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Stephen Odell Thurman

January 15, 1956 - June 8, 2018

Stephen Odell Thurman, 62, of Nashville, passed away on Friday, June 8, 2018. He was a graduate of Red Bank High School, MTSU Class of 1979 and owner of The Nordell Company. He was a member of Tusculum Hills Baptist Church and the Nashville Assoc. of Talent Directors. He is preceded in death by his father, Odell Thurman and his grandparents, Allen and Erma Thurman and maternal grandparents,...
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Christler Eugene Long

June 8, 1962 - June 7, 2018

Chris passed away peacefully after a short battle with cancer at his home surrounded by family. He was a lifelong resident of the Brayton Mountain and Dayton areas. Chris had so many artistic and mechanical talents that he enjoyed sharing with everyone. He was always willing to help someone in need or making ironworks and woodcraft designs to share. He had a very special gift of making...
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Arvil Eugene Ward

May 23, 1936 - June 6, 2018

Arvil was a lifelong resident of Rhea County and a member of Graysville Seventh Day Adventist Church. He served in the United States Army and is a veteran of the Korean War. He was self-employed, moved mobile homes and was a school bus driver for several years. He loved old cars, building projects and gardening. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Ruby Walker Ward; sister Ruth...
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Jessie Mae Travis

June 24, 1937 - June 6, 2018

Jessie was a lifelong resident of Rhea County and a member of the Seventh Day International Church of God. She is preceded in death by her parents, Everett Sutton and Nettie Scholzs Sutton; husband, Fenton Travis; son James Fenton Travis and his wife Sharon Ann and several brothers and sisters. She is survived by her children, Stanley "Goober" (Dana) Travis, Dayton, TN, Judy (Jeff) Thomas,...
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Frances Louise Morgan

May 17, 1940 - June 3, 2018

Frances was a life-long resident of Rhea County and was born on May 17, 1940 to the late Albert and Ethel Allen. She was a member of Blessed Hope Church of God where she taught Sunday school for many years. She retired from Keyser-Roth in Dayton with over 15 years of service as a packager. Frances loved her family and shared many wonderful memories over the years. She was also a "Nanny" to many...
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Mary Josephine "JO" Thurman

February 8, 1929 - June 1, 2018

Jo was a resident of Rhea County for 64 years. She moved here from Savannah, GA. She was a member of Graysville Baptist Church. She is preceded in death by her husband, Elmer B. Thurman; parents, John D. Collins and Mary Rebecca Jordan Collins; sisters, Lillian Beene and Betty Jenkins; brothers, J.T. Collins and Wayne Collins. She is survived by her son, David E. (Sandra) Thurman; sisters, Alice ...
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Betty Jean Hudson

December 4, 1926 - May 24, 2018

Betty was a lifelong resident of Rhea County and an active and faithful member of Ogdon Baptist Church. She taught school for 30 years at Walden Ridge Elementary and farmed with her husband for 66 years on Dayton Mountain. Betty loved quilting, flowers, gardening, cooking and the Braves. She is preceded in death by her parents, William Soddy Jewell and Cora Gillett Jewell; 5 sisters, 6 brothers...
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Anthony "AJ" Creasman

May 25, 1989 - May 18, 2018

AJ was a lifelong resident of Rhea County and an employee of Walmart, Soddy Daisy. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, playing video games and drawing. He is preceded in death by his grandfather, Clarence Creasman and great-uncle, Willie Carl May. He is survived by his grandmother, Brenda" Nanna" Wilson; mother, Glenna Sue King; step-father, Jack King; sister, Jacklyn Danielle King...
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Willie Mae Gibson

May 3, 1929 - May 18, 2018

Willie Mae was a lifelong resident of Rhea County. She loved her family, playing Bingo and doing what knots. She attended the Cranmore Cove Church of God. She is preceded in death by her parents; Floyd and Addie Harvey Nichols, her husband; Jay Gibson, a daughter, Mary Hickman, two sons; Carl Allen Johnson and Charles Mack Johnson, four sisters; Marie Sneed, Ruby Defore, Ina Guy, Pauline...
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Elizabeth "Lifa" Jiles

November 10, 1940 - May 10, 2018

Lifa was a lifelong resident of Rhea Co., and was a member of Old Washington Baptist Church. She loved music, dancing, and cooking. She was preceded by her husband Eugene Jiles, Sr., parents Morgan and Annie Hughes Day, sister Jeanine Revis. She is survived by her children Gloria (Gary) Revis, Dana (Goober) Travis, Eugene (Christy) Jiles, Jr., Pat Patton all of Dayton, Tenn. 2 brothers Jim Day...
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Jo Nelda Patton

April 19, 1939 - May 3, 2018

Jo was a lifetime resident of Rhea County and a member of Spivey Memorial United Methodist Church. She retired from Robinson Manufacturing after 45 years of employment. She loved her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, athletics, gardening and Tennessee Vols. She is preceded in death by parents, Lans Crawley and Viva Welch Crawley. She is survived by her husband, James "Jim" W. Patton,...
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Tami Renee' Huffman

October 4, 1973 - May 1, 2018

Tami was a resident of Soddy Daisy, TN. She loved everyone and never met a stranger. She is preceded in death by her uncle, Jose Ponce; grandparents, Jose Maria Ponce and Juanita Gonzales Morales. She is survived by her mother, Irma Emerson of Spring City, TN; children, Zachary Morales, Dayton, TN, Devon Morales, Cherokee, IA, Christopher Huffman, Birchwood, TN ; life partner, Bobby Smith; sister...
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Betty Lois Holland

September 3, 1931 - April 30, 2018

Betty was born in Decatur, TN. She has been a resident of Rhea County for 22 years. She is a member of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church of Sale Creek and she was employed at Kayser Roth Hosiery Mill for 31 years. She is preceded in death by her parents, Floyd Trusley and Evergreen Dunn Trusley; brothers, Roosevelt Trusley, James Trusley and sister, Jenny Miracle. She is survived by her children, Donald ...
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Reva Pauline " Polly" Rhodes

October 31, 1932 - April 28, 2018

Polly was a longtime resident of Rhea County and a member of Cranmore Cove Baptist Church. She loved her family and she loved to garden, sew and quilt. She worked many years at La-Z-Boy Chair Co. and volunteered at Cumberland Springs Bible Camp. She is preceded in death by her parents, Richard Austin Pierce and Charlotte Mossie Beeler Pierce; 3 brothers, Jim Arnwine, Johnny Pierce, Richard Pierce...
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Robert Lee Gunter

May 12, 1937 - April 27, 2018

Robert was a lifelong resident of Rhea County and was retired from Suburban Manufacturing with 33 years of service. He loved fishing, hunting, and enjoyed gardening and farming at L&D Farms. He is preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Lucy Delk Gunter; a son, Bobby Gunter; a granddaughter, Christy Gunter; four sisters, Reva Treet, Treva Rice, Flonnie Couch, Carolyn Montgomery and a...
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CLAUDE D. PENDERGRASS

February 24, 1939 - April 26, 2018

Claude was a lifelong resident of Rhea County and a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Spring City, TN. He graduated from Sale Creek High School where he was Senior Class President. He was a veteran of National Guards and pastored churches in Tennessee and Rose Hill, Virginia for 45 years. He served Rhea County many years on the Ministerial Board and was a Past President. Claude was a retired...
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Mary Louise Suttles

June 9, 1933 - April 25, 2018

Mary was a lifelong resident of Rhea Co., and was of the Christian faith. She was retired from Robinson's mfg. after 25 years of service.She was preceded by her husband Clyde Ray Suttles, son Richard Swafford, and parents Virgil and Gladys Hensley Elder. Survivors are 3 daughters Patricia (Kenneth) Oliver, Jennifer (Robert) Marler, and Tammy (Randy) Butler, sister Betty Whitfield all of Dayton,...
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William "Bill" Hildreth, Sr.

September 26, 1952 - April 21, 2018

Bill was a native of Oak Ridge, Tennessee and a lifelong resident of Knoxville, Tennessee. He was of the Baptist faith and was retired from ORTEC Inc. as an electrical engineer. He is preceded in death by his parents, William Howard Hildreth and Gladys Miriam Breland-Hildreth; brother, Paul Hildreth and sister, Mary Hildreth. He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Sherry Lee Rothwell; two sons,...
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Gudrun Anna Fugate

May 17, 1949 - April 16, 2018

Gudrun was a longtime resident of Rhea County and of the Catholic faith. She loved to read and she loved her grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Billy Fugate; parents, Adam and Marie Winter; 1 sister and 3 brothers. She is survived by children, Kevin (Melissa) Fugate, Rigeland, MS, Yvonne (Tommy) Gardner, Evensville, TN, Steven ( Misty ) Fugate, Ft. Campbell, KY; step...
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Tony Dotson

September 4, 1959 - April 15, 2018

Tony was a longtime resident of Rhea County and of the Baptist faith. He is preceded in death by his parents, Walter Paul Dotson, Sr. and Nettie Yother Dotson; sisters, Diane Miller, Angela Sparks, Patricia Dotson; brother Wayne Dotson and nephew Dewayne Dotson. He is survived by children, Tina Gross (Jared Smith) and Jay Farris of Graysville, TN, Anthony Dotson, Jr. of Georgia; sister, Kathy (...
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Patrick Wayne Fisher

August 30, 1966 - April 10, 2018

Patrick was a lifelong resident of Rhea County and of the Baptist faith. He loved golfing and Cincinnati Bengals football games. He was preceded in death by his mother, Brenda Hill Fisher. He is survived by 2 children, Alexandria "Lexi" Fisher, Carson Fisher; father, Steve Fisher Sr. all of Evensville TN; 2 brothers, Steve Fisher Jr., Evensville, TN, Ivan Fisher, Dayton, TN and several nieces...
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Charles Robert Tyler

February 28, 1942 - April 8, 2018

Charles was a longtime resident of Rhea County. He was of the Baptist faith and a member of Dayton Masonic Lodge. He enjoyed Senior Citizens Club and loved Bridge and stamp collecting. He was preceded in death by his parents, Oswald Albert Tyler and Virginia Mae Lewis Tyler and one grandchild, Aaron Troy Allmond. He is survived by his wife, Kathy Tyler, Dayton, TN; children, Venita ( Jeffrey)...
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Dempsey James Stinnette

August 26, 1927 - April 5, 2018

Dempsey was a lifelong resident of Rhea County and a member of Salem Baptist Church. He worked for Astec Industries for 26 years and he loved fishing. He was preceded in death by his parents, Caywood Stinnette and Flossie McMillon Stinnette; sister, Marie Sneed and brother, Caywood Stinnette Jr. He is survived by his wife, Lucille Matthews Stinnette; son, Harold (Donna) Stinnette, Spring City, TN...
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MALCOLM COX

March 27, 1952 - April 3, 2018

Malcom was a lifelong resident of Rhea County and of the Church of God faith. He was a simple man and he retired from Dixie Yarn. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred H. Cox and Ossie Dillard Cox; sister, Reba King and brothers, Tony, Melvin, Luke and Donnie Cox. He is survived by his son, Jason Cox; daughter, Lisa Weaver; sister, Connie Byrd all of Dayton, TN; 6 grandchildren and...
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Merlie Cleo Fairchild

February 19, 1930 - April 1, 2018

Merlie Cleo Morrow Fairchild, age 88 of Evensville, Tennessee, went home to her Father in Heaven on Easter Sunday, April 01, 2018. She was born February 19, 1930 to Eula Mae Sneed Morrow and Charles Chester Morrow in Evensville, TN. She was married to Earl Zane Fairchild for 57 years. They were married on June 30, 1949. She was a lifelong resident of Rhea County and a member of Smyrna Baptist...
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Robert Eugene " Red" Patton

July 29, 1957 - March 27, 2018

Red was a longtime resident of Rhea County and a member of Ooltewah Church of God. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and had worked as a machine operator at Kayser Roth Hosiery Company. He is preceded in death by his parents, Willie Franklin Patton Sr. and Catherine Jones Patton; brother, Teddy Patton; sister, Barbara Dunn; daughter, Nettie Douglas and grandson, Michael Smith. He is survived by...
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Billy Glenn Clark

February 1, 1950 - March 25, 2018

Billy was a lifelong resident of Pikeville, Tn. and of Protestant faith. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and worked in concrete construction for over 20 years. He was a loving father, grandfather and brother. He liked riding horses. He is preceded in death by his father, Charles Clark; son, Bill Clark and brother, Jerrel Clark. He is survived by his mother, Joyce Clark, Pikeville, Tn.;...
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Billie Rea Mayberry

October 12, 1946 - March 17, 2018

Billie was a lifelong resident of Rhea County and of the Baptist faith. She worked for Rhea County Board of Education at Frazier Elementary School for 31 years. She loved ballgames and Rhea County High School football. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Delia Young Barley; sister, Myrtle Hackler; brothers, Junior Barley, Ray...
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MARTHA RUTH LYMAN

August 30, 1924 - March 16, 2018

Martha was born August 30, 1924 in Fairfax, Oklahoma. She moved to Ten Mile, Tennessee when she was 14 years old. Martha spent her entire adult life in Chattanooga working as a CPA. She is a member of The Good Shepherd Church in Lookout Mountain, Tennessee. She is preceded in death by her parents, Martha Merritt and Felix Randolph, Sr.; her brothers, Henry and Felix Randolph, Jr., and her husband...
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WILLIAM BILL RUSBRIDGE

January 13, 1945 - March 16, 2018

Bill was a lifelong resident of Rhea County and a member of the Evensville United Methodist Church. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and was active in the Gideons Bible Program. Bill retired from T.V.A. in 1994. He is preceded in death by his parents; Donald and Charlotte Montgomery Buttram and his father, Van Rusbridge . Surviving are his three children, Mike (Amy) Rusbridge of Soddy-Daisy....
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Virginia Jo "Blunt" Sharp

May 26, 1942 - March 10, 2018

Blunt was a lifelong resident of Rhea County. She was retired from Robinson's Mfg. and a member of the Dayton Church of Christ. She is preceded in death by her parents, John and Faye Howerton Sharp, 3 brothers, Fred, John and Jack Sharp, and sister Myrtle Sharp. She is survived by 3 sisters, Nancy Sharp, Dayton, Tn., Aneda Bettis and Phyllis Floyd both of Buffalo, N.Y. and several nieces and...
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Joseph Arthur Cox

March 8, 1946 - March 4, 2018

Joseph was a longtime resident of Rhea County and an avid reader. He was a veteran of Alabama National Guard and a pharmacist at Eckerds Pharmacy. He is survived by his wife, Margie Cox, Dayton, Tn. and sister, Martha Ann (Lamar) Hayes, Florela, Al. Joseph was laid to rest Monday, March 05, 2018 with a graveside service at Smyrna Cemetery, Evensville, Tn.
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Opal Christeen Harris

April 20, 1932 - March 1, 2018

Opal was a lifelong resident of Rhea County and a member of Smyrna Baptist Church. She enjoyed Rhea Richland Senior Neighbors. Opal is preceded in death by her husband Rev. Felix Harris. She is survived by daughters, Debbie (Toby) Gilliam , Soddy Daisy, Tn., Kathy ( Bobby) Dodd, Ooltewah, Tn., ; grandchildren, Christy (Matt) Harding, Ann (Andy) Kilgore, Katy ( Anthony) Brown; great-grandchildren...
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Doris "Dee" Beach

February 12, 1923 - February 25, 2018

Doris (Dee) Dymond Beach, 95, passed away peacefully at home in Dayton, TN on Sunday, February 25, 2018 surrounded by her loving family. Dee was a resident of Saratoga Springs, NY before moving to Dayton in 2005. Dee was born in Ballston Spa, NY to the late Walter and Nellie Dymond. A member of the United Methodist Church of Saratoga Springs, Dee attended First Baptist Church of Dayton with her...
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Charles "Mickey" Rudd

March 3, 1944 - February 19, 2018

Mickey was a lifelong resident of Rhea County and of the Baptist faith. He was a veteran of the United States Navy and worked as a welder at Suburban Manufacturing for 21 years. He is preceded in death by his parents, Fred Jennings Rudd and Alveta Harris Rudd and his wife Patricia Rudd. He is survived by sons, Dwayne (Nikki) Rudd of Ten Mile, Tn., Bryan (Sharon) Rumer of Lafayette, Ga., Chucky...
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Bertha Marie Porter

October 29, 1926 - February 17, 2018

Bertha Marie Porter 91 of Spring City, Tn. passed peacefully in her home at her beloved Porter Lake Farm on Saturday February 17, 2018. She was born on October 29, 1926 in Columbia, Tn. She was preceded in death by her husband and best friend of 63 years, James F. (Bill) Porter; parents H.P. Walters and Francis Kinzer Walters; brothers, Charles Walters, Howard Walters and sister, Helen D'armond....
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Ronnie Dean Ray

November 12, 1949 - February 17, 2018

Ronnie was a lifelong resident of Rhea County and a member of Faith Baptist Church in Dayton. He worked for Middle Tennessee Gas Company for 30 years and was co-owner of Out Quick Bonding Company. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and collecting artifacts. He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert Ray and Lucy Caraway Ray and step-father Louis True. He is survived by his wife Judy Genoe Ray of...
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Arizona William Clark

July 12, 1989 - February 15, 2018

Arizona was a very hardworking man. He was a very loving and heartwarming person who would go out of his way to help anyone who needed it. He loved to talk, laugh and play video games. He is preceded in death by his father, John Clark; paternal grandparents, Stanley and Eleanor Clark and niece, Melissa Sherry. He is survived by his wife, Adrien Clark, of Dayton; mother, Colene Clark; aunt,...
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Felix "Fennie" Wilkey

November 17, 1938 - February 15, 2018

Fennie was a lifetime resident of Rhea County and of the Baptist faith. He loved golf and was a longtime member of Dayton Golf & Country Club. He was a veteran of the US Army, a Shriner and owned the State Farm Insurance Agency in Dayton for 42 years. He is survived by his wife Kathryn Wilkey of Dayton, Tn.; sisters, Katherine Grussi of Connecticut, Helen Ann Volpe of Oregon; brothers, Dewey...
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Linda Faye Walker

January 27, 1944 - February 10, 2018

Linda was a longtime resident of Rhea County and of the Baptist faith. She worked at Rigsby Elementary School and at La-Z-Boy for over 15 years. She loved making jewelry and growing flowers and enjoyed her grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, Charles Walker in 2012. She is survived by two children, Wesley Walker of Grandview and Richard (Allyson) Walker of Dayton; brother,...
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Maggie Marie Condra

October 19, 1925 - February 5, 2018

Maggie was a longtime resident of Rhea Co., and was a faithful member of the Dayton Church of Christ. She dedicated her life to the care of her husband and children. She will be greatly missed by family and friends. She was preceded by her husband A.P. Condra, Jr. DVM, parents Frank and Novella Cookston Tate, two sisters Olena (Tate) Turner, and Doris (Benton) Cooley, three brothers Festus (Dot)...
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Ralph Richard Douglas

March 20, 1937 - February 2, 2018

Ralph was a lifelong resident of Rhea county. He retired from Suburban Manufacturing after 19 years. He is preceded in death by his parents, John and Bertha Ferry Douglas; his wife, Dora Steel Douglas; brothers; Roscoe, Ray and Robert Douglas and one sister, Lona Woody. Surviving are his children, Michelle McLean of Dayton, Donna Hale of Pikeville, Tn. Richard Douglas of Evensville, Tn.; sister,...
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Andrea Shannon England

April 16, 1947 - February 1, 2018

Andrea was a lifetime resident of Rhea County and of the Presbyterian faith. She worked as a Paramedic and a Lab Tech at Rhea Medical Center. She was very involved in The Order of The Eastern Star. She was preceded in death by her parents, Andrew Ensley and Dora Skirlock Ensley; grandparents, Mattie and Rufus Skirlock; daughter, Tammy Whitted; brothers, Michael Ensley and Steve Snyder. She is...
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Beverly Sue Wilson

January 28, 1944 - January 25, 2018

Beverly was a lifelong resident of Rhea County, and of the Church of God faith. She loved to play bingo and work jigsaw puzzles. She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Ruth Caraway Walker and husband, Freddie Wilson. Surviving are six children, Debra Clark, James Wilson, Michael Wilson, Bonnie Snell, Eric Wilson, and Nikki Landreth, all of Dayton; sister, Teresa Olinger of...
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Pearl Allene Smith

April 17, 1953 - January 22, 2018

Pearl was a lifelong resident of Rhea County. She was a homemaker and of Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by her parents, William Clyde Smith and Patsy Joyce Price Gossett; husband, Clarence Sutton; brothers, Clarence Smith and Jerry Smith. She is survived by daughters, Stoni (Thomas) Riley and Stacey (Ken) Sharp of Dayton, Tn.; sister, Patricia Smith, Dayton, Tn.; brothers, Mack ...
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Albert Ray Lee

August 10, 1947 - January 22, 2018

Albert Ray Lee, 70, passed from his earthly home and entered the gates of Heaven on Monday night. He was a beloved brother, uncle and friend and loved by all who knew him. Albert will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Roy E. Lee and Mildred Kerr Lee; brothers, David Lee, Johnny Lee and Jerry Lee. He is survived by his brother, Larry Lee; sisters...
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Barbara Ann Purser

February 27, 1936 - January 20, 2018

Barbara was a lifelong resident of Rhea County and a member of Ogden Baptist Church. She was a L.P.N. at Rhea Medical Center and she also did private duty nursing. She loved her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren as well as her dog, Ben. Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, Leonard and Myrtle Jordan Hale; her husband, Grady Purser; three brothers, Dude Hale, Harold Hale ,...
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Floyd Durham, Jr.

September 13, 1927 - January 17, 2018

Floyd was a longtime resident of Rhea County. He worked many years at Sherwood Corporation and retired from Robinson Manufacturing. He served in the US Navy during World War II. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elsie Janow Durham; son, Micheal Durham; brothers, Eugene Durham, Samuel Durham, John Durham, Leonard Durham and Lester Durham. He is survived by 4 children, Charles Floyd (Fran)...
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Maddox Kaine DeCarlo

November 16, 2017 - January 14, 2018

Maddox was the infant son of Stephanie Goforth and Vincent A. DeCarlo Jr. He is survived by his parents; maternal grandparents Jerry Goforth, Dayton, Tn., Jennifer Goforth, Soddy Daisy, Tn.; paternal grandparents, Dianne E. DeCarlo and Vincent A. DeCarlo Sr., Birmingham, Ala.; sisters, Cassidy Tate and Brooke Eaves, Chattanooga, Tn.; aunt, Lisa Stinson, Birmingham, Ala. and uncles, Chris...
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Patricia "Patty" Scroggins

March 14, 1956 - January 14, 2018

Patty was a lifelong resident of Rhea County and a member of White Oak Baptist Church. She loved being outdoors and fishing. She was a seamstress and worked at Southern Silk Mill in Spring City. Patty was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Ewing Scroggins and Lizzie Marie Phipps Scroggins; sisters, Barbara Marie Roddy, Brenda Sue Evitt and Joy Love Garren; brother, Robert Ewell Scroggins...
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Opal May Douglas

October 28, 1924 - January 6, 2018

Opal was a lifelong resident of Rhea County and a member of the Dayton Four Square Church. She loved gardening, boating, quilting, traveling and spending time with her grandchildren. She was active in Senior Neighbors and retired from Kayser Roth Hoisery. She is preceded by her parents, William and Athel Huston Walker; her husband, Roscoe Douglas; a son, Danny Douglas; a daughter, Bonnie White; a...
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Mary "Sunnie" Nichols

September 24, 1939 - December 31, 2017

Sunnie was a longtime resident of Rhea County. She was a member of Graysville United Methodist Church. She served as treasurer and bookkeeper for the church for several years. She loved gardening, reading and spending time with her family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, William Lee Ervin Sr. and Edith Estes Ervin; husbands, Gary Young and Donald Joe Nichols; brother, Bobby...
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James "Jimmy" Fred Oldham

May 6, 1934 - December 31, 2017

James was of the Church of God faith. He loved hunting, fishing, gardening, and flowers. He was employed by the Chattanooga Memorial Park Cemetery for several years, and was a coal miner. James was preceded in death by a son, Junior Oldham; brothers, David and Don Oldham and several other half brothers and sisters. He is survived by his wife, Stella Oldham of Dayton; 4 children, Phillip (Yvonne)...
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Pearl Blevins Houston

March 18, 1919 - December 31, 2017

Pearl Blevins Houston, 98, of Dayton, TN, went to be with the Lord on 12/31/2017. Funeral services will be held at Coulter-Garrison Funeral Home on 1/3/18 at 2pm with the Reverend Clyde Fitzgerald officiating. Visitation will be on 1/2/18 from 4-7pm. Her earthly remains will be laid to rest at Pierce Cemetery beside her late husband Walter Ray (Sam) Houston. At the time of his death they had been...
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Dexter Russel Evitt

April 13, 1953 - December 30, 2017

Dexter Russel Evitt rejoiced with the Lord and many loved ones on December 30, 2017. Born on April 13, 1953, he was a lifelong resident of Spring City, Tn. He enjoyed spending time with his daughters and grandkids and listening to the stories his youngest grandson came up with. He was the happiest when surrounded by his family, friends and 3 little dogs, Sheba, Little Bit and Tiny. He was...
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Frances Colbaugh Tankersley

January 16, 1922 - December 27, 2017

A celebration was held in Heaven when Frances (Colbaugh) Tankersley, went home to be with her Lord, and reunite with many loved ones, on Wednesday, December 27, 2017. Born January 16, 1922, she was a life-long resident of Dayton, TN. She enjoyed sewing quilts for family members, completing over 20 quilt-tops in the final months of her life. She was her happiest surrounded by her family,...
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James "Jimmy" Edward Wilkey

March 19, 1940 - December 27, 2017

Jimmy was a lifetime resident of Rhea County. He served in the United States Army for 26 years. He was in Desert Storm and retired from service with a rank of Major. He was a member of New Union Baptist Church, Dayton Lodge #512, Scottish Rite, Alhambra Shrine, American Legion and VFW. He was a Mason for 57 years, Rhea County Clerk for 28 years and Rhea County Executive for 4 years. Jimmy was...
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Freddie Lee Morgan

June 6, 1953 - December 25, 2017

Freddie was a lifelong resident of Rhea Co, was a member of the Friendship Full Gospel Church, and was a retired truck driver, and was retired from the U.S. Army.He was preceded by his parents William E. and Alberta Caraway Morgan, sister Juanita May, 2 brothers Buddy and Donald (Duck) Morgan. survivors are his wife Mary I. Swafford Morgan Dayton, Tn., son Johnathan (ChasityJanow) Morgan ...
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Timothy Roy Engelman

March 4, 1970 - December 21, 2017

Timothy was a resident of Rhea County and a truck driver, and was a veteran of the U.S Navy. He was preceded by his father Gregory Alan Engelman. He is survived by his mother, Charlotte McKnight, Three Rivers, Mi.; daughters, Katlyn Engelman, Dayton, Tn., Ariel Engelman, Evensville, Tn.; brothers, Bryan Engelman, Mike Engelman and William Engelman all of Michigan and several nieces and nephews.
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Margie Dean Stowe

July 26, 1923 - December 21, 2017

Margie was a lifelong resident of Rhea County. She retired from La-Z-Boy Chair Co., and was of Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by a son Hiram Stowe and parents Arch & Lula Wilkey Fitzgerald. She is survived by sons Roy (Donna G.) Stowe Dayton, Tn., James (Arlean) Oisten Mesa, Arizona; sister, Joann Tilley Dayton, Tn.; brother Willard (Helen) Fitzgerald Lansing, Michigan; 4...
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Louise Elizabeth Suttles

May 6, 1937 - December 21, 2017

Louise is a longtime resident of Rhea County. She is the daughter of the late Ralph Taylor and Lois Marler Taylor of Dayton. She was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years Charles E. Suttles; sister Bonnie L. Smith; brother Danny Ray Marler; son-in-law, Albert (Snuffy) Janow and Drucilla (other mother) and Thomas Suttles. Louise was a wife and mother who loved to cook and garden. She...
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Johnny Ray Johnson

July 6, 1947 - December 13, 2017

Johnny was a lifelong resident of Rhea County and a member of Grace Bible Church. He loved walking, the outdoors and visiting his neighbors. He is preceded in death by his wife, Pauline Johnson; parents, Johnnie and Gladys McDonald Johnson; brothers, Robert David Johnson, Terry Johnson and Jerry Johnson and sister, Glenda Sue Alvey. He is survived by a stepson, Robert Bishop of Evensville;...
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Ruby A. DeFore

January 23, 1919 - December 12, 2017

Ruby was a lifelong resident of Rhea County and a member of Cove Church of God. She was preceded in death by her parents Floyd Nichols and Addie Harvey Nichols; husband Dan DeFore; daughter Juanita DeFore and son Ricky DeFore. Ruby is survived by her children, Floyd DeFore, Dayton, Tn., Donnie DeFore, Nashville, Tn., Jim DeFore, Murfreesboro, Tn., Robert DeFore and Paul DeFore, Sale Creek, Tn.,...
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Wyatt James Iles McCrummen

November 10, 2017 - December 11, 2017

Wyatt is survived by his parents, Katie Iles and Dylan McCrummen; sister, Jewell McCrummen; maternal grandparents, Scott and Rhonda Iles; paternal grandparents, Douglas and Melissa McCrummen; great grandparents, Oleta Dowden, Robert and Rhoda Smith, Nancy and George Zambrano and Belinda P. Gray; aunts, Sarah Iles and Savannah McCrummen; uncle, Brandon Iles; cousins, Lanie Iles, Kensley Iles and...
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Charlotte Dean Sharpe

December 10, 1948 - December 9, 2017

Charlotte was a longtime resident of Rhea County and of the Church of God faith. She loved arts & crafts, painting and writing Christian children's books. She was a musician and she supported the Gideon Bible Program. She is preceded in death by her parents, Samuel and Mary Patton Cox and a sister, Rebecca Rawson. Charlotte is survived by her husband, John Sharpe of Dayton; three children, Doug ...
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Robert Alvin Cooper

January 15, 1982 - December 3, 2017

Robert was a longtime resident of Rhea Co., and was of the Baptist faith. He is survived by his parents Allen and Johna Cooper, special dad William Parrott all of Dayton, Tn. Three brothers Charles (Martha) Cooper, Johnathon Cooper, and Daniel Cooper all of Dayton, Tn., a nephew and several nieces.
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Daniel Joe Record, Sr

September 18, 1928 - December 2, 2017

Daniel Joe Record passed peacefully December 2, 2017 at his home. Dan was born September 18, 1928 in Chester County, Henderson, TN. Dan was retired from the Tennessee Valley Authority. He enjoyed retirement traveling and camping in their RV with his wife Joan Godsey Record until she passed in 2009. Dan loved working in his yard and in his workshop. He served in the US Navy from 1946-1948. Dan...
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William "Bill" Runyan

August 28, 1934 - November 27, 2017

Bill was a lifelong resident of Rhea County and of Baptist faith. He retired from Suburban Manufacturing. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Guy and Gertie Runyan and brothers, Robert Ray Runyan and Charlie Runyan. He is survived by sisters, Betty Snyder, Soddy Daisy, Tn. and Margaret White, Dayton, Tn.; brother Walter (Willie Mae) Runyan, Dayton, Tn. and several nieces and nephews.
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Charles " Chuck " Kilpatrick

July 10, 1957 - November 24, 2017

Chuck was a longtime resident of Dayton. He was member of New Union Baptist Church and an avid fisherman. Papa was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was a truck driver for over 20 years. Chuck was preceded in death by his son, Charlie Kilpatrick. He is survived by his wife, Cindy Kilpatrick of Dayton; parents, Norman and Joyce Wilson Kilpatrick; daughter Kari (Eric) Brooks of...
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Debra "Debbie" Jean Dyer

May 29, 1951 - November 22, 2017

Debbie was a longtime resident of Rhea County. She attended Spivey Memorial United Methodist Church. She worked in the Register of Deeds office for over twenty years. She was a graduate of Cedine Bible Institute and had worked at Rhea Medical Center and Kayser Roth. She was preceded in death by her parents Kloran Dean Robinson and Jean Jeanette Johnson Robinson. Debbie is survived by her husband...
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WILLIAM "BILL" THOMAS FINE, JR

October 23, 1937 - November 21, 2017

Bill went home to be with his Savior, Jesus on Tuesday, November 21st. He was a Deacon of Lake Drive Baptist Church in Sale Creek, where he had served for a lifetime. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Josiah Fine; parents, William Fine, Sr. and Pearl Jolly Fine; sister, Jean Twitchell and brother Lowell Fine. He is survived by his wife, Bonnie Morgan Fine; two sons, Mark (Kathy) Fine,...
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Glenn John Chaple

July 4, 1923 - November 6, 2017

Glenn John Chaple, 94 passed away in a Chattanooga hospital on Monday, November 6, 2017. Born in Miami, Florida to the late W.F. Chaple and Julia Timm Chaple, he spent most of his life on Dayton Mountain. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish, but his greatest love was turkey hunting. He was a World War II decorated combat-wounded disabled veteran who received a Purple Heart...
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Carl Stephon Blue

September 16, 1961 - November 1, 2017

Carl was a lifelong resident of Soddy Daisy, Tn. and a member of Rhea Central Church of God, Dayton, Tn. He attended and played football for Warren Central High School and Jackson State College in Vicksburg, Miss. He was inducted into Warren Central High School Hall of Fame in 2016. Carl worked in Men's Ministry and was in the church choir. He retired from Kenco after 21 years. He is preceded in...
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Stephen "Steve" Ryan Wilson

August 9, 1984 - November 1, 2017

Steve was a lifelong resident of Rhea County and from a farming family. He was a paramedic for Meigs County Ambulance Service. He served at McMinn County, Bradley County, Rhea County and Loudon County with EMS. Steve was a loving caring person and of Baptist faith. He is preceded in death by his grandfather, Jim Wilson; great grandparents, John and Pearl Webb; great grandmother, Lone Woody and...
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Norma Jean Peavyhouse DeWitt

June 24, 1929 - October 26, 2017

Norma Jean Peavyhouse DeWitt of Spring City, TN. passed away following surgery on October 26, 2017 at Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga, TN. Norma was born in Detroit, MI. on June 24, 1929. She and her family moved back to Dayton, TN. when she was 3 years old. She graduated from Rhea Central High in Dayton, TN. attended Berry College in Rome, GA. for two years and then received her Bachelor of...
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Ethel Ada Green

May 18, 1916 - October 24, 2017

Ethel was a lifelong resident of Rhea County. She was a member of Mountain View United Methodist Church and Order of Eastern Star of Dayton, Tn. She was preceded in death by her husband Thomas Henegar Green; parents, Squire Caleb "Tate" Fraley and Martha Ellen Jane Walker Fraley; sisters, Bertha Kelley, Mamie Sneed, Maggie Morton, Nellie Sneed Wilkey and Willie Fraley; brothers, Arvil Fraley and...
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Eddie Brown

July 10, 1952 - October 22, 2017

Eddie was a longtime resident of Rhea County. He was preceded in death by his mother, Thelma Ruth Brown. He is survived by his wife, Lia Brown, Dayton, Tn.; his father, Stanley Brown, Brayton Mtn., Tn.; six children, Chad, Pikeville, Tn., Joey, Pikeville, Tn., Nic, Chattanooga, Tn., Jordan, Pikeville, Tn., Zac (Santana) Atlanta, Ga. and Iren, Chattanooga, Tn.; 2 sisters, Cindy (Mark) Russell,...
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Luther David Hurst, Jr.

February 10, 1977 - October 22, 2017

Luther was a longtime resident of Rhea County. He was of Baptist faith and an active member of the Tennessee Valley Falcon Club. He was preceded in death by his father, Luther David Hurst Sr.. He is survived by his wife, Crystal D. Hurst, Graysville, Tn.; his mother, Sandra L. Hurst, Evensville, Tn.; 1 daughter, Sierra Nichole Hurst, Graysville, Tn.; 3 sons, Michael Logan Hurst, Titus Holloway...
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Tyson Zakye Hyatte

April 24, 2017 - October 21, 2017

Tyson was born in Chattanooga, Tn. and lived in Graysville, Tn. all his life. He is survived by his parents, Barry Hyatte and Kylie Mathis of Graysville, Tn.; maternal grandparents, Kelly Mathis and Carlos Mathis of Graysville; maternal great-grandparents, Don and Connie Creasman of Dayton; maternal great-great-grandmother, Alma Sue Schrimpsher of Dayton; paternal grandparents, Barry Hyatte of...
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David Christopher Fisher

June 8, 1938 - October 12, 2017

David Christopher "Giant" Fisher, 79, of Evensville, TN, died at home on Thursday Oct 12, 2017. He was of the Roman Catholic faith. David was born in Peru, IN on June 8, 1938, and graduated from Peru High School. He joined the U.S. Navy in June 1956, attended Fleet Sonar School, and served as sonar man aboard USS Wilkinson. He received an Honorable discharge in June 1959. On leaving the...
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Brandy Nicole Burns

December 27, 1980 - October 6, 2017

Brandy was a lifelong resident of Rhea County. She loved dancing, reading and her children. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Wilma Ward and Elisha Dillard. Surviving are her husband, Stephen Burns of Dayton; her parents, Michael Ward and Lorie Susie Dillard of Dayton; four children, Kayla Ward of Dayton, Cheyenne Burns , Stephen Burns III , Joe Kenneth Burns all of Evensville, Tn.;...
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THOMAS "TOMMY" WILLIAM CLAYTON

January 28, 1950 - October 5, 2017

Thomas William Clayton, son of the late Thomas Earl and Wilma Clayton went to be with the Lord on October 5th 2017. He was a graduate of the Tennessee School For The Blind and Chattanooga State. He and his brother Ronnie (Shortie) Clayton owned Napa Auto Parts where he was the service manager. Tommy also worked alongside his dad at Smith Clayton Dodge. Tommy had a deep passion for drag racing...
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Charlie Clayton

August 7, 1943 - October 3, 2017

Charlie was a longtime resident of Rhea County and of the Baptist faith. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marines and retired from Robinson Manufacturing. He was preceded in death by his parents, James Haskel and Margaret Cronan Clayton; brother, Larry Clayton; sister, Freida Mae Thompson and a granddaughter Jannalou Elder. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn "Connie" Clayton, Dayton, Tn.; 3 sons...
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Jamison Ryan Phillips

March 8, 1987 - October 2, 2017

It is with great sadness that the family of Jamison Ryan Phillips announces his passing on Monday, October 2, 2017 at the age of 30 years. Jamison will be lovingly remembered by his parents, Lawrence Carl (Larry) Phillips, Jr., and Lorraine Smith Phillips, 2 brothers Lawrence Carl "Chip" (Tara) Phillips III, and Michael S. (Vy) Phillips, niece Claudia Jane Phillips, nephew, Lawrence Carl "Quade"...
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Ronnie Keith MCConnell

March 18, 1969 - October 1, 2017

Keith was a lifelong resident of Rhea County,and he left his earthly home to join with his heavenly body on October 1, 2017. You are loved so much darling and you will be missed so much, you are at home. Keith was a great person and a wonderful son, who made his parents proud of him. He was funny and loved children and they loved him. He was kind and free hearted and will be missed, He was loved...
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Drucilla Suttles

November 12, 1921 - September 30, 2017

Drucilla an " Angel On Earth" went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, September 30 surrounded by her family. She was born on November 12, 1921 to Tom and Ida May of Sale Creek. She was preceded in death by her parents Tom and Ida May; her loving husband Tommy Suttles; 2 sons, Charles and Ray Suttles; 5 brothers, Bill, Walter, Earnest, Paul and George May; 2 sisters, Myrtel Miller...
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Josephine "Jo" Hoover

June 25, 1926 - September 28, 2017

Jo was a longtime resident of Rhea Co., and a member of the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church of Evensville, Tn., Jo was a swimming instructor, a Pathfinder director for SDA, a riveter at Douglas Air Force Base in California during WW II, an organist and she sang with Sweet Adeline Chorus Group. She loved music, especially classical music. She was preceded in death by her parents. Herman and...
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Anthony M. "Tony" Davis

March 31, 1957 - September 26, 2017

Tony was a lifelong resident of Rhea Co.,and was a retired steamfitter with the Local # 43, and was a member of New Union Baptist Church. He was preceded by his father Dean Davis, step father Walt Kaylor. Survivors are his mother Margie B. Kaylor Dayton, Tn. Two daughters Brandy (Brittany) Davis Old Hickory, Tn. Sheena (Adam) Cosby Dayton, Tn., brother Charles (Kathy) Davis Chattanooga, Tn....
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Kenneth "Bill" Smith

August 29, 1943 - September 21, 2017

Bill was a longtime resident of Rhea County. He was a retired farmer and of Baptist faith. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wheeler and Agnes Sneed Smith; one brother, John Smith; two sisters, Gee Hood and Reba Walker and son-in-law Clint Black. He is survived by three daughters, Billie (Jason) Worthington, Evensville, Tn., Phyllis (Rick) Shelton, Harrison, Tn., Marilyn Black, Athens,...
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Anna L. Cooper

April 16, 1933 - September 20, 2017

Anna was a lifelong resident of Rhea County. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Dayton. She loved and cared for many children in Rhea County and loved her family. Anna was preceded in death by her parents, I.B. McAlpine and Rita Cooper McAlpine; two brothers, Gene Cooper and Mack Cooper; one sister Ruby McKenzie and brother-in-law Robert McKenzie. Survivors are four children,...
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Lillian Armanda Simmons

June 4, 1925 - September 14, 2017

Lillian was a lifetime resident of Rhea County. She was a member of Yellow Creek Baptist Church and she loved crocheting and quilting. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Martha Fugate Pendegrass; her husband, Odom Simmons; two sisters, Minnie Smith and Dorothy Reels. Surviving are nine children Beulah Grubb of Athens, Tn., Donald (Carolyn) Simmons and Dan (Linda) Simmons of Ten...
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Warren "Tom" Headlee, Sr.

December 20, 1938 - September 13, 2017

Tom was a lifelong resident of Rhea Co., and was a member of Ogden Baptist Church. He was preceded by his parents, James Milton and Ruth Hurd Headlee as well as brothers, Reginald and Richard Headlee. Survivors are his wife of 57 years, Annette S. Headlee, Dayton, Tn., two sons, Warren T.(Kira) Headlee, Jr., Chattanooga, Tn., Kyle (Lou Ann) Headlee, Dayton, Tn., sister, Jean (Bobby) Gibson,...
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Allen Ray Lehmkuhler

September 11, 1961 - September 3, 2017

Allen was a long time resident of Rhea County and of Baptist faith. He was a 15 year member of the Graysville Volunteer Fire Department. He loved helping the kids at Christmas, playing Santa for the Fire Department, Nascar and riding motorcycles. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Juanita Potter Lehmkuhler. He is survived by his wife, Alta Lehmkuhler of Graysville, Tn.; seven...
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Travis Lee Hale

April 12, 1992 - September 2, 2017

Travis was an avid outdoorsman who loved fast cars and trucks. He graduated from Franklin County High School in 2010. We will miss our beloved son and best friend. He loved his family. Travis was a hard working service tech for Mitchell Heating and Air Systems. Travis is preceded in death by his grandparents, Lee and Brenda Hale. He is survived by his parents, Victor Hale and Kristi Nunley of...
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Ralph G. Rice

February 24, 1933 - September 2, 2017

Ralph was a longtime resident of Rhea Co., and had worked as a truck driver in Michigan and the Rhea Co. Hwy. Dept. He is a member of the Friendship Baptist Church and a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in Korea, as well as a volunteer with the Rhea Co. Sheriff's Dept. Scan Program. He was a member of the American Legion, a former Rhea Co. commissioner, and was treasurer of the Walden's Ridge...
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Marsha Ray Atha

May 21, 1953 - August 18, 2017

Marsha was a lifelong resident of Rhea County and she attended the Graysville Church of God. She enjoyed yard sales and talking on the phone. She was preceded in death by her parents, Luther F. and Hazel Caraway Ray, three half brothers and a half sister as well as grandson, Aaron Trusley. Surviving are Three daughters: Sonya (James) Fisher and Crystal ( Mike) Griffin of Dayton and Angie (Dennis)...
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Shirley Ann Lewis

November 24, 1948 - August 9, 2017

Shirley grew up in Lewis Chapel area of Sequatchie County, and was a longtime resident of Dayton. She raised four boys to become responsible young men who grew up to have children of their own. Having four boys she loved her daughters- in law . She cherished her grandchildren. She worked at Robinsons for 21 years, Kayser-Roth and Oster for over 20 years. Shirley was preceded in death by her...
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Jerry Lee Jones

July 28, 1954 - July 29, 2017

Jerry was a lifelong resident of Rhea County, and had worked for several years at Sherwood Corporation, He was of the Baptist faith. Jerry is preceded in death by his Parents, John Audie and Clara Revis Jones, daughter Kimberly Rose Jones, granddaughter, Ariel Harvey, sister, Judy Jones. Surviving are three daughters, Jannie Rose Morgan of Chickamauga, Georgia. Crystal Jones of Spring City, Tn...
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James "J. B." Harrison

May 17, 1940 - July 29, 2017

James was a longtime resident of Rhea County, and of the Baptist faith. He retired as a machanist from the Oak Ridge, Y-12 plant in Oak Ridge, Tn. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of the Scottish Rite Shriners. and loved to take care of his family. J.B. was preceded in death by his parents, Zeno and Margaret Mitchell Harrison. his mother in-law: Ruby Tennyson. Surviving are his wife, Rose...
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Ray Junior Mathis

September 10, 1930 - July 24, 2017

Ray was retired as a firefighter with the U.S. government, was a ham radio enthusiast, and a veteran of the U.S. Marines, and the Scan program with the Rhea Co. Sheriff's Dept. He was preceded by his parents Sherman and Ethel Evans Mathis, sister Shirley Wagner, brother Roy Mathis. survivors are two nieces Vickie Wagner Cleveland, Ohio, Billie Mathis Lindhout Kansas City, Kansas, nephew Johnny...
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