Rakestraw, Thomas Neil (Cleveland)

Monday, March 5, 2018
Thomas Rakestraw
Thomas Rakestraw

Thomas Neil Rakestraw, 76, passed away peacefully at home on March 3, 2018.

He was preceded in death by the love of his life, Joyce Rakestraw, as well as by his parents, Bennet and Vernice Rakestraw, and brothers, Jack and Dan Rakestraw.

Survivors include, children, Jane Branam, and her husband, Randy, Gina Varnell and husband, Warren, Toge Rakestraw, and his wife Becky, and Timmy Rakestraw and Candy Brown; six grandchildren, Leah Stevenson, Joe Branam (Ashley), Ben Branam (Tammy), Kyley Rakestraw, Kiefer Rakestraw (MeKalah), and Kassidy Penny (Jordan); two great-granddaughters, McKenzie Stevenson and Promenade Rakestraw; one great-grandson, Harrison Penny; and numerous other extended family and a host of special friends.

Visitation will be held on Monday, March 5, from 2-4 p.m. at Companion Funeral Home, at 2419 Georgetown Road NW, Cleveland, Tn. 37311.

The celebration of life funeral service will begin at 4 p.m. at the funeral home, with Pastor James Massengale officiating the service.

Following the service, Thomas will be laid to rest in the Pine Hill Presbyterian Cemetery, in McDonald, Tennessee, with Seth Flowers, Tommy Suits, Daniel Massengale, Kiefer Rakestraw, Mike Holden, and Warren Varnell serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Ronald “Booger” Davis and Jerry “Rock” McConnell.

You are encouraged to share a memory of Thomas by visiting his memorial guestbook at www.companionfunerals.com.

Companion Funeral Home and the Cody family are honored to assist the Rakestraw family with his final arrangements.

Phillips-Campbell, Deborah (Cleveland)

Deborah Phillips-Campbell, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, September 23, 2018. Debbie loved photography and crafting, but her greatest passion was children’s ministry. She served at Little People’s Church, an outreach of Faith Memorial Church, 910 17th Street NW in Cleveland for over 30 years. She was preceded in death by her mother, Janie Phillips. She leaves ... (click for more)

Lowrance, Thomas Lee (Dalton)

Thomas Lee Lowrance, 74, of Dalton, passed away on Friday, September 21, 2018. He was born in LaFayette and had resided most of his life in the LaFayette area, until moving to Dalton in 2000. He was a truck driver for Carpet Center Leasing, Foam Products and retired from Shaw Industries in 1999. He was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church in Villanow, Ga. He enjoyed hunting, fishing ... (click for more)

Doris Gilstrap Callahan

Doris Gilstrap Callahan, 93,   of Hixson, passed away at home and went to be with her Lord on Monday, September 24, 2018, surrounded by her loving family. She had lived in Burning Bush community and graduated from Ringgold High School in 1942.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Harrison “Harry” Gilstrap and Jewel Holsomback Gilstrap; brother, Herman ... (click for more)

Charles T. Susong

Charles T. Susong, 90, of Hixson, passed away on Sunday, September 23, 2018. Charles was born in Ewing, Va., on April 15, 1928, to the late James and Martha Susong. He was a retired glass inspector for AFG. Charles was a long time member and diligent worker at Belvue Christian Church in Kingsport, Tn. He was preceded in death by five sisters, Opal, Bartie, Mae, Estelle ... (click for more)

Girl, 9, Killed When Vehicle Is Struck From The Rear On Cummings Highway In Lookout Valley

A nine-year-old student at Lookout Valley Elementary School was killed when a vehicle was rear-ended while waiting to turn into the new Taco Bell on Cummings Highway in Lookout Valley late Monday afternoon. Four vehicles wound up being involved in the 5:18 p.m. crash, and several people were taken to the hospital. On 09/24/2018 at approximately 5:18 p.m. a fatal injury ... (click for more)

Pedestrian Killed By Hit And Run Driver On Lee Highway On Monday Night

A pedestrian was struck and killed by a hit and run driver on Lee Highway on Monday night. At 8:49 p.m., Chattanooga Police Traffic was notified about a possible pedestrian struck at    7356 Lee Highway. The caller said she was driving south on Lee Highway and noticed a shoe in the center turning lane and a body in the ditch. Hamilton County EMS arrived on ... (click for more)