Our Obituaries

LOIS AGNES BRYANT

May 3, 1920 - June 24, 2017

Lois was a longtime resident of Rhea County and a member of the Dayton Church of Christ. She is preceded in death by her parents,Hewey and Louella Clark Wilson. her husband, Thomas Bryant, and son, Tommy Bryant. Surviving are her son, Ron (Melinda) Bryant of Dayton, four grandchildren, Sandy Bryant, Tommy(Tammara) Bryant, Glenn (Jennifer) Harveston and Jack (Autum) Harveston; four great...
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Jayne Tallent McGarey

December 4, 1951 - June 16, 2017

Jayne was born December 4,1951, and graduated from Rhea Central High School. Jayne loved spending time with her great-neice and nephews. She loved spending time with her family on trips to Watercolor Beach. Jayne was a graduate of Mercer University Southern School of Pharmacy. After her graduation she joined her father and sister in the family practice at Tallent's Drug Store in Dayton. She was...
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Sharon Joyce Pickett

January 3, 1934 - June 16, 2017

Sharon was a longtime resident of Rhea Co. She loved her flowers and was of the Baptist faith. She was preceded by her husband James A. Pickett, daughter Sherry Pickett, parents Will and Sally Norman Manis, two sisters, Betty Shelton and June Denton and brother, Fabian Manis. Survivors are two children,Kathy Pickett of Scottsville, Kentucky and Kim Pickett of Jacksonville, Florida and one...
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Patricia Ann "Pat" Morrow

January 15, 1946 - June 16, 2017

Pat was a lifelong resident of Rhea County and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Evensville. She loved to hunt deer, fish, and ride motorcycles. She never met a stranger and was liked by everyone. Pat is preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and Alline Collier Yother;one brother, James Yother; two sisters, Nettie Lee Dotson and Nancy P. Rives. Surviving her is her husband, Thomas C....
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Albert "Snuffy" Janow

March 19, 1950 - June 5, 2017

Snuffy was a lifelong resident of Rhea Co., and was a retired truck driver, and was of the Baptist faith. He was preceded by his parents Spiller Lee and Layton Miller Janow, sister Alberta Tumlin, brother David Janow, and father-in-law Charles Suttles. Survivors are his wife Charlene Suttles Janow, Two daughters Heather (John) Zimmerle, Candice Janow Hale, mother-in-law Louise Suttles all of...
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LUTHER DAVID HURST, SR.

October 7, 1948 - May 27, 2017

David was a longtime resident of Rhea County, attended the Singing Gospel Mission Church in Dayton. David was very active in the Tennessee Valley Falcon auto club, and he enjoyed showing his old car Yellar. he is preceded in death by his parents Luke and Cecilia Filyaw Hurst. one brother, Nolan Hurst, a brother in law; Paul Smith. Surviving are his wife, Sandra Hurst of Evensville, five children,...
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Charles Edward McCoy , Sr.

January 23, 1945 - May 21, 2017

Charles was a longtime resident of Rhea County, and attended the Bethel Holiness Church. He was very proud of his service in the U.S. Army and enjoyed old cars and building bird houses. He will be missed and forever loved by all his family and friends He is preceded in death by his parents JC and Juanita Nichols McCoy, his Grandparents Henry and Amy McCoy, Jim and Maggie Nichols as well as one...
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Cleasy Mae Grisham

March 2, 1927 - May 21, 2017

Cleasy "Nana" Grisham, 90, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on May 21, 2017, surrounded by her family, after a long battle with Alzheimer's. She was born in Rhea County on March 2, 1927 to the late Allen and Della Ritchey. She saw the beginning of each day as a blessing from the Lord. Birds and flowers renewed her spirit. Her biggest smiles were reserved for her grandchildren, great...
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LEONA MAE BARGER

February 11, 1930 - May 20, 2017

Leona was a lifelong resident of Rhea County, and a member of The Family Worship Center in Dayton. Leona loved her Dogs, gardening and working her flowers. She is preceded in death by her parents, James A. and Dora Lee Norris Davis, her husband, Perry P. Barger Two sons, Perry P. Barger Jr. and Charles Barger. A daughter, Janet Barger, one sister, Beulah Cunningham. four brothers, John, Jim...
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DAVID LYNN HUTSELL

June 25, 1953 - May 19, 2017

David passed away Friday May 19, 2017 at the age of 63. He was a lifelong resident of Rhea Co, and a 1971 graduate of Spring City High School. David was a good and caring soul, and a man of many trades from mechanic to insurance salesman to garage door sales and service to an 18 wheeler truck driver. He was a friend to many people and enemy to none. He collected friends like others collected...
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Angela Sue Simpson

June 23, 1974 - May 19, 2017

Angela was a longtime resident of Rhea County and of the Baptist faith. She loved the outdoors especially fishing and dirt track racing. She loved her dog Buttercup and (Son) Cookie her cat. Angela will be forever missed and loved by all her family and friends. Angela is preceded in death by her Grandmother Bessie Mae Vargo and her Aunt Betty may Stinnint. She is survived by her husband...
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Reece Beene

January 6, 1928 - May 19, 2017

Mr. Beene was a lifelong member of the Graysville United Methodist Church where he served as Church Superintendent. He and his wife, Lillian, were active members of Young Farmers and Homemakers. He volunteered for the FFA and 4-H Clubs. He served on the Rhea County School Board and he was Superintendent of Pleasantview Cemetery. He graduated from RCHS in 1945, served in the Navy with an...
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BETTY JEAN GOINS

October 23, 1947 - May 18, 2017

Betty was a lifelong resident of Rhea County, of the Church of God faith, . She was a loving active Mother and Grandmother.she worked as a custodian at the Rhea County High School for many years. Betty is Preceded in death by her parents, Stanley and Pauline Vaughn Thurman, her husband, Troy Goins, mother, Pauline Knight. one brother, Marvin Thurman, two grandsons, Troy Leland Goins, Ryan Austin...
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BLOSSOM M. HARMON

May 17, 1931 - May 18, 2017

Blossom was a longtime resident of Rhea County, and is a member of The Graysville Seventh Day Adventist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Edith Mae Alice Walker Post. Her husband, William Barney Harmon, one brother Lloyd Post, three sisters, Pearl Hill, Georgia Devore, Dorothy Oliver. Blossom is survived by her two children, Jessica (Mike) Roberts of Dayton....
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LOUISE PARSON

December 28, 1930 - May 15, 2017

Louise was a lifetime resident of Rhea County, She is preceded in death by her husband, Dewey Parson her parents,William Edgar and Effie Dodd Clark, three brothers, William Dodd, Roger J. Dodd and Sam Clark. a nephew, Brad Clark. Surviving are two sisters, Glena (Ronnie ) Roe of Dayton. Doris Wooden of Pikeville, Tn. a brother, Bobby (Alice) Dodd of Battlecreek, Michigan. several nieces and...
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Troy E. Mills

November 8, 1948 - May 13, 2017

Troy was a longtime resident of Rhea County, and member of the Concord Baptist Church, Robbins, TN. Troy had a special love for hunting and fishing and enjoyed the outdoors. He will be missed and forever loved by all his family and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Gladys Norman Mills and one mother-in-law Elva Bowling. Troy is survived by his wife Wilma...
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JAMES "JIM" JOHNSON, JR.

February 4, 1964 - May 10, 2017

Jim was a longtime resident of Rhea County, and of the Baptist Faith. He is preceded in death by his parents, James Homer and Clara Opal Dillard Johnson Sr., his maternal Grand parents Floyd Elmer and Eva Marie Nelson Dillard and Paternal Grandparents Frank and Dora Jane Smith Johnson. One sister, Mona Ruth Robbins, one brother, Lloyd Johnson. Surviving are his children, Ashley(Jeremy) Martin...
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SUSIE DANIEL NASH

April 23, 1934 - May 10, 2017

Susie was a lifelong resident of Dayton and a 1953 graduate of Rhea Central High School. She was saved at the age of twelve and baptized in the old Richland creek which led to a life of devotion to her Christian faith. Susie was a member of the Dayton First United Methodist Church and an active member of the Christians Women Club, Readers Club, The Red Hat Society and a volunteer at the Womens...
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Betty Sue Roddy

March 7, 1932 - May 7, 2017

Betty was a lifelong resident of Rhea County, a member of the First Baptist Church of Dayton and was currently attending Spivey Memorial United Methodist Church. Betty was also an active member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary. Betty enjoyed cooking and loved her family and Grandchildren very much. She will be loved and forever missed. Betty is preceded in death by her parents Linas...
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Betty Wilson Everett

June 4, 1931 - May 1, 2017

Betty was a longtime resident of Sale Creek and member of the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church. Betty helped many people both in her Health Care career and in her church. She will be missed and forever loved by all her family and friends. Betty is preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Beatrice Kellough Wilson, her husband Lelin Everett, one Grandson Daniel Everett Glover and several brothers. ...
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James (Jim) Smith

May 19, 1940 - April 29, 2017

James Franklin Smith, 76, passed away on Friday, April 29, 2017 at Erlanger Medical Center. Jim was born May 19, 1940 in Rhea County to the late Abel Judge Smith and France Ruth (Underwood) Smith and second father, James Harvey Locke. He was preceded in death by his wife, Wanda (Romines) Smith of whom he was married to for 38 years. Survivors include his two daughters Jamie (Anthony) Ridley...
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Helen Bishop

November 27, 1922 - April 26, 2017

Helen was a lifelong resident of Rhea County and of the Baptist faith. She will be forever missed and loved by all her family and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents Lee Andy and Sarah Ollie Smith, husband Crawford Bishop, four brothers, Thomas Smith, Earl Smith, Claude Smith and Jessie Smith, three sisters Cella Denton, Leota Boofer, Betty Jewell and one Grandson Andrew Layne. ...
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Albie Lyman, Jr.

March 29, 1927 - April 24, 2017

Albie Alton Lyman Jr., died Monday April 24, 2017, after a short term illness. He was born March 29th, 1927, in Towson, MD, the son of Albie Alton Lyman Sr., and Katherine Ritter Lyman. He graduated Towson High School and received his BS degree in Marine Engineering from United States Merchant Marine Academy in 1948. He spent his entire working career in the marine world. In WWII, he sailed for...
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Barbara L. Wilkey

October 1, 1926 - April 21, 2017

Barbara was a lifelong resident of Rhea Co., and had worked for Brown Chevrolet for many years, and also several other dealers. She loved her cats, and was active in many local functions, and a member of the First Baptist church of Dayton. She was preceded by her husband "Buzz" Wilkey, parents Clyde and Salma James Johnson, brother Henry M. Johnson. Survivors are sister-in-law Betty Y. Johnson ...
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Hillus Don Dunn

March 20, 1944 - April 21, 2017

Don was of the Baptist faith, loved to hunt, farming, and was well known to sell produce at the Dayton farmers market. he is preceded in death by his parents , James and Edith Pelfrey Dunn, one brother, Gene Dunn .Surviving are his wife, Marline Dunn of Evensville, his son, Tim Dunn of Nashville, Tn.. a daughter, Cindy Brown of Soddy-Daisy, Tn. two step-children, Jeremy Davis, Tim Brady both of...
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James Pierce

June 15, 1946 - April 19, 2017

James was a lifetime resident of the Bakewell Community, a member of the New Mount Annie Baptist Church, where he served as a Deacon since 1976. He loved to work with the sick and shutin in the community. He traveled with the Bible quiz program. And was on the Missionary Committee of the Church. He is preceded in death by his parents, Pleas and Josephine Dooley Pierce. Three sisters,...
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Christine Sharp

November 30, 1936 - April 17, 2017

Christine was a longtime resident of Rhea County and member of the Mount Olive Methodist Church in Dayton. She worked many years at Rhea Medical Center working in the kitchen and laundry departments. Christine will be loved and missed forever by all her family and friends. Christine is preceded in death by her parents, William and Katherine Hickey Ray, Spouse Jack Sharp, Daughter Nellevene...
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Randy C. Collier

December 23, 1954 - April 12, 2017

Randy was a lifelong resident of Rhea Co., and was of the Baptist faith. he was preceded by a son Brandon Collier, parents Beirne and Shirley Coulter Kerr, brother Terry Collier. Survivors are daughter Sidney Collier Pikeville, Tenn., aunt Betty Jo Coulter, and several other cousins.
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Roger William Lents

April 7, 1975 - April 8, 2017

Roger was a longtime resident of Rhea County and of the Baptist faith. He will be forever loved by his family and many friends .Roger was a hard-working provider and a devoted family Man Who Loved and related to music. He expressed his creativity through his masonary skills. His craftsmanship can be seen throughout Tennessee and the surrounding areas. Roger had a way of capturing hearts with his...
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Ray Minton

February 17, 1949 - April 8, 2017

Ray was a longtime resident of Rhea County and of the Church of God Faith. He will be missed and forever loved by all his family and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents Bill and Olie Oldham Minton, three brothers RC Minton, Wilburn Minton and Jimmy Minton and one sister Katherine Godbehere. Ray is survived by two sisters Debbie Hoffman ( Doc) of Dayton, TN and Faye Harmon ( Tommy)...
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BOBBY E. DANIELS

June 2, 1946 - April 7, 2017

Bobby was a lifelong resident of Rhea Co., a member of the American Legion Post # 200, a veteran of the U.S. Army serving In Vietnam, and was of the Baptist faith. He was preceded by his daughter Bobbie Mincey, parents Mayford and Elizabeth Gaddis Daniels, 3 brothers Edward, Ricky, and Jimmy Daniels. Survivors include a niece Teresa (Rick) Needham Dayton, Tenn. cousin Billy Owens Dayton, Tenn.,...
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MARY VIOLA SHELTON

February 2, 1936 - April 7, 2017

Mary was a lifelong resident of Rhea County and of the Baptist Faith. She loved to sew and drove the Sequatchie Headstart Bus and foremost she was a homemaker. Mary is preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Lettie Sholtz Sutton; her husband, Bill Shelton; two sons, Kenneth and Marshall Sutton; a daughter- in -law; Carla Shelton; two brothers, Robert Howard and Roy Sligh Sutton; one sister,...
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Helen E. Scoggins

February 2, 1932 - April 4, 2017

Helen was a longtime resident of Rhea county and member of the Dayton Church of God. She was a loving wife, mother, and loved all her grandchildren very much but especially enjoyed spending time with her great grandchildren. She also enjoyed flowers and spending time outdoors. Helen loved listening to Gospel music. Her favorite musical group of all time was The Oak Ridge Boys. She loved staying...
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Shirley Van Wilkerson

December 8, 1932 - March 26, 2017

Shirley Van Wilkerson born in Jefferson County, TN on December 8, 1932 to the late Ance and Mary E. Wilkerson. He passed on March 26, 2017 Van grew up in Jefferson City, TN where he attended school at Nelson- Mary High school and later attended College at Tenn. State University and Tenn. Tech. He served 31 years with the Department of Corrections and retired from Taft Youth Center where he...
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Cynthia Ann Auther, Cindy

October 8, 1954 - March 25, 2017

Cynthia was a longtime resident of Rhea County. She loved spending time outdoors with her grandchildren, going to the park and enjoyed fishing and camping. She is preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Doris Kennedy Shearin and her first husband, David Woodard. Cynthia is survived by her husband, Jimmy Auther of Dayton and her children, Paul Woodard of Spring City, Tenn., Clara...
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Reba Elizabeth Moore

December 5, 1920 - March 25, 2017

Reba Elizabeth Morgan Moore born December 5, 1920 passed away quietly with grace and dignity from this life Saturday March 25, 2017 at NHC Athens, TN. Welcoming her home with love to her heavenly home is her husband Thurman C. Moore, her parents Roy E. and Hazel Vance Morgan and her beloved sister Marion Edena Abel Neil. Those left to cherish her memory are: Daughter: Rebecca Jurgens Lawson (...
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JACKY FILYAW

June 30, 1958 - March 23, 2017

Jacky went home to be with Jesus on March 23, 2017 at his home,where he chose to be surrounded by his family. Jacky was a Paramedic for many years and took a lot of pride in his job where he had a lot of friends throughout his career. Jacky was preceded in death by his father and mother, Charlie and Bessie Eakins Filyaw and two sisters, Shirley Nixon and Brenda Freels. Surviving are his loving...
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MIKE CORKY CARAWAY

September 9, 1953 - March 22, 2017

Corky was a lifelong resident of Rhea County. He was of the Church of God faith, enjoyed golfing, fishing and hunting. Corky worked as a truck driver for over 30 years and was retired from First Fleet trucking. He is preceded in death by his parents, John and Freida Jordan Caraway. Surviving are his four children, Michael Paul Caraway of Dayton, Kristy (Nicky) Cooper of Graysville, Karry Yearwood...
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Wanda Louise Adams

February 28, 1950 - March 19, 2017

Wanda Louise Adams, 67, died Sunday, March 19, 2017, at her home. She was a lifelong resident of Rhea County, Tennessee. Her life's enjoyment was running an in-home day care. She cared for 17 different children over the years. These children became the grandchildren of her heart and include Jeremy, Cory, Dillion, Lynsie, Sammie Kate, Emily, Kylie, Maddie, Breanna, Griffin, Jacob, Trevor,...
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Iva Sue Patton

February 24, 1921 - March 19, 2017

Iva was a longtime resident of Rhea County and a member of the Sale Creek First Baptist Church and went home to be in the arms of the Lord. Iva will be dearly missed by all her family and friends. She is preceded in death by her husband Paul Thomas Patton and her parents John Wesley and Annabelle Hicks Jolley. Iva is survived by five children, Thomas Patton ( JoAnn) of Ringgold, GA, Glen...
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Charles Boyd Smith

November 14, 1957 - March 18, 2017

Charles was a longtime resident of Rhea County, and member of the Community Baptist Church in Dayton. He was also a member of the Freemasons Society. He will be missed and forever loved by all his family and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents Spencer and Maxine Robinson Smith and Grandparents Birdie and Boyd Smith and Charlie and Anna Robinson. Charles is survived by his wife...
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Paul H. Ezell

August 19, 1945 - March 18, 2017

Paul was a longtime resident of Rhea County, and of the Baptist faith. He will be loved and missed by all his family friends. He is preceded in death by his parents Erie and Addie Neal Ezell, two sisters Barbara and Dorothy Ezell and three brothers, Donald, James and Doyle Ezell. Paul is survived by his wife Ruby Couch Ezell of Evensville, TN, two step children Julie Patton ( Ray) of...
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David H. Kyle

April 8, 1957 - March 17, 2017

David was a longtime resident of Rhea County, and member of the Clear Creek Baptist Church in Dayton. He moved to Hixson, TN several years ago and worked for Fryar Trucking Company for over 30 years as a diesel mechanic. He enjoyed camping and was a dog lover. He is preceded in death by his Father, Tom Kyle. David is survived by his mother, June Kyle of Dayton, his wife, Jewell Kyle of...
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CHARLSIE VIRGINIA DAVIS

October 6, 1937 - March 17, 2017

Virginia was a lifelong resident of Rhea County. She was of the Church of God Faith. Virginia enjoyed her family and friends, loved to fish, travel and was a caregiver to others. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lindsey and Hettie Brock Jones; her first husband, Glenn Roberts and companion and friend, Bobby Rucker; three brothers, Jerry, Clarence and James Robert Jones; two sisters...
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Eva M. Goebel

December 13, 1931 - March 13, 2017

Eva was a longtime resident of Rhea County and member of Kelly Grove Baptist Church. She will be forever loved and missed by all her family and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents Martin and Hattie Fitzgerald Jenkins, five sisters, Stella Suttles, Alta Delishment, Pat McKenzie, Tinnie Belcher and Aileen Creekmore four brothers, John, Cleo, Seaborn and Jack Jenkins. Eva is survived...
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Shirley Jeanelle Spivey

April 25, 1930 - March 12, 2017

Shirley Jeanelle Thomison Spivey, 86, of Dayton, Tenn., passed away on March 12 at Rhea County Medical Center. Born in Dayton, she was a lifelong resident of Rhea County and attended Rhea Central High School for two years before graduating from Girls Preparatory School. She graduated from Ward-Belmont in Nashville, Tenn. and the University of Tennessee Knoxville. She taught science, biology, and...
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EVELYN "POLLY" MATHIS

May 31, 1937 - March 12, 2017

Polly was a lifelong resident of Rhea county, of the Methodist faith. she enjoyed her yard and flowers, and her friends, Polly was employed at Signal Knitting for many years.she was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Mathis her parents, Martin Reel and Lizzie Nichols Reel. three sisters, Marie Bolton, Virginia Johnson, Agnes Edmonds.three brothers, Buck, Leonard, T. I. Reel. Surviving are...
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Rhonda Gail Elliott

July 25, 1966 - March 12, 2017

Rhonda was a lifelong resident of Rhea County and a member of the Salem Baptist Church. She was a C.N.A. for over 30 years, loved fishing, camping, and the outdoors. She is preceded in death by her son, Brandon Hargis. Rhonda is survived by her husband, Larry Elliott of Evensville, her Parents, Ronald Miles of Spring City, Tenn, Lorene Jewell of Dayton. one son, Adam Hargis of Pikeville, Tenn....
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Cleveland F. Smith

June 30, 1938 - March 9, 2017

Cleveland Fennis Smith was born in Bakewell , Tenn. To the late Roy and Sophia Smith on June 30, 1938. Cleveland attended Booker T. Washington High School. He served his country in the United States Army from July 17, 1956 to October 18, 1957. Receiving an honorable discharge as a Private first class. He is preceded in death by his loving and devoted wife, Pauline, three sisters, Robbie Iphigean...
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Charlotte Ann Caraway

February 13, 1951 - March 5, 2017

Charlotte was a lifelong resident of Rhea County and of the Baptist Faith. Charlotte loved her family and being a homemaker the most. She will be loved and missed by all her family and friends She is preceded in death by her parents Luther and Loretta Rose Dotson Sr. and one son Ferris Jefferson Corder. Charlotte is survived by her former husband of 16 years, Leonard Ray Caraway of Dayton, TN,...
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Walter A. Watson

October 27, 1921 - March 4, 2017

Walter was a lifelong resident of Rhea County. He proudly served in the United States Air Force as a B-29 Pilot in WWII and then worked many years as an electrician for TVA. He is preceded in death by his wife of 67 years Marjorie Farmer Watson, Parents, Joseph and Hattie Guthrie Watson, and brother's Joseph and Guthrie Watson. Walter is survived by two Children, Ronnie Watson ( Jackie) of...
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SHIRLEY JANE KERR

November 23, 1937 - March 2, 2017

Shirley was a lifelong resident of Rhea County, a member of the First United Methodist Church, she was well known and retired from the Tennessee Department of Human Services. Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, John and Katherine Hughes Coulter, her husband, Beirne Kerr, One son, Terry Collier, a grandson, Brandon Collier, three sisters,Gay Garrison, Joy Parks, Penny Coulter, two...
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ANNIE VIRGINIA BOLES

February 28, 1936 - March 1, 2017

Annie was a lifelong resident of Rhea county, a member of the High Point Baptist Church, She was a volunteer for the Sheriffs Department and for Veterans Associations. she is preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Mary Headrick Sutton, three brothers, Charles, J.L. and Alton Sutton. a sister, Kathy Sutton Gonzalez. Surviving are her husband, Claude Boles of Dayton. a son, Paul Sutton of...
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HERMAN LEE DOWNEY

November 22, 1950 - March 1, 2017

Herman was a longtime resident of Rhea county, and attended the Frostbite house of Prayer, he loved to coon hunt, was a well renowned mechanic and a veteran of the U.S. Army Herman had retired from the Norfolk and Southern Railroad, and from Bryan College in Dayton.he loved his Harley Davidson motorcycles, He had owned and operated a business in Dayton for several years.Herman was preceded in...
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SHIRLEY PHYLLIS DAVIS

May 31, 1936 - March 1, 2017

Shirley was preceded by a child, and her parents Hobart and Nora Mae Bledsoe Gregory. Survivors are her husband Gary Davis, daughter Kimberlee Pillsbury both of Dayton, Tenn. brother Steven Gregory Modoc, Indiana There will be no services.
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James "Jimmy" McFarland

June 29, 1938 - February 26, 2017

James was a lifelong resident of Rhea County and of the Baptist Faith. James will be loved and missed by all his family and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents Charlie and Geneva Smith McFarland, Son Darell Lee McFarland, three brothers J.W. McFarland, Billy McFarland, and Charles McFarland and one Sister Alma Jean McFarland. James is survived by his wife Glenda Sneed McFarland of...
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EDGAR ED McSPADDEN

June 24, 1935 - February 25, 2017

Ed was a lifelong resident of Rhea County, a member of The Spivey Memorial United Methodist Church. he attended the Community Freewill Baptist Church. Ed is preceded in death by his Parents, Fred and Nora Sands McSpadden, six brothers, Tom, Clarence, John, James, Frank, and Fred McSpadden. three sisters, Helen Minor, Bess Hutcheson, Elizabeth McSpadden. Surviving are his wife, Linda McSpadden...
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SAMUEL "SAMMY" LEE WALLER, SR.

November 4, 1951 - February 22, 2017

Sammy was a lifelong resident of Rhea County,was a minister and a Baptist. Sammy was preceded in death by his wife, Tammy Waller, parents, Ollie and Bessie Mae Johnson Waller, two sisters, Connie May. Kathryn Swanger, a brother, Gene Waller. Surviving are Two daughters, Diane (Tommy) Greenwood, Jennifer (Robert) Gillespie Two sons, Sam (Tabatha) Waller, Fred Waller all of Dayton,Tenn. Two sisters...
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Stirl W. Dillard

April 6, 1943 - February 21, 2017

Stirl was a lifelong resident of Rhea County and of The Church of God faith. Stirl will be loved and missed by all his family and friends. Stirl is preceded in death by his Parents Fred and Hazel Chadwick Dillard, Son Johnny Joe Dillard and Several brothers and sisters. He is survived by his Wife Dorothy "Dottie" Harris Dillard of Dayton TN, 2 Sons Michael Lee Dillard of Dayton TN, and David...
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David Wampler

June 4, 1971 - February 18, 2017

David was a lifelong resident of Rhea County and of the Baptist Faith. David will be loved and missed by all his family and friends. He is preceded in death by his mother Wilma Sue Iles Crawley and Step-Mother Carolyn Wampler David is survived by his Wife Tracy Day Wampler of Dayton, TN, Father James Eddie Wampler of Athens, TN, Step-Father Max Crawley of Dayton, TN, Son James David Wampler Jr....
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TIMOTHY WAYNE BISHOP

July 17, 1968 - February 17, 2017

Timothy was a lifelong resident of Rhea County and of the Church of Christ faith attending the Dayton Church of Christ. Timothy loved Fishing, Hunting,the outdoors, spending time with his son and family. He had many friends. He is preceded in death by his grandparents. Timothy is survived by a son, Tanner Chase Bishop of Graysville, Tenn his parents, William and Alene Bishop OF Graysville.....
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JAMES ALVIN PICKETT

April 21, 1928 - February 16, 2017

JAMES WAS A LONGTIME RESIDENT OF DAYTON OF THE BAPTIST FAITH AND A VETERAN OF THE U. S. ARMY. HE LOVED FISHING AND HUNTING. AND WAS A MEMBER OF THE MASONIC LODGE IN FLORIDA. JAMES WAS PRECEDED IN DEATH BY HIS PARENTS, RAY AND HETTIE PICKETT. ONE BROTHER, ROBERT PICKETT, A SISTER, DORIS VIRGINIA CRAWFORD. ONE DAUGHTER, SHERRY PICKETT HUGHES. SURVIVING ARE HIS WIFE, SHARON PICKETT OF EVENSVILLE,...
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WILMA SUE CRAWLEY

April 13, 1952 - February 15, 2017

WILMA WAS A LIFELONG RESIDENT OF RHEA COUNTY, AND OF THE BAPTIST FAITH, SHE IS PRECEDED IN DEATH BY HER FATHER, ELMER ILES. SURVIVING ARE HER HUSBAND, MAX CRAWLEY OF DAYTON , MOTHER OLETTA DOWDEN OF GRAYSVILLE, TN. TWO SONS, DAVID (TRACY) WAMPLER AND JEFFREY WAMPLER BOTH OF DAYTON, TENN. TWO BROTHERS, SCOTT (RHONDA) ILES RAYMOND (JUDY) ILES BOTH OF GRAYSVILLE, TN. FOUR SISTERS, DARLENE (JIMMY)...
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James T. Loy

May 3, 1929 - February 15, 2017

James was a lifelong resident of Rhea County a veteran of the United States Air Force and of The Church of God Faith. He will be loved and missed by all his family and friends. He is preceded in death by his wife Myrtle Loy, Parents James H. and Martha Bertha Reed, daughter Evelyn Wallace and 3 sons, Dave D, Joe and Steve Burns. James is survived by 3 sons Donald ( Mary) Loy, Eddie ( Carla) Loy...
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Betty Marcena Pendergrass

July 21, 1932 - February 15, 2017

Marcena was a lifetime resident of Sale Creek, and a member of the LakeDrive Baptist Church in Sale Creek. She was owner and maker of Grannys Jams and Jellies. She is preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Sarah Iles Francisco, and husband of 49 years, Ira Broyles Pendregrass. A brother, Grady Francisco, a sister, Allene Williams. Marcena is survived by 3 -Children, Roger (Debbie)...
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Patsy Dillard

December 18, 1942 - February 12, 2017

Patsy was a lifelong resident of Rhea County and of the Baptist Faith. Patsy will be loved and missed by all her family and friends. Pasty is preceded in death by her husband Carl Dillard; parents, Neal and Lela Gravett Sneed, Brothers, Joe Sneed, Lee Sneed, Eddie Sneed and Donald Sneed. Sisters, Patricia(Tritt) Rudd, Ruby Suttles, Julie Greenhalgh, and Gail Underwood. She is survived by 3...
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Mary Ella Hodge

November 19, 1931 - February 11, 2017

Mary was a longtime resident of Sale Creek, TN and member of The Church of God. Mary will be loved and missed by all her family and friends. Mary is preceded in death by her parents, George and Jenny Cantrell Yearwood and Sister-in-Law Joanne Richardson She is survived by her children, 2 Daughters, Diane Roberts (Steve) of Dayton, TN, Maggie Moore of Sale Creek, TN, 5 Sons, Donny Richardson of...
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Alvin Macklin

December 5, 1951 - February 10, 2017

Alvin was a longtime resident of Knoxville, TN and of the Baptist Faith. He enjoyed working many years for the family owned Construction Business. He was also a longtime member of the Fountain City Lions Club. Alvin will be loved and missed by all of his family and friends. Alvin is preceded in death by his parents, William and Thelma Mae (Crowe) Macklin, Partner Barbara Nicks, Brothers, William...
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PEGGY LINDA LOVELADY

June 18, 1947 - February 10, 2017

Peggy was a longtime resident of Rhea County, of the Church of God faith, she loved her family and took care of them. She is preceded in death by her parents,Curtis and Onie Pamplin a son, Thomas Jeffrey Ray, three brothers, Jr., Ricky, and Jerry Pamplin. a nephew, Tony Pamplin. Peggy is survived by four children, Larry (Tammy) Ray of Pikeville, Keisa Lovelady of Graysville, Alison Lovelady...
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DEBRA LOUWAN DAVIS

May 16, 1956 - February 8, 2017

Debra was a longtime resident of Rhea County, a member of The Frostbite House of Prayer, worked several years at Walmart. Surviving are her husband, Amos Davis of Spring city, three children, Jimmy Farmer of Dayton, Sherman Waldrop and Brandy Davis of Knoxville, Tn. one Brother, Bill Farmer of Knoxville, Tn. Nine Grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.
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Virginia Coulter

March 16, 1950 - February 8, 2017

Virginia was a lifetime resident of Rhea county and worked many years at Robinson's Manufacturing Company. She will be loved and missed by all her family and friends. Virginia is preceded in death by her Parents Theford & Maggie Morgan Nichols, 3 brothers Arnold, Tom, and James Nichols, 4 sisters Juanita & Gladys McCoy, Madelle Cheby, and Betty Prince. She is survived by her husband Jimmy...
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Jack Sharp

May 18, 1938 - February 6, 2017

Jack was a lifetime resident of Rhea County, and of the Methodist faith. Jack worked many years at La-Z-Boy in Dayton and will be missed and loved by all of his family and friends. Jack is preceded in death by his parents, John and Faye Howerton Sharp, Brothers Fred and John Sharp and Sister Myrtle Sharp. He is survived by his wife Christine (Ray) Sharp of Dayton, TN; Son's Jack Hickey, Walter ...
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Renee Jones

January 19, 1972 - February 4, 2017

Renee was a lifetime resident of Rhea County, and of the Methodist faith. Renee worked many years at Robinson's Manufacturing Company. She will be loved and missed by all her family and friends Renee is preceded in death by her Paw Paw Delmar Iles, Grandfather Gordon Morgan and Grandmother Dorothy Morgan. She is survived by Chris Jones ( Spouse) of Dayton, TN; Children Blake and Gracie Jones of...
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James Henry Headlee Sr.

December 30, 1931 - February 2, 2017

James was a lifetime resident of Rhea County, and of the Baptist faith, James was a supervisor at Dayton Products for several years, a veteran of the U.S. Army and enjoyed running his Beagles. He is preceded in death by his parents, Roy E. and Flora Brown Headlee. His wife, Billie Headlee, one brother, Walker Milton Brown Headlee. Two sisters, Edna Estep, Pauline Smith, a son in law; Dean...
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Catherine E. Brown

September 3, 1923 - January 30, 2017

Catherine was a longtime resident of Rhea County, and worked many years at the local Robinson's Drug Store in Dayton. Catherine was of the Methodist faith and will be loved and missed by all her family and friends. She is preceded in death by her husband James E. Brown, Father Will Jones, Mother Annie Jane Jones, and three brothers, William Jones, Curtis Jones and William ( Sonny) Swafford. ...
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Audrey Ruth Burton

April 17, 1955 - January 29, 2017

Audrey was a lifetime resident of Rhea County and of the Christian Faith, She is preceded in death by her parents, Edgar and Ruth Long a sister, Sherry Burton. Audrey is survived by her Husband, Larry A. Burton of Sale Creek, Two Children, Allen Burton of Chattanooga, Tn. Kelly Seibold of Sale Creek. Four Brothers, Glen Long of Graysville, John Long of Graham, Florida. Chris Long of...
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Susan Ann Parent

August 26, 1956 - January 27, 2017

Susan was a longtime resident of Rhea County, and of the Baptist Faith. She was preceded in death by her parents,Walter Lawson and Wanda Patrick Lawson. Susan is survived by her children, Michael (Crystal) Griffin of Dayton, J.R. (Tara) Cox of Trenton, Ga. Crystal Griffin of Dayton, Elaine Cox of Graysville. 15 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren.
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MARTIN "MARK" L. COULTER

June 21, 1951 - January 25, 2017

Mark was a longtime resident of Rhea County, attended the Bogles Chapel Baptist Church, was an electrician and a Veteran of the U.S. Army.He enjoyed riding his Harley, and sold cars in Dayton for several years.Mark was a Georgia Bulldogs fan. He was preceded By his parents, John Thomas and Katherine Hughes Coulter. Three sisters, Patricia Gay Coulter, Joy Parks, Penny Coulter. One brother,...
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CAROL JEAN TRINDER

August 19, 1940 - January 24, 2017

Jean was a longtime resident of Rhea Co, and was a local paper carrier for the Herald news and the Chattanooga Free Press. She was preceded by her husband John Trinder, parents Paul Kenneth and Eva Pearl Day Barnhart, Two sisters Mildred Barnhart Cates, Juanita Stephenson, brother Paul Kenneth Barnhart, Jr.. She is survived by two daughters Jana (Jim) Ross Belleville, Il., Lana Dodd Dayton,...
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FRANCES KAY LEDFORD

June 3, 1955 - January 21, 2017

Frances was a longtime resident of Rhea County, loved her children and grandchildren. Frances sit with and cared for the elderly for several years. she was preceded in death by her parents, John Hard and Dixie Barnes, a daughter, Tina Sanders, her ex- husband, Buddy Ledford. two brothers, Gary Barnes, Albert Ray Barnes. Surviving are one daughter, Lisa McCurry of Dayton, a daughter in-law Lacey...
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CLARENCE EDWIN COX, SR.

February 8, 1944 - January 21, 2017

Clarence was a lifelong resident of Rhea County, he attended the Mt. Olive United Methodist Church in Dayton. Clarence loved his family, and was a retired employee with the City of Dayton after 35 years of service. He was preceded in death by his parents, George W. Cox and Rosa Lee Gibbs Cox, His wife, Chris Cowley Cox, a son, Clarence Cox Jr. his sisters, Judy Cox, Loutina Cooper, Beverly Cox,...
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NAOMI VIRGINIA SMITH

November 12, 1933 - January 20, 2017

Naomi was a longtime resident of Rhea County, of the Methodist faith, she enjoyed football,and loved her family, she was an avid reader, and a veteran of the U.S. Airforce. she was preceded in death by her parents, Wilson and Maybelle Miller Marler. a son, Dwayne Steven Ricchi. Surviving are her children, Charlotte Smith of McAlester, Oklahoma, Sonya Gore of Yukon, Oklahoma. Janet Smith of...
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JANET HEADLEE SULLIVAN

April 1, 1961 - January 19, 2017

Janet was a lifelong resident of Rhea County, a loving wife, mother, sister, and daughter. she was preceded in death by her father, Leonard Lewis, her first husband, Reggie Headlee, one son, Danny Lee Headlee. Surviving are her husband, Benjamin Sullivan of Dayton, her mother, Mable Ann Cogdill of Dayton. one son, Eldon Resche of Dayton, two sisters, Ramona Thompson of Orlando, Florida. Della...
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JOHN ALEXANDER BUXTON

November 30, 1932 - January 19, 2017

John was a graduate of the academy of aeronautics , and was an accomplished Aeronautical engineer, he was accredited for the design and success of many notable projects for companies such as Lockheed Martin and Boeing. In 1988 he and his wife Edyth took an early retirement to Dayton, Tn. . They traveled the world together, but it was in Dayton that John decided to settle and again obtain his...
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FINLEY E. HARRIS

July 12, 1942 - January 17, 2017

Finley was a lifelong resident of Rhea Co., he was manager of the Rhea Co. Co-op for 20 +yrs., and was a member of Old Washington Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon. He liked to garden, and was an avid Tennessee Vol fan. He was preceded by his wife Delores Harris in September of 2016, parents Richard P. and Maudie Bishop Harris, 2 brothers Calvin & Felix Harris, 2 sisters Martha Rutledge...
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RUBY EVELYN MARLER

February 19, 1947 - January 15, 2017

Ruby was a longtime resident of Dayton a member of SummerCity Church of God, she enjoyed her family and friends and gardening. she was employed by Laz-boy for many years. was preceded in death by her mother, Lucille McDaniel her husband, Buddy Franklin Marler. Surviving are three children, Sandra Sauceman of Soddy-Daisy, Tn. Michele Smith of Dayton Edward Bowman of Dayton. one sister, Bettye...
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Elizabeth Ann Dillard

September 23, 1941 - January 9, 2017

Elizabeth went to be with the Lord on January 9th, 2017. She was a lifelong resident of Rhea County and she was of the Baptist faith. She is preceded in death by her parents William Grady & Verna Dillard Brooks, 2 brothers Billy & Buddy Brooks and daughter Connie Baggett. Elizabeth is survived by 2 daughters Becky (Mike) Johnston Apison, Tenn. Sandy (Mike) King Sale Creek, Tenn. son Ricky...
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PATRICIA PAT NAIL

June 28, 1938 - January 8, 2017

PAT WAS A LONGTIME RESIDENT OF DAYTON, OF THE BAPTIST FAITH, SHE ENJOYED CAMPING, WATCHING FOOTBALL, BASEBALL, FAST PITCH SOFTBALL, SEWING AND WORKING PUZZLES .SHE WAS PRECEDED IN DEATH BY HER PARENTS, WILFORD AND MARION THOMPSON WOODWARD, TWO SISTERS, MARILYN WOODWARD, VEREDA TINKHAM. TWO BROTHERS, RICHARD WOODWARD AND JAKE WOODWARD. ONE GREAT-GRANDCHILD, KURSTEN TOWERY. SURVIVING ARE HER...
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JIM RICKETTS

December 8, 1954 - January 5, 2017

JIM WAS A VERY DEVOTED MAN OF GOD,HE LOVED TO LIVE AND SING ABOUT THE ONE HE LOVED AND HOPED AND PRAYED THAT JUST ONE MORE WOULD BE SAVED. JIM WAS A LONGTIME RESIDENT OF RHEA COUNTY, AND MEMBER OF THE SALE CREEK CHURCH OF GOD, AND WELL KNOWN THROUGHOUT THE AREA, FOR HIS GOSPEL SINGING MINISTRY, SHARING THE MINISTRY THROUGH SONGS.HE ALSO LOVED TO FARM AND WORK.HE WON NUMEROUS AWARDS FOR HIS...
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Jack Porter

March 16, 1929 - January 3, 2017

Jack was a resident of Orlando, Florida and formerly of Spring City. He was preceded in death by his wife Maxine T.Stewart Porter. Jack is survived by his sons, Jay E. Porter, Scott D. Porter both of Orlando, Florida: his Daughter, Kim L. Porter Samson, and longterm partner Bertha VanZant of W.Virginia also six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren..
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Sue Gravett Hickman

December 28, 1945 - January 2, 2017

A lifelong resident of Rhea Co., she was a homemaker and was a member of White Oak Baptist Church. PRECEDED: parents Gene & Arsula Sneed Gravett, 2 brothers Dewey & Bob Gravett. SURVIVORS: husband Harold Hickman Dayton, Tenn., daughter Tammy Hickman Chattanooga, Tn. 3 sons Tim (Cassy) Hickman, Jeff (Daphne) Hickman, Jeremy Hickman all of Dayton, Tenn. sister Katherine Coulter Sale...
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Wendell "Chevy" Beard

July 30, 1933 - January 2, 2017

Wendell (Chevy) Beard age 83 of Evensville went home to be with his lord and savior Jesus Christ on January 2, 2017 at Signature Health Care of Spring City, He was born July 30, 1933 in Rhea County, and was a member of Church of the Living God on Smyrna road Evensville. And was a veteran of the U.S. Army. PRECEDED: By his parents, Milton Beard and Anna Lee Smith Beard Monroe. A son, Mark Alan...
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Johnny William Britt

April 11, 1940 - January 1, 2017

Johnny was a longtime resident of Rhea County, and truck driver employed by Aggrate Trucking in Panama City,Florida for several years.He retired from Operating Engineers Local 917 of Chattanooga, TN. Johnny loved his family more than anything. PRECEDED: By his parents, Jesse Clyde and Minnie Lee Smith Britt. one brother, Grady Britt. 1st wife: Joanne Hancock Britt and one daughter: Vickie...
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WINFORD FERREL PARSON

May 18, 1940 - December 24, 2016

WINFORD WAS A LONGTIME RESIDENT OF DAYTON AND A VETERAN OF THE U.S. ARMY. HE WAS A PRISONER OF WAR, THE RECIEPIENT OF SEVERAL MEDALS AND CITATIONS INCLUDING A BRONZE STAR MEDAL, ARMY COMMENDATION MEDAL WITH TWO OAK LEAF CLUSTERS, A PURPLE HEART, DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS, GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL WITH CLASP, VIETNAM SERVICE MEDAL WITH FOUR BRONZE STARS, ARMED FORCES RESERVE MEDAL, REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM...
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BEATRICE "BEA" GOINS

November 23, 1926 - December 24, 2016

Bea was born in Pikeville, Tenn.and moved to Rhea Co., when she was nine years old. She attended the Family Church where she had been a member for 73 years. She was preceded by her parents Ancil & Lula Keith Goins, brother Claude "Dutchy" Goins. Survivors are a brother Harold (Christine) Goins Dayton, Tennessee, several nieces and nephews, several great nieces and nephews.
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RAYMOND CLAYTON CONLEY

July 7, 1949 - December 23, 2016

Raymond was born and raised in Rhea County, he was employed by Suburban Manufacturing Company for 43 years. before he retired in 2011. he was an avid fisherman and hunter and had said he felt closer to god out on the river and in the woods than he did in Church. he was a believer in Jesus Christ and after his battle with cancer he was ready to go home.Raymond was preceded in death by his parents...
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BETTY JOYCE BROWN

November 9, 1941 - December 20, 2016

Betty was a resident of Spring City moving from Cleveland, Tn. 8 years ago, and was of the Baptist faith. She was preceded by a daughter Carol Longwith, son Donald E. Brown, Jr., parents Etsel Alonzo and Elminey Cronan Blair, grandson Brette Brown. Survivors are her husband Donald E. Brown, Sr., 4 daughters Gayla Moore Dayton, Tenn., Judy King Grandview, Tn., Kay Scoggins Spring City, Tenn.,...
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TOM VARNER PURSER

August 20, 1936 - December 19, 2016

Tom went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Monday December 19, 2016. He was formerly of Dayton, and a graduate of Rhea Central High School and Auburn University with a degree in architectural engineering. His Air Force career included serving in Berlin, Ramstein, Vietnam, and Washington, D.C. He retired from Reserve Command Headquaters at RAFB in Warner-Robins, Ga. He was...
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MARGARETTE R. PEGUES

December 18, 1919 - December 16, 2016

Margarette was a lifelong resident of Rhea Co., and a member of The Grove Church in Dayton, Tn. She was preceded by her parents Andrew Jackson and Lucy Ann Turner Bankston. Two sisters, Estelle Newberry, Katy Tocco, brother Bob Bankston. Survivors are a son Bob (Pamela J.) Pegues Folsom, La., Three grandchildren Geoffrey Pegues, Daniel and Jessica Pegues five great-grandchildren, several nieces...
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CHARLES FRED WATSON, SR.

December 14, 1929 - December 15, 2016

Charles was a lifetime resident of Rhea County, a member of Texas Grove Baptist Church, and a veteran of the U.S. Army. he loved gardening and to just be outside. He enjoyed flea marketing .Charles is preceded in death by his parents, Fred A. Watson and Lula B. Walker Watson . a infant son, Steven Craig Watson, one brother, Quinton Watson. one sister, Betty Watson Roberts. Surviving are, his...
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