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HAMILTON COUNTY

Robert Baker

Robert H. Baker, 79, of Chattanooga, passed away on Thursday, March 12, 2009, at his home.

Mr. Baker was a veteran of the United States Marines. He retired from Econ Carpet Mills. He also was an avid fisherman.

Mr. Baker was preceded in death by his parents, Hiram and Vera Baker.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Sara "Sally" Baker; children, Robert H. (Helen) Baker Jr., of Cleveland, Tenn., Scott Allen Baker, Rex R. Baker, Sara Ann McDowell and Donna Hatmaker; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; one brother, A.J. Baker, of Brunswick, Ga.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, March 16, at the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home with the Rev. Don Glenn and the Rev. Fred Smith officiating.

Interment will follow at Chattanooga Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends for visitation from 2 to 8 p.m. today, March 15, at the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home.

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

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

Olga Baughn

Olga Baughn, 83, of Chattanooga, went to be with the Lord on Friday, March 13, 2009, surrounded by her loving family.

Olga was a member of East Ridge Baptist Church and had retired from Standard Coosa Thatcher after 40 years of service. After her retirement, she became a cake decorator with Bi-Lo. Olga cherished her family and friends and enjoyed life and was a blessing to all who knew her.

Survivors: one daughter, Diane (Don) Howard, Hixson; two brothers, Henry Harden and Philip (Ethel) Harden, both of East Brainerd; four grandchildren, Donny (Jennifer) Howard, Gene (Wendy) Baughn, Chris (Robin) Howard, Kelli (Craig) Smith; six great-grandchildren, Madisen, Jordan, Luke, John, Wes and Ashton; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Monday at the Coulter Chapel of Lane Funeral Home with the Rev. Darrell Davenport officiating.

Interment will follow in Greenwood Cemetery.

Visitation is 4-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Condolences may be sent to www.Lane-coulterchapel.com. Arrangements by the Coulter Chapel of Lane Funeral Home, 601 Ashland Terrace, 877-3524.

Mary Bridgers

Mary Sims Bridgers, 89, of Chattanooga, died Saturday, March 14, 2009, at her home.

A native of Chattanooga, she was the daughter of the late C. Oscar and Effie Payne Sims. She graduated from Chattanooga High School and attended the University of Chattanooga.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, George Nelson Bridgers; her brothers, James M. and Jesse B. Sims, and sons-in-law, Robert H. Bailey and Donald C. Varnell.

She is survived, and will be greatly missed, by her daughters, Susan (William) Byrd, Peggy (Drew) Sterchi, and Cathy Varnell; grandchildren, Scott (Susan) Farley, Danna Bailey Cannon, Blythe Bailey, Christopher (Heather) Sterchi, Mary Sterchi, Adam Varnell, and Anna Varnell; six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Brainerd United Methodist Church.

Burial will be in the Chattanooga National Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 5-7 p.m. Monday, March 16, at the East Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made in honor of Mary to Brainerd United Methodist Church, 4315 Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, TN 37411; or Hospice of Chattanooga, P.O. Box 19269, Chattanooga, TN 37416.

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

Nell Clark

Laura Nell Clark, 77, of Chattanooga, passed away Thursday, March 12, 2009, in a local nursing home.

She was a devoted member of Ashland Terrace Baptist Church, where she was active in all its ministries and fellowship. Mrs. Clark was an employee of Krystal for 371/2 years and Erlanger for 10 years and volunteered at NHC Facility for 15 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James Ed and Anna Livingston Smartt; husbands, Carl Towers and Charles Clark; sisters, Willie Mae Little, Ida Pickle, Alma Phillips, Beulah Davis and Mary Wilburn; and brother, Edward Smartt.

Survivors include those most dear to her are her son, Ray (Linda) Towers; grandson, Scott Towers; granddaughter, Ellen Pruett; great-grandsons, Michael, Henry and Sam Pruett; sister, Stella Bandy; and best friend, Florene Tinker.

We would like to thank the staff at NHC for their compassionate care and to the Rev. Chris Davidson for his diligent concern and support for her and her family.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. today at Ashland Terrace Baptist Church, with the Rev. Chris Davidson officiating.

Interment will follow in Hamilton Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Ashland Terrace Baptist Church, c/o 212 Woodrow Ave., Red Bank, TN 37415.

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

Visitation is 1-2 p.m. today at the church.

Arrangements by the Coulter Chapel of Lane Funeral Home.

George Curington Jr.

George Washing Curington Jr., 78, of Chattanooga, passed away Friday, March 13, 2009, in a local hospital.

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

Howard Gannaway

Howard Milton Gannaway, 81, of Soddy-Daisy, left this earthly home Friday, March 13, 2009.

He was born May 27, 1927, to Annie and Eldon Gannaway.

Howard was a 42-year member of Daisy Lodge 706 F&AM, United States Army 426 Field Artillery and in 1989 he retired as a supervisor of maintenance at UTC. Howard loved reunions, especially those with family and old Army buddies. For the last 23 years, he had travelled to Mount Airy, N.C., for the 426 Field Artillery Reunion. How he looked forward to that!

He was preceded in death by his brother, Eugene; his wife of 34 years, Merita "Jo" Gothard Gannaway.

Howard is survived by his children, Diane (Charles) Ingle, Linda Gannaway, of Soddy-Daisy, Ron (Elie) Gannaway, of Nashville; grandchildren, Jason (Kerrie) Ingle, Jarrett (Lauren) Ingle and Hannah Guffey; great-granddaughter, Macy Ingle, all of Soddy-Daisy. Howard's extended family is wife, Norma Gannaway; sons, Bob (Rosie), Steve (Bunny), and Tim Harvey; daughter, Carolyn (John) Massengale; grandchildren, Kristen (Juan) Bloodworth, Chris (Tangie), Brad (Melissa), Cary Harvey, Timothy and Mandi Harvey, Johnny (Marie) and Eric Massengale; four great-grandsons, all residing in the Chattanooga area. Howard's remaining immediate family members are sisters, Marie Gannaway Griffin, Lois Gannaway; brother, Charles Gannaway, who resides in Rossville. There are many nieces and nephews (children of brother Gene) living in the Cleveland, Tenn., area. Other family members are the Gothards in the Rock Spring, Ga., area.

His family seemed the most important part of his life as well as two very special friends, Jack Williams, of Crossville, Tenn., and Gid Hughes, of Soddy-Daisy. Nothing made him happier than working in his vegetable garden and giving away everything he grew or taking care of his home and lawn. He also looked forward to Friday nights at the Mountain Opry just to talk to his friends. The biggest surprise of his life was honoring him with an 80th birthday supper hosted by his children at a local restaurant. Howard is already missed by his friends and family and always will be.

A celebration of Howard's life will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, March 16, 2009, in the chapel of Williamson & Sons Funeral Home. The service will be conducted by the Rev. Don Lasley and Bishop Sam Phillips, followed by a Masonic service.

His grandsons will be serving as pallbearers.

Visitation is 2-9 p.m. today.

Howard will be laid to rest next to the mother of his children in Hamilton Memorial Gardens.

Howard's family wishes to express their sincere thanks and gratitude to the wonderful staff of Hospice of Chattanooga for their loving care and support throughout this very difficult time.

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

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

Sissy Garner

Connie Marie "Sissy" Garner joined her mother and Christ on Friday, March 13, 2009, at a local hospital. She was 58 years old.

Sissy was a former Orange Grove School student. She was also a member of the "Special Friends" Sunday School class at Ridgedale Baptist Church. She lived with her parents for her entire life. Sissy's ability to lead a full and happy life was due in large part to the incredible devotion of her mother.

Sissy produced beautiful paintings. She loved music, crafts, TV game shows, books, Florida vacations, doing schoolwork and playing solitaire at the computer, at which she was outstanding. She was very happy when she visited her father's office and helped him. While members of Christ Presbyterian Church in Tulsa, Okla., in the mid-1970s, Sissy joined her mother in getting out the church mailings every week.

Most of all, she was devoted to her family and many friends. A visit from a family member was, in her words, a "happy day" and a cause for anticipation and excitement. The simple things were a cause for celebration. Sissy spread her happy attitude and her tremendous love to all those around her.

Sissy's life was greatly enriched with love and therapy from Therapy Consultants, Hans Humberger and Amanda Smith in particular. Everyone at therapy who knew her loved her and called her "sweetheart."

And she was "Daddy's girl."

Sissy loved Jesus and television minister Dr. James Kennedy. She was happy to hear children's Bible stories. She prayed for her family members every night without fail.

Sissy's family believes she was one of God's most beautiful and perfect creations, and her life was an example to which we can only aspire. We will never meet the mark she set. Sissy was the best of our family in every sense of the word, and her absence is devastating. We know she is happy to now be with her mother in Heaven, but she will be sorely missed for the rest of our lives.

Her parents are Frankie May Garner (recently deceased) and Kenneth B. Garner Sr. Her brother is Kenneth B. Garner Jr. (spouse, Sherry); and her sister is Mary Garner Gardenhire.

Other survivors are nieces, Kimberly Gardenhire, Beth Reed (spouse, Jerry), Julie Collis (spouse, Casey), and Katie Harden. Nephews are John Garner (spouse, Rondi) and Randall Todd Gardenhire Jr. (spouse, Amber). Great-nieces are Anna Rose Collis, Elise Collis, and McKenzie Gardenhire. Great-nephews are Daniel Garner, Maddox Gardenhire, and Blake Levi. Aunts are Connie Garner Webster (spouse, Kenneth), Shirley Hotalen Spencer, Doris Garner Ferrell, and Lola Garner Prince. Uncles are Norwood Hotalen (wife, Jean), and Carl Hotalen.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home with Dr. Bill Owens officiating.

Burial will be in Chattanooga National Cemetery.

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

The family request that any donations go to the "Special Friends" class at Ridgedale Baptist Church or to Duncan Park Baptist Church.

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

Jimmy Guess Jr.

James F. "Jimmy" Guess Jr., of Chattanooga, 95, went to Heaven on Thursday, March 12, 2009.

Born on Signal Mountain, he had lived most of life in Chattanooga. He was a WWII Army veteran, working with reconnaissance flight photography. Owner of Southland Studio from 1946-1966, Jimmy later worked for Paul Shepard Realty and retired there in 1984. He joined White Oak Baptist Church in 1946, where he had taught Sunday School, served on various committees and was named Deacon Emeritus. He had been active in the White Oak Lions and had served on the Red Bank/White Oak Township Commission, where he help write the charter, and also Red Bank Commission. Jimmy was a well-known musical entertainer who played 17 different string and woodwind instruments and played for many church and retirement home groups. He was a member of the Chattanooga Seniors Orchestra and Red Bank Senior Neighbors Band. He also built violins and enjoyed playing golf and was a former member of Signal Mountain Golf and Country Club.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Susie Guess; and infant son, James Franklin Guess III.

Survivors are his wife, Lena Hawes Guess; daughter, Suanna (Don) Sparkman; grandsons, Donny (Lara) Sparkman, of Knoxville and Todd (Michelle) Sparkman, of Rome, Ga.; great-grandchildren, Taylor, Reagan, Allison, Anna Cate and Brian Sparkman; sister, Billie Sue McKenzie; nieces and nephews, Diane Guess Baer, Jason Baer, Brad McKenzie, Jimmy Guess, Pat Walkup, Tina Walkup, Jane Hollis, John Daniel Morgan and Adline Frizzell; extended family, Mary Smith, Steve and Dwayne Hawes.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. today in the Coulter Chapel wit the Rev. Bert Jones and Dr. Adam Dooley officiating.

Burial will be in Chattanooga Memorial Park.

Active pallbearers will be Donny Sparkman, Todd Sparkman, Jimmy Guess, Jim Livingston, Judge Russell Bean and Brad McKenzie. Honorary pallbearers are Ralph Peyton, Gene Rutledge, Darrell Newman, Martin Sampley, Leonard Brannan, Loyd Sanders and the Paul McMillian Sunday School Class of White Oak Baptist Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to White Oak Baptist Church, Senior Adult Ministry.

Please visit www.lane-coulterchapel.com to send condolences.

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

Ruth Hamill

Ruth A. Hamill, 86, of Hixson, passed away Thursday, March 12, 2009, at her home.

She was a loving and dedicated wife of 49 years to her husband, Clifford.

Survivors include her grandson, Rick (Janet) Chapdelaine, of Hixson; great-grandchildren, Zac and Libbie, of Hixson; two great-great-grandchildren; sister, Mary Mabrie, of Florida; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Betty and Jack High, of North Carolina.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mary Ellen Locher Breast Center, Memorial Hospital, 2525 De Sales Ave., Chattanooga, TN 37404.

The services will be private. Visit www.lane-coulterchapel.com to send condolences.

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

Ruby Hodgdon

Ruby Kilgore Hodgdon, 89, of Chattanooga, died Saturday morning, March 14, 2009, in her home surrounded by several family members.

Ruby was born on June 25, 1919, in DeKalb County, Ala. She moved to Chattanooga to go to work as a teenager at Kay's Ice Cream Shop. She worked several other jobs including supervising in the kilns department of American Lava. She retired from the personnel department of Borg Textiles. She was a member of East Ridge Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jep and Flora Kilgore; and her sister, Lena Moss.

She is survived by her sister, Edith Ellis Clendinning and her husband, Dave, of Panama City Beach, Fla. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews, DeLoyd Moss and Loretta Wilson, of DeKalb County, Wayne Moss, of Jackson County, Ala., Wanda Bennett, of Birmingham, Ala., Flo Watson, of Panama City Beach, and Rodney Swillie, of Birmingham, Ala.

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

Burial will be at Chattanooga Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to East Ridge Baptist Church or to Hospice of Chattanooga.

Arrangements are by the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home Crematory& Florist, 404 S. Moore Road, East Ridge, TN, 37421.

Mary Lee

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

Mary Kathyrn was born on Jan. 23, 1924, in Bluefield, W.Va., to Maceo and Willie Mae Flowers Sr. She was a faithful member of New Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church. She retired from Chambliss Children Home of Chattanooga.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie Lee; son, Willie James Bullard; parents; brother and sister-in-law, Maceo (Rebecca) Flowers Jr.; sister and brother-in-law, Gloria Jean and William Duckett.

Survivors includes special friend, Eugene Townsend; god-daughter, Darlene McKenzie; devoted nephews, the Rev. Terry (Lynn) Flowers, the Rev. Ronnie (Carol) Bullard; nieces, Linda Clark, Faye and Doris Jean; Beatrice (Steve) Holley; great-nieces and nephews; special aunt, Morty; dear friends, Mae Ola Harrison, Eloise Jones and Brother Richard Sydney; a host of other relatives and many friends.

Special thanks to the staff of Erlanger and Hospice of Chattanooga for their care.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Hospice of Chattanooga.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at New Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Floyd Whiteside officiating.

Burial: Chattanooga National Cemetery.

The body will lie-in-state after 3 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Taylor Funeral Home of Chattanooga Inc.

Steven McCarroll

Steven W. McCarroll, 44, of East Ridge, died Saturday, March 14, 2009.

Private family services will be held.

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

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

Faynette Quinn

Faynette Daughtery Quinn, 78, of Soddy-Daisy, passed away Thursday, March 12, 2009, surrounded by the love of her family.

Funeral services will be 3 p.m. today, March 15, 2009, at Williamson & Sons Funeral Home.

Interment will follow in Hamilton Memorial Gardens.

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 Sherwood Jr.

Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. James C. Sherwood Jr., 77, of Hixson, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 12, 2009.

He was retired from the U.S. Air Force and also from AFJROTC at Hixson High School, having taught there for 14 years.

Jim's love of flying is shown in his Air Force service and involvement in JROTC, also showing his patriotism. He was a member of Hixson First Baptist Church and the Golden Glows at the church.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Spiess Sherwood; son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Allen and Tammie Sherwood, of Ooltewah; daughter and son-in-law, Janet and Jeffrey Sussman, of Chicago; four grandchildren, Allison and Laura Sherwood, of Ooltewah, Jon and Jimmy Sussman, of Chicago; two sisters, Patricia McKinster, of Martinsville, Va., and Jane Norton, of South Bend, Ind.

Services will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, at the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home with the Rev. Terry Shannon officiating.

Members of the Mens Sunday School Class at Hixson First Baptist Church will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Burial will be at Chattanooga National Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 3 until 6 p.m. today, March 15, and from 11:30-1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hixson First Baptist Church or JROTC at Hixson High School.

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

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

William Sivels

William Sivels, 49, of Chattanooga, passed away on Friday, March 13, 2009, at a local hospital.

Arrangements are pending.

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

Glenn Skiles

Glenn Jackson Skiles, 79, of Soddy-Daisy, was called home to be with his Savior on Friday, March 13, 2009, surrounded by his family.

Glenn was a member of the 1st Infantry and served his country courageously in the Korean War.

He will always be remembered for his tireless work ethic, devout Christian faith and relentless devotion to his family. Glenn was a retired iron worker and belonged to the Iron Workers Union 704, as well as a skilled carpenter, mechanic and mason. A member of the Mowbray Church of God, he was a leader in the church with an unshakable faith in his Savior Jesus Christ. Glenn was a song leader and loved Gospel music.

He was preceded in death by his father, Luther Skiles and mother, Blanche Griffin Skiles.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Louise Grant Skiles; son, Rick Skiles; daughters, Sandra Pollard and Carolyn (Ben) Parker; grandchildren, Mark Maynor, Matt Pollard, Eric (Sarah) Parker and Evan Parker; great-grandchildren, Josh Maynor, Jessica Maynor, Mattie Will, Hannah and Rachel Parker and Jackson Pollard along with close friend, Scrap Ledford.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, March 16, 2009, in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Scott Morrow officiating.

Burial will be in Millsaps Cemetery with military honors. His grandchildren will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation is from 4 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

The family especially appreciates Tim Ryder and Chaplain Les and everyone from Amedisys Hospice.

Memorial contributions may be made to Amedisys Hospice, 7161 Lee Highway, Suite 400, Chattanooga, TN 37421.

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

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

Frances Snyder

Littie Frances Snyder, 78, of Apison, died Saturday, March 14, 2009, in a local hospital.

Arrangements will be announced by Heritage Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 7454 East Brainerd Road.

Willie Talley

Willie Lee Talley, 89, of Chattanooga, passed away on Friday, March 13, 2009, at a local hospital.

Arrangements are pending.

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

Johnny Tigner

Johnny "Champ" Tigner, 72, of Chattanooga, passed away Thursday, March 5, 2009.

Visitation will be held from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. Monday, March 16, 2009, at Reuben Strickland Memorial Chapel.

Mary Tustison

Mary Frances Tustison, 61, of Soddy-Daisy, passed away at her home on Friday, March 13, 2009.

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

Charles Wofford

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

He had been a member of East Ridge Baptist Church since 1950 and had been a deacon and Sunday school teacher. He was a graduate of Central High School. Mr. Wofford was a member of East Ridge Masonic Lodge 755 F&AM and the Scottish Rite. He was a veteran of WWII, serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was retired from Combustion Engineering after 39 years of service. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, knife collector/dealer and a member of the NRA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward Gordon Wofford and Rose Ethel Lynch Wofford; two brothers, Ira Luther Wofford and Jack Wofford; and a son, Gordon Wofford.

Survivors include his wife, Dolly J. Wofford; daughter, Charlotte Burns and her husband, Bob, of Ooltewah; daughter-in-law, Pam Wofford, of Crossville, Tenn.; four grandchildren, Jeff Burns and his wife, Amanda, of Doraville, Ga., Pam Burns Abernathy and her husband, Billy, of Lookout Mountain, Ga., Ed Wofford, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and Brenda Wofford, of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; one great-grandson, John Ross Burns, of Doraville, Ga.; four sisters, Inez Stephens, of St. Louis, Mo., Mary Ruth Ferguson, of Albuquerque, N.M., Cynthia Laycock, of Marion, Ind., and Nancy Marcellis, of Chattanooga; several nieces and nephews.

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.

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

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.

TENNESSEE

GI Brown

JASPER - Fred Nathaniel "GI" Brown Jr. passed away Friday, March 13, 2009, at his home.

GI was born Feb. 9, 1945, to Jane Simpson Brown and F. Nathaniel Sr., who was serving his country in the military, hence the nickname "GI".

GI was a graduate of Marion County High School and was employed at the Jasper Journal, where he picked up and delivered papers as well as wrote the column "Around town with GI." After his retirement, GI became chief driver for his mom and Aunt Helen, and they traveled the country and visited friends and relatives. He was active in his community and held several memberships in different organizations such as Jasper Jaycees, Jasper Lions Club, and Jasper Volunteer Fire Department. He served as elder in his church, the Jasper Cumberland Presbyterian where he was a lifelong member. Although he was not an officer, GI had an avid relationship with all law enforcement. GI was known and loved by everyone and will truly be missed.

He is survived by cousins, Roby and Sally Brown, Jasper, Gary and Jackie (Brown) Chrisman, Dayton, Tenn., Jeff and Lacey Brown, The Woodlands, Texas, Neil and Mary Brown, Hendersonville, Tenn., and David and Melissa (Brown) Prince, Nashville, Margie (Simpson) Willis, Houma, La., Stan Simpson, of Alabama, Betty Jo Spaar, of Missouri; and faithful caregiver, Catherine Nolan.

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. CDT Monday, March 16, 2009, in the chapel of Tate Funeral Home with the Rev. Patrick Fife officiating and James Patterson assisting.

Interment will be in Pine Grove Cemetery in Jasper.

Honorary pallbearers will be the Jasper Cumberland Presbyterian Elders, as well as John Wells, Jere Graham, Ed Layne, Ben Harris, and Frank Ireland.

George Jackson, Harvey Cameron, Neil Brown, Zach Kelly, Jim Lewis, John Clark, Bob McBride, and Bo Burnett, will serve as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends for visitation from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. CDT today, March 15, 2009, and from 1:30 p.m. CDT until the hour of the service Monday, March 16, 2009, at the funeral home.

Donations may be made to Jasper Cumberland Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 877, Jasper, TN 37347; American Cancer Society; or Jasper Lions Club.

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

Joseph Heath

HALLS - Joseph L. Heath, 62, passed away suddenly on Friday, March 13, 2009, at St. Mary's Medical Center North.

He was a decorated veteran of the U.S. Navy and he retired as a captain from the Knoxville Fire Department with 32 years of service. An avid fisherman and bird hunter, he spent much of his time in the outdoors. A loving husband, father and grandfather, he cherished his family and they him.

He was preceded in death by parents, Harvey J. and Mamie Heath, of Knoxville.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Mary Lou Greene Heath, of Halls; daughter, Jennifer Heath Cooper, of Halls; and son, Joseph L. "Josh" Heath II, of Chattanooga; three grandchildren, Karah, Hunter and Nicholas Cooper, of Halls; one sister, Ida Heath (Paul) Dixon, of Statesboro, Ga.; one niece, Amy Dixon (Donnie) Morgan, of Savannah, Ga.; and two nephews, Doug (Cindy) Dixon, of Alpharetta, Ga., and Ben Greene, of Baltimore, Md.

A memorial service will be 6 p.m. Monday, March 16, 2009, in Stevens Chapel with the Rev. Scobie Branson officiating.

The family will receive friends following the service.

Mr. Heath's guest book is available at www.stevensmortuaryinc.com.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Austin Hatcher Foundation, @www.hatcherfoundation.org

Stevens Mortuary, 1304 Oglewood Ave. at North Broadway, Knoxville, is serving the family.

Opal Millard

PIKEVILLE - Opal J. Millard, 89, died at her residence Friday, March 13, 2009.

She was a member of the College Grove Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by husband, William T. Millard; sons, Marvin and Ellis Millard; daughter, Phyllis Walters; three grandsons and one granddaughter.

Survivors include daughters, Sue (James) Settles, Hixson; Francis (Paul) Myers and Wanda (Gary) Douglas, both of Pikeville; five grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; one sister, Jessie Lee "Tootsie" Thomas.

Services will be at 11 a.m. CDT Monday in the funeral home chapel with Brother Dennis Smith officiating.

Burial will be in Collier Cemetery.

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

Visitation is 2-8 p.m. CDT today.

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

James Prater Jr.

JASPER - James Earl Prater Jr., 54, passed away at Grandview Medical Center, surrounded by family on Thursday, March 12, 2009.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Deborah Denise Prater Daugherty.

He is survived by his wife, Denise Patterson Simcox Prater, Jasper; daughter and son-in-law, Lindsey and Jeremy Saunders, Jasper; son and daughter-in-law, Charles Brian and Carrie Smith, Chattanooga; grandchildren, Alexis LeeAnn and Jonathan Michael Smith, Chattanooga; parents, James Earl and Kathleen Love Prater Sr., East Ridge and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was a graduate of East Ridge High School and Chattanooga State. He retired from Volunteer Blind of Johnson City, Tenn. He was a member of Spring Creek Church of God in Chattanooga.

Funeral services will be conducted from the funeral home chapel, at 1:30 p.m. CDT today, March 15, 2009, with Pastors Benny Mills and David Clay officiating.

Internment will be in Lakewood Memory Gardens, South, Rossville.

The family will receive friends from noon until 1:30 p.m CDT today, March 15, 2009.

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

GEORGIA

Alfred Bird

ROSSVILLE - Alfred Atlee Bird, 69, passed away Friday, March 13, 2009.

He had lived in the North Georgia area for most of his life and was of the Church of Christ faith. He was a machinist for Combustion Engineering for more than 10 years before retiring in 1978, but his priority in life was loving and caring for his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Atlee and Ruby Bird and son-in-law, Steve Baker.

Survivors include his sons and daughters-in-law, Todd and Tonya Bird, of Rising Fawn, Ga., and Jason Scott and Andrea McCullough, of Harrison; daughters and sons-in-law, Crystal Baker and Lawrence Whitis, of Bowling Green, Ky., and Jeana and David Harrer, of Rockfield, Ky.; mother of his children and her spouse, DeeAnn and Frank Butler, of Summerville, Ga.; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, 2009, in the Fort Oglethorpe Chapel.

Burial will follow in Tennessee-Georgia Memorial Park.

The family will begin receiving friends after 4 p.m. today, all day Monday and prior to the service on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by W.L. Wilson and Sons Funeral Home, Fort Oglethorpe. Obituary line, 706-861-1060.

Leon Britton

ROSSVILLE - Leon Barnes Britton, 82, passed away Friday, March 13, 2009.

He had lived in the North Georgia area for most of his life and was of the Baptist faith. He retired from the City of Rossville after more than 45 years of service, but his passion in life was loving and caring for his family and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Lillie Britton; sisters, Margaret and Bea Britton and brothers, Jesse, Jim, Arthur, John, Luke, Frank and Earl Britton.

Survivors include the mother of his children, Jewell Jenkins, of Chickamauga, Ga.; sons and daughters-in-law, David and Donna Britton, of Rossville, and Danny and Paula Britton, of Spring City, Tenn.; five grandchildren, David Lee, Brenna, Samantha, Breanna and Crystal; three great-grandchildren, Austin, Nicholas and Tristan; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 17, 2009, in the Fort Oglethorpe Chapel with Pastor J.D. Gibson and Pastor Paul Forgey officiating.

Burial will follow in the Tennessee-Georgia Memorial Park.

The family will begin receiving friends after 2 p.m. today, all day Monday and prior to the service on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by W.L. Wilson and Sons Funeral Home, Fort Oglethorpe. Obituary line, (706) 861-1060.

Tommy Clark

RINGGOLD - Tommy Cecil Clark, 70, died Thursday, March 12, 2009.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. today at First Baptist Church of Ringgold with Dr. Kerry Bunn and Dr. Dan Whitaker officiating.

Interment in Anderson Memorial Gardens.

Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Pioneer Sunday School and the Mayor and Ringgold City Council.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Ringgold Building Fund, 7611 Nashville St., Ringgold, GA 30736.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. today at Heritage Funeral Home & Crematory, Battlefield Parkway.

Terry Davis

ROCK SPRING - Terry Leslie Davis, 31, passed away Friday, March 13, 2009.

He was a lifelong resident of the North Georgia area and was of the Baptist faith. He graduated from Ridgeland High School in 1998 and was employed with Habitat International for more than 10 years.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Betty Ann Davis.

Survivors include his father, James Davis, of Rock Spring; brothers and sisters-in-law, Lamar Davis, of LaFayette, Ga., Tim (Kathy) Davis, of Fort Oglethorpe, and Tony (Yvette) Davis, of Rock Spring; sister, Darlene Pendergrass, of Knoxville, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 16, 2009, in the Fort Oglethorpe Chapel with the Rev. Craig Westbrook officiating.

Burial will follow in LaFayette Memory Gardens.

The family will begin receiving friends all day today and prior to the service on Monday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by W.L. Wilson & Sons Funeral Home, Fort Oglethorpe. Obituary line, 706-861-1060.

Thelma Farmer

LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN - Thelma Glass Farmer, 91, of Lookout Mountain, Ga., in the New Salem Community, passed away Friday, March 13, 2009, at her home.

Mrs. Farmer was born on April 14, 1917, in Murray County, Ga., the daughter of the late Henry and Essie Burks Glass. She had lived on Lookout Mountain since 1952.

She was a member of Pleasant Valley Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Boyd B. Farmer, to whom she was married for 70 years and by a son, Norman L. Farmer.

She is survived by her son, Ray Farmer and wife, Bibble Farmer, of the New Salem Community; two sisters, Laurazell Cochran and Odell Brown; two brothers, the Rev. J.E. Glass and the Rev. Marvin Glass; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services for Mrs. Thelma Glass Farmer will be conducted at 2 p.m. today in the chapel of Max Brannon & Sons Funeral Home with the Rev. J.E. Glass and the Rev. Marvin Glass officiating.

Interment will follow in Fain Cemetery. Pallbearers serving will include Jason Farmer, Bryan Farmer, Clint Farmer, Anthony Duggan, Ronnie Stone and Jerry Cochran. Tim Phillips will serve as an honorary pallbearer.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Chattanooga for all their wonderful professional care.

Online condolences may be expressed and the guestbook signed at www.maxbrannonandsons.com.

Family owned and operated Max Brannon & Sons Funeral Home of Calhoun, Ga., is conducting the funeral services for Mrs. Thelma Glass Farmer, of Lookout Mountain, in the New Salem Community.

Zenola Killingsworth

ROSSVILLE - Zenola Killingsworth, 84, of the Lakeview community, passed away Friday, March 13, 2009, in a local health care facility.

Mrs. Killingsworth was retired from General Electric with 32 years of service and was a member of Lakeview First Baptist Church and past president of the Fidelis Sunday School Class.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Franklin L. Killingsworth; and several brothers; and sisters.

Survivors include her sons, Billy Killingsworth, Harrison Griffin and Paul Reynolds; stepchildren, Ken Killingsworth and Judy Huckabee; seven grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the South Crest Chapel with the Rev. Max Parris officiating.

Interment will follow in Chattanooga National Cemetery.

You may send condolences by visiting www.lane-southcrestchapel.com.

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

Edith Owens

ROCKY FACE - Edith McLaurin Owens, 76, of Rocky Face and formerly of North Carolina, passed away Friday, March 13, 2009, at Hamilton Medical Center in Dalton, Ga.

She was the daughter of the late Baxter and Garphelia Stubbs McLaurin and was preceded in death by her three brothers.

Edith was an active member of the Dug Gap Baptist Church.

She is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, William Owens, of Dalton; children and their spouses, Lynn (Randy) Owens Cochran, of Kernersville, N.C., Hugh (Melanie) Owens, of Rossville, and Kenneth Owens, of Ringgold, Ga.; sisters, Betty Axsom, Dee Caudle and Barbara Owens, all of North Carolina; brother, J.R. McLaurin, of North Carolina; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday from Dug Gap Baptist Church in Dalton with the Rev. Bob Bagley officiating.

Burial will be in Pinecrest Cemetery in Gibson, N.C.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Love Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 300 W. Emery St., Suite 106, Dalton, GA 30720; or to Dug Gap Baptist Church, 2301 Dug Gap Road, Dalton, GA. 30720.

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.

Reta Peace

LaFAYETE -Reta Garrett Peace, 43, went home to be with the Lord Friday, March 13, 2009.

She was a member of Woodstation Baptist Church.

Preceded in death by father, William Benson Garrett; son, William Jacob Peace.

Survivors: husband, Ricky Peace; mother, Barbara Garrett; brothers, Benny, Charles, Gene, Ray, and Steve Garrett; sister, Alvie Murray; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral 11 a.m. Tuesday at Woodstation Baptist Church with the Rev. Jeff Ford, Dr. Marty McRay and the Rev. John Eldridge officiating.

Pallbearers: Butch Gilreath, Chip Levi, Jeremy Garrett, Tony Engal, Gaylan Hall, Robie Peace.

Honorary pallbearers: adult Sunday School Class at Woodstation Baptist Church.

Interment in McIntyre Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Visitation 6-9 p.m. Monday.

Arrangements by Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.

Randall Shrum

ROSSVILLE - Randall Lee Shrum, 49, passed away Friday, March 13, 2009.

Randall was an excellent carpenter and an avid animal lover.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Glenda Van Etten Shrum.

He is survived by his father and stepmother, the Rev. Willie Edward and Dorothy Shrum, of Rossville; special companion, Lanette Wilson, of Rossville; son, Randall Lee Shrum Jr., of LaFayette, Ga.; brother, Paul Edward Shrum; uncles, the Rev. Stanley Shrum, of Tracy City, Tenn., L.R. Shrum, L.K. Shrum, both of Rossville; aunts, Ornalee Ladd, of Rossville, Nora Test, of Ringgold, Ga.; and five grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, 2009, at Chattanooga National Cemetery with the Rev. Ron Ingram officiating.

There will be no visitation at the funeral home.

Arrangements by W.L. Wilson and Sons Funeral Home, Fort Oglethorpe. Obituary line, 706-861-1060.

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