Thurman (Spec) Alton Spangler Jr., 93, Fairmount, Ga.

Thurman (Spec) Alton Spangler Jr. age 93, of Fairmount, Georgia, died peacefully on Saturday, October 21, 2017.

Spec was born on July 5, 1924, in Chickamauga, Georgia. An enterprising youth, he trapped animals, fished, and did odd chores to help his family get through the difficulties of the Great Depression. He enlisted in the Navy during World War II and served on a destroyer escort in the North Atlantic. After his Navy stint, he enlisted in the Army/Air Force, and when they split, he went with the Air Force, retiring from there in 1964. Then he worked for the U.S. Government until his final retirement. Spec was an avid gardener and a collector of a variety of things. He also enjoyed raising ornamental chickens and various other birds. He had a quick wit and a wry sense of humor.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Ethel (Bonnie) Gaynell Smyers Spangler. H

He is survived by his sister, Sue Wilson of Port Richey, Florida; son, Larry Spangler and wife Angie of Fairmount, Georgia, and son James Spangler and wife Cathy of Richardson, Texas. He is also survived by grandchildren Jim Spangler, Brandon Spangler, Deborah Guyette, and great grandchildren Kaydence Spangler, Calliope Rennert-Spangler, Samuel Rennert-Spangler, Niko Guyette, and Faye Guyette.

The family would like to thank all the people who kindly and lovingly cared for Spec in his final years.

Spec will be honored and remembered in a private family memorial.

Arrangements: Heritage Funeral Home, Battlefield Parkway.

Chester Kenneth Patty, 83, Tunnel Hill, Ga.

Chester Kenneth Patty, 83, of Tunnel Hill, died Monday, October 23, 2017 surrounded by his family.

He was born September 3, 1934 in Townsend, Tennessee to the late Jake and Nora Caylor Patty. He drove a hyster for Sweetwater Carpet Mills. He loved his family and friends and spending time with them telling them stories, coon hunting, fishing, running marathons, gardening, and was a hard working. He was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Judith Patty; daughters, Teresa Kirby and Sheila Patty; brothers, Donald Patty, Gene Garland, and Jimmy Patty. Sisters; Ruby Horton and Judy Greene, 5 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

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A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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

Thomas E. Adkins Sr. M.D., 97, Rossville-Chattanooga area

Thomas E. Adkins Sr. M.D., 97, of Rossville-Chattanooga area, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 in a local healthcare facility.

Dr. Adkins, a native of Deer Lodge, Tennessee was born on May 10, 1920 to the late Lidsay C. and Etta Adkins. He graduated in 1950 from University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis, receiving his Doctor of Medicine degree. Prior to receiving his degree at UT College of Medicine, he also attended Lincoln Memorial University for his undergraduate studies. He proudly served his country in the United States Army during World War II and served in the South Pacific Theater. During his military service, he received the World War II Victory Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal and the AP Theater Ribbon. Following his completion of medical school, he started his own private practice in Rossville, Georgia where he dedicated his service and care for fifty years. Dr. Adkins considered one of the greatest joys in his life was taking care of his patients. In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by his son, Phil Adkins, two brothers, Eugene and Billy Adkins and a sister, Christine Edwards.

Survivors include his wife, Claudine Adkins, sons, Thomas E. (Myra) Adkins Jr., Steve (Marcia) Adkins, three sisters, Eula (Hurst) Wadell, Ann (Pete) Peterman, Betty (Richard) Arnold, grandchildren, Tommy (Kim) Adkins, Mary Adkins, Christy (Chris) Daniel, Jennifer (Mike) Browning, great-grandchildren, Harper, Avery and Ceadwyn, several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services: 1:00 PM on Friday, October 27, 2017 at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1505 N Moore Rd, Chattanooga with Pastor Dr. Courtney Krueger officiating.

Interment: Chattanooga Memorial Park.

Visitation: At the church from 11:00 AM until the service hour on Friday.

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In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to First Cumberland Presbyterian Church or Hospice of Chattanooga.

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

Andrew Brian "Andy" Kipp, 57, Rock Spring, Ga. MUG

Andrew Brian "Andy" Kipp, 57 of Rock Spring, GA went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, October 24, 2017.

He had lived in the Chattanooga & North Georgia areas for most of his life and was a member of Oakwood Baptist Church in Chickamauga where he taught the Sunday School Class, "Others First" with his wife. He was employed with the Walker County DFACS as a Case Worker for many years and was a true servant, who always put others needs before his own. He was a loving and devoted son, brother, husband, father and grandfather who will be truly missed by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his father, Eugene Kipp.

Survivors include his loving wife, Sharon Kipp of Rock Spring, GA; mother, Zelda Kipp of Yulee, FL; two sons & daughters-in-law, David Curtis & (Whitney) Sims of Cleveland, TN and Zachary Solomon & (Heather) Sims of Athens, GA; brother, Russ Kipp of Yulee, FL; sister, Sharon Huffman of Yulee, FL; 3 grandchildren, Brantley Sims, Bryler Sims and Gage Sims; numerous extended family & friends.

Celebration of life services: 1:00 p.m. Saturday, October 28, 2017 at Oakwood Baptist Church with Rev. Allen Farris officiating.

Visitation: 11 a.m. until the time of service at the church.

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Arrangements: LaFayette Chapel of Wilson Funeral Home, LaFayette, Georgia.