published Sunday, November 15th, 2009

Obituaries for November 15, 2009

HAMILTON COUNTY

John Abbott

John Edward Abbott, 58, of Chattanooga, passed away on Friday, Nov. 13, 2009.

He was born in Chattanooga and lived in Red Bank all of his life. John was a 1969 graduate of Red Bank High School. He worked at BASF over 30 years.

John was preceded in death by his father, James Marvin Abbott Sr.

He is survived by his mother, Sarah Abbott; brothers, Jim (Jeanne) Abbott and Jerry (Carol) Abbott; sister, Judy (Bill) Floyd.

The family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m. today and 10-11 a.m. on Monday at the North Chapel.

Services for John will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday at the North Chapel with the Rev. Terry Shannon officiating.

Burial will follow in Hamilton Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in John’s name to T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital.

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

Arrangements are by the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist.

William Andrews

William Charles Andrews, 84, passed away Friday, Nov. 13, 2009, in a local health care facility.

Arrangements will be announced by J. Avery Bryan Funeral Home, 1914 McCallie Ave., 423-266-2131.

Nancy Arnold

Nancy C. Arnold, of Chattanooga, died Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009, at her residence.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by Hardwick & Sons Funeral Home.

Georgia Burton

Georgia M. Burton, 88, of Birchwood, passed away Friday, Nov. 13, 2009, in a Chattanooga hospital.

She was a member of Burdette Baptist Church for over 50 years. She was known as a caretaker of her family and friends and as a wonderful homemaker.

Her parents, Fred and Eva Friddell Pendergrass, preceded her in death; as well as her husband, Ed Burton; three brothers; and two sisters.

She is survived by two daughters, Shirley Swafford, of Ooltewah, and Geraldine Isham, of Rockwood, Tenn.; seven grandchildren, Steve Swafford, of Georgetown, Mitchell Swafford, of Ooltewah, Doug Swafford, of Signal Mountain, Carrie Mullis, of Kingston, Tenn., Jackie Golliher, of Rockwood, Tim Bandy, of Kingston, and Scott Bandy, of Oak Ridge, Tenn.; one sister, Grace “Kewpie” McKenzie, of East Ridge; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday at the Burdette Baptist Church with Pastor David Evans and Pastor Ray Edwards officiating.

Interment will follow in McInturff Cemetery concluding with a white dove release ceremony.

Steve Swafford, Mitchell Swafford, Doug Swafford, Ryan Swafford, Tim Bandy, Scott Bandy, Charlie Mullis and Andy Mullis will serve as pallbearers.

Her family will receive friends from 2-6 p.m. today at Ralph Buckner Funeral Home and also on Monday at the church for one hour prior to the service.

We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Burton family guest book at www.ralphbuckner.com.

Earline Campbell

Earline Campbell, 75, of East Ridge, passed away Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009, at her residence.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday in the South Crest Chapel with Dr. David Harr officiating.

Interment will follow in Chattanooga National Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to www.lane-southcrestchapel.com.

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

Gene Clift

Gene Clift, 78, a native of Soddy-Daisy, passed away Friday, Nov. 6, 2009, at a Charlotte, N.C. hospital.

Gene was a government employee with 42 years service including 21 years in the U.S. Air Force.

He was the son of the late Benjamin Clift and Lillian Hunter Clift. Also predeceasing him were his brother, Eric Clift; and sister, Dorthea Clift Gann.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Foster Clift; daughters, Sandra (Matt) Salisbury, Charlotte, N.C., Patricia Clift Deerwester, Pinehurst, N.C.; son, David Clift; granddaughters, Bethany and Kate Salisbury; sisters, Mary Alice (Ted) Mills, Chattanooga, Carolyn (Robert) Watson, Gainesville, Fla.; and brothers, James Clift and Leslie (Vernelle) Clift, of Hixson.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Charles Cochran

Charles Lee Cochran, 36, died on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009.

He was a 1992 graduate of Lookout Valley High School.

He was preceded in death by parents, Joseph and Laura Cochran.

He is survived by three daughters, four sisters, two brothers, several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday at the Valley View Chapel.

Interment will be in Chattanooga Memorial Park Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from noon until 2:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Arrangements are by the Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, Valley View Chapel, 7414 Old Lee Highway, Chattanooga, TN 37421.

Dee Deardorff

Adelia “Dee” Deardorff, 67, met her Lord on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009.

Memorial services at 3 p.m. today at Silverdale Baptist Church.

Arrangements are by Covenant Funeral & Cremation Service, Crox family owned and operated.

John Edge

John Clifford Edge, 62, of East Ridge, passed away peacefully on the morning of Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009.

John was born in Chattanooga to John and Louise Edge. He attended Central High School where he excelled in sports and was a leader on the football field and a friend to many. Never one to accept the ordinary, John lived an adventurous life, living in many different states and experiencing the beauty of America. He was recently compelled to return to Chattanooga to be close to his young grandson, who was the light of his life.

John was a strong spirit who lived life according to his own terms. He was surrounded by his large and adoring family who is grieving his passing. John was an avid fan of Tennessee Vols Football and enjoyed watching games with his son and friends. John was an All-City football player from Central High School and state wrestling champ at University of Tennessee.

John was preceded in death by his parents, John and Louise Edge.

He is survived by his son, John Nicholas (Jenni) Edge; daughter, Heather Carmen (Mark) Frazer; grandson, Roman Edge Frazer; former wife, Pat Horton Edge Jarvis; sisters, Charlotte (Jay) Paty, Dee (Mickey) Hawkins, Priscilla (Sam) Thal and Brenda Edge Binkley; and former father-in-law, William W. “Bill” Horton.

Visit www.lane-coulterchapel.com to send condolences.

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

Ruby Harris

Ruby Stewart Harris, 87, born to the late James and Rebecca Stewart, died Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009, in Stone Mountain, Ga.

Mrs. Harris was preceded in death by her husband, Charles; five brothers; and two sisters.

She is survived by daughters, Patsy Owens, Shirley Fitz-Ritson and Delores Hayes; sons, Frank (Janice) Hayes II (UPS), and Michael (Angela) Hayes Sr.; sister-in-law, Marjorie Stewart; seven grandchildren; five great-grand children, and a host of nieces and nephews, and many friends.

Funeral services will be held at noon Monday, Nov., 16, 2009 at Orchard Knob Missionary Baptist Church, with Pastor Harold K. Lester officiating.

Interment in Chattanooga National Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 4-5 p.m. today at John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Ave., 622-9995.

Davion Henry

Infant Davion Henry, 2-months-old, of Chattanooga, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, in a local hospital.

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

Donnie Jackson

Donnie Jackson, 49, of Ooltewah, went to be with the Lord from his earthly home on Friday, Nov. 13, 2009.

He was a member of Chattanooga First Wesleyan Church.

He was preceded in death by his father, Paul Jackson Sr.

He is survived by his wife, Angela Jackson; stepson, Michael Ramsey, both of Ooltewah; daughter, Rebekah Ivey, of South Carolina; mother, Oneida Jackson; brother, Paul Jackson Jr.; sister, Loretta Jackson, all of Mississippi; several nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 16, 2009, in the Highway 58 Chapel of Turner Funeral Home with the Rev. Kevin Dunn officiating.

Interment will follow in the Lakewood Memory Gardens, East.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today.

Turner Funeral Home Inc., Highway 58 Chapel, is in charge of arrangements, 622-3171.

Donnie Jackson

Donnie Marie “Aunt Donnie” Jackson, 85, of Chattanooga, passed away Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009, in a local health care facility.

Funeral: today at 1:30 p.m. in the chapel of Taylor Funeral Home with Pastor Ternae Jordan officiating.

Burial: Forest Hills Cemetery.

Anne Jones

Anne P. Jones, 87, of Chattanooga, died Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009, at her home.

She was born Dec. 30, 1921, in Jackson, Tenn., to the late Gladys and John Pope Jr.

Her husband, Ed Jones and one brother, Bill Pope preceded her in death.

Survivors include her sons, Jim (Beth) Jones, of Chattanooga, Rick (Carol) Jones, of Knoxville; grandson, Tim Jones, of Houston, Texas; granddaughter, Dr. Jamie Jones, of Chicago; brothers, John (Betty Ann) Pope III, of Tacoma, Wash., Perry (Carolyn) Pope, of Jackson, Tenn.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church with Dr. Gary Carver officiating.

Burial will follow at Chattanooga National Cemetery with Bill Pope, Robert St. Clair, W.V. Roberson, Clark Williams, Steve Pope and Thomas Norton serving as pallbearers.

Honorary pallbearers will be Henry Thompson, David Pope, Richard Pope, William Pope, Trey Norton and the deacons at First Baptist Church.

The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

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

Arrangements are by Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 404 S. Moore Road, Chattanooga.

Paul Kilgore Jr.

Paul Norman Kilgore Jr., 48, of Chattanooga, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009.

Mr. Kilgore was born in Whitwell, Tenn., to Paul Kilgore Sr. and Mrs. Rosaline Parker. He was a U.S. Marine veteran, member of First Lutheran Church and was employed as a journeyman electrician.

Survivors include his wife of 15 years, Starlet Kilgore; sons, Evan Howard Smith, Paul Norman Kilgore III and Zachary Kilgore; daughter, Krystal Nicole Kilgore; father, Paul Kilgore Sr.; mother and stepfather, Rosaline and Sam Parker; sister, Lisa Brodnick and Lynne Parker; and brother, Lance Parker.

Visitation will be 2 to 4 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be at 4 p.m. today at the funeral home with Pastor Gilbert Pingel and Vicar Mark McCrory officiating.

Burial will be private.

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.

Patti Kontovich

Patti Kontovich, of Hixson, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009.

Patti was a lifelong resident of the Chattanooga area and a 1970 graduate of City High School. She was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Patti was an avid seamstress and was well known throughout the Southeast for her expertise and beautiful handmade children’s clothing.

She was preceded in death by her father, Herbert Payne Jr.

Patti is survived by her husband of 37 years, Tom Kontovich; children, Emily (Clay) Hendren, Patrick and Trent Kontovich; grandson, Ebin Hendren; mother, Jeneane Payne; brothers, Alan and Rob (Shelby) Payne; several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. today at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

Services for Patti will be held at 2:30 p.m. today at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 305 W. Seventh St., Chattanooga, TN 37403, with the Rev. and Honorable Sam Payne officiating.

Burial will follow in Chattanooga Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Patti’s name to Children’s Advocacy Center, 909 Vine St., Chattanooga, TN 37406.

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

Arrangements are by the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist.

Fred Leonard

Fred E. Leonard, D.D., 66, of Hixson, passed away Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009.

Mr. Leonard was a pastor and evangelist who touched many lives with his ministry and was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. He was a wonderful man and loved his wife, Penny, his children and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Robert Leonard and Gary Leonard.

Survivors include his wife, Penny Leonard; daughters, Charlene Leonard Hipsher and Melissa Leonard Hill; brothers, Howard Leonard (pastor of Mount Lebanon Baptist, Wallace, Va.) and Dale Leonard; sisters, Elizabeth L. Sproles, Daris L. Worley, Joyce L. Billings, Ardis L. Jackson and Bonnie Roark; grandchildren, Wills Hipsher, Spencer Hipsher, Kaci Hipsher, Lauren Hill Varnell and Isabelle Hill; great-grandchildren, Evie, Mathis and Alden Varnell.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 16, 2009, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with Dr. Darryl Duggar officiating.

Interment will follow in Hamilton County Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. today at the church, 7634 Gann Road, Hixson, TN 37343.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Boys and Girls Club of Roane County, c/o RCDAC, P.O. Box 280, Kingston, TN 37763.

We invite you to share your thoughts and memories with the family at www.legacyfuneralhome.com, 24-hour obituary line, 843-5055.

Arrangements are by locally owned and operated Legacy Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 8911 Dallas Hollow Road, Soddy-Daisy.

Arvie Mann

Arvie Cordelia Mann, 94, of Hixson, passed away very peacefully Friday, Nov. 13, 2009, in a local hospital.

Arvie and her husband were owners of the Chattanooga Peanut Store on Ninth Street in the 1950s.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Merrill Mann.

Survivors: one daughter, Mary McDaniel, Hixson; five grandchildren, Phyllis Lee Jones, Thomas David McDaniel, Judy Lynn McClure, Susan Jean Bryan and Morris L. Wayne McDaniel; eight great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Coulter Chapel of Lane Funeral Home with the Rev. David Anderson officiating.

Interment will be in Chattanooga National Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 2-8 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Condolences may be sent to lane-coulterchapel.com.

Arrangements by Lane Funeral Home Coulter Chapel 601 Ashland Terrace, 877-3524.

Bertha McNair

Bertha Grace McNair, 92, of East Ridge, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009.

Ms. McNair was born in Chattanooga to William and Sarah Wiggs. She married her high school sweetheart, Raymond McNair. Bert retired from the Little Theatre, where she ran the box office. Upon retirement she received “The Miss Annie” award — for which she was very proud, and was a member of Jones Memorial Methodist Church.

Survivors include her son, Larry (Kay) McNair; daughter, Sara (Pat) Mayo; grandchildren, Rick Mayo, Dawn Mayo, Forrest (Melissa) McNair, Kelley McNair, Natalie Oswald and Melissa Adair; great-grandchildren, Amber. Jake, Zack, Gracie, Wilson, Garrett, Allison and Taylor; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond McNair; brother, Bill Wiggs and his wife, Rhonwyn; and sisters and their husbands, Elizabeth (Campbell) Cook and Mary (Tom) Long.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and 11 a.m. to noon on Monday at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be at noon Monday, Nov. 16, 2009, 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.

Leroy Miller

Leroy “Boo Boo” Miller, 63, of Chattanooga, passed away Monday, Nov. 9, 2009.

He attended Madison County School System and accepted Christ at a young age.

Leroy was preceded in death by parents, Yate and Lena Miller; grandchildren, Tameka Miller and Brian Hayes; brother, J.D. Fern; sisters, Nannie Holloway and Willie Mae Miller; and two nephews.

Survivors include daughter, Andrea Miller; granddaughter, Dominique Hayes; sisters, Mary Jolly and Lacy Young; brother, Ezell (Jacqueline) Miller, all of Huntsville, Ala. Two very dear and devoted friends, Ralph Chatman and Gail Parker; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be noon Monday, Nov. 16, 2009, at Reuben Strickland Memorial Chapel with Pastor Ternae Jordan officiating.

Visitation will be today from 2-8 p.m. at Reuben Strickland Memorial Chapel.

Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

Gary Phillips

Gary Lynn Phillips, 54, passed away Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009, at his home.

Gary was a lifelong resident of Signal Mountain.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Coulter Chapel of Lane Funeral Home with Pastor Glen Keys officiating.

Interment will be in Chattanooga Memorial Park.

Condolences may be sent to Lane-coulterchapel.com.

Arrangements by Lane Funeral Home Coulter Chapel, 601 Ashland Terrace, 877-3524.

Randy Rice

Randy Leonard Rice, 53, of Chattanooga, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, at his residence.

He was a graduate of Howard High School, class of 1974. He was a cab driver for Mercury Cab and was a member of Christian Fellowship C.P. Church.

Survivors: son, Max Rice, of Knoxville; daughters, Miranda (Scott) Strickland, Rhonda Ferguson, both of Chattanooga, Kerrie Mills, Amanda Lunsford, both of Knoxville, and Brittney Rice, of Chattanooga; six grandchildren; parents, William and Eva Kate Rice Sr.; brothers, William Rice Jr. and Reginald L. Rice Sr., all of Chattanooga; devoted friend, Valerie Ford, of Chattanooga; a host of uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Funeral: Monday at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Taylor Funeral Home with Pastor Harris Toney officiating.

Burial: Highland Memorial Gardens.

The body will lie in state today after noon at the funeral home.

Mary Lou Ricketts

Mary Lou Ricketts, 69, of East Ridge, passed away Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009.

She was a lifelong resident of the Chattanooga area and was of the Baptist faith.

She was previously employed Big Horn Saddle Co. as a seamstress and was preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Gertrude Cross; son, Gary Lee Ricketts; and daughter, Brenda Faye Ricketts.

Survivors include her husband of more than 55 years, William Ricketts, of East Ridge; two sons, James Ricketts Sr,. of Ringgold, Ga., and Jerry Ricketts, of East Ridge; four daughters, Connie Ricketts, Mary Duffey and Roy Ricketts, all of East Ridge, and Helen Ricketts, of Chattanooga; three brothers, Ernest and Sonny Cross, both of Fort Oglethorpe, and Freddy Cross, of East Ridge; four sisters, Catherine Elliot, of Chattanooga, Sue Parker, of Ringgold, Ga., Allie Erwin, of Soddy-Daisy, and Betty Springfield, of Hixson; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 16, 2009, in the Lakewood Memory Gardens, South, with Brother Ken Bailey officiating.

The family will receive friends after 2 p.m. today and prior to leaving for the service on Monday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by W.L. Wilson and Sons Funeral Home, Fort Oglethorpe.

Jean Rossell

Jean A. Jarrett Rossell, 86, of Chattanooga, passed away on Friday, Nov. 13, 2009, at her residence.

Mrs. Rossell was a lifelong resident of Chattanooga. She was a graduate of Central High School and retired from Aetna Life Insurance Co. She enjoyed traveling, the beaches, and spending time with her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles O. Rossell; daughter, Dottie Johnson; son, Warren A. Jarrett; and daughter-in-law, Paula Jarrett.

Survivors include her daughters, Lynda (Mike) Conner, of Soddy-Daisy, and Robin Barringer; granddaughters, Angela (Richard) Phillips, of Rossville, Jessica (Joe) Carney, of Hixson, Mary (Wade) Irwin, Dannie (Jamie) Webb, Lynda (Terry) Cope, Leann Nichols and Kim Rogers; great-grandchildren, Coby, Christian, Mr. Wilson, Emily, Shelby, and other great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 16, 2009, at the funeral home.

Burial will follow at Lakewood Memory Gardens, East.

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.

Anna Taylor

Anna “Tootsie” W. Hamilton Taylor, 78, of Hixson, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009.

Anna was born in Murphy, N.C., on Jan. 10, 1931. Tootsie grew up in Etowah, graduated from Etowah High School and attended East Tennessee State University. Anna was employed as a statistician at Moccasin Bend Hospital for over 20 years and later employed with Tennessee Unemployment Department. She was a longtime member of Northside Presbyterian Church. Anna volunteered with the Ronald McDonald House and was an avid photographer.

Anna was preceded in death by a daughter, Nancy Beth Hamilton; her husbands, Luther Curtis Hamilton and Leon Taylor.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Tim and Janie Hamilton.

The family will receive friends from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday at the North Chapel.

Private graveside services will be held at Hamilton Memorial Gardens.

Memorial services for Anna will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Northside Presbyterian Church, 923 Mississippi Ave., Chattanooga, TN 37405, with the Rev. Sam Pope and the Rev. Sandy Winter officiating.

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

Arrangements are by the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist.

Sarah Wells

Sarah Frances Lawman Wells, 90, departed into His Light on the wings of Angels from her home on Lookout Mountain on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009.

She was the daughter of well-known businessman Edgar Huell Lawman and Sarah Frances Thomas Lawman, of Lookout Mountain. She was the granddaughter of David Thomas, of Chattanooga.

Sally Wells, as she was affectionately known to family and friends, was an honor student at Bright School, GPS and Arlington Hall College in Virginia, where she became an expert equestrian.

In 1942, she married the late Alexander Wells and waited patiently and prayerfully at home with her parents on the mountain for three years until he returned safely from WWII. Lt. Cmdr. Wells was a highly decorated PT boat skipper in the South Pacific from Guadalcanal to the Leyte Gulf, when he escorted Gen, Douglas MacArthur on PT 525 on his triumphant return to the Philippines on Oct. 24, 1944. He was later general counsel for Interstate Life and Accident Co. of Chattanooga and Gulf Life in Jacksonville, Fla.

Before she was born, her father, Ed Lawman Sr., a WWI cavalry officer stationed at Fort Ogelthorpe, rode with Gen. “Black Jack” Pershing during the Mexican campaign in 1916 against Poncho Villa. In 1943 he was selected as executive director of the Benwood Foundation and served until his retirement.

From 1941 to 1965 Sally Wells was a member of the Chattanooga Junior League and supported the arts and several area charities as a civic and community leader.

During the school year of 1960-61, Sally Wells was honored by McCallie School as the Grayson Medal sponsor for her son, Alex. Later, she was a Mid-South Wrestling Champion sponsor for her late son, Lawman.

In 1965, she wrote a delightful autobiographical book, Horses in Your Own Backyard, about her family owning, training and riding ponies and horses together. Throughout the 1950s the Wells family was active in the Dogwood Foxhunt and Polo Club, headquartered at Summerfield Johnston’s Bendabout Farm north of Chattanooga.

In her early teens young Sally became an accomplished musical artist as a songwriter, singer and pianist. In the 1970s under pseudonym “Samantha Lawman,” she produced an LP album (“Ebb Tide by the Sea”), of her original songs and ballads with the personal assistance of her longtime friend and confidant, the late William L. Montague Jr.

As she entered the final years of her divinely inspired twilight, Samantha, as she was endearingly called by many, enthusiastically joined her son, Alex, his wife Mary ‘T’ and their partner Ron Miller, along with many other Vietnam Veterans across this nation ... to follow a dream — healing the wounds of the Vietnam War on all sides — bringing former enemies face-to-face in peace on their old battlefields inside Vietnam.

Samantha accepted the honorary title of chairman emeritus as a charter member of the original Vietnam Reconciliation Project, which recently evolved into a nonprofit humanitarian organization: American Vietnamese Reconciliation Project Inc. (AVRP). The ultimate goal of this group is to build and operate the International Veterans Friendship/Reconciliation Center on the Perfume River near the Hue citadel in Central Vietnam. Her son, Alex, a Marine artillery captain and Purple Heart survivor of the 1968 TET Offensive, fought inside the citadel with allied ARVN airborne Marines, surrounded for 14 days by enemy NVA forces.

She is survived by her son Alex; brother Ed Lawman Jr.; grandsons, Nelson Wells and Chris (Lawman Wells) Counts; granddaughter, Lee Wells Whittington; and great-granddaughter, Parker Wells Whittington. Her precious caregivers, Shiela and Eric Hall, were family to Samantha, blessing and enhancing her life for 15 years.

One of her last wishes was that any memorial contributions be made to: AVRP Inc., in care of Col. Ron M. Miller (Secretary & Treasurer), 3500 Bolt Blvd., Jonesboro, AR 72401.

Personal messages may be sent to the family by email: ronxmiller@sbcglobal.net.

A celebration of Samantha’s wonderful life ceremony with extended family and friends will be announced at a later date by Wann Funeral Home in St. Elmo at the base of her beloved mountain.

Patricia Wolfe

Patricia Ann Wolfe, 69, of Chattanooga went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, Nov. 13, 2009, with her loving husband, Bernard Wolfe at her side.

She was a native of Mobile, Ala., but considered Signal Mountain her home.

Patricia was an active member of Wayside Presbyterian Church.

Patricia, or “Mimi” as she was known by most, is survived by her husband of 51 years, Anthony Bernard Wolfe; as well as her daughter, Kim (Amir) Yekzaman, of Parkville, Mo.; sons, Tony (Gina) Wolfe, of Columbia, Tenn., and Robert (Charlene) Wolfe, of Signal Mountain; niece, Cynthia Hill, of Mobile, Ala.; brother Charles (Betty) Hill, of Tallahassee, Fla.; she also leaves behind 13 grandchildren who love the lord and who were the delight of her life; several nieces and nephews also survive.

The family would like to thank the staff at Memorial Hospital who so graciously supplied medical care and comfort as well as a special acknowledgement to Dr. John L. Gwin Jr.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, 2009, in the East Chapel with Dr. Marshall St. John officiating.

Burial will follow at Chattanooga Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. today, Nov. 15, 2009, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the WIC program of Wayside Presbyterian Church.

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

Arrangements are by Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 404 S. Moore Road, Chattanooga.

TENNESSEE

Mary Curtis

BELVIDERE — Mary Jane Curtis, 76, passed away Saturday morning, Nov. 14, 2009.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. CST Monday with Brother Barry Rhodes officiating.

Interment will follow in Watson-North Memorial Park.

Visitation will be from 4-9 p.m. CST today.

Online condolences may be sent to www.watsonnorth.com.

Arrangements by Watson-North Funeral Home, Winchester, Tenn.

Mildred Degler

CLEVELAND — Mildred E. Degler, 82, died Friday, Nov. 13, 2009.

Survivors, son, James V. (Carmila) Degler Jr.; daughter, Susan E. Goins; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Services at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, 2009, in the chapel of Fike Funeral Home.

Visitation 5-8 p.m. today.

Wilma Downum

WHITWELL — Wilma W. Downum, 78, passed away Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dean Downum; parents, Alvers and Tula Pearl Dempsey; and brother, Edward Dempsey.

Mrs. Downum was a member of Sequatchie Valley Chapter 116, Order of the Eastern Star and retired from Save-A-Lot Grocery in Whitwell.

Those left to cherish her memories are four children, Ronald (Teresa) Downum, Donald (Joy) Downum, of Whitwell, Dale (Debbie) Downum, of Rockwall, Texas, Jimmy (Kerri) Downum, of Pikeville, Tenn.; two sisters, Jean (George) Farley, of Dunlap, Tenn., Dot (James) Brown of Whitwell; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. CST Monday, Nov. 16, 2009, in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Hershel Powell and the Rev. Dennis Kilgore officiating.

Interment at Whitwell Memorial Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Shriners or Tennessee Baptist Childrens Home in Chattanooga.

Family will receive friends 3-9 p.m. today.

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

Robert Ensley

SPRING CITY — James Robert Ensley, 67, passed away Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009, at his residence.

Graveside services today at 2:30 p.m. in Spring City Cemetery with Minister Steve Brown officiating.

Vaughn Funeral Home, Spring City, is in charge of arrangements.

Floyd Garner

COALMONT — Floyd Garner, 73, died Friday, Nov. 13, 2009.

He was a member of Laager Independent Congregational Methodist Church and retired from Wheeland Foundry. He was born in Palmer, Tenn., on March 8, 1936, to Hobart and Myrtle Sissom Garner, who preceded him in death along with his son, Myron Keith Garner; sisters, Ethelene Seagroves and Mary Meeks; brother, Herbert Garner; brother-in-law, Elder Lockhart; nephews, Cecil, Allen and Don Garner.

He is survived by his wife, Wanda Green Garner; son, Tim (Sonya) Garner; grandchildren, Amanda (Garan) Price and Brandi Garner; great-grandchildren, Brandon, Harlee and Emily Price; niece, Alicia (David) Pitts; sisters, Violet Lockhart and Juanita Edwards; sisters-in-law, Jean Jacobs and Dorothy Garner; brother-in-law, Sonny Meeks; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. CST today in the funeral home chapel with Ministers Charles O. Ross and James Roberts officiating with burial to follow in Coalmont Cemetery.

Arrangements by Layne Funeral Home, Palmer.

Mary Hood

WHITWELL — Mary E. Hood, 91, passed away Friday, Nov. 13, 2009.

Mary was a member of Grace Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Henry Hood; children, Charles Hood, Lois Lawson, Bobby Hood, Frances Hood, David Hood; three grandchildren; parents, Jim and Fannie Williams; brothers, Paul, Henry, J.H. and Floyd Williams; sisters, Ruby Brown and Flora Miller.

Left to cherish her memories are her children, Cathy (Mark) Lofty, of Whitwell, James Hood, Raymond “Bo” Hood, Gerald (Faynette) Hood, all of Suck Creek Mountain, and John (Shirley) Hood, of Lewis Chapel Mountain; 18 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services 3 p.m. CST Monday, Nov. 16, 2009, in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Jim Troyer, the Rev. John Yeoman and the Rev. Ronald Namanny officiating.

Interment to follow at Grayson Cemetery.

Family will receive friends 1 p.m. until 9 p.m. CST today.

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

Dalphna Kennedy

ATHENS — Dalphna Kennedy, 75, died Friday, Nov. 13, 2009.

Funeral services will be Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Ziegler Funeral Home.

Burial will follow in Idlewild Cemetery.

The family will receive friends 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Wanda Sutton

SEVIERVILLE — Wanda Thurman Sutton, 61, passed away Friday Nov. 13, 2009.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Mayme Thurman; father, Oscar Thurman; brother, Dean Thurman; sister, Ruby Rutenburg.

She is survived by son, Gregory Sutton; daughter-in-law, Christina Sutton; grandchild, Chase Sutton, Kaylee Sutton; brothers, Carlos and Ronald Thurman; sister, Leola Bock; sister –in-law, Ann Thurman; special friends, Sandra Sutton, Vivian Sutton, Bill Hirte.

Funeral service 7 p.m. Monday at Gum Stand Baptist Church with the Rev. Ronnie Reagan officiating.

Family and friends will meet at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Greenwood Cemetery for graveside service and interment.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gum Stand Baptist Church, P.O. Box 613, Pigeon Forge, TN 37868.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Monday at Gum Stand Baptist Church.

Arrangements by Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville. (www.atchleyfuneralhome.com).

Douglas Walker

WINCHESTER — Douglas Lee Walker, 83, passed away Friday, Nov. 13, 2009.

Funeral services are today at 2 p.m. CST at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home .

Burial in Franklin Memorial Gardens.

GEORGIA

Johnny Coulter

FORT OGLETHORPE — Johnny Holbrook Coulter, 64, beloved husband and father, left us on Friday, Nov. 13, 2009, to be with his Heavenly Father.

He was born in LaFayette, Ga., and had lived most of his life in Fort Oglethorpe, where he retired in 2000 from Overnite Transportation as a truck driver with over 30 years of service. Johnny was a member of the NHRA and his passions in life were drag racing and sports.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Willie and Cleo Coulter.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Barbara Coulter; daughter, Kimberly Ann Coulter, of Fort Oglethorpe; two brothers, James and Willie Coulter, of Fort Oglethorpe; three sisters, Janice Hix, of Jackson, Tenn., Mary Ann Raines, of Rock Spring, Ga., and Karen Morgan, of Fort Oglethorpe; and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Monday at Tennessee-Georgia Memorial Park with Dr. P.W. Holdridge officiating.

Condolences may be sent to www.lane-southcrestchapel.com.

The family will receive friends from 1-3 p.m. Monday at the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home & Crematory, Rossville.

Norma Harris

BOYNTON — Norma Jean Harris, 71, departed this life Friday, Nov. 13, 2009.

She was born in Woodstation, Ga., to the late Carl Blake and Emma Ellen (Frady) Brown, and was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Joe Harris.

Jean was a lifelong member of Boynton Baptist Church.

Survivors include her children, Kaye Harris, of Boynton, Joy (Rick) Holsonback, of Fort Oglethorpe, Terry (Janet) Harris, Todd (Lisa) Harris, all of Boynton; grandchildren, Brandon, Tyler “Tank”, Courtney, Hunter, Katie Ogles; sister-in-law, Joyce (Richard) Smith; nieces, Melissa Mayes and Melinda Smartt.

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009, in the chapel with the Rev. Keith McCloud officiating.

Interment will follow in Anderson Memorial Gardens.

Family will receive friends from 2-6 p.m. today and all day Monday, and prior to the service Tuesday.

Arrangements are by Wilson and Son Funeral Home, Fort Oglethorpe.

Billy Hurley Sr.

SUMMERVILLE — Billy Warren Hurley Sr., 67, died Friday, Nov. 13, 2009.

Funeral today at 4 p.m. EST graveside in Unity Cemetery in Cedar Bluff, Ala.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge.

William Cooper

ROSSVILLE —William Eugene Cooper, 78, passed away Friday, Nov. 13, 2009, in a local hospital.

Mr. Cooper was a lifelong resident of the North Georgia area. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, receiving the Purple Heart award while serving in the Korean War.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ann Cooper; and sister, Lillian Vancil.

Survivors include his sons, William (Linda) Cooper Jr., Dennis (Lynn) Cooper, Panama City, Fla., daughter, Becky (Jeff) Laws, Rossville; brother, Fred Cooper, Signal Mountain, Tenn.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Monday in Mount Olivet Cemetery with the Rev. Mike Simms officiating.

Visit www.heritagefh.com to send words of comfort to the family.

Arrangements by Heritage Funeral Home & Crematory, Battlefield Parkway.

Marie Williams

ROSSVILLE — Ethel “Marie” Williams, 74, passed away Friday, Nov. 13, 2009, at a local health care facility after a long battle with COPD.

She was a lifelong resident of the North Georgia area where she retired from Galaxy Carpets in Fort Oglethorpe with 10 years of service. After her retirement from Galaxy she went to work as a customer service representative with Big Lots in Fort Oglethorpe.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Edward Williams; son, Terry Lee Gilreath; and parents, James and Pernia Palmer.

Survivors include three children, Robert Alan (Sheila) Gilreath, of Kimball, Tenn., Theresa (Billy) Bost, of LaFayette, Ga., and Susan Williams (Sandra Breedlove), of Tiftonia, Tenn.; eleven brothers and sisters; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the South Crest Chapel.

Interment will follow in the Lakewood South Memory Gardens.

Condolences may be sent to www.lane-southcrestchapel.com.

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

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