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HAMILTON COUNTY

Lee Baker

Miles Lee Baker, 82, of East Ridge, went home to be with the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ Wednesday, March 4, 2009.

More arrangements will be announced.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Brainerd Baptist Church with the Rev. George Clark and the Rev. Robby Gallaty officiating. There will be a luncheon for the family and friends at the church after a private family burial at Hamilton Memorial Gardens following the service.

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

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

Ruby Baucom

Ruby Juanita Baucom, 74, of Chattanooga, died Sunday, March 1, 2009, in a local hospital.

Mrs. Baucom was a daughter of the late Jack Dillard and Thelma Ridge Hughes.

Survivors include two sons, Curtis (Marie) Gann, Lawrenceville, Ga., Donald (Tonya) Strickland, Oregon; two daughters, Darlene Battles, Tampa, Fla., Jane Harding, Chattanooga; sister, Peggy Randolph, Fort Pierce, Fla.; 17 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Harold McClure officiating

Condolences may be sent at www.heritagefh.com.

The family will receive friends from noon until 2 p.m. Saturday at Heritage Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 7454 East Brainerd Road.

Vaneta Bigham

Vaneta Bigham, 88, of Chattanooga, died Monday, March 2, 2009.

Born on July 14, 1920 in Dalton, Ga. She moved to Chattanooga in the 1960.

She was predeceased by her parents, Ernest and Lula Bigham; her sisters, Annie Dell Bigham and Doris Bigham Donald; and a brother, Scott Bigham.

She is survived by her niece and husband, Margaret and Steve McCauley as well as cousins Max and Betty Curtis.

Vaneta was a very independent lady working many years as a bookkeeper and for Alexian Brothers. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Chattanooga and DAR. She loved walking and being outdoors and would save food from her own plate to feed stray cats and wild creatures. She was a kind lady and required little for herself. She spent many years including her last days at Summit View.

Her family would like to express our deep gratitude for the attentive and loving care she received from staff members and the friendship of fellow residents.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home with funeral services at 7 p.m.

She will be buried Tuesday March l0, in the Bigham family plot at Black Springs Cemetery in Calhoun, Ga.

Please share your condolences at www.mem.com.

Arrangements are by the East Chapel of the Chattanooga Funeral Home, 404 S. Moore Road.

Georgia Bryant

Georgia M. Bryant died Thursday, March 5, 2009, in Chattanooga.

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

Edna Bunn

Edna Richie Bunn, 94, died Wednesday morning March 4, 2009, at Ogeechee Area Hospice after an extended illness.

Mrs. Bunn was a social worker for the Department of Human Service and retired as executor director at The Children's Home of Chattanooga. She was a member of First-Centenary Methodist Church of Chattanooga and later attended Pembroke United Methodist Church. Mrs. Bunn attended The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where she served several years as house chairman for the Pi Beta Phi Sorority. She was an avid golfer, member of the Chattanooga Golf and Country Club, and loved her dogs.

Mrs. Bunn was preceded in death by her husband of over 60 years, James P. Bunn; and son, Jeb Bunn.

Survivors include her daughter-in-law, Carolyn Bunn, of Chattanooga; granddaughters, Christy Burton, of Pembroke and Terry Hood, of Chattanooga; and great-grandchildren, Sarah and Adam Burton and Dillon, Cody, Nathan and Conner Hood.

The family will receive friends 10 a.m. Saturday at First-Centenary United Methodist Church with a memorial service to follow at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Kate Lyle Chapel of the church with the Rev. David Harr officiating.

Interment will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to First-Centenary United Methodist Church Inner City Fund, P.O. Box 208, Chattanooga, TN 37401, or the Children's Home, Chambliss Shelter in Chattanooga.

www.FlandersMorrisonFuneralHome.com.

Flanders Morrison Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.

Richard Cormier

Richard Ernest Cormier, 79, of Lookout Mountain, Tenn., passed away Thursday, March 5, 2009.

Memorial services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, March 7, 2009, at the Church of The Good Shepherd Episcopal, Lookout Mountain.

Arrangements by Heritage Funeral Home, 7454 East Brainerd Road.

Carol Corn

Carol Goins Corn, 70, of Chattanooga, passed away on Wednesday, March 4, 2009, at a local hospital.

She was a member of Hixson Presbyterian Church and recently retired from Covenant College where she worked in the Kaleo Center.

She was incredibly devoted to her daughters and her dogs and will be much missed by both.

Mrs. Corn was preceded in death by her parents, Walter Anderson and Louise Hartley Goins.

Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Wendi Corn Ware and Thaddeus Ware, Elizabeth "Betsy" Corn Pass and Greg Pass; her sister and brother-in-law, JoAnn Goins Frasier and Larry H. Frasier; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home.

A private burial will follow the service at Chattanooga Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends for visitation from 4 to 8 p.m. today, March 6, and on Saturday, March 7, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the North Chapel.

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

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

Early Cousin

Early Cousin, 71, died Thursday, March 5, 2009, at a local healthcare facility.

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

Christine Duke

Christine Duke, 88, of East Ridge passed away Wednesday, March 4, 2009, in a local health care facility.

Mrs. Duke was a lifelong resident of East Ridge, was a member of Temple Baptist Church, and was retired from Olan Mills with 10 years of faithful service.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, James Corey Jackson and Clyde L. Duke.

Survivors include three sons, Bobby Jackson, of New Port Richey, Fla., Bill Duke (Marilyn Diaz), of New Port Richey and Tom (Donna) Duke, of Tampa, Fla.; six grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held today at 10 a.m. in the South Crest Chapel with the Rev. Shad Smith officiating.

Interment will follow in Chattanooga National Cemetery.

To share thoughts and memories, visit www.lane-southcrestchapel.com.

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

Catherine Dyer

Mary Catherine Dyer, wife of 60 years to Joe Dyer Jr., went to be with the Lord Thursday, March 5, 2009.

She was the daughter of the late Robert and Mary Alvey; and was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Nikki Presnell.

She was a lifelong resident of the Chattanooga area and had lived in East Ridge for 47 years.

She was a member of Highland Park Baptist Church for over 60 years. Catherine served as a secretary and teacher in the church youth department.

She also served as secretary for the Tennessee Military District in Nashville, TVA, United Way and the Baptist International Mission Inc.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Joe Dyer III, of Pikeville, Tenn., Dan C. Dyer, of East Ridge; two grandsons, Dan Lee Dyer and Mark J. Dyer, both of East Ridge; and two great-grandchildren, Drew Presnell and Memphis Dan Dyer.

Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. Sunday in the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home with Dr. David Bouler and the Rev. Bruce Houland officiating.

Interment will follow in Chattanooga Memorial Park with Dr. Carl Dyer Jr., Johnny Holden, Bruce Houland, Steve Whiting, Bob Circeo, Dan L. Dyer and Mark Dyer serving as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. today and Saturday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Highland Park Baptist Church Building Fund.

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

Arrangements by Chattanooga Funeral Home, East Chapel, 404 S. Moore Road, Chattanooga, TN 37412.

Jonah Garner

Jonah Ranard "J.G." Garner passed away Friday, Feb. 27, 2009, at a local hospital.

He was born on Oct. 5, 1986, to Edith Taylor and Ronnie Garner. Jonah was educated in the Chattanooga public school system.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Alice B. Taylor and William Taylor.

He leaves to cherish his memories his children; Jonah Garner Jr., ShaKayla Kashun Garner, Turrell Deshuwen McClendon and Jamarion Charles Garner; parents, Edith Taylor and Ronnie Garner; sisters and brothers, Aaron Taylor, Jonathan Garner, Eric Smith, Angela Garner, Cedric Garner, Tony Garner, Angela Garner; a very dear friend, Brittany Thomas; a host other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2009 at noon at John P. Franklin Funeral Home with Bishop John Valentine officiating.

Interment in Forest Hills Cemetery.

Visitation after noon today at John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Ave., 622-9995.

Stanley Hall

Stanley L. Hall, 83, of Lenoir City, formerly of Chattanooga, passed away Wednesday, March 4, 2009 at Baptist Health Care Center, Lenoir City.

He was member and deacon of First Presbyterian Church of Chattanooga, a member of the choir at First Presbyterian Church of Chattanooga. Stanley was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, World War II and employed with Dixie Yarns Inc. of Chattanooga for 40 years.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jean Hall; second wife, Charlene Hall; parent, Charles R. and Maude Hall.

He is survived by his son, Randy Hall, of Herndon, Va.; daughter, Elaine Petsch, of Knoxville; grandchildren, Jonathan and Catherine.

Family and friends will meet today at Chattanooga National Cemetery for a 11:30 a.m. graveside service with Dr. Paul Ritch officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to WMBW, Moody Radio, 1920 E. 24th Street Place, Chattanooga, TN 37404.

Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. www.rosemortuary.com.

Sydney Izlar

Sydney O. Izlar, 98, of Signal Mountain, passed away on Wednesday, March 4, 2009.

Arrangements will be announced by the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home.

Hammit Jones

Hammit Jones, of Chattanooga, passed away Friday, Feb. 27, 2009, at his residence.

Funeral 1 p.m. today in the chapel with Pastor George Ellis officiating.

Burial: National Cemetery.

Arrangements by Taylor Funeral Home of Chattanooga Inc.

Cynthia King

Cynthia "Cindy" King, 46, formerly of Hixson, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 4, 2009.

Cynthia was born in Chattanooga on July 31, 1962 and played softball at DuPont Rivermont League. She was a 1980 graduate of Hixson High School where she was a member of the Band. She attended UTC at Chattanooga and majored in marketing from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Cynthia attended Highland Plaza United Methodist Church. She worked in Medical/Healthcare sales her entire career which carried her to California and then back to Georgia. Cynthia was currently employed as a Client Relationship Executive for National Accounts with 3M Health Information Systems and had a very successful career. She had lived in Lavonia, Ga., on Lake Hartwell. Cynthia was an avid golfer and enjoyed her boat "City Escape." She never lost her Tennessee roots and was the Tennessee Vols and Lady Vols BIGGEST FAN.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Hubert and Clyde King and Bert Carter.

Cynthia is survived by her parents, Delwyn and Katie King; her grandmother, Maude Carter; aunt and uncle, Loran and Patsy Carter; cousins, Kerry Adams, Rebekah Carter, Josh Carter, Wendell and Wayne Harkleroad and Vicki Forgey.

Services for Cynthia will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the North Chapel with Rev. Joe Guthrie officiating.

Graveside services will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at Westhill Cemetery on Emory Street in Dalton, Ga.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Share your thoughts and memories at www.mem.com.

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

Salvador Lujan

Salvador Garcia Lujan, 43, of Red Bank, passed away Wednesday, March 4, 2009, in a local hospital.

He was an employee of Herman Grant Co.

Survivors include his wife, Maria Carmen Carrillo; sons, Salvador Garcia Carrillo, Braulio Garcia Carrillo and Cristian Garcia Carrillo.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Sunday at Lane Funeral Home, Coulter Chapel.

Funeral services mass will be held 11 a.m. Monday at St Jude Catholic Church with Father Miguel Velez officiating.

Interment will be in Mexico at a later date. Please, visit www.lane-coulterchapel.com to send condolences.

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

Dr. Paul Mansur

Paul Max Mansur passed away Monday, March 2, 2009, in Chattanooga. Paul was a native Oklahoman, born July 19, 1926, in Hammon, Okla. to Josie Pauline Bayles and Estle Thurman Mansur. Both of his parents were born in the Oklahoma Territory in what is now western Oklahoma. His family moved about quite a lot during his early years. They settled in 1936 in the Wewoka area of Seminole County. Paul's musical career began in 1941 as a sophomore beginner on the French horn under the tutelage of Everett Wilcox, the highly regarded band director of the Wewoka High School Band. During the following year he surpassed the other hornists and became the first chair player.

In 1943 he entered the Oklahoma Military Academy and graduated from that institution in 1944. He continued his musical work in the OMA band that year under the direction of P.H. Kelley, (known as "Power House" to the cadets). He gave up the horn for the next two years as he entered the US Navy in September, 1944. After attending Boot Camp and Service School, Paul was assigned to the USS Leray Wilson, a Five Inch Destroyer Escort serving in the Philippines.

He was discharged in time to reenter the University of Oklahoma in the fall term of 1946. Paul also had attended the summer session at OU in 1944 before entering the Navy. His first major at OU was in Civil Engineering. Dismal math skills ended that venture and after considerable searching he changed to the School of Music as he had been playing with the university band and symphony orchestra for two years. He had also taken one semester of private study with George Yeager, the solo hornist with the Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra. He completed two Bachelor of Music degrees during the next three years in Music Theory and in French horn, graduating in 1951. As a student, he had also played extra parts and substituted in the Oklahoma City Symphony Orchestra.

On June 10, 1951, shortly after graduation, Paul married Norma Louise Reed of Konawa, Okla. and they lived in Oklahoma City. Luckily for Paul, Norma had excellent math skills which she applied to home finance. And, as well, Norma, initially being food-preparation-challenged, found herself enjoying Paul's cooking.

In the fall of 1951 he secured a Graduate Assistantship in Music along with the Phoenix Symphony Guild Scholarship to attend and teach French horn at Arizona State College at Tempe and a playing position with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra. After two years he graduated with a Master of Arts in Education degree.

In 1953 Paul began a two year term as Director of Bands of the Marianna High School, Marianna, Ark. On April 21, 1954, his son Max Lynn was born. Then, in 1955 he took a position as Director of Bands in the Tucumcari, NM Public Schools, staying for the next four years.

In 1959 he accepted an Assistantship with the University of Oklahoma Bands and began his doctoral degree in Education with a teaching field in Music. He played in the University Symphonic Band, directed the Air Force ROTC band, and helped with the conducting and planning of the Pride of Oklahoma marching band. He also taught Horn at the University for one semester.

In the fall of 1962 Paul had completed his course work but needed to stay in Norman to work on the dissertation, so he accepted a post as Director of Music Therapy at Central State Griffin Memorial Hospital. He held this position for three years and counted the experience as one of the best learning experiences and most satisfying job of his life along with being the poorest paid position of his career.

In 1964 Paul and Norma adopted a daughter, Kay Lenora, who was 4 years old at the time, a Native American of the Caddo Nation.

Paul completed his Doctorate in Education in 1965. This, in no small part, due to the math skills of Norma, finely honed through her work in banking and finance, being applied in the areas of personal finance and home economics. The family would joke that she deserved a Ph.T. degree for Put Husband Through!

So then, now being titled as Dr. Mansur, he was hired at the rank of Associate Professor and Chairman of the Music Department at Southeastern State College in Durant, Oklahoma. Later, the college became Southeastern Oklahoma State University, or SOSU, where he taught for twenty five years, beginning in 1965 as Chairman of the Music Department, and retiring in 1990 as Dean, School of Arts and Letters.

During his tenure he became the Editor of the International Horn Society, serving in that capacity for 17 years with a total of 23 years on the IHS Advisory Council, the organization's governing body. Highlights of that experience included eight trips to Europe to represent the IHS at Symposia and other functions. Other activity during these years included representation to committees and conventions of the state association of college music departments, the Music Educators National Association, and the Jazz Educators Association. SOSU engaged in a thorough self-study and became an accredited full member of the National Association of Schools of Music during his tenure.

During his time at SOSU, Dr. Mansur was the Principal Horn of the Sherman Symphony Orchestra for 20 years. He encouraged many of his better students to audition for the Sherman orchestra and provided transportation for up to four students per year who were successful in being accepted for the orchestra.

In 1975 he was elected to the Board of Directors of Camp Fire, Inc., and served five years in that capacity as well as on the local Board of the Bryan County Council of Camp Fire for some ten years. Paul also was a member of the Kiwanis Club for 35 years including a term as Lieutenant Governor of Division 8 for 1983-84.

While living in Durant, he also preached for the Blue church of Christ for some 10 years and later for 11 years with the Utica congregation.

Paul and Norma moved to Chattanooga, in 1995, and settled in the Hixson area. He soon began playing the French horn in community bands and the Cadek Community Orchestra sponsored by the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He also began teaching private lessons to students in several area high schools. A number of these students were selected for membership in the Tennessee All State Band and Orchestra and have since gone on to become professional music teachers and musicians. He also conducted the community band known as the Metro Musicians and continued playing with the Cadek Community Orchestra for several years.

Paul was delighted in 2003 to be designated as an Honorary Member of the International Horn Society. This is the most prestigious award the Board of Directors can bestow on any living horn player and he was honored indeed to be numbered with the most esteemed colleagues who have received this honor such as Barry Tuckwell, Hermann Baumann, Mason Jones, and other noted hornists.

In 2006 Dr. Mansur received the Distinguished Former Faculty Award from the SOSU Alumni Association.

His wife and he remained active in church work with the North Hixson Church of Christ where he often led congregational singing and enjoyed teaching. They were engaged in teaching prison inmates in Tennessee and North Dakota via a Bible Correspondence course.

Paul and Norma celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary in 2008. Their two children, Max Lynn Mansur, of Centreville, Va., and Kay Lenora Toothaker, of Somerville, Ala., endowed them with six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Services will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 7, 2009, in the Legacy Funeral Home Chapel.

The family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, that memorial contributions be made The Paul Mansur Scholarship, International Horn Society, attn: Heidi Vogel, P.O. Box 630158 Lanai City, HI 96763-0158. Online contributions can be made at http://www.hornsociety.org/content/view/118/106/lang.en/.

Arrangements are by Legacy Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 8911 Dallas Hollow Road, Soddy-Daisy.

We invite you to share your thoughts and memories with the family at www.legacyfuneralhome.com. 24 obituary line, 843-5055.

Angel Mendoza

Angel Montoya Mendoza, infant son of Rosa Mendoza and Daniel Montoya, passed away Monday, March 2, 2009.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 6, 2009, at Chattanooga Memorial Park.

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

Willard Mountain

George Willard Mountain, 85, of Chattanooga, passed away Wednesday, March 4, 2009, at his home.

Willard was born in Tazewell, Tenn., and lived in Knoxville before moving to Chattanooga in 1958. Willard was baptized in 1941 and served faithfully as one of Jehovah's Witnesses until his death.

Survivors include his wife, Fronzie Mountain; daughter, Rebecca (Gary) Durocher, of Lakeland, Fla.; son, Ronald (Kate) Mountain, of Stockbridge, Ga.; three grandchildren, Gabriel, Jacob and Shiloh Mountain; sister-in-law, Hortense Mountain; brothers, Odra (Eunice) Mountain, of Tazewell and Homer (Mary) Mountain, of Bushnell, Fla.; five stepsons, Dane, Darren, Dereck, Damon and Dayon Dobbs; nine stepgrandchildren.

The family extends special thanks to Hospice of Chattanooga for their loving care.

Memorial services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 1777 White Oak Road in Red Bank with Lebron Flanagan officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Jehovah's Witnesses.

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

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

Fred Mullins

James Fred Mullins III, 66, of McDonald, Tenn., "rolled into heaven" to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Wednesday, March 4, 2009.

He had a passion for Christ and he was a member of Silverdale Baptist Church and the Larry Wilson Sunday School Class. He served in the maintenance department at Silverdale Baptist Church as a part time associate. Mr. Mullins was a graduate of City High School. He attended Tennessee Tech University. He retired from the Tennessee Highway Patrol after 15 years of service and he also worked for the city of Collegedale. He was a member of the National Guard Reserves. He was a Mason and a member of the Ooltewah Lodge.

He was preceded in death by parents, James Fred Mullins, Jr. and Mildred Mullins; sister, Mary Ann Palmer.

He is survived by wife of 30 years, Terri Mullins, of McDonald; daughter, Mitzi Mullins of McDonald; son, Kevin Mullins and his wife, Ana. of McDonald; five grandchildren, Kirk Parker, Christian Parker, Jacob Morrow, Gavin Lippert and Audra Mullins.

Funeral services will be held Sunday at 4 p.m. at Silverdale Baptist Church with Rev. Tony Walliser officiating.

Active pallbearers will be Kirk Parker, Christian Parker, Herb Keedy, David Eller, Larry Wilson and Eric Cole.

Honorary pallbearers will be Gene Hughes, Carl Elliott, Eddie Robinson and Ron Hines.

Interment will be in Lee Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Valley View Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to Silverdale Baptist Church, 7236 Bonny Oaks Drive, Chattanooga, TN 37421 or to a charity of your choice.

Arrangements are by the Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, Valley View Chapel, 7414 Old Lee Highway, Chattanooga, TN 37421.

Jay Neyman

Wayne Jarrett "Jay" Neyman, 33, of East Ridge, passed away Tuesday, March 3, 2009, at his home.

He was of the Methodist faith and was a 1993 graduate of East Ridge High School. He was a Juggalo and will always be remembered for his kind and loving spirit, open door, generosity and sweet disposition.

Survivors include his father, Wayne Neyman; mother and stepfather, Penny and Mark Phipps; three brothers, Marc Neyman, Tommy Phipps and Justin Neyman; nephew, Kace Neyman; niece, Kendal Neyman; many loving aunts, uncles and cousins and numerous caring friends.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today at the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist with the Rev. Mike Shearon officiating.

Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

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

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

Ellen Pittman

Ellen Louise McVey Pitman, 51, of Hixson, passed away Monday, March 2, 2009.

She is survived by her son, William Pitman III; daughter-in-law, Melissa Pitman; father, Robert McVey; stepmother, Bonita McVey; brothers, Christopher McVey, Ken McVey, and Michael McVey; grandson, Asher Pitman. Online guestbook, www.wilsonfhinc.com.

Funeral services were held Thursday, March 5, 2009, at Wilson Funeral Home Chapel.

Burial followed in Glenwood Cemetery.

Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Dwight Poole

Dwight M. Poole, 85, Chattanooga, died Monday, March 2, 2009.

He was a WWII veteran of the U.S. Navy.

Survivors: wife, Helen Smith Poole, Chattanooga; daughter, Susan Poole Ross, Newtown, Pa.; son, Jeffrey Poole, Chattanooga; sisters, Lillian Nichols, Betty Roddy, both Dayton, Julia East, Battle Creek, Mich.; brother, Sonny Poole, Dayton; grandchildren, Megan Poole, Jeremy Poole, Ryan Poole and Emerson Ross; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral 6 p.m. Sunday Wallis Memorial Chapel with Rev. David Autry.

Visitation Sunday 4-6 p.m.

Interment 10 a.m. Monday in Chattanooga National Cemetery.

Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home LaFayette.

Mary Redmon

Mary Blanche Redmon, 84, of Chattanooga, passed away Thursday, March 5, 2009.

She is survived by daughter, Pam Cummins, of Chattanooga; grandson, Jamie Cummins, of Chattanooga.

Private services will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, Mrs. Redmon had requested that memorials be made to Hamilton County Humane Society, 214 Highland Park Ave., Chattanooga, TN 37404.

Laura Richards

Laura Tatum Richards, 84, of Chattanooga, passed away Monday, March 2, 2009, at a local healthcare facility.

She was the daughter of the late Judson and Georgia Tatum.

She was preceded in death by devoted sister and brother-in-law, Aurelia ("Red Bird") and George "Chubby" James.

Laura was retired from the Presbyterian Board of Missions as director of Daycare at Newton Community Center. She was a charter member of the Links, Inc. and a member of Jack & Jill of America. She was an active member of Thompkin Chapel AME Zion Church. She was a member of the church choir and taught Sunday school. She was a member of the Howard High School Class of 1943.

Survivors include husband, Edward S. Richards; daughter, Aurelia Richards Clark; brother, Judson D. (Ludie) Tatum Jr., Cincinnati; grandsons Edwin Jones and Edmund Clark; several nieces, nephews and cousins; brother-in-law Paul (Anne) Richards, Virginia.

The family expresses a special thank you to the staff of Standifer Place Health Center and the hospice unit for their excellent care and attention.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 9, 2009, at Washington Hills United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bobby Black officiating.

Interment: Chattanooga National Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Sunday, March 8, 2009 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Ave., 622-9995.

Thomas Shafer

Thomas Leon Shafer, 74, of Signal Mountain, passed away Wednesday, March 4, 2009.

He was a member of Cumberland Presbyterian Church and the Red Bank Masonic Lodge 717 F&AM. He was retired from Combustion Engineering after 32 years of service. He loved working with his class reunion and with the Soddy Jaycees.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Elbert and Ovell Shafer.

He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Maxine Shafer; son, Martin Scott Shafer; daughters, Pam (George) Pigg, Sandi (Todd) Henon; sister, Gloria (Jimmy) Seymour; grandchildren, James (Kiley) Pigg, John Pigg, Savannah Henon, Victoria Hennon, Hunter Hennon; great-grandson, Tucker James Pigg.

A memorial service will be 3 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Donald Glenn officiating.

Family will receive friends from 1:30 p.m. Sunday until time of service at the funeral home.

In addition to flowers, donations may be sent to the Epilepsy Foundation, #1 Siskin Plaza, Chattanooga, TN 37403.

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

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

James Simmons

James Andrea "Bud" Simmons, 77, of Chattanooga, departed this life for a heavenly home with his Lord on Wednesday, March 4, 2009. He was born Dec. 10, 1931 in Beaumont, Texas.

He was preceded in death by grandparents, Andrea Stutes and Carmelita Albarado Stutes, of Lafayette, La.; parents, Charles G. Simmons and Emily Simmons, of Chattanooga; daughter, Janice Ann Simmons Carter, of Chattanooga and his wife, Catherine W. Simmons.

He was a graduate of City High School. "Bud" was a Navy veteran serving on the USS Rendova Carrier. He retired after 32 years with South Central Bell. "Bud" was a member of the Telephone Pioneers, a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, National Rifle Association and Temple Masonic Lodge 430 F&AM.

"Bud" is survived by a sister, Sarah Simmons Ballinger; nieces, Kathy S. Long and Karyl L. Claiborne; two great-great-nephews, Justin Claiborne and Zachary S. Long; two great-nieces, Katie Claiborne (Robert) Helmadollar, of Greensboro, N.C. and Mikayla S. Long, of Chattanooga.

A Mass of Celebration for "Bud" will be held at 11 a.m. today at St. Jude Catholic Church with Father Miguel Valez officiating.

Burial will follow in National Cemetery with Fred Lieker, Jerry Cantrell, Ty Sills, Bart McClure, Bill Brooks and nephew, Zach Long serving as pallbearers.

Share your thoughts and memories at www.mem.com.

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

Sophie Stappenbeck

Sophie Pfeiffer Stappenbeck, 86, of Chattanooga, passed away Thursday, March 5, 2009, at her residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced in Saturday's edition by Heritage Funeral Home, 7454 East Brainerd Road.

Susie Steele

Susie Jane Steele, 79, of Chattanooga, passed away Sunday, March 1, 2009, in a local healthcare facility.

She was a member of the Mountain View Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses.

She was preceded in death by her father, Jimmie Hill; mother, Mary Alice Campbell; daughter, Sharon Welcher; and five brothers.

Survivors: sons, Earl Steele, of East St. Louis, Ill.; General Welcher Jr. and Steven Welcher, both of Chattanooga; daughter, Marie Yearby Sales, of Huntsville, Ala.; 17 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; brother, Cliff Hill, of East St. Louis, Ill.; sister, Flora Strickland, of Chattanooga; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Funeral: Saturday at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Taylor Funeral Home with Brother Henry Lee Jr. officiating.

Burial: Highland Memorial Gardens.

The body will lie in state after 9 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Clara Taylor

Clara Frances Sturdivant Taylor, 88, of Nashville, passed away Tuesday, March 3, 2009, in Chattanooga.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wiley Donald Taylor Sr. She was a beloved mother and grandmother and survived by her son, Wiley Donald Taylor Jr. (Jamie Armstrong); grandson, Christopher Donald Taylor; sister, Dene Ramey; sister-in-law, Rhada Taylor; and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Taylor was a longtime member and Sunday School teacher of junior girls at Crievewood Baptist Church. She was employed for over 20 years at the Baptist Sunday School Board (Life Way).

Services will be conducted 10 a.m. Saturday, March 7, 2009, in Woodlawn's Dignity Hall with Royce Armstrong officiating.

Visitation with the family will be 5-8 p.m. today at Woodlawn-Roesch-Patton Funeral Home, 660 Thompson Lane, Nashville, TN 37204. 615-383-4754.

Johnny Tigner

Johnny "Champ" Tigner, 72, of Chattanooga, passed away on Thursday, March 5, 2009, at a local healthcare facility.

Arrangements are pending.

Personal and professional services entrusted to Franklin-Strickland Funeral Directors, 1724 McCallie Ave.

Ronald Young

Ronald Lee "Big Lou" Young, 57, of Chattanooga, passed away Monday, March 2, 2009.

He was preceded in death by mother, Mattie L. Young; grandparents, William M. Young and Willie Mae Young Coleman.

He is survived by his father, James (Ruby) W. Young; sister, Tanya C. Young; nephew, Jonathan M. Young; several cousins and dear friends.

Memorial services will be held at I p.m. Saturday, March 7, 2009, at the Trammell Chapel with Pastor Charles B. McConnell officiating.

Arrangements by Hardwick & Sons Funeral Home, Trammell Chapel.

TENNESSEE

James Arnold

KNOXVILLE - James "Jim" Ellis Arrold, 83, died Tuesday, March 3, 2009, at St. Mary's Residential Hospice.

Mr. Arnold was a member of Lake Forest Presbyterian Church and a WWII Marine Corp veteran. He was a longtime employee of Valley Fidelity Bank and Trust Co., an avid fisherman, accomplished archer and member of Smoky Mountain Archery Club.

Preceded in death by wife, Sarah S. Arnold and parents, Merrill D. and Helen H. Arnold.

Survivors include: son, Charles H. Arnold and wife, Debbie K. Arnold; grandson, James Samuel Arnold, all of Chattanooga; daughters, Ellisa Rose Arnold and, Frances A. Dunn and husband, John Robert Dunn III; grandson, John "Jack" Robert Dunn IV; granddaughter, Sarah Margaret Dunn; sisters, Frances A. Metcalfe and Whitney A. Dunford; and several nieces.

The family would like to extend their appreciation to all the kind people who have crossed Jim's path in the last seven years of his life. Our gratitude extends to Drs. Jeffrey Swilley, John Vannoy, David Wooten, the loving staff at Arbor Terrace Assisted Living Facility and St. Mary's Residential Hospice.

Family and friends will meet Saturday, March 7, 2009 at Woodlawn Cemetery for an 11 a.m. graveside service, Rev Samuel D. Melton officiating. East Tennessee Veterans Honor Guard will present military honors.

A guestbook and additional information are available at www.berryfuneralhome.com and you are invited to share your thoughts and memories of Jim at his memorial website at www.mem.com.

Family request friends to call at convenience today, March 6, 2009, at Berry Funeral Home, Chapman Highway.

Brenda Benton

ATHENS - Brenda Gayle Benton, 60, died Wednesday, March 4, 2009, at Athens Regional Medical Center.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Clearsprings Baptist Church.

Burial in Clearsprings Cemetery.

Visitation 5-8 p.m. today at Ziegler Funeral Home, Athens.

Olive Bratton

SOUTH PITTSBURG - Olive Christine "Dutch" Kirkpatrick Bratton, 77, passed away on Wednesday, March 4, 2009, at her residence.

"Dutch" was preceded in death by her parents, Bryan and Betty Brown Kirkpatrick; sister, Virginia Hope Pop; brothers, Washington Layfayette "W.L." and Arthur Bryan Kirkpatrick.

She is survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends. She was loved and adored by all who knew her.

The graveside service will be held Sunday, March 8, at 2 p.m. CST at Kirkpatrick Family Cemetery in Bridgeport, Ala.

Arrangements handled by Rudder Funeral Home in Stevenson.

William Marshall

ATHENS - William Benjamin Marshall, 80, died Sunday, March 1, 2009, at his residence.

Graveside service will be 1:30 p.m. today at Mountain View Memorial Gardens.

Visitation will be from noon-1 p.m. today at Ziegler Funeral Home, Athens.

Tammy Morrison

WHITWELL - Tammy French Morrison, 46, passed away Wednesday, March 4, 2009 at her home surrounded by family.

She was preceded in death by her father, Clarence Edward French; grandparents, Marvin and Mildred French, George and Ebbie Holland.

Those left to cherish her memories are two daughters, Carrie (Kim) Smith, Stacy (Jason) Driver; mother, Ruth French; brothers, Eddie (Sandy) French, Steve French, Glenn (Christy) French; grandchildren, Kimberly, Hannah, Hadyn and Katelyn; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. CST Saturday, March 7, in the funeral home chapel with Bishop Clayton Privett officiating.

Interment at Whitwell Memorial Cemetery.

Family will receive friends 2-9 p.m. CST today, March 6.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Whitwell Memorial Funeral Home, P.O. Box 898, Whitwell, 423-658-7777.

Jean Rakauskas

MONTEAGLE - Jean Ann Cox Rakauskas, 73, died Wednesday, March 4, 2009.

Funeral service 11 a.m. CST Saturday in the funeral home chapel.

Burial in Summerfield Cemetery.

Visitation today 5-9 p.m. CST

Arrangements by Cumberland Funeral Home, 207 MaBee Ave., Monteagle. 931-924-2381.

Aileen Roberts

SPRING CITY - Aileen Roberts, 84, died Thursday, March 5, 2009, at Erlanger hospital.

Funeral services are Saturday at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home.

Interment in Winnie Cemetery.

Visitation is today from 2 to 8 p.m. at Vaughn Funeral Home Spring City.

Michael Schuff III

ATHENS - Michael Jacob Schuff III, 61, passed away Wednesday, March 4, 2009, at his residence.

There will be no formal visitation or service.

Ziegler Funeral Home, Athens, is in charge of the arrangements.

Opal Smith

SEQUATCHIE - Opal Reed Smith, 85, passed away Thursday, March 5, 2009.

She was of the Church of God faith.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Mable Roberts Henry; two brothers, Carl and James Henry; and husband, Ben T. Smith.

She is survived by her son, James (Barbara) Vandergriff and her daughter, Diane (Thomas) Fulfer, of Sequatchie; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted from the funeral home chapel at 2 p.m. CST Saturday, March 7, 2009, with Brother Raymond Bryant officiating.

Interment will follow in Whitwell Memorial Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be James Vandergriff, Larry Fulfer, Bryan Fulfer, James Green, Jeffery Green and Gary Mc Donald.

The family will receive friends today, March 6, 2009 from noon until 9 p.m. CST and Saturday, March 7, 2009 from 9 a.m. CST until time of the service today.

Arrangements by Tate Funeral Home, Jasper, Tenn., 942-9500, www.tatefh.com.

GEORGIA

Evelyn Bowman

LaFAYETTE - Evelyn Virginia Culpepper Bowman, 94, passed away Wednesday, March 4, 2009.

She was born Nov. 4, 1914 in Barney, Ga., to the late Paris and Ethel Culpepper. She was the oldest of five children, and attended Middle Georgia College in Cochran, Ga., where she met and married her husband Wallace Wright Bowman. After graduation they moved to Saxaphaw, N.C. After the death of her husband in 1943, she and her two children moved to LaFayette to be near her sister and brother-in-law, Charlotte and Ross Abney. In 1948 she started the First Kindergarten ever established in Walker County, Ga. Approximately 2000 students attended her kindergarten during her 49 years of teaching. Upon her retirement the Mayor of LaFayette, Neal Florence and the City Council proclaimed June 15, 1997 Evelyn Bowman Day, and at her retirement party she was honored with the attendance of students from her first class, and several former teachers. She was presented with several letters and proclamations from the President of the United States, Bill Clinton, Governor of Georgia, Zell Miller, U.S. Congressman, Nathan Deal, and Walker County Commissioner, Buddy Chapman.

Miss Bowman was a Den Mother with the Boy Scouts of America and worked with her Cub Scouts to see them attain Eagle Scout Rank. Evelyn was a member of LaFayette First Baptist Church for more than 60 years, and was Director of the Homebound Program there for more than 40 years, and was a teacher for young single adults. During the Korean War a group of young adults from her class met at her home to publish a newsletter for the soldiers. She was also a member of the Adult Choir.

She received Winner of Vocational Service award in 1980 given by the Rotary Club, Winner of the Liberty Bell Award in 1984 given by the Lookout Mountain Bar Association, Winner of Distinguished Service Award in 1991 given by the LaFayette Chamber of Commerce.

She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Wallace and Frank Culpepper.

Survivors include her children, Caroline Bowman Dean, of Scottsboro, Ala., Wallace "Wally" Wright (Marilyn) Bowman Jr., of Brandon, Miss.; grandchildren, Becky (Mitch) Flanagan, Kim (Sam) Miller; great-grandchildren, Jeremy (Julie) Tubbs, Melissa (Christian) Lodde, Hannah, Brandon and Andrew Olvey, Lauren, Mackenzie, Riley and Caroline Imamura; great-great-grandson, Jackson Lodde; sisters, Charlotte Abney and Ruth Holleman; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, March 7, 2009, at LaFayette First Baptist Church with the Rev. Todd Gaddis officiating.

Interment will follow in LaFayette City Cemetery.

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

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be sent to LaFayette First Baptist Church.

Arrangements are by Wilson Funeral Home, LaFayette Chapel LaFayette.

Samuel Edwards

SUMMERVILLE - Samuel C. "Sam" Edwards, 81, died Thursday, March 5, 2009.

Funeral services Saturday, March 7, at 3 p.m. in the chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home.

Interment in Lyerly Cemetery.

Visitation 1 until 3 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Earle Rainwater Funeral Home.

Dean Escue

RINGGOLD - Harold Dean Escue, 59, died Thursday, March 5, 2009, at his residence.

He was a longtime resident of North Georgia and was a Christian. Mr. Escue was employed with Shaw Industries for over 30 years.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Greene Escue; mother and stepfather, Louise Key and Herman Haynes; brother, James Escue; and father-in-law, Bill Petty; and son, Allen Gravitt.

Survivors are wife, Arleen Petty-Gravitt Escue; son, Josh (Michelle) Escue, Canton, Ga.; son, Jeff (Melanie) Gravitt, Chattanooga; daughter-in-law, Kim Ward-Gravitt Dempsey, Ringgold; grandchildren, Cody and Dylan Gravitt, Ringgold, Lili and Emery Gravitt, Chattanooga, Madison Pearl Escue, Canton, Ga.; sisters, Alice Birdwell, Debbie (Tommy) Isenberg, all of Hendersonville, Tenn., Carol (Homer) Slayton, Bethpage, Tenn.; mother-in-law, Annie Mae Petty, Ringgold; sister-in-law, Barbara (Alvin) Pitts; brothers-in-law, Darryl (Stacie) Petty, Jerry (Kathy) Petty, Kenny (Sarah) Petty, all of Ringgold and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, known lovingly to them as 'Papa Dean'.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home chapel with Chaplain Jim Harris officiating.

Interment in Anderson Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hamilton Hospice, Dalton, Ga.

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

The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Saturday at Heritage Funeral Home & Crematory, Battlefield Parkway.

Sheila McFarland

CHICKAMAUGA - Sheila Rochelle Cash McFarland, passed away Friday, Feb. 27, 2009, in a Georgia hospital.

Funeral today at 1 p.m. at Oakwood Baptist Church, Chickamauga, with the Rev. Robert Knox Sr. officiating.

Burial: Forest Hills Cemetery.

Arrangements by Taylor Funeral Home of Chattanooga Inc.

ALABAMA

Lorene Garland

ROSALIE - Mary Lorene Blancett Garland, 86, died Tuesday, March 3, 2009, at Dekalb Regional Medical Center.

She was a member of Macklin Baptist Church.

Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Jimmy and Brenda Garland; chosen grandchild, Trevor Bass; caregiver, James Bass; several nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Mrs. Garland was preceded in death by parents, Bob and Lucinda Blancett; husband, R. L. "Bill" Garland; brothers, William, Walter, Carl, and Charlie Blancett; sister, Sara Blancett, niece, Carleen Oldaker; and nephew, Jimmy Blancett.

Funeral services will be Saturday at 1 p.m. CST at Macklin Baptist Church with the Rev. Bill Bass and the Rev. C.L. Wilborn officiating.

Burial to follow in Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. CST today and 10 a.m. CST until service time at Macklin.

Judy Lee

BOAZ - Judy Lee, 51, died Thursday, March 5, 2009, at Regional Medical Center in Anniston.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. CST Saturday, March 7, from Mount Olive Cemetery.

www.rainsvillefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Rainsville Funeral Home.

Margaret Smith

PLEASANT HILL - Margaret Fricks Smith, 90, died Wednesday, March 4, 2009, at DeKalb Regional Medical Center.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. CST Saturday, March 7, from Rainsville Funeral Home chapel..

Burial will follow in Miller's Chapel Cemetery.

www.rainsvillefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Rainsville Funeral Home.

OTHER AREAS

Herbert Felker Sr.

BURNSVILLE, Miss. - Herbert Wade "Fuzz" Felker Sr., 65, passed away Wednesday, March 4, 2009, at his residence.

He traveled the United States as an independent welder. He enjoyed football, fishing, horses and baseball.

He was preceded in death by his mother and stepfather, Olivia and Ellihugh Farris; and his second wife, Jo Ann Felker.

Survivors include three sons, Herbert Wade Felker Jr. (Melissa) of Chickamauga, Ga., Anthony Wayne Felker (Janell), of Burnsville, and Randall Glenn Felker, of Rossville; three daughters, Jo Brock (Mike), of Burnsville, Brandy Petty (Johnny), of Ringgold, Ga., and Chanin Lynn Alexander (Brandon), of Adamsville, Tenn.; one brother, Jerry Farris, of Johnson City, Tenn.; two sisters, Judy Murphy, of Booneville, Miss., and Brenda Shea, of Burnsville; 12 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and his ex-wife, Nina Felker, of Burnsville, Miss.

Service at 3 p.m. today, March 6, at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Tony Lambert.

Burial in Liberty Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Jerry Murphy, W.E. Bullock, Brian Cox, John John Petty, Billy Jackson and Bobby Felker.

An online guestbook at www.cuthallfuneralhome.com.

Cutshall Funeral Home in Glen, Miss.

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