Melson, Austin Ray (Dalton)

Friday, January 4, 2013

Austin Ray Melson, 75, of Dalton, GA, died on Wednesday, January 2, 2013, after an 18-year battle with cancer.

Mr. Melson was a longtime member of Central Church of Christ, where he served as deacon of the “Young at Heart” group and taught Bible classes. One of his favorite topics was the 23rd Psalm. Known as the “Garden Man” because of his love of gardening and his wealth of knowledge on the subject, he shared not only helpful tips but also his bountiful harvests with those he loved. He was also generous with his time, volunteering for 13 years at Hamilton Medical Center. He and his wife, Betty, were even chosen as Volunteers of the Year because of their dedication and service to the hospital community. It was the first time that two people had received the honor at the same time.Retired from Dalton Utilities since 1999, “Pop” enjoyed a variety of careers, from selling ice as a young man to managing a credit union and serving as chairman of the Tennessee Credit Union League. He achieved many accomplishments throughout his lifetime but none greater than his marriage of 53 years and raising three wonderful children, seven grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

He was preceded in death by nine siblings.

Mr. Melson is survived by his loving wife, Betty Anne (Williams) Melson of Dalton; daughter and son-in-law, Anna and Josh Sanders of Kennesaw; two sons and daughters-in-law, Will and Janette Melson of Marietta and Tony and Angie Melson of Kingsport, TN; three sisters, Elizabeth Harville of Savannah, TN, Gladys Brown of Harvard, IL and Sarah Franks of Clifton, TN; two brothers, Herbert Melson of Mishawaka, IN and Frank Melson of Harvard, IL; and nieces and nephews. 

The funeral service will be held Sunday, January 6, at 2:30 p.m. at the Pleasant Grove Chapel of Julian Peeples Funeral Home with Brother Ronnie Missildine, Brother Ross Jordan, and Brother Bryan Collins officiating.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Sunday, January 6 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Central Church of Christ Building Fund, 515 N. Tibbs Rd., Dalton, GA 30720.

Funeral arrangements are by Julian Peeples Funeral Home.


Easterly, Hallie Geneva (Dunlap)

Hallie Geneva Easterly, 81, of Dunlap, TN, died on Friday, April 24, 2015 at her home surrounded by family and loved ones.  Mrs. Easterly was born in Dunlap and a native of Sequatchie County.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie and Mildred Brown; son, Roger L. Easterly; and sister, Charlene Teague. She is survived by her ... (click for more)

Wells, Trammell E. Sr. (Dalton)

Trammell E. Wells Sr., 73, of Dalton, GA, died on Thursday morning, April 23, 2015 at his residence. Trammell was born September 16, 1941 in Dalton, GA, to the late Arthur and Opal Wells. He was a member of the South Dalton Baptist Church. He was a 1958 graduate of Valley Point High School.  Trammell worked many years with the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Department and at ... (click for more)

Rex Lee Pendergrass

Rex Lee Pendergrass, 95, of Chattanooga, died on Saturday, April 25, 2015. He was born July 30, 1919, in Sale Creek, Tn.  He attended Central High School in Chattanooga through the 10 th grade and went to Kirkman Trade School for electrical training. He married (Mary) Louise Williams in 1939, his wife of 75 years. He worked as an electrician at Curtis Electric in Chattanooga ... (click for more)

Warren Richie Lambert

Warren Richie Lambert, 73, of Hixson, died Friday evening. Warren was a retired pipefitter for TVA and served in the U.S. Army. He was a member of Friendship Baptist Church. He was a special husband, dad and bobo to his grandkids. He was a son of the late, Milton and Joy Lambert and was also preceded in death by a brother, Gordon Lambert and a step-son, David Brown. Survivors ... (click for more)

Woman Injured, Man Dead After Shooting Outside Collegedale Walmart

One man is dead and a woman injured after a shooting near the Collegedale Walmart on Sunday afternoon. The man apparently shot the woman in the lower extremities prior to taking his own life. The incident was at the Game Stop in Ooltewah around 2:20 p.m. The woman was taken to the hospital with gunshot wounds to the legs. (click for more)

Anonymous Facebook Posters Pose Possibility Of Signal Schools Separating From Hamilton County School System

"Should Signal Mountain Schools separate from the Hamilton County School System?"   That’s the question posted on a Facebook page titled, simply, Signal Mountain Independent School District.   The creators of the page do not identify themselves. “(W)e certainly don’t want our kids dragged into the issue or targeted for special treatment by any ... (click for more)