Obituaries

Richard Harris Merciers, 64, Chickamauga

Richard Harris Merciers, 64, of Chickamauga, passed away on Sunday, August 6, 2017 at his residence.

Mr. Merciers attended New Haven Fellowship and enjoyed southern gospel music, hunting, painting by numbers, and spending time with his family. Richard was a fan of the Tennessee Vols and the Atlanta Braves.

He was preceded in death by his father, "Harvey" Doyle Merciers, Sr., mother, Georgia "Kathryn" Pruitt, step-father, Bill Pruitt, brother, Harvey "Doyle" Merciers, Jr., maternal grandparents, Albert C. "Dick" & Nellie Johnson, and paternal grandparents, Fred & Mamie Merciers.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Nell Merciers; son, James (Melissa) Bode; grandchildren, Austin, Melanie, Jacob, Emily & Lauren; brothers, Stephen (Nancy) Merciers, Ider, AL, Robert (Anita) Merciers, Rossville Georgia, Tim ( Mary) Merciers, Higdon, AL; sister, April (Steve) Rayburn, Surprise, AZ; step-mother, Lonie Merciers, Ider, AL.

Funeral services: Wednesday, August 9th, at 2:00 p.m. at New Haven Fellowship with Pastor Luke Williams and Rev. Al Johnson officiating.

Mr. Merciers will lie-in-state at the church from noon until the service hour.

Burial: Tennessee-Georgia Memorial Park.

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

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

Marie Ray Plank, 81, Fort Oglethorpe

Marie Ray Plank, 81, of Fort Oglethorpe, passed away on Wednesday, August 8, 2017 in a local healthcare facility.

Marie was born in Cleveland, Tennessee on June 9, 1936 and has spent the greater part of her life in the North Georgia area. She was of the Baptist faith and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She considered her family to be her pride and joy. She is preceded in death by her husband, Forrest G. Plank, son, Ricky Allen Plank and her brothers and sisters.

Survivors include her son, Leroy (Patricia) Plank, sister, Debra Roach and her grandson, Tony Roach.

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

No services or visitation.

Private burial: Chattanooga National Cemetery.

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

Barney Fletcher Duncan Jr., 64, Rossville

Barney Fletcher Duncan Jr., 64, of Rossville passed away Tuesday, August 08, 2017 at his residence.

Mr. Duncan was a lifelong resident of the Chattanooga and North Georgia area. He was in the 1971 class of Chattanooga Valley High School, was a member of the Cedar Bluff Baptist Church, and was a manager at Complete Cash. His passions in life were spending time with his children, grandchildren, friends he made during his lifetime, playing softball, playing the drums, and he was an avid Alabama Crimson Tide fan.

He was preceded in death by his father, Barney Fletcher Duncan, Sr.; mother, Virginia Oldham; brother, Fletcher Dewayne Duncan; sisters, Debra Wilson and Ramona Brooks.

Survivors include his children, Jeff (Chasity) Duncan, Brian (Lisa) Duncan, Brent Duncan, Kyle Varnell, and Addison Duncan; mother, Delinda Duncan; brother, Rodney (Mitzi) Oldham; sisters, Denise Collins, Teresa (David) Wilson, and Tammy Duncan; 12 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

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

Funeral services: Friday at 1:00 p.m. in the South Crest Chapel.

Burial: Lakewood South Memory Gardens.

Visitation: Thursday from 1-8 p.m. at the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home and Crematory, located at the end of historic Missionary Ridge, Rossville.