Obituaries

Minnie R. Denton, 87, LaFayette

Minnie Ruth Denton, of LaFayette, passed away Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015. She was 87.

She was born April 5, 1927, to the late Harve and Mae Brown. Ruth was a member of the Community Baptist Church on Lee Mason Rd.

She is also preceded in death by her husband, Buddy John Denton and brothers, Troy and Glen Brown.

Survivors include: Her daughter, Inga Sarlina (Daniel) Gentry of Summerville; son, John H. (Tina) Denton of LaFayette; sisters, Sarah (Charles) Smith and Ruby Duvall, all of LaFayette; six grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Visitation: Monday, Jan. 5, from 6-8 p.m.

Funeral service: Tuesday, Jan. 6, at 2 p.m. with W.C. Pence officiating.

Pallbearers are grandsons.

Burial: Community Baptist Church Cemetery.

Arrangements: Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.

June L. Cripps, 92, Chickamauga

June Liner Cripps, of Chickamauga, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014. She was 92.

She was born in Chattanooga, Tenn., to the late Henry Grady and Josie Pitts Liner.

She worked at “Lonnie's Grill” in Chickamauga, Ga. She was a longtime member of First Baptist Church in Chickamauga where she attended the T.E.L. Sunday school class. She was also a member of the Order of The Eastern Star Marthada Chapter.

Along with her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Lonnie A. Cripps and sisters, Mildred Adams Howard and Wilma Linger.

Survivors include: Her son, David A. (Doris) Cripps of Chickamauga; grandchildren, Sheila Jones, Michael Cripps and Kristy Metcalf; great-grandchildren, Travis Autry, Hillary Autry, Paytn Cripps, Averie Edwards, Brayden Edwards, Katelyn Songer and Mason Metcalf; great-great grandchildren, Hunter and Fischer and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation: Saturday, Jan. 3, from 5-9 p.m. and Sunday morning prior to the service.

Funeral service: Sunday, Jan. 4, at 2 p.m. in the J. Avery Bryan Chapel of Wilson Funeral Homes.

Burial: Chickamauga City Cemetery.

Online guestbook available at wilsonfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements: Wilson Funeral Homes, J. Avery Bryan Chapel

Olive L. Wright, 88, Chickamauga

Olive Lynette (Glenn) Wright, of Chickamauga, Ga., went home to be with her Lord on Saturday morning, Jan. 3, 2015, after passing at her home. She was 88.

Born July 21, 1926, at home in Chickamauga, to Elder G. and Elizabeth Archer Glenn, Olive graduated with honors from Gordon Lee High School in 1943. During those early years, Olive played high school basketball, was elected president of her senior class and loved riding her horse, Boots, with her best friend June Hall Jewell.

She attended two years at Shorter College before enrolling in the University of Chattanooga where she met her husband, Collins Wright. He had just finished football practice when she walked in to the “malt shop” where he was sitting, and love bloomed.

While at U. C., Olive studied at the Cadek Conservatory, earning her degree in voice with a minor in organ. At least once a week, you could hear Olive singing on the local radio.

After graduation Olive and Collins moved to Chickamauga where she taught music, voice, piano, and Glee Club at Gordon Lee until in a couple of years, along came little Mike.

Olive loved her church and was a member of First Baptist Church of Chickamauga for 82 years, where she served as music director for 32 years, plus two years during her high school days. An automobile wreck cut short her music career.

During her service time, Olive directed four graded school choirs, the adult choir and an ensemble group, along with playing the piano for rehearsals while teaching choir. She played the organ for church services while directing the choir with her hand and head and singing alto all at the same time.

Olive influenced and instilled values in hundreds of children during those “days gone by” of “choir mothers” and little cherub-looking white robes with black bows. As one former music student quoted, “Nothing impressed us more than the compassion Olive showed in dealing with the least of us.”

Olive was proud to be a part of her lifelong community of Chickamauga and tirelessly gave back to it. She organized and directed the Chickamauga Community Chorus for 10 years. She served as chairman of the Walker County Library board, chairman of the Cherokee Regional Library board, and chairman of the Chickamauga Library board where she was a member over 40 years.

In the year 2000, Olive was presented with the distinguished alumni award from her Gordon Lee High School alumni society for her contributions to her community.

She is past president of the Hutcheson Hospital Auxiliary and a member, where she “just loved being one of the girls,” for 33 years since its inception in 1979. In 2010 she received the Lifetime Achievement award from Hutcheson for her selfless service.

As an avid reader, Olive was a member of the Chickamauga Quidnunc study club for 25 years. She had a passion for bridge playing, was a longtime square dancer, a recreational slalom water skier and made her family very proud when she quit smoking after 57 years.

Not surprisingly, Olive joined her husband Collins in one of her main interests though, pulling for the Georgia Bulldogs. Their passion for the Dawgs included supporting the UGA/FCA Chaplains’ program, where they were awarded the prestigious Tom Landry award in 2008, but most importantly, Olive always brought a bit of God-given grace and friendliness to everyone with whom she came in contact.

Olive was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, N. Collins Wright; father, Elder G. Glenn, Sr.; mother, Elizabeth Archer Glenn and brothers Elder Glenn, Jr. and J. Archer Glenn.

Survivors include: Her loving children, Michael (Carolyn) Wright and Lynn (Jerry) Campbell; two grandsons, Andy and Nick Campbell; one great-granddaughter, Haylei Cain; sisters-in-law, Jo Ann Glenn and Sarah Glenn and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation: Saturday, Jan. 5, from 4-8 p.m. at the Wilson Funeral Home in Chickamauga.

Funeral service: Sunday, Jan. 11, at 2:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Chickamauga with UGA chaplain Kevin Hynes and Rev. Thad Key presiding.

Burial: Chickamauga Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Chickamauga music or building funds, P.O. Box 239, Chickamauga, Ga. 30707 or to the Friends of the Chickamauga Public Library, 306 Cove Road, Chickamauga, Ga. 30707.

Pallbearers: Charlie Berry, Jimmy Cooley, Gary Gossett, Ken Jones, Harry Kythas, John McCollum, Jeff McDaniel, Alan Najjar, Ken Pilgrim and Glen Trundle.

Honorary pallbearers: Seminar Sunday school class of First Baptist Church and the Hutcheson Hospital Auxiliary.

A special “Thank you” goes to Olive’s team of life-enhancing and life-extending caregivers, Amanda, Maudie, Davina, Carrie, Lori and Corina.

Online guestbook available at wilsonfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements: Wilson Funeral Homes – J. Avery Bryan Chapel, Chickamauga.

Mary C. Smith, 79, Chickamauga

Mary Catherine Smith, of Chickamauga, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, Jan. 2, 2015. She was 79.

She was born in Chattanooga, Tenn., to the late, Tom and Sarah Jackson, but lived in the Chickamauga area for the last 46 years and was a member of New Beginning Baptist Church.

She was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother who will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

She enjoyed spending time with her church family, but her passion in life was spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Carl Edward Smith; two sisters, Nancy Green and Lillie Haynes; five brothers, Charles, J.D., Thomas, Bill and Kenneth Jackson; great-grandson, Braden Oliver and son-in-law, Gary Oliver.

Survivors include: Her children, Denise (Ron) Phillips of Ringgold, Sherry Oliver of Rossville and Jimmy (Christy) Smith of Rossville; two brothers, Robert Jackson of Flintstone and Walter Housley of Rossville; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and extended family and her sister-in-Christ, Mary Chapman.

Visitation: Saturday, Jan. 3, after 5 p.m., all day Sunday and prior to the service on Monday at the funeral home.

Funeral service: Monday, Jan. 5, at 2 p.m. in the Fort Oglethorpe chapel with Rev. Robby Jackson and David Cordell officiating.

Burial: Tennessee-Georgia Memorial Park.

Online guestbook available at wilsonfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements: W. L. Wilson and Sons Funeral Homes, Fort Oglethorpe.

Lewis Myers, 91, LaFayette

Lewis Myers, of LaFayette, departed this life Friday, Jan. 2, 2015. He was 91.

He was born in Jasper, Tenn., to the late Oscar and Pearl Myers.

He served his country in the U.S. Navy during WWII, and later retired from Norfolk Southern Railroad as a supervisor. Lewis was also member of the Masonic Lodge and was of the Christian faith.

Lewis was also preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Myers; son, Harold Myers; grandson, LeBron Portwood and several siblings.

Survivors include: His children, Lew Myers of La., Dewayne Myers, Sherry Clark both of LaFayette; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Visitation: Monday, Jan. 5, from 3-8 p.m. and prior to the service Tuesday at the funeral home.

Funeral service: Tuesday, Jan. 6, at 10:30 a.m. in the funeral home chapel.

Burial: Chattanooga National Cemetery.

Arrangements: W.L. Wilson & Sons Funeral Home-Fort Oglethorpe.

Clifford Woods, 83, Chattanooga

Clifford Woods, of Chattanooga, passed away on Friday, Jan. 2, 2015, at his residence. He was 83.

A native and lifelong resident of Chattanooga, Tenn., Mr. Woods was employed with Rossville Yarns and retired from Chattanooga Glass Company following many years of service.

Clifford never met a stranger and was loved by all.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha M. Woods; mother, Bessie McCoy; daughter, Debbie and brother, Will McCoy.

Survivors include: His stepdaughter, Carol Harcrow; stepsons, David Harcrow and Michael (Stacy) Benton; grandchildren, Todd, Michael and Tiffany Benton, Jacqueline and Melissa Harcrow; great-grandchildren, David, Amber and Ayanami Benton, Austin and McKenzie Benton; nephews, Charles and Vince Sartin and a host of friends.

Visitation: Sunday, Jan. 4, from 4-8 p.m. and all day Monday at the funeral home.

Graveside service: Tuesday, Jan. 6, at 1 p.m. at Lomenick Cemetery in East Ridge with Rev. James Barker officiating.

Online guestbook available at lane-southcrestchapel.com.

Arrangements: South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home and Crematory, at the end of historic Missionary Ridge, Rossville.

Virginia Jo Stites, 67, Chattanooga

Virginia Jo Stites, of Chattanooga, passed away on Friday, Jan. 2, 2015, in a local hospital. She was 67.

A native and lifelong resident of Chattanooga, she worked as a chef at several restaurants in the area, including the Apple Tree & Mountain Manor.

She was also employed for many years at Life Care of East Ridge.

Jo was preceded in death by her parents, William and Dorothy Gaddis; brother, William G. Gaddis and sister, Linda Gaddis.

Survivors include: Her children, Tonya (Chuck) Goins, of Rossville, Chastity (Burton) Shrader and Edwin (Shali) Stites, both of Chattanooga; sister, Fay (James) Gaines, Chattanooga; seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation: Sunday, Jan. 4, from 4-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Funeral service: Monday, Jan. 5, at 10:30 a.m. in the South Crest Chapel with Rev. Jackie Sexton officiating.

Burial: Tennessee-Georgia Memorial Park.

Online guestbook available at lane-southcrestchapel.com.

Arrangements: South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home and Crematory, at the end of historic Missionary Ridge, Rossville.

Martha A. Hendricks, 57 

Martha Ann Hendricks, departed this life Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015. She was 57.

She was preceded in death by her father, Harold Bryson.

Survivors include: Her husband, Ricky Hendricks of Ringgold; mother, Gloria West of Rossville; siblings, Lynn Bryson of Ringgold, Kim Bryson of Rossville, Mark Bryson of Cleveland and Robin Cummings of Rossville and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial service: Monday, Jan. 5, at 4 p.m. in the chapel with Rev. John Eldridge officiating.

Arrangements: W.L. Wilson & Sons Funeral Home, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga.

Robert E. Kokoszka, 76, East Ridge, Tenn.

Robert Edward Kokoszka “Koke,” of East Ridge, passed away early Friday, Jan. 2, 2015. He Was 76.

He was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church.

He was president and COO of Burtco and was working as a consultant with the Dixie Group. He was an avid golfer.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Carolyn Kokoszka; daughter, Jill Kokoszka; son, Jeffrey (Jamie) Kokoszka; granddaughter, Kristi Capasso; brother, Bill (Helen) Kokoszka and sister, Geri (John) Mullen.

Survivors include: His wife of 55 years, Bernice Kokoszka; daughter, Teresa (Chuck) Bledsoe; sons, Rob (Sandy) Kokoszka and Tony (Eileen) Capasso; six grandchildren; one great-granddaughter, Bella Kokoszka; one sister, Carol (Art) Finley and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation: Thursday, Jan. 8, from 5-8 p.m. at the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, 404 South Moore Road, Chattanooga, with a prayer service at 8 p.m.

Funeral Mass: Friday, Jan. 9, at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church with Father Mike Creson officiating.

Burial: Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Building Fund.

Mildred A. Johnson, 82, Ringgold

Mildred Ann Johnson, of Ringgold, passed away Jan. 1, 2015, at a local hospital. She was 82.

She was a life-long resident of the Chattanooga/north Georgia area and was of the Baptist faith. Mildred loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a bus driver for the Catoosa County school system for over 10 years.

Mildred is preceded in death by her loving husband of 24 years, Johnny B. Johnson; parents, O.B. and Katherine Cunningham and son, David Kenemore.

Survivors include: Her daughter, Ann (Wayman) Sullivan, Ringgold; sons, Marco Heredia, Wappinger Falls, N.Y., William (Susan) Johnson, Chattanooga, Ed (Sandy) Johnson, Naples, Fla., and Richard (Peggy) Johnson, Chattanooga; brother, Lee (Claudette) McHone, Spruce Pine, N.C.; grandchildren, Asten (Katie) Sullivan and their children Grady and Josie, and Larry (Candy) Sullivan and their children Destiny, Riley and Maddie; other grandchildren, Jeremy, Stephanie, Ricky and William Johnson, Hannah and Bryan Ellis, Amy Pleasant, Summer LaJoice and their children, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation: Friday, Jan. 2, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home, Battlefield Parkway.

Funeral service: Saturday, Jan. 4, at 2:30 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home with Jan Wallace officiating.

Burial: Westview Cemetery in East Brainerd.

Online guestbook available at heritagefh.com.

Elzina D. Hendricks, 86, Ft. Oglethorpe

Elzina “Dinah” Hendricks, of Fort Oglethorpe, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015. She was 86.

She lived in the Chattanooga and north Georgia areas for most of her life and was of the Baptist faith.

She was employed with World Sales for more than 15 years and was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother who will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Daniel Stephens and Mary Martin; daughter, Donna Faye Sparks; four sisters and one brother.

Survivors include: Her daughters, Phyllis Brock of Fort Oglethorpe and Brenda Gayle (Tommie) Seward of Rossville; son, Thomas E. Hendricks of East Ridge, Tenn.; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation: Tuesday, Jan. 6, after 5 p.m., all day Wednesday and prior to the service on Thursday at the funeral home.

Funeral service: Thursday, Jan. 8, 11 a.m. in the Fort Oglethorpe Chapel with Rev. David Crane officiating.

Burial: Lakewood South Memory Gardens.

Online guestbook available at wilsonfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements: W. L. Wilson and Sons Funeral Homes, Fort Oglethorpe.

Joyce O. Phillips, 74, Chickamauga

Joyce Ophelia Phillips, of Chickamauga, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. She was 74.

She lived in the north Georgia area for most of her life and was of the Baptist faith. She was a wonderful seamstress and loved making ceramics. She was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Vernon and Effie Phillips; two sisters, Betty Jo and Kitty Lynn and two brothers, Earl and Bill Phillips.

Survivors include: Her children, Jerry Holloway, Jr. of Acworth, Sidney Holloway, Tracy (Judy) Holloway all of Rossville, Zaniel (Tammy) Holloway of Chickamauga and Korenda Wilson of Rossville; sisters, Peggy Alberigi, Darlene Alberigi and Diana Young all of Calif.; 11 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation: Saturday, Jan. 10, from noon until the time of service at the funeral home.

Memorial services: Saturday, Jan. 10, at 2 p.m. in the Fort Oglethorpe Chapel with Bro. Buddy Blevins officiating.

Burial will be private.

Online guestbook available at wilsonfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements: W. L. Wilson and Sons Funeral Homes, Fort Oglethorpe.

Ollie M. Trundle, 91, Chickamauga

Ollie McKenzie Trundle, of Chickamauga, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. She was 91.

She lived in the north Georgia area for most of her life and was a member of Chattanooga Valley Baptist Church.

She was employed many years with U.S. Pipe Credit Union as a loan officer before retiring in 1986. She enjoyed cooking, taking care of her family and of course spoiling the grandchildren.

She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She was the last surviving member of the Weaver and Blanche McKenzie family from the Big Springs, Tennessee area.

Survivors include: Her sons, Richard Dennis (Linda) Trundle of LaFayette, Glen Dale (Nina) Trundle of Chickamauga and Terry Lynn (Sue) Trundle of Acworth; 13 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation: Wednesday, Jan. 7, after 4 p.m. and prior to the service on Thursday at the funeral home.

Funeral service: Thursday, Jan. 8, at 2 p.m. in the J. Avery Bryan Chapel with Rev. Thad Key officiating.

Burial: Lakewood South Memory Gardens.

Contributions may be made to Covington Theological Seminary, 1168 Cross Street, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. 30742.

Online guestbook available at wilsonfuneralhome.com.

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

Mable D. Goins, 68

Mable Diane Goins, went home to be with our Lord on Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015. She was 68.

She testified to have accepted Christ as her Savior as a young woman at a Brush Arbor meeting.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Glenn of Chattanooga; brother, James Johnson of Sale Creek and sister, Mary Ramirez of Chattanooga.

Survivors include: Her husband of 51 years, Ralph Goins of Tunnel Hill; sons, Bill (Angela) Goins of Tunnel Hill and Eric (Kim) Goins of LaFayette; five grandsons; brother, Larry (Linda) Poteet of Rossville; sister, Sheila (David) Vaughn of Chattanooga and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation: Wednesday, Jan. 8, from 4-8 p.m. and Thursday from noon until the funeral hour.

Funeral service: Thursday, Jan. 8, at 2 p.m. in the South Crest Chapel with chaplain Dwight Wilson officiating.

Burial: Tennessee-Georgia Memorial Park.

Online guestbook available at lane-southcrestchapel.com.

Arrangements: South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home and Crematory, at the end of historic Missionary Ridge, Rossville.

John Manning Jr., 67, Ringgold

John Manning, Jr., of Ringgold, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, in a local hospital. He was 67.

He was originally from Wyandotte, Mich., and was a U. S. Army veteran of the Vietnam era, founder/CEO of Fantom Enterprises and an ordained minister with the Universal Life Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John Paul and Thelma Manning, Sr.

Survivors include: His devoted wife, DeAnna Manning; stepson, Stephen Atwood; sisters, Mary Roland, Susan Burr and Melanie Griffith; brothers, Jonnie and Dennis Morris; granddaughter, Zoe Jane Atwood and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation: Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, from 4-8 p.m. in the funeral home.

Graveside service: Friday, Jan. 9, at 2 p.m. in the Chattanooga National Cemetery with military honors.

Online guestbook available at lane-southcrestchapel.com.

Arrangements: South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home and Crematory, at the end of historic Missionary Ridge, Rossville.

Gerald G. Hale, 82, Ooltewah, Tenn.

Gerald “Glendon” Hale, of Ooltewah, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015, in a local hospital. He was 82.

He was an evangelist for 65 years ministering in several churches nationally and abroad. While serving his Lord and Savior he went on several mission trips, leading many to the Lord.

Untold numbers have been touched by this great man of God who devolved his life to his Lord. When not ministering, he enjoyed fishing, watching football, baseball, looking for antiques, reading and telling jokes.

He is preceded in death by three brothers; three sisters; two sons, Frank Smith and Tommy Smith and two grandchildren, Michael Smith and Christie Smith.

Survivors include: His wife of 50 years, Joyce Hale; daughters, Cynthia (Robert) Konopa, Sheila (Don) Welch, Donna (Andrew) Davis, Roxanna McNely and her friend Donnie Frady; son, Charles Holbert Sr.; 27 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.

Visitation: Friday, Jan. 9, from noon-8 p.m.

Funeral service: Saturday, Jan. 10, at 1 p.m. in the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home with Hollis Greene and Rev. Jim Spearman officiating.

Burial: Tennessee Georgia Memorial Park Cemetery.

Online guestbook available at lane-southcrestchapel.com.

Arrangements: South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home and Crematory, at the end of historic Missionary Ridge, Rossville.

Joe Cole Walker, 56, Rossville

Joe Cole Walker, of Rossville, passed away Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. He was 56.

He was born in Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., and was a lifelong resident of Chickamauga.

He was a graduate of Gordon Lee High School class of 1976 where he played football for the Trojans.

After he graduated he served his country in the U.S. Air Force from 1977 to 1981. He worked for over twenty years for A.D.T. Security Systems in installations.

He enjoyed fishing and was a member of Union Avenue Baptist Church in Rossville.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Anna Jean Cole Walker and brother, Dirk DeForrest Walker.

Survivors include: His father, Julian DeForrest Walker of Chattanooga, Tenn.; son Julian Blake Walker of Chattanooga, Tenn.; daughter Janice Leigh (Timothy) Cottom of Chickamauga; grandchildren Abigale and Addison Walker of Flintstone, Brayden Cottom of Chickamauga; nieces, Angela Ballard and Amy Hollis both of Rossville and many cousins.

Visitation: Friday, Jan. 9, from 3-6 p.m.

Memorial service: Friday, Jan. 9, at 6 p.m. in the chapel with Dewayne Madaris officiating.

Online guestbook available at wilsonfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements: Wilson Funeral Homes J. Avery Bryan Chapel Chickamauga.