Obituaries

These are obituaries published in the April 26, 2017, editions of the Walker County Messenger and Catoosa County News.

Jewell Marie Headrick Grant, 86, Ringgold

Jewell Marie Headrick Grant, 86, of Ringgold, Georgia moved on to her Heavenly home Wednesday April 19, 2017.

She lived in East Brainerd, Tennessee for 40 years before moving back to Ringgold, Georgia in 1996.

She was a former employee of Miller Brothers and Towel and Linens.

She was a member of Woodland Park Baptist Church where she attended the Agape Sunday School Class.

Jewell was the oldest of nine children. She loved family gatherings and was a devoted wife, mother and nanny. She was adored by her children, granddaughters and great-grandchildren. She loved to garden and cook special meals for her family. She will be greatly missed.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Cecil and Lola Fletcher Headrick; and brother, Johnny Headrick.

She is survived by her loving husband of 66 years, Ross "R.C." Grants of Ringgold, GA.; two children, Victor Grant and Melissa (Butch) Oliver both of Ringgold, GA.; two sisters, Rena Peters and Judy Adkins both of Ringgold, GA.; Harold Headrick of Cairo, W. Virginia, Richard (Carolyn) Headrick and Thurman (Billie) Headrick both of Ringgold, GA., Lamar Headrick of Cleveland, TN. And Donny (Helen) Headrick of Tunnel Hill, GA.; two granddaughters, Ashley (Sean) Campos and Hannah (D) Winchester; two great grandchildren, Max Campos and Lola Grace Winchester, several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends Friday from 5-8 P.M. and Saturday from 9:00 A.M. until funeral time at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be held 12:00 Noon Saturday 22, 2017 in the funeral home chapel with Bro. Bruce Daugherty and Butch Oliver officiating.

Interment will follow at Anderson Cemetery.

Online guestbook available at wilsonfuneralhome.com.

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

Nina Marie Alford, 87, Chattanooga, Tenn.

Nina Marie Alford, 87, of Chattanooga went to be with her lord and Savior on Wednesday, April 19, 2017

She was a charter member of Gateway Baptist Church and was a talented musician and loved serving her lord through music and song.

She retired from Memorial Hospital as a L.P.N. Loved everybody and never met a stranger.

She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Elbert and Lonie Manning; husband and love of her life for 57 years, Frank Alford; son, Steven Wayne Alford; two sisters, Elsie Mealor and Mary Frances Brown; brother, Elbert Manning.

She is survived by her children, Charlotte Alford, Treena Dobbins and special son-in-law, Tim Dobbins; two step-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; one special niece, Frances Chambers.

Family will receive friends on Saturday and Sunday, April 23rd from 2-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Funeral service will be held on Monday, April 24th at 1:00 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Denny Manning and Rev Jack Key officiating.

Interment will follow in the Chattanooga National Cemetery.

Online guestbook available at wilsonfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements are by Wilson Funeral Home, Wallis-Stewart Chapel Ringgold, GA.

Celeste Norris Florence, 93, Trion

Celeste Norris Florence, 93, Trion died April 18, 2017.

Celeste was born July 1, 1923 in Greenville S.C. She lived in Savannah, Cedartown, and Trion for 59 years.

She was the daughter of Harold and Pauline Norris.

She attended Armstrong State College and graduated from Berry College.

Celeste was active in her family, friendships and community. She was a teacher at Third Street School in Cedartown, Ga., and Trion Elementary School. Trustee of the Chattooga Library, Chairman of the Trion Zoning board, member of the DAR, Who’s Who of American Women, Chattooga Historical Society, Atlanta Friendship Force, Elder Hostel, Red Hat Society, Wednesday Morning Bridge, and the Trion United Methodist Church.

She enjoyed traveling around the world with lifelong friends and relaxing at Lake Weiss with family and friends. She was a lifelong learner and always optimistic. Her long life and inspiring influence was a blessing to us all.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Neal Florence.

She is survived by a brother, Lt. Col. James C. Norris and wife, Rachel Norris of Haughton, La. Two children, Neal Florence and wife, Carolyn Florence of LaFayette, Ga., and Nan Parker and husband, Breck Parker of LaFayette, Ga. Four grandchildren, Dr. Mason Florence and wife, Rachel of Watkinsville, Ga., Dr. Kevin Florence and wife, Rachel of Watkinsville, Ga., Amy Clifton and husband, Chad of Statesboro, Ga., and Dr. Reed Parker of Knoxville, TN. Eight great-grandchildren, Samuel, Caroline, Anna Florence, Luke and Kate Florence, Madalyn, Audrey, and Jake Clifton.

A heartfelt thank you to caregivers, Terra Turner, Shirley Bowers, Rosland Mosley, Tonie Autullo, and the wonderful staff at Oakview Health and Rehabilitation in Summerville, Ga.

Visitation will take place Saturday at the church from 3:30 p.m. until time of service.

Memorial service will be held 5 p.m. Saturday, April 22 at the LaFayette First United Methodist Church with Pastor David Autry officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Trion United Methodist Church at P.O. Box 1014, Trion, GA 30753.

Online guestbook available at wallis-wilbanksfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements are by Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.

Lena Houchens, 80, LaFayette

Lena Houchens, age 80, of LaFayette passed away Saturday, April 15, 2017.

Family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday, April 20 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

There will be no service.

Online guestbook available at wallis-wilbanksfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements are by Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.

Reverend Johnny Silas (Johnboy) Watson, Chatsworth

Reverend Johnny Silas (Johnboy) Watson was born August 1, 1954 in Chatsworth, Ga.

went home to be with his Savior April 15, 2017.

He was the next to the oldest of seven boys and three girls.

He attended Pond Springs Elementary and Gordon Lee High School.

He was an active member of Kensington Church of God where he preached and sang. He was a past Sunday School Superintendent at Boynton Church of God. He also had a nursing home ministry until his current illness. He retired from Synthetic Industry after 30 years of loyal service. His greatest joy in life was his family and singing the praises of his Lord. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Preceded in death by his parents, John and Ruby Watson; maternal grandparents, William and Bessie Massey; fraternal grandparents, Carl and Minnie Watson and Myrtle Watson.

Survived by three sisters, James and Elaine Brock of LaFayette; Penny Spark of Trenton; Mike and Turk Lawson of High Point; six brothers, William Watson of Kensington, Tony and Robin Watson of Kensington, Daryl and Jerri Watson of Chickamauga, Thomas and Jillian Watson of Chattanooga, Terry and Sara Watson of Flintstone, Tim and Amy Watson of LaFayette; two daughters, Jimmy and Stacey Westbrook of Rossville; Darryl and Heather Cox of Soddy Daisy; seven grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and Cody Watson whom he raised and is also a grandson; many nieces and nephews; and last but not least his little sweetie Diane Wiley and her two boys Mikey and Bobby.

Visitation at the funeral home Monday from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. and Tuesday from 12 p.m. until time of service.

Funeral services Tuesday, April 18 at 5 p.m. in the Wilbanks Memorial Chapel with Pastor Dennis Chambers officiating.

Interment in LaFayette City Cemetery.

Pallbearers are William Watson, Bo Watson, Darryl Watson, Pogus Watson, Duck Watson, Tim Watson, Cody Watson, and Casey Bradley.

Honorary pallbearers are grandchildren, great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Online guestbook available at wallis-wilbanksfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements are by Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.

Sharon Louise DeSha, 69, Rossville

Sharon Louise DeSha, 69, of Rossville, passed away on Sunday, April 16, 2017 in a local hospital.

Sharon was born on April 2, 1948 in Champaign, Illinois.

She attended the Jones Memorial Baptist Church, was the owner of Brown’s Corner Country Store, and she loved animals.

Sharon was preceded in death by her father, Joe Benson.

Survivors include her mother, Katherine Mobley Trotter; daughter, Frances DeSha; son, Jason Desha; brothers, Mike Benson, Joe (Debbie) Benson, & Robbie (Cheryl) Trotter; sisters, Gloria Duke and Monica "Rinky" (Jeff) Brown; two grandchildren, Nicole & Trevor DeSha; several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends Tuesday from 4 – 8 p.m. at the South Crest Chapel

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. in the South Crest Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Animal Clinic Inc. of Chattanooga, 2223 E. 23rd Street, Chattanooga, TN 37407.

Online guestbook available at lane-southcrestchapel.com.

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

Pauline "Polly" Gallaher Petty, 100, Rossville

Pauline "Polly" Gallaher Petty, 100, of Rossville, peacefully left her earthly body on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 while surrounded by family to be with her Lord and Savior.

Pauline was born on January 3, 1917 in Cleveland, Tennessee to John Franklin and Maggie Emaline McNabb Gallaher. In the mid to late 1920’s, Pauline’s family moved to Chattanooga. Her father was a house carpenter and Chattanooga was a growing town that offered him plenty of work. This is where Pauline and Franklin Grundy Petty "F.G." or "Frank" met. He was working at the Green Tea Room as a waiter and while standing outside the restaurant with his cousin, Pauline and her best friend were walking by. The foursome struck up in conversation. Pauline and F.G. were smitten with one another and eventually married on November 4, 1933. They moved to Rossville after the war, where they remained for the rest of their lives together. F. G. passed away on January 18, 1993. They worked in the textile industry until retirement and raised four children (their first child died shortly after his birth). Pauline and F.G. were founding members of Bible Baptist Church in Rossville where both remained active during their lives. Pauline was the family historian keeping us abreast of all changes and events in the life of family, relatives and friends.

Pauline was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, F.G., sons, James Miller, Rex Lamar, and Charles Franklin, Sr; five brothers, Willie Edwards, Bob Edwards, Franklin Gallaher, Lowe Elmer Gallaher, and Clyde Gallaher; sisters, Jennie Lou Carpenter, Mary Bell "Nannie" Taylor, and Jewel Gallaher; two great-grandchildren, Jonathan Wall and Gina Atkins.

She is survived by a daughter, Charlotte Petty Mullins and husband Eldon of Rossville; son, Harold Martin Petty, Sr., and wife, Brenda of Rossville; daughter-in-law, Joyce Strickland Petty Rogers of Ringgold; grandchildren, Kim Mullins (Wayne) Wall of Kennesaw, GA, Vicki Mullins (Rick) Miller of East Ridge, TN, Janet Mullins (Mike) Rearden of Buford, GA, Karen Petty of Stephens, City, VA, Harold Martin "Mark" Petty, Jr. of Rossville, Charles Franklin "Pete"(Sonya) Petty, Jr., of Chatsworth, GA, and Page Petty (Tyler) Durham of Smyrna, TN; thirteen great-grandchildren, fifteen great-great-grandchildren, two great-great-great-grandchildren, numerous other close family members that she loved and cherished.

The family will receive friends Monday from 4 – 8 p.m. at the South Crest Chapel

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 18th at 2:30 p.m. in the South Crest Chapel with Pastor Ricky Gravley officiating. Interment will follow in Tennessee-Georgia Memorial Park.

Online guestbook available at lane-southcrestchapel.com.

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

Deborah Anne Douglas, 58, Ringgold

Deborah Anne Douglas, 58, of Ringgold, Georgia went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, April 15, 2017 in preparation for Easter.

She was born in Chicago, Illinois to the late, Edwin & Mildred Schmook, but had lived in the Chattanooga & North Georgia areas for most of her life.

She was a valued member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church where she was active as a Sunday School Teacher and was involved with the Youth Programs.

She was currently employed with Memorial Hospital as a Billing Specialist going on 37 years and loved going to the beach, traveling to Gatlinburg and visiting relatives in Chicago. Her main passions in life were playing with her precious granddaughter, the love & care for her family and her work at the hospital. She was a loving and devoted sister, mother and "Mimi" who will be truly missed by all who knew her.

Survivors include her children & spouses, Nicholas & Amber Douglas of Atlanta, GA and Victoria & James Breazeale of Ringgold, GA; brother & sister-in-law, Ralph & Faye Schmook of Evansville, TN; sisters & brother-in-law, Cheryl Bradford of Benton, TN and Laura & Rhea Ford of Hixson, TN; 1 granddaughter, Robin Breazeale; several nieces, nephews and numerous extended family & friends.

The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday in the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church with Pastor H. Christopher Sheets officiating. The body will lie-in-state from 10 a.m. until the time of service on Wednesday at the church.

Entombment will follow in the Calvary Gardens Mausoleum.

In lieu of flowers please make contributions to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Youth Group, 822 Belvoir Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37412, (423) 629-4661 or Lymphoma Research, Wall Street Plaza, 88 Pine Street, Suite 2400, New York, NY 10005, www.lymphoma.org.

Online guestbook available at wilsonfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by W.L. Wilson and Sons Funeral Homes – Fort Oglethorpe Chapel.

Leroy Lance, 84, Rossville

Leroy Lance, 84, of Rossville passed away Saturday, April 15, 2017.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Elouise Lance; parents, Frank and Jinnie Lance; grandson, Thomas Lance; 10 brothers & sisters.

Survivors include his sons, James (Annette) Lance, Jimmy (Charlotte) Lance; daughter, Louise (Kenneth) Cameron; sister, Jonnie Faye Longley; grandchildren, Stacey Crowley, Ginger Cameron, Tina Smith, Teresa Cameron and William Cameron; 11great grandchildren; 4 great-great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends 4:00-9:00 PM Tuesday and on Wednesday until the service time at 2:00 PM.

Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 in the Fort Oglethorpe Chapel of Wilson Funeral Home with Rev. Dennis Chambers officiating.

Online guestbook available at wilsonfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by W. L. Wilson & Sons Funeral Homes, Fort Oglethorpe, GA.

James B. Stoner, 87, Chickamauga

James B. Stoner, 87, of Chickamauga, Georgia passed away Saturday, April 15, 2017.

He was a lifelong resident of the North Georgia area and was a member of the Chattanooga Valley Church of Jesus Christ of Ladder Day Saints.

He had worked most of his life as a Heavy Machine Operator and was a Mason for more than 66 years and a member of the East Lake Masonic Lodge #698 F&AM.

He loved being outdoors camping, fishing and collecting old relics. He was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather who will be truly missed by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James & Sarah Stoner; son, Bobby Dean Stoner; brother, Willie Banjo Stoner and sister, Annie T. MaHaffey.

Survivors include his loving wife of more than 69 years, Betty Aaron Stoner of Chickamauga, GA; son & daughter-in-law, James & Delores Stoner of Chickamauga, GA; daughter, Ann Stoner & Pat Henson of Flintstone, GA; brothers & sisters-in-law, Tilly & Phyllis Stoner, Dick & Linda Stoner and Tom & Andrea Stoner all of Rossville, GA; sister & brother-in-law, Audrey & Joe Murray of Lookout Mountain, GA; 7 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild; several nieces, nephews and numerous extended family & friends.

Memorial services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at the Chattanooga Valley Church of Jesus Christ of Ladder Day Saints with Bishop Nathan Evans officiating.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. in the Payne’s Chapel Cemetery.

Online guestbook available at wilsonfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by W. L. Wilson & Sons Funeral Homes, Fort Oglethorpe, GA.

Dorothy Auda Warren, 95, Rossville

Dorothy Auda Warren, of Rossville, passed away on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at age 95.

She was born in Moodysville, TN to the late John Adam Beatty and Elva Story.

Dorothy loved Jesus and her family unconditionally.

She had been a resident of Catoosa County for the past 40 years.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Venable Turner and Harvey Warren; daughter, Brenda Dunn; great grandson, Ryan Fair; four sisters and three brothers.

Survivors include her daughters, Ruth Parsons, Betty (Tom) Curry, Elaine (George) Lowery and Judy Martin; sisters, Georgie Simmons and Billie Randolph; 10 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, 10 great-great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to thank, in house caregivers, Charlotte and Scarlett Fair. The team from Tapistry Hospice of Georgia for their loving and dedicated care over an extended period: Dr. Wm. Horton, Kelly, Brittany, Steffanie, Mary, Holly and Dianna.

Graveside service will be held at 12:30 PM Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at Tennessee Georgia Memorial Park with Chaplin Tim Samples officiating.

Grandsons and great grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Online guestbook available at wilsonfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by W. L. Wilson & Sons Funeral Homes, Fort Oglethorpe, GA.

Deborah "Debbie" Louise Gray Campbell, 59, Rossville

Deborah "Debbie" Louise Gray Campbell age 59, of Rossville, Georgia passed away Saturday – April 15, 2017.

She was born in LaFayette, Georgia and had been a lifelong resident of Walker County.

She retired this past February from the Walker County Board of Education where she taught for twenty nine years. She loved her students and taught at North LaFayette Elementary, South Rossville Elementary and Rossville Elementary.

She enjoyed spending time at the beach, especially at her favorite place in Mexico Beach, Florida.

She was of the Methodist faith.

She is preceded in death by grandparents: Scott and Ester Gray, Grady and Cora Lee Swafford and her beloved sister: Lynn Gray Turner.

She is survived by her mother: Kathleen Swafford Brock of Ringgold, GA, father: Harold (Nelda) Gray, Sr., of Higdon, AL, daughter: Blakely (Victor) Burgess of LaFayette, GA, brother: Harold "Hal" Gray, Jr., of Rossville, GA, grandchildren: Megan Harris, Cassi Harris, Tatum Burgess and Mallorie Burgess, great-grandchildren: Malia Candelario and Daniel Morris, niece: Hali Gray and nephew: Zack (Allison) Turner.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm Monday and after 11:00 am Tuesday prior to the service.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm – Tuesday – April 18, 2017 in the chapel.

Burial will follow at Dailey Hills Cemetery – Ringgold, Georgia.

Online guestbook available at wilsonfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by W.L. Wilson and Sons Funeral Homes – Fort Oglethorpe Chapel.

Loretta Mae Moore, 73 Rossville

Loretta Mae Moore, 73 of Rossville, GA, passed away Wednesday, April 12, 2017.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank Davis and Jessie Hicks; husband, James Moore; sisters, Delores Rapier, Patricia Newsome, Wanda Anderson; brother, Ronnie Davis.

Survivors include her children, Sherri (Arthur) Hendley and James Moore II; sisters, Carolyn Johnson, Peggy Thomas, Teresa Hicks and Mary Ann Haynes; brothers, Robert Davis, Carl Davis and James Davis; grandchildren, Amber Smith, Brittany Nicholson, Daniel Hendley and Jonathon Hendley; 12 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 2:00 – 9:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday and until the time of service on Monday.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, April 17, 2017 in the Fort Oglethorpe Chapel with Pastor Mike Angel officiating.

Burial will be in Forest Hills Cemetery.

Online guestbook available at wilsonfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by W. L. Wilson & Sons Funeral Homes, Fort Oglethorpe, GA.

Karen Arlene Helton Austin, 58, Ringgold

Karen Arlene Helton Austin, 58, of Ringgold, Georgia went home to be with her Lord and Savior Thursday April 20, 2017.

A lifelong resident of the Ringgold area, she was a member of Philadelphia Baptist Church.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 39 years, David Lamar Austin; son Brian David Austin; parents Harold and Lillie Epps Helton; and grandparents, Marvin and Myrtle Helton and Walton and Minerva Epps.

She is survived by two brothers, Blaine (Gail) Helton, and David Helton; adopted brother, Casey Westra; great uncle, B.C. Epps; and numerous cousins; special friends, Darla Crawford, Lynn Latimer and Gail Borders.

The family would like to thank Dr. Lindsey Crawford for all she done for Karen and the family during this time.

The family will receive friends Saturday from 4-8 P.M. and until funeral time Sunday at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 P.M. Sunday April 23, 2017 in the funeral home chapel with Dr. Robert Borders and Dr. John Carter officiating.

Interment will follow at Lee’s Chapel Cemetery.

Online guestbook available at wilsonfuneralhome.com.

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

David Lamar Austin, 59, Ringgold

David Lamar Austin, 59, of Ringgold, Georgia, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Sunday April 16, 2017.

A lifelong resident of the Dalton, Ringgold area, He was an employee of the Catoosa County Board of Education where he drove a bus for 7 years, a member of Philadelphia Baptist Church, and was the lead singer with the Willow Creek Quartet for 7 ½ years.

He is preceded in death by his son, Brian David Austin, and his grandparents that raised him Clarence and Bula Scott.

At the time of his passing he was survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Karen Helton Austin of Ringgold, GA.; brothers-in-law, Blaine (Gail) Helton and David Helton; adopted brother, Casey Westra; sister, Melba (Jerry) Palmer; brothers, Robert Cook, Dock Smith and Dale Smith; special cousins, Carol and Lamar Jordan.

The family would like to thank Dr. Lindsey Crawford for all she done for David and the family during this time.

The family will receive friends Saturday from 4-8 P.M. and until funeral time Sunday at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 P.M. Sunday April 23, 2017 in the funeral home chapel with Dr. Robert Borders and Dr. John Carter officiating.

Interment will follow at Lee’s Chapel Cemetery.

Online guestbook available at wilsonfuneralhome.com.

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

Sara Craig Hilburn, 74, LaFayette

Sara Craig Hilburn, age 74, of LaFayette passed away Friday, April 14, 2017.

She was the wife of the late Charles Hilburn, and retired from Sign-Rite.

Survived by son and daughter-in-law, Mark (Renee) Hilburn of South Carolina; sisters, Louise Brown of LaFayette, and Martha Sims of Blairsville, Ga.; grandchildren, Amber and Tyler Hilburn.

Visitation at the funeral home Sunday from 3p.m. – 6p.m.

Funeral from the Wilbanks Memorial Chapel Monday, April 17th at 3:00 p.m.

Interment in the Naomi Cemetery.

Online guestbook available at wallis-wilbanksfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements are by Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.

Clyde Lee Millard, 79, Chickamauga

Clyde Lee Millard, age 79 of Chickamauga, passed away on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at the Elm Croft Assisted Living Home, where he has been struggling with dementia.

He worked at ADM Flour Mill for 52 yrs., retiring at the age of 75.

Clyde was preceded in death by his loving wife, Iva Ruth Millard; parents, Bill and Ellen Combs; and son, Ivan Millard.

He is survived by his daughter, Joanne Abbott, sons, Steve (Linda) Millard, Dewayne (Carol) Millard, Ronnie Millard, and Thomas (Margo) Millard; grandchildren, Sherry Abbott, Crystal Stokes, Amber Myers, Steven Millard, Nathan Millard, Jordan Millard, Jade Millard Baltimore, and Hunter Millard; sisters, Lucy Rogers and Margie Wilhoite; 15 great grandchildren; and his significant other of 20 yrs., Hazel Bryant of Ooltewah, and her family.

"Your sun will never set and your moon will wane no more. I, the Lord, will be your everlasting light and your days of sorrow will come to and end." Isaiah 60:20

The family will receive friends from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Friday and prior to the service on Saturday.

The funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, April 22, 2017, in the funeral home chapel, with Bro. John Jones officiating.

Interment will follow in the LaFayette Memory Gardens.

Online guestbook available at wilsonfuneralhome.com.

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

Randall Lebron Nichols, 73, Ringgold

Randall Lebron Nichols, 73, of Ringgold passed away Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at his home.

Randall was a born again Christian and was a member of several churches in the area, including Pleasant Hill Baptist Church on Lee Highway, Welcome Hill Baptist Church in Ringgold, and Cedar Hill Baptist Church in Ft. Oglethorpe.

Randall was a graduate of Ringgold High School and was a retiree of U.S. Pipe where he worked for over 40 years as a supervisor in the shipping department. Later Randall was employed with Beaulieu of America in Dalton.

He loved the outdoors and was an avid Georgia Bulldog fan.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Elsie Nichols; brother, Marshall Nichols; sister, Glenda Nichols; nephews, Gene and Bobby Nichols.

Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Sherry Brooks Nichols; two sons, Randall Lebron Nichols, Jr (Debbie) of Dalton, GA and William Michael Nichols of Rossville, GA; three sisters, Barbara (Jack) Cooper of Byron, GA, Gail (Craig) Clark of Cohutta, GA, and Sharon Bomar(Bill) of Chickamauga, GA; father-in-law, William L. (Mary) Brooks of Chattanooga, TN; mother-in-law, Selma Brooks of Rossville, GA; sisters-in-law, Sarah Nichols of Ft. Oglethorpe, GA, Debra Reeves of Rossville, GA, and B.J. Howell of Ft. Oglethorpe, GA; brother-in-law, Larry (Debbie) Brooks of Chattanooga, TN and several nieces and nephews; and last but not least in his heart he is survived by his Yorkie, Scotia.

The family would like to thank the staff of ICU at Parkridge East Hospital in East Ridge, TN, the great folks at Compassus Hospice Group for all their care during this time, and Neal Brown of Heritage Baptist Church for his many visits during Randall’s illness.

The family will receive friends Friday from 11:00a.m. until the funeral hour at the South Crest Chapel.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 1:00p.m. in the South Crest Chapel with Reverend Neal Brown officiating.

Private interment will follow in the Catoosa Memorial Gardens.

Online guestbook available at lane-southcrestchapel.com.

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

Ida Mae Moore Johnson, 97, Chattanooga, Tenn.

Ida Mae Moore Johnson, 97, of Chattanooga, passed away on Friday, April 21, 2017 in a local health care facility.

Mrs. Johnson was of the Methodist faith, enjoyed quilting and working in her flower garden.

She was retired from Cobble-Muse Hosiery Mill with more than 30 years of service, and was preceded in death by her husbands, Noel A. Moore and Eldridge Johnson, daughters, Mary Frances Boyd and Wilda Lou Roach, and brothers, Bill, Troy, John, & Raymond Martin.

Survivors include her daughters, Angela (Richard) Nicely of Rossville & Vickie (John) Smith of Hixson; fifteen grandchildren; several great and great-great- grandchildren.

The family will receive friends Monday from 11:00 a.m. until the service hour at the South Crest Chapel.

Funeral services will be held Monday, April 24th at 2:00 p.m. in the South Crest Chapel with interment to follow in Hawkins Cemetery, Lookout Mountain.

Online guestbook available at lane-southcrestchapel.com.

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

Janice Marie Tomlin, 63, Rossville

Janice Marie Tomlin, 63, of Rossville and formerly of Kansas City, MO, passed away on Friday, April 21, 2017.

She was of the Catholic faith and served in the Air Force in the 1970’s as a Med Tech before marring and raising two sons. She was a loving wife and mother and was an enthusiastic cook, baker and gardener. Janice will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Martha Rast.

Survivors include her loving husband of 36 years, James Tomlin; sons, James Tomlin III and William Tomlin; sister, Donna Fisher; brothers, Carl, Raymond, Balfour, Mike, Richard, Billy and Danny Rast; several nieces and nephews.

Graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM Monday, April 24, 2017, at Lakewood Memory Gardens South.

Online guestbook available at wilsonfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by W. L. Wilson & Sons Funeral Homes, Fort Oglethorpe, GA.