Mildred Jay Cofer, 92, Ringgold

Mildred Jay Cofer, 92, of Ringgold, Georgia, passed away Saturday, September 9, 2017.

A lifelong resident of the Ringgold area, she was a member of the Ringgold First Baptist Church where she served as a member of the choir and was a former Sunday School Secretary. Mildred was a former employee of Sweetwater Carpet and of Northwest Georgia Home Health.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Carl Miller Cofer; daughter, Donna Cofer Bomar; parents, Gus and Sally Childers Jay; and two brothers, Doc and Jack Jay.

She is survived by brother, Jimmy (Delores) Jay of Ringgold, GA; two grandsons, Tyson (Mary) Bomar of Ringgold, GA., and Kelly Bomar of Ringgold, GA.; two great grandsons, Devan and Cooper Bomar; three step great granddaughters, Maddison, Ashley and Jill; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services: 11:00 A.M. Wednesday September 13, 2017 at the Ringgold First Baptist Church with Dr. Bruce Sloan officiating. Interment will follow at Anderson Cemetery.

Visitation: Tuesday from 3-8 P.M at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Georgia Baptist Children’s Home.

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

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Cecil Murrell Whaley, 86, LaFayette

Cecil Murrell Whaley, 86, of LaFayette, took his last flight home on Thursday, September 7, 2017.

He lived the majority of his life in the North Georgia area and was a member of Center Grove Baptist Church. He received his certification as a Private Pilot at the age of 16 and then went on to become a Veteran of the United States Air Force, having served during the Korean Conflict and stationed in Japan. Cecil was an employee of the LaFayette Airport for more than 20 years and was the Owner & Operator of C.M Whaley Construction and Whaley Aviation for many years. He and his wife Joyce lived in the Washington DC area for a period of time where he was involved in multiple construction projects. He was dedicated to his family & friends and was a loving and devoted brother, husband, father and grandfather who will be truly missed by all who knew him. Cecil's greatest passion however was flying and he was never happier than when he was in the air or building a plane in a hangar somewhere.

Cecil was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur & Nola Whaley and two brothers, Arthur Byrd Whaley Jr. and Lynne Whaley.

Survivors include his loving wife of more than 42 years, Joyce Castleberry Whaley; son, Steve Whaley of LaFayette, GA; three step-children, Tanja & Mark Parton of Collegedale, TN, Terri & Lynn Clark of Ringgold, GA and Steve & Pam Wehmeyer of California; two brothers, Robert Whaley & Jerry Whaley both of North Georgia; two sisters, Kathy & Russ Maser of Ellijay, GA and Annette Hullender of Ringgold, GA; three step grandchildren; 3 step great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family & friends, .

The family wishes to thank Parkside staff, Dr. Punit Bhutwalla, Dr's Morrison and Hunt for the extra time they gave us with Cecil. David Guldenschuh Rome Ga., H. Lynn Clark for everything and Sarah from Chilhowie Gliderport Benton, TN for Cecil's last glider flight. And to all of Cecil's flying buddies both here and gone from us he loved you and the time spent sailing into the wild blue yonder.

Funeral services: 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 in the LaFayette Chapel.

Burial: Chattanooga National Cemetery.

Visitation: 4 – 7:00 p.m. on Monday and prior to the service on Tuesday at the funeral home.

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Arrangements: Wilson Funeral Home-LaFayette.

Wanda Elaine Palmer Ledbetter, 79, Rossville

Wanda Elaine Palmer Ledbetter, age 79 of Rossville, went home to be with her Lord on Saturday, September 9, 2017.

She was a lifelong resident of the Rossville area and was a member of Unity Baptist Church. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister, who will be greatly missed.

Wanda was preceded in death by her parents, James Matthew and Pernia Mae Palmer; daughter, Wanda Lorraine Vaughn; sisters, Marie Williams, Linda Phillips and Floralee Palmer; and brother, JB Palmer.

She is survived by her loving husband, of 28 yrs., Larry Ledbetter; son, Gary Daniel; sisters, Jessie May Williams, Gail (Sonny) Tolbert, and Debbie (Chuck) Baker; brothers, Earl (Betty) Palmer, Willard (Joan) Palmer, Bud (Alice) Palmer, Jimmy (Frances) Palmer and David Palmer; grandsons, Josh (Tina) Vaughn, Justin (Whitney) Vaughn, and Jordan Vaughn; 12 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service: 1:00 pm on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 in the funeral home chapel, with Bro. George Pinion officiating.

Burial: Lakewood Memorial Gardens-South.

Visitation: 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Tuesday and prior to the service on Wednesday.

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

William "Pete" Chumley, 78, East Ridge, Tenn.

William "Pete" Chumley, 78, of East Ridge, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, September 9, 2017.

Pete was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and uncle and loved by everyone who knew him. He was a very active member of Jones Memorial United Methodist Church. He was a football and softball coach in East Ridge and at Sunnyside Elementary School. He and his brother, Dan, started Professional Studios Incorporated. He retired as District Manager from the Chattanooga Publishing Company. After retirement, he worked part-time at Ace Hardware and Wal-Mart.

He was proceeded in death by his parents, Dan Wesley and Bessie Mae Chumley; brothers, Julian, Joe, Dan, Bill, Charles and Jerry.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Anne; daughters Teresa (Tom McMahon) and Cari Beth Page; precious grandson, Benjamin J. Page. He also leaves behind his beloved dogs, Shumlik and Precious.

Services: Monday, September 11th, at 1:00 p.m. at Jones Memorial United Methodist Church with Reverend Eric Rieger officiating.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared at Memorial contributions may be made to Jones Memorial United Methodist Church, 4131 Ringgold Road, East Ridge, TN 37412.

Visitation: Sunday, September 10th from 4-8 p.m. at the funeral home and from 12:00 p.m. until the funeral hour at the church.

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

Vincent "Vinny" Joseph Minery, 66, of East Ridge, Tenn.

Vincent "Vinny" Joseph Minery, 66, of East Ridge, passed away on Friday, September 8, 2017 in a local hospital.

"Vinny" was born on July 16, 1951 in Patterson, New Jersey to the late Anthony and Ann Minery. He was a member of Frawley Road Baptist Church in East Ridge and attended Berkley School of Music. He enjoyed playing drums professionally, telling jokes, lifting weights and exercising. In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by his daughter, Penny Peak.

Survivors include his wife, Genora Minery, sons, Gary and Tony Gillispie and Ken Bohannon, brother, Dennis (Lisa) Genna, sisters, CarmanAnn (Dennis) Micucci and Patricia Minchin, six, grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services: 3:00 PM on Sunday, September 10, 2017 at Frawley Road Baptist Church with Pastor Ken Wolfe officiating.

Burial: Chattanooga Valley Baptist Cemetery.

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Visitation: At the church from 2:00 PM until the service hour.

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