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Hazel Green - 76, of Cleveland went to be with the Lord on March 24, 2001. She was of the Baptist faith. She was the daughter of the late James and Ruth Linticum and was preceded in death by her husband: James "Jim" Green. Survivors include three daughters: Betty Hiefnar Messer of Hixson, Sue Hayes of Decatur, and Mary Cass of Cleveland; one son: James Green of Decatur; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two sisters: Shirley Oliver of Harrison and Earlene Wittler of Rossville, Ga.; three brothers: Wilbur Linticum, Donald Linticum and Billy Linticum, all of Chattanooga; and several nieces and nephews. The funeral was conducted in the chapel of Ralph Buckner Funeral Home with the Revs. Max Redman and Taylor Strickland officiating. Interment followed in Spring Creek United Methodist Church Cemetery. 

Jessie Ruth Ramsey - 88, of Cleveland, passed away March 25, 2001, in a local hospital. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Cleveland for 68 years. She was the daughter of the late Selma and Eva Chase. She was preceded in death by her husband: Carl Haynes Ramsey. She is survived by one daughter: Patsy Cantrell of Cleveland; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one brother: Harry Chase of Cleveland. Graveside service was in Sunset Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Bill Griffith and Dr. Reed Wright officiating. Ralph Buckner Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Ernest Lee Grissom - 50, of Cleveland died March 26, 2001, in a local hospital. He was the son of the late Johnny Cleo Grissom and Eliza Faye McCormick Grissom. Survivors include three daughters: Daphne Monroe, Lisa Lay and Melinda Wooten, all of Cleveland; one son: Keith Grissom of Cleveland; 12 grandchildren; four sisters: Sue Whaley and Geneva Shelton, both of Cleveland, Barbara Couey of Decatur, and Judy Gentry of Charleston; and seven brothers: Jimmy Grissom, Loyd Grissom, William McCormick and Wayne Grissom, all of Cleveland, J.C. Grissom, James Grissom and Wallace Grissom, all of Decatur. The funeral was conducted in the chapel of Ralph Buckner Funeral Home with the Rev. Buddy Brewer and Nina McNabb officiating. Interment followed in Candies Creek Cemetery.

Louis K. Isbill - 68, of Cleveland, passed away March 25, 2001, in the veteran hospital in Murfreesboro. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during the Korean War. He was of the Baptist faith. He was preceded in death by his parents: Luke and Eva Mae Fowler Isbill; son: Mark Isbill; and brother: Albert Isbill. Survivors include his wife: Carol Wetzel Isbill; son: Todd Isbill, both of Cleveland; sister: Dorothy Jean Reese of Massillon, Ohio; and two grandsons. The funeral was held at Arnold-Lynch Funeral Home in Massillon, with Dr. F.J. May officiating. Interment followed at Rose Hill Cemetery. Grissom Funeral Home was in charge of local arrangements. 

Debra J. "Debbie" Osborne - 47, of Cleveland, died March 25, 2001, in a local hospital. She was a daughter of the late Claude and Ruth Logan Osborne. She was preceded in death by two sisters: Ella Hamilton and Dorothy Dean Elliott;
and grandparents: James C. and Stella Logan. Survivors include two sisters: Connie J. Osborne of Cleveland, and Mary A. Snyder of Hixson; brother: John Claude Osborne of Cleveland; and several nieces and nephews. Graveside service was at Hilcrest Memorial Gardens with the Rev. David Manning officiating. Fike Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Bertie Lucille Hammonds - 60, of Charleston died March 26, 2001. She attended the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Decatur. She is preceded in death by her father: James F. Moss Sr.; sister: Shyrell V. Moss; stepfather: Estiver B. Jackson; and stepsister: Rose Mary Hammonds. Survivors include her husband: Kenneth W. Hammonds of Charleston; four sons: Michael L. Hammonds of Decatur, Kenneth S. Hammonds of Georgetown, Gerald J. Hammonds of Charleston, and Curtis E. Hammonds of Georgetown; mother: Earnestine B. Jackson of Etowah; brothers: James F. Moss Jr., Buckey L. Moss, and Gary L. Jackson, all of Etowah; sisters: Sandra J. Elrod of Athens, and Deborah D. Mayfield of Etowah; stepsister: Marva I. Pratt of Detroit, Mich.; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren: and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives. The funeral was held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, Spring Place Road, Cleveland. Interment followed at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery. M.D. Dotson & Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Ethel Bettis Maxwell, -88, of Cleveland died March 27, 2001, in a local health care facility. She was a member of Philadelphia Baptist Church. She was the widow of George William Maxwell and a daughter of the late Anderson A. and Eliza Swanger Bettis. She was preceded in death by five brothers: James Bettis, Lee Bettis, Van Q. Bettis, Henry N. Bettis and William W. Bettis; and three sisters: Georgia Inscore, Ruth Headrick and Gail McKenzie. Survivors include two daughters: Barbara M. Rice and Patricia A. Messer; two sons: William Jack Maxwell and Douglas Van Maxwell; one brother: Jack Bettis; one sister: Marie Hansird; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. A private family service was conducted in the chapel of Fike Funeral Home with Jonathan Crumbley officiating. Interment was in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Donald Frank Pickel -64, of Cleveland died March 26, 2001, at the family residence. He attended Covenant Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his father: Thomas Taylor Pickel; and a daughter: Donna Susan Pickel. Survivors include his wife: Nada Pickel of Cleveland; four sons: John Pickel, Kane Pickel, Randy Pickel and Eric Pickel, all of Cleveland; four daughters: Diane Strong, Jennifer Allen and Frances Almazan, all of Cleveland, and Delora Reagan of Old Fort; 15 grandchildren; mother: Emma A. Long of Cisco, Ga.; two brothers: William Pickel and Douglas Long, both of Cisco; one sister: Cindy Brookshire of Dalton, Ga.; and several nieces and nephews. The funeral was held at the Wildwood Chapel of Buckner-Rush Funeral Homes with the Revs. Ray Higgins and Gary Higgins officiating. Interment was in Fairy Valley Baptist Church Cemetery in Murray County, Ga.

John Stanley Williams, - 64, of Cleveland, died March 26, 2001, in a local hospital. He was preceded in death by his wife: Nancy Ladd Williams; parents: Silas and Orpha Mae Williams; two brothers: James Lee and Thurman Williams; and two sisters: Alma Jo Williams and Lillian Ware. Survivors include two sons: Anthony Westfield and Ivan Westfield, both of Cleveland; two daughters: Priscilla Melton of Athens and Karen Neal of Greenville; one stepdaughter: Maureen Cash of Cleveland; one brother: Vernon Williams of Cleveland; four sisters: Nora Mae Williams of Cleveland, Kathleen Lodge of Dorchester, Mass, Carzelle Brown of New Orleans, La., and Dana Hurst of Buffalo, N.Y.; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. The funeral was in the chapel of M.D. Dotson & Sons Funeral Home with the Revs. Clifford Craven and Roman Ealy officiating. Interment followed at Fort Hill Cemetery in Cleveland.

Chad L. Baker - 24, of Cleveland, died March 27, 2001, at the family residence. He attended Dalton Church of God. He was preceded in death by grandparents: the Rev. Cecil and Ruth Truesdall, and Nellie Baker. Survivors include his wife: Bianca Baker; son: Savance Sable Baker; parents: Lee and Deborah Baker, all of Cleveland; grandfather: Duward Lee Baker of St. Louis, Mo.; brother: Joel Lee Baker and one niece and one nephew. The funeral was in the chapel of Grissom Funeral Home with the Revs. Gil Pearson and Bill Griffith officiating. Interment Followed at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Alice Harden - 81, of Cleveland died March 29, 2001, in a local hospital. She was a member of Philippi Baptist Church. She is preceded in death by her parents: Andrew Jackson Cavett and Ida Coe Cavett; husband: Wallace Harden; son: Bobby L. Rice; daughter: Mary Alice Harden; three brothers: Lake Cavett, Jimmy Cavett and David Cavett; and two sisters: Mamie White and Stella Stinnett. Survivors include one son: Lake Harden, of Cleveland; three daughters: Jane Carter of Riceville, Janice Murray, and Anita McLain, both of Cleveland; one sister: Lizzie Lewis of Benton; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. The funeral was held in the chapel of Fike Funeral Home with the Rev. Sammy
Hooker officiating. Interment was in Hilcrest Memorial Gardens. 

Gladys Mae Rogers Burns Passmore - 77, of Benton passed away March 27, 2001, in an Etowah health care facility.
She was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents: Calvin and Bertie McCall Rogers; stepmother: Essie Rogers; stepdaughter: Brenda J. Maney; and brother: Gene Rogers. Survivors include her husband: Paul Passmore of Benton; one daughter: Gena Bain of Cleveland; one stepdaughter: Sherry Waldrop; stepson: Danny Passmore, both of Benton; brothers: David Rogers of Benton, and Roy Rogers of Etowah; two sisters: Ollie Trew and Irene Norris, both of Benton; stepbrother: Lake Rymer of Alabama; one granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews. The funeral was held in the chapel of Higgins Funeral Home with the Revs. Jasper Woody and J.E. Firestone officiating. Interment was in Zion Cemetery. 

Stephen Gene Welstead - 55, of Cleveland, passed away March 28, 2001. Survivors include his wife: Veronica Davis Welstead of Cleveland; three children: Tamara Lochert and Katrina Welstead, both of Cleveland, and Robert Welstead of Nashville; and four grandchildren: Emily Lochert, Jennifer Lochert, Joshua Welstead and Amanda Lochert, all of Sweetwater. Ralph Buckner Funeral home was in charge of arrangements.

Carolyn Ellison, -53, of Benton died March 29, 2001, in a local hospital. She was the daughter of the late Charles and Dot Deakins. She was preceded in death by a son: Robert Ellison; and husband: Theodore Ellison. She was of the Protestant faith. Survivors include two daughters: Sheila Beavers of Cleveland and Cassie Ellison of Fayetteville, N.C.; six grandchildren; one brother: Wayne Deakins of Michigan; and several nieces and nephews. The funeral was held at the Wildwood Chapel of Buckner-Rush Funeral Homes
with the Rev. James Staton officiating.

Elizabeth Bacon Moore, - 94, of Cleveland died March 29, 2001, at her home. She was preceded in death by her husband: Henry Moore. She was a faithful member of Blue Springs Baptist Church. Survivors include two sons: Clifford Moore, and Howard Moore, both of Cleveland; one sister: Thelma Swafford of Cleveland; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren,
nieces and nephews. The funeral was held in the chapel of Fike Funeral Home with the Revs. Richard Snyder and Ron Saffles officiating. Interment was in Hilcrest Memorial Gardens.

Edward Thomas Trotter, - 88, of Cleveland passed away March 29, 2001, in a local hospital. He had been a member of South Cleveland United Methodist Church since 1927. He was the son of the late William Trotter and Mary Elizabeth Davis Trotter. He was preceded in death by his first wife: Julia Mae Vaughn Trotter; his second wife: Jacqueline Trotter; and a son: Lyndon Trotter. Survivors include three daughters: Sandra Holmes and Gail Sutton, both of Cleveland, and June Davis of Memphis; one son: Dennis Trotter of Douglasville, Ga.; 13 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and one sister: Ruby Trew of Fountain City, Ind. The funeral was conducted at South Cleveland United Methodist Church with the Revs. Ogle Wattenbarger and Lynn Thompson officiating. Interment followed in Fort Hill Cemetery. Ralph Buckner Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Dewey F. Branam - 46, of Old Fort, went to be with the Lord March 30, 2001, in a local hospital. He was of the Church of God faith. He was preceded in death by his mother: Margaret Whitted Branam; and sister: Marshal Eulene Branam. Survivors include his wife,:Mary Ruth Branam of Old Fort; father: Duel F. Branam of Cleveland; two sons: Franklin Branam, and William Branam, both of Cleveland; one daughter: Karen Branam of Old Fort; five stepsons: Jackie Carden of Old Fort, Jerry Carden of Benton, Jimmy Carden, James Carden and Jeffrey Carden, all of Cleveland; three grandchildren: 10 stepgrandchildren; and two great-stepgrandchildren. The funeral was conducted in the chapel of Ralph Buckner Funeral Home with the Revs. Charles Forgey and Randall Headrick officiating. Interment followed in Moores Chapel Cemetery.

James H. Guyer -77 of Cleveland, died March 31, 2001, at a local hospital. He was the son of the late Ruben and Alice Guyer. He was preceded in death by two grandchildren: David Guyer and Rhonda Edwards. He was of the Baptist faith. Survivors include his sons: Charles Guyer and David Guyer, both of Cleveland; daughters : Mary Sue Edwards and Louise Teague, both of Cleveland, and Veda Biber of Branchville, N.J.; two brothers: William "Bill" Guyer of Meigs County and Edward Guyer of Cleveland; two sisters: Katherine Gregg of Cleveland and Idella Nolan of Mobile, Ala.; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. The memorial service was private. The body was cremated. Wildwood Chapel of Buckner-Rush Funeral Homes had charge of arrangements.

Ronald L. Honeycutt of Cleveland and formerly of Hudson, Ohio, died March 30, 2001, at his home. He was a veteran of the
Korean War. He was the son of the late Lenoir C. and Mildred M. Honeycutt. He was a member of the First Christian Church in Hudson and the First Christian Church in Cleveland. Survivors include his wife,: Maxine Honeycutt of Cleveland; one son : Steven Honeycutt of Dover, Ohio; two daughters: Susan Furtwengler of Madison, Ala., and Sharon Honeycutt of Cleveland; and four grandchildren. The funeral was held in the chapel of Fike Funeral Home with the Rev. Scott Rollins officiating. Interment was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. 

Lovie Mae Huff - 88, of Cleveland, died March 31, 2001, in a local health care facility. She was preceded in death by her parents: Lucinda and Andrew Yoho; husband: Earl L. Huff; daughter: Melba J. Huff; brother: Earl Yoho; and sister: Amanda Viiti. She attended Cleveland Church of Christ. Survivors include two sons: Harold Huff of Reliance and Ronald E. Huff of Madison, Ga.; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; one sister: Jean Stout of Moundsville, W.Va.; three stepsisters: Catherine Yoho, Cora Lee of Washington, Pa., and Melinda Wiley of New Martinsville, W.Va.; three stepbrothers: Albert Yoho of Ohio, Bill Yoho of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, and Jerry Yoho; and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held at Cleveland Church of Christ with Minister David Webb officiating. The body was cremated by the Wildwood Chapel of Buckner-Rush Funeral Homes.

Elijah James "E.J." Saylor, - of Cleveland, died March 30, 2001, at his home. He was the son of the late James Saylor and Jean Tallent. He was an ordained Church of God minister. Survivors include his beloved wife: Faye Rymer Saylor; three sons: Randy Saylor and Keith Saylor, both of Cleveland, and Greg Saylor of Ohio; three brothers: Lou Saylor of Winter Springs, Fla., Ralph Saylor of Sepulveda, Calif., and Terry Saylor of Riverside, Calif.; and two grandchildren.The funeral was at the Mount Olive Church of God with the Revs. David Lanier and Gary Sears, and representatives from the Haggai Institute officiating. Interment was in Hilcrest Memorial Gardens. 

Ruth Pressley Smith - 66, of Athens died March 31, 2001, in an Etowah nursing facility. She was a member of Chestuee Baptist Church. She was a daughter of the late Herbert and Elizabeth Pressley. She was preceded in death by her first husband: Ed Lundy. Survivors include her husband: Chester "Jug" Smith; three daughters: Sandra Junkins of Dalton, Ga., Betty Townsend of Cleveland, and Jo Lundy Seepe of Athens; two sons: Gene Vess of Chattanooga, and Eddie Lundy of Cleveland; three stepdaughters: Betty Lingerfelt of Athens, Sue Luffman of Chatsworth, Ga., and Janie Johnson of Athens; four stepsons: Harold Smith of Athens, Charles Smith of Etowah, Ross Smith of Crystal River, Fla., and Larry Smith of Athens; one sister: Eva Jo Carver of Calhoun; one brother: Bill Pressley of Calhoun; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; several step-grandchildren; step-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. The funeral was held in the chapel of Ziegler Funeral Home in Athens with the Rev. Jay Firestone officiating. Interment was in Chestuee Cemetery.

Ralph Swallows, - 67, of Cleveland, died March 28, 2001, in a Chattanooga hospital. He was the son of the late Annie Green Swallows and Erby Swallows. He was preceded in death by a stepson: Miles Womac; sister: Mary Pope; and four brothers: George Swallows, Luther Swallows, Charles Swallows and Bill Swallows. He was of the Baptist faith. Survivors include his wife: Lillian Swallows of Cleveland; one daughter: Glenda Beard of Cleveland; one son: Glenn Swallows of Andersonville; one stepson: Estil Womac of Cleveland; five grandchildren; two sisters: Cora Suits of Cleveland, and Margie DeFranco of Tampa, Fla.; two brothers: Clyde Swallows and Kenneth Swallows, both of Cleveland; and several nieces and nephews. The funeral was held at the Wildwood Chapel of the Buckner-Rush Funeral Homes with the Rev. Ed Swallows officiating. Interment followed in the Moores Chapel Cemetery.

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