Obituaries

Carl Lloyd Ellis, 83, Chattanooga, Tenn.

Carl Lloyd Ellis, 83, of Chattanooga, passed away, Wednesday, July 26, 2017, surrounded by his family.

Carl was born July 18, 1934, on the Ellis family farm, located on Battle Creek in South Pittsburg, Tennessee. Carl was a member of Lookout Valley Baptist Church and loved his Lord and his family. He graduated from South Pittsburg High School and American College of Life Underwriters at LSU where he obtained his Certified Life Underwriter credential. Following university training, Carl taught insurance classes at the University of Chattanooga. He worked for Lincoln National Insurance Company for 40-plus years. Carl was one of the charter members of the Chattanooga Valley Lions Club. He also worked with the Chattanooga Kidney Foundation to help provide portable dialysis machines for in-home use. Carl loved attending South Pittsburg Pirates football games and was a strong supporter of Lookout Valley High School football. He was a compassionate and giving man who anonymously helped many in need, especially during the Christmas season. He enjoyed great adventures traveling with family and friends. Carl’s home was located on a corner and was often a stopping point for conversation and advice.

Carl was preceded in death by his parents, Ross H. and Edith McNabb Ellis; sister, Peggy Ellis Woody; and brother, John Paul Ellis.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Doris Adkins Ellis; daughter, Cara Ellis; sons, Brian (Eve) Ellis, Jeff (Lisa) Ellis, of Chattanooga; son, Michael Ellis, Paris, Kentucky; brother, Doug Ellis; grandchildren: Jennifer (Arthur) Roden, Laura (Jordan) Winchester, Brandon Ellis, Jordan (Dana) Ellis, Austin (Tabitha) Ellis, Grace Ellis, and Kassi (Brannon) Cooper, and 6 great-grandchildren.

Those wishing to do so may make contributions to Lookout Valley Baptist Church or Lookout Valley High School athletics department and band.

Funeral services: Friday, 2 PM EST, at Lookout Valley Baptist Church, 23 Lilac Ave. Chattanooga, TN 37419, with Rev. Troy Walliser and Darrell Smith officiating.

Burial: Ellis Family Cemetery (1000 Ellis Cove Rd), South Pittsburg, TN.

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Visitation: 3-8 PM Thursday at the funeral home, and Friday, one hour prior to the service at the church.

Arrangements: Heritage Funeral Home, Battlefield Parkway.

Glenn David Rickett, 74, Ringgold

Glenn David Rickett, 74, of Ringgold, passed away at his home on Thursday, July 27, 2017, after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was a graduate of Lakeview High School, class of 1961. After high school, he served his country with honor in the United States Marine Corps for six years and he was a true patriot. Glenn was of the Baptist faith. He was always a passionate sports fan from being captain and quarterback of his high school football team to greatly enjoying golf with his friends in recent years. During the 1970’s and 1980’s, he played and coached several slow pitch softball teams in the Chattanooga area. He also coached several little league sports teams in earlier years. He took pleasure in the grandchildren’s participation in sports.

Before retirement, he was a partner for twenty-five years with Bodie-Rickett & Associates, a wholesale food brokerage company in East Tennessee. Prior to that, he was a sales representative for several major consumer product companies. He was a member and past quartermaster of VFW Post 1289. Known affectionately as "Bob" to his family and friends, he felt his success could be measured in the lives of his children.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Audrey Silvey; father, Jefferson Davis Rickett; and brother, Charles Rickett.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Trinka Mercer Rickett; son, Jeffrey D. Rickett, Cedartown, GA; daughters, Karen (Tim) Baxter, Jasper, TN; Rhonda (James) Rodgers, Ringgold, GA; brother, David (Tammy) Smith, Jasper, TN; sisters, Cathi (John) Barnett, Huntsville, AL; Deanna (Roger) Burk, Soddy-Daisy, TN; grandchildren, Brooke, Bradley and Bailey Baxter, Jasper, TN and Brett, Haley and Garrett Rodgers, Ringgold, GA.

Graveside services: 10:30 AM on Monday, July 31, 2017 at the Chattanooga National Cemetery with special friend, Charles Kerin officiating. Full military honors will be provided by the United States Marine Corp.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.lane-southcrestchapel.com

In keeping of Glenn’s wishes, there will be no visitation at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Glenn’s name to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), P.O. Box 2203, Jasper, TN 37347 or the Catoosa County Special Olympics, 307 Cleveland Street, Ringgold, GA 30736

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

Bradley Michael Shelton, 25, Fort Oglethorpe

Bradley Michael Shelton, 25, of Fort Oglethorpe, passed away on Monday, July 17, 2017.

Bradley was born in Fort Oglethorpe on July 22, 1991 to his parents, Michael and Roxanna Shelton. He graduated from Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School in 2011 and was of the Baptist faith. He enjoyed playing video games, music, camping and fishing. He also loved his children more than anything. He is preceded in death by his grandmother, Deborah Haney, uncle, Dennis Shelton and his great-grandfather, Willie Lawson.

Survivors include his wife, Moriah Delray Shelton, parents, Michael and Roxanna Shelton, son, Bentley Shelton, daughters, Sophia and Brooklyn Shelton, brother, Noah Shelton and sisters, Ashley and Savannah Shelton.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.lane-southcrestchapel.com

Funeral services: Saturday, July 29th, 2017 at 3:00pm in the South Crest Chapel.

Visitation: Friday, July 28, 2017 from 4:00-8:00pm in the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home and Crematory, located at the end of historic Missionary Ridge, Rossville.

JoAnn Crawford, 84, Rossville

JoAnn Crawford, 84, of Rossville, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 27, 2017 at her residence surrounded by her family.

She was born in Chattanooga on June 26, 1933 to the late James Howard and Lucille Holt. She retired from the Walker County School System, Ridgeland High School. At an early age, she accepted Christ as her personal savior and lived the rest of her life as a faithful follower of Christ. She was a member of the Rossville First Baptist Church and enjoyed traveling with her husband, cooking and spending time with her family. In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by husband, Rayburn "Bo" Crawford, brother, John Howard.

Survivors include her children, Deborah (Jeff) Widener, Rayburn Crawford Jr., Rodney (Teresa) Crawford and Bradley (Amanda) Crawford, brother, Dan Howard, sisters, Sherry McGill and Polly Daughtry, nine grandchildren, Michael Haney, Heather Tudor, Daniel Crawford, Amanda Crawford, Christopher Crawford, Megan Crawford, Chase Crawford, Rachel Crawford and Cady Crawford, six great- grandchildren, Blake Haney, Danny Crawford, Emma Lamb, Braxton Tudor, Millie Lamb and Camden Crawford, several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services: 12:30 PM on Monday, July 31, 2017 in the South Crest Chapel with her brother, Dan Howard officiating.

Burial: Chattanooga National Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Jeff Widener, Chase Crawford, Jacob Widener, Jake Tudor, Tony Widener and Daniel Crawford.

The family wishes to thank the wonderful and caring staff of Heartlite Hospice of Dalton for their exceptional care delivered to JoAnn.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.lane-southcrestchapel.com

Visitation: 1-3 PM and from 5-8 PM on Sunday, July 30, 2017 in the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home and Crematory, located at the end of historic Missionary Ridge, Rossville.

Ruth Joyce Freeman Love, 75, Ringgold

Ruth Joyce Freeman Love, 75, of Ringgold, Georgia, passed away Tuesday, July 25, 2017.

A lifelong resident of the Ringgold area, she was a former employee of Hutcheson Home Health where she worked for over 15 years as a CNA and was of the Baptist faith.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Willard Sheridan and Minnie Elizabeth Jenkins Freeman; sister, Evelyn Haire; and four brothers, Willard Freeman Jr., Richard Freeman, Rupert Freeman and Robert Freeman.

She is survived by four children, David Love of Ringgold, GA., Jackie (Ron) Pence of Ringgold, GA., Janet Love of Ringgold, GA., and Jennifer (Michael) Boleman of Mobile, AL.; five grandchildren, Nathan Love, Daniel Pence, Matthew Pence, Rachel Pence and Rebecca Boleman; several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services: 1:00 P.M. Friday, July 28, 2017 at Anderson Memorial Gardens.

Visitation: Thursday from 5-8 P.M. and Friday from 9 A.M. – 12:30 P.M. at the funeral home.

Arrangements: Wilson Funeral Home Wallis-Stewart Chapel Ringgold, Georgia.

Ricky Byron Norris Sr., 57, Chickamauga

Ricky Byron Norris Sr., 57, of Chickamauga, passed away at a local healthcare facility on Tuesday, July 25, 2017. He worked at Napier’s Feed Store.

Survivors include his mother, Grace Pope, brothers, Tim, Greg and Ben Baggett; sister, Sharon Stephens; son Ricky Norris, Jr.; grandsons, Tyler and Caden; several nieces and nephews.

Memorial service: At 2394 Old Bethel Rd., Chickamauga, GA, Sunday, July 30th at 1:00 p.m.

Aubrey Allen Bradford, 77, Rossville

Aubrey Allen Bradford, age 77 of Rossville, went home to be with his Lord on Sunday, July16, 2017.

He lived most of his life in the North Georgia Area and was a member of Chattanooga Valley Church of Christ. He served his country in the U.S. Army National Guard and retired from the grocery industry after more than 50 yrs. Aubrey was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother, who will be greatly missed.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John Henry and Lena Shavers Bradford and sister, Linda Jane Bradford.

Aubrey is survived by his loving wife, of 58 yrs., Darlene Ketner Bradford; daughter, Renee (Brian) Irwin; siblings, John Lee (Kathy) Bradford, Elizabeth (James) Seale and Phillip (Karen) Bradford; grandchildren, Nicholas Draper, Brannon Draper and Cayman Irwin; and several nieces and nephews.

Celebration of life: Noon on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at Chattanooga Valley Church of Christ, with Min. Reid Perry officiating.

Arrangements: Wilson Funeral Home-J. Avery Bryan Chapel, Chickamauga.