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Posted: Tuesday, May 16, 2006 12:00 am

Posted Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Sheliah Vaughn, 48, Carrollton

Sheliah A. Vaughn of Carrollton died Saturday, May 27, at her residence. She was 48.

A native of the Boynton community, she was of the Baptist faith and was preceded in death by her mother, Naomi Ruth Dawn Vaughn; grandparents, B.B. Dawn Sr. and Lexa O. Dawn; sister, Angela Gruber.

Survivors include her children, April Acklin and Anna Grizzle of Douglasville; adopted mother, Reba Hudgens of Hollywood, Fla.; sisters, Debbie Sabet of Fremont, Calif., Joni Sims of Acworth, Judy Hudgens of Hollywood, Fla.; brother, Danny Hudgens of LaFayette; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Services: Thursday, June 1, at 11 a.m. at the South Crest Chapel with Rev. George Pinion officiating. Burial: Dailey Hill Cemetery. Visitation: Wednesday, May 31, from 4-8 p.m. at the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home. Visit www.lane-southcrestchapel.com to send condolences.

Arrangements by Lane Funeral Home, Rossville.

Opal Whaley, 62, Rock Spring

Opal Patricia Young Whaley of Rock Spring died Monday, May 29. She was 62.

She was born Oct. 18, 1943 to the late Curtis and Betty Young in LaFayette. She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include her husband, Robert Whaley of Rock Spring; four daughters and sons-in-law, Kathy and J.T. Bradley of LaFayette, Rhonda and David Anderson of Signal Mountain, Tenn., Tabitha and Joe Kather of Coffee Springs, Ala., Robin and Robert Hillhouse of Ringgold; five sisters, Wanda Pettigrew, Darlene Broome, Faye Whaley, all of LaFayette, Ina Young of Rome, Barbara Ford of Lima, Ohio; brother, Glen Young of LaFayette; eight grandchildren, Jason and Gage Bradley, Devin and David Anderson, Zach Rowlette, Corey and Noah Bennett, Arricka Parks; several nieces and nephews.

Services: Thursday, June 1, at 6 p.m. at the Wilson Funeral Home-LaFayette Chapel in LaFayette. Visitation: Wednesday, May 31, from 5-9 p.m. and all day Thursday prior to the service. Online guestbook at www.wilsonfuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Wilson Funeral Home, LaFayette.

Catherine Wood, 75

Alma Catherine Wood died Monday, May 29. She was 75.

She was born Oct. 6, 1930 in Thomasville, where she lived with her parents, Arthur Los and Alma Pauline Touchton and younger brother, James Cleveland. Her family later moved to Miami, Fla., where she attended and graduated from Miami Jackson High School.

On Feb. 11, 1949, she married William Dawson Wood, the love of her life for 57 years. She had three beautiful daughters who loved her dearly, Paula Diane Gambling, Donna Jean Rehrer and Bobbye Darlene Covalt, and brother, James (Cecilia) Touchton. She was proud of her nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Her greatest joy was serving the Lord through music ministry. She loved directing the children’s choir, singing in the church choir and teaching Sunday school. She was a member of Chattanooga Valley Baptist Church and the Young at Heart Senior Adults, and the choir.

Psalms 116:15 says: Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. She was a saint in God’s eyes and the eyes of her family. She had fought the good fight, she had finished the race, and she had kept the faith throughout her life. What a blessed example she has been to all who knew and loved her. She will be sorely missed by us all, but our comfort comes from knowing she is in heaven and that one day we will be together with her.

We invite you to join us in a celebration of her life at 10:30 a.m., Friday, June 2, at Heritage Funeral Home with Rev. Dwayne Boudreaux officiating. Burial: National Cemetery. Visitation: Thursday, June 1, from 5-8 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home, Fort Oglethorpe. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Chattanooga Valley Baptist Church Building Fund, 90 Nick-A-Jack Lane, Flintstone, Ga., 30725. Condolences may be sent at www.heritagefh.com.

Arrangements by Heritage Funeral Home, Fort Oglethorpe.

Posted Tuesday, May 30, 2006

William Boyle, 74, Chickamauga

William Bill Boyle of Chickamauga, died Sunday, May 28. He was 74.

He was a member of the American Legion of Chickamauga.

Survivors include his wife, Eunice Boyle of Chickamauga; step-daughter, Carol Rickelmann of Florida; stepson, Dennis Elkins of Chickamauga; sisters, Margo Waring and Mary Boyle of Michigan; brothers, Richard and John Boyle of Michigan; one grandchild, one great grandchild, several nieces and nephews.

Services: Thursday, June 1 at 2 p.m. from the Wallis Memorial Chapel with Rev. Melvin Bridges officiating. Visitation: Wednesday, May 31 from 7-9 p.m.

Arrangements by Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.

Posted Monday, May 29, 2006

Jake Autry, 89, Ringgold

John (“Jake”, “J.C.”) Calvin Autry of Ringgold died Sunday, May 28, at his residence. He was 89.

A lifelong resident of the north Georgia area, he was a former employee of Salem Equipment. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and attended Woodstation United Methodist Church. He was a member of the Crawfish Springs Masonic Lodge and helped start the Woodstation Valley Club.

He is preceded in death by his parents, John and Rozelia Shepherd Autry; two daughters, Marcella and Lucille Dublin; three brothers, Griff Autry, Raymond Autry and Cecil Autry.

Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Elizabeth Parrish Autry of Ringgold; three sons, John D. Autry of Dunlap, Tenn., Rev. David Autry of Summerville, Donald Autry of Ringgold; 10 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Services: Tuesday, May 30, at 11 a.m. graveside at Woodstation Cemetery with Rev. Randall Massengill officiating. Visitation: Monday, May 29, after 6 p.m. and Tuesday from 8-10:30 a.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to you favorite charity.

Arrangements by Wilson Funeral Home, Ringgold.

Bessie Black, 78, Rossville

Bessie Elaine Black of Rossville died Friday, May 26. She was 78.

She was a lifelong resident of Walker County and a member of Dry Valley Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Grover Black; son, Billy Blank; brother, Azel Riddle; several nieces and nephews.

Services: Sunday, May 28, at 2 p.m. at the South Crest Chapel. Burial: Tennessee-Georgia Memorial Park. Visitation: Saturday, May 27, from 5-9 p.m. at the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home. Visit www.lane-southcrestchapel.com to send condolences.

Arrangements by Lane Funeral Home, Rossville.

Billie Graham, 71, Flintstone

Billie Sue Graham of Flintstone died Friday, May 26, at a local nursing home. She was 71.

She was born in Bledsoe County, Tenn., to the late Wade and Versie Morgan Graham. She retired from Erlanger Medical Center after 28 years of service, and was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include her brother and sister-in-law, Edwin and Mary Graham of Flintstone; special nieces, Sherri Annette Cash and Suzanne Penney; several nieces and nephews.

A private graveside service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to Hutcheson Hospice, 100 Mitchell Road, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., 30728, or Chattanooga Valley Baptist Church Building Fund, 90 Nick-A-Jack Lane, Flintstone, Ga., 30725.

Arrangements by Wilson Funeral Home, Fort Oglethorpe.

Howard Sweatmon Sr., 84, Ringgold

Howard E. Sweatmon Sr. of Ringgold died Sunday, May 28, at a local hospital. He was 84.

He had been a resident of north Georgia for more than 60 years and was a deacon at Peavine Baptist Church. He was a corporal in the U.S. Army, and a veteran of World War II serving in Normandy, France, and Germany, where he fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded the European, African and Middle Eastern Campaign Ribbons, the American Defense Medal with four Bronze Battle Stars, and a Good Conduct Medal. He was wounded in action March 2, 1945 in Germany, where he received the Purple Heart. He was a member of the Rock Springs Lions Club, the Order of the Purple Heart, the Sixth Calvary Association and the Odd Fellows Lodge.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Alice Adcock Willis; granddaughter, Stephanie Sweatmon; first wife, Evelyn Sweatmon.

Survivors include his wife, Ortha Sweatmon; son, Howard E. (Brenda) Sweaton Jr. of Ringgold; stepson, James Mark (Elizabeth) Gray of Atlanta; two daughters, Rita (Dan) Brookshire of Brunswick, Donna (Wayne) Smith of Monteagle, Tenn.; stepdaughter, Vivian G. (Ed) Trabue of Kennesaw; sister, Jeanette (Hoyt) Thompson of Whitesburg; 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Services: Wednesday, May 31, at 11 a.m. at Peavine Baptist Church with Rev. R.V. Wells officiating. Burial: Peavine Cemetery. Visitation: Tuesday, May 30, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home, Fort Oglethorpe. Condolences may be sent at www.heritagefh.com

Arrangements by Heritage Funeral Home, Fort Oglethorpe.

Hortense Thacker, 76, Rossville

Hortense “Tensie” Thacker of Rossville died Saturday, May 27, at a local health care facility. She was 76.

A native of Pollocksville, N.C., she had spent most of her life in the north Georgia area and was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Thacker; son, Donald Edward Vass.

Survivors include special friend, Lloyd Creed Sutton Jr.; son, Arthur Vass of Pompano Beach, Fla.; sisters, Carol Teague of Hendersonville, N.C., Dorothy Jean Ward of New Bern, N.C.; brother, Wayne E. Oliver Sr. of New Bern; four grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Services: Tuesday, May 30, at 11 a.m. at the South Crest Chapel with Rev. Les Fauntleroy officiating. Burial: Lakewood Memory Gardens, South. Visitation: Monday, May 29, from 5-8 p.m. at the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home and Crematory, Rossville. Visit www.lane-southcrestchapel.com to send condolences.

Arrangements by Lane Funeral Home, Rossville.

Posted Friday, May 26, 2006

William Beasley Jr., Ringgold

William Troy Beasley Jr. of Ringgold died Wednesday, May 24, at his residence in Catoosa County.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Troy Beasley Sr. and Nettie Ida Duvall Beasley; four sisters, Vera Franklin, Jessie Sawan, Barbara Durden, Edith Bradley; four brothers, Sherry, Otha, Joe and Perney (P.O.), who died on the same day as Willie.

Survivors include his wife of 10 years, Sharon; five sons, David, Bobby Joe, Johnathan, Matthew and Casey; one stepson, Justin Madaris; two stepdaughters, Jamie and Jessica Hunter; a grandson, Tristan; three sisters, Ruby Teasley, Dorothy McMichael, Betty Witherow; a number of nieces and nephews. Willie will be sorely missed by all the neighborhood children.

A memorial service will be held in conjunction with the funeral service of his brother P.O. Beasley on Saturday, May 27, at 2 p.m. at the Westside Chapel of Julian Peeples Funeral Home in Rocky Face, with pastors Herman Ledbetter and Danny Thomas officiating. A white dove release ceremony will conclude the service. Visitation: Friday, May 26, from 6-9 p.m. at Julian Peeples Funeral Home in Rocky Face.

Arrangements by Peeples Funeral Home, Chatsworth.

Charlotte Brooks, 61, Chattanooga, Tenn.

Charlotte Dianne Brooks of Chattanooga, Tenn., died Thursday, May 25, at a local hospital. She was 61.

She was a lifelong resident of Chattanooga and north Georgia and was a member of Ringgold Church of God. She was a loving foster parent to many children.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Floyd and Betty Buckels.

Survivors include her husband, Robert Brooks; sons, Tommy (Jill) Farmer of Signal Mountain, Tenn., Marty Farmer of Fort Oglethorpe; daughters, Cathy (Jerry) Davis, Karen Wann, all of Fort Oglethorpe; brother, Curtis Buckels; sister, Claudette Andrews; eight grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; three stepchildren.

Services: Saturday, May 27, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home chapel with Rev. Carroll Allen officiating. Burial: Lakewood Memory Gardens West. Visitation: Friday, May 26, from 6-8 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home, Fort Oglethorpe. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Chattanooga office, Suite 240, 900 E. Hill Ave., Knoxville, Tenn., 37915. Condolences may be sent at www.heritagefh.com.

Arrangements by Heritage Funeral Home, Fort Oglethorpe.

Peggy Cummings, 67, Ringgold

Peggy Faye Cochran Cummings of Ringgold died Thursday, May 25, at a local hospital. She was 67.

She was a lifelong resident of north Georgia and was a member of New Bethel Baptist Church. She was retired from Galaxy (Mohawk) Mills in Chatsworth with 27 years of service. She was the first female productions manager at Galaxy. She was an original founding member of the So-Journers Gospel Trio.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lee D. and Ida Ballenger Cochran; brother, Joe Cochran.

Survivors include her loving husband of 47 years, LeBron Cummings; sons, Michael Cummings and David (Marlene) Cummings, all of Ringgold; sisters, Mary Schiermie of Illinois, Cordia Parker of Sylvania, Mildred Baker of LaFayette, Rose Holbrooks of Mentone, Ala., Gail Medina of LaFayette; brothers, Charles R. Cochran of LaFayette, Ray Cochran of Panama City, Fla.; grandchildren, Sarah, Justin and Jordan Cummings, all of Ringgold; several nieces and nephews.

Services: Sunday, May 28, at 2 p.m. at the funeral home chapel with Rev. Leon Hullender officiating. The eulogy will be delivered by Renzo Wiggins. Burial: Anderson Memorial Gardens with Cotton Perry, Lawrence (Jett) Cross, Donnie Rodgers, Bobby Yates, Chris Cochran and Donovan Brown serving as pallbearers. Visitation: Saturday, May 26, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home, Fort Oglethorpe. Condolences may be sent at www.heritagefh.com.

Arrangements by Heritage Funeral Home, Fort Oglethorpe.

William Tucker, 73, Chattanooga, Tenn.

William “Bill” Thomas Tucker of Chattanooga, Tenn., died Wednesday, May 24, at a local hospital. He was 73.

He was born in Chattanooga to the late John and Alvenie Timmons Tucker, and was preceded in death by his wife, Louise Gordon; three brothers, Clifford, Charlie, and Harold Tucker; four sisters, Gracie Cannon, Joyce Reilly, Ruth Shepherd and Adair Hughes.

He worked for Chris/Craft for 25 years before going to work at St. Jude Church and School, where he later retired after many years of service. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Survivors include son, Lloyd Rudder Jr. of East Ridge, Tenn.; sister, Nellie Gay of Huntsville, Ala.; five grandchildren, Lisa Rudder Brooks, Jessie Rudder, William Rudder, Charles Rudder, Adam Rudder, all of East Ridge; three great-grandchildren, Michelle Grant of Fort Oglethorpe, Rusty Ramsey of East Ridge, Nicole Manley of Huntsville; many nieces and nephews.

Services: Friday, May 26, at 1 p.m. at the chapel with Father Bob Hofsetter officiating. Burial: Chattanooga National Cemetery with military honors. Visitation: Friday from 9 a.m. until service time. Online guestbook at www.wilsonfuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Wilson Funeral Home, Fort Oglethorpe.

Clyde Winston, 70, Rossville

Clyde Allen Winston of Rossville died Wednesday, May 24, after a courageous battle with cancer at a local hospital. He was 70.

A lifelong resident of the north Georgia-Chattanooga area, he was former owner and operator of Winston Motors in Rossville for 25 years and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Reserve. He attended Fairview Baptist Church. He was a member of VFW Post 4848, past commander of American Legion Post 214, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Percy and Nettie Barker Winston; two brothers, Lee and George Winston.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Gracie Ailene Voyles Winston of Rossville; one daughter and son-in-law, Tammy and Rick Atkins of Rossville; one sister and brother-in-law, Wanda and Floyd Manion of East Ridge, Tenn.; five brothers and sisters-in-law, Paul E. Winston of East Ridge, Marvin L. Winston of Strong, Ark., Albert and Nancy Winston of Fort Payne, Ala., Ralph and Betty Winston of East Ridge, Carl “Bo” Winston of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; two grandchildren, Jason Sammons and Travis Atkins, both of Rossville; one great-grandchild, Morgan Sammons of Rossville; several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

The family would like to thank many relatives and friends whose constant support has been priceless. Special thanks to neighbors Walter and Priscilla McClain.

Services: Saturday, May 27, at 2 p.m. at the funeral home chapel with Rev. Jim Bennett and Jerry Smith officiating. Burial: Lakewood Memory Gardens South. Visitation: Friday, May 26, from noon to 10 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. until funeral time at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Wilson Funeral Home, Fort Oglethorpe.

Posted Thursday, May 25, 2006

Hanley Bechard, Ringgold

Hanley Peyton Bechard, infant daughter of Steven and Wendy Bechard of Ringgold, died Wednesday, May 24.

She was preceded in death by her aunt, Tracey Bechard.

Survivors, other than parents, include two sisters, Chanda Jade and Ashtynn Trace, both of Ringgold; paternal grandparents, Steven T. and Kathy Bechard of Cohutta; maternal grandparents, Linda Jones of Dalton, William and Sandra Weaver of Ringgold; great uncle and aunt, Terry and Camilla Moore of Cohutta; “adoptive grandmother,” Phyllis Smith of Dalton.

Services: Friday, May 25, at 2 p.m. at the Ringgold United Methodist Church with Rev. Steve Moore officiating. Burial: Anderson Memorial Gardens.

Arrangements by Wilson Funeral Home, Ringgold.

Millard Black, 93, Rossville

Millard Theodore Black of Rossville died Tuesday, May 23. He was 93.

He trusted in the Lord 33 years ago and was ready to go meet Him and to once again be with his wife of 62 years, Lavader Wells Black. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Alice Black Huneycutt. He was proud to say he was a World War II veteran and a Marine.

Survivors include nine children and their spouses, Harold and Lonnie Black of Calhoun, Wilburn and Katherin Black of Centre, Ala., Winston and Sue Black of Sugar Valley, Jimmy Black of Fort Payne, Ala., Ruth Anderson of Calhoun, Patty McGee, and Mary and Clinton Henderson, all of Fort Payne, Ala., Carolyn and Jimmy Willoughby of Harrison, Tenn., Wanda and Jerry Callahan of East Ridge, Tenn.; son-in-law, Gene Huneycutt of Locust, N.C.; 27 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, several great-great-grandchildren; many others who truly loved him.

Services: Friday, May 26, at 11 a.m. at Lakewood Memory Gardens South with Revs. Jimmy Coleman and John Carroll officiating. Visitation: Thursday, May 25, after 4 p.m., and prior to the service Friday at the funeral home. Online guestbook at www.wilsonfuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Wilson Funeral Home, Fort Oglethorpe.

Pearl Franks, 79, Ringgold

Pearl B. Franks, an entertainment manager and fan club president who guided the career of her son, actor-entertainer Randall Franks, in reaching international recognition as a small-town Mississippi police officer on the NBC and CBS series “In the Heat of the Night”, as well as a top-selling bluegrass and gospel artist, died of respiratory failure following a 13-year battle with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) in the early morning of May 24 at home.

“She was someone who I saw give of herself to anyone who was in need,” Randall said. “I know that I am the greatest recipient of that love and encouragement. Her constant faith in God helped to open the doors that I have walked through in my life. Though I must say goodbye, I know her love will remain with me in every step.”

Franks, 79, of Ringgold, and her late husband Floyd managed their son’s media career, taking him from small church appearances, fiddler’s conventions and bluegrass festivals to the Grand Ole Opry and network stardom. In the mid-1980s, she coordinated an entertainment fan club, serving more than 8,000 fans around the world and participating in 20 Country Music Association Country Music Fan Fair events in Nashville, Tenn., as well as concerts and festivals across the country.

“Fan clubs are a vital element in the world of entertainment,” said Jo Walker-Meador, former Country Music Association executive director and Country Music Hall of Fame member. “I had many opportunities to interrelate with fan club presidents and observe their work. The contributions they make helping an entertainer achieve fame are legend and are often made at great sacrifice and without much acclaim. Pearl was a prime example of a true, loyal fan club president.”

It was Pearl who encouraged her son’s musical abilities, working overtime to purchase a fiddle and a piano, and pay for music lessons to inspire her son to excel despite the physical limitations of childhood ailments. She financially backed his first album, serving as a producer and later as technical adviser on all of his 15 albums, including the “In the Heat of the Night” “Christmas Time’s A Comin’” CD featuring the entire cast of the popular series. Through her personal marketing efforts the project raised thousands for drug abuse prevention charities such as DARE, or Drug Abuse Resistance Education.

Her efforts in the industry made her a presence in all of the fields in which her son worked, helping to endear her to stars at all levels.

Fresno Mayor Alan Autry, former “In the Heat of the Night” co-star, said that Pearl left a lasting impression on his life.

““Pearl was like a second mother to me,” he said. “Her love, kindness and wisdom is still with me today and will be forever.”

Sonny Shroyer, “Enos” from “The Dukes of Hazzard,” who knew her for nearly 20 years, reflected on her passing after returning from the set of his latest film “The Price.”

“She was one of the sweetest women I ever met,” he said. “She reminded me of my own mother. I am saddened. The entertainment family will all be saddened by her loss.”

In recent years many aspects of her life were chronicled in her son’s slice of life syndicated newspaper column “Southern Style” and shared with thousands of readers.

Before entering the world of entertainment, Pearl pursued varied business interests. She left home at the age of 13 and at the beginning of World War II secured a job at the Union News as a clerk at the Southern Railway Terminal in Chattanooga, Tenn., allowing her the unique opportunity to travel.

Her interest in music was enhanced when her father purchased a used RCA Victrola and a stack of 78 records from a neighbor and gave it to her for her 12th birthday. One of her travel stops was Nashville, where she visited the Grand Ole Opry. Some encouragement from the young comedienne Minnie Pearl inspired her to purchase a guitar. Although she found she did not have the voice to be a professional singer, she never left that love behind.

She later joined the ranks of Rosie the Riveter, working on bomber rails for B-52s at the Goodyear plant in Akron, Ohio. Returning to Chattanooga after the war, she worked as a waitress in a number of restaurants, such as The Tottle House and The Light House. She married William “Red” Robinson and had son Jerry Robinson before the couple divorced.

She devoted herself to finding a way to support she and her young son, carving a niche for herself as a restaurateur. She opened Robinson’s Café on Oak Street in Chattanooga in 1950, which she operated through much of that decade. She opened the Open Kitchen Grill on Edgewood Avenue in Atlanta across from the Municipal Auditorium in 1957. This location offered her an unusual opportunity to come to know more about the entertainment and circus world as most of the acts that appeared stopped in for a meal, from Hovie Lister and the Statesmen, the Blackwood Brothers and the Happy Goodman Family to circus clowns and aerial and animal artists.

Pearl married Floyd A. Franks and the couple added another son to the family, Randall. She and her husband began investing in Atlanta real estate, developing apartments and duplexes. She left the restaurant business in the early 1960s and remained in property management.

Pearl remained at home with her son, due to poor childhood health, until he entered school when she took part-time jobs which allowed her to be close at hand, serving as a DeKalb County Schools bus driver and DeKalb County public safety officer. As his health issues subsided, she took a position with Pilgrim Uniform Rental in Atlanta, serving in several positions before retiring in 1988. After passing entertainment management reins to others following the death of her husband in 1987, she remained as fan club president and office manager for Randall Franks Music until her death.

She was a member of Ringgold United Methodist Church, a gold-star status member of the International Fan Club Organization, and a volunteer at Christ Chapel Share and Care Mission. She also assisted with fundraising efforts for The Catoosa County Learning Center.

Her parents William “Bill” and Kitty Bruce, formerly of Cumberland and Rhea counties in Tennessee, preceded her in death.

She is survived by her sons Randall Franks of Ringgold, Jerry Lee Robinson Sr. of Molino, Fla.; stepson, Alan Franks of Gainesville. Surviving grandchildren are Jerry Lee “Robbie” Robinson Jr. of Canton, Crystal Robinson of Locust Grove,

She is also survived by -grandchildren, brothers, sisters, a brother-in-law, a sister-in-law, a stepdaughter-in-law, nephews and nieces.

She desired rather than have a funeral that a Concert of Celebration be offered in her memory. The special event will be Thursday, June 8, at 7 p.m. at Ringgold United Methodist Church and will feature appearances by several musical artists. The public is invited to join in this special musical service.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship Fund, c/o Northwest Georgia Bank, 5063 Alabama Highway, P.O. Box 789, Ringgold, Ga., 30736, which will provide scholarships for talented young musicians pursuing higher education.

Michael Gibson, 46

Michael David Gibson, loving husband and devoted father, died peacefully Sunday, May 21. He was 46.

He was born Jan. 27, 1960 in Oakland, Calif., and was raised in the Knoxville and Chattanooga areas. He studied special education at UTC and was an avid outdoorsman, frequently enjoying fishing, camping and sailing. As a lifetime advocate for the disabled, he lobbied Congress to pass the Americans with Disabilities Act, and worked as executive director for the Tri-State Resource and Advocacy Corp. and the Tri-State Advocacy for Independent Living. He maintained strong ties with the Native American community because of his Apache heritage.

He was preceded in death by his father, George Earnest Gibson Jr., USMC; mother, Mary Elizabeth Turner Gibson; brother, James Patrick.

Survivors include wife, Wendy Joanne Gibson; sons, Anthony and Andrew; sister, Lisa, brother, George; six nephews.

Condolences may be made at www.heritagefh.com. Memorial contributions of live plants may be made to the Genesis Home Care Corp. for its rehabilitation garden or contributions to a trust for his sons will be appreciated.

Arrangements by Heritage Funeral Home, Fort Oglethorpe.

Floyd M. Reed, 90, Burning Bush

Floyd M. Reed of the Burning Bush community died Tuesday, May 23, at a local hospital. He was 90.

A lifelong resident of the Burning Bush and Fairview communities, he was a member of Fairview Baptist Church, member of the CCC Club, and a member of the Rossville Masonic Lodge 397 F&AM. He retired 28 years ago from Combustion Engineering as a machinist with more than 30 years of service.

Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Murlee Reed; two daughters and sons-in-law, Floyce and Sherman Metzgar of Stockertown, Pa., Sandra and Ranny Coulter of Burning Bush; son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Lisa Reed of Fort Oglethorpe; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

Services: Saturday, May 27, at 11 a.m. at the South Crest Chapel with Rev. Jim Bennett officiating. Burial: Burning Bush Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation: Thursday, May 25, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the South Crest Chapel of Lane funeral Home and Crematory, Rossville. Condolences may be sent at www.lane-southcrestchapel.com.

Arrangements by Lane Funeral Home, Rossville.

Verlin Smith, 76, Chattanooga, Tenn.

Verlin Elouise Smith, longtime resident of Chattanooga, Tenn., died Saturday, May 20, in Auburn, Ala. She was 76.

She was born July 10, 1929 in Tunnel Hill to Claude Wilburn and Eva Jean Wright Crawford. She was retired from Gateway Hosiery Mill following many years of service. She was a member of Round Island Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, DeWitt Watts; second husband, Earl Smith; two brothers, Jerrell and Calvin Crawford.

Survivors include her son, Ronnie Smith; daughters, Susan Pagleno, Donna Coffey, Linda Phillips; brother, Clifford Crawford; sister, Geneve Owens; six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Services: Friday, May 26, at 11 a.m. at the South Crest Chapel with burial to follow at Tennessee-Georgia Memorial Park. Visitation: Thursday, May 25, from 6-9 p.m. at the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home and Crematory. To send condolences, go to www.lane-southcrestchapel.com.

Arrangements by Lane Funeral Home, Rossville.

Posted Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Earnest Campbell, 75, Chattanooga, Tenn.

Earnest E. Campbell of Chattanooga, Tenn., died Monday, May 22, at a local hospital. He was 75.

A native of Johnson City, Tenn., he had lived most of his life in Chattanooga and retired from Campbell’s Insulation in 1993 with more than 15 years of service. He was of the Methodist faith, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, and was preceded in death by his wife, Lula Campbell.

Survivors include his daughters, Idela Payne and Brenda (Mark) Ailey, both of Rossville, and Judy (Jimmy) Adcock of Dallas; son, Charles Campbell of Soddy Daisy, Tenn.; four grandchildren, Nicholas Adcock, Alicia Ailey, Courtney and Dakota Campbell; several nieces and nephews.

Services: Thursday, May 25, at noon at New Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery with Michael Lee officiating. Visitation: Wednesday, May 24, from 4-8 p.m. at the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home and Crematory, Rossville. Send condolences at www.lane-southcrestchapel.com.

Arrangements by Lane Funeral Home, Rossville.

Landon Hackney, 60, Ringgold

Landon Darrell Hackney of Ringgold died Tuesday, May 23, at his residence. He was 60.

He was a resident of the Chattanooga and north Georgia area for the last 40 years. He was a member of Smith Chapel United Methodist Church. He was a letter carrier with the Chattanooga Post Office for 15 years before becoming postmaster in Monterey, Tenn., from 1989 to 1992 and Rocky Face from 1992 until retiring in 2000. He was the past president of the Northwest Georgia Postmasters Association and founder and first president of the Northeast Catoosa County Recreation Center. He also belonged to the VFW and American Legion.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Maggie Tiller and Otis Hackney; grandmother Alice Reynolds.

Survivors include his wife, Sherry Hackney of Ringgold; daughter, Lori (Steve) Franklin of Kingston; son, Chad Hackney of Ringgold; brothers, James Hackney, Larry Tiller, Kenneth Coleman, Jimmy Ratliff; sister, Kathy Kelly.

Services: Friday, May 26, at 2 p.m. at the funeral home chapel with Dr. Dennis Jarvis officiating. Burial: Smith Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery. Condolences may be sent at www.heritagefh.com. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 850 Fort Wood St., Chattanooga, Tenn., 37403.

Arrangements by Heritage Funeral Home, Fort Oglethorpe.

Helen Haggard, 78, Ringgold

Helen Marie Bivens Haggard of Ringgold died Tuesday, May 23, at a local hospital. She was 78.

A lifelong resident of the north Georgia-Chattanooga area, she was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Emma Dalton Bivens; son, Bobby Walker; two brothers, Kenneth and James Bivens.

Survivors include her husband, M.C. “Pete” Haggard of Ringgold; five children, Carolyn Garren of Trenton, Ronnie Walker, Shirley Collier, Fran Mitchell and Debbie Sisko, all of Ringgold; one brother, Alvin Bivens of Granby, Mo.; seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Services: Wednesday, May 24, at 4 p.m. at New Liberty Cemetery.

Arrangements by Wilson Funeral Home, Ringgold.

Edwina Ireland, 88, Flintstone

Edwina Buffington Ireland of Flintstone died Monday, May 22. She was 88.

She was a native of DeKalb County, Ala., and lived in Chattanooga and Flintstone for more than 60 years.

She was a member of Chattanooga Valley Baptist Church and was preceded in death by her husband, Robert C. Ireland, and brothers William, Herbert and Edward Buffington.

Survivors include daughters, Charlotte Cooper of Chickamauga, Joan Hudson of The Villages, Fla., Darlene (Al) Holder of Rossville; sisters, Elizabeth Davis of Flintstone, Jacquelyn Byers of Rising Fawn; brothers, Milford Buffington of Flat Rock, Ala., Ben Buffington of Cleveland, Tenn., Clifford Buffington of Hixson, Tenn., Clyde Buffington of Henagar, Ala., Kermit Buffington of Trenton; grandchildren, Keith Cooper, Shannon Cribbs, Dawn Jones, Kim-Lei Lowery, Chris Holder, Troy Holder; 14 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson; several nieces and nephews.

Services: Thursday, May 25, at 2 p.m. at the South Crest Chapel with Rev. Dwayne Boudreaux officiating. Burial: Lakewood South Memory Gardens. Visitation: Wednesday, May 24, from 4-8 p.m. at the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home and Crematory. Condolences may be sent at www.lane-southcrestchapel.com. Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Chattanooga or Chattanooga Valley Baptist Church.

Arrangements by Lane Funeral Home, Rossville.

Dave Kendrick, 67, Ringgold

Herbert David Kendrick of Ringgold died Monday, May 22, at a local hospital. He was 67.

He was a native of Chattooga County and had lived in Ringgold for the past 28 years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He was retired from law enforcement in Gwinnett and Walker counties and was of the Baptist faith.

He was a son of the late John and Mary Jo Nicholson Kendrick. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Anne Marie Kendrick.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy Kendrick; daughters, Mary Kathryn (Tony Shockley) Kendrick of Ringgold, Kathy Kendrick of Florida; stepdaughter, Michele Carver of Ringgold; stepson, Chad Carver of Rossville; sister and brother-in-law, Shirley and William Clay of Subligna; five grandchildren, Kaitlyn Moyer, Dylan Shockley, Cody Kendrick, Paige Carver, Sumer Carver.

Services: Thursday, May 25, at 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home chapel with Rev. Donnie Fine officiating. Burial: National Cemetery. Visitation: Wednesday, May 24, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home and Crematory, Fort Oglethorpe. Condolences may be made at www.heritagefh.com.

Arrangements by Heritage Funeral Home, Fort Oglethorpe.

Tammy Mondy, 42, Ooltewah, Tenn.

Tammy White Mondy of Ooltewah, Tenn., died Tuesday, May 23, at her home. She was 42.

She was a lifelong resident of the north Georgia-Chattanooga area and was employed by Hutcheson Medical Center. She was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Howard and Christine Tucker White.

Survivors include her husband, Donald Mondy of Ooltewah; father and mother-in-law, Donald and Myrna Mondy of Ooltewah; four sisters, Janet White of East Ridge, Tenn., Darlene Barton of East Ridge, Vickie York of Ringgold, Lisa Walker of Rossville; several nieces and nephews.

Services: Thursday, May 25, at 3 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home with Revs. Bill Proctor and Darwin Smith officiating. Burial: Lakewood Memory Gardens, East. Visitation: Wednesday, May 24, from 4–8 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home, Fort Oglethorpe. Condolences may be sent at www.heritagefh.com.

Arrangements by Heritage Funeral Home, Fort Oglethorpe.

Sandra O’Dell, 69, East Ridge, Tenn.

Sandra Gale O'Dell of East Ridge, Tenn., died Tuesday, May 23, at a local health care facility. She was 69.

A native of Cedartown, she had been a resident of Chattanooga for the past 45 years and was a 1954 graduate of Central High School. She had been employed by the Hamilton County Board of Education for several years and retired from Moccasin Bend Hospital as a secretary.

She was preceded in death by her father, Urban McCord; stepfather, Harold Fuller.

Survivors include her husband, Jack O'Dell; mother, Reba Fuller of Lookout Valley; twin sister, Dale Evans of Chattanooga, Tenn.; several aunts and cousins.

Services: Friday, May 26, at 1 p.m. at the South Crest Chapel with O'Neal White officiating. Entombment: Hamilton Memorial Gardens. Visitation: Thursday, May 25, from 4-7 p.m. and Friday from 11 a.m. until the funeral hour at the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home and Crematory, Rossville. Condolences may be sent at www.lane-southcrestchapel.com.

Arrangements by Lane Funeral Home, Rossville.

Kathleen Randolph, 73, Chattanooga, Tenn.

Kathleen Lawson Randolph of Chattanooga, Tenn., died Sunday, May 21, at her residence. She was 73.

She was born in Hollywood, Ala., to the late Earl and Nannie Gattis, and she was preceded in death by her husbands, Glen Lawson and Joe Randolph. She was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include her children, Glenda Mathis and Glen Lawson Jr., both of Chattanooga, Sammy Ketner of Chickamauga; brother, Newt Gattis of Ringgold; three grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

Services: Thursday, May 25, at 11 a.m. at Colfer Cemetery with Rev. John Carter officiating. Visitation: Thursday from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Wilson Funeral Home, Fort Oglethorpe.

Posted Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Franklin Christian, 65, Chickamauga

Franklin “Buzz” Jennings Christian of Chickamauga died Sunday, May 21, at a local hospital. He was 65.

He was a lifelong resident of north Georgia.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy W. Christian Sr. and Clara Ross Christian; brothers, Roy W. Christian Jr., Lamar Christian Ross Christian, Don Christian, Earl Christian; sister, Frieda Buchanan.

Survivors include brothers, Herbert Christian of Ider, Ala., John Christian of Arlington, Texas, Harold “Red” Christian of Conyers; sisters, Connie Bird of East Ridge, Tenn., Evie Steinman of Rossville, Orra Mae Vielhauer of Brentwood, Tenn., Barbara Cobble of Dalton, Helen Stephenson of Chickamauga; several nieces and nephews.

Services: Wednesday, May 24, at 1 p.m. with pastor David Christian officiating. Burial: Dailey Hills Cemetery with nephews serving as pallbearers. Visitation: Tuesday, May 23, from 5-8 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home, Fort Oglethorpe. Condolences may be sent at www.heritagefh.com.

Arrangements by Heritage Funeral Home, Fort Oglethorpe.

David Peters, 74, Ringgold

David Shelton Peters of Ringgold and Chattanooga, Tenn., died Sunday, May 21, at his residence. He was 74.

Born March 6, 1932 in Ringgold, he was a son of the late Jeff and Nora Peters. He was retired from Norfolk Southern Railway where he worked for 36 years. He was a member of the Chattanooga Primitive Baptist Church. His hobbies and interests included gardening and antique automobiles. He was passionate for music and spending time with family and friends.

Preceding him in death were brothers and sisters Dennis Peters, Donald Peters, Lillian Burtt, Ina Wooden, Virgil Peters and Clarence Peters.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Gail Wilcoxen Peters of Ringgold; son, Jeffery Peters of New York, N.Y.; sister, Burma Powell of Chattanooga, Tenn.; brother, Carlos Peters of Chattanooga, Tenn.; nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

Services: Wednesday, May 24, at 2 p.m. at the funeral home chapel with Andrew Huffman and Joe Hildreth officiating. Burial: Anderson Memorial Gardens. Visitation: Tuesday, May 23, after 4 p.m. and Wednesday until funeral time at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Wilson Funeral Home, Ringgold.

Posted Monday, May 22, 2006

R. Lee Autry, 73, Chickamauga

R. Lee Autry of Chickamauga died Saturday, May 20. He was 73.

He was born in Chickamauga to the late Robert L. and Myrtle Autry and was of the Baptist faith. He graduated from Gordon Lee Memorial High School in 1953 with honors and was an Army veteran of the Korean War, having served three years in the U.S. Airborne Division before being honorably discharged in 1956. He was also employed by North Georgia Electrical Membership Corp. for 10 years, then retired from General Motors Corp. in 1993 after serving more than 27 years at different locations throughout Ohio, Kansas and Texas.

He was preceded in death by his wife of more than 24 years, Sandra Anne Stone Autry; one brother, C.E. Autry; one sister, Bobbie Jean Kellogg.

Survivors include his sister, Ruth Groves; brother, Ed Autry; extended family and caregivers, Rita and Dennis Gant, all of Chickamauga.

Services: Monday, May 22, at 12:30 p.m. at the J. Avery Bryan Chapel with Rev. Darrel Henry officiating. Burial: Chickamauga City Cemetery. Visitation: Sunday, May 21, after 4 p.m. and prior to the service Monday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Wilson Funeral Home, Chickamauga.

Besty Faulkner, 75, LaFayette

Betsy “Granny” Faulkner of LaFayette died Saturday, May 20. She was 75.

She had lived in the north Georgia area for most of her life and was of the Baptist faith. She was also employed as a waitress with Cochran’s Truck Stop in Ringgold for more than 25 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Faulkner; daughter, JoAnn Shutt.

Survivors include her daughter, Katrina Jackson of LaFayette; four grandchildren, Michael Jackson, Shannon Barron, Christina Shutt, and Bridgett Tracy, and her husband Robert Tracy; five great-grandchildren, Kolby and Kane Mathis, Abbye Ingram, Joseph and Jacob Tracy; brother, Buddy Lancaster of Hixson, Tenn.; two sisters, Edna Armer and Bert McCormick, both of East Ridge, Tenn.

Services: Tuesday, May 23, at 12:30 p.m. at the Fort Oglethorpe chapel with Rev. Roy Gentry officiating. Burial: Chattanooga National Cemetery. Visitation: Sunday, May 21, after 5 p.m., all day Monday, May 22, and prior to the service Tuesday at the funeral home. Online guestbook at www.wilsonfuneralhone.com.

Arrangements by Wilson Funeral Home, Fort Oglethorpe.

Raymond King, 90, Fort Oglethorpe

Raymond Guy King of Fort Oglethorpe died Sunday, May 21, at a local health care facility. He was 90.

He was a lifelong resident of the Chattanooga and north Georgia areas. He was a member of East Ridge Baptist Church and was retired from Combustion Engineering after 35 years of service.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Irene Carnes King.

Survivors include his son, Joel King of Signal Mountain, Tenn.; daughter, Elaine (Jack) Parker of Rossville; grandson, Keith (Stephanie) Parker; two great-granddaughters, Grayson and Genna.

Services: Tuesday, May 23, at 11:30 a.m. at Lakewood Memory Gardens South with Dr. Ronnie Mitchell officiating. Visitation: Tuesday from 10-11 a.m. at Heritage Funeral Home and Crematory, Fort Oglethorpe. Honorary pallbearers: Members of the Go-Getters Sunday School class. Condolences may be sent at www.heritagefh.com.

Arrangements by Heritage Funeral Home, Fort Oglethorpe.

Ruth Lawhorn-Little, 91, East Ridge, Tenn.

Ruth Lawhorn-Little of East Ridge, Tenn., died Sunday, May 21, at the home of her niece Nancy Webster-Ebert and her husband Jim Ebert in Ooltewah, Tenn. She was 91.

She was a member of Delray Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Tom and Johnnie Lawhorn; six brothers, T.C. Lawhorn, Claude Lawhorn, Bill Lawhorn, Jack Lawhorn, Charles Lawhorn, Raymond Lawhorn; three sisters, Mary Frances Davenport, Mildred Keown, and Katherine Shell, and husbands, Zollie Ervin and William Little.

Survivors include many nieces and nephews and three stepchildren.

Services: Tuesday, May 23, at 1 p.m. at the South Crest Chapel with Rev. Ronnie Childress officiating. Burial: Lakewood South Memory Gardens with her nephews serving as pallbearers. Visitation: Monday, May 22, from 5-8 p.m., at the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home and Crematory. Condolences may be sent to www.lane-southcrestchaapel.com. Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Chattanooga, 58 Commons, Suite 101, 4355 Highway 58, Chattanooga, Tenn., 37416.

Arrangements by Lane Funeral Home, Fort Oglethorpe.

Edgar Thompson, 87, Lakeview

Edgar Ralph Thompson of Lakeview died Friday, May 19, in a local hospital. She was 87.

A native of Athens, Tenn., he had spent most of his life in the Chattanooga and Rossville areas and was retired from Time D.C. Truck Lines with more than 30 years of service. He was a member of Teamsters Local 515, and was preceded in death by his parents, Richard Lewis and Hester Stansbury Thompson; brothers, Bill and Bryant Thompson.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Evelyn Smith Thompson; son and daughter-in-law, Kevin Edgar and Chanda Thompson; sister, Dorothy Cuthbert, all of Rossville; several nieces and nephews.

Services: Sunday, May 21, at 2 p.m. at the South Crest Chapel with Rev. Johnny Rouse officiating. Burial: Tennessee-Georgia Memorial Park. Visitation: Saturday, May 20, from 4-8 p.m. at the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home and Crematory, Rossville. Condolences may be sent at www.lane-southcrestchapel.com

Arrangements by Lane Funeral Home, Rossville.

Posted Friday, May 19, 2006

Willena Dixon, 91, Ringgold

Willena C. Dixon of Ringgold died Tuesday, May 16, at a local hospital. She was 91.

She was a native of Jefferson County, Tenn., and had lived most of her life in the Chattanooga and the Ringgold areas. She had worked at Peerless Woolen Mills in the late 1950s and had worked in sales after leaving Peerless. She attended Boynton Church of God.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Otto Dixon; father, Oscar Fulton; mother and stepfather, Mettie and Arthur Cox; sister, Mary Ruth Peters; brother, J.R. Cox.

Survivors include three sons, William Dixon of Chattanooga, Tenn., Donald Dixon of Ringgold, Glen Dixon of Chattanooga; three daughters, Connie Bradford, Pat Williams and Betty Overby, all of Ringgold; brother, Frank Cox of Rock Spring; 23 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Services: Friday, May 19, at 2 p.m. at the South Crest Chapel with Rev. Steve Smith officiating. Burial: Tennessee-Georgia Memorial Park with Chris Dixon, Steve Willingham, Gary Freeman, Brian Dixon, Danny Dixon and Chris Goodlet serving as pallbearers. Visitation: Thursday, May 18, from 4-8 p.m. at the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home and Crematory, Rossville. Condolences may be sent at www.lane-southcrestchapel.com.

Arrangements by Lane Funeral Home, Rossville.

Charles Helton, 79, Ringgold

Charles “Charlie” Edward Helton of Ringgold died Thursday, May 18, in Vacaville, Calif. He was 79.

A lifelong resident of the Ringgold area, he was a former employee of Tuftco Corp., where he worked for 19 years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army/Air Force, serving during World War II. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping, and most of all his family.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Hazel Helton; brother, Calvin Helton.

Survivors include three sons, Charles Wayne Helton of Phelan, Calif., William Edward Helton of Bermuda Dunes, Calif., Wendell Keith Helton of Vacaville; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Services: Tuesday, May 23, at 3 p.m. at the funeral home chapel with Rev. Randy Lynn officiating. Burial: Catoosa Memorial Gardens. Visitation: Monday, May 22, from 5-9 p.m. and until funeral time Tuesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association. Online register book may be signed at www.wilsonfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Wilson Funeral Home, Ringgold.

Samuel Pelham, 1, Chickamauga

Samuel Kohl Geronimo Pelham of Chickamauga died Tuesday, May 16, at his home. He was 1.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Fred Wilcox and Bill and Dottie Pelham.

Survivors include his parents, Nichole Wilcox and Barry Pelham; half-brother, Tyler Pelham; grandparents, Angel and Chris Qualls; great-grandparents, Sara Wilcox and Sybil Howard; aunts and uncles, Alexis Qualls, Melanie Renner, Rhonda and Rick Keith, Jason and Sondra Pelham, Michael McLain, Stacy and Mariah Pelham, Brett.

Services: Saturday, May 20, at noon at the South Crest Chapel with Rev. David Harris officiating. Visitation: Friday, May 19, from 4-9 p.m. at the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home and Crematory. Condolences may be sent at www.lane-southcrestchapel.com.

Arrangements by Lane Funeral Home, Rossville.

Joyce White, 72, Ringgold

Joyce Eyvonne Taunton White of Ringgold died Wednesday, May 17. She was 72.

A native of Dadeville, Ala., she had lived in the north Georgia area since 1952. She was a member of Burning Bush Baptist Church. She had been a member of New Prospect United Methodist Church in Dadeville, where she was still very active.

The daughter of the late Joseph Theodore and Janie Johnson Taunton, she was also preceded in death by her brother and sister-in-law, Ernest and Shirley Taunton.

Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Ralph White; sons, Rick (Nancy) White of Ringgold, Randy (Carie) White of LaFayette; daughters, Jill White (Dub) Cofer, Jane White (Gene) Jennings, both of Ringgold; grandchildren, Sam and Ben Daffron, Will and Rob Cofer, Anna and Jacob Jennings, Kyler and Case White; brothers, Donald Earl Taunton of Dadeville, Larry Taunton of Tallassee, Ala.; sister, Dorothy Taunton Evers of Dadeville; several nieces and nephews.

Services: Saturday, May 20, at 2 p.m. in the chapel with Revs. Eddie Cantrell and Tim Bass officiating. Burial: Wood Station Cemetery with grandsons serving as pallbearers. Visitation: Friday, May 19, from 3–8 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Heritage Funeral Home and Crematory, Fort Oglethorpe. Condolences may be sent at www.heritagefh.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 850 Fort Wood St., Chattanooga, Tenn., 37403 or New Prospect United Methodist Church, c/o Martin Johnson, Treasurer, 915 Wildlife Road, Dadeville, Ala., 36853.

Arrangements by Heritage Funeral Home, Fort Oglethorpe.

Posted Thursday, May 18, 2006

Thelma Morgan, 83, Fort Oglethorpe

Thelma Jewell Morgan of Fort Oglethorpe died Wednesday, May 17, at a local nursing home. She was 83.

She was born in Guild, Tenn., to the late Henry and Velda Reeves, and she was preceded in death by her son, Lamar Morgan and husband, Carl Morgan. She attended Battlefield Parkway Church of the Nazarene.

Survivors include her son, Donald Morgan of Fort Oglethorpe; brothers, A.J. Reeves and Joe Reeves, both of Nashville, Tenn.; sisters, Delores Barham of Hixson, Tenn., Joyce West of Atlanta; six grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Services: Friday, May 19, at 11 a.m. at the chapel with Rev. Joe Brown officiating. Burial: Hamilton Memorial Gardens. Visitation: Thursday, May 18, after 4 p.m., and prior to the service Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Battlefield Parkway Church of the Nazarene, 3220 Battlefield Parkway, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., 30742

Arrangements by Wilson Funeral Home, Fort Oglethorpe.

Posted Wednesday, May 17, 2006

John McConnell, 72, Atlanta

John T. McConnell of Atlanta, formerly of LaFayette, died May 15. He was 72.

He was the son of the late John D. McConnell and Hattie York. He attended LaFayette High School and lived in the Atlanta area for the past 25 years. He was very active with The Shepherd Center in Atlanta, where he was a peer support leader. He was a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother, and will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Nancy Gilwreath and Frank McConnell.

Survivors include his children, Janet Brogdon, Greg McConnell, Josh McConnell, Bobby McConnell; nine grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; brother, Mickey McConnell; sister, Patsy Wright.

Services: Thursday, May 18, at 11 a.m. at Patterson’s Arlington Chapel in Atlanta with visitation one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Graveside services: Thursday at 2:30 p.m. at LaFayette City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Shepherd Center, 2020 Peachtree Road, N.W., Atlanta, Ga., 30309.

Arrangements by H.M. Patterson and Son, Arlington Chapel, Atlanta.

Local announcement by Wilson Funeral Home, LaFayette.

Posted Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Alma Clark, 95, Chickamauga

Alma Elotha Hall Clark of Chickamauga died Sunday, May 14. She was 95.

She was born in Sylvania, Ala., to the late Henry and Martha Bolden Hall. She was a former resident of Pontiac, Mich., and had resided in Chickamauga for the past 34 years. She had worked in textile mills in Rome, Trion and Crystal Springs in Chickamauga. She was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening, and she loved growing vegetables.

She was of the Baptist faith and preceded in death by her husband, Grady Oliver Clark; three grandsons and several siblings.

Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Inez Evans, Maybelline and Wesley McGowen, all of Chickamauga, Betty and Walker Michalak of Auburn Hills, Mich.; sons and daughter-in-law, O.C. and Juanita Clark, Odis Clark, all of Chickamauga; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Services: Wednesday, May 17, at 2 p.m. at the chapel with Rev. Jack Price officiating. Burial: Crest Lawn Memorial Park, Noble. Visitation: Tuesday, May 16, from 2-9 p.m. and Wednesday morning until the service. Online register book at www.wilsonfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Wilson Funeral Home, Chickamauga.

Orville Cooper, 75, Lookout Valley

Orville Eugene Cooper of Lookout Valley died Sunday, May 14, at his home in Trenton. He was 75.

He was born Nov. 16, 1930 in Rossville and had lived most of his life in the Lookout Valley area.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lonal and Addie Cooper; sisters, Doris Cooper and Arlene Crowder; brother, Larry Cooper.

Survivors include his sisters and brothers-in-law, Gail and Bob Hulvey of Bryant, Ala., Gloria and Art Greer of North Augusta, S.C.; nieces, Pam and Jackie Chambers; his loving caregivers; several other nieces and nephews.

Services: Wednesday, May 17, at 11 a.m. at the South Crest Chapel with pastor Mike Howell officiating. Burial: Lakewood West Memory Gardens. Visitation: Tuesday, May 16, from noon to 2 p.m. and 4-8 p.m. at the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home and Crematory, Rossville. To send condolences go to www.lane-southcrestchapel.com.

Arrangements by Lane Funeral Home, Rossville.

Carroll Godwin, 59, Ringgold

Carroll L. Godwin of Ringgold died Sunday, May 14, at his residence. He was 59.

He has been a resident of north Georgia since 1986, coming from Tifton. He was a member and deacon of First Baptist Church of Ringgold and a member of the Pioneer Sunday school class. He retired from Keebler after 27 years of service and was a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving in the U.S. Air Force.

He was preceded in death by his father, Roscoe W. Godwin.

Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Geneva Godwin; sons, Mitchell Godwin of El Paso, Texas, Jason Godwin of North Carolina; daughter, Lori Hughes of Ringgold; brother, John Morris Godwin of Hapeville; sister, Karen McLennan of East Point; grandchildren, Haley Bullard, Dillon Godwin, Brandon Quinn, Megan Godwin; step-grandchildren, Megan Hughes and Stephen Hughes.

Services: Thursday, May 18, at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Ringgold with Rev. Byron Ball officiating, with eulogy given by Flora Lawrence. Burial: Lenox Cemetery in Lenox. Visitation: Wednesday, May 17, from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home and Crematory, Fort Oglethorpe. Honorary pallbearers: Members of the Pioneer Sunday school class of the church. Memorial contributions may be to the First Baptist Church of Ringgold, 7611 Nashville St., Ringgold, Ga., 30736. Condolences may be sent at www.heritagefh.com.

Arrangements by Heritage Funeral Home, Fort Oglethorpe.

Bobby Pedigo, 67, Chickamauga

Bobby Neal Pedigo of Chickamauga died Monday, May 15. He was 67.

He was born in Catoosa County to the late Lewis Hall Pedigo and Louise Pedigo Sprayberry. He was a lifelong resident of the Chickamauga area and he served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged as a staff sergeant E-6. He was the pastor of Cove Road Baptist Church in Mentone, Ala., from 1986 to 2002 and was still a current member. He was a member of Crawfish Springs Masonic Lodge F&AM 300, a Master Mason of the 32nd degree K.Y.C.H., past High Priest of the Royal Arch, past High Priest of the Lodge, past Illustrious Master, past Commander, member of the K.Y.C.H., and life member of the American Legion, Disabled Veterans and Veteran of Foreign Wars. He also received the Air Medal for his service in Vietnam.

Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Jinnie Cole Evans Pedigo of Chickamauga; children, Teresa Lynn Rodgers of Ooltewah, Tenn., Greg Pedigo of Florida, Teresa Evans Slack and Chip Slack of LaFayette, Denise Evans Nelson and Grady Nelson of Chickamauga; sister, Deloris Chastain of Chickamauga; sister-in-law, Gail Pedigo of Rock Spring; five grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Services: Wednesday, May 17, at 3:30 p.m. at the chapel with Rev. Sam Barrett officiating. Burial: Grand Center Cemetery, Chickamauga. Visitation: Tuesday, May 16, from 4-8 p.m. and after 10 a.m. on Wednesday until the service. Online register book at www.wilsonfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Wilson Funeral Home, Chickamauga.

Frances Tudor, 84, Ringgold

Frances E. Tudor of Ringgold died Sunday, May 14, at a local hospital. She was 84.

She was a lifelong resident of north Georgia and member of Boynton United Methodist Church.

Survivors include sons, Creig (Suzy) Tudor of Dalton, Michael (Theresa) Tudor of Chattanooga, Tenn.; grandchildren, Christy Tudor, Blake Tudor, Brent Tudor; great-granddaughter, Devan Pierce.

Services: Wednesday, May 17, at 2 p.m. at National Cemetery with Rev. John W. Pinson officiating. Visitation: Tuesday, May 16, from 6-9 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home and Crematory, Fort Oglethorpe. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or your favorite charity. Condolences may be sent at www.heritagefh.com.

Arrangements by Heritage Funeral Home, Fort Oglethorpe