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HAMILTON COUNTY

Altha Barton

Altha Lawrence Barton, 95, passed away Wednesday, June 10, 2009, at Elmcroft Retirement Home.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. today at Lane Funeral Home, Coulter Chapel with Rev. Bert Jones officiating.

Interment will be 10 a.m. Monday in Hamilton Memorial Gardens. Visit www.lane-coulterchapel.com to send condolences.

Visitation is 1-2 p.m. today at Lane Funeral Home, Coulter Chapel, 601 Ashland Terrace.

Bill Berry

William H. "Bill" Berry, 80, of Chattanooga, died Wednesday, June 10, 2009, at Erlanger Hospital.

Bill was born on Oct. 29, 1928, in Knoxville. At 17, Mr. Berry joined the Army and served six years in 304 Signal Battalion in Italy, Japan and Korea. Having received his high school diploma in the Army, he graduated Suma Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Industrial Arts degree from ETSU in 1975 at the age of 44. He received a Masters Degree of Economics from UTK in 1979. He was employed by TVA from 1952 until his retirement. His last position was Economist for the Transportation Division of TVA in Chattanooga. He was very active in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Chattanooga, Privateer Yacht Club, Chickamauga Sailing Club, member of the Downtown YMCA, and the Fontana and Calderwood Dam Reunion Groups.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Margaret Wilhoit Berry; father, William Patrick Berry; brother, Robert (Bob) Berry; and sister, Barbara Berry Davis.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Martha DeRieux Berry; son, Walter Berry, of Chattanooga; daughters, Barbara Berry Jordan, Diana Berry Solomon, of Chattanooga, Libby Berry James, of Waverly, Tenn.; sister, Pat Berry Thomas, of Paducah, Ky.; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 20, 2009, at the North Chapel with Rev. Jeff Briere officiating.

The family will receive friends two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.

A further celebration of Bill's life will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Chattanooga at later date.

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

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

Roddy Bovell

Roddy (Robert M.) Bovell, 62 of Harrison, died Friday, June 12, 2009, at his residence.

A lifelong resident of the Chattanooga area, he was a retired Master Sargent from the U.S. Air Force after 20 years of service and from the Raytheon Corp. He was also the son of the late Steve and Virginia Hudgens Bovell.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy Bovell; son and daughter-in-law, Robb and Vicki Bovell, Nashville; daughter and son-in-law, Samantha and Mike Phillips, El Paso, Texas; five grandchildren, Alex and Elizabeth Phillips, Anna and Jude Bovell and Amanda Reynolds; sister, Rose Ann Farmer, Ringgold, Ga.; two brothers, Steve A. Bovell, Chattanooga and Charles R. Bovell, Hixson; many nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday in Chattanooga National Cemetery with full military honors.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you treat your families or make a contribution to your favorite charity.

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

The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today at the Valley View Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 7414 Old Lee Highway.

Lisa Butts

Lisa Butts, 51, of East Ridge passed away Wednesday, June 11, 2009 at her home. She was a Christian.

Survivors include her husband, William C. "Bill" Butts; children, Jennifer Seale and her husband, Chris, of East Ridge, Brooke Bailey Price and her husband, Michael, of Chattanooga, Casey Butts, of East Ridge, Jessica Sims and her husband, Matt, of Chattanooga, Alexandra Butts and Elijah Butts, both of East Ridge; four grandchildren, Lyndie Seale, Vincent Price, Madi Sims and Riley Sims; parents, Robert Thomas Andrews Sr. and Alma Ruth Moser Andrews, of Chattanooga; siblings, Tommy Andrews, Lynne Andrews, Mark Andrews, Todd Andrews and Kristy Campbell; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday at the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, 404 S. Moore Road.

Burial will be in Chattanooga National Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Michael Price, Matt Sims, Chris Seale, Bruce Palhamus, Buddy Sullivan and Steve Daniel.

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

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

Helen Crawford

Mrs. Helen E. "Clarke" Crawford, of Hixson, peacefully passed away at her home on Friday, June 12, 2009.

She was 91 years "young" and lived a life full of love and family. Mrs. Crawford was a lifelong member of the Falling Water Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. S. Fred Clarke and Mrs. Anna Pitts Clarke; her husband, Lt. Col. Luther S. Crawford; her daughter, Mrs. Linda Melvin; and her brother, Samuel Fred Clarke Jr.

She is survived by her son, Robert L. Crawford, of Hixson; daughters, Betty Crawford, of Hixson, and Ann Edmonds, of Atlanta; son-in-law, Ron Melvin, and his wife, Pat, of N.C., several nieces and nephews; grandchildren, Ben Edmonds, of Chicago, Annah Edmonds, of Seattle, Kalia Edmonds, of Atlanta, and James Melvin, of Washington D.C.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Jim Barry and the Rev. Everett Gossett officiating.

Interment will follow the service at Chattanooga National Cemetery.

Family will receive friends from 4-9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Community Kitchen or Amedisys Hospice.

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

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

Danny Daniker

Danny Dale Daniker, 83, of Chattanooga, passed away Wednesday, June 10, 2009.

Danny retired as a supervisor from DuPont with over 30 years of service. Danny served as a volunteer football coach with Coach Tom Weathers and Coach Tim Daniels at Red Bank High School working with the kickers. He was a Navy veteran having served in WWII.

Survivors include his children, Danielle, (Jeff) Martin, of Red Bank and Kurt Eric Daniker, of Harrison; several nieces and nephews.

A Memorial service will be held 3 p.m. today at Red Bank Church of Christ, 3600 Dayton Blvd., with Minister Steve Lusk officiating.

Visitation is 2-3 p.m. today also at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Red Bank High School Football Program, 640 Morrison Springs Road, Chattanooga, TN 37415.

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

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

Ella Defur

Ella Margaret Bidwell Defur, 86, went home to be with the Lord Friday, June 12, 2009.

She was born in Sweetwater, Tenn., and lived in Chattanooga most of her life. She was a member of Dallas Bay Baptist Church. She retired from Royal Desoto Inc. and was a member of the Teamsters.

She leaves with cherished memories her husband, William Defur; three daughters, Linda Fitzsimmons; and Nancy Pittman, of Chattanooga, and Kathy Parkin, of Calif.; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She loved her family and friends dearly and will be greatly missed by all.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Chattanooga for their loving care and attention during their time of distress.

The family will receive friends at Dallas Bay Baptist Church from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Monday.

Dr. David McNabb will conduct the service at the church at 2 p.m.

Interment will be in Chattanooga Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to Dallas Bay Baptist Church, 8305 Daisy Dallas Road. Hixson, TN 37343.

Send condolences at www.CovenantFuneral.com.

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

Joyce Dove

Winston Joyce Dove, loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, went to be with the Lord on Friday, June 12, 2009.

She was born in Spring City, Tenn. She raised her family and lived most of her life in the Chattanooga area and recently resided in Murfreesboro.

She was a member of the Southern Railway Ladies Bridge Club and also a member of Oakwood Baptist Church in Chattanooga.

She was loved by and survived by daughters, Kathy Dove Campbell, (Jeff) of Lookout Mountain, Karla Dove Wright, of Anchorage, Alaska; sons, Kerry (Cindy) Dove, of Nolensville, Tenn., Kevin (Mickie) Dove, of Murfreesboro, and Kelley (Roxana) Dove, of Readyville, Tenn.; grandchildren, Jessica Campbell, Brittany Dove Brown, Katy Wright, Allison Dove, Brady Dove, Sam Dove, Ben Campbell, Spencer Wright, Morgan Wright, Elizabeth Wright, Noah Wright, Andrew Dove, Joshua Dove; and great grandchild, Victoria Campbell. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Monday at the North Chapel.

The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, June 15, 2009, at the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home with the Rev. Sterling Jetton officiating.

Burial will follow in Hamilton Memorial Gardens.

Sam Drash

Sam Drash, 70, of Chattanooga died early Friday, June 12, 2009, after a twelve year battle with leukemia.

Sam was a teacher, principal and coach beloved by hundreds of kids over the last 45 years.

Drash dedicated his life to children, beginning as a history teacher in Montgomery, Ala. in the 1960's and rising to become one of the top headmasters in Tennessee as the leader of Christ Methodist Day School in Memphis from 1974 to 1984.

Drash always put children before self. Students recall a man who gave second and third chances, even when they didn't deserve it. Some students tell tales of being sent to the principal's office, only to have Drash cry with them over their offenses.

"That was Dad. He loved kids so much. He always believed in them." His son, Wayne Drash, says, "He was a man of honor and integrity. His philosophy was: You can never do wrong if you follow your heart."

"You heard dads of his generation not being open with their kids, but Dad would always dote on his three sons. He'd always give us hugs as boys and tell us, "I love you!"

Drash coached baseball, football and basketball grade school teams over the years, racking up numerous championships along the way. Players say the teams always won because they didn't want to disappoint their coach-and school principal.

In addition to Christ Methodist, Drash was a headmaster at the following schools: Bayside Academy, in Daphne, Ala.; Sumner Academy in Gallatin, Tenn.; The Benjamin School, in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; and Scenic Land School in Chattanooga.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, J. Wayne and Lois Drash; his stepmother, Eleanor Drash; and brother Phil Drash.

A graduate of Rhodes College in 1961, Drash leaves behind his wife of 43 years, Ginny; and three sons, Lewis, Mike (Tracy), and Wayne (Genny); and three grandchildren, Emma, Billy and Tallulah.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at First Centenary United Methodist Church in Chattanooga with the Rev. Dwight Kilgore officiating.

The Morgan Sunday School Class of the church will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Burial will be Tuesday at 4 p.m. in Como, Mississippi, about 40 miles south of Miss. with the Rev. Samuel Godfrey officiating.

Following the burial, family and friends are invited to the house of Sledge and Denise Taylor.

The family will receive friends from 4-6 p.m. today at the Coulter Chapel of Lane Funeral Home.

The family will also receive friends from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Monday at the church and immediately following the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests the contributions be made to Christ Methodist, the school he loved. Contact the school at (901) 202-6060 or e-mail at Development@cmdsmemphis.org

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

Arrangements by Lane Funeral Home Coulter Chapel 601 Ashland Terrace, 877-3524.

Willard Durham

Willard Durham, of Chattanooga, passed away Saturday, June 13, 2009, at his residence.

Arrangements by Prestige Funeral Service, (423) 267-2683.

Dodie Ellis

Josephine "Dodie" McKay Ellis, 64, of Hixson, passed away Wednesday, June 10, 2009, after a brave battle with brain cancer.

Dodie was born in Lakeland, Fla., and was a longtime resident of the Chattanooga area. Dodie had her B.S. degree in Nursing from the University of Florida. She was a nurse for over 40 years and retired from Erlanger North with over 25 years of service in nursing. Dodie was a longtime member of Hixson United Methodist Church and the Friendship Sunday School Class. She volunteered at Big Ridge Elementary and Hixson High School for many years. Dodie loved to play bridge with her friends and enjoyed traveling.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Tom and Josephine McKay; and an aunt, Sarah Swatts.

Dodie is survived by her husband of 42 years, Fred Ellis; sons, Jeff Ellis and Rob Ellis.

The family wishes to express a special thanks to the Oncology group at Erlanger Hospital for the love and care given to Mrs. Ellis.

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

Services for Dodie will be held at 2:30 p.m. today at the North Chapel with Rev. Randy Martin officiating.

Burial will follow in Hamilton Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made in Dodie's name to any Cancer Charity of your choice.

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

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

Decie Ezell

Decie R. Ezell, 91, of Chattanooga, passed away Friday, June 12, 2009.

Funeral arrangements will be announced.

The family will receive friends 5-9 p.m. today at Heritage Funeral Home, 7454 East Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421.

Rev. J.R. Faulkner

The Rev. Dr. James R. "J.R." Faulkner died peacefully at home Thursday, June 10, 2009, in the company of those he loved.

He was born June 8, 1914, in Charlotte, N.C., and he lived to celebrate his 95th birthday with children, grandchildren and a few friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife Magdalene; his parents, James R. Faulkner Sr. and Katherine Massey Faulkner; brothers, J. Bernard, Woodrow W. and A. Mitchell Faulkner; half brothers, Paul and David Faulkner; half sister, Jean Faulkner Alexander; stepmother, Zella Mae Faulkner; and grandson, James Garland Faulkner.

He is survived by five sons and their wives, the Rev. Dr. Randall and Connie Faulkner, Oklahoma City, Okla., Robert and Donna Faulkner, Chattanooga, the Rev. Paul and Diana Faulkner, Chattanooga, Peter and Judy Faulkner, Valdosta, Ga., the Rev. Steve and Judy Faulkner, Simcoe, Ontario; 17 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

He also is survived by half brothers, William E. Faulkner, Williston, S.C., and Wade Faulkner, Pine Level, N.C. and many nieces and nephews.

As a young man growing up in Charlotte in the 1920s and 1930s he was a dance instructor and performer, entertaining audiences in variety shows throughout the region. He was employed in advertising sales for Warner Brothers and United Artists.

His life was radically changed when he was brought to faith in Jesus Christ in 1937. He was influenced in his early Christian life by the friendship of young adults who were a part of an evangelistic movement which was sweeping through the Charlotte area at that time. Among those close friends were T.W. Wilson and Grady Wilson later of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Under the spiritual guidance of some key businessmen in Charlotte, a group which later became a part of Christian Business Men's Committee, J.R. and his friends were active in gospel services in churches, public buildings and tent revivals throughout North and South Carolina and other Southern states.

After two years of biblical studies in the Charlotte Bible Institute, in 1941 he enrolled in Bob Jones College, then in Cleveland, Tenn. He was an art major, and he supported himself by designing and painting sets for the school's Shakespearean and operatic productions. In this he was closely associated with Dr. Bob Jones Jr., who became a mentor and close friend. It was at Bob Jones College that he met his beloved "Matsie," his wife of 65 years.

He accepted the call to become the pastor of South Rossville Baptist Church, Rossville, in 1945. During the years of his ministry in North Georgia, he was active in supporting Youth for Christ, the Gideons, and CBMC. He continued to lead revival meetings which were influential in leading many people to faith in Jesus Christ. In these meetings he used his artistic talent to create colorful "chalk talks" illustrating biblical themes.

While still serving as pastor in Rossville, he and his wife accepted the invitation of Dr. Lee Roberson to join the faculty of the newly-founded Tennessee Temple College in Chattanooga.

Beginning in 1946 he served in many roles in the fledgling institution including teacher, business manager and treasurer. In 1952 he was appointed vice-president, a position he held until he was appointed president of Tennessee Temple University in 1974. He served as president until his retirement in 1985.

In 1949, he was asked to become Dr. Lee Roberson's associate pastor in the ministries of Highland Park Baptist Church, at that time one of the fastest-growing churches in the South. His ministry was characterized by loyalty, humility, optimism, enthusiasm and hard work. Throughout his 42-year ministry at Highland Park, he was known for his pastor's heart of compassion for all people.

He loved to lead large congregations in singing the great hymns of the faith. He also enjoyed leading the children who went to Camp Joy in enthusiastically singing gospel songs and choruses.

As Dr. Roberson's close associate, he was heard for many years on the church's live daily radio broadcast "Gospel Dynamite." He assisted Dr. Roberson in the development and oversight of the branch church (chapel) ministry, a large bus ministry, the Union Gospel Mission, Camp Joy, World Wide Faith Missions, and major annual conferences held at the church and the college. He was a founding board member of Baptist International Missions, Inc. With Dr. Roberson, he was influential in the independent Baptist movement in the Southern United States, and served on the original board of the Southwide Baptist Fellowship.

He had a ministry nationwide as a speaker for conferences, churches and mission organizations. He received honorary degrees from three colleges, including his alma mater. In the 1970s he was given the key to his home city of Charlotte and honored by the mayor as a "favorite son."

Always creative and energetic, J.R. developed the ability to write poetry late in life. He published a book of poems in 2000 which was used to raise a large sum of money for Camp Joy.

He enjoyed golf, fishing and riding his motorcycle with friends.

He was devoted to his family members, all of whom are deeply grateful for his consistent example of Christian integrity and faith in Jesus Christ.

His epitaph was written by the stylus of his life: "May Jesus Christ Be Praised."

A memorial service of worship and witness will be held at Highland Park Baptist Church, Chattanooga, at 2 p.m. Monday, June 15. Dr. David Bouler and Dr. Randall Faulkner officiating.

Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery.

WDYN-FM, 89.7, will broadcast the service "live" at 2 p.m. It can also be heard over the internet by going to and clicking on the "Listen Live" link.

The family will receive visitors at a viewing 2-6 p.m. today, June 14, at East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 404 S. Moore Road, Chattanooga.

A second viewing will be held Monday, June 15, noon-2 p.m. at the church.

Memorial gifts may be given to Highland Park Baptist Church, Baptist International Missions, Inc., Tennessee Temple University, or to Camp Joy.

Fred Ross Jr.

Fred Franklin Ross Jr., of Chattanooga, passed away Saturday, June 13, 2009 in a local health care facility.

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

Elaine Graves

Elaine Blanche Record Graves, 73, of Apison, died Saturday, June 13, 2009.

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

Addie Hollis

Addie Louise Hollis passed away Saturday, June 13, 2009, at Erlanger Hospital.

She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Hollis; parents, Alex and Dalmer Miller; and brother, Richard Hartman.

She is survived by her daughter, Louise Harvey, and husband, Clyde; son, Bill Hartman, and wife, Lillie, several grandchildren.

Graveside service will be Monday, June 15, 2009, at Hall Cemetery on Signal Mountain.

Condolences maybe made at www.javerybryan.com.

Arrangements are by J. Avery Bryan Funeral Home 747 McCallie Avenue 423-266-2131.

Christopher Kilgore

Christopher Wayne "Kit" Kilgore, 39, of East Ridge, died on Sunday, June 7, 2009.

Christopher was a graduate of Whitwell High School and Chattanooga State. He was employed by Hasko as an electrician and for Millenium Packaging of Chattanooga. He was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by father, Kenneth "Cotton" Kilgore.

He is survived by wife, Pamela Kilgore, of East Ridge; two children, Caleb "Huck" Kilgore and Joshua "Bob" Kilgore; two stepchildren, Chad and Brittney Ayers; mother, Christine Dodson, of Whitwell; stepmother, Shella Kilgore, of Whitwell; brother, Robert "Cotton" Kilgore (Joy), of Dunlap; stepsisters, Vicki Lowe and Cathy Young, of Whitwell; father-in-law, Bill Britt, of Rossville; sisters-in-law, Kim Roden (Charlie), of East Ridge, April Alderman (Rob), of Cleveland; brother-in-law, Tad Britt, of East Ridge.

Funeral services will be held today at 2:30 p.m. with the Rev. Glen Smallwood officiating.

Interment will be in Red Hill Cemetery in Whitwell, Tenn., with Rob Alderman, Tad Britt, Jimmy French, Barry Heard, Chad Holland and Charlie Roden serving as pallbearers.

Honorary pallbearers will be Kenny Atterton, Jeff Brantley, Tim Easterly, Eddie Hambrick and Edro Harris.

Memorial contributions may be made to Pamela Kilgore.

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

Arrangements are by Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, East Chapel, 404 S. Moore Road, Chattanooga, TN 37412.

Luana Koozer

Luana Koozer, 88, died in her home in Chattanooga on Friday, June 5, 2009.

She was married to Herbert Koozer, who preceded her in death in 1979.

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Judy; four sisters; and four brothers.

She was a member of Ridgedale Baptist Church in Chattanooga.

She is survived by a son, Steve Koozer and his wife, Charla, Chattanooga; two brothers of St. Joseph, Mo.; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Services were held in St. Joseph, Mo., Monday, June 8, 2009.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Chattanooga.

Cleo Love

Cleo Hines Love, 86, of Chattanooga, passed away Tuesday, June 9, 2009, at her residence.

Survivors: son, Jerry Love; daughter, Patricia Love, both of Cleveland, Ohio; a host of grandchildren; great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

Graveside service will be noon Monday in Ruth Cofer Cemetery with Pastor Tommy Stovall officiating.

The body will lie in state after 9:30 a.m. Monday at Taylor Funeral Home.

Nellie Lusk

Nellie Ruth Boston Lusk, 80, of Chattanooga, went to be with the Lord Friday, June 12, 2009, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

Nellie and her husband, Clarence, recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on May 26, 2009.

She was a member of Suck Creek Baptist Church for over 50 years. Nellie loved the Lord and enjoyed singing and playing the piano and guitar.

Survivors are her loving husband of 60 years, Clarence Lusk; daughter, Judy (Steve) Ford, Chattanooga; two sons, Bennie (Ellen) Lusk, Chattanooga, Michael (Connie) Lusk, Chattanooga; three sisters, Dottie Brackett, Dunlap, Tenn., Wanda (Buddy) Hourigan, Harrison, Carolyn Clark, Dunlap; three brothers, Lee (Joyce) Skyle, Dunlap, Tommy Skyles, Dunlap, Otto (T.J.) Skyles Jr., Dunlap; nine grandchildren, Ben Lusk Jr., Perry Ford, Christopher Lusk, Brian Crew, Tammi Harvey, Christy Sellers, Charity Lusk, Melanie Kimberly, Kristin Turner; twelve great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday in the Coulter Chapel of Lane Funeral Home with the Rev. Doug Tate and Grandson Christopher Lusk officiating.

Interment will be in Chattanooga Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be grandsons and nephews

The family will receive friends from 1-4 and 6-9 p.m. today at the funeral home and 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

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

Arrangements by Lane Funeral Home 601 Ashland Terrace, 877-3524.

Geneva Patterson

Geneva Emma Patterson, 95, of Soddy-Daisy, passed away Thursday, June 11, 2009, at a local health care facility.

She was a member of Soddy-Daisy First Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert L. Patterson; parents, John R. and Flora Davis; brothers, Paul and Mancel Davis; sisters, Catherine Shadwick and Joyce Smith.

She is survived by sisters, Almeda Davis, Elsea Hall and Mildred Smith, all of Soddy-Daisy, and several nieces and nephews.

Special thanks to Donna Shadwick, Dr. Jarl and the Soddy-Daisy Health Care staff, especially Judy Plemons and Wanda Bice.

The funeral service will be 11 a.m. Monday, June 15, 2009, in the funeral home chapel with Dr. Seton Tomyn officiating.

Interment will follow in Hamilton Memorial Gardens.

Her nephews will serve as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends from 2-6 p.m. today, June 14, 2009, 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.

Cecil Pence

Cecil Pence, 86, of Chattanooga, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Wednesday, June 10, 2009.

He was the son of the late Oscar and Lula Pence.

He was a veteran of World War II having served in the United States Army. He was a graduate of the University of Dayton, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Education. He taught middle school math in the Beaver Creek, Ohio School system.

Mr. Pence was a lifelong member of the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Dayton, Ohio.

Mr. Pence is survived by his wife of 60 years, Catherine Pence, of Chattanooga; three daughters, Pam (Jerry) Duckett, of Wooster, Ohio, Sue (Tom) Goubeaux, of Fayetteville, Ga., and Lisa (Lance) Marshall, of Chattanooga; five grandchildren, Laura, Evie, Angie, Paige and Grant; sister, Nora Herbert, of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 15, 2009, at 1 p.m. at the East Brainerd Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home with the Rev. Tony Walliser and the Rev. Chuck Patrick officiating.

Interment will be in Chattanooga National Cemetery with full military honors.

The family will receive friends on Monday from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1501 E. Third Street, Dayton, Ohio 45403, or to the Gospel City Mission, P.O. Box 1141, Dayton, Ohio, 45401.

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

Arrangements are by the Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist, East Brainerd Chapel, 8214 East Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37421.

Danny Weaver

Danny E. Weaver departed to be with the Lord on Friday, June 12, 2009, at his home. He was 59.

He was born in Kingston, Tenn. in 1949 and had been a resident of Chattanooga since 1973. He was employed with Alstom Power for 36 years.

Danny was preceded in death by his parents, Willard Clifford Weaver and Mary Beatrice Robinson Weaver.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Weaver; brother, Wayne Weaver, and wife, Jean; sister, Joyce Halcomb; brother, Fred Weaver, and wife Linda; sister, Karen Weaver; and brother, Karl Weaver. Additionally, he is survived by his two grandchildren, Jacob and Drew Wildman and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 15, 2009, at Paint Rock Church Cemetery in Kingston, Tenn. with Pastor Ted Pegram officiating.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. today at Loudon Funeral Home, Loudon, Tenn. Visit www.lane-coulterchapel.com to send condolences.

Arrangements are by Lane Funeral Home, Coulter Chapel, Chattanooga.

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Leonard Durham

GRANDVIEW - Leonard L. Durham, 87, passed away June 11, 2009.

He was born July 23, 1921, in Cumberland County, the son of Floyd Sr. and Letha Reed Durham.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Richard Durham; granddaughter, Peggy Hamby; and brothers, Samuel, Gene and Delmar Durham.

He was retired as a dry cleaner with Cumberland Laundry and Dry Cleaning in Crossville and was also a minister for 45 years having ministered at many different churches. He was former pastor and also member of Meadow Creek Baptist Church. He loved to garden and work the farm. He was a loving and devoted Christian man who loved his family greatly.

He is survived by his wife of over 60 years, Thelma Durham, of Grandview; son, Dewayne Durham, and wife Gina, of Oolthewah; daughters, Doris Hamby, and husband, Bobby of Mentone, Ala., and Linda West, and husband, Jim, of Akron, Ohio; brother, Floyd Durham Jr., of Spring City; grandchildren, Cristina West, Sharon Bilbrey, Tina Durham, Katie Durham, Dash Durham, Bobbi Hall; and five great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Monday June 15, 2009, at 11 a.m. CST from the chapel of Hood Funeral Home in Crossville.

Burial will be in Spring City Memorial Gardens.

Brother Alan Strickland and Brother Randall Dye will officiate.

The family will receive friends today from 6-8 p.m. CST at Hood Funeral Home.

Hood Funeral Home and Crematory, Crossville in charge of arrangements.

Janie Earls

McMINNVILLE - Janie Earls, 54, passed away Friday, June 12, 2009.

Funeral services will be conducted Monday, June 15, 2009, at 11 a.m. CST from the Chapel of Watson-North Funeral Home with interment to follow in Maplewood Cemetery.

Visitation today from 5-8 p.m.

Annie Mount

KIMBALL - Annie Bell Rollins Mount, 81, passed away Friday, June 12, 2009, in a Chattanooga hospital.

Mrs. Mount was born on September 9, 1927, in Orme, Tennessee.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Francis M. and Sarah Anne Owens Rollins.

She is survived by her husband, Bradley Mount Jr., Kimball; sons, Edward L. Ake, South Pittsburg, James P. Ake, New Hope, Dennis R. Mount, Stevenson, Ala., W. Carl Mount, Bridgeport, Ala., and Jeffery W. Mount, Kimball; daughter, Frances A. Smith, Chattanooga; sister, Bonita Ridley, Bridgeport, Ala.; 12 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted from the funeral home chapel at 2 p.m. CDT today, June 14, 2009, with her grandson, Brother Michael Ake officiating.

Interment will follow in Sequatchie Valley Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends from 9 a.m. until time of the service today.

Arrangements by Tate Funeral Home, Jasper, TN (423) 942-9500 www.tatefh.com.

Larry Owens

DUNLAP - Larry Owens, 59, passed away Friday, June 12, 2009.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman.

He was preceded in death by parents, Irene and Denver Owens; daughter, Lara Owens; and dog, Rosie.

Survivors include daughter, Hayley Owens, Hixson; son, Andy Lively, Dunlap; fiance, Lynda Lively, Dunlap; grandchildren, Colby Morgan and Konnor Lively; sister Gail Catlett, Hixson, nieces and nephews; special dogs, "Big Head Eddie" and "J.D."

Services will be today at 2 p.m. CDT in the funeral home chapel with Brother Mike Manning officiating.

Burial will follow in Cove Cemetery.

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

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

John Reed

WINCHESTER - John Thomas Reed, 70, died Saturday, June 13, 2009.

Funeral service today at 3 p.m. at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in Winchester.

Burial to follow in Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Visitation 1-3 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Glenn Shearman

ATHENS - Glenn E. "Trusty" Shearman, 83, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, June 12, 2009.

Funeral services at 8 p.m. today at Bowers Funeral Home Chapel.

Interment will at 11 a.m. Monday, in Edgemon Cemetery.

Visitation today from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

GEORGIA

Harry Derryberry

LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN - Harry Lee "Chuck" Derryberry, 45, passed away on Monday, June 8, 2009.

He was preceded in death by his father, Harry William Derryberry; grandfathers, Herman Lee Walden, John Henry Derryberry; and his grandmother, Bertha Kilgore.

He is survived by his children, Joshua Lee, Lauren Nicole, and Joseph Michael Derryberry; his grandmother, Alene "Ma" Walden; his mother; brother, Mark (Jena) Derryberry; niece and nephew, Jordan and Kaleb Derryberry, and several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends, all of Lookout Mountain.

Memorial service will be held Monday, June 15, 2009, at 6 p.m. at Lookout Mountain Assembly of God, (Old Gillen School), on Highway 157 with Pastor Gene Strauss officiating.

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

Mozelle Elrod

DECATUR - Mozelle Lipham Elrod, 87, passed away Thursday, June 11, 2009.

Graveside service today, June 14, 2009, at Summerville Cemetery at 1:30p.m.

Interment also in Summerville Cemetery.

Louise Green

CHICKAMAUGA - Louise S. "Lou Lou" Green, 65, passed away Saturday, June 13, 2009.

She was born August 8, 1943, to the late Clarence and MayBelle Anderson Haney.

She was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by her husband, Donald Green, of Chickamauga; sons and daughters-in-law, Kerry and Kimberly Smith, and Terry and Bett Smith, all of Chickamauga; brother, Clifford Goodwin, of Avon Park, Fla.; sister, Ann Walker, of Chickamauga; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 16, 2009, in the funeral home chapel.

Interment will follow in Chickamauga Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6-9 p.m. today, all day Monday, and prior to the service Tuesday.

Arrangements by Wilson Funeral Homes, J. Avery Bryan Chapel, Chickamauga.

Thelma Hammitt

SUMMERVILLE - Thelma Yvonne Hammitt, 69, died June 12, 2009.

Survivors are daughter, Tammy (David) Ransom; son, Stan Hammitt; sisters, Kathy Beech, Mildred McGraw; grandchildren, Kevin and LeAnn Hammitt, Emily Hammitt; great-grandchild, Lily Hammitt.

Graveside services Monday, June 15, 2009, 11 a.m. at Pleasant Grove Cemetery.

Visitation 6-8 p.m. today.

William Ingle

SUMMERVILLE - William "Bill" Ingle, 69, died Friday, June 12, 2009.

Survivors are wife, Lena Ingle; daughters, Zeta (Ken) Reynolds, Joyce (Jeff) Warren; brothers, Albert Ingle, Earl Ingle; grandchildren, Leanna Warren, Daniel Reynolds.

Services 4 p.m. Monday, June 15, 2009, at Mason Funeral Home Chapel.

Visitation today 6-8 p.m.

Roy McKeehan Sr.

RINGGOLD - Roy Leonard McKeehan Sr., 89, passed away Friday, June 12, 2009.

He was born April 2, 1920, to the late Arthur and Nora Hardin McKeehan in Murray County, Ga.

He retired from Georgia Farm Bureau, where he worked as an agency manager for twenty years and he was of the Baptist faith. He was also a 60 year Mason with the Quitman Lodge in Ringgold. He loved spending time with his grandchildren, fishing, and playing golf.

He was also preceded in death by his son, Mike McKeehan; daughter, Betty Marchese; two brothers; and a sister.

He is survived by his loving wife, Kate Nance McKeehan, of Ringgold; three sons and daughters-in-law, Bobby and Sandra McKeehan of Decatur, Ala., Leonard and Anita McKeehan, of LaFayette, James McKeehan, of Ringgold; daughter and son-in-law, Regina and Jerry Bryant, of Ringgold; sister, Fran Swenson, of Calif.; brother, Melvin McKeehan, of East Ridge; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Monday, June 16, 2009, in the funeral home chapel.

Interment will follow in Keith Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today and prior to the service Monday at the Wallis-Stewart Chapel of Wilson Funeral Homes, Ringgold.

Tom Pickell

CHICKAMAUGA - Tom Pickell, 69, died Friday June 12, 2009.

He was preceded in death by a son, Thomas Miller Pickell; parents, Lucille Hixon and J. Miller Pickell; and brother, LaMar Pickell.

At the time of his death, he was employed by Crystal Springs Print Works.

He is survived by wife, Carolyn Lawson Pickell, Chickamauga; children, Chuck (Becky) Donahue, Lookout Mountain, David (Kim) Beach, Iraq, Kim Beach (Jerry) Belcher, Rossville; grandson Jordan Sprosty, Chickamauga; sister and brother-in-law, Nelda and Bill McCurdy, Rossville; nephew, Dale (Beth) McCurdy; and niece, Gray Anna McCurdy.

Graveside service Monday 11 a.m. at LaFayette Memory Gardens with the Rev. Herschel Greeson officiating.

Visitation today 2-4 and 5-8 p.m.

Donations may be made to the Cancer Society or to your favorite charity.

Arrangements by Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home.

James Pledger Sr.

SUMMERVILLE - James L. "Pat" Pledger Sr., 70, died Thursday, June 11, 2009.

Funeral 2 p.m. Monday in the chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home.

Visitation today 6-9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Minerva Scealf

HIGH POINT - Minerva Irene "Baby Sis" Scealf, 89, passed away Saturday, June 13, 2009, at a local hospital.

"Baby Sis" or "Sister Baby" as she was known to her family, was born in Chattanooga on Christmas Eve in 1919 and lived in the East Lake area until her family moved to the High Point community. She attended High Point School and the McKenzie School of Business. She was a Candy Striper at Erlanger Hospital for a short period of time before taking a position at the "Post" in Fort Oglethorpe during the war. She had many stories to tell about the people stationed there as well as the events that transpired. After the war, she transferred to the Justice Department of the federal government. Because she worked so closely with many of the Federal judges, she came in contact and made friends with many well-known and influential people. The most notable would be her friendship with Estes Kefauver. The highlight of her career and one she talked about frequently was her involvement in the Hoffa trial held in Chattanooga in the mid-60's.

She never married but devoted her life to her family and her career. She was a member of Lookout Baptist Church in High Point.

She was preceded in death by her beloved parents, especially her mother, Leatha "Momma Leathie" and Albert "Abby" Scealf; a sister, Lillie Marie Scealf; four brothers, James Scealf, Eugene Scealf, George W. Scealf, and Charles "Harvey" Scealf, all of the Chattanooga area; a nephew, Jimmy Scealf, also of Chattanooga; and a niece, Glenda Donato, of Cleveland, Ohio.

She is survived by nieces and nephews, Verna Sue Whited, Winifred Holloway, Judy Henson, Sharon Miller, Steve Scealf, and Jeff Scealf, all of the Chattanooga area; Eugene "Buddy" Scealf of Cleveland, Ohio, Douglas, Bill, and Darrel Scealf, of High Point, David Scealf, of Rossville, Kathy Scealf and Kevin Scealf, of Flintstone, and Charles "Rocky" Scealf of Wahalla, S.C.

The family wishes to thank all those who took such good care of her during her ten years as a patient at NHC of Fort Oglethorpe.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 15, 2009, at the chapel with the Rev. C. F. Strickland officiating.

Interment will follow at Lookout Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 4-7 p.m. today, June 16, 2009.

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

Edna Willingham

RINGGOLD - Edna Willingham, died peacefully Thursday, June 11, 2009, at her residence.

She was a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church. Mrs. Willingham was a loving wife, mother, and Nana.

Survivors include her devoted husband of 59 years, Hugh "Spud" Willingham; daughters, Diane (David) Ownbey, and Staci Willingham, all of Ringgold; grandchildren, Brooke (Kevin) Lewis, Tori (Ashley) O'Donald, Zac (Kendy) Ownbey, Madison Davis; great-grandchildren, Riley O'Donald and Molly Kate Lewis.

Services will be at noon Monday in the chapel with the Rev. Randy Chestnut officiating.

Interment will follow in National Cemetery.

The family would like to thank Hutcheson Hospice, especially Sandra Plemons, for all of their loving care.

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

The family will receive friends from 1-8 p.m. today at Heritage Funeral Home and Crematory, Battlefield Parkway.

ALABAMA

Elna Crowe

FORT PAYNE - Elna Faye Crowe, 71, passed away Friday, June 12, 2009, at her residence.

She is survived by her sons Tom (Jennifer) Jones of Smyrna, Tenn., and Robert Jones, of Fort Payne; brothers, Vealdor, Talmadge, and Malcolm Prater; sister, Myrtle Vaughn; and grandchildren, Zack, Amber, Robbie, Michael, Preston, and Taylor.

Memorial services will be 6 p.m. (CST) Tuesday, June 16, 2009, at Wilson Funeral Home Chapel in Fort Payne.

Wilson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, online guetbook, www.wilsonfhinc.com.

The family will receive friends Tuesday from 4 p.m. until the time of the service at 6 p.m.

OTHER AREAS

Fannie Kyker

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Fannie LaVelle "Goodie" Kyker, died Thursday, June 11, 2009, at Forrrest General Hospital.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Temple Baptist Church East Campus.

Entombment will be in Roseland Park Mausoleum

She received a masters degree in language from Sophie Newcomb-Tulane University, Goodie began her career as a linguist/translator for the International Trade Mart in New Orleans. She later became a Medical Records Librarian for hospitals in New Orleans, La. and Jackson, Miss.

She was a member of Temple Baptist Church East Campus.

Goodie was preceded in death by her parents, Dana Harmon Kyker and Leo Fannie Kyker.

She is survived by two cousins, Alice Elizabeth Watts, of Hattiesburg and John L. Overstreet, of Madison, Ala., and life friend/caretaker, Joan Polk, of Hattiesburg and Donna Nvdegger, of Hattiesburg.

Memorials may be made to the Temple Baptist Church East Campus.

Visitation will begin 5 p.m. Monday at Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home of Hattiesburg, and at the church beginning at 1 p.m. Wednesday.

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