Joe Fred Hildreth

Elder Joe Fred Hildreth joined his Heavenly Father on the afternoon of November 29, 2017 in Ringgold, Georgia, surrounded by family and friends.

Joe was born on October 18, 1931 in Birmingham, Alabama. At seven months of age he was adopted by Johnnie and Birmer Hildreth of Opelika. After the death of Johnnie, Joe was adopted by Birmer’s second husband Jesse Hildreth. His family regularly attended Hopewell Primitive Baptist Church, where he was ordained to the ministry in 1955. Soon after his graduation from Auburn University, Joe felt impressed that his field of labor would be near Atlanta, Georgia. He moved to that area and served Liberty, Shoal Creek, Collins Spring, Nancy’s Creek, Ebenezer and Utoy churches. In 1971 he relocated with his family to Chattanooga, Tennessee where he served Sweeten’s Cove, Friendship and Chattanooga churches.

On June 12, 1965 Joe married his beautiful bride Virginia Ruth Huffman, daughter of Lester and Ruth Mann Huffman. They have been favored with three children, Joanna, Ethan and Jonathan, and eleven grandchildren.

Joe was instrumental in starting The Christian Pathway and helped found the Old School Hymnal Company. In addition to his church and publishing ministries, Joe guided groups over the years to countries in the Middle East where they walked the pathways of the Bible. For nearly 50 years, banking was his secular occupation. In 1997 he retired as Senior Vice President and Trust Officer of First Tennessee Bank in Chattanooga.

Joe was a lifelong fan of the Auburn War Eagles and relished gardening, raising chickens, traveling, and writing letters. His particular joy was nurturing relationships, and he had dear friends across the country and around the world. He committed his life to serving God and caring for others, and he leaves a legacy of love to reverberate for generations.

Joe is preceded in death by his parents and by his brothers Billy and Burl Hildreth.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Virginia Hildreth of Ringgold, Georgia; daughter Joanna Faith Hildreth of Ringgold and her children Molly Ruth Skiles, Henry Michael Skiles, Jack Thompson Skiles and his wife Autumn, Lucas Lester Skiles, Zoe Faith Skiles and Gracie Lizbeth Skiles; son Ethan Joe David Hildreth and wife Crystal Lee of McDonough, Georgia and their children Kemble August Hildreth and his wife Ruth, Jonathan Dane Hildreth, Laura Faye Hildreth, Joe Ethan Hildreth and Lee Anne Yaling Hildreth; son Jonathan Hildreth of Ringgold; sisters Evelyn Edwards and Mary Ellen Hildreth; brother Alin Hildreth and wife Nancy; and a loving host of cousins, nieces, nephews, other family members and countless friends.

Funeral services: 11 AM, Saturday, in the funeral home chapel with Elder Andrew Huffman, Elder Wayne Peters, Elder James Hindman, and Elder Eddie Flick.

Interment: Anderson Memorial Gardens.

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Memorial contributions may be made to Country Haven Retirement Center, 120 Country Haven Lane, Ringgold, GA, 30736.

Visitation: 4 – 8 PM, Friday and 10 – 11 AM, Saturday, at Heritage.

Tommy B. Pierce, 79, Flintstone, Ga.

Tommy B. Pierce, age 79, of Flintstone, was called home by our Lord on Wednesday, November 29, 2017.

His final days were spent surrounded by family and friends who loved him dearly.

Born January 22, 1938, in Chattanooga, TN, he lived in Flintstone, GA with his wife of 63 years and family. Tommy was a long time member of the Rossville Church of God. He began working at the age of 12, when he delivered groceries to elderly people from his bicycle in Chattanooga. He was the owner of P&P Supply in Chickamauga, GA, former Police Chief of Rossville, and retired from the Walker County Sherriff’s Department. He enjoyed working with his horses and playing golf.

Survivors include his wife Margaret Pierce, and son David B. Pierce (Crystal), grandsons Tyler Pierce, Derek Pierce (Cala) and great-granddaughters Gracie Pierce and Kathryn Pierce. Tommy was preceded in death by his parents Molly Belle Highfield and Walter Pierce.

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Funeral services: Friday at 11:00 a.m. in the South Crest Chapel.

Interment: Tennessee-Georgia Memorial Park.

Visitation: Thursday from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home & Crematory, at the end of historic Missionary Ridge, Rossville.

Eloise Keith, 86, Flintstone, Ga.

Eloise Keith, 86 of Flintstone, went home to be with the Lord, Tuesday, November 28, 2017.

She was born in Flintstone to Charles Moses and Mary Elizabeth Hartman Crowe Oliver and was a graduate of Chattanooga Valley High School. In 1949, Eloise married Melvin E. Keith and joined him in their family hardware business, Georgia Supply Co., later ACE Hardware of Flintstone. Eloise and Melvin were recognized for their 50 plus years in the hardware business. They were married for 59 years.

Her love for family and community extended to her customers, many of whom she had known most of her life. She loved people and getting to know their history and personality. She rarely met a stranger, and wanted to be a friend to all. One of her many joys was to help a friend with the local Girl Scout Troop. Eloise was a member of the Flintstone Baptist Church.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Tena Keith; daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Virgil A. Boshears; grandchildren, Adam (Alecia) Keith, BJ (Kendra) Keith, Daniel, and Drew Boshears; great grandchildren, Luke and Ella Keith and Jameson Keith; sister Thelma Wade as well as many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services: Friday December 1, 2017 at 2:00 PM in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Brent Smith officiating.

Interment: Chickamauga City Cemetery.

Visitation: Thursday, November 30, 2017, from 4:00- 8:00 PM at W.L Wilson and Sons Funeral Home in Fort Oglethorpe.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Flintstone Baptist Church, Hearth Hospice or Alzheimer’s research. Special thanks to caregivers Brenda Jones and Myrtle Keith who helped Mike and Debbie so faithfully. Thanks also to the care given by NHC of Fort Oglethorpe and Hearth Hospice during her final weeks.

Della Joyce Anderson, 78, Ringgold, Ga.

Della Joyce Anderson, 78 of Ringgold, passed away Wednesday, November 29, 2017.

She was a member of Temple Baptist Church in Chattanooga.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Glenn Johnson and Trishell Sisk; husband, Lawrence Anderson.

Survivors include sister cousins, Sylvia Saferite, Delores (Grail) Johnson, Rhonda (Kevin) Arnold; special thanks to the caregivers at Pruitt Health Care of Fort Oglethorpe.

Graveside service: Friday, December 1, 2017, at 3:00 PM at Beautiful Greenwood Cemetery with Bro. Bob McCoy and Bro. Buddy Keith officiating.

Flowers are accepted or donations can be made to Temple Baptist Church in Chattanooga, TN.