Searing, Russell Warren (Whitwell)

Friday, January 04, 2013

Russell Warren Searing, 89, of Whitwell, TN, died Thursday, December 27, 2012 at Grandview Medical Center.

Mr. Searing was a veteran of the U S Army, who served his county as a medic during World War II. He was a retired roofer and former resident of Arkansas, before moving to Tennessee to be near this daughter and grandchildren. 

He was born in Chicago, IL on June 20, 1923, the son of the late Thomas Paul and Josephine Augusta Stauber Searing; and was also preceded in death by his wife, Mabel Dotson Searing; daughter, Alice May Katralis; brothers, Paul George, Thomas Joseph and Richard Searing; sister, Alice Searing Muscarello; and grandson, Michael William Smith.

He is survived by his daughters, Gail Searing Hiefke and Sharon Lee Searing Smith; grandchildren, Paula Smith, Cassandra hill, Crystal Meeks, Ellen, Peter, and Patricia Katralis and Amanda Callham; and great-grandchildren, Brianna Meeks, Cale Smith, Hannah Meeks, Emma, Matthew and Ryan Callham.

There were no formal service or visitation held at the funeral home.

Arrangements are by Tate Funeral Home.


Henderson, Nancy Claussen (LaFayette)

Nancy Claussen Henderson, 60, of LaFayette, died on Thursday, October 23, 2014, in a local health care facility.  She was a member of The Chattanooga Church. She is survived by her husband, Johnny Henderson, LaFayette, and two sons, Charles and Mitchell Bowman, both of  East Ridge; two brothers, Charles Claussen, Ft. Dodge, Iowa, and Doug Claussen, Benton, ... (click for more)

Young, James Pete (LaFayette)

James Pete Young, o f Lafayette, GA, passed away Tuesday, October 21, 2014. Survivors and funeral arrangements will be announced later by Willis Funeral Home, Inc., Dalton. (click for more)

Frances "Fran" Hames Simmons

Frances "Fran" Hames Simmons, 92, a Chattanooga matriarch, died peacefully at her Lookout Mountain home early on Thursday morning and, to paraphrase Proverbs 31:28, “her children arised up, and called her blessed.” Fran was a delightful whirlwind, from the time she was born to The Rev. John Hames and his wife, Ethel, in Greer, S.C., until just the last few weeks when she died ... (click for more)

Janet Morris Benefield

Janet Morris Benefield, 58, died on October 23, 2014 at Erlanger Medical Center. She was a graduate of Central High School and earned her undergraduate degree at UTC. Janet worked at Erlanger Medical Center for 28 years and taught at Cleveland State. She attended Brainerd Hills Baptist Church.  Surviving relatives are her husband, Brian Benefield, daughter, Kelly ... (click for more)

Mayor Berke, Chattanooga Police Department, And Community Members Reach Out To Group Members To End Violence

The city of Chattanooga held a call-in on Thursday night, as part of the Violence Reduction Initiative. Dozens of law enforcement officials, community members, social service providers and clergy gathered to deliver a message to over 20 members of violent groups in Chattanooga. Family members of the probationers watched the call-in from another building. Although the call-in was ... (click for more)

Tribute Service For Luther Masingill Held At Historic Engel Stadium

It took a place as big as historic Engel Stadium for Chattanooga to say goodbye to their beloved Luther. Hundreds came Thursday afternoon to pay tribute to Luther Masingill who died early Monday morning after a radio career that spanned an amazing 74 years. It was clear from all who spoke that he was considered not only a radio personality, but also a role model. One after ... (click for more)