published Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Obituaries for April 22, 2009

HAMILTON COUNTY

Beulah Black

Beulah M. Black, 75, of Nashville, formerly of Soddy-Daisy, passed away Tuesday, April 21, 2009.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Roy Marlow.

She is survived by her sons, Mike (Patricia) Marlow, of Soddy-Daisy, Sam Marlow, of Ohio; daughter, Patricia Skow, Nashville; brothers, John, Jack and Charles Millirons; sisters, Pauline Millirons Byers, Lucenda (Kay) Millirons Fulford, Alwayne Millirons Hixson, Linda Millirons Bernard; grandchildren, Melissa (Chip) Smith, Carey Marlow; and a great-grandson, Logan Smith.

The funeral service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, April 23, 2009, at Williamson & Sons Funeral Home with the Rev. Michael Oppizzi officiating.

Interment will follow in Hamilton Memorial Gardens.

Visitation is 5 to 9 p.m. today.

Condolences and memories may be shared at www.williamsonandsons.com.

Arrangements are by Williamson & Sons Funeral Home, 8852 Dayton Pike, Soddy-Daisy, TN 37379.

Clifford Blevins

Clifford Thomas Blevins, 73, of Harrison, died Monday, April 20, 2009, at his home.

Mr. Blevins was a lifelong resident of Chattanooga and was retired from the U.S. Navy. He was the Maintenance Supervisor with Lakeshore Apartments for over 15 years. He was of the Baptist faith and was preceded in death by his wife, Vivian Ruth Blevins.

Survivors include two sons, Tim (Simone) Hobbs, Ringgold; Tom (Debbie) Hobbs, Harrison; two brothers, Charlie Blevins, Red Bank, William Blevins, Rossville; sister, Nancy Reeves, Gruetli-Laager; five grandchildren, Elizabeth Hobbs, Lynn Tipton, Lamar Johnson, Courtney Johnson and Brayden Hobbs; seven great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held 2 p.m. today in the funeral home chapel with Dr. John Oldham, D.Min officiating.

Interment will be in Chattanooga Memorial Park with military honors.

View the memorial tribute and share condolences at www.heritagefh.com.

Arrangements are by Heritage Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 7454 East Brainerd Road.

Margaret Boss

Margaret Elizabeth Boss, 89, of Signal Mountain, went to Heaven Monday, April 20, 2009, in a local hospital.

Memorial services will be announced by Lane Funeral Home, Coulter Chapel.

George Carpenter

George W. Carpenter, 66, of Chattanooga, died Saturday, April 18, 2009, of complications from a lengthy battle with Parkinson's Disease.

He was a well-respected attorney with a career that spanned over 35 years. Mr. Carpenter graduated from the University of Chattanooga, where he served as his class president. He earned his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Samuel Carpenter and Mauraine Welch Carpenter.

Survivors include his wife of three years, Glenda "Suzy" Carpenter; daughter, Kim Cocker Gravitt (Aaron); daughter, Lucy Wright-Crim (Scott) Crim; daughter, Katie Boshardy; son, Clay (Shannon) Carpenter; daughter, Perri Carpenter; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and several brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews.

The family will hold a celebration of life ceremony Wednesday, April 29, at 11 a.m. in the chapel of First-Centenary United Methodist Church with Rev. David Harr and Rev. and Hon. Samuel H. Payne officiating.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, P.O. Box 780, New York, N.Y. 10008.

Guy Chastain

Guy Lee Chastain, 82, passed away Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at his home in Ooltewah.

Mr. Chastain was retired from T.U. Parks Construction and attended Woodland Park Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Navy veteran having served during WWII and stationed in Guam.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Al and Omega Chastain; and daughter, Chris Ann Chastain.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Alma Chastain; sons and daughters-in-law, Mitch Chastain, Mike and Laura Chastain, Stewart and Jennifer Chastain; five grandchildren, Jennifer, Brad, Brayden, Rebekah and Addison Chastain; brother, Ewell Chastain and wife, Betty; sisters, Juanita Morris, Linda Carter and husband Doug.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Heritage Funeral Home Chapel.

Interment will follow in Chattanooga National Cemetery with Mitch, Mike, Stewart, Brad and Jennifer Chastain, and Chuck Colquitt serving as pallbearers.

Honorary pallbearers will be Charlie Potts, Ewell Chastain, Will Mills, Bob Wilson, and Steve Wilson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Avalon Hospice, 7625 Hamilton Park Drive, Chattanooga, TN 37421.

Visit www.heritagefh.com to share condolences.

The family will receive friends 5-8 p.m. today at Heritage Funeral Home, 7454 East Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421.

Edwin Duckett

Edwin Buford Duckett, 94, of Chattanooga, passed away on Saturday, April 18, 2009, at his residence.

Mr. Duckett was born in Chattanooga to James and Edith Duckett. He was a member of the First Baptist Church where he belonged to the Steadfast Sunday School Class. He was a WWII U.S. Navy veteran, member of the Chattanooga Yacht Club, and was the owner of The Electric Service and Equipment Co. in Chattanooga.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Bonnie Sue Duckett; sons, James Benjamin Duckett and Edwin Buford Duckett; and grandchild, Susan Joy Duckett.

He is survived by his children, Christine Claytor, Fred (wife, Joy) Duckett, John Duckett and Mark Duckett; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; also devoted caregivers, Karen Goins, Kim Buxton, Carol Ray, Agnes Machoka and Beverly Pemberton.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 24, 2009, at the First Baptist Church, McEwen Chapel with Dr. Gary Carver officiating.

Burial will follow at Chattanooga National Cemetery with American Legion Post 95 providing military honors.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home and from noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday at the church.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Chattanooga, P.O. Box 19269, Chattanooga, TN 37416.

Arrangements are by the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 404 S. Moore Road.

David Durham

David Lee Durham, 78, of Chattanooga, went home to be with the Lord, Saturday, April 18, 2009. He died of heart failure following an illness from a stroke.

He was born July 20, 1930 in Chattanooga. He graduated from Kirkman High School. Trained as a printer. He retired from Williams Co. and previously worked for Starkey Printing Co. He attended Tyner United Methodist Church in Chattanooga. He was married to Mary Durham for 56 years.

Some of David's passions included spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, storytelling, photography, listening to classical music, writing short stories and poetry, and working in his yard and garden. For many years he was a cave explorer and cyclist. David was a loving husband, devoted father, and caring grandfather with gentleness and kindness as an inspiration to his family, friends and those he met each day. His family will miss him every day. His memory remains in their hearts forever.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George Wallace Durham and Gladys Delois Martin Sexton; brother, Richard Warren Durham; and sister, Barbara Jean Tarpley.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Durham, of Chattanooga; his sons, James Gann and Rick Durham; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and sisters, Shirley Ramsey and Carol Irvin.

A private family service was held at 2 p.m. today, April 21, in the Chapel of Devotion.

Interment followed in Hamilton Memorial Garden cemetery.

Eddie Farr

Roy Edwin "Eddie" Farr Jr., 57, of Chattanooga, passed away on Monday, April 20, 2009, at a local hospital.

Mr. Farr was born in Kansas City, Mo., to Betty and Roy Edwin Farr Sr. He was a longtime resident of Orange Grove Center, a member of Hephzibah Home Ministries and enjoyed people, church, music, and his caregivers at Orange Grove.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Jeannie Marie Farr.

Surviving are his stepmother, Barbara Farr; stepsisters, Kathy Petrich, Patricia Orjasaeter, Nanci Holden and Michelle Jeansonne; nephew, Sole Farr; and numerous cousins.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Orange Grove Center Inc., 615 Derby St., Chattanooga, TN 37404.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Burial will follow at Chattanooga National Cemetery.

Please share your thoughts and condolences at www.mem.com.

Arrangements are by the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 404 S. Moore Road.

David Frank

David Wayne Frank, 48, of Ooltewah, passed away Monday, April 20, 2009.

He was always happy go-lucky and he will be missed by everyone who knew him.

Survivors include his mother, Martha Frank; father, Clarence "Butch" Frank; two brothers, Bobby "Shorty" Frank, Clarence "Punkin" Frank Jr.; sister, Theresa "Sissy" Browning, sister-in-law, Kelly Frank; three nieces, Ashley Higdon, Brittni Frank, Morgan Frank; and nephew, Tyler Browning.

Funeral services will be held 5 p.m. Thursday in the Valley View Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home with Pastor Scott White officiating.

The family will receive friends from 1-5 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Please share your thoughts and memories online at www.mem.com.

Arrangements by Chattanooga Funeral Home, Valley View Chapel, 7414 Old Lee Highway.

Patricia Hiemenz

Patricia Hiemenz died on Saturday, April 18, 2009.

She was born July 9, 1914, in Frostburg, Md., the daughter of Ida and James Conway, the third of seven girls and also had three brothers. She was a member of the Frostburg, Md., High School state championship basketball team.

She was married in 1940 to Francis X. Hiemenz, who survives her. During her years living in Danville, Va., she was an accomplished floral arranger and became a member of the Ladies of Charity of Chattanooga working in the soup kitchen. She was a longtime member of St. Stephen's Catholic Church. She is also survived by Mamie Evans, her sister.

Funeral arrangements are to be private.

Arrangements by Heritage Funeral Home, East Brainerd Road.

Gerald Hiera

Gerald J. "Gery" Hiera, 67, Vietnam Army vet, of Chattanooga, former Chicago resident of 51 years, died Saturday, April 18, 2009.

Survivors wife of 43 years, Joanne Ries Hiera; children, Stacy, Sean (Laine) and Suzanne (Paul); Proud grandfather of Jacob.

Gery was the proud and active owner of Memorable Events of Chattanooga, providing "Miles of Smiles" to many children across the area.

Funeral 8:30 a.m. today, April 22, at Colonial-Wojciechowski Funeral Home, 6250 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago.

Interment Memory Gardens Cemetery, Arlington Heights, Ill.

A Memorial Service will follow at a later date at St. Jude Catholic Church, Hixson.

Info 773-774-0366 or www.colonial funeral.com.

Marjorie Hitchcock

Marjorie Inez Hitchcock, 95, of Red Bank, went to be with the Lord Monday, April 20, 2009, at Health Center at Standifer Place.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. today at Lane Funeral Home, Coulter Chapel with Rev. Cal Boroughs and Rev. Everett Gossett officiating.

Interment will be in Chattanooga Memorial Park.

Visit our guestbook at www.lane-coulterchapel.com to send condolences.

Arrangements are by Lane Funeral Home, Coulter Chapel, 601 Ashland Terrace.

Idella Hollie

Idella Hollie, 94, passed on Monday, April 20, 2009, in Chattanooga.

Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Ave., 622-9995.

Melinda Hunter

Melinda Dean Hunter, 52, of Chattanooga passed away Saturday, April 18, 2009 at her home.

She was born Jan. 27, 1957 in St. Petersburg, Fla., to Virgil Lee Carlton and the late Margaret White Carlton.

Mrs. Hunter was a member of Collegedale Seventh-day Adventist Church and was a 2005 graduate of Southern Adventist University earning her BSN.

She was a Registered Nurse in the Intensive Care Unit of Memorial North Park Hospital.

Survivors include her husband of 30 years, Thomas M. Hunter; children, Christopher Thomas Hunter, Erin Michelle North, Daniel Craig Hunter and Brent Alexander Hunter, all of Chattanooga; father, Virgil Carlton, of St. Petersburg, Fla.; brothers, Ashley Ray Carlton, of Cleveland; Brett Lee Carlton, of Chattanooga.

Funeral services will be held today, April 22, 2009 at 2 p.m. in the East Brainerd Chapel with Pastor Jim Herman and Professor Richard Cadavero officiating.

Burial will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery.

The family will receive friends today from 1-2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund may be made online at www.ovariancancerresearch.com.

Please share your thoughts and memories at www.mem.com.

Arrangements are by Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 8214 East Brainerd Road, Chattanooga.

Anthony Jones

Anthony Jones, 54, passed Tuesday, April 21, 2009, at his residence.

Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Ave., 622-9995.

Corean Jones

Sister Corean Rice Jones, 75, was called her to eternal rest by her Lord on Sunday, April 19, 2009, in Chattanooga, at the residence of her daughter and son-in-law, Kenneth and Cheryl Smith.

She was born in Madison County, Ala. on Feb. 22, 1934 to the late Dave Rice Jr. and Willie Lee Walton Rice.

Corean was a faithful and very active member of St. Jude Cumberland Presbyterian Church in America until her health failed. She also retired from the Alton Park Health Center/Erlanger Hospital after many years of dedicated service. She was a loving sister, aunt, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and was truly devoted to her family.

Corean was preceded in death by not only her parents, but by 10 siblings.

Survivors who cherish the memory of her LOVE include two daughters, Marguerite Sanderfer and Cheryl (Kenneth) Smith, both of Chattanooga; two sons, Jim Jones Jr., of Atlanta, and Darrell Jones Sr., of Chattanooga; seven grandchildren, LaTrina Coleman, Larry Sanderfer Jr., Kenneth Smith Jr., La'Trenita (Kenneth) McDonald, Trevil Smith, Latisha Smith and Darrell Jones Jr., all of Chattanooga; seven great-grandchildren; five sisters, Berta Scruggs, Rev. Willie Kate McField, Mary Caudle, all of Chattanooga, Emma Fletcher, of Triana, Ala., and Fannie (Gilbert) Jones, of Florida; brother, William (Eva Kate) Rice Sr., of Chattanooga; and sister-in-law, Anna Mae Rice, of Chattanooga; and a devoted ex-husband, Jim Jones Sr. and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and devoted friends.

Funeral services will be held at noon Thursday, April 23, 2009, at John P. Franklin Funeral Home with the Rev. Harris Toney officiating.

Interment in Forest Hills Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6-7 p.m. today at John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Ave., 622-9995.

Joe Massengale Jr.

Joe "J.C." Crawford Massengale Jr., 73, of Hixson, passed away Monday, April 20, 2009, in an area hospital.

Mr. Massengale retired from Signal Plating.

Survivors include his wife, Sharon Massengale, of Hixson; sons, Jeremy Hicks, of Hixson; Roland Massengale and Ronnie Massengale, both of Dunlap and Alvin Murdock, of Washington; daughters, Kimberly Massengale, Rebecca Massengale, Crystal Milliken and Linda Hendricks, all of Hixson and Deena Hicks, of Whitwell; brothers, Clifford Massengale, of Suck Creek and Bill Massengale, of Chattanooga; sisters, Rosalee Weaver, of Alabama and Shirlene Saynes, of Chattanooga; 11 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Grandview Church of God with Rev. Mark Woody officiating.

Interment will follow in McNabb Cemetery.

The family will receive friends after 3 p.m. today and all day on Thursday at Grandview Church of God.

Arrangements are by locally owned and operated Legacy Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 8911 Dallas Hollow Road, Soddy-Daisy. We invite you to share your thoughts and memories with the family at www.legacyfuneralhome.com. 24 hour obituary line 843-5055.

Paul O'Rear

Paul Robert O'Rear, 87, of Chattanooga, died Tuesday, April 21, 2009.

He was a Word War II veteran, retired from Combustion Engineering after 27 years of service, and a member of Smith Chapel United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Kelly and Cora O'Rear; brothers, Marvin, Kenneth, and Raymond O'Rear.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Virginia O'Rear; sons, Danny O'Rear, of Soddy-Daisy; Bobby O'Rear, of Savannah, Ga.; daughter, Pam DeVoss, of Plymouth, Mass.; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sister, Norma Mahaffey, of Chattanooga.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 1 p.m. in the East Brainerd Chapel with the Rev. Hugh Hendrickson officiating.

Burial will follow at Chattanooga National Cemetery.

Visitation will be Thursday from 5-8 p.m. and Friday from noon-1 p.m. at the funeral home.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Hospice of Chattanooga.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Smith Chapel United Methodis Church, 4245 Stewart Road, Tunnel Hill, GA 30755.

Please share your thoughts and memories at www.mem.com.

Arrangements are by Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist, 8214 East Brainerd Road, Chattanooga.

Dr. Wilhelmus Schaffers

Dr. Wilhelmus "Wim" Johan Schaffers, 81, of Lookout Mountain, Ga., went home to be with our Lord on Monday, April 20, 2009, at his home.

Born in Haarlem, the Netherlands, on Dec. 6, 1927, Dr. Schaffers received his bachelors and masters degrees from the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. He worked as an engineer for Dutch State Mines before moving to this country in 1957, with his wife, Nel, and two oldest children, at the invitation of the DuPont Co.

Dr. Schaffers worked as an engineering manager for DuPont in Wilmington, Del. for 35 years and in 1966 received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Delaware. After his retirement in 1992, Dr. Schaffers served a second career as a professor of mathematics at Covenant College on Lookout Mountain, Ga., for 15 years, where he was instrumental in expanding the Mathematics Department.

Dr. Schaffers was a member of Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church where he served as an elder. He was a long standing member of the Dead Theologians Society, studying the works of the Puritans.

Surviving him are his wife, Nel Schaffers; daughters, Elsbeth Codington and husband, Lewis, of Franklin, Tenn., Wilma Roberts and husband, John, of Tokyo, Japan, and Corlien Horsky and husband, Glenn, of Wilmington, Del.; sons, Andy Schaffers and wife, Sharon, of Chattanooga, and Wim Schaffers and wife, Karen, of Wayland, Mass.; sister, Anneke Thompson, of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada; brothers-in-law, Pieter de Rijke, of Marietta, Ga., and Frans de Rijke, of Numansdorp, the Netherlands; 29 grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Friday, April 24 at 11 a.m. at Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Joe Novenson officiating.

Burial will follow at the Forest Hills Cemetery for family and close friends.

The family will receive friends on Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and on Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. at Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church.

Memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, may be sent to the Dr. W.J. Schaffers Mathematics Scholarship Fund at Covenant College, 14049 Scenic Highway, Lookout Mountain, GA 30750.

Visit www.heritagefh.com to share condolences.

Arrangements are by Heritage Funeral Home, Battlefield Parkway Chapel.

McClain Stoudemire

McClain Stoudemire, 51, passed Sunday, April 12, 2009, at a local hospital.

McClain "Tree-Man" Stoudemire was originally from Prattville, Ala., and later moved to Chattanooga with his family.

Survivors: sisters, Patricia (Bill) Williams, Lorraine Stoudemire, Halcy (Roy Jean) Stoudemire, Linda (Hosea) Stoudemire and Janice Stoudemire; brothers, Derrick (Jeanett) Stoudemire and Ira J. Stoudemire, all of Chattanooga; aunts, Mary Brown, Prattville, Ala., Josey Henderson, Ann (Leco) Walker, Chicago, Ill. And a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends.

Funeral services will be noon Thursday, April 23, 2009, at Reuben Strickland Memorial Chapel with Elder Anthony Williams, officiating.

Public may view Thursday, April 23, 2009 one hour prior to service at Reuben Strickland Memorial Chapel.

Zora Whalen

Zora Azalee Whalen, 91, of Soddy-Daisy, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 21, 2009, at her residence.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by locally owned and operated Legacy Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Soddy-Daisy, www.legacyfuneralhome.com. 24 hour obituary line 843-5055.

Thomas Williams

Thomas Williams, of Chattanooga, passed away, Tuesday, April 21, 2009 in a local hospital.

Arrangements will be announced by Taylor Funeral Home of Chattanooga Inc.

TENNESSEE

Mary Carvin

CHARLESTON -- Mary E. Carvin, 77, died Monday, April 20, 2009.

Survivors include husband, James Carvin; sons, W.R. Cullins Jr., Gary Cullins and Mitch Cullins; five grandchildren; brother, Claude "Red" Wallace.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Ralph Buckner Funeral Home.

Visitation is 6-8 p.m. today.

Barbara Elliott

CLEVELAND -- Barbara A. Elliott, 77, died Tuesday, April 21, 2009.

Survivors include children, Rick Elliott, Jerry Elliott and Angie Boyd; 10 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; three sisters; and four brothers.

Funeral services will be at Ralph Buckner Funeral Home at 3 p.m. Thursday.

Visitation is today from 6-8:30 p.m.

Ruth McLemore

WHITWELL -- Ruth P. "Nanny Ruth" McLemore, 89, died Tuesday, April 21, 2009.

She attended Red Hill Community Church and was a member of Circle of Friends.

Nanny Ruth touched many lives through her embroidery with each stitch she sewed.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert McLemore; brothers, John Poe, Jim Poe; sister, June Poe; granddaughter, Susan Benjamin.

Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Louise (Paul) Kling; Judy (Jim) French, Ann (Junior) Bearden; son, Tommy and Patty; brother and sister-in-law, Luke (Lucinda) Poe; grandchildren, Tammy, Debbie, Eddie, Donna, Pam, David, Laura, Amy, Tina, Melanie; great-grandchildren, Scott, Madelyn, Leanne, April, Ashley, Johnny, Brian, Colton, Jacob, Jessica, Dereck, Jack, Dalton, Braxton, Grace, Ailey, Phillip and Nicole; and special friend, Henrietta Yell; several nieces and nephews.

Family will receive friends 10-9 p.m. CDT today, April 22.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. CDT Thursday, April 23, in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Brad Bryant officiating.

Interment at Whitwell Memorial Cemetery.

Arrangements are by Whitwell Memorial Funeral Home 423-658-7777.

Joe Mullins

ATHENS -- Joe H. Mullins, 71, passed away Saturday, April 18, 2009, at Rhea Medical Center in Dayton.

He was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church in Cleveland. He was retired from Norfolk Southern Railroad. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of the Masonic Lodge in Meigs County.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lige and Artie Mullins; and a brother, Lige G. Mullins.

Survivors include his son, Timothy J. Mullins and his wife, Joyce; two stepgrandchildren and two stepgreat-grandchildren, all of Cleveland; a sister, Nancy Jackson and her husband, Clayton, of Athens; and several nieces and nephews.

There will be a memorial service, Saturday, April 25, 2009 at 1 p.m. at Georgetown Baptist Church with Dr. Reed Wright officiating.

We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Mullins family guestbook at www.ralphbuckner.com.

Ralph Buckner Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Charles Phillips

DUNLAP -- Charles Lee Phillips, 63, died at his residence Saturday, April 18, 2009, as the result of a fire.

Mr. Phillips was preceded in death by his father, William Anderson Phillips; brothers, Jimmy Clyde Phillips and William Edward Phillips.

Survivors include his fiancée, Deborah Hobson, Murfreesboro; mother, Margaret Henry Phillips; daughter, Leanna Driggers, Chattanooga; brother, Randall (Mamie) Phillips; sister, Nancy (Don) Herron, both of Dunlap; grandchildren Jana Driggers and Jake Childress; special nephews, Randy and Bill Phillips; and other nieces and nephews.

Funeral services are will be 1 p.m. CDT Thursday in Ewton Funeral Home Chapel with Brother James Dunn officiating.

Burial in Condra Cemetery.

Visitation: 6-8 p.m. CDT today, 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. CDT Thursday.

Online guestbook at www.ewtonfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Ewton Funeral Home, 6936 Highway 28, Dunlap, TN 37327, 423-949-2112.

GEORGIA

Bill Brown

ROSSVILLE -- William "Bill" Donald Brown, 71, well known North Georgia pharmacist, passed away Monday, April 20, 2009, at his residence.

Bill was a lifetime resident of the Chattanooga North Georgia area and member of Grace Episcopal. He was former owner and operator of John Ross Pharmacy for many years. Bill had been a member of the Rossville Exchange Club where he had received their highest honor "Book of Golden Deeds". He had served the club as president and served the Georgia Exchange Clubs as president and District Director for the state. Bill had served Hutcheson Medical Center as chairman of the board and various committees of the hospital board, for many years. He was a former board member of the Walker County Board of Health and the Department of Family and Children's Services of Walker County. Bill has served on the board of Community Bank (formerly Rossville Bank).

He is survived by wife, Jan Campbell Brown; son, Donald G. (Teresa) Brown, Ringgold, daughter, Denita E. Brown, Ringgold, grandchildren, Billy (Amanda) and Brittany Gaines, both of Fort Oglethorpe; sister, Martha Evans, Newark, Ark.; special aunt, Virgie Brown, Ringgold; and special cousins, Jimmie Ann Brown, Ringgold, Linda Morrison (Dale), Chickamauga.

Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Neal Brown officiating.

Interment in Tennessee-Georgia Memorial Park.

Visit www.heritagefh.com to view memorial tribute and share condolences.

Special thanks to Hospice of Chattanooga, Dr. David Elias, Dr. Noel Scidmore, the Doctors and staff of Erlanger Hospital, love and gratitude to the "Rowdy Girls" the Campbell and Hughey families, and Martha Eaves.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Chattanooga, 4411 Oakwood Drive, Chattanooga, TN 37416, Al Millard Stocking Full of Love, P.O. Box 767, LaFayette, GA 30728, or charity of your choice.

The family will receive friends from 2-8 p.m. today and from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday at Heritage Funeral Home & Crematory, Battlefield Parkway.

Melvin Bruce

LaFAYETTE -- Melvin Ray Bruce, 86, died Monday, April 20, 2009.

Survivors: wife, Jimmie Bruce, brothers, Roy (Shelby) Bruce, Guy (Louise) Bruce Jr.

Graveside 11 a.m. today at Chattooga Baptist Church Cemetery Conducted by Ken Bruce.

No Visitation.

In lieu of flowers donations to Chattooga Baptist Church Cemetery.

Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home.

Tubby Clark

LaFAYETTE -- Tubby Clark, 77, died Tuesday April 21, 2009.

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Wallis Memorial Chapel. Service conducted by Rev. Rickey Clark.

Interment will be in Naomi Cemetery.

Visitation will be 5-9 p.m. today.

Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home LaFayette.

Kenneth Ellis

ROSSVILLE -- Kenneth Orville Ellis, 79, passed away Tuesday, April 21, 2009, at his residence.

A native and lifelong resident of the north Georgia area, Mr. Ellis was a retired letter carrier with the U.S. Postal Service, having worked with the Rossville Post Office for many years. He was a Sergeant with the U.S. Air Force and was of the Catholic faith.

Mr. Ellis was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy Lou Ellis; and brother, Marion Ellis.

Survivors include his children, Michael Ellis, LuAnn Ellis, Katherine Davis and Sharon Childress; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. in the South Crest Chapel with Father Liam Coyne officiating.

Burial will follow in Chattanooga National Cemetery with full military honors.

To share your thoughts and memories, visit his on-line memorial at www.lane-southcrestchapel.com.

The family will receive friends today from 4-8 p.m. at the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home & Crematory, Rossville.

Norman Ham

FORT OGLEHTORPE -- Norman Ham, 69, died Monday, April 20, 2009.

A native of Pasadena, Calif., he had lived in North Georgia for the past nine years. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a lifetime member of American Legion Post 40.

Graveside services will be at 12:30 p.m. today at National Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from noon-1 p.m. today at Heritage Funeral Home & Crematory, Battlefield Parkway.

Michael Hampton

ROSSVILLE -- Michael Steven Hampton, 51, died Monday, April 20, 2009.

Survived by his daughter, Stephanie Hampton, of Rossville; son, Steven Hampton, of Chattanooga; sister, JoAnn and husband, Rodney Hall, of Gainesville, Texas, and Kathy Stevens, of Rossville; brothers, Wes Hampton, of Rossville, Danny and wife, Bobbie Hampton, of Rising Fawn, and Tim and wife, Charla Hampton, of Soddy-Daisy; grandchild, Brianna Atwood, several nieces and nephews also survive.

Memorial service at the Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home Saturday at 1 p.m.

There will be no visitation.

Ronnie Pickel

CHICKAMAUGA -- Ronnie Pickel, 72, passed away Saturday, April 18, 2009.

There will be a memorial service celebrating his life Saturday, April 25, 2009, at 5 p.m. at Cornerstone Church.

James Ramey

RINGGOLD -- James F. Ramey, 75, passed away Sunday evening, April 19, 2009, at his residence.

Mr. Ramey was the son of the late Ruby Agnes Tatum and George F. Ramey of Walker County. He was in the Air Force from 1951-1961 and previously worked for Combustion in Chattanooga. James was a resident, farmer, and poultry grower in Catoosa Co. since 1971 Alongside his youngest daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Mark Altman, they operated North Georgia Dairy and Poultry for 20 years. For the last 15 years, he and his grandson, James Lyles, have worked together and expanded the business, now known as Dry Creek Farm, where the family still resides.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Joyce Ramey, of Ringgold; three daughters, Ruby Meehan and her husband, Dan, of Lorton, Va., Lynn Palmer, of Ringgold, and Lisa Altman and her husband, Mark, of Cleveland; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; two sisters, Joyce Nichol, of Avenal, Calif., and Ann Robison, of Ocachobee, Fla.; several nieces and nephews also survive.

There will be no service.

Memorial can be made to ALS GA Chapter; website: ALSAGA.org.

Arrangements by Jim Rush Funeral Home, Cleveland.

Ernest Schrader

ROSSVILLE -- Ernest Leon Schrader, 84, passed away Sunday, April 19, 2009, at Hutcheson Medical Center.

Services will be 2 p.m. today in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Lee Griggs and the Rev. Dwayne Boudreaux officiating.

Interment in Tennessee-Georgia Memorial Park.

Visit www.heritagefh.com to view memorial tribute and share condolences.

The family will receive friends from noon-2 p.m. today at Heritage Funeral Home & Crematory, Battlefield Parkway.

Gertrude Trotter

FLINTSTONE -- Gertrude Potts Trotter, 73, passed away Tuesday, April 21, 2009, in a local health care facility.

She was a native and lifelong resident of Chattanooga and North Georgia. She was retired from AT&T phone center, had been a substitute teacher in Walker County School System, worked at Ed Jorge's Carpet Mills and later retired from Joe Johnson Mental Health Center. She was a member of Chattanooga Valley Baptist Church having served as a choir member, Sunday School teacher, Ladies Trio, and sang as a duet with her late husband. They loved to sing, and their signature song "The Family of God" became their most requested.

She had a strong Christian faith, and had been a mentor and confidant to many over the years. She loved to read and enjoyed historical novels. She especially loved nature and was a bird watcher.

She was preceded in death by her husband, M.C. Trotter Jr.; parents, Rev. Amos and Mildred Potts; daughter, Sandi Watkins; and sisters, Reba Harrison and Martha Gentry.

Survivors include her daughter, Kathy (Tom) Dunnigan; son, Mike (Judy) Trotter; grandchildren, Summer Watkins, Jason Trotter, Alan Brown, Michael and Jody Dunnigan; great-grandchild, Walker Brown; sisters, Louise Kean and Mary Smith; extended relatives include Roy Deason and Donna Cook and their families; special cousin, Henry (Ellen Jean) McSpadden; lifelong friend, Betty Carpenter; and several nieces and nephews.

Please join us as we "celebrate" Gertie's Homegoing to her lord and savior on Thursday, April 23, 2009 at 11 a.m. in the South Crest Chapel with the Rev. Dewayne Boudreaux and Brother Bill Morgan officiating. Music will be by Jan Pilgrim and Flavia Fleming.

Burial will follow in Forest Hills Cemetery.

To share your thoughts & memories, visit www.lane-southcrestchapel.com.

The family will receive friends today from 4-8 p.m. at the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home & Crematory, Rossville.

ALABAMA

Raymon Ellis

BRYANT -- John Raymon Ellis, 78, passed away Tuesday, April 21, 2009.

He was retired from Coors Electronics in Chattanooga and was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Raymon enjoyed country music and was a musician, singer and songwriter.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mary Ellis; and sister, Eunice Ellis.

Survivors include his loving wife of 54 years, Shirley Ellis; daughter and husband, Marianne and Chris Rogers, Bryant; son and wife, Danny and Linda Ellis, Trenton; three grandchildren, Bryson and wife, Alisa Rogers, Brodie Rogers and Brilee Rogers, several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. EDT Thursday in Moore Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ben Jones and the Rev. Darren Rogers officiating.

Entombment will follow in Ebenezer Cemetery.

Visitation 4-9 p.m. today and 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday.

Arrangements by Moore Funeral Home, Bryant.

Guy Phillips

PISGAH -- Guy Eula Phillips, 88, passed away Sunday, April 19, 2009, in Scottsboro.

Her service will be Friday April 24, 2009 at 1 p.m. CDT in Kerby Funeral Home Chapel.

Interment in Friendship Cemetery in Pisgah.

Bradford Wilbanks

VALLEY HEAD -- Bradford Leander Wilbanks, 60, died Monday, April 20 at Dekalb Regional.

Mr. Wilbanks had worked in maintenance for over 20 years at Shaw Industries.

Survivors include wife, Elaine Brown Wilbanks; daughter, Candice Wilbanks, Powell; son and daughter-in-law, Corey and Nakota Wilbanks, Rainsville; mother, Ruth Wilbanks; brother, Douglas Wilbanks, Fort Payne; sisters, Regina McAbee, Alaska, Glenda Keel, Fort Payne, Jackie Fields, Kim Brown and Sharon Doss, all of Henagar, Sonya Chapin, Tuscaloosa; grandchildren, Brenden Wilbanks, Alaric Outen.

Funeral services will be Thursday, at 2 p.m. CST at Corner Stone Funeral Chapel with Brother Gerald Dukes and Brother Ira Brock.

Burial to follow in Pea Ridge Cemetery.

Family will receive friends from noon to 8 p.m. today.

OTHER AREAS

John Schrink

GAUTIER, Miss.— John Richard Schrink, 70, died Sunday, April 19, 2009, at Ocean Springs Hospital.

He was born June 27, 1938 in Redlands, Calif.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joel Joseph Schrink, Robbie Lou Williams-Rinker and Vivian Schrink Depue; a son, Richard Scott Schrink; and a grandson, Nicholas Dale Kemp.

He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Barbara J. Schrink; daughter, Susan Holland Rainey (Mrs. Robert H. Rainey Jr.), of Arlington, Va.; son, John Steven Devron, of Canoga Park, Calif.; daughter, Lisa Schrink McCusker (Mrs. John L. McCusker) of Gautier. His beloved grandchildren are Virginia Corinne Kemp, Madeline Holland Rainey, John-Michael A. McCusker and Aidan Joseph McCusker.

John graduated from Northrop Institute of Technology in Los Angeles, with a bachelor of science degree in Aeronautical Engineering. He worked for Space General and AeroJet General in rocketry research in the 1960s and holds a patent for development of a seal used on hydrofoil boats.

John moved to the Mississippi Gulf Coast in 1971, working at Ingalls Shipbuilding in quality assurance, the program office and engineering, and retired as a senior engineering specialist in 2002. John served as president of Toastmasters International in Los Angeles and chairman of the board for the Gautier Utility District. He was a member of the American Society of Naval Architects. John was instrumental in the formation of the Jackson County Sheriff's Flotilla dive/rescue team and was an active scuba diver and dive master for more than 35 years. He also was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Gautier, where he served faithfully as chairman of the administrative council, member of the Board of Trustees and Sunday School Superintendent.

A devoted husband, father and friend to many, John loved boating, making model airplanes, and spending time with his family and his church. His love of motorcycles led him to become a charter member of God's Gulf Riders, the local chapter of the Christian Motorcycle Association. He brought laughter and comfort to countless patients and staff with his volunteer work with Ocean Springs Hospital Auxiliary, where he was fondly known as one of the "goofy hat guys". He woke each morning determined to share a smile with everyone who crossed the path and lend a hand to those in need.

Services at 2 p.m. today at First United Methodist Church will be conducted by the Rev. M.L. McCormick, the Rev. Ron Stanley and the Rev. James Salter.

Interment will be at Crestlawn Memorial Park, Garden of the Cross, Highway 90, Ocean Spring, Miss.

Pallbearers will be Mr. Roland Ballow, Mr. Charles Pinion, Mr. Shane Mixon, Mr. Larry Teedsdale, Mr. Ken Aresenaux, Mr. Denny Engle.

Honorary pallbearers will be Mr. Bernie Phillips, Mr. Dewey Murren and the members of the Friendship Sunday School ClassGautier First United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the Building Fund of Gautier First United Methodist Church, 2717 Highway 90, Gautier, MS 39553 or the National Kidney Foundation Inc., 30 East 33rd St., New York, NY 10016.

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