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HAMILTON COUNTY

Bettye Bass

Bettye E. Bass, of Chattanooga, passed away Wednesday, March 11, 2009, in a local nursing home.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy Monroe Bass and Willie Bell Lowery Bass; a sister, Beverly Bass Holmes; and brother-in-law, Martin Holmes.

She is survived by two nephews, Ricky Holmes and Steve Holmes, one great-niece and one great-nephew.

Bettye obeyed the Gospel of Christ at the age of 12 at the St. Elmo Church of Christ where her parents attended worship services. She was presently a member of Greenslake Road Church of Christ.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. today at Chattanooga Memorial Park with Minister Reid Perry officiating.

There will be no visitation at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Chattanooga.

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

Shirley Campbell

Shirley Campbell, of Chattanooga, passed away Wednesday, March 11, 2009, in a local hospital.

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

William Close

William Bell Close died Tuesday, March 10, 2009, at his Signal Mountain home at the age of 78 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Bill was born July 3, 1930, to parents, Louise Bell and Clarence Barton Close of Jackson, Tenn. During his teen years, Bill's family moved to Signal Mountain, during which time he graduated from The Baylor School for Boys in 1948. He wed his high school sweetheart, Sarah Jane Mathes in 1950. During his college education, he was a member of the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity and the Naval ROTC program. He received his degree in business from Vanderbilt University in 1952. Bill was later a member of the Army reserve.

Bill is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Sarah Mathes Close; brother, Louis Barton Close; sons, Paul Mathes Close and William Barton Close; and daughters, Elizabeth Bell Meerdink and Sarah Marr Crowell Brown. Surviving grandchildren include: William Barton Crowell, Sarah Crowell Nance, William Perry Meerdink, Anne Meerdink Cortner, Isaac Zachary Meerdink, Elizabeth Denby Close, Virginia Mathes Close, Caitlin Louise Close and Walter Bell Close, in addition to 10 surviving great-grandchildren.

Bill, owner of The Close Co. was a residential and commercial builder and developer. His projects spanned the areas of Nashville, Memphis, Chattanooga and Atlanta. Local residential developments included: Carriage Hill, Laurel Wood, Palisades Glenn, Shoal Creek Falls, Spring Valley, Port Serena, and Birnham Woods. Local commercial projects included: Mountain Creek Apartments, Quail Hollow, Chalet Apartments, and Adam's Square, among others.

Bill was active in both the Chattanooga and Signal Mountain Communities. During his life he was Elder Emeritus of First Christian Church, the founder of the local Habitat for Humanity, a co-founding member of the Signal Mountain Lions Club, member of the Signal Mountain Historical Committee, Chattanooga Home Builders Association, Board Member of the National Home Builders Association, a member of the Heritage Society at Baylor School, Commodore of the Chattanooga Yacht Club, Leader of Boy Scout Troop 60, and founding member of the ROMEOS, (Retired Old Men Eating Out). In 1995, Bill was honored to be the first inductee into the Homebuilders Hall of Fame.

During his life, Bill enjoyed hunting, fishing and boating, in addition to collecting and restoring antique automobiles. Bill developed his love of antiques while researching Sarah's grandfather, Walter L. Marr, Buick's chief engineer from 1903 to 1915. Bill was fortunate to own the only existing 1903 Marr Auto Car.

Family and Close friends will meet at the Chattanooga Funeral Home, North Chapel, at 9 a.m. Friday, March 13, before proceeding to Chattanooga Memorial Park, "Duck Pond Cemetery" for a private graveside service.

Visitation will follow at First Christian Church, 650 McCallie Ave., Chattanooga, beginning at 11 a.m. followed by a Memorial service at noon Friday, March 13, with the Rev. Paul G. Rebelo officiating.

Family and friends are invited to celebrate the life of Bill during a reception after the service.

He will be missed by his loving family and friends of the ROMEOS.

Please share your thoughts and memories at www.mem.com and www.william@close.com

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

Thomas Colston Sr.

Thomas Lee Colston Sr., 76, of Chattanooga, passed away Monday, March 9, 2009.

He was the son of the late Robert Lee and Minnie Bell Colston and was preceded in death by his sister, Jessie Ruth Wolfe.

He was a member of Bartlebaugh Baptist Church.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was a member of the Harrison Masonic Lodge.

Thomas retired from Exxon Corporation after 31 years of service.

Survivors include his wife, Drucilla Colston; four children, Thomas Lee Colston Jr., of Burleson, Texas., Beth Cox, of LaFayette, Ga., Greg and Gary Colston, both of Chattanooga; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three sisters, Jeanette Lindsey, of Birchwood, Tenn., June Heiskell, of Chickamauga, Ga., Shirley Gass, of Chattanooga; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. today at Bartlebaugh Baptist Church with the Rev. Don Ferguson officiating.

Interment will follow in Lakewood Memory Gardens, East.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Bartlebaugh Baptist Church or the American Diabetes Association.

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

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

Odie Earl Jr.

Odie Lee Earl Jr., 79, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 10, 2009.

He was the son of Odie L. Earl Sr. and Annie P. Bowman Earl. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Marie Lane Earl who died Sept. 9, 2000.

Odie was very active at Ridgedale Baptist Church where he served as Deacon, Director of Adult II Sunday School Class, served as an usher and led the HaCoBa Mission Team is St. Elmo for the Hamilton County Baptist Association. He was a member of the Friendship Sunday School Class and member of the Widowers group at Ridgedale Baptist.

Odie was a veteran of the Korean War having served in the U.S. Air Force. A graduate of the University of Chattanooga which is now UTC. Odie was a member of the Half Century Club. He was a retired employee of the Provident Life Insurance Co. where he was a charter Life Underwriter.

Odie is survived by three sons, J. Lee Earl, Tampa, Fla., David C. Earl, Chattanooga, and Mark E. Earl, Knoxville; four grandchildren, David C. Earl II, Bianca N. Worrell, Johnathan E. Earl, Erikac Earl; one great-granddaughter, Briana S. Worrell; two brothers, Ronald Earl, Chattanooga and James Earl, Eagle, Idaho; three nieces, Peggy Liles, Janice Earl and Desiree Soteres; one nephew, Ron Earl Jr.

Funeral services for Odie will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Ridgedale Baptist Church with Dr. Bill Owens officiating.

Entombment will be in Hamilton Memorial Gardens with Wylie Gross, Vernon Duckett, Bill Henderson, Clem Schonhoff, Ed Markert and Troy Wilson serving as active pallbearers.

Honorary pallbearers will be the Deacons at Ridgedale Baptist Church, Friendship Sunday School Class and workers of HaCoBa Mission.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made in honor of Odie to the Faith Building Fund at Ridgedale Baptist Church, 1820 Hickory Valley Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421.

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

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

Doris Fletcher

Doris Fletcher died Wednesday, March 11, 2009, at a local health care facility.

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

Isaiah Glover Jr.

Isaiah Glover "Bobby" Jr. died Tuesday, March 10, 2009, in Camp Springs, Md.

He was a member of the class of 1948 of Howard High School.

Funeral arrangements will be handled through Taylor Funeral Home, 1722 N. Capitol N.E., Washington, DC, 20002, 1-888-882-2732.

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

Harry Green

Harry James "Jim" Green, 82, of Chattanooga, died at his home Sunday, March 8, 2009.

He was born in Wellsburg, W.Va. to the late Ray E. and Jessie Yingling Green. During World War II he was in the Navy for two years as a combat air crewman. He attended Davis & Elkins College for two years followed by a year at West Virginia University. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1953. He served for 10 years in the submarine service ending his naval service on the USS Skipjack nuclear submarine. He then went on to work for TVA, becoming superintendent of Brown's Ferry Nuclear Plant, ending his career with TVA as Division Director of Nuclear Power. Jim became a consultant, working across the nuclear industry on safety review committee's before retiring. After retirement, he enjoyed fishing, gardening and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Caroline Hill Green; and their four children, James Green and wife, Dawn, of Hixson, Linda Crane, of Hixson, Robert Green and wife, Susie, of Tuscumbia, Ala., Jane Green, of Asheville, N.C. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Jennifer, Paul, Jessica and John Green.

Memorial services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, March 13, 2009, at Brainerd Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Jon Schwartz officiating.

The interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: The Society for Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, Executive Plaza III, 11350 McCormick Road, Suite 906 Hunt Valley, MD 21031, or Avalon Hospice, 7625 Hamilton Park Dr., Suite 22, Chattanooga, TN 37421.

Visit www.heritagefh.com to view the Memorial Tribute and share condolences.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and 30 minutes prior to the service Friday at the church.

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

Don Hale

Don Rae Hale, 62, of Chattanooga, passed away Wednesday, March 11, 2009.

He was a lifelong resident of the Chattanooga area and was of the Baptist faith. He was also an Army veteran and adored his family and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Evelyn Hale.

Survivors include his loving wife of more than 30 years, Pat Hale, of Chattanooga; daughters and sons-in-law, Lynn Hale Lynn and Spencer, of Ooltewah, Lori Hale Landreth and Greg, of Red Bank, Brandi Hale, of Chattanooga, Sherri Painter, of East Ridge, and Tara Matthews, of Tiftonia; sons, Jerry Shirley and Chuck Westmoreland, both of Rossville; sister, Sharon Long, of Chattanooga; eight grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 13, 2009, in the Fort Oglethorpe Chapel with the Rev. Leroy Webb officiating.

Burial will follow in Chattanooga National Cemetery.

The family will begin receiving friends after 1 p.m. today and prior to the service on Friday at the funeral home.

Online guest book at www.wilsonfuneralhome.com.

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

Doris Hawkins

Doris Hayes Hawkins passed quietly and peacefully Saturday morning, March 7, 2009, at home surrounded by close family and friends.

Mrs. Doris Hayes Hawkins was born Jan. 6, 1929, to Camel and Ethel Hayes.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Camel and Ethel Hayes; husband, Herschel Hawkins Jr.; brother, Robert Hayes.

Doris Hayes Hawkins leaves to cherish her memories, a sister, Mary Jean Young, Chattanooga; God sent daughter/caregivers, Wendy R. Davis and Sharon Grover; niece, Kimberly Hylick, Nashville; nephew, Shelton W. Young Jr., Chattanooga; great-nieces, Shatonya R. Young, Roswell, Ga.; great-nephews, Jeamichal Young, Chattanooga, Shelton W. Young III, Palo Alton, Calif., Jordan Hylick, Nashville; great-great-nephew, Jaylan D. Gillespie, Roswell, Ga.; cousin, James Adams, Dallas, Texas; devoted brothers and sisters in Christ, Melvin and Georgia Anna Stewart; Johnny and Sharon Winston; and many other in-laws, close relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at noon Friday, March 13, 2009, at John P. Franklin Funeral Home with Brother Johnny Winston officiating.

Interment will be in Chattanooga National Cemetery.

The body will lie in state after noon today at John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Ave., 622-9995.

Sherman Hixson

Sherman Hixson, 88, a member of earlier pioneer settlers of Hixson, the last great-grandson of Houston Hixson, died Monday afternoon, March 9, 2009, at his home in Bluffton, S.C.

He and his wife, Rebecca Powell Hixson, had been in Bluffton for the past three years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Ephram Henry Hixson and Ophia Margaret Smith Hixson; brothers, E.A. Hixson and M.T. Hixson.

Mr. Hixson was a professional engineer, having graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, School of Engineering. He was a member of the Tau Beta Phi Engineering Society and the Professional Engineers Association. He was manager of manufacturing at Combustion Engineering Co., employee of Industrial Water Chemical and was owner of Boiler Heat Exchange Systems. He was a member of the U.S. Air Force serving from 1941 until 1946 and currently he holds the rank of Major.

Sherman was a member of First Presbyterian Church and the Lee Anderson Sunday School Class and was a member of the Chattanooga Golf and Country Club.

For over 200 years his family owned property in Hixson and most recently a dedication was held in honor of Sherman and his family where the new Hixson Middle School, and Morning Pointe of Hixson, Alzheimers' and Assisted Living Care Center will open soon.

Survivors in addition to his wife are a son, Dr. Sherman Douglas Hixson, of Memphis, and a daughter, Carol Hixson, of Savannah, Ga.; four grandchildren, Douglas Hixson, of Nashville, Emily Hood, of Memphis, Ben Pinson, of Atlanta, and Dan Pinson, of Chattanooga; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 13, at the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home with Lee Anderson and Rev. Gary Powell officiating.

Interment will be in Hamilton Memorial Gardens with full military honors.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 535 McCallie Ave., Chattanooga, TN 37402.

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

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

Mary Holmes

Mary Elizabeth Holmes left her earthly home for her heavenly home on Tuesday, March 10, 2009.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. today at the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist with Dr. Ronnie Mitchell and the Rev. Bill Jackson officiating.

Burial will be in Tennessee-Georgia Memorial Park.

Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Go-Getters Sunday School Class.

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

Allison Johnson

Allison Almon Johnson, of Signal Mountain, died Monday, March 9, 2009.

She is survived by her husband, Phil Johnson; children, Phillip Johnson, Gowan Johnson, Susan Seiler, Bill Johnson and Lucinda Millard; six grandchildren; sisters, Lou Maynard, Sarah Gomien and Mary Pugh.

A Memorial Service will be held at Signal Crest United Methodist Church today, March 12, at 2 p.m.

Visitation will be immediately after the service at the Church. Burial will be private at Chattanooga National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Signal Mountain United Methodist Church Building Fund or a favorite charity.

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

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

Peggy Jones

Peggy McKenzie Jones, 46, of Chattanooga, died Tuesday, March 10, 2009, at her home.

Mrs. Jones was born at Dewitt Army Hospital at Fort Belvoir Alexandria, Va. She graduated high school in 1980. She moved to Chattanooga in 1985 and graduated with a bachelor's degree in Nursing in 1987 from UTC and worked for East Ridge Hospital while attending college. She was a registered nurse having worked for Hutcheson Medical Center, Blood Assurance and Chattanooga Heart Institute Mrs. Jones was also a certified massage therapist and was the owner of Hands On Therapeutics. She was the daughter of the late Peggy Ramsey McKenzie.

Survivors include her husband, Dale Jones; father and stepmother, Bobby McKenzie and Sherry McKenzie; a stepbrother, William Joseph (Kirsten) Schaefer, Leesburg, Va.; stepsister, Janel (Jeff) Lamoureaux, Clifton, Va.

Services will be held today at 7 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Minister Steve Plemons officiating.

Mrs. Jones will be then be taken to Coffee County Funeral Home in Manchester, Tenn., for visitation from 4-7 p.m. Friday with a service in the chapel at 7 p.m. with Minister Lynwood Mathis officiating.

Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens.

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

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Heritage Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 7454 East Brainerd Road.

Dorothy Lacy

Dorothy Lacy passed away Wednesday, March 11, 2009, in Chattanooga.

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

Mary Lee

Mary Lee, 85, of Chattanooga, passed away Tuesday, March 10, 2009, in a local hospital.

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

Dick Lynch

John Dillon Lynch Jr., 86, of Hixson, passed away Wednesday, March 11, 2009, in a local hospital.

He was a native of Franklin County, Sherwood, Tenn. He was a Navy veteran of World War II serving in the Asiatic Pacific Theater. He was a graduate of the University of Chattanooga Class of 1949 and was retired from General Motors Acceptance Corporation. He was an active member of Rivermont Presbyterian Church since 1960 where he had served as Deacon and Elder and recognized as Elder Emeritus in 2007.

Survivors, wife of 58 years, Margaret B. Lynch; three daughters, Catherine L. (Dan) Bennett, Marsha L. (Lynn) Vandergriff, Janice L. (Bruce) Mercer; one son, John D. (Shara) Lynch II; three sisters, Thelma Lamb, Betty Sue Moore and Jean Abney; grandchildren, Jennifer (Andrew) Nix, Amanda Vandergriff, Christy Vandergriff and Carrie Lynch.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Chattanooga National Cemetery.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Rivermont Presbyterian Church with Dr. Daniel N. Sansbury and Dr. Robert Watkin officiating.

The family will receive friends from 4 until 7 p.m. Friday at the Rivermont Presbyterian Church Commons.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Good Samaritan Fund of Rivermont Presbyterian Church.

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

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

Cassie Motes

Cassie Cleo Motes, of Hixson passed away Tuesday, March 10, 2009, at her home.

Cassie was a lifelong resident of Chattanooga and a graduate of Chattanooga High School. She was married to Bill Motes for 50 years before his death in 1993 and was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.

Cassie was an avid golfer and a member of Valleybrook Women's Golf Association and Chattanooga Women's Golf Association. She was a brilliant bridge player and a master at working crossword puzzles.

She is survived by her daughters, Cheryl (James) Stutz, Knoxville and Patti (Jim) Meeks, Chattanooga; grandchildren, Jeff (Carla) Stutz, Chattanooga, Christy (Brent) Boggs, Knoxville, Jason (Heidi) Stutz, Church Hill, Tenn., Jenny (Todd) Bullard, Signal Mountain, Cassie (Tommy) Lucas, Orlando, Fla., and Lindsay Meeks, Tallahassee, Fla.; brothers, Gene (Cherrie) Roberts, Chattanooga, Morris Roberts, Scottsboro, Ala.; sister, Helene (Billy) Thames, Deer Park, Texas; 10 great-grandchildren; and three very special and loving friends, Lorraine Montagno, Linda Gloster and Brenda Mayfield, and a new friend of Cassie's, Paula Sholtz, who cared for her with love and compassion.

Graveside services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. in Chattanooga National Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jeff Stutz, Jason Stutz, Tommy Lucas, Todd Bullard, Brent Boggs, James Stutz and Jim Meeks.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that contributions be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 5001 Hixson Pike or Hospice of Chattanooga.

Visit www.heritagefh.com to share condolences.

The family will receive friends today from 5 to 7 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home, East Brainerd Road.

Martha Oakes

Martha June Oakes, 57, of Chattanooga, died Tuesday, March 10, 2009.

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

Helen Owens

Helen Lee Owens, 57, of Rocky Face, Ga., passed away Wednesday, March 11, 2009, in a Chattanooga area hospital.

She was the daughter of the late Hosea and Nobie Adams and was preceded in death by her sister, Peggy Jo Johnson.

She was a member of Apison Baptist Church where she served as the head of the Women's Ministry. She also served in the AWANA program and on the flower committee.

Helen worked as an ultrasound technician for Hamilton Hospital.

Survivors include her husband, Dudley M.Owens; three children, David Scott (Jenifer) Owens, of Birmingham, Ala., Gypsy Dawn (David) Barretto, of Albertville, Ala., Alison Leigh (Jonathan) Smith, of Dallas, Ga.; seven grandchildren, Magnum Owens, Bradly Barretto, Rebecca Barretto, Anna Grace Owens, Alexandra Smith, Madelynn Smith, Zachary Owens; four sisters, Glenda (George) Wenschhof, Ellen (Ross) Dannelly, Nelda (Bill) Hughes, Geraldine Murphy; three brothers, Ted (Jeannie) Adams, Terry (Sara Jo) Adams, Tony ( Carol) Adams; two sisters-in-law, Ruth Nelson, Doris Alexander; five brothers-in-law, Foster (Ann) Owens, Don (Jean) Owens, Doug (Betty) Owens, Gerald (Shirley) Owens, Ferrell (Denia) Owens; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Apison Baptist Church with Rev. Chris Campbell officiating.

The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to the service.

Interment will follow in Plowman Cemetery.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation or Apison Baptist Church Building Fund.

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

Arrangements are by Chattanooga Funeral Home, East Brainerd Chapel, 8214 East Brainerd Road.

Dudley Porter Jr.

Dudley Porter Jr., died Tuesday, March 10, 2009, at a local hospital.

Born in Paris, Tenn., May 10, 1915, Porter was educated in the public schools there, attended Murray State College, and received a law degree from Cumberland Law School in Lebanon, Tenn.

After service as Assistant Attorney-General in Nashville, he joined the Law Department of National Life & Accident Insurance Co., and also engaged in the practice of law in Nashville. He served in the Army in World War II, his principal assignment being Judge Advocate of the 100th Infantry Division, in France and Germany.

Porter came to Chattanooga in 1949 to head the Law Department of Provident Life and Accident Insurance Co. The following year he was married to Mary Rhoda Montague, who predeceased him in 1999.

In his 27 years with Provident, Porter served as General Counsel and was active in insurance industry affairs, being chairman of the Legal Section of the American Life Convention in 1958, and president of the Association of Life Insurance Counsel in 1975,

Following his retirement from Provident, as Vice Chairman of the Board, in 1976, he was Counsel to the Chattanooga law firm, Chambliss & Bahner.

Porter was a member of the Tennessee and Chattanooga Bar Associations, a life member of the Sixth Judicial Conference, and a Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation. He was for many years a trustee of the Maclellan Foundation.

Porter was a member of the Hamilton County Juvenile Court Commission, and served on the boards of Senior Neighbors, the Children's Home, and Moccasin Bend Hospital. He served on the Tennessee Historical Commission, and on the Hermitage board of trustees. He was a member of the Rotary Club.

Following his retirement from Provident, Porter's primary civic interest was in conservation and preservation. He was a co-founder of the Tennessee Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, a co-founder of the Tennessee River Gorge Trust, and a member of the first board of director of the Chattanooga Nature Center.

Porter was preceded in death by his parents, Dudley Porter and Mary Bolling Porter, of Paris.

His sister, Mary Porter Stiles, of Paris, survives.

Porter was a member of Second Presbyterian Church.

Memorial gifts may be made to that Church, the Nature Conservancy, or a favorite charity.

The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to noon Friday at Wann Funeral Home.

Burial will be private at Porter's home on Elder Mountain.

Ruth Robinson

Ruth Cates Robinson, a resident of Lookout Mountain, Tenn., passed away Wednesday, March 11, 2009, at her residence.

Mrs. Robinson was the widow of Sam F. Robinson Sr. and together they owned and operated the Lookout Mountain Pharmacy for over 61 years.

She was a graduate of Mars Hill College and taught in the Hamilton County School System at Apison, East Brainerd and Lookout Mountain Elementary Schools. After her retirement from teaching, she was often asked to return to the Lookout Mountain School as a substitute teacher and story-teller.

She was a member of Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church, the Tennessee Retired Teachers Association, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Lookout Mountain Beautiful Garden Club and the Fairyland Club.

She was the daughter of Jones Abner Cates and Clara Weigart Cates.

She is survived by her children, Samuel F. Robinson Jr. (Sally), Chattanooga, Robert W. Robinson (Donna), Signal Mountain; and Susan R. Fowler (Herbert), of Schenectady, N.Y.; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

The family wishes to express special thanks to Janie Sheets, Director of Nursing and the entire staff at The Terrace at Mountain Creek for their excellent care and attention.

Visitation and graveside services will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions made to the Lookout Mountain Beautification Fund, Lookout Mountain Elementary School, Baylor School or a favorite charity.

Sarah Rule

Sarah Louise Smith Rule, 80, of Hixson, passed away Monday, March 9, 2009, in a local health care facility.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. today at Lane Funeral Home, Coulter Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

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

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

Jimmy Senn

Jimmy Senn, 60, of East Ridge, passed away Monday, March 9, 2009.

Funeral services will be held today at 1 p.m. in the South Crest Chapel with Pastor Chris Peponis and Dr. Ron Tankersley officiating.

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

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

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

Gladys Shepherd

Gladys Cody Shepherd, of Lithonia, Ga., formerly of Chattanooga, passed away Monday, March 9, 2009.

She is survived by her husband, Milton Shepherd; four children, Perry Taylor, Lithonia, Ga., Edwina Whack, Tacoma, Wash., Edward Cody Jr. and Bishop Aaron Cody, both of Chattanooga.

She was preceded in death by her son, Joseph Cody and daughter, Peggy Sue Gibson.

She leaves behind 12 grandchildren, Valory Crutcher, Mark Gibson, Dr. Lisa Mitchell, George Taylor III, Jonathan Taylor, Clathyn Williams, Maria Denette, Joe Whack, Monique Whack, Edward Cody III, Edwin Cody and Juwana Cody; she is also loved by 22 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; adored nieces and nephews; extended family and friends.

A homegoing celebration will be held Friday, March 13, 2009, at 1 p.m. at Prospect Baptist Church, 734 Dodson Ave., with remains placed in state at 11 a.m. the Rev. Jay Trimble, pastor/officiating.

Interment will be in Chattanooga National Cemetery.

Visitation is today, March 12, 2009, from noon until 8 p.m. with family and friends from 7 to 8 p.m. at Taylor Funeral Home, 3417 Wilcox Boulevard, Chattanooga.

Family and friends are asked to assemble at noon at Taylor Funeral Home.

Brown & Young Home of Funerals, 7075 Swift St., Lithonia, GA 30058, 770-482-8898.

Announced by Taylor Funeral Home of Chattanooga Inc.

James Spears

James Wright Spears, 60, of East Ridge, passed away Wednesday, March 11, 2009.

He was employed as a salesman with Porter Paints. Mr. Spears was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving in the Vietnam War.

He was preceded in death by his father, William Glenn Spears Sr.

Survivors include his wife, Catherine C. Spears; two children, Jason Spears and Kimberly Scott; two stepchildren, Carrie Freeman and Sarah Freeman; three grandchildren, Jacob Scott, Mckayla Scott and Harlan Spears; mother, Nellie Irene Spears; siblings, Willie Glen Spears Jr., Teresa Barberry, Richard Spears, Michael Spears and Glenda Robertson; several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. today at the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist with the Rev. Wayland Stewart officiating.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Helen Warren

Helen Thomas Warren, 87, died Monday, March 9, 2009, on her birthday after visiting with her family.

The funeral service is today, March 12, at 1 p.m. at Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church. Visitation will take place at the church at 11:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church, Rock Creek Fellowship, or Saint Mark's School, 39 Trellis Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903.

Arrangements are by Wann Funeral Home.

Charles Wofford

Charles Edward "Chief" Wofford, 89, of East Ridge, passed away Tuesday, March 10, 2009.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home with Dr. Ronnie Mitchell officiating.

Burial will be in Chattanooga National Cemetery with a Masonic graveside service.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the Don Bruce Scholarship fund at East Ridge Baptist Church, 4201 Ringgold Road, East Ridge, TN 37412.

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Russell Baker

KNOXVILLE - Russell Alan Baker, 50, passed away suddenly of natural causes at his home Monday, March 9, 2009.

He was of the Baptist faith. Russell was a former comptroller with Chattanooga Choo-Choo for over 15 years and an avid Vol fan.

He is survived by his father, Jess A. Baker; mother, Barbara Baker Jackson, both of Knoxville; brother, Steve Baker, of Oak Ridge; sisters, Gretchen Alcorn and husband, Eddy, Lisa Baker Smith, all of Knoxville; nieces and nephews, Erin Elizabeth Walker and husband, Dan, Steven James Alan Baker, Cheyenne Sierra Alcorn, Sloan Alexander Alcorn and Jessica Ann Smith; great-nephew, Wesley Garrett Langford; great-niece, Katelin Elizabeth Langford; several aunts, uncles and cousins; and a host of great friends.

The family will receive friends from noon until 1 p.m. Saturday at West Park Baptist Church, 8833 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville, TN 37923, followed by a memorial service at 1 p.m. with Rev. Bob St. John officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 2200 Sutherland Ave., Portland Building, Suite 102, Knoxville, TN 37919.

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

Albert Crawley

KNOXVILLE - Albert Broyles Crawley, 89, went to be with the Lord on Monday, March 9, 2009, at his Knoxville residence.

Survivors include his loving wife of 64 years, Mary Cole Crawley, and extended family.

Memorial services will begin at noon today, March 12, at Central Baptist Bearden, Knoxville.

Mamie Holland

PIKEVILLE - Mamie Lee Brock "Granny" Holland, died Wednesday, March 11, 2009.

She was of the Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Gordon Holland Jr.; daughters, Patsy Sue Land, Crystal Rae Davis, Sara Josephine Layne; son, Charles Holland; brothers, Alley, William, Melvin, Huey, Millard, Varlin, Lester and Winfred Brock; sister, Iola Burgess; three grandchildren, Tressie Darlene Holland, Michael Layne and Travis Holland; and great-grandson, Doug Holland.

Survivors include daughters, Dora Reatha (Bobby) Housley, of Hixson; Greta (Tom) Way, of Dunlap; sons, Bigah Lee Holland, of Pikeville, Clifford (Nema) Holland and Vance (Dianne) Holland, of Dunlap; 25 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandehildren; sister, Willa Dean, of Womack, Ga.; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be Saturday at 2 p.m. CST in the funeral home chapel.

Burial will be in Johnson-Lewis Cemetery.

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

Arrangements are by Putnam-Reed Funeral Home, Highway 127 South, Pikeville.

Visitation is today from 5 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 9 to 9 p.m. CST.

Jerry Poe

JASPER - Jerry Don Poe, formerly of Jasper, passed away Thursday, March 5, 2009, in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

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

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mary Jo Rollins Poe and Edward Eugene Poe.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Poe; daughter, Linda Darlene Poe; brothers, Bobby and Bubba Poe; sisters, Charlotte Simmons, Linda Barnhill, Brenda Smith, Rosie Poe, Julie Packman and Laurie Poe; six grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial services will be held in the funeral home chapel, Friday, March 13, 2009, at 6 p.m. CST with Brother R. Wayne Bowman officiating.

The family will receive friends from 4 p.m. CST until time of the service.

Arrangements are by Tate Funeral Home, Jasper, 423-942-9500, www.tatefh.com.

GEORGIA

Eston Boles

RINGGOLD - Eston Boles, 74, departed this life unexpectedly Tuesday, March 10, 2009.

He was born in Spring City, Tenn., to the late Eston Boles Sr. and Ruby Boles.

Eston worked for Veliscol Chemical Corp. and was a retired Boilermaker. He was a member of St. James United Methodist for 34 years and was a charter member of East Ridge United Methodist. He was the Sunday school teacher for the Friendship Class. He served in many leadership capacities in his church. If there was anything that could be done, he always volunteered to the best of his ability.

He will be missed by the United Methodist Men for his Saturday breakfast.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Margie; daughter, Rev. Sherry Boles; son, Randy Boles; grandson, Justin Boles; and brothers, Hoyal, Grover and Roy Boles.

The service will be held noon Saturday, March 14, 2009, at East Ridge United Methodist Church with the Rev. Sam Johnson and the Rev. Janice Robertson officiating.

Family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until service time Saturday at the church.

Interment will follow in Catoosa Memorial.

The family requests no flowers. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to East Ridge United Methodist.

Arrangements are by Wallis-Stewart Chapel of Wilson Funeral Homes, Ringgold.

Jimmy Mahoney

DALTON - Jimmy Mahoney, 69, passed away Tuesday, March 10, 2009, at his home surrounded by his wife, three sons and their families.

He was the son of the late R.L. Mahoney.

Jimmy was a pharmacist in the Dalton area for 46 years. Jimmy loved serving the church, most recently serving as a deacon at Dalton First Baptist Church. Jimmy was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who loved his family dearly.

He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Pheliece White Mahoney, of Dalton; sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Kelley Mahoney, of Rocky Face, Pat and Erica Mahoney, of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Jeff and Katie Mahoney, of Rome, Ga.; mother, Elizabeth Mahoney, of Dalton; sister, Anne Hammontree, of Dalton; grandchildren, Caleb Mahoney, Hannah Mahoney, Grace Mahoney and Luke Mahoney; and nieces and nephews.

Funeral services are at 11 a.m. today at Dalton First Baptist Church with Dr. Bill Wilson and the Rev. Larry Flanagan officiating.

Burial will be in West Hill Cemetery.

The family will receive friends in the Atrium of First Baptist Church today from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 827, Dalton, GA. 30722-0827.

Words of comfort may be sent to the family at www.lovefuneralhomega.com.

Love Funeral Home, 1402 N. Thornton Ave., Dalton (across from Hamilton Medical Center), is in charge of arrangements.

Howard McDade

DALTON - Howard "Tater" McDade passed away Tuesday, March 10, 2009.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Shiloh Baptist Church with the Rev. Wayne Johnson officiating.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Interment will be in West Hill Cemetery.

Arrangements are by Willis Funeral Home, Dalton.

Joyce Morelock

ROSSVILLE - Joyce Gail Morelock, 37, died Wednesday, March 11, 2009.

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

Gladys Smith

ROSSVILLE - Gladys Carolyn Smith, 90, passed away Wednesday, March 11, 2009, in a local health care facility.

She was born on Aug. 3, 1918, to the late Thomas Riley and Mollie Henegar and had spent most of her life in the Rossville area. Mrs. Smith was a member of Cloud Springs Baptist Church and was preceded in death by her husband, Terry W. Smith; son, Lamar Smith; daughter, Mary Alice Coe; several brothers; and a sister.

Survivors include her daughter-in-law, Louise Smith, of Rossville; grandchildren, Pam (Brian) Fitzpatrick, of Rossville, Patricia (Heath) Cloud, of Trenton, Ga., Stacy (Andy) Hall, of Ooltewah, and Terry (Jacquelyn) Power, of Barbados; great-grandchildren, Matthew and Mac Fitzpatrick, Ethan Cloud, Clay Hall and Anthony and Cassidy Power; and several nieces and nephews also survive.

Graveside services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Tennessee-Georgia Memorial Park with the Rev. Matt Hall officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Building Fund of Cloud Springs Baptist Church, 210 Cloud Springs Road, Fort Oglethorpe, GA 30742.

To share your condolences, visit www.lane-southcrestchapel.com.

The family will receive friends today from noon until 1:30 p.m. at the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home & Crematory, Rossville.

ALABAMA

Willie Brown

SCOTTSBORO - Willie Faye Evans Brown, 82, died Wednesday, March 11, 2009.

Visitation: today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. CST at Rudder Funeral Home, Scottsboro, with funeral at 1 p.m. CST today.

Interment: Pinehaven Memorial Gardens, Hollywood, Ala.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Scottsboro.

Johnny Lowe

HIGDON - Johnny Ray Lowe, 52, died Sunday, March 8, 2009, at his residence.

Survivors include, wife, Dale Lowe; parents, James and Imogene Lowe; brothers, Franklin Lowe, Michael Lowe and Daniel Lowe; and sister, Judy Farmer, all of Higdon.

Funeral services will be Friday at 2 p.m. CST at Corner Stone Funeral Chapel with Dr. Virgil Stone officiating.

Family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. CST today.

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