Obituaries

James "Pat" Patrick Kittle, 81, Ringgold, Ga.

James "Pat" Patrick Kittle, 81, of Ringgold, Georgia, passed away Tuesday, January 16, 2018.

A lifelong resident of the Ringgold area, he was a former employee of Combustion Engineering where he worked for 30 years and attended Rock Bridge Church.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Marcelle Kittle; parents John Patrick and Iva Mae Owens Kittle; daughter, Kathy Kittle; two sons, Stanley and Steven Kittle; two brothers, Jack and Melvin Kittle; and two sisters, Johnnie Mae Bynum and Ruby Tate.

He is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Adrianne Long Kittle of Ringgold, GA.; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Dorothy and Earnest Green of Ringgold, GA., and Leona and Terry Rhinehart of Ringgold, GA.; several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services: 11:00 A.M. Friday, January 19, 2018 at Woodstation Cemetery.

Visitation: Thursday from 4-7 P.M. 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.

Lee Smith, 60, Chickamauga, Ga.

Lee Smith, 60, of Chickamauga, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, January 15, 2018 at his residence.

Mr. Smith was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee on February 22, 1957 and has resided in the North Georgia area for several years. Mr. Smith loved fishing, camping, being around people, riding motorcycles. He loved his family, his dogs and telling jokes. His father, Thurston Smith and his stepfather, Jack L. Swaney preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife of 17 years, Sally Owens Smith, sons, Christopher Allen (April) Smith and Kevin Wayne (Aranca) Goss; mother, Dorothy Swaney, Ringgold; sister, Debbie (Gary) Skidmore, niece, Samantha Cranmore, 10 grandchildren, several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 3:30 PM on Thursday, January 18, 2018 in the South Crest Chapel. Interment will follow at Tennessee-Georgia Memorial Park.

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The family will receive friends from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 in the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home and Crematory, at the end of historic Missionary Ridge, Rossville.

Hiram Frank Kelley, 88, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga.

Hiram Frank Kelley was born on December 8, 1929 in Rome, Georgia, to William and Clara Kelley. He lost his father, a Baptist minister and machinist, when he was eight. Since the depression was so difficult and even more savage for a single mom with four children, one can understand why she signed for her patriotic son to join the Army Air Force at fifteen years of age.

After the war he studied at a trade school in Gadsden, Alabama, where he would meet the love of his life, Alice Stewart. Her mother would play a major role in his life, since it was she who led him to the Lord and taught him the importance of prayer and church. Shortly afterward, in 1948, Alice and he would wed, and a year later their first son, David Kelley, was born in Gadsden, Alabama.

Realizing job opportunities were much better in the North, he moved to Detroit and secured a job at Chevrolet, where he would spend the rest of his 33 year employment career. He rose rapidly through the ranks until he was over the Creative Services Division, the division that did much advertising for Chevrolet. During this time he moved his family to Warren, Michigan, a northern suburb of Detroit, and had two more children, Charles Kelley and then Stephen Kelley, both born in Detroit, Michigan.

It was during this time he also became very active in his local church, serving as Sunday School Superintendent, Clerk, Councilman, and teacher. He also took a special interest in the youth of the church, becoming a mentor for numerous teenagers. Some of them still maintained contact over the years, because of the positive influence he had on their lives.

When he retired he initially moved to Cleveland, TN. While there he became involved as the Financial Officer with the American Legion, and eventually becoming the commander of the Forty and Eight. Then, desiring to be nearer to relatives in Rome, Georgia and Gadsden, Alabama, he and his wife moved to Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia.

Perhaps nothing could be said any better about him than what his daughter-in-law, Fran Kelley, late wife of David Kelley, once said: "I call him ‘dad’ because he’s the most perfect father-figure I could ever imagine. He has always been faithful to his wife, loyal to his children, a Godly example to his family and community. Since my own family is now gone, I cannot think of a man I’m more proud of than him to call my father."

Hiram Frank Kelley is preceded in death by his father and mother, William and Clara Kelley; his stepfather, Jim Melton; his sisters, Ruth and Mattie; his brother, Richard; and his daughter-in-law, Fran Kelley, David’s late wife.

He is survived by his wife, Alice; his three sons, David, Charles and Stephen; David’s daughter, Jennifer and her husband Ryan; Charles’ wife, Susan; Charles’ children, Heather Gullige and her husband David, Melissa Kosky and her husband Matthew, Michael Mouilleseaux and his wife, Jamie; Charles’ grandchildren, Audrey Gullige, Henry and Leo Kosky; Stephen’s child, Stephen Jr., and his wife, Claire and their children, Kingston and Langston.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Chattanooga and Amanda for their love and care during this time.

Condolences may be sent to www.lane-southcrestchapel.

Funeral services: Thursday at 11:00 a.m. in the South Crest Chapel with Reverend Wayne Finnell officiating.

Interment: Chattanooga National Cemetery with Military Honors.

Visitation: Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. at the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home and Crematory, located at the end of historic Missionary Ridge, Rossville.