Obituaries

Sarah Louetta Layne

Sarah Louetta Layne, 93, of Chattanooga went safely to the lord on April 7, 2020. She was preceded in death by husband, Carl H. Layne, Sr. She was born on Sept. 19, 1926, in Jackson, Tn. She is survived by her brother, Richard Arnold, daughters, Dianne (Boyd) Hixson, Deborah (Kurt) Storch, and Vicki Layne, son's Emory (Debbie), John and Tom Layne and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Due to the COVID-19 virus there ... (click for more)

Donald Walker "Hoot" Smith

Ridgedale Pharmacist Was Also Pilot, Big Game Hunter, Runner

Donald Walker "Hoot" Smith passed away April 1, 2020 in Kingman, Arizona. He was a pharmacist for over 60 years, a 1950 graduate of Central High School and a 1956 graduate of Southern College of Pharmacy with honors - leading the class. He and brother John owned Smith Brothers Pharmacy in Ridgedale, a neighborhood drug store that saw six pharmacists come from the Ridgedale community. Owner Hoyt Matthews helped and encouraged all six boys ... (click for more)


Jane Gwynn Keane

English Teacher Loved Literature

Jane Gwynn Keane , was born on November 11, 1930, entered the Glory of the Lord’s presence on Tuesday, April 6, 2020. Originally from Fort Gaines, Ga., Jane attended Shorter College and was graduated from The University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts in English, where she was awarded the Phi Beta Kappa key for academic excellence. After teaching high school English in the mid-1950s in Patterson, Ga., she moved to New York City. From ... (click for more)

Laverta J. Tatum

Longtime Housekeeper And Babysitter Was Lifelong Member Of 1st Baptist Church Of Ooltewah

Laverta J. Tatum, 92, passed away on April 5, 2020, at her home. She worked for many years as a housekeeper and a babysitter for many children. She was a member of First Baptist of Ooltewah for 92 years. She was also the oldest living member on the mother’s board. She was honored for representing the oldest black family member in the Ooltewah/Collegedale area. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leon Tatum; daughter, Verna Strickland, ... (click for more)


Wanda Faye Giles

Wanda Faye Giles, 83, of Hixson, Tennessee, died on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, at her home. She was born on September 13, 1936, in Rossville, to the late Leonard and Mary Osborn. Her husband, Bobby Dean Giles, preceded her in death. She was of the Baptist faith. Survivors include her daughters, Sandy James, Debbie Walker, and Andrea Jones; sister, Dianna Fish; brothers, Butch Osborn, and Ronnie Osborne; seven grandchildren and three ... (click for more)

Mary Elizabeth Simmons McCulley

Retired As An Operator With DuPont

Mary Elizabeth Simmons McCulley, 86, of Hixson died on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. She truly loved all of her family and she will forever be missed. Mrs. McCulley was born at home in Pikeville to the late Carl and Mary Lee Simmons. She was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Mary Lee Simmons, sisters, Carolyn Moore, husband Bob McCulley and daughter Brenda Howard. Mrs. McCulley retired from DuPont after a long career as an operator. ... (click for more)


Callie Esther Sweeton Hamm

Accomplished Musician Was A Co-Founder Of Choral Arts Society

Callie Esther Sweeton Hamm, 86, of Lookout Mountain, Georgia, completed her earthly journey and joined the heavenly host on April 5. Esther was born in Long Beach, Ca. She was an accomplished musician, and in her youth was part of a vocal trio which enjoyed performing for Christian ministries. While attending college in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, Esther met the love of her life, John Hamm, and they were married in 1953. The family ... (click for more)

William Thomas Watson

Certified Public Account For 50 Years

William Thomas Watson went home to be with the Lord on April 2, 2020, after a long illness. He was born in Harlingen, Tx., in 1939 to Woodrow and Doris Cherry Watson. William “ Bill ” went to Rice University in Houston, Texas and then completed his education at the University of Colorado with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. He became a Certified Public Account and worked in that field for 50 years. In Boulder, Bill met the love ... (click for more)




Azbill, Larry Neal

Townsend, Mary Ann

Walker, Walter L.


Larry Neal Azbill, 73, of Cleveland, Tennessee, went home to be with his Lord on Monday, April 6, 2020, after complications with ALS. He was surrounded by his family. Larry was born in ... (click for more)

Mary Ann Townsend, 81, formerly of Chattanooga, passed away on Saturday, March 28, 2020, in a hospital in Detroit, Michigan. Arrangements will be announced by Taylor Funeral Home of Chattanooga, ... (click for more)

Walter L. Walker, 74, departed this life on April 4, 2020. He was born on Jan. 15, 1946, in Chattanooga to the late Dorris E. and Cynthia E. (Mathis) Walker. In addition to his parents, ... (click for more)


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