Posted Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2005

Richard Meek, 92, Chattanooga, Tenn.

Richard Bryan Meek of Chattanooga, Tenn., a former resident of Forest, Miss., died Tuesday, Nov. 29, in a local hospital. He was 92.

He was a loving husband, an exemplary grandfather and great-grandfather, and an astute businessman, a faithful churchgoer, and a personality who influenced all those who came into contact with him.

He was born Jan. 12, 1913 in Aberdeen, Miss. After serving in World War II as a combat engineer under the command of Gen. Patton’s Third Army, he moved to Forest, continuing the family business begun by his father-in-law. He continued to live in Forest and rear his two daughters with his beloved wife of 62 years, Effie Ola Meek, who preceded him in death. After establishing Mississippi Freight Line in Jackson, Miss., he later was the owner/operator of Meek Moving and Storage, an Allied Van Lines affiliate. He was a member of Forest United Methodist Church, where he was also a member of the Young Men's Bible class, served more than 30 years as the communion steward, and served for many years as the head usher. He also represented his church to the Mississippi Methodist’s Children’s Home. He joined Christ United Methodist Church in Chattanooga in 2001. While living in Forest, he was instrumental in establishing the Southeastern Mississippi Livestock Association and the Forest Community Club, and converting the Forest Merchant’s Association into the Chamber of Commerce. He was as lifelong member of the Lions Club of America and served for more than 60 years in the American Legion both in Forest, Post No. 9, and Chattanooga, Blair Post No. 95.

Survivors include his two daughters, Nancy Taylor of Brevard, N.C., Ann Christopher of Chattanooga; two grandchildren, Kay Sherman of Chattanooga, Todd Christopher of Grantham, Pa.; two grandchildren, Makenzie Sherman and Jamie Christopher.

Services: Friday, Dec. 2, at 1 p.m. in the Fort Oglethorpe chapel with Dr. G. Dennis Newman officiating. Burial: Chattanooga National Cemetery. Visitation: Thursday, Dec. 1, from 5-7 p.m., and prior to the service on Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Forest United Methodist Church, East Third Street, Forest, Miss. 39074, phone (601) 469-2604; or to Hospice of Chattanooga, 58 Commons Suite 101, 4355 Highway 58, Chattanooga, Tenn., 37416, phone (423) 892-4289. Online guestbook at www.wilsonfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Wilson Funeral Home, Fort Oglethorpe.

Posted Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2005

Wanda Cash, 71, Ooltewah, Tenn.

Wanda Cash of Ooltewah, Tenn., died Monday, Nov. 28, at her residence. She was 71.

She had been a resident of the Chattanooga area for the past 50 years. In loving memory of a beautiful and loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend, she was a member of the Jokers Unit of the Lady Shriners, the Eastern Star, and enjoyed being a part of the Hillbilly Corn Grinders band.

She was preceded in death by her father, Curtis Huffaker; stepfather, Darius Marshall; brother, Hal Huffaker; stepbrothers and sisters, Rosa Howard, Mamie Foust, John Marshall.

Survivors include her husband of 53 years, William Earl Cash; sons, Bill Cash, Tony Cash; grandchildren, Craig Cash, Keva Farley, Kevin Cash; great-grandchildren, Preslee Farley and Payton Farley; mother, Zella Franklin Huffaker Marshall; sister, Allyne Snyder; brother, Tom Huffaker.

Services: Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 10 a.m. in the funeral home chapel with Dr. Herschel Green officiating. Burial: National Cemetery. Visitation: Tuesday, Nov. 29, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home and Crematory, Fort Oglethorpe. Condolences may be sent at www.heritagefh.com. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. You are such a strong woman and have fought your battle hard. Now, you can go home and rest in peace. Just know that we love you so much and will miss you deeply.

Arrangements by Heritage Funeral Home, Fort Oglethorpe.

Arthur Hopkins Jr., 76, Chattanooga, Tenn.

Arthur Lee “Buddy” Hopkins Jr. of Chattanooga, Tenn., died Friday, Nov. 25, while vacationing in Port St. Lucie, Fla. He was 76.

A native of LaFayette, he had lived most of his life in the Chattanooga and north Georgia areas and was an Army veteran, having served during the Korean conflict. He had worked for Barwick Industries as a supervisor and retired from Walden Security in May 2005. He attended Cloud Springs Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur Lee Hopkins Sr. and Ruth Hampton Hopkins; brother, Allen Glenn Hopkins; first wife, Jacqueline Hopkins.

Survivors include his wife, Doris Nell Matthews Hopkins; children, Ronald and Jerry Hopkins, Shelia Smothers and Leeza Moore, all of LaFayette; stepson, Bill Matthews of Smyrna, Tenn.; sister, Amy Thomasson of Fort Oglethorpe; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Services: Thursday, Dec. 1, at 2 p.m. at the South Crest Chapel with Rev. Chris Eaves officiating. Burial: Lakewood Memory Gardens, South, with full military honors. Visitation: Wednesday, Nov. 30, from 3-5 p.m. at the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home.

Arrangements by Lane Funeral Home, Rossville.

Faye Strickland, 83, LaFayette

Faye Gilliland Strickland of LaFayette died Sunday, Nov. 27. She was 83.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dwight Strickland; sister, Thula Patterson; brother, J.L. Gilliland.

Survivors include her sisters, Verna Jay Brown of Southside, Ala., Dracena Browning of Chickamauga; brother, Mirron Gilliland of Chickamauga; several nieces and nephews.

Services: Thursday, Dec. 1, at 1 p.m. at the Wallis Memorial Chapel with Dr. Todd Gaddis officiating. Burial: LaFayette Cemetery. Visitation: Wednesday, Nov. 30, from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Pallbearers: Jeff Nave, Larry Keown, David Browning, Greg Browning, Bee Ward, Josh Dodson, Dan Childs, Larry Keown.

Arrangements by Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.

Florence Swearengin, 81, Rossville

Florence Elizabeth Patterson Swearengin of Rossville died Monday, Nov. 28. She was 81.

She was a native of Grundy County, Tenn., but had lived in the north Georgia area for most of her life and was a member of Victory Baptist Church in Rossville.

She was preceded in death by her parents and 11 siblings.

Survivors include her husband of more than 64 years, James Swearengin Sr. of Rossville; daughter, Freida Hill of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; three sons, James Swearengin Jr. of Chickamauga, Dwight Swearengin of Jacksonville, Fla., Billy Joe Swearengin of Rossville; four sisters, Frances Partin of Decherd, Tenn., Bonnie Myers of Pelham, Tenn., Emma Jean Perry of Akron, Ohio, Margie Spry of Tullahoma, Tenn.; nine grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

Services: Thursday, Dec. 1, at 1 p.m. at Victory Baptist Church in Rossville with Rev. Ernest Groce officiating. Burial: Lakewood South Memory Gardens. Visitation: Tuesday, Nov. 29, after 5 p.m., all day Wednesday, Nov. 30, and prior to the service on Thursday at the funeral home. Online guest book at www.wilsonfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Wilson Funeral Home, Fort Oglethorpe.

Andy Ware, 87, Ringgold

Andy Joe Ware of Ringgold died Monday, Nov. 28, at his residence. He was 87.

A lifelong resident of the north Georgia and Chattanooga area, he was a member of West View Baptist Church. He was a retired employee of Combustion Engineering, where he worked for 20 years. He was a Master Mason of the Quitman Masonic Lodge No. 106, where he was a member for 54 years. He was a farmer for much of his life.

He is preceded in death by his parents, John and Annie Watkins Ware; nine brothers and sisters, Tennie, Willann, Isaac, Bill, Dayton, David and Ted Ware, Ida Mae Longwith, Gertrude Longwith.

Survivors include his wife, Helen Trew Ware of Ringgold; three sons, Phillip Ware of Highland Village, Texas, Peter Ware of Dalton, John Ware of Newport Beach, Calif.; daughter, Martha Joe Hullender of Tunnel Hill; daughter-in-law, Pamela Ware of Dalton; sister, Faye Ensley of Ringgold; sister-in-law, Bertha Ware of Ringgold; five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Services: Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 1 p.m. at the funeral home chapel with Revs. Junior Bryson and Leon Hullender officiating. Burial: Salem Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation: Tuesday, Nov. 29, from 5-9 p.m. and Wednesday until funeral time at the funeral home. Online guestbook at www.wilsonfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Wilson Funeral Home, Ringgold.

Harvell Wilson, 67, Chattanooga, Tenn.

Harvell Staton Wilson of Chattanooga, Tenn., died Monday, Nov. 28. He was 67.

He was a native of Collinsville, Ala., and a veteran of the U.S. Army.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ruben and Laura Adams Wilson; brothers, Eldon H. Wilson Jr., Jerry Wilson and Charles Wilson.

Survivors include son, Jerry Staton Wilson of Chattanooga; daughter, Bobbie Ruth Eason of Dalton; sisters, Vivian Laura Elder and Hazel Angelina Cross, both of Ringgold; several nieces and nephews.

Services: Thursday, Dec. 1, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home chapel. Burial: Chattanooga National Cemetery. Visitation: Tuesday, Nov. 29, from noon to 9 p.m., and all day Wednesday, Nov. 30, at Wilson Funeral Home, LaFayette chapel. Online guestbook at www.wilsonfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Wilson Funeral Home, LaFayette.

Posted Monday, Nov. 28, 2005

Zelmer Blevins, 70, Fort Oglethorpe

Zelmer “Marie” Blevins of Fort Oglethorpe, died Saturday, Nov. 26, in a local hospital. She was 70.

A lifelong resident of Ringgold and Fort Oglethorpe areas, she was a member of Battlefield Church of Faith.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Denise “Neesie” Blevins; nine brothers and sisters, including her twin.

Survivors include her children, Grace Robin Hodge of East Ridge, Tenn., Alice McArthur of Fort Oglethorpe, David C. Blevins of Ringgold, Trish Morgan of Fort Oglethorpe, Buddy Blevins of Cloudland; 10 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, niece and nephews.

Services: Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 6 p.m. at Battlefield Church of Faith at U.S. 41 and Three Notch Road with pastor Jim Smith officiating. Visitation: Tuesday from 5 p.m. until service time at the church.

Arrangements by Lane Funeral Home, Rossville.

Phyllis Breazeale, 55, East Ridge, Tenn.

Phyllis Jenkins Breazeale of East Ridge, Tenn., died Sunday, Nov. 27. She was 55.

She had lived in the Chattanooga and north Georgia area for most of her life and was a member of Spring Creek Road Baptist Church, where she was active with the Hope Sunday school class.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Nancy Beverly Bryant Jenkins.

Survivors include her father, Phil Jenkins of East Ridge; two sons, Danny Breazeale of East Ridge, Phillip Breazeale of New Orleans, La.; two brothers, Danny E. Jenkins of McMinnville, Tenn., Michael K. Jenkins of Rossville; sister, Leslie Cagle of Chattanooga, Tenn.; two grandchildren, Ashleigh and Malcolm Breazeale.

Services: Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 2 p.m. in the Fort Oglethorpe chapel with Rev. David Clay officiating. Burial: Lakewood South Memory Gardens. Visitation: Tuesday, Nov. 29, after 5 p.m. and prior to the service on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Wilson Funeral Home, Fort Oglethorpe.

Virginia Cox, 88, Ringgold

Virginia Cox of Ringgold died Sunday, Nov. 27, at her residence. She was 88.

She was a lifelong resident of Catoosa County and a member of New Liberty Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Thomas W. Cox; daughter, Sandra Sue Bell; four brothers and four sisters.

Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Steve and Becky Cox, Carl and Gloria Cox, Paul and Suzanne Cox, all of Ringgold, Wesley and Charlotte Cox of East Ridge, Tenn.; daughter and son-in-law, Wanda Cox and Jim Singsank of Springfield, Va.; sisters, Helen Bish of Chattanooga, Tenn., Mary Lee McCutchen of Houston, Texas; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren.

Services: Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 11 a.m. in the funeral home chapel with Dr. Telford Barrett and Rev. Danny Henson officiating. Burial: Dailey Hills Cemetery. Visitation: Tuesday, Nov. 29, 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.

Margie Hall, 84, Ringgold

Margie Katherine Bryant Hall of Ringgold died Saturday, Nov. 26, at her residence. She was 84.

A former resident of Fannin County, she had lived in the Ringgold area for the past 59 years. She attended Welcome Hill Baptist Church in Ringgold and was a former employee of Sweetwater Rug Co., where she worked for 17 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Bessie Greene Bryant; son, Melvin Hall; two sisters, Bonnie Payne and Annie Greene; great-granddaughter, Alivia Lake.

Survivors include her two children, Betty Shrum of Ringgold and Albert Hall of Ringgold; two granddaughters, Tammy DeLarosa of California, Kimberly Lake of Ringgold; several nieces and nephews.

Services: Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 2 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Ed Parsons officiating. Burial: Catoosa Memorial Gardens. Visitation: Monday, Nov. 28, from 4-9 p.m., and Tuesday until funeral time at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Wilson Funeral Home, Ringgold.

Rev. O.A. McDaniel Sr., 65, Rossville

Rev. O.A. “Mac” McDaniel Sr. of Rossville died Wednesday, Nov. 23, at his residence. He was 65.

He was a lifelong resident of northwest Georgia and was a member of Charity Baptist Church in Chattanooga. He was also an educator for Fairview Elementary and a Boy Scout leader.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Lobelia Annice Price McDaniel; brother, Gerald McDaniel.

Survivors include his loving wife of 42 years, Shirley Godwin McDaniel of Rossville; father, John William McDaniel of Chickamauga; children, O.A. McDaniel Jr. of Kernville, Calif., Maria Boucher of Las Vegas, Nev., Richard McDaniel, James McDaniel, Sherry Swanson, Gene McDaniel, all of Rossville; brother, Douglas McDaniel of Rossville, 12 grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Services: Sunday, Nov. 27, at 3 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. Burial: Monday, Nov. 28, at 11:30 a.m. at Chattanooga National Cemetery with military honors. Visitation: Saturday, Nov. 26, after noon, and prior to the service on Sunday.

Arrangements by Wilson Funeral Home, Fort Oglethorpe.

Sidney Porter, 88, LaFayette

Sidney Porter of LaFayette died Friday, Nov. 25. He was 88.

He was a loving husband, and devoted father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, deacon, friend and Army veteran. He was a faithful and longtime member of Friendship Baptist Church in Chickamauga. He was a retired 39-year employee of Mueller Co.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Fonnie S. Porter; son, Stan Porter; daughter, Sandra Haynes of LaFayette.

Services: Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. at Friendship Baptist Church in Chickamauga with Rev. Hugh Byrd officiating. Visitation: Wednesday from 6-7 p.m.

Arrangements by Willis Funeral Home, Dalton.

Juanita Pursley, 79, Chickamauga

Juanita Gwendolyn Isbill Pursley of Chickamauga died Sunday, Nov. 27, at a local nursing home. She was 79.

A lifelong resident of the north Georgia area, she was of the Church of God faith. She was an evangelist for more than 50 years and also held a radio ministry.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George Pursley; parents, Robert and Hazel Parks Isbill.

Survivors include three daughters, Jean Thompson of Scottsboro, Ala., Joyce Adkins of Rossville, Donna Keaton of Dalton; four sons, David Pursley, Richard Pursley, Terry Pursley, Ronald Morgan, all of Chickamauga; three sisters, Betty Peardon of Chattanooga, Tenn., Mildred Campbell of Rome, Pat Isbill of Chickamauga; two brothers, Garner Isbill of Trenton, Eddie Isbill of Chattanooga; 15 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Services: Wednesday, Nov. 30, at noon in the funeral home chapel with Revs. Dawlen Concle and Allen Tarter officiating. Burial: Chattanooga National Cemetery. Visitation: Monday, Nov. 28, from 3-10 p.m., all day Tuesday, Nov. 29, and Wednesday until service time at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Wilson Funeral Home, Fort Oglethorpe.

Clessie Scott, 74, Lookout Valley

Clessie Laverne Scott of Lookout Valley died Sunday, Nov. 27, at her residence. She was 74.

A native of Chattanooga, Tenn., she had lived in Florida for several years before returning back to Chattanooga 20 years ago. She was retired from Holiday Inn, where she was employed for many years, and she was a member of Lookout Valley Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Lela Mae Goins; sister, Fleeta Harris.

Survivors include her husband of 44 years, Albert N. Scott Sr.; children, Jacqueline M. Ewton and Robert Darrell Rickett, both of Soddy Daisy, Tenn.; stepchildren, Nathan Scott Jr. of Chicago, Ill., Susan Slay and Denise Bisio, both of Nashville, Tenn., Diane Scott of Chattanooga, Tenn.; brother, Eton Woods of Hammond, Ind.; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Services: Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 2 p.m. in the South Crest Chapel with Rev. Lamar Moore officiating. Burial: Lakewood Memory Gardens, West. Visitation: Monday, Nov. 28, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home.

Arrangements by Lane Funeral Home, Rossville.

Rev. John Waters Jr., 81, LaFayette

Rev. John “J.C.” Calvin Waters Jr. of LaFayette died Wednesday, Nov. 23, at Shepard Hills nursing home. He was 81.

A native of the LaFayette area, he had lived in the LaFayette area for the past 16 years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving during World War II. He served 38 years in the ministry with the Evangelical Methodist Church, of which he was a member for 55 years. Thirty-two of these years he spent in Texas, and he was district superintendent for eight years. After retiring with health problems, he returned to LaFayette and became a member of First Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John Calvin Waters Sr. and Captola Palmer Waters; daughter, Mary Elizabeth Waters.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Vivian Hodges Waters of LaFayette; son and daughter-in-law, John and Cheryl Waters of Cornelia; daughter and son-in-law, Jan and Dave Thompson of Chatsworth; sister, Louise Holder of Texarkana, Texas; five brothers, Frank Waters of Louisville, Ky., Charles Waters of LaFayette, Mack Waters of Rock Spring, Doyle Waters of Chickamauga, Robert Waters of LaFayette; four grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Services: Sunday, Nov. 27, at 6 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Revs. Walter Moody and Todd Gaddis officiating. Burial: LaFayette City Cemetery. Visitation: Saturday, Nov. 26, from 6-9 p.m. and Sunday until funeral time.

Arrangements by Wilson Funeral Home, LaFayette.

Vertie Whitton, 88, Chattanooga, Tenn.

Vertie Whitton of Chattanooga, Tenn., died Saturday, Nov. 26, in a local health care facility. She was 88.

A native of Arab, Ala., she lived in the Chattanooga area for the past 35 years and was a member of Brashiers Chapel United Methodist Church in Arab.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Gordon and Effie Clemons; son, Greg Whitton; sister, Margie Davis; brother, John Clemens.

Survivors include her husband, Sam Whitton; daughters and sons-in-law, Kathy and Freddie Wooten of Powell, Ala., Gail and Clyde Varnes of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; son, Michael Whitton of Rainsville, Ala.; nine grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Services: Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 2 p.m. Central Standard Time at Brashiers Chapel United Methodist Church in Arab, with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Visitation: Monday, Nov. 28, from noon to 8 p.m. at the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home and Tuesday two hours prior to the service at the church.

Arrangements by Lane Funeral Home, Rossville.

Posted Friday, Nov. 25, 2005

Rev. T.O. Cagle, 81, LaFayette

Rev. T.O. Cagle of LaFayette died Tuesday, Nov. 22. He was 81.

He had pastored churches in Alabama, Kansas, Indiana and Georgia before his retirement.

Survivors include his wife, Berneice Schubert Cagle of LaFayette; daughter, Charlotte Cagle Felts of Cookville, Tenn.; sons, Stanley Cagle of Lakeland, Fla., Tony Cagle of Oklahoma City, Okla., Joel Cagle of LaFayette; brother, Frank Cagle of LaFayette; 10 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Services: Friday, Nov. 25, at 2 p.m. at LaFayette Church of God with evangelist Richard Felts and Rev. Gary Bruce officiating. Burial: LaFayette Memory Gardens. Visitation: Thursday, Nov. 24, from 6-8 p.m.

Arrangements by Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.

Thomas Carlock, 40, Athens

Thomas Lebron Carlock of Athens died Tuesday, Nov. 22. He was 40.

He was a native of Rock Spring, and a graduate of LaFayette High School and Young Harris College.

He was preceded in death by his twin brother, Timothy LeMar Carlock.

Survivors include his father, Fred L. Carlock and his wife Joan of Rock Spring; mother Valencia and her husband, Nic Nahikian, of Blairsville; brothers, Gregory L. Carlock of LaFayette, Nathan Nahikian of Washington, D.C., Arron Nahikian of Portsmouth, Va.; sisters, Chrisi Lyles of Chatsworth, Carol Charles of Calhoun.

Services: Saturday, Nov. 26, at 2 p.m. at Rock Spring Cemetery with Rev. Brian Butler officiating. Visitation: Saturday after 12:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.

Bennie Cordle, 83, Cedar Grove

Bennie Louise Everett Cordle of Cedar Grove, a longtime resident of the Walker County area, died Wednesday, Nov. 23. She was 83.

She was born in Jamestown, Tenn., to the late John R. and Ollie Beaty Smith She was active in a variety of community service organizations, and she was a member of Antioch Baptist Church in Cedar Grove.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, J.P. Everett and Horace Cordle; daughter, Betty Lou Everett; son, Tim Everett.

Survivors include her children and their spouses, Jennie Chandler of Cedar Grove, Jack Everett of Chattanooga, Tenn., Suzanne Bolton of LaFayette, Phillip “Tony” Everett of Cedar Grove; daughter-in-law, Dedra Everett of Chickamauga; sister, Helen Andrew of Kensington; 18 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Services: Friday, Nov. 25, at 1 p.m. at Antioch Baptist Church in Cedar Grove with Revs. Ronnie Millican and C.F. Strickland officiating. Burial: Cedar Grove Cemetery. Visitation: Friday from 8 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Wilson Funeral Home, Chickamauga.

Frank Dawson, 62, LaFayette

Frank Dawson of LaFayette died Monday, Nov. 21. He was 62.

Survivors include his wife, Lassie Texas Dawson of LaFayette; daughters, Michelle Daniel of LaFayette, Carrie Potts and Angie Stoner, both of Trion; son, Marty Dawson of Rock Spring; sisters, Janice Dutton of Trion, Neita Crowe of LaFayette; eight grandchildren.

Services: Monday, Nov. 28, at 4 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Malcolm Harris officiating. There will be no visitation.

Arrangements by Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.

James Love, 80, Fort Oglethorpe

James Roland Love of Fort Oglethorpe died Monday, Nov. 21. He was 80.

He was a member of Fort Oglethorpe First Baptist Church and was retired from Ross Meehan Foundry as maintenance superintendent. He was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran and was a prisoner of war in Romania.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Love; brother, Frank Love.

Survivors include his daughter, Diane O’Rear of Dayton, Tenn.; son, Johnny Love of Tulsa, Okla.; grandsons, James O’Rear, Ryan O’Rear, John Roland Love; five great-grandchildren.

Services: Friday, Nov. 25, at 1 p.m. at National Cemetery with military honors. Visitation: Thursday, Nov. 24, from 4-5:30 p.m., and Friday from 11-12:30 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home and Crematory, Fort Oglethorpe. Condolences may be sent at www.heritagefh.com.

Arrangements by Heritage Funeral Home, Fort Oglethorpe.

Lola Mullins, 83, Rock Spring

Lola “Lulu” Mullins of Rock Spring died Thursday, Nov. 24. She was 83.

Survivors include a daughter, Joy Painter of Rock Spring; sisters, Jean Wilson of Ramsuer, N.C., Dorothy Smith of St. Louis, Mo.; brother, Joe Schrimsher of Orlando, Fla.; five grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

Services: Sunday, Nov. 27, at 2 p.m. at Wallis Memorial Chapel with Rev. Malcolm Harris officiating. Burial: LaFayette Cemetery. Visitation: Saturday, Nov. 26, from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.

Peggy Yarber, 67, Rossville

Peggy Jane Moore Yarber of Rossville died Wednesday, Nov. 23, at her residence. She was 67.

A resident of the Rossville area for the past 46 years, she was a native of Roane County, Tenn., and was a member of Pleasant Hill Methodist Church.

She is preceded in death by her parents, James and Nellie Woods Moore.

Survivors include her husband of 47 years, Dewey “Eddie” Yarber of Rossville; two sons and daughter-in-law, Roy Yarber of Stevenson, Ala., Randy and Michelle Yarber of Fort Oglethorpe; sister, Patsy Ridings of Loudon, Tenn.; brother, Doug Moore of Kingsport, Tenn.; four grandchildren, Anna Yarber of Graysville, U.S.M.C. Pfc. Michael Yarber, Andy Yarber and Jake Yarber, both of Fort Oglethorpe; several nieces and nephews.

Services: Saturday, Nov. 26, at 11 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. Entombment: Calvary Gardens Mausoleum. Visitation: Friday, Nov. 25, after 4 p.m. and Saturday until funeral time at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Wilson Funeral Home, Fort Oglethorpe.

Posted Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2005

Melvin Brown, 74, East Ridge, Tenn.

Melvin L. Brown of East Ridge, Tenn., died Monday, Nov. 21, at his residence. He was 74.

He had been a resident of East Ridge for more than 50 years. He was a member of South Seminole Baptist Church and was assistant scoutmaster with his troop at the church. Following 20 years of service, he retired from Southern Railway in 1981 and was treasurer of Southern Credit Union for several years. He also served his country with the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Cora Lee Brown; brothers, Ralph and Glenn Brown.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Maxine Brown; son and daughter-in-law, Martin and Cheryl Brown of Chattanooga, Tenn.; grandson, Levi Brown; brothers, R.L., Donald, Jerry, Richard and Randell Brown; sisters, Hazel Newsom, Susie Carroll, Wanda Angle, Karen Stancel; several nieces and nephews.

Services: Friday, Nov. 25, at 12:30 p.m. in the South Crest Chapel with Rev. Ron Perry officiating. Burial: Chattanooga National Cemetery. Visitation: Wednesday, Nov. 23, from 4-8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 24, from 2-4 p.m. at the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home.

Arrangements by Lane Funeral Home, Rossville.

Dewey Owensbey, 62, Dalton

Dewey Owensbey of Dalton died Monday, Nov. 21. He was 62.

He was born on Feb. 22, 1943 in LaFayette to the late Elmer and Lillie Louise Owensbey. He was of the Baptist faith and worked for Purity Foods (ConAgra) for 32 years.

He was preceded in death by his sisters, Christine Owensbey and Lillie Simmons; brothers, Neal Hill and David Nathan Owensby.

Survivors include five sisters, Ella Howard of LaFayette, Lizzie Helms of LaFayette, Betty Cooper of Trion, Roberta Greene of LaFayette, Frances Bayne of LaFayette.

Services: Wednesday, Nov. 23, at 3 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Rev. James Helton officiating. Burial: Shaw Cemetery. Visitation: Tuesday, Nov. 22, after 5 p.m. and Wednesday prior to the service at Wilson Funeral Home, LaFayette chapel. Online guestbook at www.wilsonfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Wilson Funeral Home, LaFayette.

James Hopkins, 74, LaFayette

James Lester Hopkins of LaFayette died Tuesday, Nov. 22, at Hutcheson Medical Center. He was 74.

He was born July 16, 1931 in Walker County, the son of the late Lester M. and Lena E. Pettyjohn Hopkins. He was retired from Fortune Hosiery Mill and he attended Noble Church of God. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served as a medic in the Korean War.

Survivors include two sisters, Pauline Webb of LaFayette, Beatrice Kirby of Trion; brother, William Alfred Hopkins of Atlanta; nieces and nephews.

Services: Friday, Nov. 25, at 11 a.m. at the chapel of Mason Funeral Home with Rev. Henry Hampton officiating. Burial: LaFayette Memory Gardens. Visitation: Thursday, Nov. 24, from 4-8 p.m. at Mason Funeral Home. Pallbearers: Johnny Johnson, Eugene Hopkins, David Hopkins, Darryl Webb, Jimmy Tapp, Donald Wilson, Harold Hensley.

Arrangements by Mason Funeral Home, Summerville.

Posted Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2005

Martha Abernathy, 76, Fort Oglethorpe

Martha Jean Abernathy of Fort Oglethorpe died Monday, Nov. 21, in a local health care facility. She was 76.

She was a native of Dalton, and a daughter of the late Joseph and Vera Reaves Ault. She was of the Church of God faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Quinton Eugene Gene Abernathy; son, Anthony Abernathy.

Survivors include daughters, Victoria E. Lyle of Fort Oglethorpe, Cynthia L. Brown of Fort Oglethorpe; son, Kenneth Lamar Abernathy of Ringgold; sister, Virginia Gresham of Marietta; 11 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

Services: Wednesday, Nov. 23, at 11 a.m. in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Jonathan Bond officiating. Burial: Lakewood Memory Gardens South. Visitation: Tuesday, Nov. 22, from 7-9 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home and Crematory, Fort Oglethorpe. Condolences may be made at www.heritagefh.com. Memorial contributions may be made to the Catoosa County Stocking Full of Love, P.O. Box 909 Ringgold, Ga., 30736.

Arrangements by Heritage Funeral Home, Fort Oglethorpe.

John Cooke Jr., 70, Signal Mountain, Tenn.

John D. Cooke Jr. died at his home on Signal Mountain on Sunday, Nov. 20. He was 70.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, friend and brother in Christ to many. He fought a long and courageous battle against cancer with amazing grace. He was a charter member of Walden’s Ridge Baptist Church of Signal Mountain, now community Baptist Church. He was a faithful servant to the Lord and taught the Adult Discipleship Sunday school class for nine years. He retired from Combustion Engineering, now Alstrom, as a machinist, after 38 years of service.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Bobby Lee Cooke; parents, John D. and Gladys Elizabeth Cooke; sister, Cheryl Ann Sheppard.

Survivors include daughter, Kimberly Diane Cooke-Lawson, husband, Tim of Knoxville, Tenn.; daughter, Temple Ann Dugger of Chatsworth; son, John D. Cooke III of Abbyville; grandson, Zachary Lee Dugger, wife, Nikki, great-grandchild, Kayleigh Hope; grandson, Michael Anthony Dugger, wife, Malena, great-grandchild, Elizabeth Ann, all of Chatsworth; aunt, Sue Simmons of Calhoun, Tenn.; sister, Gail Hoge; sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Pete Powell; brothers and sisters-in-law, William and Barbara Cooke, Jack and Patricia Cooke, Dan and Kay Cooke; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Diane and Jerry Chambers, numerous nieces and nephews; special friend, Barbara Wallace, all of north Georgia.

The family wishes to express their deep gratitude for the loving kindness and support offered by the following family and friends — Diane Chambers, Tim Lawson, Gail Hoge, Jack and Patricia Cooke, Dan Cooke, Barbara Wallace, Roger and Linda Copas, and members of his loving church family at Community Baptist Church of Signal Mountain.

Services: Wednesday, Nov. 23, at 1 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with pastor Roger Copas officiating. Burial: Forest Hill Cemetery. Visitation: Tuesday, Nov. 22, from 5-9 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home and Crematory, Fort Oglethorpe. Condolences may be sent at .www.heritagefh.com. Memorials may be made to Community Baptist Church of Signal Mountain, Tenn.

Arrangements by Heritage Funeral Home, Fort Oglethorpe.

Charles Morgan, 64, Fort Oglethorpe

Charles Neal Morgan of Fort Oglethorpe died Sunday, Nov. 20, in a local hospital. He was 64.

He was a graduate of Rossville High School, excelling in football and receiving a football scholarship to East Tennessee State University. He enjoyed working for the PGA after his retirement from Roadway Express. He was also active in Little League sports.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Sara Byars Morgan.

Survivors include wife, Donna Morgan; son, Jimmy Morgan of Fort Oglethorpe; daughters, Jackie Putnam and Joy Thurman, both of Fort Oglethorpe; father and stepmother, Neal and Lou Morgan of East Ridge, Tenn.; sister, Barbara Lindner of Fort Oglethorpe; grandchildren, Chris, Cole, Kaitlyn, Kye and Hannah.

Services: Wednesday, Nov. 23, at 3 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with minister Larry Earl officiating. Burial: Lakewood Memory Gardens, South. Visitation: Tuesday, Nov. 22, from 5-8 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Homes and Crematory, Fort Oglethorpe. Condolences may be sent at www.heritagefh.com.

Arrangements by Heritage Funeral Home, Fort Oglethorpe.

Samuel Parker, 86, LaFayette

Samuel Lee Parker of LaFayette died Nov. 20. He was 86.

He married Dorothy Betty Clements of Plains on April 4, 1943, moved back to LaFayette in 1947, and went into business with D.W. and James Pete Stiles in 1949 in the insurance business now known as Stiles Parker and Co. He retired in 1981.

He was born in and lived in the LaFayette area, graduated from LaFayette High School and attended the University of Georgia and Georgia Night School. He was an active member of LaFayette First United Methodist Church since May 1927, a member of LaFayette Lions Club for 53 years, a member of LaFayette Zoning and Planning Commission for many years, and a member of The Bank of LaFayette board for 32 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel Lee and Lillie Ransom Parker; brother, James Ransom Parker.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy C. Parker; daughter and son-in-law, Melinda P. and Tony McDaniel; sons and daughter-in-law, Samuel Lee Parker III, C. Breck and Nan Parker; grandchildren, Samuel Lee Parker IV, Suzanne and Ben Parker, Heather and Reed Parker, Cole McDaniel, Lily McDaniel; great-grandchildren, Samantha Brook Parker, Morgan Parker, Sydney Parker.

Services: Wednesday, Nov. 23, at 2 p.m. at LaFayette First United Methodist Church with Revs. Don Underwood and David Autry officiating. Burial: Trinity Cemetery. Visitation: Tuesday, Nov. 22, from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Pallbearers: Ron Womack; Dr. Walter Levie II; Dave, Wade, Henry and George Gilbert; and Neal Florence. Honorary pallbearers: Bob Gilbert, Charlie Gilbert, Fred Henry, Dr. Paul Baker, Bob Forester, Robert Lamborn, George Kiker, Bill Ransom, The Bank of LaFayette board, Frank Leake Sunday school class, LaFayette Lions Club. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to LaFayette First Methodist Church.

Arrangements by Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.

Posted Monday, Nov. 21, 2005

Henry Brown, 79, Chickamauga

Henry Clay Brown of Chickamauga died Friday, Nov. 18. He was 79.

He was born in St. Elmo, Tenn., to the late Noah and Ava Brown. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Chickamauga and a member of the Crawfish Springs Masonic Lodge F&AM No. 300. He retired from Standard Coosa Thatcher, where he was a supervisor, after 34 years of service. He enjoyed buying antiques and restoring them.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Louise Pickett Brown; sisters, Edna Rowland, Dot Upton; brothers, Bill, Carl, Jim, Harold and Milton Brown.

Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Dale Morrison of Chickamauga; grandchildren, Cindy Scoggins, Roger Morrison; seven great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; several nieces and nephews.

Services: Sunday, Nov. 20, at 3 p.m. in the chapel with ministers Joe Dodd and Rick Maesur officiating. Burial: Chickamauga Cemetery. Visitation: Saturday, Nov. 19, from 5-9 p.m., and Sunday morning until the service. Online register book at www.wilsonfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Wilson Funeral Home, Chickamauga.

Virgil Chambers, 78, Rossville

Virgil Wilburn Chambers of Rossville died Saturday, Nov. 19, in a local hospital. He was 78.

He was a native of Valley Head, Ala., the son of the late Charles and Sarah Crane Chambers. He was a member of Westside Baptist Church and was an ordained deacon for 52 years. He was retired from the insurance industry and was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in World War II.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Wilton Chambers.

Survivors include his son, Ronnie D. Chambers of Chattanooga, Tenn.; daughters, Glenda Ridgeway of Lynchburg, Va., Cathy Ingle of East Ridge, Tenn.; grandchildren, Brent Ridgeway, Angela Holt, Jonathan Ingle, David Ingle; three great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Services: Tuesday, Nov. 22, at 2 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Revs. Gary Moore and Jerry Atkins officiating. Burial: Lakewood Memory Gardens, South. Visitation: Monday, Nov. 21, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Homes and Crematory, Fort Oglethorpe. Condolences may be sent at www.heritagefh.com.

Arrangements by Heritage Funeral Home, Fort Oglethorpe.

Carl Conner, 100, LaFayette

Carl Conner of LaFayette died Wednesday, Nov. 16, at Cozy Manor. He was 100.

He was born March 9, 1905 in Cabell County, W. Va., to Charles and Elizabeth Legg Conner.

He moved to LaFayette in 1970 and worked as a carpenter until his retirement at age 80. He taught Sunday school for more than 60 years and was faithful to LaFayette First Church of God.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Elizabeth Conner; two loving wives, Hazel Duckett Conner and Mary Ellen Conner; sisters, Gladys Sowards, Ruby Pullens; brothers, Eskel Conner and Melvin Conner.

Survivors include a great-niece, Jana Heiskell of Chickamauga, his primary caregiver; brothers, J. Irvin Conner, and wife, Alphon of Huntington, W.Va., Marvin Conner and wife, Eva of Tornado, W.Va.; several nieces and nephews.

Services: Sunday, Nov. 20, at 2 p.m. from the Wallis Memorial Chapel with Rev. Cecil Bryant and J. Lynn Dack officiating. Burial: Rock Spring Cemetery. Visitation: Saturday, Nov. 19, from 4-7 p.m. at the funeral home. Pallbearers: Carl Tucker, Filmer Smith, Billy Chambers, Robert Hood, Ronny Heiskell and Ronald Harrison. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Gideon’s Foundation.

Arrangements by Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.

Alvin Haggard, 63, East Ridge, Tenn.

Alvin “Ron” Haggard of East Ridge, Tenn., died Thursday, Nov. 17, at his home with his loving wife and children by his side. He was 63.

He would have celebrated his 64th birthday on Saturday. An avid golfer throughout Chattanooga, he had retired from Honest Charlie’s Inc., following 37 years of service.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Haggard; brother, Lamar Haggard; son-in-law, Adam Baines.

Survivors include his wife, Glenda Haggard; daughters, Jennifer Jones of East Brainerd, Tenn., Jina Jayanetti of North Carolina, Leah Baines of Ringgold, Star Gaston of Ringgold; son, Ron Thompson of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; grandchildren, Cole and Conner Gaston of Ringgold, Nila Jayanetti of North Carolina, Shalya Thompson of Fort Lauderdale; sister, Charlotte Swain of Hixson, Tenn.; brothers, Raymond Haggard of East Brainerd, Harvey Haggard of Chattanooga. He will be sadly missed and will always be cherished.

Services: Monday, Nov. 21, at 2 p.m. in the South Crest Chapel with Rev. Ron Tankersley officiating. Burial: Lakewood Memory Gardens, South. Visitation: Saturday, Nov. 19, and Sunday, Nov. 20, from 2-8 p.m. at the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Chattanooga, 4355 Highway 58, Chattanooga, Tenn., 37416, or the Neurological Center at Vanderbilt University Hospital, 1211 22nd Ave., South, Nashville, Tenn., 37232.

Arrangements by Lane Funeral Home, Rossville.

Marce Holsomback, 87, Ringgold

Marce Holsomback of Ringgold died Saturday, Nov. 19. He was 87.

He was a lifelong resident of the Catoosa County area and was a member of New Liberty Baptist Church. He was also an Army Air Force veteran and was employed with Catoosa County Utility for more than 10 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, General Lee and Minerva Olivia Holsomback; several brothers and sisters.

Survivors include his wife of more than 62 years, Mardell Vick Holsomback; son and daughter-in-law, Johnny and Brenda Holsomback; sister, Clorise Self, all of Ringgold; two grandchildren, Stacia Propst and Shawna Holsomback; two great-great-grandchildren, Ashlyn and Tristen Propst.

Services: Tuesday, Nov. 22, at 1 p.m. in the Wallis-Stewart Chapel with Rev. Danny Henson and Dr. Telford Barrett officiating. Burial: New Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation: Monday, Nov. 21, after 5 p.m. and prior to the service Tuesday at the funeral home. Online guest book at www.wilsonfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Wilson Funeral Homes, Ringgold.

Paul McBee, 73, Rossville

Paul Edward McBee, a resident of Rossville and a native of Decherd, Tenn., died Sunday, Nov. 20. He was 73.

He was born Nov. 4, 1932 to the late Gaylor and Ela Mae McBee. He was a member of Bible Baptist Church, retired from Chattanooga Glass, and was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army.

Survivors include his wife, Marie Brnadon McBee of Rossville; two daughters and sons-in-law, Vickie M. and Richard Ellis of Rossville, Annette L. and Ira Clark of Chickamauga; son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Ellen McBee of Trenton; sister, Mildred Thurman of Rossville; two brothers, Albert McBee of McMinnville, Tenn., Ray McBee of Daytona Beach, Fla.; seven grandchildren, Alan Barnes, Amy Carroll, Daniel Hinds, Angela Stephens, Morgan Williams, Ashley McBee, Brandon McBee; two great-grandchildren, Hailey Carroll and Connor Stephens; several nieces and nephews.

Services: Wednesday, Nov. 23, at 12:30 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Revs. Burman Cape and Ricky Gravley officiating. Burial: Chattanooga National Cemetery. Visitation: Monday, Nov. 21, and Tuesday, Nov. 22, from 3-9 p.m. and Wednesday until time of service at Wilson Funeral Home, Fort Oglethorpe. Online guestbook at www.wilsonfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Wilson Funeral Home, Fort Oglethorpe.

Sandra McGee, 63, Rossville

Sandra L. McGee of Rossville died Saturday, Nov. 19, at her residence. She was 63.

She was a lifelong resident of Rossville. She was a Baptist and retired from K-Mart after 25 years of service.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe C. McGee; son, Terry Lee McGee.

Survivors include her sons, Carl McGee and David McGee; grandchildren, David Lee Shaker, Eric Shawn McGee, Bradley N. McGee, Christian Ryan McGee; great-grandchildren, Kirston Shaker and Treasure Shaker, all of Rossville, and several nieces and nephews.

Services: Tuesday, Nov. 22, at 1 p.m. at the South Crest Chapel with burial to follow at Hamilton Memorial Gardens. Visitation: Monday, Nov. 21, from noon to 8 p.m. at South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home.

Arrangements by Lane Funeral Home, Rossville.

Brandy Stapp, 27, Ringgold

Brandy Lively Stapp of Ringgold died Friday, Nov. 18. She was 27.

She had lived in the Chattanooga and north Georgia area for most of her life and was a member of Glory Road Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Johnny Stapp of Red Bank, Tenn.; daughter, Madison Niccole Stapp of Ringgold; father, Rick Lively of Harrison, Tenn.; mother and stepfather, Corina and Eddie Young of Ringgold; brother, Ricky Quinn Lively of Harrison; grandparents, Wendell and Laverne Lively of Chattanooga, Tenn.; grandmother, Winnie Jo Cureton of Rossville; grandfather and step-grandmother, James and Joan Palmer of Chickamauga.

Services: Tuesday, Nov. 22, at noon in the Fort Oglethorpe chapel with pastor Richard Kennett and Rev. Michael Lee officiating. Burial: Lakewood East Memorial Gardens. Visitation: Monday, Nov. 21, after noon and prior to the service on Tuesday at the funeral home. Online guest book at www.wilsonfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Wilson Funeral Home, Fort Oglethorpe.

Riley Stapp, 63, LaFayette

Riley D. Stapp of LaFayette died Thursday, Nov. 17, in a local hospital. He was 63.

A native of Ringgold, he had lived in Ooltewah, Tenn., for 27 years before moving to LaFayette in the past year. He was a member of Lakewood Baptist Church in Harrison and had been employed as an electrician at Astec Industries for 28 years.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Della Stapp; son, James Scott Stapp.

Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Regina Stapp; daughter, Jennifer Faith Marshall of Apison, Tenn.; sister, Juanita Green of Tunnel Hill; several nieces and nephews.

Services: Monday, Nov. 21, at 11:30 a.m. in the South Crest Chapel with burial to follow in Lakewood Memory Gardens, East. Visitation: Sunday, Nov. 20, from 2-8 p.m. at the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home.

Arrangements by Lane Funeral Home, Rossville.

Daniel Worley, 85, Ringgold

Daniel Robert Worley of Ringgold died Saturday, Nov. 19, in a local hospital. He was 85.

He was a longtime resident of north Georgia and was a veteran of the U. S. Army.

He was preceded in death by sister, Ilene Stevenson; brothers, Melton Worley and Carl Worley.

Survivors include his wife, Ludie Worley; sons, Hoyt Worley and Doyle Worley, both of Ringgold, Larry Worley of Dalton; daughters, Charlotte Whitt of Chattanooga, Tenn., Dianne Stockburger of Ringgold; brother, Bill Worley; sisters, Gladys Dycus, Lois Thompson, both of Dalton, Jessie Nester of Chattanooga, Mary Franklin of Shreveport, La.; eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Services: Tuesday, Nov. 22, at 12:30 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Dale Ashburn officiating. Burial: National Cemetery. Visitation: Monday, Nov. 21, from 2-8 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home and Crematory, Fort Oglethorpe. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Chattanooga, 4355 Highway 58, Suite 101, Chattanooga, Tenn., 37416. Condolences may be made at www.heritagefh.com.

Arrangements by Heritage Funeral Home, Fort Oglethorpe.

Posted Friday, Nov. 18, 2005

Charles Jones, 64, Ringgold

Rev. Charles G. Jones of Ringgold, known as “Stumpy” or “Papa Charles”, died Wednesday, Nov. 16. He was 64.

He was born Jan. 17, 1941 to the late Joe Weaver and Eva Sinard Jones. He was a native of the area and was loved by all who knew him. He was the assistant pastor at Graysville Baptist Church. He retired from Shaw Industries in 2000 after more than 25 years of service. He was also a member of the Masons and the Scottish Rites.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Cinda Kay Jones.

Survivors include his three sons, Rev. Jerry Jones and Rev. Charles Jones Jr., both of Ringgold, Rev. Matthew Harris of Chattanooga, Tenn.; daughter, Evamae Jones Hatcher; two brothers, James Ralph Jones, Joe Miller, all of Ringgold; sister, Frances Jones Baysinger of Ooltewah, Tenn.; three grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Services: Saturday, Nov. 19, at 1 p.m. at Graysville Baptist Church with Revs. Denny Manning and Lawrence Blackwell officiating. Burial: Anderson Memorial Gardens. Visitation: Thursday, Nov. 17, after 5 p.m., all day Friday, Nov. 18, and prior to the service on Saturday. Online guestbook at www.wilsonfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Wilson Funeral Home, Fort Oglethorpe.

Eugene Miller, 71, Rossville

Eugene Miller of Rossville died Wednesday, Nov. 16. He was 71.

He was born in Chattanooga, Tenn., and moved to Livonia, Mich., for more than 32 years, where he retired from General Motors in 1993. He was also a member of the Carpenters Union Local No. 74 and was an avid golfer, fisher and hunter.

He was preceded in death his parents, Claude and Nell Miller; sister, Evelyn Miller.

Survivors include his wife of more than 45 years, Treva Miller; son and daughter-in-law, Terry and Teresa Miller, all of Rossville; daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Marco D’Orazio of Plymouth Township, Mich.; stepson, Jerry Lawson of Rossville; brother, Kenneth Miller of East Ridge, Tenn.; five grandchildren, Terry-James Miller, Craig, Amanda and Steven Miller, Julia D’Orazio; great-granddaughter, Amber Miller; several nieces and nephews.

Services: Saturday, Nov. 19, at 1 p.m. in the Fort Oglethorpe chapel with Rev. Bert Jones officiating. Burial: Lakewood East Memorial Gardens. Visitation: Friday, Nov. 18, after 4 p.m., and prior to the service on Saturday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Wilson Funeral Home, Fort Oglethorpe.

Frank Norman, 83, Ringgold

Frank Barton Norman of Ringgold died after a short illness on Friday, Nov. 18. He was 83.

A lifelong resident of north Georgia, he served in the Pacific theater in World War II. He was of the Baptist faith and active with church for many years, playing guitar both at church and as a performing musician.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Alma; sister, Flossie Dover; daughters, Nancy Putman and Patsy Clifton; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.

Services: Monday, Nov. 21, at 11 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. Burial: Tennessee-Georgia Memorial Park. Visitation: Sunday, Nov. 20, from 1-4 p.m. at Wilson Funeral Home, Fort Oglethorpe.

Arrangements by Wilson Funeral Home, Fort Oglethorpe.

Roy Trotter, 75, Fort Oglethorpe

Roy Alfred Trotter of Fort Oglethorpe died Wednesday, Nov. 16, in a local hospital. He was 75.

He was born in Grant County, Kan., to the late Roy and Fern A. Trotter.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Keith Trotter; stepson, Johnny Bauldwin.

He retired from the U.S. military after 20 years of service in the Navy and the Air Force. He was a member of Kensington Church of God.

Survivors include his wife, Ellen Wynn Trotter of Fort Oglethorpe; stepdaughter, Pat Cross of Ringgold; two brothers, Gene Trotter of Iowa, Ken Trotter of Idaho; sister, Lou Jaymes of Nebraska; many grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Services: Friday, Nov. 18, at 12:30 p.m. in the chapel with Rev. Dennis Chambers officiating. Burial: Chattanooga National Cemetery with military honors. Visitation: Friday from 10 a.m. until service time. Online guestbook at www.wilsonfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Wilson Funeral Home, Fort Oglethorpe.

Veda Winters, 82, Rossville

Veda Brandon Winters of Rossville died Wednesday, Nov. 16. He was 82.

A native of Scottsboro, Ala., she had lived in Rossville for more than 50 years and was formerly employed in elementary education in Bryant, Ala. She was a partner with the Winter’s Co. and Citgo Shop on East 23rd Street, and was of the Church of Christ faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmor “Monk” Winters; son, Charles Winters; sisters, Velma Brandon, Cleo Owens and Jean Wright.

Survivors include her son, Jim Winters of East Ridge, Tenn.; daughter, Diana Sloan of Signal Mountain, Tenn.; grandchildren, Tara Jungersen and her husband Eric of East Brainerd, Brandon Sloan of Signal Mountain; sisters, Daisy Kirksey, Elvie Tucker, Shirley Holloway; brother, John H. Brandon; several nieces and nephews; extended and adopted family members, Barry Alford, Matt Cordell, Tosha Cochran, Sharon McAmis; many friends and acquaintances.

“Mom was a wonderful cook and loved her family so much. She loved flowers and so many times she would do without in order to give to others. Up until the last day she continued to make the effort to go to the business to be able to interact with the many people she had come to know and love throughout the years. We will miss you dearly.”

Services: Sunday, Nov. 20, at 2 p.m. in the South Crest Chapel. Burial: Monday, Nov. 21, at 11:30 a.m. at Chattanooga National Cemetery. Visitation: Friday, Nov. 18, from 5-8 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 19, from 5-8 p.m. at the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home.

Arrangements by Lane Funeral Home, Rossville.

Posted Thursday, Nov. 17, 2005

Shirley Day, 68, Fort Oglethorpe

Shirley Ruth Day of Fort Oglethorpe died Tuesday, Nov. 15, in a local hospital. She was 68.

A lifelong resident of the Chattanooga and north Georgia areas, she was employed by Erlanger Hospital for 18 years, and retired from TVA after many years of service. She attended Calvary Assembly of God in East Ridge.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Bertie Kilgo Day; three brothers, Allmon Knight, Hugh L. Knight, Richard Day; two sisters, Alene Cooper and Betty Rives.

Survivors include her sister, Frankie Davis of Hixson, Tenn.

Services: Friday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m. at the Trinity Cemetery in the Centerpost community with Rev. Jeffery Ogg officiating. Visitation: Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home.

Arrangements by Lane Funeral Home, Rossville.

Eugene Miller, 71, Rossville

Eugene Miller of Rossville died Wednesday, Nov. 16. He was 71.

He was born in Chattanooga, and moved to Livonia, Mich., for more than 32 years, where he retired from General Motors in 1993. He was also a member of the Carpenters Union Local No. 74 and was an avid golfer, fisher and hunter.

He was preceded in death his parents, Claude and Nell Miller; sister, Evelyn Miller.

Survivors include his wife of more than 45 years, Treva Miller; son and daughter-in-law, Terry and Teresa Miller, all of Rossville; daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Marco D’Orazio of Plymouth Township, Mich.; stepson, Jerry Lawson of Rossville; brother, Kenneth Miller of East Ridge, Tenn.; five grandchildren, Terry-James Miller, Craig, Amanda and Steven Miller, Julia D’Orazio; great-granddaughter, Amber Miller; several nieces and nephews.

Services: Saturday, Nov. 19, at 1 p.m. in the Fort Oglethorpe chape with Rev. Bert Jones officiating. Burial: Lakewood East Memorial Gardens. Visitation: Friday, Nov. 18, after 4 p.m., and prior to the service on Saturday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Wilson Funeral Home, Fort Oglethorpe.

Randall Morgan, 20, Trion

Randall Paul “Ran” Morgan of Trion died Monday, Nov. 14, at his residence. He was 20.

He was born May 26, 1985 in Rome, the son of Randall Marvin “Randy” Jr. and Paula Ann Brown Morgan. He was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church and was employed in construction.

Survivors include his parents, Randy and Amy Morgan of Villanow, Paula Morgan and Richard Messina of Trion; two brothers, Ryan Morgan of Trion, Matt Shaw of Villanow; two sisters, Teri Goswick and Marisa Goswick, both of Dalton.

Services: Friday, Nov. 18, at noon at Macedonia Baptist Church in Villanow with Rev. Robert Beavers officiating. Burial: New Hope Cemetery. Visitation: Thursday, Nov. 17, from 6-8 p.m. and Friday from 11 a.m. until service time at Mason Funeral Home. Active pallbearers: Justin White, Justin Beavers, Justin Patterson, Nick Amos, Jake Amos, Troy Lee. Honorary pallbearers: Cody Ramey, Ryan Morgan, Matt Shaw, John Tarvin.

Arrangements by Mason Funeral Home, Summerville.

Posted Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2005

McCoy Clark, 70, Rock Spring

McCoy Clark of Rock Spring died Tuesday, Nov. 15. He was 70.

Survivors include daughter, Nancy Compston of Rock Spring; son, Tommy Clark of Rock Spring; sister, Molee Miller of Summerville; four grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Services: Thursday, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m. at Rock Spring Cemetery with Rev. Fred Pursley officiating. Burial: Rock Spring Cemetery. Visitation: Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 7-9 p.m. Pallbearers: Mike Hogg, Calvin Lewis, Alvin Hale, Tony Jordan, David Wilson, Ricky Middlebrooks.

Arrangements by Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.

Marquita O’Neil, 45, Owensboro, Ky.

Marquita Lee O’Neil of Owensboro, Ky., died Monday, Nov. 15. She was 45.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Darla Jo Saine Lee.

Survivors include her parents, John and Carol Lee of LaFayette; longtime friend, Michael Dressel of Owensboro; sons, Tommy O’Neil of Saudi Arabia, Jimmy O’Neil of Connecticut; sisters, Amanda Parente of Connecticut, Doris Sprague of Florida; brothers, John Lee Jr. and Joseph Feero, both of LaFayette.

Services: Friday, Nov. 18, at 11 a.m. at LaFayette Memory Gardens with Rev. Charles Lee officiating. Burial: LaFayette Memory Gardens. Visitation: Thursday, Nov. 17, from 6-8 p.m. Pallbearers: James Lee, Adam Martin, Joey Barrett, T.J. Parente, Joe Feero, Kevin Feero.

Arrangements by Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.

Mary Thompson, 85, High Point

Mary Ruth Gilley Thompson of High Point died Monday, Nov. 14. She was 85.

She was born in White Oak, Tenn., to the late L.H. and Lela Hill Gilley. She was a homemaker and enjoyed sewing for her family. She was a lifelong resident of the High Point community and was a member of Chattanooga Valley Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Willard Thompson; siblings, Harry, J.T., Leonard, Clyde and Martha Lee Gilley; son-in-law, Jack Derryberry; grandson, Jason Hisey.

Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara Derryberry of Lookout Mountain, Patsy and James Stoker, Gwendolyn and Pete Hisey, all of High Point, Sherlene and James Gifford of Flintstone, Kim and Mike Stephens of High Point; sister, Elaine Parrish of High Point; brothers, Claude Gilley of High Point, Maurice Gilley of Dripping Springs, Tenn.; 15 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Services: Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 4 p.m. at Lookout Cemetery in High Point with Ronnie Fleming officiating.

Arrangements by Wilson Funeral Home

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