Killough, Irene Hickman (Dayton)

Monday, October 30, 2017
Irene Killough
Irene Killough

Irene Hickman Killough, 83, of Dayton passed away at her home on Saturday afternoon, October 28, 2017.

She was born on Feb. 12, 1934, the daughter of the late Frank and Odessa Mae (Johnson) Hickman.

She was also preceded in death by her husband James “Mack” Killough, her daughter, Betty Jo Smitherman, her son Marvin Sims, Jr., grandson Ryan Ballinger, great-grandson Bradley Schara, two sisters, Mary Ruth Byrd and Frances Long, and her five brothers, Robert, George, Roy, Carlos and Wendell Hickman.

Irene was the former owner and operator of Mack’s Bait & Tackle, Valley Package Store and Valley Trailer Park. She was an avid reader, enjoyed yardwork and landscaping and was proud of her membership in the 700 Club for many years. She was a member of the Sale Creek Church of God.

Irene is survived by her daughter, Fonda Ballinger of Chattanooga, son-in-law Jerry (Diane) Smitherman of Tunnel Hill, GA, three brothers, Lonnie Hickman of Dayton, Harold Hickman of Evensville, William “Boot” (Liz) Hickman of Dayton, brother-in-law Bobby Byrd of Dayton, two sisters, Bessie McCloud of Graysville, Sheila Hickman of Crossville, sister-in-law Jane (Rex) Dugger of Dayton, five grandchildren, Kelly Horton, Jimmy (Veronica) Wilson, Shellie Smitherman, Chris Smitherman, Lindsay Ballinger Vaughn, nine great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Irene will be held Tuesday, Oct. 31, at 1 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Reverend Jim Bennett officiating. She will be laid to rest next to her husband in Rhea Memory Gardens.

Please share your memories of Irene on her online guest register at

The family is being cared for by the Vanderwall Funeral Home where they will receive friends on Monday, after 4 p.m.

Patton, James William (LaFayette)

James William Patton, 88, of LaFayette, passed away at his home Wednesday evening, August 15, 2018. He was born in Chattanooga to the late Thomas Jesse and Leda Belle Cantrell Patton. Jim attended Chattanooga Valley High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He worked for 38 years at Wheland Foundry, retiring in 1986. He worked in quality control, production scheduling ... (click for more)

Wilson, Geneva "Faye" Williams (Chickamauga)

Geneva “Faye” Williams Wilson, 71, of Chickamauga, went home to be with her Lord on Wednesday, August 15, 2018. She was a lifelong resident of North Georgia and was of the Baptist faith. She was a hairdresser for more than 14 years and then retired from Shaw Ind. in 1992. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, who will be greatly missed. Faye was preceded ... (click for more)

John Thomas Hinch, Sr.

John Thomas Hinch, Sr., 94, of Hixson, Tennessee, went to be with his Lord and Savior on August 16, 2018. Tommy was born in Winchester, Tn. on April 8, 1924, to Millard and Maud Hinch. He moved to Hixson in 1936 and at that time became a member of Hixson United Methodist Church where he faithfully served on the board of trustees, was a Sunday School teacher, and was a devoted ... (click for more)

Jean Sanders

Jean Sanders, 92, of Hixson, Tennessee, passed away on  Friday, August 17, 2018 .   She was a member of Central Baptist Church. Jean taught kindergarten for many years at Ganns Middle Valley Elementary School. Her favorite pastime was shopping. Jean spent several winters in Englewood, Fl., on Manasota Key. The last few years were spent in Chattanooga with her ... (click for more)

City Looking For Proposals For Floating Restaurant, Riverboat Excursions

The city is seeking proposals for an exclusive agreement for a berthing agreement that would include a floating restaurant and a vessel for river excursions. Officials said the operation would be another enhancement for the downtown riverfront. The city is seeking an entrepreneur who would enter into a 10-year contract with options up to 10 years more. Officials said, "The ... (click for more)

Soddy Daisy Man Who Robbed 2 Credit Union Branches While Unarmed Gets 4-Year Federal Prison Sentence

A Soddy Daisy man who robbed two credit union branches while unarmed has been sentenced to serve four years in federal prison. Jeffrey Rutherford, 35, appeared before Judge Travis McDonough. Authorities said on Aug. 19, 2016, Rutherford entered the Comtrust Federal Credit Union on Gunbarrel Road while dressed all in black and with his face covered. He approached two tellers ... (click for more)