Obituaries

Sandra "Cain" Pitts, 71, Ringgold, Ga.

Sandra "Cain" Pitts, age 71, of Ringgold, passed away on Tuesday, February 20, 2018.

She loved doing yard work and front porch visits with her family. Sandra had a caring heart and selflessly gave over 25 years to her family as a caregiver. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, who will be greatly missed.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, of 35 yrs., Jerry Pitts; parents; Billy and Georgia Cain; step mother, Madeline Cain; son, Gerald Franklin Pitts.

She is survived by her daughters, Katrina (Marty) Heatherly, Melina (Daniel, Jr.) Bender; son, Michael (Susan) Pitts; sisters, Barbara Davis, Brenda (Ray) Elliott, Debbie (Marvin "Stump") Martin; brother, Jimmy (Brenda) Cain; step sisters, Maudina Crumley and Debbie (Donald) Haddock; grandchildren, Van and Casey Heatherly, Brooklyn Lowery, Zachary Bender, Sawyer, Raegan, Braison and Makayla Pitts, Breanna Knight and Dakota Hunter; great grandson, Marshal Heatherly; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service: 1:00 pm on Friday, February 23, 2018, in the chapel with Bro. Mark Smith and Bro. Tony Wells officiating.

Burial: Anderson Cemetery.

Visitation: 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Thursday, February 22, 2018, and, on Friday, prior to funeral service.

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

James Lawrence Pilgrim, 78

James Lawrence Pilgrim, 78, born January 1, 1939 in Chickamauga, Ga., went to be with the Lord on Monday, December 25, 2017 at Erlanger Hospital due to complications from a stroke.

Jimmy attended Gordon Lee High School, was a veteran of the United States Army, a member of Bethel Baptist Church and a member of Crawfish Springs Masonic Lodge#300 in Chickamauga, GA. He retired from ABB (Combustion Engineering) after 47 yrs. of service as a boilermaker.

Jimmy was a quiet and gentle man who never spoke bad of anyone. He enjoyed being home watching old western movies, NASCAR and football. His favorite place to vacation was Disney World and he loved to meet and eat with friends at the Melon Patch.

Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Columbus and Mary Lucille Price Pilgrim, his brother, Virgil (Maebell) Pilgrim, sister, Irene (Eldred) Willingham, Venice (Lawrence) Smith, and infant granddaughter, Virginia Rose Pilgrim, and brother-in-law, James Otis Brown, Jr.

He is survived by his devoted wife, of 52 yrs., Nancy Kellogg Pilgrim of Chickamauga, GA, son and daughter-in-law, Allen and Cristy Pilgrim, and his six grandchildren, Nicholas, Spring, Seth, Micah, Elias and Reynolds Pilgrim, all of Huntsville, AL, sisters-in-law, Peggy Brown and Sandra (Tom) Kinsey, several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service: 11:00 am on Thursday, December 28, 2017 in the Chickamauga Chapel of Wilson Funeral Home, with Rev. Charles McElhaney officiating.

Burial: LaFayette Memorial Gardens, LaFayette, GA.

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

Flowers will be accepted, along with donations in Jimmy’s honor, to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at www.st.jude.org.

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

Clifford Theodore Hollifield Jr., 66, Ringgold, Ga.

Clifford Theodore Hollifield Jr., 66, of Ringgold, Georgia passed away Tuesday, February 20, 2018.

A lifelong resident of the North Georgia area, he was a former employee of Conagra where he worked for 10 years and was of the Baptist faith.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Clifford Theodore Hollifield Sr., and Mary Madgeline Bales Hollifield; and two sisters, Brenda Kelly, Carol Hollifield and Denna Hollifield.

He is survived by his daughter, Brandy Lamb of Rossville, GA.; sister, JoAnn McDaniel of Ringgold, GA.; two brothers, Danny Hollifield and Bill Hollifield both of Ringgold, GA.; four grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services: 3:00 P.M. Friday, February 23, 2018 in the funeral home chapel.

Interment: Tennessee-Georgia Memorial Park.

Visitation: Thursday from 5-8 P.M. and Friday from 9 A.M. until funeral time at the funeral home.

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

An online register book may be signed at www.wilsonfuneralhome.com.

Clifford Theodore Hollifield Jr., 66, Ringgold, Ga.

Clifford Theodore Hollifield Jr., 66, of Ringgold, Georgia passed away Tuesday, February 20, 2018.

A lifelong resident of the North Georgia area, he was a former employee of Conagra where he worked for 10 years and was of the Baptist faith.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Clifford Theodore Hollifield Sr., and Mary Madgeline Bales Hollifield; and two sisters, Brenda Kelly, Carol Hollifield and Denna Hollifield.

He is survived by his daughter, Brandy Lamb of Rossville, GA.; sister, JoAnn McDaniel of Ringgold, GA.; two brothers, Danny Hollifield and Bill Hollifield both of Ringgold, GA.; four grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services: 3:00 P.M. Friday, February23, 2018 in the funeral home chapel.

Interment: Tennessee-Georgia Memorial Park.

Visitation: Thursday from 5-8 P.M. and Friday from 9 A.M. until funeral time at the funeral home.

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

An online register book may be signed at www.wilsonfuneralhome.com.

James "Jim" R. Young, 83, Chickamauga, Ga.

James R. Young ("Jim") died at home on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at the age of 83.

A lifelong resident of Chickamauga, Georgia, Jim was a well-respected member of the community, known and admired by his family and his many lifelong friends for his sharp wit and keen sense of humor.

The son of Jennie and Doc Young, Jim went to Rossville High School where he played football. He continued his football career in the army after high school, joining the 82nd Airborne Division. Jim completed 34 jumps as a paratrooper in the army, becoming so used to jumping out of airplanes in mid-flight that he hated plane landings for the rest of his life.

While in the army, Jim had the good fortune of meeting Peggy Roberts, the love of his life. Though they had lived just miles from each other their entire lives, Jim and Peggy never met until one evening at a Catholic social gathering, a stroke of sheer luck or divine intervention since neither was Catholic!

Jim and Peggy were married for 62 years. Together, they raised three remarkable daughters: Hope (Tommy) Sisson, Linda (David) Lewis, and Jenny (David) Noblit. Jim’s legacy of fiercely held opinions, tenacious loyalty, and quick laughter continues through his extraordinary children.

Jim was the District Manager of North Georgia Electric Membership Corporation from 1969 to 1996, retiring after 39 years of service to the company. In retirement, Jim reveled in his growing family of charismatic grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A music lover, he and Peggy also had a standing Wednesday night date at Las Margaritas in North Chattanooga, where they enjoyed the music of their favorite band and entertained a steady stream of adored friends of all ages and backgrounds from their VIP booth in the corner.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents as well as by siblings Harvey Young, Edward Young, Aileen Holdiness, and Mackie Tarvin.

He is survived by his wife, daughters, beloved honorary son Mike Frost, grandchildren Traci (Keith) Reece, Kit (Heather) Napier, Lindsey (Doug) Dodson, great-grandchildren Peyton Reece and Chapman Napier, sister Barbara Brown, sister-in-law Anne Young, and many wonderful nieces and nephews.

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Memorial services: 5:00 PM Saturday at Heritage Funeral Home with Rev. Jennifer Andone officiating.

Private family interment services: At a later date at Chattanooga National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made in Jim’s honor to Elizabeth Lee United Methodist Church in thanks and recognition of the tremendous support the church community has offered to Jim and Peggy over many years. The church is located at 139 Cove Road, Chickamauga, GA 30707. The family also extends its sincere thanks to Jim’s many friends who have been so supportive and generous in their time and love.

Visitation: 4-8 PM Friday at Heritage Funeral Home, and from 4-5 PM Saturday prior to the service.

Arrangements by Heritage Funeral Home, Battlefield Parkway.