by his wife, Robbin Pence Talley; daughters, Renee (Jerry) Turman, Tess Lee; sons, Brian (Joann) Talley, Keith Talley, all of LaFayette; grandchildren, Christy Kinsey, Casey Turman, Olivia Talley, Justin Talley, Ryan Lee, Raven Lee, Erin Talley; great-grandchildren, Zoe Kinsey and Alexis Kinsey.

Funeral is 4 p.m. Tuesday at Wallis Memorial Chapel with the Rev. W.C. Pence officiating.

Pallbearers: Ray Weaver, Ray Day, Roy "Pee Wee" Bailey, Freddie Mitchell, Sheriff Steve Wilson, Dale Wilson, Casey Turman, Justin Talley.

Honorary pallbearers Teddy Damron and Henry Mashburn.

Interment: LaFayette Cemetery.

Visitation: 6-8 p.m. today and Monday.

Arrangements by Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.

Thomas Howard Jr.

SUMMERVILLE - Thomas M. Howard Jr., 55, passed away Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009, at his residence.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 5, 2009, from W.T. Wilson Funeral Chapel.

Burial will follow in Fischer Cemetery.

The family will receive friends after 4 p.m. today.

ALABAMA

Lee Chandler

GROVE OAK - R. Lee Chandler, 86, died Friday, Jan. 2, 2009, at Marshall Medical Center, South.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. CST today, Jan. 4, from Rainsville Funeral Home chapel.

Burial will follow in Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

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

William Furgerson

FORT PAYNE - William Curtis "Z.Z." Furgerson, 50, passed away Friday, Jan. 2, 2009, at his residence.

Memorial services will be held at 4 p.m. CST today, Jan. 4, 2009, from the W.T. Wilson Funeral Chapel.

Virginia Terrell

HENAGAR - Virginia Leola Terrell, 85, of Hopkinsville, Ky., formerly of Henagar, Ala., passed away Friday, Jan. 2, 2009, in Kentucky.

Funeral service 2 p.m. CST today, Jan. 4, 2009, from W.T. Wilson Chapel.

Burial in Henagar Cemetery.

Arrangements by W.T. Wilson Funeral Chapel.

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