Chattanooga
Fire and Police Department
Obituaries

This page is dedicated to memory of members of the Chattanooga Fire and Police Departments. It was made possible through the efforts of Robert A. Tanner, Jr. and June Tanner Cooper.

 

Richard C. Alexander

Officer Richard Alexander dies; service Tuesday at 11

Richard C. Alexander died Thursday, Oct. 5, 2000, in a local hospital.

            Mr. Alexander was a Chattanooga police officer and also worked at the Bi-Lo store on 23rd Street .  He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, a member of Miracle missionary Baptist Church and a Mason.

            Mr. Alexander was preceded in death by his parents, Lon Ed Mitchell and Minnie Mitchell; daughter, Angela Alexander; and brother-in-law, Greg Jones.

            Survivors include his wife, Joyce Alexander; daughter, Yolanda Alexander, both of Chattanooga; brothers, Oliver Baker, Memphis, and Michael Mitchell, Greenville, S.C.; sisters, Yvonne Mitchell, Patricia Russell, Mildred Brown, Melinda Davidson and Priscilla, all of Chattanooga.

            Services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the First Cumberland Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Horace Scruggs officiating.

            Burial will be in the Chattanooga National Cemetery .

            The body will lie in state on Monday afternoon at the Taylor Funeral Home, Wilcox Boulevard , where a Masonic ceremony will be conducted at 7 p.m.

 

Alverson, David Ronald
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Former Hamilton County Chief Deputy Sheriff
David Ronald Alverson, 72, of Ooltewah, died on Friday, November 26, 2010 in a local hospital.
A lifelong resident of Chattanooga, Mr. Alverson was a retired criminal investigator with the U.S. Army after 21 years of service.
Following his military career, he retired from the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department as chief deputy after 13 years of service and also retired from Memorial Hospital after 13 years.
He was a member of Christian Family Church and Brainerd Presbyterian Church. He also held membership with the Vietnam Veterans Association and received Police Officer of the Year from the Exchange Club of Chattanooga in 1980 and Police Officer of the Year, Hamilton County Sheriff's Department in 1979.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Franklin Alverson and Johnnie Louise Roan Alverson; brothers, Kenneth Alverson and Robert Kelly.
Survivors are his wife of 52 years, Bobbie Alverson; two sons, Dave Alverson, Gulf Breeze, Fl., and Terry Alverson, Alpharetta, Ga.; three sisters, Louise Hardwick, Tifton, Ga., Betty Meyers, Azle, Tx., and Vet Alverson, Ft. Worth, Tx.; four grandchildren, Kathryn, Lauren, Eric and David.
Services will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 30, at 12:30 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Ron Regan officiating. Burial will be in the Chattanooga National Cemetery.
The family will receive friends on Monday, Nov. 29, from 3-7 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home, East Brainerd Road.

Chattanoogan.com Posted November 27, 2010

 

 

Atchley, Earl Eugene Sr.

Retired From Chattanooga Fire Department After 40 Years

Earl Eugene Atchley, Sr. 79, of Chattanooga, died on Friday, August 21, 2009 in a local hospital.
Mr. Atchley was born in Bradley County but, had lived in Chattanooga most of his life. He held memberships in The Antique Motorcycle Club, the Antique License Club and the Georgia Races Hall of Fame.
He was retired from the City of Chattanooga Fire Department with 40 years of service. Mr. Atchley was a veteran of the Korean Conflict serving in the U.S. Army.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Viola Hicks Atchley and a brother, Carl Atchley.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Bobbie Huskey Atchley, son, Gene (Peggy) Atchley, Ft. Oglethorpe; daughter, Viola (Randy) Williamson, Maryville; three brothers, Joe (Lessie) Atchley, Trenton; J.C. (Marie) Atchley, Ider, Al.; Tommy Ray Atchley, Indianapolis, In.; sister, Peggy Mason, Trenton; three grandchildren, Tony Williamson, Katrina Gaddis, both of Maryville; PFC Darrell Williamson, Ft. Stewart, Ga.; three great-grandchildren, Austin, Alex and Anabeth Williamson, all of Maryville; several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 23, in the funeral home chapel. Interment will be in Dietz Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Forgotten Child Fund.
Visit www.heritagefh.com to share words of comfort to the family.
The family will receive friends from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 22, at Heritage Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 7454 E. Brainerd Road.
Posted August 21, 2009, Chattanoogan.com
 

Nathan Baubach

Nathan G. Baubach, Sr. of Chattanooga died Tuesday, March 11, 1997, in a local nursing home.  He was 83.

Graveside services were today at 11 a.m. in Chattanooga Memorial Park with the Rev. Jack, Smith officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to North Cleveland Church of God Benevolence Ministry, 335 11th St . NE , Cleveland Tenn. , 37311 .          

Arrangements by Heritage Funeral Home, East Brainerd .

 

 

Harry Bible

            Harry Powers Bible died Wednesday, May 19, 1999, in a local hospital.  He was 91.

            Mr. Bible was a member of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church .

            He retired from the Chattanooga Police Department and was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and the Chattanooga Half Century Club.

            He was preceded in death by his wife, Lucy Bible.

            Survivors include a daughter, Martha Mitteness, Buford , Ga. ; a son, James Bible, Orlando , Fla. ; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

            A graveside service will be Friday at 2 p.m. in Tyner Cemetery with the Rev. Dale Gilbert officiating.

 

 

Veron Ray Britton
        Vernon Ray Britton, 67, of Chattanooga, died on Friday, May 26, 2006. He was of the Baptist faith and a retired Chattanooga police officer. He was             preceded in death by his wife, Blanche Britton; father, Virgil Britton; sisters, Gloria Brogdon and Joan Patterson. He is survived by his mother, Fannie "Pat" Britton, Trenton, GA; sons, Michael Britton, Douglasville, GA, Donnie Britton, Miami, FL, and Dennis Rockwood, Chattanooga; daughters, Janet Prosser, Douglasville, Elaine Kadrie and Sandie Baxter, both of Chattanooga; sister, Linda Thompson, Marietta, GA; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Dodds Avenue Chapel of Turner Funeral Homes with Rev. John Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Lakewood Memory Gardens, South. Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. Saturday, in the funeral home. Arrangements are by Turner Funeral Home, Dodds Avenue Chapel, (423) 622-3171.
Chattanoogan.com Posted May 27, 2006

 

 

Brown, Harold "Buddy"


Retired Deputy Fire Chief With Chattanooga Fire Department
    Harold (Buddy) Brown, 84, of Hixson, died peacefully at home on Thursday, December 8, 2011 surrounded by his loving family.
Buddy was a graduate of Central High School Class of 1944, a Veteran of the US Navy, Pacific Fleet, WWII, and a graduate of McKenzie Business School. He joined the Chattanooga Police Department in 1948 before transferring to the Chattanooga Fire Department where he rose through the ranks over 37 years, retiring as Deputy Fire Chief.
He was a member of East Lake Lions Club, and a longtime member of East Lake Baptist Church and moved membership to East Ridge Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Gladys and Jess Brown.
Survivors are his wife, Eloaine Turner Brown; three children, Brenda (Bill) Errickson, Mark (Debbie) Brown, Jann (Jim) Little; six grandchildren; Leigh Ann (Jamie) Goebel, Kathy (Scott) Henze, Chad Brown, Jennifer Brown, Jim Little, Jr. and Sarah Little; 10 great-grandchildren; sister, Dorothy Freeman; brother, David (Donna) Brown; brother-in-law, Larry (Peggy) Turner; several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, December 11, and from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Monday, December 12, at the North Chapel.
Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, December 12 at the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home with Dr. Jeff Daniel of South Rossville Baptist Church and Judge Clarence Shattuck officiating. Burial will follow at Hamilton Memorial Gardens.
Members of the Chattanooga Fire Department will serve as pallbearers.
His family would like to thank Amedisys Home Health Care and Hospice of Chattanooga for their kind and compassionate care of Buddy.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Chattanooga, 4411 Oakwood Dr., Chattanooga, Tn. 37416.
Arrangements are by Chattanooga Funeral Home Crematory and Florist, North Chapel, 5401 Highway 153, Hixson, Tn. 37343.
Chattanoogan.com Posted December 9, 2011

 

John Smith Boles, 89, Dies; Was Chattanooga Firefighter

John Smith Boles, who retired as a lieutenant after 27 years with the Chattanooga Fire Department, died Thursday, July 1, 1999, at a local hospital.  He was 89.

Mr. Boles, who lived in Apison, was a lifelong resident of the Chattanooga area and a son of the late Ozro and Ola Boles.

He was a member of East Lake Baptist Church and the Blue Ribbon Bible Class, a charter member and past president of the East Lake Lions Club, and a past recipient of the Lion of the Decade award.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Cathleen Shofner Boles; his second wife, Thelma Ingram Boles; a son John Larry Boles; a sister, Luecile Allen; and a granddaughter, Tina Chastain.

Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Payne; son, David b. Boles; sister, Bessie Norman, all of Chattanooga ; sister, Mabel Markwood, Florida ; 10 grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home, East Brainerd Road , with Pastor Ralph LaFave and the Rev. Jimmy Gennoe officiating.

Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery .

The family received friends at the funeral home.  


Jeff Bowman - Chattanooga Firefighter Was Professional Boxer
        Jeff Bowman, age 42, of East Ridge, died at his residence March 11, 2006.
        He was a member of Brainerd Baptist Church and a firefighter with the City of Chattanooga for the last 10 years. Jeff was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a professional boxer. Jeff was a loving father and husband.
        He was preceded in death by his mother, Jane Ann Bowman, and brother, Don Bowman.
        He is survived by his wife, Debbie Bowman; father, Don Bowman of Chattanooga; sons, Jeffery and Jackson Bowman; brother, Don Bowman III of Chattanooga; sisters, Sandy McKenzie and Diane Gilbert, both of Chattanooga; and several nieces and nephews.
        Funeral service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Brainerd Baptist Church, with Rev. Darryl Craft officiating. Interment will follow at the Chattanooga National Cemetery with full military honors. Pallbearers will be LeBron Clark, Bart Eaton, Lamar Long, Ken Adair, Rick Holcomb, Tony Stillwell, Steve Gaston, and Steve Wilson.
        Condolences may be sent at www.heritagefh.com
        The family will receive friends Tuesday from 1- 9 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home and Crematory 7454 E. Brainerd Rd.

Chattanoogan.com; Posted March 12, 2006

 

Garland Caldwell
    Caldwell-Lt. Garland, 84, a longtime member of the Chattanooga Police Department's detective division, died Saturday in a local nursing home.  He worked at Standard-Coosa-Thatcher before joining the Police Department in 1936, where he served as detective Captain and Chief of detectives before retiring in 1971.  A native of Tunnel Hill, Ga., he was a member of Ridgedale Church of Christ, the Half Century Club and the Fraternal Order of Police.  He was preceded in death by his parents, James J. and Cora Lee Freeman Caldwell.  Survivors include his wife, Nell Hart Caldwell, Chattanooga; daughter Rita Reed, Rossville; son James K. Caldwell, Orlando, Fla.; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren.  Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home chapel with Minister John Cupp and John Jenkins officiating.  Burial will be in the Forest Hill Cemetery.
July 23, 1990

 

Campbell, Ernest G., Jr.

Retired Assistant Chief Of Chattanooga Police
Ernest G. Campbell Jr., 69, of Chattanooga, died on Monday, Dec. 18, 2006, at his residence.
A lifelong resident of Chattanooga, he was the son of the late Ernest G. Campbell Sr. and Edith Plumlee Campbell. He was a graduate of Cleveland State Community College and was retired from the Chattanooga Police Department as assistant chief of police.
Mr. Campbell was a past member of the Lakeside Optimist Club and St. A n d rews United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Laura Dutton Campbell; son and daughter-in-law, Guy and Tina Campbell, of Ooltewah; daughter and son-in-law, Audry and Jerry Ensley, of East Ridge; grandchildren, Amy Ensley, Aly Ensley, Quade Campbell and Garrett Campbell; great-grandson, Jace Anderson; and two sisters, Patricia Greene, of Lookout Mountain, Tn., and Pamela Whitfield, of East Ridge.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2:30 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Billy Dean officiating. Interment will follow in Chattanooga Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 5-8 p.m. Wednesday and again Thursday from noon to service time at the funeral home.
Arrangements are by the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 404 S. Moore Road, Chattanooga, TN 37412.

Chattanoogan.com. Posted December 19, 2006
 

Roy Lee Carlton

            Roy Lee Carlton died Monday, July 19, 1999, in a local hospital.  He was 70

            He was a member of Stanley United Methodist Church and was one of the first black policemen hired by the city of Chattanooga .  He was a veteran of World War II.

            Survivors include his sister, Dorothy Smith, Chicago; two nieces, Stephanie Smith and Jessica Jackson; and two nephews, Cedrick K. Smith and Earl Smith.

            The funeral will be Friday at 10:30 a.m. at the Avondale Chapel of Franklin Strickland Funeral Home.

            Burial will be in Chattanooga National Cemetery .

 

Cliff Carroll

            John C. “Cliff” Carroll, 79, of Chattanooga passed away Saturday, Dec. 6, 2003.

            Cliff was a 1941 graduate of Central High School .  He was retired from the Chattanooga Fire Department after 25 years and retired after 15 years of service with TVA at Raccoon Mountain and Sequoyah Nuclear Plant.  Cliff served seven years in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific during World War II on a submarine.

            He was a member of Red Bank Presbyterian Church and the Covenant Sunday School Class.  Cliff was a member of St. Elmo Post #148 of the American Legion and the St. Elmo East Ridge Masonic Lodge #755 F&AM.

            He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Frances McCarthy Carroll; daughter, Jane O’Dell and her husband, John, of Trenton , Ga ,; son, John C. Carroll Jr., Cocoa , Fla. ; three grandchildren, Lacy Yates, Cody Yates and Cameron O’Dell, Trenton; nieces, Carol Jackson, and her husband, Vernon, Sale Creek, Jean Wattenbarger, Chattanooga.

            The family received friends at a Praise Service celebrating his life at Red Bank Presbyterian Church, 4320 Dayton Blvd, on Monday, Dec. 8th  at 7:30 p.m. with the Rev. Everett Gossett officiating.

            Interment was at Chattanooga National Cemetery Dec. 9, 2003 at 11 a.m.   

Arrangements were by the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home.

 

 

James Case

James N. “Jim” Case died Wednesday, Jan. 27, 1999.  He was 69.

He was a member of St. Elmo United Methodist Church, St. Elmo, Lodge 773 F&AM and Firefighters Local 820.

Mr. Case was a retired lieutenant from the Chattanooga Fire Department after 28 years and a veteran of the National Guard.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Drinnon Case; two sons, Wayne Case, Chattanooga and Alan Case, Trenton , Ga. ; one daughter, Elaine O’Dell, Chattanooga ; two sisters, Evelyn Jones, Chattanooga and Betty Goliher, Birmingham , Ala. ; and four grandchildren

Services will be Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at the West Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral with the Rev. Bruce Spangler officiating.

Burial will be in Chattanooga Memorial Park .

The family received friends at the funeral home.

 

 

James Timothy Chapin


Police Officer Killed In The Line Of Duty
 

Sgt. James Timothy Chapin, 51, of Soddy Daisy, died on Saturday, April 2, 2011.
A graduate of UTC with a B.A. in Criminal Justice, Tim has served with the Chattanooga Police Department for the past 27 years. Prior to that, Tim served with the U.S. Capitol Police Department during the presidency of Ronald Reagan. Tim follows his grandfather and father in law enforcement.
He held memberships with the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #22 and the Fellowship of Christian Police Officers. Tim was a member of Abba’s House since 1998 where he served in the children’s and youth ministry programs.
He is survived by his wife, Kelle Yeomans Chapin; son, Nicholas Chapin and daughter, Allison Chapin, all of Soddy Daisy; parents, Ralph and Linda Richards Chapin, Powells Crossroads; sisters, Lisa (Kent) Chapin Roberson, Pikeville, Tn., and Laura (David) Chapin Smith; brother, Paul (Jamie) Chapin, both of Powells Crossroads; several nieces, nephews, great-niece and nephews, aunts and uncles.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Apr. 7, at 1 p.m. at Abba’s House with Dr. Ron Phillips and Pastor Chris Brooks officiating.
Burial will follow at Hamilton Memorial Gardens with officers of the Delta Team serving as pallbearers, including David Ashley, Brian Blumenberg, Mark Bender, Florida Wynn, Troy Cannon, Steve Campbell and Lorin Johnston. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Chattanooga Police Dept.
Memorial contributions may be made in Tim’s memory to Abba’s House, 5208 Hixson Pike, Chattanooga, Tn. 37343.
The family will receive friends at Abba’s House from 12-3 and 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Apr. 6.
Friends are welcome to visit and sign the register book at Abba’s House at any other hours after noon on Wednesday.
Visit www.heritagefh.com to share words of comfort to the family.
Arrangements are by Heritage Funeral Home, 7454 East Brainerd Road.
Chattanoogan.com Posted April 5, 2011

 

Jesse David Cliett III

 

Jesse David Cliett III died on Sunday, October 11, 2009, at Erlanger Hospital after a valiant battle against pulmonary fibrosis.
David was born August 9, 1951 to the late J.D. Jr. and Jessie Mae Woods Cliett.
David was a member of the 1969 graduating class of Brainerd High School. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy and completed two tours of duty in Vietnam.
David retired from the Chattanooga Police Department with 25 years of service. During that time he held positions of Patrol Officer, Detective and Patrol Supervisor.
David had also obtained his contractor's license and built many homes in the Hamilton County area over the years.
David was a Christian and a member of Brainerd Baptist Church.
His devoted wife Julia brought great joy to his life and was a loving, compassionate caregiver whose sole concern was his comfort.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a sister, Nancy Cliett of Chattanooga; stepdaughter, Khesia Setiawan; numerous cousins and friends, and his faithful companions, his Jack Russells "Spike" and "Jack".
Visitation will be from 2-5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at Heritage Funeral Home on East Brainerd Road, with a celebration of life to follow at 5 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. Officiating will be Pastor Bob Patty.
Honorary pallbearers will be Harry Woods, Ken Erb, Eddie Sanders, Rob Terry, Lance Woods, David French, Mike Wood, Doug Gray, John Thatcher and Jack Casteel.
Donations in David's memory can be made to further the research into Pulmonary Fibrosis by the following: Payable to: Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Stub must reference: Dr. Loyd, IPF Research Fund, 4-04-383-9262. Mail to: Richard Steinhart, Administrative Officer for Research, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, 1161 21st Avenue South, T-1218 MCN, Nashville, Tn. 37232-2650.
Visit www.heritagefh.com to share words of comfort to the family and view the memorial tribute.
Arrangements are by Heritage Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 7454 E. Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, Tn. 37421.
Posted October 12, 2009 Chattanoogan.com
 

 

Tom Cooper

            Thomas F. Cooper, 79, passed away Thursday, March 17, 2005 at his home.

            Mr. Cooper, also known as “Captain Bull,” was a native of Chattanooga and retired after 25 years with the Chattanooga Fire Department, rising to the rank of captain.

            He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Hallie Bell Cooper.

            He is survived by his wife, June Cooper; son Richard (Allison) Cooper; daughters, Connie (Hank) Cofrancesco, Cyndi (Andy) Hall; grandchildren, Jenny and Shelley Cooper, Trey and Canon Cofrancesco, Tanner and Aidan Hall; a sister Mary Brooks, all of Chattanooga; brothers, retired Col. Dewey G. Cooper, USAF, Tavares, Fla., and Richard T. Cooper, Casselberry, Fla; and several nieces and nephews.

            Memorial services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 20, 2005 in the chapel of Heritage Funeral Home with Brother Ronnie Misseldine and Brother Bruce Wooley officiating.

            The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. today at Heritage Funeral Home, East Brainerd Road.

 


Troy E. Cranfield Dies; Veteran City Policeman

          Troy Eugene Cranfield, a 25-year veteran of the Chattanooga Police Department, died Monday, April 29, 1996, in a local hospital.  He was 64.

            Mr. Cranfield was a lifelong Chattanoogan, a Baptist, a Mason and a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and the Fraternal Order of Eagles.

            He was a son of the late Dale Earnest and Annie Mae Pierce Cranfield.

            Survivors include his son, Earl E. Cranfield; Salem , Pa; and two sisters, Christine Ellis, Rossville, and Mary Hackney, Pasadena , Texas .

            A graveside service will be Thursday at 1 p.m. in Chattanooga National Cemetery with the Rev. George Angel officiating.

 

James Marshall "Pete" Davis - Longtime Police Officer With Chattanooga PD
        James Marshall "Pete" Davis, 84, of Chattanooga died on Thursday, March 2, 2006, at home, losing a battle to cancer.
        A wonderful, devoted husband, father and grandfather, he will be greatly missed by his family and friends, and long remembered for his kindness, humor,        selflessness, determination and courage.
        Born September 29, 1921, in Marshall County, Alabama, he moved at age six with his parents, by horse and wagon, to Tyner, TN. When the age was lowered for draftees into World War II, he joined and served in the U.S. Army from June 30, 1942 until November 19, 1945, touring in European, African, and Middle Eastern Theaters, Rome-Arno, Rhineland and Central European Campaign.
        After returning from World War II, he lived in Chattanooga and worked at Western Union until August 10, 1948, when he joined the Chattanooga Police Department under Commissioner Roy Hyatt. Working his way up the ranks as Patrolman, Detective, Lieutenant, Captain and Assistant Chief in street patrol, racket squad, narcotics and homicide divisions and major crimes department, retirement came in 1983 with 35 ½ years of service.
        Pete was of the Baptist faith and was a member of VFW Post 1289, Masonic Lodge #558 F&AM, the York and Scottish Rite, Alhambra Shrine Temple, Fraternal Order of Police, Tennessee Law Enforcement Officers Association, and Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police.
        He was preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Mollie Ford Davis, five brothers and five sisters.
        He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Imogene Holder Davis; daughter and son-in-law, Marsha and Doug Goodman of Decherd, TN; grandson, Pete Tramel of Smithville, TN; great-grandson, Sorrel, many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
        A graveside service with military honors will be held 11:00 a.m. on Monday, at Chattanooga National Cemetery with the Rev. Al Miller officiating. His nephews will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be retired and active members of Chattanooga Police Department.
        The family will receive friends from 2-6 p.m. on Sunday with a masonic service at 6 p.m. at the East Brainerd Chapel, 8214 East Brainerd Road.
        In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Caldsted Foundation, Inc. 3701 Cherryton Drive, Chattanooga, TN 37411, or Hospice of Chattanooga, 4355 Highway 58, Chattanooga, TN 37416.
    Chattanoogan.com; Posted March 3,2006
 

M. J. ‘Sonny’ Day Dies; Fire Marshal, Pastor

          Marvin Jene “Sonny” Day, fire marshal with the Chattanooga Fire Department and pastor of the 34th Street Baptist Tabernacle, died Sunday, April 7, 1996, in a local hospital.

            Mr. Day was teacher of the Young Adults Sunday school class at his church and a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, Fire Fighters Local 820 and the Fraternal Order of Fire Fighters Lodge 1.

            He also was a member of East Lake Lodge 698 F&AM, Mount Moriah Council 95, John Bailey Nicklin Chapter 49, Lookout Commandery 14 and the Alhambra Shrine Temple .

            He was a son of the late William E. and Lizzie Lee Houston Day.

            Survivors include his wife, Bonnie L. Day; son, Lt. Rodney D. Day, Chattanooga ; sister, Mary Ann Givens, Chattanooga ; two brothers, Sgt. William E. Day, Chattanooga , and Maj. Herbert L. Day, Charleston , S.C.

            The funeral will be Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at Chattanooga Funeral Home, East, with the Rev. Royce Powell, the Rev. Ralph Elder and the Rev. Samuel Blakemore officiating.

 

 

William E. Day
             Sgt. William E. Day, a 27 year veteran with the Chattanooga Police Department, died today Thursday, July 3, 1997, at his home here.  He was 57.
            Sgt. Day most recently served as a detective in the burglary division.  He worked for many years in the traffic division and K-9 squad, and formerly was employed with the Red Bank and Lookout Mountain police departments.
            Sgt. Day, a native of Dalton, Ga., lived most of his life in Chattanooga.  He graduated from City High School in 1957 and attended Cleveland State Community College.
            He was a veteran of the Marine Corps, a member of Second Baptist Church of Chattanooga and was with the Fraternal Order of Police.
            Survivors include his wife, Julie F. Day; four sons, William E. Day Jr., Hixson,  Daniel L. Day, Acworth, Ga., Austin Day and Bobby Kitchings, both of Chattanooga; three daughters, Debra Sharp, Hixson, Kellye Smith, Dayton, Tn., and Tammyla Day, Chattanooga; a brother, Maj. Herbert Day, Charleston, S.C.; sister Mary Ann Givens, Chattanooga; and seven grandchildren.
            The funeral will be Monday at 10:30 a.m. at the Coulter Chapel of Lane Funeral Home with the Rev. Billy Dean and the Rev. Douglas Partrick officiating.
            Burial will be in Chattanooga National Cemetery.

 

 

James Dill Sr.

James Harold Dill Sr. died Sunday, Aug. 23, 1998, in a local hospital.  He was 64.

He was a member of the 34th Street Baptist Tabernacle where he served as a deacon and superintendent of the Sunday School.

            He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served in the Korean War.  He was also a longtime employee of the Chattanooga Fire Department and was a member of the VFW Post 4848.

            Survivors include his wife, Betty Williams Dill; three sons, James Dill Jr., Ken and John Robert Dill, all of Chattanooga; a daughter, Kathy Martin, Cleveland; his mother, Essie Snyder, Chattanooga; two sisters, Shirley Scott and Virginia Plott, both of Chattanooga; several grandchildren.

            Services will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the 34th Street Baptist Tabernacle with the Revs. Billy Brown and Ralph Elder officiating.

            Burial will be in Chattanooga National Cemetery .

            The family received friends at the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home.  

 

 

Samuel Hartrell Dover
Bob Dover Dies; Police Officer Was FOP Leader

          Samuel Hartrell “Bob” Dover, a decorated World War II veteran and a leader in the Fraternal Order of Police, died Saturday, Dec. 28, 1996 at his home.  He was 75

            The lifelong resident of Chattanooga served in the U.S. Army’s 888 Airborne Engineers and the 82nd Airborne Division during World War II.

            He received numerous decorations for his military service, including the Silver Star, the Bronze Star and three Purple Hearts medals.

            During his service, he attended New York University .

            After the war and before moving back to Chattanooga , Mr. Dover was a professional prize fighter and fought in Madison Square Garden .

            He returned to Chattanooga in 1946 and joined the Chattanooga Police Department two years later.

            He was named “Policeman of the Year” in 1968 by the Fraternal Order of Police, Rock City Lodge.  He served as the president of the local F.O.P. in 197o-71 and as treasurer of the National F.O.P. in 1972...

            Mr. Dover was instrumental in starting an F.O.P. sponsored camp for underprivileged children at Camp Ocoee .

            He retired from the police department in 1973 after 25 years of service.

            Mr. Dover then took a position as sales representative for the Atlanta-based Momar Inc., where he worked for 23 years.

            He was a member of Ridgeview Baptist Church and Brainerd Masonic Lodge No. 736 F&AM.           

            Survivors include his wire, Sue Warren Dover; a son Randall Dover of Franklin, Tenn.; two daughters, Gayle Calabrese of Athens, Ga., and Tonya Greene of Chattanooga; a sister, Sara Lee Dickens, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga.’ And eight grandchildren.

            Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at Ridgeview Baptist Church , with the Rev. Ray Stonecypher officiating.

            Burial will follow in Chattanooga National Cemetery.

 

Dudley, Charles Lawrence Jr.

Chattanooga Police Officer For 25 Years

Charles Lawrence Dudley, Jr. 58, of Hixson passed away on June 17, 2011.
He had lived most of his life in the Chattanooga area and was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Charles was retired from the Chattanooga Police Department after 25 years of service and was awarded the Purple Heart from the Police Department, having been wounded in action. He was an avid Atlanta Falcons and Tennessee Vols fan.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles L. Sr. and Evelyn Dudley.
Survivors are his wife, Tammie Dudley; sister, Kay (J.T.) Marlin; daughter, Jackie Dudley and her daughter, Joey Dudley; daughter, Jennifer Nelson and her twin sons, Brenton and Bradley; stepson, Stoney (Renee) Morton and their daughter, Skye; stepdaughter, Tamara Blalock and her children, Koda and Allyssa and another daughter on the way; stepson, Gregory Steadman and his son; nieces, Kathy Cagle and Debbie Hickman and one great-niece, Whitney Hickman.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21, at the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home. Burial will be at Hamilton Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends from 3-8 p.m. on Monday, June 20, and from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21, at the funeral home.
Arrangements are by Chattanooga Funeral Home Crematory and Florist, North Chapel. Share your memories online at www.chattanooganorthchapel.com.
Chattanoogan.com Posted June 18, 2011

  

 

Harry Duggan
click to closeHarry Duggan, retired Sergeant of the Chattanooga Police Department, died on Wednesday, May 2, 2007, at his home.
He was a lifelong resident of Chattanooga and a member of the 34th Street Baptist Church. A mason, Harry was a member of the East Lake Masonic Lodge for over 20 years. He served his community as a police officer for 28 years, a fireman for two years and also worked for General Sessions Court for seven years.
Harry was a very loving and kind man and caring provider.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years who he adored and called “His Baby," Margie Duggan; daughter, Teresa Duggan; sister, Louise Vandergriff; devoted and loving nephew, Butch Picklesimer; several nieces and nephews, and many many good friends.
Services will be held Friday at 4 p.m. in the South Crest Chapel with Rev. Billy Dean and Rev. Johnny Haynes officiating. Burial will follow at Lakewood South Memory Gardens with Masonic Rites. Officers of the Chattanooga Police Department will be serving as pallbearers.
Condolences may be sent to www.lane-southcrestchapel.com.
Visitation is Friday from 12 p.m. until the funeral hour at the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home and Crematory.
Posted May 7, 2007 Chattanoogan.com

 

 

Robert Elsea

          Robert A. Elsea, 64, of Chattanooga passed away at his residence Friday, Sept. 6, 2002.

            He was of the Baptist faith and a member of Middle Cross Baptist Church .  He was retired from the Chattanooga Police Department and a member of the Fraternal Order of Police.  He was also a four-year Army veteran.

            Mr. Elsea was preceded in death by his father and mother and one brother, Clyde Elsea.

            He is survived by his wife, Rebecca Elsea of Hixson; two daughters, Teresa Funk of Rend Bank and Kathy Ayers of Chattanooga; one brother, Donald Elsea of Atlanta Ga. ; Two grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

            Funeral services will be Monday at 1:30 p.m. in the chapel, with Rev. Gary Shirley officiating.

            Burial will follow at Chattanooga National Cemetery .

 

Dewayne Ethridge

            Dewayne Ethridge, 62, of Harrison , died Thursday, March 13, 2003 at his home.

            He was a retired police officer with the city of Chattanooga and a retired lieutenant with Chattanooga State Technical Community College .  He was a member of Cross Road Baptist Church and Masonic Lodge 437 of Fort Payne, Ala.

            He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Edna Ethridge; son, Darren Dewayne Ethridge; daughter, Stacie Ethridge Martin, and her husband, Lee; brother, Frank Ethridge of Mobile, Ala.; and sister, Mary Walker of Fort Payne, ala.

            The funeral will be Sunday, March 16, 2003, at 2 p.m. at the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home with Rev. Mike Steel officiating.

            Interment will follow in Lakewood Memory Gardens , East.  Members of Masonic Lodge 437 and the Chattanooga Police Department will serve as pallbearers.

            The deacons of Cross Road Baptist Church will serve as honorary pallbearers.

            The family will receive friends for visitation today from 2-8 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

            Arrangements are by the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home.

 

Finney, Larry Allen
Retired Captain With Chattanooga Police Department
Larry Allen Finney, 64, of Georgetown, died on Tuesday, May 18, 2010, at his residence.
He was a retired captain from the Chattanooga Police Department, and was a member of New Shepherd Hill Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Finney and Norma Savannah Finney.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce Finney; son, Michael Finney; daughter, Mary Finney; Jerry Finney; sisters, Gail Finney and Deborah Finney; two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
A private family service will be held.
Arrangements are by J. Avery Bryan Funeral Home, 1914 McCallie Ave., 423 266-2131

Chattanoogan.com posted May 20, 2010

 

 

Ollie C. Fitts, 91, Dies; Police, Juvenile Officer

          Captain. Ollie C. Fitts, who retired from the Chattanooga Police Department and was the first juvenile officer in the city, died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 1997, at his home. He was 91.

            He also was the first outside sergeant in the city.  He was an Army veteran of World War II and a member of Brainerd Hills Baptist Church , Masonic Lodge 549 F&AM, the Mississippi Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association, the Tennessee Peace Officers Association and the American Legion.

            He was the widower of Harriett Dillards Fitts.

            Survivors include two brothers, E. Grant Fitts, Dallas, and Grover Fitts of Riceville, Tenn. ; and three nephews.

            The funeral will be Friday at 11:30 a.m. at Chattanooga Funeral Home, West, with the Rev. Richard Mason officiating.

            Burial will be in Chattanooga Memorial Park.

 

Larry Gaines

          Larry Gaines died Thursday, May 30, 1996, in a local hospital.  He was 69.

            A longtime resident of Chattanooga, he was a member of the East Chattanooga Baptist Church, a retired police inspector with the Chattanooga Police Department after 25 years, and a veteran of World War II.

            Survivors include his wife, Toby Gaines; two sons, Jim and Mitch Gaines, both of Chattanooga ; and three grandchildren.

            Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Highway 58 Chapel of Turner Funeral Home with the Rev. Tom Sparrow officiating.

            A private burial will be held in the Chattanooga National Cemetery at a later date

 

 

James Gentry

          James E. “Jim” Gentry, 78, of Soddy-Daisy died Monday, May 28, 2001 at his home.

            Mr. Gentry was a Baptist and was retired lieutenant of the Chattanooga Police Department, having served 35 years.  He also was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and was preceded in death by his parents, George S. and Delphia Gothard Gentry.

            Survivors include his wife, Jane Gentry; daughter, Glenda Bonine, Spring City , Tenn. ; son, Jimmy Gentry Jr., Hixson; sisters, Nevada Coppinger, Jane Holland and Bobbie Vandergriff, all of Sale Creek; brother, George S. Gentry Jr., Soddy-Daisy; grandchildren, Christy Henley, Amy Bonine, Chuck Bonine and Jeff Gentry; great-grandchildren, Taylor and Morgan Henley; several nieces and nephews.

            Funeral services will be 12:30 p.m. at Williamson and Sons Funeral Home with Rev. Joe Miller officiating. 

            Interment will be in Chattanooga National Cemetery.

 

 

Jesse Grant, Jr.
The Life Reflections of Mr. Jesse Gant Jr.

            Jesse Gant, Jr. was born on January 7, 1940 in Brooklyn , Georgia to the late Annie Bell and Jesse Gant, Sr.  He departed this life on May 19, 2004.

            Jesse was a veteran of the United States Army.  He was a veteran with the Chattanooga Police Department with 29 years.  He retired as Sergeant in 1991.  He was married to Mildred Hudson Gant for 40 years.

            Survivors include his wife; two sons, Jesse Gant III and James Gant; one daughter, Chasa Hayes; three grandchildren, Jesse Gant IV, Petera Gant, and Theresa Turner; one great-grandchild, Asley Sanderfer; two sisters-in-law, Mable Gray and Frances Hudson; many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and co-workers.

            A graveside service was Monday May 24, 2004, at 11:00 a.m.  

 

H. Dean Gross

Mr. H. Dean Gross, 71, died on May 20, 2010.
He was a member of City Church. He was ordained as a minister in 1971 and also served as an Industrial Chaplain in private industry.
He was one of the first four K-9 handlers for the city of Chattanooga. He was eventually made Sergeant in charge of training and administration until 1971.
He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Ruth Sylvester Gross, daughter, Valerie Nico, grandson, Logan Nico, granddaughter, Alexandra Nico, sister, Mrs. Dianne (W.C.) Daniels of Tampa, Fl., and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, May 24, at Heritage Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. William Colter officiating. Interment will follow in the Chattanooga National Cemetery.
Visit www.heritagefh.com to share words of comfort to the family and view the memorial tribute.
The family will receive friends from 2 - 4 and 6 - 8 p.m. on Sunday, May 23, at Heritage Funeral Home, 7454 E. Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, Tn. 37421.
Chattanoogan.com posted May 20, 2010

 

Arthur Steven Garrison
Retired Chattanooga Police Officer

Arthur Steven Garrison, 49, of Chattanooga, died on Saturday, July 8, 2006.
He was preceded in death by his father, Babe Ruth Garrison.
Steve retired from the Chattanooga City Police Department in 2003 after 19 years of service. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and a member of Temple Baptist Church in Chattanooga.
He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Mae and Bob Smith, of Rossville; sons, Steven Kyle Garrison and Jackson Holland Garrison, both of Chattanooga; brother, Jackie Garrison, of Alpine, WY; sister and brother-in-law, Teresa and Robin Bush, of Jackson, TN; stepsister, India Strang, of Ruston, LA; nieces, Amy Armstrong and Adrienne Bush; and nephew, Kelly Garrison.
Services will be at noon on Thursday, in the chapel with the Rev. Ken Trivette, the Rev. Tony Bennett and Dr. Max Helton officiating Interment will follow in Tennessee-Georgia Memorial Park in Rossville.
Pallbearers are Kenny Hicks, David Haddock, Jerry Haddock, Ryan Bennett, Homer Tittle and Earl Shipley. Honorary pallbearers are law enforcement agenciess across the tri-state area.
Visitation will begin after 4 p.m. Tuesday and all day Wednesday at the funeral home.
Online guest book is at www.wilsonfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are by W.L. Wilson & Sons Funeral Home, Fort Oglethorpe.
Chattanoogan.com Posted July 11, 2006
 

Lewis Norton Guinn Sr.

          Lewis Norton Guinn Sr., 68, of Ooltewah passed away Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2002.

            He was a saved Christian.  He was born in Buffalo , N.Y. , raised in Wrigley , Tenn. , and spent most of his life in Chattanooga and Hamilton County .

            Mr. Guinn attended Carson-Newman College .  He was retired from the Chattanooga Police Department as a lieutenant with 26 years of service.  Mr. Guinn was a Baptist deacon, a member and past master of the Mountain City Masonic Lodge 549 F&AM. A member of the Order of the Eastern Star 48, past president  of the Harrison Ruritan Club and past zone governor of the Cherokee District Ruritans.  He was a member of the past masters organization and Fraternal Order of Police.  He was a veteran of the Korean War.

            He was preceded in death by his father, Lewis L. Guinn, and a sister, Dorothy McNulty.

            Survivors include his wife Wilma W. Guinn; one son Lewis Norton Guinn Jr., Chattanooga; and one daughter, Susan Noreen Guinn, Chattanooga; two grandchildren, Magun Guinn, Chattanooga, and Brandon Guinn, Jasper, Tenn.; mother, Dorothy Elizabeth Guinn, Red Bank; one sister, Margaret Ann Bryant, Red Bank; one brother Leion Guinn, Ringgold, Ga.; one sister-in-law, Martha Ann Phillips, Chattanooga; several nieces and nephews.

            Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home.

            Interment will be in Chattanooga National Cemetery .

 

 

Paul Hahn

            Paul Lewis Hahn, 73, of Chattanooga died on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2004.

            He was a member of Ridgedale Church of Christ.

            Survivors include two daughters, Mary Lynn Logston, Chattanooga , and Tracy Elizabeth Pursley, Rossville; a son Paul Lewis Hahn, Jr., Woodstock , Ga. ; sister, Emily Harden, Chattanooga ; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

            Minister G. Waymon Summers will conduct the service at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 6, in Lakewood Memory Gardens , South.

            The family will receive friend today from 6 at p.m. in Ridgedale Church of Christ.

            Interment will be in Lakewood Memory Gardens, South. 

 

 

Jack Hales

          Jack V. Hales, 72, of Harrison , died Sunday, April 27, 2002, in local hospital.

            He was a retired police Captain for the City of Chattanooga and a U.S. Air Force Veteran.  He was a member of Fidelity Masonic Lodge #558 and an honorary member of Harrison Masonic Lodge #114 and the Fraternal Order of Police.

            He is survived by his wife, Jean Hales; sons, Steve and Stan Hales, both of Harrison; daughter, Linda Ball of Chattanooga ; five grandchildren; sister, Edith Quarles of Harrison .

            Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, April 29th at the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, with Rev. Grady Cooper officiating.

            Interment will follow in Hamilton Memorial Gardens .

 

Ronnie Earl Hawk

Ronnie Earl Hawk, 75, died on Tuesday, September 22, 2009 at a local hospital.
He attended Lupton Drive Baptist Church.
He was a graduate of Central High School and graduated from Cleveland State Community College with an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice.
Ronnie was past Master of Hill City Lodge # 603 F & A.M., past High Priest of Hill City Chapter # 220, Past Illustrious Master, Delta Council # 127 R and S, Lookout Commandery, KT #14.
He retired from the Chattanooga Police Department and Tennessee Department of Revenue and was currently employed with Chattanooga Funeral Home.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl Hawk and Lois Morgan Hawk.
Survivors include his three children, David Earl (Regina) Hawk, Rhonda (Lynn) Baxter, Jean Ann (David) Wilborn; special friend, Margaret Akin and family; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sister, Joyce (Harold) Sanders; nephew, Brent Sanders.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24, at the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home with Pastor Randy Bell officiating. Interment will follow at Chattanooga Memorial Park Cemetery.
The family will receive friends for visitation from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 23 and on Thursday from noon until the time of the service at the North Chapel.
Please share your thoughts and memories at Mem.com.
Arrangements are made by Chattanooga Funeral Home Crematory and Florist, 5401 Hwy. 153, Hixson, Tn. 37343.
Posted September 22, 2009 Chattanoogan.com
 

 

Duke Hicks Click to Enlarge
 

Owner Of Plumbing Company Was Involved In City PD, Fire, And Politics

Mr. Duke Hicks, a combat veteran, a former member of both the fire and police departments of this city, and the founder of a successful plumbing company that bears his name today, died on March 16. He was 89.

Mr. Hicks was born on May 17, 1917, in Benton, Tn. Shortly after his birth, his family relocated to East Chattanooga, where he lived until his move to Harrison in 1988. It was in Benton, where he spent long spans of his childhood summers at the side of his grandfather, the legendary Methodist preacher, Tupper Hicks, that Mr. Hicks first developed his great skills as a storyteller and as a cook.
In 1941, Mr. Hicks married Mildred Elizabeth Kidwell. They had two daughters, Susan and Sara. Mrs. Hicks preceded Mr. Hicks in death in 1987.
During World War II, Mr. Hicks served in the Navy's 31st Construction Battalion, better known by their nickname, the Fighting Seabees, in one of the Pacific's bloodiest battles at Iwo Jima. Below Mt. Suribachi he witnessed what is perhaps the most famous raising of this nation's flag. Mr. Hick's death came 62 years to the day after Iwo Jima was declared secure.
After serving for many years on both the fire and police departments, Mr. Hicks started his own company, Duke Hicks Plumbing in 1959. By the early 1970s, the company specialized in petroleum piping for gas and oil lines. In 1992, Mr. Hicks sold the business, known now as Duke Hicks Plumbing and Petroleum, to longtime employee Mike Webb.
Mr. Hicks was a 32nd degree Mason, past Worshipful Master, and he was a past president of the Mechanical Contractors Association. In addition, as a former Democratic precinct captain, Mr. Hicks was for many years involved in local party politics. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church and a devoted volunteer in the Changed Lives ministry.
In addition to his first wife, Mr. Hicks was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Lena G. Hicks; his brother, Dean; and a sister, Net Ragle.
He is survived by his wife, Wilma Ramsey Hicks, of Harrison; his two daughters, Susan (Kit) Steakley, of Ringgold; and Sara (Robert) Richey, of Chattanooga; stepchildren Brenda (Jim) Lee and C. Michael (Karen) Ramsey, both of Chattanooga; and three grandsons, James K. "Tripp" Steakley, 111, of Chattanooga; E. Duke (Sarah) Richey, of Walla Walla, Washington; R. Kevin (Samantha) Richey, of Mount Pleasant, S.C.; a granddaughter, Kay Steakley (James) Hardeman, of Ringgold; stepgrandchildren Jeffery Scott (Donna) Seagle, Christie Lea (Lebron) Johnson, John Michael (Sarah) Ramsey, and Nicholas Ellis Ramsey, all of Chattanooga; great-grandchildren, Graham Hicks Steakley, Matthew Kittrell Hardeman, Kendal Jordan Steakley, Allison Kay Hardeman, Duke Hicks Richey, Emelia Foerster Richey, and Edwin Ward Richey; stepgreat-grandchildren, Ramsey Gail Seagle, Colston James Johnson, Claire Elizabeth Johnson, and Ellis Barbara Ramsey; two nieces, Pat Page and Jane Butterworth; two nephews, Dan Brown and Bill Brown.
Pallbearers will be Tom Basham, Dan Brown, Roy Reeves, Hazen Butterworth, Mike Ramsey, and Mike Webb.
The family would like to thank the following caregivers: Bonnie Morgan, Tracy Morgan, Monica Thomas, Peggy McFalls, Bryan Morgan, Nicole Rollins, and Rita Brazille.
The family will receive friends at Chattanooga Funeral Home East on Wednesday from 5-8 p.m.
A funeral service will be held at First Presbyterian Church Chapel on Thursday at 1:30 p.m., with Ben Haden and Rev. Steve Wallace officiating.
The family will receive friends in the church's Connector beginning at 12:30 p.m. Interment will be at Greenwood Cemetery following the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial dona~ions be made to Alzheimer's Association, 735 Broad Street, Chattanooga 37402, Hospice of Chattanooga, 4355 Highway 58, Suite 101,58 Commons Building, Chattanooga 37416, or Changed Lives, Box 100, Chattanooga 37401.
 

Freddie L. Houston 

30-Year Police Veteran Freddie L. Houston Dies

            Chattanooga Police Capt. Freddie Lee Houston, a 30-year veteran of the department, died Thursday evening, Feb. 19, 1998, after a yearlong battle with cancer.

            Capt. Houston died at Erlanger Medical Center with his family by his side.  He was 60.

            “His death is a real loss to the community,” said Police Department spokesman Lt. Doug Gray.

            Capt. Houston, hired in 1968, was one of the first officers to work in the department’s K-9 unit when it began in the 1970’s.  He worked his way up through the ranks and spent much of his career in the patrol division.

            “He was truly a 24-hour-a-day police officer,” said Lt. Gray.

            Capt Houston spent much of his career patrolling the downtown area, and during his time with the department he taught a lot of officers how to do their jobs, Lt. Gray said.

            In 1986, Freddie Lee Houston was promoted to the rank of captain.  In 1988, he was appointed to serve on the Chattanooga Human Rights Commission.

            Most recently, he worked as a liaison with the district attorney’s office.

            He was a member of Avondale Church of Christ.

            Arrangements will be announced by Taylor Funeral Home.       

 

 

Clyde M. Ingle
Police Dept. Employee, Veteran Clyde Ingle Dies

            A former Chattanooga Police Department employee, Clyde M. Ingle of Tyner, died Wednesday, Dec. 23, 1998, at t local hospital.  He was 58.

            He was a veteran of the U.S. Marines and served in the Korean Conflict.

            Mr. Ingle was a lifelong resident of Chattanooga and a member of Oakwood Baptist Church .  He had been employed with the Chattanooga Police Department and was retired from Roadway Express.

            He was also board chairman of the Hamilton County Special Tactics and Rescue Service, a member of Teamsters Union Local 515 and a member of VFW Post No. 484.  He was preceded in death by brothers Kenneth Ingle and David Wolfe.

            Survivors include his wife, Rose Marie Ingle, a former member of the Chattanooga School Board.  Also surviving are two sons, Clyde Ingle, Ringgold, and Clay Ingle, Harrison; two daughters, Dottie Willmore, Chattanooga , and Bren Luke, Tyner; three sisters, Helen McCoy, Ooltewah, Lucille Hixson, Greensboro , N.C. , and Thelma Sembach, Long Beach , Wash. ; and five grandchildren.

            Funeral services will be held Monday at 12:30 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home, East Brainerd Road, with ministers John Cupp and County Commissioner Harold Coker officiating.

            Burial will be in Chattanooga National Cemetery .

 

 

Julie Rochelle Jacks

Julie Rochelle Jacks, a Chattanooga Police officer, died Monday, May 6, 2002, when she was shot in the line of duty. She was 26.
She was a lifelong resident of Chattanooga and a member of Tyner United Methodist Church. She was a graduate of UTC with a degree in criminal justice. She had three years of service with the Chattanooga Police Department and was the Rookie of the Year in 2001.
Survivors include her fiancee, Bobby Moses Jr., Chattanooga; father, Frank Jacks, Ooltewah; mother, Becky Ferguson Jacks, Chattanooga; paternal grandmother, Maudie Kay Jacks, Clearwater, Fla.; maternal grandparents, Ray and Dorothy Ferguson, Winder, Ga.; sisters, Ashley Jacks and Ginger Swilley, both of Chattanooga; niece, Allie Swilley, and nephew, Ethan Swilley, both of Chattanooga.
Funeral services will be Friday at 11 a.m. at the Highland Park Baptist Church with Rev. Dennis Newman, Chief Jimmie Dotson and Bill Liverman officiating. Burial will be in Lakewood Memory Gardens East with all law enforcement agencies in the region serving as active and honorary pallbearers.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 910 Blackford St., Chattanooga, Tn., 37403.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. and Thursday from 1-4 and 6-9 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home on East Brainerd Road.
Chattanoogan.com; Posted May 7, 2002

 

Joe Jenkins, 73, Dies; Was City Fire Official

Joe Jenkins of Chattanooga , former deputy chief of the Chattanooga Fire Department, died Wednesday, Dec. 2, 1998, at a local hospital.  He was 73.

The lifelong Chattanooga resident was retired from the Chattanooga Fire Department as deputy fire chief after 37 years of service.  He also was retired from the state of Tennessee as a fire safety officer.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, a member of East Lake Baptist Church , Alhambra Shrine, the Scottish Rite, John Bailey Nicklin Lodge 49 and East Lake Masonic Lodge 698.

Survivors include his wife, Bobbie Ruth Jenkins; a daughter, Candy Thrower; and a granddaughter, Jordon Thrower, both of Chattanooga .

Services will be Friday at 1 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home, East Brainerd Road , with the Rev. Glenn Wilson officiating.

Burial will be in Chattanooga National Cemetery .

The family received friends at the funeral home.

 

Steven Clifford Karas
 
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Steven Clifford Karas, 60, of Soddy-Daisy, died on Wednesday, December 17, 2008 at a local hospital.
Mr. Karas was a 1966 graduate of Brainerd High School. He entered the Army in 1967 and served his Country until 1971. He went to Helicopter Pilot School at Hunter AAF, Ga., from 1969 -1970. He served as a combat pilot in Vietnam where he flew search and rescue missions and transported troops to and from combat zones. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Valorous Unit Award, Air Medal, and Bronze Star.
After his military service he entered the Chattanooga Police Department in 1972. During his tenure with the Police Department he flew one of the first helicopters the city had in service. He retired from the Police Department in 1998 and started a second career with the Tennessee Department of Transportation and continued to work there until his time of death.
He also served as an instructor pilot in the Tennessee National Guard 278th ACR from 1986-1993.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Caroline and Frank Karas; Fern and Eugene Mathis; and father, Donald Larry Karas.
Survivors include his two sons, Dustin Karas, Kevin Karas; daughter-in-law, Stacy Karas; mother, Robertine Vorwerk; stepfather, Richard Vorwerk; sister, Cathy Faulkner; brother-in-law, Pete Faulkner; nephew, Eric Faulkner, and Janet Karas.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, at the North Chapel with Pastor Seton Tomyn officiating.
Interment will follow at Chattanooga National Cemetery with military honors.
The family will receive friends for visitation from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, and from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Monday at the North Chapel.
Please share your thoughts and memories at Mem.com.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in memory of Mr. Karas to the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Animal Shelter.
Arrangements are made by the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home Crematory and Florist, 5401 Highway 153, Hixson, Tn. 37343.
Chattanoogan.com
posted December 17, 2008

 

Harold D. "Danny" Kelly Sr.

          Harold D. “Danny” Kelley Sr., 57, of East Ridge , died Thursday, July 3, 2003, at his home.

            He was a native and lifelong resident of Chattanooga and of the Baptist faith.  He graduated from the Police Academy in Donelson , Tenn. , and was a former Chattanooga police officer of 15 years.  He was employed with the city of Chattanooga at the Moccasin Bend Waste Treatment Plant.

            His brothers, Robert Earl Kelly and Joseph Gordon Kelly Jr., preceded him in death.

            Survivors include wife, Ginger Sue Kelly; children, Danny Kelley Jr., Robin Powell, Lynette Mullins; brother, Pete Kelly Sr.; grandson, Logan Powell; nephews, Steve Kelley, Dr. Pete Kelly Jr.; niece, Katie Kelley.

            Services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the South Crest Chapel with burial following at Tennessee-Georgia Memorial Park .

 

Mildred Steele Kennedy
 
            Mildred Steele Kennedy, 79, of Chattanooga, died Saturday, Sept. 3, 2005.
            A member of Harrison United Methodist Church, she was the widow of David Kennedy and was retired from the Chattanooga Police Department.
            Surviving are two sons, Michael Kennedy and Bill (Susan) Kennedy; daughter, Betty Kennedy; six grandsons, Eric Kennedy, David Kennedy, Josh Sewell, Michael Kennedy Jr., Robby Kennedy and Alex Sewell; and great-grand daughter, Allie Kennedy, all of Chattanooga.
            The funeral will be at noon Wednesday in the highway 58 Chapel of Turner Funeral Home with the Rev. Thomas Hancock officiating.
             Internment will follow in Chattanooga National Cemetery with her grandsons serving as pallbearers.

 

LeRoy Kington
LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN-LeRoy Kington, former chief of detectives for the Chattanooga Police Department, died Monday, Dec. 11, 2000, at a local hospital.  He was 84. Mr. Kington was a lifelong resident of Chattanooga area and a member of First Baptist Church. He was an Army/Air Force veteran of World War II and was a member Masonic Lodge 199 the York and Scottish Rite, Sunnyside Chapter Order of the Eastern Star, Alhambra Shrine Temple, Fraternal Order of Police, Tennessee Law Enforcement Officers Association, Tennessee and Mississippi Sheriffs and Police Officers Association and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He was preceded in death by a sister, Kathrine Parks. Survivors include his wife, Jean Hassler Kington, Lookout Mountain; three sons, Dr. John M. Kington, Memphis, David A. Kington and Steve D. Kington both of Chattanooga; three sisters Gladys McCamish, Marie Walters and Doris Fox, all of Chattanooga; two grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Services will be Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Dodds Avenue Chapel of Turner Home. Burial will be in Hamilton Memorial Gardens.

 

George Scholze Knowles
Walden Officer Was Former Assistant Fire Chief

Retired Assistant Chattanooga Fire Chief George Scholze Knowles died Friday, June 29, 2007. He was 66.
He served for 33 years with the department prior to his retirement in 1994. Upon leaving the fire service he became a private security officer. For the past seven years Walden Security assigned him to duty at the Hamilton County Courthouse.
During his long public service career he was known as a kind, friendly person with many special friends. One of his greatest gifts was the love he exemplified for his family. He also earned the reputation as an excellent firefighter, and one of the leaders in the department. At the Courthouse he was helpful to officials, employees, and citizens transacting business with the government.
After undergoing heart surgery he was cared for by a loving family, John Dixon, and numerous courthouse friends.
Members of his family include his wife of 46 years, Sally Allen Knowles, his three children Herb and Diane, who reside locally, and Phil (wife Louise) who resides in Plano, Texas. He is also survived by his seven grandchildren, Josh, Brandon, Kehlsey, John-Alex George, Christopher, Morgan, and Taylor.
He is also survived by four brothers; Dorman, retired from Arnold Engineering; Joe, former chief of the Chattanooga Fire Department; Bill, Hamilton County Clerk; Bud, Hamilton County Administrator of Elections, and a sister, Virginia Pell, a nurse at the Kindred Hospital.
Preceding him in death is a daughter, Rebecca Ann; parents, City Detective Claude P. Knowles Sr. and Rose Campbell Knowles.
The family will receive friends at Heritage Funeral Home, East Brainerd Road Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m.
A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 7th and Pine streets, on Monday at 3 p.m.
Officiating at the celebration will be the Rev. Samuel H. Payne. Scripture readings will be given by Hamilton County Commissioner Curtis Adams, the Rev. John Andrus and Dan Hunt. Eulogies will be delivered by Hamilton County Commission Chairman Larry Henry, Commissioner Greg Beck and Alan Knowles.
Pallbearers will be Josh Knowles, Brandon Knowles, Christopher Johnson, Scott Pell, Finley Knowles, Alan Knowles and Joe Knowles Jr. Honorary pallbearers will be County Mayor Claude Ramsey, Members of the Hamilton County Commission, judges, elected officials, Mike Walden, and courthouse and Courts Building employees.
A private interment will be held.
Arrangements are by Heritage Funeral Home on East Brainerd Road.

Chattanoogan.com Posted June 29, 2007
 

 

Roland M. Lovvorn - Retired Captain Of Chattanooga Fire Department
Roland M. Lovvorn, age 64, retired captain, City of Chattanooga Fire Department and native of Chattanooga, died Thursday morning, February 8, 2007, in a local hospital.
The son of the late Roland Sylvester and Virginia Ardena Carmichael Lovvorn, he had been an employee of the fire department for more than 33 years. He served as president of the IAFF Union Local #820 of the Chattanooga Fire Department and was an active member of Central Baptist Church of Hixson where he and his wife of 43 years, Diane prepared the Wednesday evening fellowship meal as well as other food needs for the church.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by one daughter, Lisa Thomas; two sons, Jim Lovvorn and Sean Lovvorn and his wife Catherine, all of Chattanooga; three grandchildren, Ryan and Danielle Thomas and Jordan Lovvorn; two sisters, Susie Capley, of Chattanooga, and Joy Boyd, of Macon, Ga.; and several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday in Abba's House, Central Baptist Church in Hixson with Dr. Ron Phillips, Rev. Angie McGregor and Rev. Ron Gilbert officiating. Burial will follow in Hamilton Memorial Gardens.
Active and honorary pallbearers will be members of the City of Chattanooga Fire Department who will also serve as Honor Guard.
Visitation will be on Friday from 5-7 p.m., and on Saturday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., at the funeral home.
Please share your thoughts and memories at Mem.com
Arrangements are by Chattanooga Funeral Home - North Chapel, 5401 Highway 153.
Chattanoogan.com Posted February 8, 2007

 

Fletcher Little

          Fletcher Little, 75, of Chattanooga died Wednesday, June 5, 2002, in a local hospital.

            He was one of the first black police officers to be hired by the Chattanooga Police Department.  He served as a police officer until July 1, 1969, and later joined the Fire Department with the city of Chattanooga until his retirement on Dec. 31, 1991.

            He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Lugenia Little; three sisters, Jessie Lyle, Sarah Edwards and Catherine Williams; and three brothers, James, Luther and David Little.

            Survivors include wife, Doris Wright Little; two daughters, Carolyn Wright Garner and Janice Little; grandchildren, Timothy McField, Tiffany Halfacre Williams; Danielle Little and Daethyn Wasson; one great grandson, Jamarr Hughes; and one grandson-in-law, Bruce Williams, Sr.

 

Clarence Livingston

 Funeral of Clarence Livingston

The funeral of Clarence Livingston was held yesterday afternoon at 3 o’clock at the home of his father-in-law in St.. Elmo. The services were conducted by the Rev. T. S. McCallie and H. E. Partridge. Commissioner T. C. Betterton paid a most splendid tribute to he dead office in a short speech. The ceremony was short but impressive. The funeral, headed by the mounted squad, fellow patrolmen of Livingston, proceeded to Forest Hills cemetery, where the body was interred. There were many who went to the cemetery and bedecked the grave with beautiful floral designs.

Chattanooga Times, 3 Sep 1912 Submitted by Claudia O'Leary

 

Kenneth M. Malone Dies; Retired Officer

          Kenneth M. Malone, who retired as a lieutenant from the Chattanooga Police Department, died Saturday, Nov. 29, 1997, at his home here.  He was 65.

            Mr. Malone, a lifelong Chattanoogan, was a veteran of the Marine Corps and had been an employee of the Hamilton County General Sessions Court .

            He was a member of East Lake Christian Church, the Fraternal Order of Police and the Mountain City Masonic Lodge.

            Survivors include his wife, Alice Moore Malone; two daughters, Pam Monroe and Patti Meadows, both of Chattanooga ; a son, Kenneth Malone Jr., Ringgold , Ga. ; two sisters, Marcell Stevenson, Isle of Palms, S.C., and Wilsie Irwin, Chattanooga; and nine grandchildren.

            The funeral will be Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Chattanooga Funeral Home, East, with the Rev. Jim Gaither officiating.

            Burial will be in Chattanooga National Cemetery .

 

Phillip T. Mann
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29 Year Veteran Of Chattanooga Police Department
Phillip T. Mann, a lifelong resident of Chattanooga, died on Friday morning, March 9, 2007, at his residence. He was 67.
Mr. Mann was a graduate of Chattanooga High School and served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was retired from the Chattanooga Police Department as a lieutenant with 29 years of service.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward T. and Ruby Lee Mann.
He was a member of Red Bank Masonic Lodge 717 F&AM, the Scottish Rite Bodies and Alhambra Shrine. He was also a member of St. John’s United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Rita P. Mann; daughter and son-in-law, Amie and Darryl Jenkins; and grandson, Brandon Jenkins; daughter, Phyllis Mann; stepdaughters Denise Walker and Judy Foster; stepgrandsons, Damien Fawbush and Trey Sisemore and Travis Foster; stepgranddaughters, Holly Fawbush and Elizabeth Foster; several stepgreat-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday in the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home with the Rev. Ron Goodman and the Rev. Barry Kidwell officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Hills Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Chattanooga, at P.O. Box 19269, Chattanooga, TN 37416.
Arrangements are by the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home Crematory and Florist, 404 S. Moore Road, Chattanooga, TN 37412.
Posted March 10, 2007 Chattanoogan.com
 

 

LeBron McCallie

            Retired Chattanooga Police Lieutenant. LeBron McCallie died Friday, Nov. 17, 2000, in a local hospital.  He was 76.

            Services will be Nov. 19 at 10 a.m. at the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home with the Rev. John Bacon and the Rev. Mark Davis officiating.

            Burial will be in Chattanooga National Cemetery .

 

 

Robert Miller

            WINCHESTER – Robert Clay Miller, formerly of Chattanooga , died Sunday, Nov. 5, 2000.

            Mr. Miller retired as a captain from the Chattanooga Fire Department and served as a district patrolman, jailer and desk sergeant with the Police Department.  He was an Army veteran having served as a military police officer in the First Cavalry Division at Fort Hood , Texas , and Japan .        

            He was a former member of East Brainerd Church of Christ, and was currently a member of Grundy Street Church of Christ in Tullahoma .

            He was preceded in death by two sisters, Helen Louise Hardy and Jackye Patterson.

            Survivors include his wife, Margaret Smith Miller; son, Robert Dykes Miller, Tullahoma ; brother, H. D. “Bud” Miller, Chattanooga; nieces; and nephews.

            Services were held Tuesday at Watson-Gamble Funeral Home.

            Burial was in Watson-Gamble Memorial Park .

 

 

Grady Nation

          Grady Raymond Nation of Chattanooga died Wednesday, July 10, 1996, at his residence.  He was 67.

            He retired from the Chattanooga Police Department as a lieutenant with 26 years of service.

            He was a Baptist and was preceded in death by his parents, Dennis G.. and Nancy I. Nation; and a brother, Jack Nation.

            Survivors include fine sons, Gary, Jerry, Lamar, Michael, and David Nation, all of Chattanooga ; one daughter, Genell Pritchett, Chattanooga ; one brother, Harold Nation, Chattanooga ; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

 

Newport, Freddy Lamar
Retired From Chattanooga Police Department After 25 Years

Freddy Lamar Newport, 69, of Chattanooga, died on Thursday, May 12, 2011.
He was a lifelong resident of Chattanooga where he retired in 1995 from the Chattanooga Police Department with 25 years of service. Freddy was a United States Navy Veteran serving two tours in Vietnam.
His passions in life were his family, being an aficionado of the Civil War, politics, fishing, and an avid reader.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Bernice Newport; sister, Joyce Doremus; and brother, James Newport.
Survivors include his wife, Martha Newport; son, Zackery Newport; daughters, Stacey Newport and Shannon (Dan) Wilson; grandchildren, Taylor and Caitlyn Wilson, all of Chattanooga; sister, Jean Lee of Jacksonville, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.
Condolences may be sent to www.lane-southcrestchapel.com.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Chattanooga for their care and love during this time.
Donations may be made in memory of Freddy to Hospice of Chattanooga at 4411 Oakwood Drive, Chattanooga, Tn. 37416.
Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, May 17, at 2 p.m. at the Chattanooga National Cemetery with Military Honors.
The family will meet at the funeral home to go in procession to the cemetery at 1 p.m.
The family will receive friends on Monday, May 16, from 5-8 p.m. at the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home and Crematory, Rossville.
Chattanoogan.com; Posted May 14, 2011
 

 

David Paris Sr.

          BRIDGEPORT – David Hodge Paris, Sr., 77, died Saturday Jan. 25, 2003, in a local hospital

            Mr. Paris was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Navy.

            Mr. Paris was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Griffin Paris.

            Survivors include one daughter, Kimberly Paris Coates; one son, David Hodge Paris Jr.; one son-in-law, Gary W. Coates; one daughter-in-law, Elaine S. Paris, all of Bridgeport ; three granddaughters, Jessica Paris of Birmingham , Ala. , Kate Paris Kerrigan of Bowling Green Ky., and Emily Paris of Bridgeport ; one grandson, Logan Garrett Coates of Bridgeport; two brothers-in-law; and several nieces and nephews.

            Funeral services will be Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 4 p.m. CST from Rudder Funeral Home chapel in Bridgeport .

            Interment will be in Sequatchie Valley Memorial Gardens in Jasper, Tenn.

 

 

Richard Paul

Richard “Dick” Paul, 77, passed away Saturday, Nov. 20, 2004.

Dick was a lifelong resident of Chattanooga and active in the St. Elmo community.  He was instrumental in the creation of Ben Miller Park at the old Lookout Junior High School site.

Dick was a compassionate friend who offered help to anyone in need.

Mr. Paul joined the U.S. Navy in 1942 at the age of 16, and served honorably through 1948.

He was a member of American Legion Post 14, VFW Post 4848 and LaSociete des 40 Hommes et 8 Chevauxs – Voiture Locale 645.

Upon leaving the military, Mr. Paul joined the Chattanooga Fire Department where he served for 23 years.  He then worked for the Tennessee Department of Insurance as a fire safety inspector and retired after 17 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Burnette and Lillie K. Paul and sister, Lou Paul Rogers.

He is survived by children, Gary (Tina) Paul, Carolyn (Ronnie) Creek and Sandra (Rick) Rose; grandchildren, Melissa Adams, Rebecca Roberson, Jeremy Creek , Austin Paul and Jonah Paul; and great-grandchildren, Nicole Roberson and Emily Adams.

A graveside memorial service will be at 12:20 p.m. Tuesday, November 23, at Chattanooga National Cemetery .

Visitation was at Wann Funeral Home on Tennessee Avenue.  

 

James Lewis Payne

          James Lewis Payne of Harrison died Saturday, Dec. 9, 1995, in a local hospital, He was 69.

            Services will be Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. in the Highway 58 Chapel of Turner Home with the Rev. Jack Fitts officiating.

            Burial will be in Chattanooga National Cemetery .

 

 

Jerry W. Perry

            Jerry W. Perry, 93, who lived most of his life in Chattanooga, died Monday, Jan. 10, 2005, in Charlotte, N.C.

            Mr. Perry was a graduate of Central High School where he was an outstanding football player. 

            He served in the U.S. Navy twice, once during World      War II.  He had a long distinguished career with the Chattanooga Police Department serving as police officer, then detective and later initiating and finally supervising the finger print operation.  After retirement, Mr. Perry worked with the Tennessee Probation and Parole Board.

            For years he raised spectacular roses, freely donating them to others.  He made his beautiful garden available for numerous weddings. He was past president of the Chattanooga Rose Society and author of several articles on rose growing.  Mr. Perry was active in both the Ridgedale and Brainerd Churches of Christ.

            He was preceded in death by wives Helen and Virginia. He is survived by wife Jeanelle B. Perry, of Chattanooga; son, Paul Jerry Perry and wife Joan,

            of  Holmes Beach, Fla.; daughter, Jane Perry Stone and husband, Robert, of Charoltte, N.C.; grandchildren, Elizabeth Glover(Mrs. Paul), David

            Perry (wife Cecelia), Sean Perry and Jessica Huff; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be

            made to Martin-Boyd Christian Center at Stanifer Gap Road, Chattanooga, TN. 37421. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 5,         2005, at the Brainerd Church of Christ.  Ministers John Cupp and Johnny Owens Jr. will officiate.

 

Jack Poole

            Jack M. Poole, retired after 25 years with the U.S. Postal Service, died Saturday, March 9, 1996, at his East Ridge home.  He was 75.

            Mr. Poole, a native and longtime resident of Chattanooga , was a former Chattanooga Police officer, a member of Highland Park Baptist Church and its Men’s Bible Class and a Marine Corps veteran of World War II.

            Survivors include his wife, Dollie Haney Poole; two daughters, Frances Strickland and Terri Massengill, both of Chattanooga; son, Jack Rogers, Nashville; two sisters, Sallie Pierce and Lillina Holt, both of Chattanooga; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

            Services will be Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. at Heritage Funeral Home with Dr. Cliff Robinson officiating.  

 

Arnold O. "Tot" Powell

Retired As Chief With Chattanooga Fire Department

Arnold O. "Tot" Powell, 77, of Nashville, died on Saturday, August 12, 2006.
Arnold was a longtime resident of Chattanooga and retired from the Chattanooga Fire Department as a Chief.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 43 years, Joanne Powell and a grandson, Jeffery Kyker.
"Tot" is survived by a daughter, Cindy and husband Don Kyker; his second wife, Sonya Powell and two grandsons, Joseph and Jason Kyker.
Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home chapel. Burial will be in Hamilton Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends from 4–8 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home.
Arrangements are by the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist.
Chattanoogan.com Posted August 13, 2006

 

Charlie R. Reno

          Charlie R. Reno of Chattanooga , who served with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s office and retired from the Chattanooga Police Department as a sergeant after 32 years of service, died Thursday, June 19, 1997, at his home.  He was 63.

            Graveside services will be Monday at 10:30 a.m. in Chattanooga National Cemetery with the Rev. Billy Dean officiating.

 

 

Jack Robbs
Former Chief of Police Jack Robbs Dies at 75

          Jack Robbs, a former chief of police with the Chattanooga Police Department, died Friday, March 20, 1998, in a local hospital.  He was 75.

            Mr. Robbs retired after 32 years with the department.

            He was a decorated veteran of the Korean conflict and World War II.  He was a recipient of the Purple Heart, the Distinguished Flying Cross and many other medals.

            He was a Baptist, a Shriner and a past grand master of the Masonic lodge.

            He was a son of the late Charles F. Robbs, Sr. and Vera Robbs.  He was preceded in death by a son, Chuck Robbs; a brother, Lee Robbs; and a sister, Christine Hedrick.

            Survivors include his wife, Sophie Robbs; three brothers, Gene Robbs, Daytona Beach , Fla., Bill and Ronnie Robbs, both of Chattanooga; two sisters, Mrs. E.K. (Lonita) Wood and Mrs. James (Joyce) Sloan, both of East Ridge; and a granddaughter, Betsy Robbs, Chattanooga.

            Arrangements will be announced by Chattanooga Funeral Home, East.

 

Richard Victory "Dickie" Roberts
Retired Officer With Chattanooga Police Department
Richard Victory “Dickie” Roberts, 68, of Red Bank, died on Monday, May 31, 2010 in a local hospital.
Dickie was a retired police officer with the Chattanooga Police Department. Dickie was an avid pool player, karaoke singer and had done artwork.
Survivors include his brothers, Noel (Janey) Roberts of Red Bank, and John (Lita) Roberts of Mowbray Mountain; and seven nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 3, at Lane Funeral Home, 601 Ashland Terrace, with Rev. Wallace Angel officiating. Interment will follow in Hamilton Memorial Gardens.
Mike Brock, William “Nunu” Lowery, Billy Johnson, Jimmy Harris, Scott Ramsey and Larry Parker will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers are Eddie Samples and Pete O’Leary.
Visitation is from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday, June 2, at Lane Funeral Home, 601 Ashland Terrace.
Visit www.lanefh.com to share condolences.

Chattanoogan.com posted June 1, 2010

 

Cleatus Rodgers, Sr.
Longtime
City Police Officer Cleatus Rodgers Sr. Dies at 74

          Cleatus Rodgers Sr., a well known Chattanooga police officer, died Wednesday, March 1, 2000 in a local hospital.  He was 74.

            Mr. Rodgers served as a patrol officer and juvenile detective and retired as a sergeant after 31 years of service.  He was among the first groups of African-American police officers hired during the early 1950’s in the city.

            He was often interviewed by the local media and historians to recount his experiences of police and law enforcement service during the years of desegregation.

            Mr. Rodgers was a member of the Retired Policeman’s Association.

            Following his retirement from the police department, he served as a driver with Mercury Taxi Company.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in World War II.  Mr. Rodgers was a member of Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church and served as church treasurer.

            Survivors include his wife, Flossie M. Rodgers; two daughters, Juliette R. Thornton, Chattanooga , and Gloria J. Rodgers, Atlanta ; one son, Cleatus Rodgers Jr., Chattanooga ; three sisters, Freda Eason, Inkster , Mich. , Ozella Morris, Grand Island , NY , and Minnie Rodgers, Chattanooga ; and four grandchildren.

            The funeral will be Monday at 11:30 a.m. at Orchard Knob Baptist Church with the Rev. Harold K. Lester officiating.

            Burial will be in the Chattanooga National Cemetery.

 

Raymond Rogers

          Raymond Rogers of 1706 Foust St. died Sunday at his residence.  He was 60.

            Mr. Rogers, a lifelong resident of the Chattanooga area, was retired after 30 years with the Chattanooga Fire Department.

            Survivors include his wife, Billie Jean Rogers; one daughter, Mrs. Pamela Jean McBride, Cleveland , Tenn. ; his mother, Mrs. Oda Lee Rogers; one sister, Mrs. Doris Liner; one grandson, Phillip McBride, Cleveland.

            Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home with the Rev. R. W. Janeway officiating.

            Burial will be in Chattanooga National Cemetery .

Clyde Ross
    Clyde Charles Ross, retired captain of the Chattanooga Fire Department, went to be at home with the Lord on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2005, at his residence.  He was 78.
    He was preceded in death by a brother, Walter Ross of Beaumont, Texas; and a sister Ruby Crabtree of Nashville.
    Born July 23, 1927, Clyde was a lifelong resident of Chattanooga, absent only during his service with the U.S. Army during World War II.  He was retired from the Chattanooga Fire Department after 33 years of service, having attained the rank of captain.  He was a member of Ridgeview Baptist Church for 45 years serving for a time as deacon and as a present member of the Friendship Sunday School Class.
    He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Clara Hambrick Ross; three children, James (Dianne) Ross of Knoxville; Rodney (Denise) Ross and Jan (Mike) Webb, both of Chattanooga; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
    Family and friends will meet at 12:30 p.m. Monday, August 15, 2005, at Chattanooga National Cemetery for graveside service with the Rev. Clay Moreland officiating.

 

 

Patrick Aubrey "Pat" Rowe

Police Department Captain
Patrick Aubrey "Pat" Rowe, a retired captain of the Chattanooga Police Department, died Thursday, May 25, 2006, following a car accident a week earlier.
Capt. Rowe was born April 30, 1931, in Jasper to Guy and Geraldine Rowe, who preceded him in death. He also was preceded in death by a brother, James D. Rowe; and grandson, Kyle McDaris.
He was a graduate of Chattanooga High School and was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force from 1951 to 1954. In 1955, he joined the Chattanooga Police Department. Capt. Rowe retired in 2000 as the longest-serving officer in the history of the department. He was a dedicated servant to the Chattanooga community and was of the Baptist faith. Capt. Rowe enjoyed six years of retirement as an avid trout fisherman in Tellico Plains, Tn.
He was a loving husband, father and grandfather who is loved and will be missed.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Jean Coleman Rowe; children, Patrick A. (Delores) Rowe Jr., Carla Rowe (David) McDaris, Scott W. (Denice) Rowe, and Officer Chad L. (Rhonda) Rowe; grandchildren, Aubrey M. (Nikki) Rowe, Brooke Deakins, Chadley Regan Rowe and Katie Jean Rowe; several nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Hamilton Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Billy Dean and the Rev. Jake Carroll officiating.
Pallbearers will be Sgt. Darrell Whitfield, Sgt. Sully Batts, Sgt. Tim Carroll, Officer Bill Phillips, Lt. Randy Dunn, Sgt. Edwin McPherson.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Chattanooga Police Department.Visitation is 1-4 and 6-9 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Visit www.lane-coulterchapel,com to send condolences. Arrangements are by Lane Funeral Home, Coulter Chapel, 601 Ashland Terrace.
Chattanoogan.com Posted May 27, 2006
 

 

Danny J. Rowland

City Police Supervisor Danny J. Rowland Dies

          Danny J. Rowland, a retired lieutenant and district supervisor for the Chattanooga Police Department, died today, Oct. 20, 1995, in a local hospital.  He was 61.

            Mr. Rowland a longtime resident of Chattanooga was a member of St. Elmo Baptist Church, a Mason and an Army veteran of World War II.

            He served with the police department for 27 years and had received many awards and citations.  He was a member of the first canine unit and the Red Ball Express.

            He was preceded in death by his father, Oliver M. Rowland, Sr.

            Survivors include his mother, Mary E. Rowland, and a son, Danny Rowland, both of Chattanooga .

            A graveside service will be Sunday at 2 p.m. in Forest Hills Cemetery with the Rev. Bruce Spangler officiating.

            The family will receive friends today from 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. at the Dodd’s Avenue Chapel of Turner Funeral Home.

 

 

John Russell

John E. “Johnny” Russell, 80, of Chattanooga died Sunday, Feb. 10, 2002 in a

local hospital.

            Mr. Russell was retired after 44 years as an assistant chief with the Chattanooga Police Department and was a World War II Army veteran.  He was a member of Hixson United Methodist Church .

            He is survived by his wife, Charlotte M. Russell; son, David Russell, and wife, Laura, of Rossville; daughter, Johanna Sauls and husband, Bill, of Ellijay, Ga.; stepchildren, Connie Bowman and husband, Steve, of Chattanooga, and Steve Abercrombie and wife, Sally, of Ringgold; six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; brother, W.H., and wife, Lucille, of Rossville; and sister, Ruby Brinkley of Nashville, Tenn.

            Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home with Rev. Randy Martin and Rev. Billy Dean officiating.

Interment will be at Chattanooga National Cemetery.  

 

 

William Carl Saylors

        William Carl Saylors, 82, of Chattanooga, died Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2005, in a local nursing home.

         He was a native of Sparta, Tenn., and a U.S. veteran serving in the Asiatic Pacific Campaign during World War II.  He was a member of First Cumberland Presbyterian Church and the J. Fred Johnson Bible Class.

         Mr. Saylors retired in 1988 as assistant chief of police for the city of Chattanooga, where he headed  the traffic division and initiated the mounted horse patrol.  He was a 50-year member of East Lake Lodge 698 F&AM, the Chattanooga Scottish Rite and Alhambra Shrine Temple. 

         He is survived by his wife, Mary Katherine Saylors, Chattanooga; a son Charles W.(Catherine) Saylors, McDonald, Tenn., three grand-daughters, Jennifer Funderburke, Alabama, and Darris and Caryln Saylors, both of  McDonald.

         A graveside service with full military honors will be Monday at 1:30 p.m. at Chattanooga National Cemetery with J. Fred Johnson Jr. officiating.

 

Harry E. Schroyer Jr.

          FORT OGLETHORPE – Harry E. Schroyer Jr., 74, died Tuesday, July 6, 2004, in a local hospital.

            He was a lifelong resident of the Chattanooga and North Georgia area.  Mr. Schroyer was a retired detective with the Chattanooga Police Department and was of the Baptist faith.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and Fidelity Masonic Lodge 558 F&AM.

            Survivors are wife, Betty Schroyer; sons, Gary Schroyer, Ringgold, Larry Schroyer, Soddy-Daisy; daughter, Teresa Yates, Chattanooga; brothers, Ronnie Schroyer, Soddy-Daisy, Ed Schroyer, Pratsville, Ala.; grandsons, Brandon Schroyer and Chad Yates; several nieces and nephews.

            Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday in the funeral home chapel with the Hon. And Rev. Samuel Payne officiating.

            Burial in Chattanooga National Cemetery .

 

William O. Scoggins
WW II Veteran Retired From Chattanooga Police Department
William O. Scoggins, 79, of Hixson, died Wednesday, April 19, 2006. He was retired from the Chattanooga Police Department, a member of the East Gate Church of God of the Union Assembly, member of East Lake Masonic Lodge #698, member of Daisy OES #328 and a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.
He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Scoggins, Hixson; one son, Billy Scoggins, Chattanooga; three daughters, Karen (Jim) Hill, Chattanooga, Wanda (O.L.) Hart, Belvidere, TN, and Alexis (Ronnie) Smith, Chattanooga; two stepsons, Tim Lewis and Greg Lewis, both of Hixson, one brother, Manuel Ray, Chattanooga; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, at the Dodds Avenue Chapel of Turner Funeral Homes. Burial will be private. The family requests that contributions be made to the American Diabetes Association. Arrangements are by Turner Funeral Homes, Dodds Avenue Chapel, (423) 622-3171. Chattanoogan.com Posted April 20, 2006

 

Tom Sircy
 

Member Of Tennessee Highway Patrol For 29 Years
Tom Sircy died on October 27, 2009, at a local hospital.
Tom was born in Jackson Co., Tn., May 3, 1915 and was preceded in death by his parents, Ira and Mary Sircy, five brothers and one sister.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 63 years, Dean Sircy; special niece, Mary Sircy Doyle, of Deer Park, Tx.; great-great nieces, Kathy and husband David Wright, of Des Moines, Ia., Karen Sircy, of Norfolk, Va.; great-great nephews, Jim Sircy, Jay and wife Tina Sircy, Justin Sircy, all of Burbank, Ca., Joe Sircy, of Cairo, Il., John and wife Debbie Sircy, of Paducah, Ky.; other great-great nieces and nephews and many friends.
Tom was a member of the Tennessee Highway Patrol for over 29 years, retiring in 1973.
Tom was a devoted faithful member of the First Cumberland Presbyterian Church for over 58 years, having served as chairman of the Planning Committee of the new sanctuary when it was built in 1958. He also was a former deacon, trustee, and a member of the Property and Grounds Committee. He was an active member of the McAllister Bible Class.
Tom will be missed by his many friends.
His service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30, at the First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1501 North Moore Road, with Rev. Jean Richardson, Rev. Lanny Johnson and Dr. Gary Carver officiating. Burial will follow in Lakewood Memory Gardens – East.
Joe Sircy, John Sircy, Jim Collins, Tom Rusk, Nick Santore, Les Spencer, Jim Liner, Rick Jackson and Jack Felix will serve as pallbearers. Elders, deacons and the McAllister Bible Class will serve as honorary pallbearers.
The family will receive friends at the church on Thursday, from 5–7 p.m., and from 1–2 p.m. on Friday.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: First Cumberland Presbyterian Church - Preservation Fund.
Special thanks to Dr. John Cranwell for his wonderful care as his physician for over 30 years.
Please share your thoughts and memories at Mem.com.
Arrangements are by Chattanooga Funeral Home – East Chapel, 404 South Moore Road.
Posted October 28, 2009, Chattanoogan.com
 

 

Walter Smart, 77, Dies; Former Fire and Police Commissioner

          Walter W. Smart, former Chattanooga fire and police commissioner, died Sunday, June 18, 2000, after a brief illness.  He was 77.

            A native of Camden , Ark. and graduate of Ouachita Baptist University , Mr. Smart was a World War II veteran who served as an Army tank platoon Lieutenant in Europe .  He remained in the Officers’ Reserve Corps through 1952.  He was a special agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 1947 until he retired in 1977.  His law enforcement career took him to assignments in several cities, including Buffalo and Rochester, N.Y.; Pittsburgh; Washington, D.C.; Hot Springs, Texarkana, and Forrest City, Ark.; Roswell, N.M,.; and Chattanooga.

            Mr. Smart was elected as fire and police commissioner for Chattanooga in 1979 and served through the end of his term in 1983.  He also served on the city’s Human Rights and Relations Commission for several years.  He was a member of the East Brainerd Church of Christ and the Chattanooga Civitan Club.

            He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jessie Smart; and sister, Juanita Cannon.

            Survivors include his wife, Darby Smart; three sons, Brian Smart, Chattanooga , Gary Smart, Birmingham , Ala. ; and Mike Marable, Orange , Texas ; daughter, Melinda Marable, Chattanooga ; two sisters, Mildred O’Rear, Knoxville , and Sue Sweatman, Shreveport , La. ; and four grandchildren.

            A graveside service will be Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. in the Chattanooga National Cemetery with Minister Gene Arnold and Minister John Cupp officiating.

 

 

Raymond Stargin Jr., Former Policeman, Businessman, Dies

          Raymond Stargin Jr., who retired after 25 years with the Chattanooga Police Department, died Thursday, March 11, 1999, in a local hospital.

            Mr. Stargin owned and operated White Castle Bar-B-Que, the Westside Tavern, the Marine Room and the East Third Street Spur gas station.

            He was a member of Westside Baptist Church and a veteran of World War II.

            Survivors include his wife, Callie Stargin; five children, Raymond Stargin III, Arnetta Scruggs, Randy Stargin, Carolyn Brandon and Michael Bloodsoe, all of Chattanooga; two sisters, Ethel Mae Adams, Colorado, and Geneva Scruggs, Chattanooga; a foster brother, James McDonald, Atlanta; several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

            The funeral will be Wednesday at noon at Westside Baptist Church with the Rev. Earl Tolbert officiating.

            Burial will be in Chattanooga National Cemetery .

 

 

Jimmy Tate

          ROSSVILLE – Jimmy Lebron Tate, 64, died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2002, in a local hospital.

            He was a lifelong resident of the Chattanooga and North Georgia areas.  Mr. Tate attended the Parkway Baptist Temple .  He was a retired captain with the Chattanooga Police Department with 39 years of service.  He was a member of the FOP and the Rock City Masonic Lodge F&AM.

            He was preceded in death by his father, Festus Tate.

            Survivors are wife, Janet Bearden Tate; sons, Rick and Steve Tate, both of Rossville; daughter, Lisa Tate Jeffers, Rossville; and grandchildren, Leah, Amber and Kyle Tate, Ashley and Katie Jeffers, all of Rossville.

            Services will be 3 p.m. Saturday at Parkway Baptist Temple with Rev. Ron Tankersley, Rev. David Sampson and Chief Jimmie Dotson officiating.

            Interment in Lakewood Memory Gardens, South.

 

 

Bill Taylor

          William “Bill” Joseph Taylor, 74, passed away Sunday, June 23, 2002, at his home.

            Mr. Taylor was a lifelong resident of Chattanooga .  He retired from the Chattanooga Police Department after 25 years of service.  He attended North Hixson Church of God.

            He was preceded in death by his daughter Carol Jenkins.

            Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Margaret Taylor; sons, William J. Taylor Jr., and James Richard Taylor of Hixson; daughters, Billie Kerns, Soddy-Daisy, Lisa Taylor, Hixson; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

            The funeral service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel of Williamson & Sons Funeral Home with Pastor Rick Smith officiating.          

            Interment will follow in Chattanooga Memorial Park.

 

John Robert Taylor
Retired
City
Policeman John R. Taylor Jr. Dies

          John Robert Taylor Jr., who retired as a major from the Chattanooga Police Department, died Friday, July 26, 1996, in a local hospital.  He was 60.

            Mr. Taylor was a graduate of Chattanooga High School and Cleveland State Community College , where he received a degree in criminal justice.  He also received a diploma from the FBI Academy in Quantico , Va.

            He began with the Chattanooga Police Department as a patrol officer and later became a K-9 officer in charge of training for the officers and dogs.  He also was a staff training officer and taught self defense.

            He became assistant director of training, where he developed and implemented departmental goals and objectives.  He was promoted to the rank of captain in the Patrol Division.

            As a major in the Detective/Investigation Division, he planned organized and coordinated case management for a variety of investigative activities for officers.

            He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Christian Police Officers, Fraternal Order of Police, Demolition Ordinance, Tennessee Laws Enforcement Officers Association and the 114th Session of the FBI Academy .

            He was a local administrator of the National Regional Organized Crime Network, past master of Ridgedale Lodge 660 F&AM and a member of Woodland Park Baptist Church .

            Survivors include his wife, Judith Ann Taylor; two sons, Robert A. and John Richard Taylor; a sister, Alice Mincey, all of Chattanooga ; and three grandchildren.

            The funeral will be Monday at 11:30 a.m. at Chattanooga Funeral Home, East, with Dr. Wayne Barber, Dr. Rick Shepherd and the Rev. Haywood Cosby officiating.

            Burial will be in Chattanooga National Cemetery .

 

Buddy O. Tipton
    SKYLINE, Ala.- Buddy O. Tipton 63, died Saturday, Aug. 6, 2005, in Jackson County Hospital.
    After serving four years in the U.S. Navy, Mr. Tipton joined the Chattanooga Police Department, where he retired after 25 years of service.  He moved to Skyline Mountain in the Letcher Community where he enjoyed farm life for some 10 years.
    Survivors; son, Eric Tipton, of Chattanooga; parents, Sam and June Tipton, of Skyline; five sisters, Joyce O'Rear, of Jasper, Ala., Sharon Riggs, of Meridlanville, Ala., Chris Lang, of Meridlanville , Gina Wharton, of Harvest, Ala., Jona Tipton, of Chattanooga; two brothers, Bill Tipton, of Harvest, and Tex Lang, of Harvest; two aunts, Estelle Berry, of Skyline, Ruth and Sharpiro, of Brentwood, Tenn.; several cousins; and will be missed by many friends.
    A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. CDT today at Cameron Cemetery with Dr. Robert Gamble officiating.
    Arrangements are by Scottsboro Funeral Home.

 

Robert Tucker

Retired From Chattanooga Police Department
Robert Tucker, 60, of Chattanooga, died on Monday, Aug. 7, 2006, after a lengthy battle with cancer.
He was born on Feb. 4, 1946, in Chattanooga. He served with the Army from 1962-66. He was stationed in Gilnhausen, Germany, for two years and Fort Hood, Tx., as a drill sergeant for one year.
After a brief stay at Combustion Engineering, Robert joined the Chattanooga Police Department where he retired, working in patrol, motor squad, narcotics detective, auto theft detective and back to sergeant in the Patrol Division.
Robert also served two years in the 1970s in the Tennessee Army National Guard as a recruiting sergeant.
He was a member of Masonic Lodge #549 and the Fraternal Order of Police. He also served as president of Police Local Union #644 for seven terms. He was the owner of Highway 58 Pawn Shop and Robert Tucker Bonding Co.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William E. Tucker and Flora N. Neely Tucker; one brother, Harold Tucker; and two sisters, Evelyn Swafford and Betty Rutherford.
He is survived by two sons, Robert Tucker and Zac Tucker, both of Chattanooga; two daughters, Roma Tucker, Chattanooga, and Elaine Cornwell, Chattanooga; two sisters, Helen Morrow, Hixson, and Dorothy Couch, Rossville; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, at 11:30 a.m. in the Highway 58 Chapel of Turner Funeral Homes with the Rev. Jimmy Carl Ball officiating. Burial will follow at Chattanooga National Cemetery.
Honorary pallbearers with Chattanooga City Police officers.
Visitation will be held Thursday, from 3-8 p.m.
Contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society or Hospice of Chattanooga.
Arrangements are by Turner Funeral Homes, Highway 58 Chapel, (423) 894-2012.
Chattanoogan.com Posted August 8, 2006
 

Daniel Cleland Turner

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Daniel Cleland Turner, 62, of Harrison, died on Friday, February 19, 2010, after fighting a long battle with health issues caused by strokes. His loving wife Anita Turner was there by his side just like she had been every day that he had been sick, caring for him like no one else could. Danny’s children were also there to wish their father one final goodbye.
Danny was born June 26, 1947, in Port Orange, Fl., but grew up and lived his entire life in the Chattanooga area. Those of you that knew him certainly have many great stories and memories of his life.
Danny was a fireman for many years. He worked for the Chattanooga Fire Department. He also had many entrepreneurial endeavors over the years; the most successful was Anita’s Bird House. This was an exotic bird farm that Danny and Anita owned together. Those of you that knew Danny certainly remember his birds.
As a fireman, Danny helped to establish the Fraternal Order of Firefighters. This is an organization that is still in operation today. Danny was elected as president of the FOF, and he served in that position for many years.
Danny’s true passion in life was helping people. Whether it was saving someone from a burning building, giving an unfortunate child a home to live in, helping someone new to the country get on their feet, making sure all of the kids in the community had Christmas presents, or just giving a begging homeless man money to eat on. These are the things that Danny did well.
He was the most selfless person around. He always took care of everyone around him and neglected himself. He would have it no other way.
We all will miss you dearly, Danny! Per Danny’s request, no public service will be held.
The family would like to thank all of you for your thoughts and prayers. We would especially like to thank Hospice of Chattanooga for all of their kind work in Danny’s final days.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Chattanooga Forgotten Child Fund.
Send condolences at www.CovenantFuneral.com.
Arrangements are by Covenant Funeral & Cremation Service, Crox family owned and operated.

Chattanoogan.com Posted February 24, 2010
 

 

Elijah F. Vandergriff, Retired Policeman, Dies

          Elijah Forrest “Vandy” Vandegriff, a retired Chattanooga Police Department major and a founder of the Forgotten Child Fund, died Wednesday, March 25, 1998, two days before his 50th wedding anniversary, at t local hospital.

            Mr. Vandegriff headed the department’s traffic and motorcycle divisions and was an Army veteran.  He was a longtime member and former deacon at Brainerd Church of Christ, where he and his high school sweetheart were married and taught children’s Sunday school for a number of years.

            Survivors include his wife, Imogene Skillington Vandegriff; a son, Forrest Lynn Vandegriff, Hixson; sister, Dot Park , Martinsville , Va. ; three grandchildren, Matthew Forrest, Margaret Lee and Clifton Blaine Vandegriff.

            The funeral will be Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Chattanooga Funeral Home, East, with Minister Ronnie Missildine officiating.

            Burial will be in Hamilton Memorial Gardens .

 

Ray O. Vaughn
Detective With Chattanooga Police Department For 25 Years
posted February 4, 2006

Ray O. Vaughn, age 78, a lifelong resident of Chattanooga, died on Friday, February 3, 2006 in a local hospital.
He was the son of the late Charles and Nancy Vaughn. He was a veteran having served in the United States Navy. He retired as a detective from the Chattanooga Police Department after 25 years of service. He attended Ridgeview Baptist Church.
Mr. Vaughn was preceded in death by a sister, Helen Dabbs; two brothers, Joe Vaughn and Charles Vaughn.
He is survived by wife of 58 years, Barbara Ross Vaughn of Chattanooga; two sons, Ray (Judy) Vaughn Jr. of Chattanooga and David Vaughn of Michigan; two daughters, Debra and her son, Alex Vaughn of Chattanooga and Janice Vaughn of Chattanooga; four grandchildren; two step grandchildren; three great grandchildren; three step great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; sister, Shirley Smith of Brentwood, TN; brother, Jim Vaughn of Rossville, GA.
Funeral services will be held on Monday at 1 p.m. at the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home with Rev. Clay Moreland, Rev. Fate Thomas and Rev. Tony Walliser officiating. Interment will be in Forest Hills Cemetery.
The family will receive friends on Sunday from 2-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 850 Fort Wood Street, Chattanooga, TN 37403, Hospice of Chattanooga, 4355 Highway 58, Suite 101 58 Commons Building, Chattanooga, TN 37416 or to the Forgotten Children, 5959 Shallowford Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421.
Arrangements are by the Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist, East Chapel, 404 South Moore Road, Chattanooga, TN

 

Walden, George Jr.
Retired Chattanooga Police Officer Founded Mounted Horse Patrol

George Walden Jr., 73, of Chattanooga, died on Friday, Nov. 12, 2010, in a local hospital.
A lifelong resident of the Chattanooga area, he retired as Sergeant from the Chattanooga Police Department where he served on Patrol and Investigations and also founded the Mounted Horse Patrol. He was a Korean War veteran serving in the U.S. Marine Corps., and was a member of Ooltewah Baptist Church and the Ernest Hale Sunday School Class.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Louise Smith Walden Sr.; and a brother, William "Billy" Franklin Smith.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, JoAnn Walden; three daughters, Kimberly Louise Callaway and husband, Larry, Ringgold, Lisa Joan Hale and husband, Martin, Ooltewah and Pearl May Walden Day, Ooltewah; two sons, George Perry Walden and wife Beverly, Ooltewah, and Michael Stacy Walden and wife, Amy, of Lookout Mountain; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; four sisters, Bobbie Fay Stover, Harrison, Karen Huffman, Chattanooga, Helen Cox, Chickamauga, Ga., and Carolyn Smith, Rossville.
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 15, in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Tony DeYoung, the Rev. Steve Gilbert and Minister John Cupp officiating.
Interment will be in Ooltewah Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Ed Townsend, Danny Willmon, Anthony Lemley, Jerry Mitchell, Jim Cunningham, Kenny Lindsey, Harold Orr and John Harden. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Ernest Hale Sunday School Class.
Please share your thoughts and memories online at chattanoogavalleyviewchapel.com.
The family will receive friends from 3-8 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 14, at the Valley View Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 7414 Old Lee Highway.
Chattanoogan.com Posted November 13, 2010
 

 

James Wilkes       

            James M. Wilkes of Chattanooga died Friday, Jan. 10, 1997, in a local hospital.  He was 62.

            Mr. Wilkes was a U.S. Army veteran and a retired Chattanooga police officer after 27 years.

            Survivors include his wife, Veri J. Wilkes; daughter, Janet Wilkes Kirk; son, James M. Wilkes Jr.; brother, Edward Wilkes; and two grandsons, all of Chattanooga .

            The funeral will be Thursday at 12:30 p.m. at Pilgrim Rock Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. C.L. Craven and other ministers officiating.

            Burial will be in Chattanooga National Cemetery

 

Clyde L. Willhoit

Former Chief Of Chattanooga Police And Tn. Deputy Commissioner Of Safety

Clyde L. Willhoit, former Chattanooga Chief of Police, died on Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at the age of 87.
He was born June 25, 1922 in Bradley County, Tn., and later his family moved to Chattanooga where he attended Ridge Elementary School, Brainerd Junior High, Central High School and Cleveland State College.
At the age of 20, Mr. Willhoit volunteered with the U. S. Army Air Corps on October 7, 1942 and served during World War II with the 449th Bomber Group known as the “Flying Horsemen” based in Italy where he flew 45 missions as a radioman. 50 missions was the maximum permitted any service member; the odds of being shot down and killed or captured were extremely high.
He received several citations and medals; the Air Medal with three Oak Clusters and the Purple Heart.
The 449th Bomber Group’s main emphasis was in the Italian Theater of Operation flying missions over Northern Italy, Southern France and Southern Germany. The work of the 449th is credited with shortening the war in Europe by effectively shutting down Nazi supply and transportation capabilities including shutting off petroleum. The latter disallowed Germany from training new pilots though they had plenty of aircraft.
Mr. Willhoit entered the service as a private and retired 33 years later as a Colonel. He continued his military service in the Army Reserve until his retirement and was recalled to active duty during the Vietnam War as a survivor’s assistant.
The day after Mr. Willhoit returned from the war he went to work for the U.S. Post Office and later joined the Tennessee Highway Patrol where he returned decades later as the THP’s Executive Officer during the Patrol’s 50th Anniversary.
Mr. Willhoit would say that his proudest achievement was convincing Mary Ruth Smith Willhoit to marry him which she did on November 10, 1945. The couple was married 62 years with Mary Ruth passing on Nov. 4, 2007.
Clyde said he was introduced to Mary Ruth by a mutual friend. Mary Ruth was a nurse at Baroness Erlanger Hospital where she had served during World War II associated with the Army WAC. Clyde was instantly attracted to Mary Ruth and sought to date her arriving in a sharp convertible. A double date was arranged whereupon during the date Mary Ruth said Clyde’s car literally ran out of gas.
They were constant companions raising four children. In later life, the two very much enjoyed traveling to annual meetings of his old 449th Bomber Group at locations all over the U. S. and once in Germany. In 2004, Mr. Willhoit helped arrange the meeting of his old group at the Chattanooga Choo-Choo at the group’s 14th Reunion with over 100 persons in attendance.
Al Allen, now 89 and living in Peoria, Il., was also a Member of the 449th. Though he and Mr. Willhoit did not serve in the same unit he said that Brigade had over 2,000 personnel – 600 of whom were flyers. They flew in the P24J Bomber and he recalled a mission over Albania when they saw over 6,000 Nazi troops in a parade.
Mr. Allen said the group flew in at less than 1,000 feet and wiped out the enemy soldiers below. Less than 500 of the Brigade Members survive today.
Mr. Willhoit was sworn in to the Chattanooga Police Department on August 10, 1948 as a patrolman working his way up through the ranks to become Chief of Police in 1976. He retired in 1979 with 33 years of service.
Chief Willhoit was among the first enrollees at the then new Cleveland State Community College in 1967 where he received an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice. He was a Certified Senior Radio Engineer who was instrumental to moving the CPD from the VHF to UHF Radios in the 1970’s which for the first time allowed officers to carry radios with them when away from their squad cars.
Following his retirement from the Chattanooga Police Department, Mr. Willhoit was asked by the new State Commissioner of Safety Gene Roberts to join him in Nashville when Governor Lamar Alexander was elected. At his departure from the Department of Safety, he returned to Chattanooga and he and his beloved Mary Ruth built the log cabin of their dreams on the farm in Bradley County complete with its own fishing pond.
But Mr. Willhoit’s service was not yet complete. Chattanooga Mayor Gene Roberts called on him once again to assume the duties of City Court Clerk during an important time of court growth and transition.
He was a member of Ridgedale Masonic Lodge, where he became a 32nd Degree York Rite Mason. Later he became a Member of the Alhambra Shrine Temple where he was an active member of the Bus Unit at the temple taking the children and parents to the Masonic Hospitals for treatment and surgery.
He was a member of the Missionary Ridge Chapter Order of the Eastern Star. He was past president and current member of the board of directors at the Chattanooga Half-Century Club.
The 449th Bomber Group was part of Eighth Air Force, established in 1944 at High Wycombe Airdrome, USAAF, England. 8 AF was a United States Army Air Forces combat air force in the European Theater of World War II, engaging in operations primarily in the Northern Europe. It was the largest of the deployed combat Army Air Forces in numbers of personnel, aircraft and equipment.
Clyde and Mary Ruth had been active members of the Brainerd Baptist Church for over 60 years where he was on several committees. He was a member of the Dixon Sunday School Class. He was an avid fan of the University of Tennessee Volunteers and attended football and girls basketball games.
He and Mary Ruth enjoyed spending time with their family especially their grandchildren and great-grandchildren, hosting them on the family farm where Clyde also raised livestock and did farming in retirement.
Mr. Willhoit, while assistant chief of the Services Division at the CPD, was instrumental in assisting Roberts in unparalleled growth and professionalism of the police and fire departments with emphasis on increased personnel, training, education and equipment.
Mr. Willhoit also helped secure Federal Law Enforcement Assistance Administration funds for the building of the then new $1.5 million dollar Police Services Center in 1974. He had oversight for its building and location on Amnicola Highway. For the first time in many years, all divisions of the Chattanooga Police Department were placed under one roof. This site was selected because it was in the geographic center of the city.
Mr. Willhoit also led the effort that in 1972 saw the department acquire its first two helicopters. He also oversaw installation of a closed circuit television monitoring system in the City Jail and parts of City Hall for enhanced security.
A verified story is that late one night in the late 1960s Clyde and Chattanoogan Gene Pike met a flight at Lovell Field with the remains of a returning soldier killed in action in Vietnam. Upon inspection of the body, Mr. Pike says, it was evident that in transit that the corpse had purged soiling the shirt of the service member. Mr. Pike told Mr. Willhoit that the man had to have a replacement shirt, “and now.” Given the hour and circumstances, Mr. Willhoit removed his own shirt and put it on the man who had made the supreme sacrifice for his country. It is the perfect example of the life that Mr. Willhoit lived – always in service and consideration of others.
Mr. Willhoit is survived by four children and spouses, Ruby and George Roettger, Knoxville, Tn., C.L. and Gayle Willhoit, McDonald, Tn., Mary Alice and Phil Neal, Lee’s Summit, Mo., and Clarence W. Willhoit, Chattanooga; two brothers and spouses, Rhoten and Jimmie Willhoit, Milton, Fl., and Roy A. and Louise Willhoit, Chattanooga; ten grandchildren and spouses, Joel and Stacy Roettger, Knoxville, Tn., Mark and Cristin Roettger, Maryville, Tn., Allen and Melanie Huggins, Ooltewah, Kandy Huggins and Chip Griffin, Chickamauga, Laurel and Gary Abernathy, Chickamauga, Richard Armstrong, Iowa City, Ia., Maggie and Esteban Minsk, New Bern, N.C., Josh Armstrong, Ft. Collins, Co., Jenni and Dustin Reeve, Blue Springs, Mo., Jeremy Willhoit, Chattanooga; 12 great-grandchildren, Noah, Ella, and Claire Roettger, Maryville, Tn., Tristan, Bodie, and Piper Huggins, Ooltewah, Christian Richards, Chickamauga, Brooklyn Abernathy, Chickamauga, Emma and Seth Minsk, New Bern, N.C., Ethan Armstrong, Blue Springs, Mo., Sydney, Logan and Lawson Reeve, Blue Springs, Mo., Paige Armstrong, Ft. Collins, Co.
Mr. Willhoit was preceded in death by his parents, Aner P. and Ruby D. Willhoit, and his wife, Mary Ruth Smith Willhoit.
The family will receive friends at the Chattanooga Funeral Home East Chapel on Thursday, May 27, from 3 - 7 p.m., and on Friday, May 28, from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. at Brainerd Baptist Church, where the services will be held at 11:30 a.m. with the Rev. Dr. Winford Hendrix officiating.
Interment will follow at Chattanooga’s National Cemetery with full military honors at graveside.
Active pallbearers will be Allen Huggins, Jeremy Willhoit, Joel Roettger, Mark Roettger, Rich Armstrong and Esteban Minsk. Honorary Pallbearers will be former mayor Gene Roberts, Bud Miller, Gary Abernathy, Chip Griffin, Ronald G. Eberhardt, J. Michael Pearson and Gene Pike, the Brainerd Baptist Church Dixon Sunday School Class and the Alhambra Bus Unit.
Ronald G. Eberhardt, of San Diego, formerly of Chattanooga and a longtime friend and associate of Mr. Willhoit, will present a eulogy on behalf of former Mayor Gene Roberts.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to the Alhambra Shrine Bus Unit.
Arrangements are by the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist, 404 South Moore Road, Chattanooga, Tn.
Chattanoogan.com posted May 26, 2010

 

 James R. Williams,

            EX-FIREMAN DIES AT 57

James R. Williams, of 1714 E. 26th Street , who retired from the Chattanooga Fire Department after 28 years service, died Saturday in a local hospital.

Mr. Williams was a lifelong Chattanooga resident and a member of Delray Baptist Church .

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Clinton Williams, two daughters, Miss Martha Jean Williams and Mrs. Betty Dill, both of Chattanooga ; two sons, James (Buddy) Williams, and John R. Williams, both of Chattanooga ; three sisters, Mrs. Rose Simpson, Mrs. Mae Huey and Mrs. Nora Huey, all of Chattanooga; a brother, Andrew Williams, Marietta, GA; nine grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the chapel of the Lane Funeral Home, with the Rev. Bill Worley and Dr. J. Fred Johnson officiating.  Interment will be in Tennessee-Georgia Memorial Park.

 

Earl C. Wolfe Dies; Police Officer Here

          Lt. Earl Clifton Wolfe, who served for more than 35 years with the Chattanooga Police Department, died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 1997, at his home here.  He was 80.

            Lt. Wolfe, a lifelong resident of Chattanooga , was a Baptist, and Army veteran of World War II and a recipient of the Asiatic Pacific Service medal, the Good Conduct medal, the World War II Victory medal and the Occupation Forces of Japan ribbon.

            He was a member of the Chattanooga Lions Club, Veterans of Foreign Wars Lodge 48 and American Legion Post 14.

            His parents were the late Efframe and Melinda Barber Wolfe.

            Survivors include his wife, Beatrice Wolfe; a son, James Earl Wolfe, Rossville , Ga. ; two daughters, Elizabeth Sue Wolfe, Conyers , Ga. , and Mary Katherine Driver, Ringgold , Ga. ; sister, Frances Rowe, Clearwater , Fla. ; and four grandchildren.

            The funeral will be Monday at 11 a.m. at the Dodd’s Avenue Chapel of Turner Funeral Home with the Rev. Billy Dean officiating.

            Burial will be in Chattanooga National Cemetery .

 

 

John Woy, Veteran Officer, Died Yesterday - Had Enviable Record as Patrolman and Detective

 

 

William E. Wyatt, Jr.
Retired Chattanooga Firefighter Owned Wyatt Sign Company

William E. Wyatt Jr., 81, of Chattanooga, died on Sunday, May 7, 2006.
He was retired from the Chattanooga Fire Department, owner of Wyatt Sign Company, was a member of Painters Local 226 for over 50 years and a 50-year member of Hill City Lodge 603. He was a member of North Side Community Church of Seventh-day Adventists.
He was preceded in death by two sons, Jeffery G. Wyatt and Gandy K. Wyatt; and his parents, William E. Wyatt Sr. and Clara Bridges Wyatt.
He is survived by two sons, Rodney L. Wyatt and Gregory B. Wyatt, both of Chattanooga; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, in Forest Hills Cemetery with the Rev. Jose Nieve and the Rev. Zachary Wyatt officiating.
Members of the Chattanooga Fire Department will serve as pallbearers with members of Painters Local 226 serving as honorary pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, in the Dodds Avenue Chapel of Turner Funeral Homes.
Arrangements are by Turner Funeral Home, Dodds Avenue Chapel, (423) 622-3171.
Chattanoogan.com Posted May 9, 2006