published Thursday, August 13th, 2009

Obituaries for August 13, 2009

HAMILTON COUNTY

Jacob Atkins

Jacob Lawrence “Jake” Atkins, 86, passed away Monday, Aug. 10, 2009, in a local hospital.

Mr. Atkins was a resident of the Ooltewah/Collegedale area for 36 years, and a member of the Collegedale Community SDA Church. Mr. Atkins graduated from Southern Missionary College in 1949, and then worked as a sales manager for Jacks Cookie Co., Royal Cake Co., and Sovex.

Following his retirement at age 62, Mr. Atkins continued to volunteer 40+ hours a week at The Samaritan Center and Summit Home for over 20 more years!

He received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Kiwanis Club of Collegedale in 2003, and was United Way’s Volunteer of the Month in December 2005.

He was preceded in death by father and mother, Wilford Russell and Gladys McDowell Atkins; and sister, Rachel Atkins Millard.

Survivors include wife, Beverly Hall Atkins; son, Russell Lawrence Atkins; and daughter, Janna Lori Atkins.

A graveside service for family and friends will be held Friday, Aug. 14, at 6 p.m. at Collegedale Memorial Park Cemetery.

Send condolences at www.CovenantFuneral.com.

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

Maria Brigidi

Maria Brigidi, 84, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009, in a local hospital.

Formerly of Great Neck Long Island, N.Y., she had lived in Chattanooga for five years. She was a Bible believing Christian.

Mrs. Brigidi was preceded in death by her husband, Arrone Franco Brigidi.

Survivors include her loving son, Joseph Anzalone, of Red Bank; grandsons, Joseph Daniel Anzalone and Joshua Anzalone, both of Signal Mountain; granddaughter, Laura Marie Anzalone, of Signal Mountain.

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday at Lane Funeral Home, Coulter Chapel with Al Ball officiating.

Interment will be in Chattanooga Memorial Park.

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

Visitation is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Lane Funeral Home, Coulter Chapel, 601 Ashland Terrace.

Wynelle Byers

Wynelle Byers, 68, of Lookout Valley, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009, in a local hospital.

She was of the Baptist faith. Mrs. Byers was employed with Lookout Valley Wal-Mart as a greeter.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Claude and Dorothy Castleberry Blevins.

Survivors include her husband, Jim Byers; children, Cindy Bishop and her husband, John, of Ringgold, Ga., James Byers and his wife, Mary Ann, of Rossville, Charles Richard Byers and his wife, Teresa, of Chattanooga; six grandchildren, Cody Gossett and his wife, Kaleigh, Aimee Byers, Jennifer Chandler, Jeremy Reed, Sawyer Byers and Heather Kelley; six great-grandchildren; two brothers, Buddy Blevins, of Lookout Valley and Bob Blevins and his wife, Melinda of Lookout Valley; brother-in-law, Richard Byers and his wife, Barbara, of Ringgold, Ga.; two sisters-in-law, Jacqueline and the late Fred Byers, of Rising Fawn, Ga., and Nancy Neugard, of Trenton, Ga.; several nieces and nephews; many special friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home with the Rev. Jerry Atkins officiating.

Burial will be in Lakewood Memory Gardens, West.

The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. today and from noon-1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

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

The family would like to thank her fellow employees at Lookout Valley Wal-Mart and the doctors and staff at Erlanger Hospital CCU.

Donald Evans

Donald Evans, 78, of Hixson, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 5401 Highway 153, Hixson, TN 37343.

George Fontaine Jr.

George Cosby Fontaine Jr., 81, of Georgetown, S.C., died Friday, July 24, 2009.

A memorial service will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18, at Our Lady of the Mount Catholic Church, 1227 Scenic Highway, Lookout Mountain, Ga.

Deborah Fowler

Deborah Fowler, 39, of Hixson, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009.

A funeral mass will be held at noon on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church with Father Mike Creson as Celebrant.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

A full obituary will be in the Friday Edition.

Arrangements are by locally owned and operated Legacy Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 8911 Dallas Hollow Road, Soddy-Daisy, TN 37379 www.legacyfuneralhome.com. 24-hour obituary line 843-5055.

Curtis Hester

Curtis “Muscles” Hester Sr., 83, of Chattanooga, fell asleep in the Lord surrounded by family Thursday, Aug. 6, 2009.

Mr. Curtis Hester Sr. entered this life on Jan. 28, 1926, to the late Mary Lee Hester and Luther Kitchen. He served his country in the U.S. Navy. He was employed by Southern Railway for many years before he retired from the city of Chattanooga. He was a faithful member of Cleages Chapel AME Zion Church where he served on the Usher Board.

He leaves to cherish his memories: a loving and faithful wife, JoAnn B. Hester; daughters, Jesse Mcglothlin, Penny C. Evans, Unathyra (Mamakali) Jawla, Curtis J. Woods, Johnetta Fugh, and Mary L. Hester, all of Chattanooga and Marlon Jones Atlanta; sons, Curtis Hester Jr., Luther E. Hester, Galatian E. Hester, Alvesta D. Hester, Micheal Jones, Atlanta, Thomas Fugh; Godson, Aaron Holland; sister Juanita (Micheal) McGhee; sister-in-law Carrie Bell; brothers-in-law, Paul Bell, James Bell, Sammy Bell, Terry Bell; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. today, Aug. 13, 2009, at Cleages Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church with Elder J.R. Bridgeman and the Rev. Ocie Fullerlove officiating.

Hilton Kroeger Jr.

Hilton “Bo” Kroeger Jr., 86, of Chattanooga, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009, at a local health care facility.

He was a member of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, a U.S. Navy Submarine veteran having served in WW II. Bo was retired from Bell South after 36 years of service.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Hilton and Raban Kroeger Sr.; brother, Edward Kroeger; sister, Geraldine Matthews.

Surviving relatives; wife, Margaret McDonald Kroeger; son, James H. Kroeger and wife, Janie, of Chattanooga; granddaughter, Megan Kroeger Lindsey, of Kyle, Texas.

Graveside services will be held 1:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, 2009, at Chattanooga National Cemetery, with the Rev. Gordon C. Temple officiating.

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

In lieu of flowers Bo had requested that memorial contributions be made to St. Martin’s Episcopal Church.

The family will receive friends today from 4-7 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home, 7454 East Brainerd Road.

Charlotte Pickert

Charlotte Ann Pickert went home to be with the Lord on Monday, Aug. 10, 2009, after a 9 year battle with cancer.

She was preceded in death by her parents, David Hogan Brown and Lois Anne Maloney Brown.

She is survived by her husband, Adrian Christopher Pickert; her son, David Joseph Pickert; daughter in-law, Sherry Suzanne Pickert; and granddaughters, Sabrina Suzanne Pickert and Angela Christine Pickert.

Charlotte was born on March 30, 1937 in Midway, Tenn. Just before her birth, she and her mother were not expected to live, so Lois decided she would rather pass away at home than the hospital. However, the Lord had other plans for both of them and Charlotte was born, though she only weighed 2 pounds and wore doll clothes for the first months. Thus became a life filled with the miracles of God’s Grace.

She grew up in a christian home in the farm country of east Tennessee. By school age, they had moved to Greeneville, Tenn., where Charlotte eventually attended Greeneville High School and became the first female lead trumpet in the band. That was followed by attending Virginia Intermont college and then going to work for Delta Airlines in Atlanta, in 1955. From there, she was transferred to Newark, N.J., and then Chicago, where she became the first female supervisor. It was in Chicago that she met another Delta supervisor, Adrian Pickert. They were married on Sept. 8, 1961. They made their first home in Streamwood, Ill., and on Sept. 21, 1962, a son was born. Delta kept an ambulance at the airport and she worked until right before the expected due date.

Being a mother meant retirement from the airline business. In 1966, Charlotte and her family moved to Riverdale, Ga., while building a home in Red Oak, Ga., where they moved in 1967. She taught Kindergarten while there and started several lifelong friendships with her neighbors. In 1969, the next move was to Dallas, Texas, where she served as a Cub Scout den mother. In 1970, yet another move was made to Louisville, Ky. In 1971, the family moved to Houston, Texas, where Charlotte, who was active in her church throughout her life in many ways, founded a senior citizens group from a coalition of 6 area churches, as well as beginning the first of many travels to Europe, Asia, and the Holy Land. In 1981, one last transfer meant a move to Chattanooga, to be able to take care of her widowed mother, through the end of her life. In 2007, Charlotte and Adrian returned to Texas and retirement in The Woodlands, to be near her son, daughter in-law and granddaughters.

In 2000, Charlotte defied the odds and beat lung cancer. In 2004, the Lord once again showed his healing hand and allowed her to overcome colon cancer. In 2008, esophageal cancer failed to dim her faith and Lord saw fit to see her through a third miracle. In 2009 cancer made a final appearance, and though Charlotte was prepared to fight and fully expected to be victorious, God mercifully called her to join him in the Kingdom of Heaven. Praise the Lord!

Funeral services are set for 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009, in the Chapel at Forest Park The Woodlands Funeral Home.

Interment will follow in Forest Park The Woodlands Cemetery.

To leave a written tribute in memory of Charlotte, please visit www.mem.com.

Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until service time on Saturday.

Mary Pringle

Mary J. “Josie” Pringle, died on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009, at home.

Mary was born in Ashville, Pa., and raised her family in Wilmington, Del. She was an interior designer and owned her own business, Mary Pringle Interiors, for many years.

She moved to Hixson and lived with her daughter, Mary Coverdale Thomson; and son-in-law, Alec Thomson in 2002.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter L. Pringle (1954); her son, Timothy P. Pringle (2008) and Hilda Golden, her cousin with whom she was raised.

Josie (as she was also known) is survived by her daughter, Mary (Alec) Thomson, Hixson; son, Stephen (Ellen) Pringle, Middletown, De.; daughter-in-law, Jane Pringle, Middletown, Del.; eight grandchildren, Scott (Vicki) Pringle, John (Sharon) Coverdale, Todd Pringle, Christine Coverdale (Todd) Lawson, Tracy (Andrew) McMullen, Jane (Marc) Epstein, Polly (Brian) Robinson and Timothy W. (Danielle) Pringle; 12 great-grandchildren; and three stepgreat-grandchildren; sibilings, Ruth Mendicino, Greensburg, Pa., Gerald Risbon, Ashville, Pa., Clete Risbon and Margie Rose, Irwin, Pa.

A memorial mass will be held at St. Jude’s Catholic Church in Chattanooga on Saturday, Aug. 15, at 11 a.m.

A funeral mass will be held in Wilmington, Del., at St. Mary Magdalen’s Catholic Church and burial at Cathedral Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, ALS Association or Hospice of Chattanooga.

Please share your thoughts and memories at www.chandlerfuneralhome.com or www.lane-coulterchapel.com.

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

Ok Puck

Ok Im Puck, 64, of Chattanooga, died Monday, Aug. 10, 2009.

Arrangements will be announced by Covenant Funeral and Cremation Service, Crox family owned and operated, www.CovenantFuneral.com.

Bill Robertson

Billy Jack “Bill” Robertson, 76, of Chattanooga, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009, after a lengthy illness.

He was born Aug. 17, 1932 in Chattanooga to the late Olice and Phena Robertson.

After his graduation from Central High School in 1949, Mr. Robertson joined the U.S. Navy and served in the Korean War and was honorably discharged as a decorated veteran. He was a retired electrician for the IBEW Local 175.

He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and the Shriners. He was also a member of the Central High School Alumni and Highland Park Baptist Church.

Bill was a man of honor and character with strong convictions.

His brother, Burlan Robertson preceded him in death.

Survivors include the love of his life and wife of 40 years, Lola Irene Robertson; daughters, Sonya Hall and her husband, Tony, of LaFayette, Ga., Darlene Moore and her husband, Jeff, of Hixson; honorary son, Virgil Kimbrough, of Chattanooga; four grandchildren, Savanna Grace Hall, Samuel Joseph Hall, Shelby Thomas Hall and Jacob William Moore; brother, Harry D. (Bernice) Robertson, of East Ridge; sister, Jessie (Robert) Barringer, of East Brainerd.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. in the East Brainerd Chapel with the Rev. William Proctor officiating.

Burial will follow with military honors at Chattanooga National Cemetery.

The family will receive friends today from 3-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association of Tennessee, 3335 Ringgold Road, Chattanooga, TN 37412.

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

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

Brenda Smelley

Brenda K. Smelley, 67, of Hixson, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009.

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

Irene Tipps

Irene Marie Tipps left this earth to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009.

She was born born Jan. 17, 1920 in Morgan County, Tenn.

She retired from J.C. Penney in 1992. She was an active member of Cross of Christ Lutheran Church since 1960, where she belonged to the LWML and Quilting Group.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Milton “Bill” Tipps and honorary family member Newton Hamby; four brothers; one sister; and one great-grandson.

Survivors are children, Rose Ella (Doug) Roelofs, of Loxley, Ala., Nancy Kay (Robert) Ashby, of Hixson, Cecil Dean (Karen) Tipps, of Birmingham, Ala., Teresa Ann (Allen) Blakemore of Cleveland, Tenn.; honorary family Ethan (Melissa) Hamby, of Sevierville, TN and Eric (Chris) Hamby, of Knoxville; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Surviving siblings are Raymond Melhorn, Covington, Ky., Mildred Heath, Lawrenceville, Ga., Rena Honeycutt, Fort Oglethorpe, R.C. Melhorn Holland, Mich.; and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.

The family would like to give special thanks to Richard and Ellie French, Barbara Rule, Karen Savor, Pastor Harry Smith and Lily Thornsen.

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Friday at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church.

Interment will follow at Chattanooga National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to The Lutheran Hour, Hospice of Chattanooga or The American Cancer Society.

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

Visitation is 4-8 p.m. today at Lane Funeral Home, Coulter Chapel, 601 Ashland Terrace.

Vanessa Walker

Vanessa “Van” G. Walker, 55, of Chattanooga, passed Friday, July 31, 2009, at her residence.

Van was a member of Abundant Life Church of God in Christ.

She was preceded in death by parents: mother, Norma R.V. Hayes Tatum, stepfather, Ralph O. Tatum Sr.; father, Luther Walker Jr.; and brother, Daniel Walker.

She is survived by one daughter, Valisha Hughley; four sons. Adam “Donnell” (Charlena) Visher, Anthony “Tony” Visher Sr., Lionel Hughley and Aundre’ Hughley. Seven grandchildren, Anthony Visher Jr., Adam Visher Jr., Ashley Visher, Lamar Hughley, Timone Hughley, Raymone Hughley; Donnisha Johnson; one sister, Charlotte D. Walker; two brothers, Ralph O. (Doris) Tatum Jr. and Stefon (Debbie) Tatum, of Chattanooga; one aunt, Lena Mathis, Buffalo, N.Y.; devoted goddaughters, Felita Acklin, Tamaka Carr and Alice Lee; cousins, Tony and Curtis Bigoms; other nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and many friends.

Funeral service will be held Friday, Aug. 14, at noon at Abundant Life Church of God in Christ, 3001 N. Chamberlain Ave., with Elder Labron Hawkins Officiating.

Burial in Highland Cemetery.

The body will lie in state today from 6 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Prestige Funeral Service. 267-2683.

TENNESSEE

Bobby Brown

RICHARD CITY — Robert L. “Bobby” Brown, 84, died Monday, Aug. 10, 2009, at his home.

Son of the late Sewell and Anna Mae Raulston Brown, he was the middle child of seven children, graduate of South Pittsburg High School, a US Army Sgt. during WWII, a retired, 41-year employee of Sequachee Valley Electric Cooperative and song leader and member at Richard City Church of Christ.

He was also preceded in death by his wife, Nellie Huckabee Brown.

He is survived by his brother, Jere Raymond (Mary Jane) Brown, of South Pittsburg; and his sister, Edith “Rose” Brown Phillips, of Chattanooga; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at Rogers Funeral Home in South Pittsburg today, Aug. 13, from 5 to 8 p.m. CDT.

Funeral services will be conducted from the Rogers Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, Aug. 14, at 10 a.m. CDT officiating will be Gardner Scott, Charles Crouch and Billy Watkins.

Please call our obituary line at (423) 837-9000 or visit our website at www.rogersfuneralhome.com for more information.

Services entrusted to Rogers Funeral Home in South Pittsburg.

Dan Crain

SWEETWATER — Dan Crain, 81, died Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009, at NHC Healthcare of Athens.

Funeral services will be 8 p.m. today in the chapel.

Burial will be noon Friday at Sweetwater Memorial Gardens.

Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. today at Ziegler Funeral Home, Athens.

Charles Damron

WHITWELL — Charles Edward Damron, 72, died Monday, Aug. 10, 2009, at Memorial Hospital.

He was a member of Sulphur Springs United Methodist Church and served in the U.S. Air Force and was employed with U.S. Pipe for 40 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Otis Lavoy and Mary Damron.

Survivors; wife, Shirley M. Damron; daughter, Charlisa (Bill) Haag, Atlanta; son, Scot E. Damron, Whitwell; grandchildren, Dylan and Camryn Haag, Brittany and Alyssa Damron; sister, Jennea Morrison, Whitwell; brother, Laverne (Martha) Damron, Tunnel Hill, Ga.; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. CDT at Sulphur Springs United Methodist Church with the Rev. Cecil Baxter officiating.

Burial will be in Sequatchie Valley Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers: Stacy Morrison, Owen Morrison, Chris Windham, Chris Roberson, Ryan Bynum, Karl Thomason.

Honorary pallbearers: cousins, Drag Racing Buddies, U.S. Pipe colleagues, Winsome Sunday School Class, Wilbur Keen, Jimmy Morrison.

Visitation will be Friday 2-4 p.m. CDT and 6-9 p.m. CDT.

Condolences may be sent to www.reedfamilyfh.com.

Arrangements by Reed Funeral Home, 11675 Highway 28, Whitwell.

Carl Fryar

CLEVELAND — Carl Fryar, 80, died Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009.

Survivors: Brenda Lee Holder and husband, Eddie; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

Services are at noon Friday, Aug.14, 2009, at Fike Funeral Home.

Interment will follow in Chattanooga National Cemetery.

Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Clifford Owens

COWAN — Clifford “Weed” Owens, 86, died Monday, Aug. 10, 2009.

Funeral was 2 p.m. CDT Wednesday at Moore-Cortner Chapel with Pastor John Gipson and Jerrod Pearson officiating.

Burial was in Cowan Montgomery Cemetery.

Susan Simpson

WINCHESTER — Susan Virginia Simpson, 91, died Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009, at her residence.

Funeral will be 1 p.m. CDT today, Aug. 13, at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home with Brother Lewis Whetstone officiating.

Burial will be in Harmony Cemetery.

GEORGIA

Ruth Bachelor

ROSSVILLE — Ruth A. Bachelor, 93, formerly of Fort Payne, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009, at NHC Health Care, Rossville.

Survivors include son, Charles Fred (Marlene) Simmons, Woodstock, Ga.; daughters, Peggy J. (Delbert) Williamson, Rossville, Audril Franzo, Franklin, N.C.; stepdaughter, Irene Morgan, Collinsville, Ala.; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Oliver Bachelor.

Funeral service 10 a.m. CDT Friday, Aug. 14, at Burt Funeral Home Chapel, Fort Payne, with Dr. David Sampson and Rev. Kyle Taylor officiating.

Visitation 2-8 p.m. CDT today and Friday, 8 a.m. CDT until time of service.

Burial in Fischer Cemetery

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Mrs. Bachelor was a member of Parkway Baptist Temple, Fort Oglethorpe.

The family would like to thank NHC Healthcare of Rossville, for the wonderful care of Ms. Bachelor.

Johnny Bennett

RINGGOLD — Johnny Thomas Bennett, 68, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009, at his residence.

A lifelong resident of the North Georgia Chattanooga area he was a former employee of DuPont where he worked for 34 years and was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Josie Lunsford Bennett; son, Steve Bennett; and two sisters, Catherine Yell and Jean Berry.

He is survived by four children, Debra Shirley, of Chickamauga, Ga., Donna Brookshire, of Armuchee, Ga., Darlene Moody of Harrison, and Shane Bennett, of Rock Spring, Ga.; sister, Carolyn Bailey, of Ringgold, Ga.; two brothers, George Bennett and Willis Bennett, both of Ringgold; five grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held 11 a.m. Friday at Anderson Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends today from 5-9 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home.

Arrangements are by Wilson Funeral Home, Ringgold Chapel Ringgold, Ga.

Cynthia Bryant

RINGGOLD — Cynthia “Sue” Byrd Bryant 54, passed away Monday, Aug. 10, 2009, at her residence.

She was the daughter of the late Claude and Vada Byrd and was preceded in death by two infant brothers, Richard and Roger Byrd.

She was a member of Ridgedale Baptist Church.

She graduated from the Erlanger School of Nursing and was employed by Shaw Industries in the nursing field. She had a long career in nursing and previously held positions with several Hospice organizations, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, and Erlanger Health System. She was also employed as a Park Police in Warner Park prior to her nursing career.

Survivors include her son, Troy Bryant, Ringgold; three sisters, Carolyn (Roger) Tate, Dunlap, Tenn., Claudia (Lenny) Moerland, Harrison, Cathy (Gary) Dawn, East Ridge; brother, Ronald Byrd, Florida; special friend, John Cotten; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held today, Aug. 13, 2009, at 1 p.m. at the Chattanooga Funeral Home, East Chapel, with Michael Smith officiating.

Burial will be at Lakewood Memory Gardens, South.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to a Hospice organization of one’s choice.

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

Arrangements by Chattanooga Funeral Home, East Chapel, 404 S. Moore Road, Chattanooga.

Roy Cope

ROSSVILLE — Roy Lewis Cope, 65, departed this life Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009, at his home.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Morgan; brother, Scotty M. Cope; great-grandchild, Brayden Hicks; and his wife, Clara Sue Cope.

Roy worked at W.L. Jackson Water Heater Co. for a few years, then worked with his late brother Scotty M. Cope before running his own business Cope Used Appliances for 25 years.

Survivors include his children, Mark Cope, Pam Hope, Brenda Washington, all of Rossville, Terry Howell, of East Ridge, Dale Cope, Robert Cope, Karen Kyker, all of Ringgold, Charles Cope, of Toccoa, Travis Castrejon, of Rocksprings; sister, Linda “Susie” Collins, of Ringgold; brother, Stanley Cope, of East Ridge; 14 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, 2009, in the chapel with Rev. Johnny Feagan officiating.

Interment will follow in Lakewood Memory Gardens-South.

Family will receive friends all day today, and prior to the service Friday.

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

Meredith Evans

LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN — Meredith Laird Evans, 91, died peacefully on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2009, with her family surrounding her.

She was a member of John Calvin Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Evans was preceded in death by her husband, John Herbert Evans Jr.; a son, J. H. Evans III; and one brother, Robert D. Laird.

Survivors include her children, Margie Smith and her husband, Bob, of Chattanooga, Stephen L. Evans and his wife, Patsy, of Chattanooga, and Stephen Martin and his wife, Denise, of Sanford, N.C.; daughter-in-law, Lorna Evans, of Atlanta; grandchildren, John H. Evans IV, Mark Gerald Evans, Robert Andrew Evans, James Anderson Laird Evans, Meredith Hope Lorraine Evans and R. Evan Smith; five great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Chattanooga National Cemetery with the Rev. Grady Davidson officiating.

The family will receive friends from 5-9 p.m. today at the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, 404 S. Moore Road.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army 800 McCallie Ave., Chattanooga, TN 37403.

Rhylie Joyce

CHICKAMAUGA — Rhylie Leigh Joyce, age 9 days, came into this world on Friday, July 31, 2009 with the beauty of an angel. She must have truly been one, as God called her home on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2009.

Survivors include her parents, Amanda and Stuart Joyce, of Chickamauga; grandparents, aunts and cousins.

Private family services will be held.

To share your condolences, visit www.lane-southcrestchapel.com.

Arrangements are by the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home & Crematory, Rossville.

Brenda Shirley

POWDER SPRINGS — Brenda L. Shirley, 61, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009.

She was a resident of Flintstone, Ga., for over 20 years before moving to Powder Springs 13 years ago.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Quinton Dwight Shirley.

Survivors include two sons, Anthony (Kristen) Shirley, of Marietta and Ryan Shirley, of Powder Springs; two daughters, Kelli (Bryan) Derryberry, of Lookout Mountain and Robyn (Justin) Cook, of Cochran, Ga.; parents, Claude and Zora Bell Taylor, of Calhoun, Ga.; sisters, Glenda Kelley, of Memphis, Joan (James) Palmer, of Chickamauga, Ga., and Shirley Smith, of Calhoun, Ga.; brother, Ronnie (Nancy) Taylor, of Calhoun, Ga.; four grandchildren, MaKayla and Mason Derryberry and Stratton and Keagan Cook; and several nieces and nephews.

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

Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. in the South Crest Chapel with Elder Lloyd T. Blair officiating.

Interment will follow in Tennessee-Georgia Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends today after 3 p.m. and Friday from 11 a.m. until the Funeral Hour at the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home & Crematory, Rossville.

Montyne Stolz

ALPHARETTA — Montyne Shattuck Stolz passed away Monday, Aug. 10. 2009.

She was born Mary Montyne Shattuck on Jan. 12, 1937 in LaFayette, Ga. She was the daughter of Horace and Marguerite Shattuck.

Montyne graduated from Stephens Preparatory School in St. Louis, Mo. at the age of 7. She went on to attend the University of Georgia where she was president of her sorority Chi Omega and selected for Mortar Board. She went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude in 1957. After graduation she married Irwin W. Stolz Jr.

She is survived by her sister, Sue Shattuck Ellis; her son, Will Stolz; her daughter-in-law, Karen Stolz; and her grandsons, Alec Stolz and Sam Stolz.

There will be a memorial service on Friday, Aug. 14, at 11 a.m. at the Northside Chapel Funeral Directors and Crematory, 12050 Crabapple Road, Roswell 770-645-1414.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations be made to the United Way.

ALABAMA

Carl Britton

STEVENSON — Carl Britton, 74 died Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009, at his home.

The funeral will be 11 a.m. CDT today, Aug. 13, at the funeral home chapel officiated by Brother Jerry Maynor.

Interment will be at Stevenson City Cemetery.

OTHER AREAS

Ralph Brown

DUNEDIN, Fla. — Ralph E. Brown, 78, passed away on Friday, July 3, 2009.

Ralph and his wife Doral Dean were residents of Dunedin for the past 35 years.

Before moving to Florida, they resided in Fort Oglethorpe and Chattanooga. Ralph taught ROTC at Central High School and at UTC before retiring from the U.S. Army in 1967 with 22 years service. After leaving the army, he served as Director of Safety at UTC. Before moving to Dunedin, he worked for the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Dept. as a detective.

Survived by his wife, Doral D. Brown, of Dunedin; daughter, Sue (Gary) Crowley, of Chattanooga; son, Ralph Brown Jr. (Michelle), of Zephryhills, Fla.; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild; several nieces and nephews.

Burial will be at Chattanooga National Cemetery on Friday, Aug. 14, at 1 p.m. with full military honors.

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