Fortson, Hiawatha

Monday, November 22, 2021

Hiawatha Fortson, 53, passed away on Sunday, November 21, 2021, in Chattanooga. 

Arrangements are by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Ave., 423 622-9995. 


McConkey, James W. “Bill”

Keith, Robert Dean "Polar Bear"

Ruffin, Derrick


James W. “Bill” McConkey, 80, passed away at his home in Hixson, Tennessee, on January 15, 2022. Bill was born in Athens, Tn. He attended McMinn County High School and the University of ... (click for more)

Robert Dean “Polar Bear” Keith, 67, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, passed away Monday afternoon, January 17, 2022, at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga. He was born on Dec. 9, 1954, in Rhea ... (click for more)

Derrick Ruffin, 20, of Chattanooga, passed away on Saturday, January 15, 2022. Arrangements are by Taylor Funeral Home of Chattanooga, Inc. (click for more)



Obituaries

McConkey, James W. “Bill”

James W. “Bill” McConkey, 80, passed away at his home in Hixson, Tennessee, on January 15, 2022. Bill was born in Athens, Tn. He attended McMinn County High School and the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He worked in building construction and property management and was in the Army National Guard. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ollie and Bernice McConkey. ... (click for more)

Keith, Robert Dean "Polar Bear"

Robert Dean “Polar Bear” Keith, 67, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, passed away Monday afternoon, January 17, 2022, at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga. He was born on Dec. 9, 1954, in Rhea County, the son of the late Hubert and Irene (Wykoff) Keith. Polar Bear was also preceded in death by his brothers, Bill Keith and Donald “Duck” Keith. Polar Bear lived in Chattanooga ... (click for more)

Area Obituaries

Meeks, William F. (Whitwell)

William F. Meeks, 46, of Whitwell, Tennessee, passed away on January 17, 2022. William was born on May 6,1975, to Jesse Franklin Meeks and Mary Ellen Bigelow Meeks. William enjoyed the outdoors and fishing. He had a love for woodworking and being a handyman. William was a loving husband and hard working man. He was a man of God and preached in many different churches. William ... (click for more)

Coulter, Jennifer Lynn (Dayton)

Jennifer Lynn Coulter, 66, of Dayton Mountain, passed away early Wednesday morning, January 19, 2022 at Erlanger Medical Center. She was born on Nov. 23, 1955, in Mount Airy, Md., the daughter of the late Elmer and Wilma (Longmire) Longmire. Jennifer was also preceded in death by her son, Brian Lee Coulter. Jennifer lived in Dayton Mountain most of her life. She was a Rhea ... (click for more)

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