Stone, Betty Jo Hester (Benton)

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Betty Jo Hester Stone, 82, born March 29, 1935, went home to be with the Lord early Tuesday morning February 6, 2018 surrounded by her children and loved ones at the home of her daughter.  Betty came to know the Lord and was baptized at the age of 13. She was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church where she sang solos on occasion, but in later years her family attended First Baptist Church of Benton.  She was raised on a farm and as a child learned from her mother the crafts of cooking, crocheting, gardening and canning, that she enjoyed doing throughout her lifetime.

After 34 years of caring for patients, she retired from Woods Memorial Hospital in Etowah as a surgical nurse.  Because of her dedication and loyalty to the field of surgery that she loved so much, an operating room was named in her honor and a plaque commemorating her service was placed on the operating room door. Her parents instilled great moral values, which she passed on to her children.  Therefore, she felt her greatest accomplishment in life was being a mother, grandmother and a great-grandmother.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Clifford Stone; daughter, Patsy Stone Barker; great-grandson, Caleb Jamerson; parents, Warren and Anna Mae Hester; all of her siblings, Willard and Millard Hester, Juanita Shelton and twin, Henry, Richard and Ralph Hester and Bess Park.

She is survived by her children; Kathy Stone of Athens, Steve Stone of Portland, Or. and Jeff Stone (Sharon) of Benton; grandchildren Rob Cruze (Laura) of Riceville, Elizabeth McBay (Rich) of Athens, Rene Jamerson (Hoyt) of Etowah, Trevor and Brad Stone of Portland, Or., step-grandson Ean Tate and step granddaughter Erica Clinton; 12 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Lavena Hester and Imogene Stone.  Several nieces, nephews, extended family members and beloved friends also survive. 

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 8 in the chapel of Higgins Funeral Home, with Reverend Joe Hatcher officiating, and Celebration of Life by her daughter Kathy.  Interment will follow in Benton Memorial Gardens.  A white dove release ceremony will conclude the service.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 7 at Higgins Funeral Home in Benton.

Pallbearers will be sons, Steve and Jeff Stone; grandsons, Brad and Trevor Stone and Rob Cruze; and nephew, Eddie Hester.  Honorary pallbearers will be Frankie Williams and Richard McBay.
 
Send a message of comfort and view the Stone family guestbook online at www.higginsfuneral.com.



Brackney, Jo Alice (Dayton)

Jo Alice Brackney, age 88, passed away on Friday, August 17, 2018.  She was a longtime resident of Rhea County, a member of the Dayton First Baptist Church, where she was in the joyful helper Sunday School Class, was a devoted pastor's wife and involved in the church literacy missions, and a member of the W.M.U. Her hobbies were doing needle point and embroidering, and she ... (click for more)

Adkins, Rodger Dow (Dalton)

Rodger Dow Atkins, DVM, passed away on Friday, Aug. 17, 2018.  He was born January 31, 1942.  Rodger was born in Little Rock, Ar., the son of James E. and Virginia Huff Atkins. He graduated from Oklahoma State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1967 and entered the US Army Veterinary Medical Corps as a Captain. He served one year at the Post Veterinary ... (click for more)

Jean Case Demos

Jean Case Demos of Chattanooga, passed away August 16, 2018 at 90 years of age. Born March 3, 1928, in Bardwell, Ky., she graduated from Bardwell High School and moved to Chattanooga at 18 years old. Jean was a bookkeeper and then later became office manager of a medical practice. Jean was a long time member of First Centenary United Methodist Church and the Mohney Class. ... (click for more)

Katherine Phillips Long

Katherine Philips Long, beloved wife of former pastor Dr. George Long (1921-2016) and spiritual mother and grandmother to so many men and women at Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church, “finished her earthly race” and entered the presence of her heavenly King on July 27, 2018. She died peacefully at home, just weeks before her 96th birthday. The third child of Volney Graham ... (click for more)

Authorities Say Hixson Man Shot And Killed His 15-Year-Old Son On Saturday Night; Also Killed Family Dog

Authorities said a Hixson man shot and killed his 15-year-old son on Saturday night. A report says Mike McElrath, 46, a former Hamilton County jailer, who was found naked at a neighbor's house, also killed the family dog. County deputies responded at 10:24 p.m. to 1846 Cotter Road. The residents said there was a man on their front porch who said he was "butt naked" and said ... (click for more)

Gary Douglas, 25, Shot Early Sunday Morning; Dewayne Stanley, 24, Is Arrested

Gary Douglas, 25, was shot early Sunday morning, and Dewayne Stanley, 24, was arrested.   The Chattanooga Police Department responded at approximately  3 a.m.   to a person shot on the 4700 block of Murray Lake Lane. Upon arrival, officers were able to locate Douglas, who was suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound.   Investigators ... (click for more)