Johnson, George David (Whitwell)

Friday, November 3, 2017

George David Johnson, 76, of Whitwell, went home to be with the Lord, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017.  Mr. Johnson was a dedicated lifelong charter member of Crossroads Baptist Church.  He retired from CSX Railroad after 32 years.  Mr. Johnson was one of the original founders of Crossroads Recreational Park, where he served the community until retiring as park manager.  He truly loved baseball as a player and a fan.

Mr. Johnson was preceded in death by his parents, Hearl and Eula Rose Johnson; sisters, Mary Ruth Woody, Vera Mae Bryson; brother, Charles Adams. 

Those left to cherish his memories are his wife of 50 years Sara Rankin Johnson; two children, David (Marla) Johnson and Angie (Bryan) Lofty, all of Whitwell; four grandchildren, Ethan Johnson, Kenneth Paul Hamrick, Caleb Lofty and Maddie Lofty. 

Family will receive friends Saturday 2-9 p.m., Nov. 4. 

Funeral services will be Sunday 2 p.m. CST Nov. 5 at the Crossroads Baptist Church with Rev. Joe Hedrick and Rev. David Grisham officiating. 

Interment at Sequatchie Valley Memorial Gardens in Jasper. 



Lowe, Esther Leon (Ringgold)

Esther Leon Lowe, 81, of Ringgold, passed away Friday, August 17, 2018. He was a native of Harrison, Tn. He is survived by his wife, Doreen Joyce Dunshee Lowe, of Ringgold, GA. Memorial services will be held 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25 at Battlefield Parkway Church of the Nazarene. Arrangements are by Wilson Funeral Home Wallis-Stewart Chapel - Ringgold. (click for more)

Smith, Wanda (Chickamauga)

Wanda Smith of Chickamauga, 95, went home to be with the Lord, Monday, August 20, 2018. She was born on Sept. 7, 1922, to Joseph Dwight and Ethel Mae Nixon. She grew up on a cotton farm in the Rocky Ford Community near Littlefield, Tx, along with one brother and five sisters. Her parents and six siblings preceded her in death. As a young girl, her desire was drawn to ministry, ... (click for more)

Helen Berry Heath

Helen Berry Heath of Chattanooga, 88, entered into her eternal rest on August 20, 2018. She was born June 1, 1930 in Knoxville, to Hugh Nathaniel and Wilma Berry. She was married to Clark Heath on Dec. 17, 1954. She was a stay at home mom during her children’s younger years. Later she was employed part time at her church and with Provident. Helen was affectionately ... (click for more)

Shirley Louise Griffin Hixson

Shirley Louise Griffin Hixson passed away on Friday, August 17, 2018. She was 85. She was born in Cochran, Ga., and lived most of her adult life in Chattanooga. Her parents, W. Henry Griffin and Sarah A. Griffin, predeceased her, as did her sisters, Beatrice G. Waters of Cochran and Peggie G. Muldrow of Columbia, S.C.   She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Everett ... (click for more)

Female Inmate Dies At Bradley County Jail Monday

A female inmate was found unresponsive at the Bradley County Jail on Monday afternoon. Correctional officers and on-site medical personnel performed life saving measures, but she was later declared dead after Bradley County EMS arrived.  The inmate was 54-year-old Fawn Zanette Brandham. Correctional officers contacted the 12th Judicial District Attorney's office, ... (click for more)

Federal Appeals Court Rules In Favor Of Family With Down Syndrome Child Who Sued County Schools

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of a couple with a Down syndrome child who sued the county schools. The parents of Luka Hyde objected when the county schools tried to move him from his zoned school to a segregated school. The ruling says under federal law that students with disabilities are supposed to be placed in the least restrictive ... (click for more)