Former State Legislator Laban Defriese Dies At 79 At Franklin, Tn.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Former state legislator Laban Ray DeFriese died Wednesday at his home at Franklin, Tn., at the age of 79.

Born in Chattanooga, he was a 1952 graduate of Tyner High School where he was an all-county
athlete in three sports - baseball, basketball and football. He was also an accomplished soloist in the school and church choir. He was only in the eighth grade when he was chosen to perform solos at the annual high school Christmas show at Memorial auditorium.

Upon graduating from high school he joined the Army. A two-way football star on the Army European team, he played quarterback and safety to earn the football team its first championship in 1955.

When he returned from service, Mr. DeFriese graduated from UT and attended UT Law School. In the early 70’s he served in the Tennessee House of Representatives. In 1979, he and his wife, JoAnn Gamble DeFriese, created a successful business Continental Caviar. He quickly became known as America’s “Czar of Caviar”. Continental Caviar was featured on ABC News with Peter Jennings and for his success, he was only one of two Tennesseans ever featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal.

He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Chattanooga.

Mr. DeFriese is survived by his wife, children, Jerry, Kenny and Sam DeFriese, all of Franklin, and Juli DeFriese, Chattanooga, and eight grandchildren, Moises, Victor, Braxton, Amanda, Allison, Gisella, Lupe and Grey.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 9 am in the Heritage Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Sam Payne officiating. Burial will follow in the Chattanooga National Cemetery with Eddie Turner, John Hill, Brent Gamble, Greg Privette, Lindy Henley and Jimmy Webb serving as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends Thursday from 4-8 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home, 7454 E. Brainerd Road.



Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ADAMS, KENNETH M  HOMELESS MORRISTOWN, 38714  Age at Arrest: 46 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga CRIMINAL TRESPASSING --- ANDERSON, QUINTESSA SHAVON  4029 GREEN AVE CHATTANOOGA, 37410  Age at Arrest: 26 years old Arresting Agency: UTC DRIVING ON REVOKED, SUSPENDED OR CANCELLED ... (click for more)

Police Blotter: Sunglasses Thieves Get Away With $900 In Merchandise; Uber Driver Not Drunk After All

A man told police his Iphone was stolen at the Best Buy parking lot on Gunbarrel Road. He went there to sell a phone to a person he met through social media. When he allowed the suspect to look at the phone while sitting in her car she left in her vehicle without paying him for the phone. He said it was a black Iphone 8+ worth over $1,000. The suspect, who was listed as Kyla Jones, ... (click for more)

John Porter Franklin, Sr.: A Community Gem

In 2016, It was   my honor to have been chosen to recognize African American History Month at the February HCDE board meeting.   Throughout my life, I’ve been taught and exposed to African American history both nationally and locally. In reflecting on what to share, I thought about all that was going on in our community and more importantly in our educational community ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Claude And "Mr. John"

There are some who believe this last week has been a devastating one for our community, losing two of our most beloved “builders” within three days of one another. Claude Ramsey, who spent over 40 years in public service and because of the type man he was never lost a political race, died on Monday after a hard fight with illness at the end. On Thursday we lost “Mr. John” Franklin, ... (click for more)

Chris Douglas Wins Waterfront Triathlon Sunday

More than a thousand trim and fit men and women gathered at Ross’s Landing Sunday morning for the annual Waterfront Triathlon with McKenzie’s Kirsten Sass the only one of four defending champs to successfully defend her title. There were two races held on Sunday, including a sprint event that included a 400-meter swim, a 12-mile bike ride and a 5K run.   The longer intermediate ... (click for more)

UT Athletics Department To Host Tribute To John Ward On Wednesday

  The University of Tennessee Athletics Department and The Vol Network are hosting a Tribute to "The Voice" event honoring John Ward on Wednesday, June 27, starting at 6 p.m. ET at Thompson-Boling Arena. The legendary broadcasting and marketing icon passed away this week following a lengthy illness. He was 88. Wednesday's event will take on a celebratory ... (click for more)