Obituaries

Jackie D. Crowder, 63, Chickamauga

Jackie D. Crowder, 63, of Chickamauga, passed away on Friday, August 25, 2017 in a local health care facility.

Mrs. Crowder was born in Soddy Daisy to the late Robert & Evelyn Hindman and was a member of Jones Memorial Baptist Church in Rossville. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Junior Crowder, sister, Bonnie Miller, and brothers, Allen & Ed Hindman.

Survivors include her sons, Leroy (Kim) Crowder, Justin (Becky Johnson) Crowder; sisters, Thula Payne, Robbie Broome, & Linda Parrot; brother, Randy Hindman; grandchildren, J.D. Crowder, Amanda Crowder, Daisey Johnson, Jacob Crowder, Brandon Crowder, & Anthony Crowder; great-grandchildren, Jaxon Johnson, Michael "Monkey" Crowder, & Kaysonn Crowder.

Celebration of life: Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Jones Memorial Baptist Church, 415 W. Gordon Avenue, Rossville, with Brother David Massey officiating.

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

Virginia Adaline Hix, 84, Trion

Virginia Adaline Hix age 84, of Trion, GA passed away Monday – August 28, 2017.

She was born in Chattanooga, TN and had been a lifelong resident of the Northwest Georgia area. She was a homemaker and enjoyed reading as a pastime. She was a member of Waterville Baptist Church in Trion, GA.

She was preceded in death by her mother: Flora Britt, brothers: Leo and Johnny Britt, sister: Rosalie Britt, daughters: Deborah Kelsoe and Sheila Guffey.

She is survived by her loving husband: Grady Hix of Trion, GA, their children: Pamela (Terry) Glover of Ringgold, GA, Patricia Hix, Teresa (Allen) Hill, Helen (Robert) Hill all of Trion, GA, Grady (Amanda) Hix of LaFayette, GA, sister: Shirley Runyan of Rossville, GA, eighteen grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

Visitation: Wednesday from 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm and Thursday morning until the funeral.

Funeral services: 1:00 pm in the chapel on Thursday – August 31, 2017.

Burial: Lakewood Memory Gardens-South – Rossville, Georgia.

Arrangements: Wilson Funeral Homes – LaFayette Chapel.

Online guestbook at www.wilsonfuneralhome.com.

William Thomas (Tommy) Helms, Ringgold

William Thomas (Tommy) Helms 12/25/1933 to 8/27/2017. Ringgold, GA.

Tommy was born in Mississippi and lived there before relocating to Memphis, TN. Twenty-two years ago, he and "Miss Evelyn" moved to Ringgold, GA to be near his daughter and son-in-law. He was the last surviving of three brothers. "Pop" as he was known to all who knew him was a helping hand, friend, and father-figure to many. He died from a sudden, two-week battle with West Nile Virus. He was an Army veteran and had careers as an over-the-road truck driver and custom kitchen cabinet installer. He had many interests and could repair or build almost anything.

He leaves behind his wife Evelyn Carter Helms of almost 66 years, his daughter, Dr. Marilyn M. Helms (Dalton State College) and son-in-law, Lee A. Tubbs (Enviroguard Pest Solutions). He also leaves a much-beloved Exchange-Student "granddaughter" from Brussels, Belgium, Miss Maud Swalens, family friends Dr. Raina M. Rutti (Dalton State College), Katie Sosebee and her extended family, buddies at the Tunnel Hill Barbershop, two nephews (Dale Helms and Jeff Helms) and one niece (Linda Gale Ward), and many friends.

Arrangements for Pop, as per his written request, include cremation and no services. He asked that his friends and family remember him fondly when they watch an NFL game, a John Wayne or Clint Eastwood western, or hear a funny joke.

Arrangements: Ponders Melrose Chapel, Dalton, GA. (706) 226-4002.

Gasper S. Sciacca Jr., Fort Oglethorpe

Gasper S. Sciacca Jr. "Skip", passed away on August 24th 2017.

He had been a resident of NHC in Fort Oglethorpe Georgia for the past three plus years. He would smile when asked how he liked living in Georgia and vowed to never leave.

The staff at NHC treated Skip with the utmost respect, humor, and kindness. Thank you Christiane, Lacey, Rachel, Brittany, Jonah, Tiffany, Jana (Cricket), and all who saw him on a daily basis.

He was frequently asked to call out the number forty four when playing bingo, as his Boston accent was considered unique.

He was a member of St Gerard Majella and was particularly close to Father Bill and his good friend Rusty. Although a devout Catholic, you could find him attending the Ministering of many wonderful diverse services. Thank you Chaplin Ray Mabe and thanks to all that minister to the sick, shut- ins, and nursing homes.

Skip was born and lived in Massachusetts with his family for most of his life. His interests ranged from writing Poetry, Bee Keeping, Bird Watching, playing the Trombone, reading books on Philosophy and memorizing every Pope, President, and Vice President. He would have been your choice of who to call during a game show for the answer to questions on little known facts.

He was the son of the late Gaspare and Barbara Sciacca. He was a brother and a brother in law. He was an uncle and a great uncle as well as a cousin to many.

He was unique, quirky, intelligent, humorous, curious, and lived with dignity while coping with the daily unpleasantness of Epilepsy and Parkinson’s. Although these were two formidable challenges, his love of life and adventure was never diminished.

Memorial service: 2 PM Saturday in the funeral home chapel with Father Bill Williams and Chaplin Ray Mabe officiating.

In lieu of flowers please donate to your local Epilepsy or Parkinson’s foundation. Epilepsy Foundation of Southeast TN. 1 Siskin Plaza, Chattanooga TN. 37403 or www.epilepsy.com. Parkinson’s Disease Foundation at www.pdf.org or 800-457-6676.

Visitation: 1-2 PM Saturday at Heritage Funeral Home, Battlefield Parkway.