Miscellaneous Tennessee Obituaries
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PITTS - The funeral of W.W. Pitts who died Wednesday at the home of his brother, R.E. Pitts, will be held Friday afternoon at 2:00, at the Falling Water Presbyterian church, with the Rev. Ira Jones officiating. The following grandnephews will serve as pallbearers:
W.P.Selcer Jr, Dick Selcer, Lawrence Brown, Alvin Lewis, Darwin Lewis, and Emmett Lewis. Interment will take place Falling Water cemetery, with Halletts in charge.
This was printed Jan 24,1930.

Feb.28,1946 Chattanooga Times paper.
MISS ANNIE LOIS DAVIS, 16, daughter of the Rev. and Mrs.Charles Davis, died at the residence near Chickamauga,Ga., at
8:50 o'clock Sunday night.  Surviving are her parents;two sisters, Misses Barbara Jean and Betty Jo Davis.  and one brother,Mr. Charles Davis Jr.; grandfather, Mr. Poss Davis; step-grandmother, Mrs.Sallie Davis; two aunts and three uncles.  Funeral services will be held  at 2 o'clock this afternoon at Friendship Baptist Church at Chickamauga,Ga. The Rev. R. Kay of Cartersville, Ga. officiating.  Interment  in Garmany Cemetary.  The body is at the home.

June 24, 1930 Chattanooga Times.
Athens, Tenn., Jan. 23 - The Rev. S.W.Gentry, 76, retired Baptist minster, died at his home in North Athens yesterday afternoon following a brief illness.  Funeral services will be conducted Friday morning from the North Athens Baptist Church. The body will be taken to Cleveland for burial.

From the Chattanooga Times paper Jan.24,1930.
HAGGARD, W.M.,aged 49, died yesterday afternoon at a local hospital. He was a member of Carpenters' Union No.74.
Surviving are his wife;six daughters, Mrs. May Suddeth,Mrs.Walter Seay, Misses Frances,Catherine,Theoda,and Peggy Sue
Haggard; one son, Eddie; five brothers, two sisters and three grandchildren. Private services will be held this afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Beason cemetery.  Arrangements in charge of Coulter's.

From Sept.2, 1923 Chattanooga Times paper.
MRS. W. G. SPAULDINGLucille Blanchard Spaulding, aged 41, wife of W.G.Spaulding, died yesterday morning shortly after 2 o'clock at her home near Fort Oglethorpe, following an illness of several weeks' duration.  She is survived by her husband; an  adopted son, Francis Joseph Spaulding; her mother, Mrs.Frank Keener; one sister, Mrs. Josie Gibson of Trion, Ga; one brother, Charley Keener of Atlanta.  Her funeral will be held from Wann's Funeral Parlors, Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock. Interment in Forest Hills Cemetery.

From the Chattanooga Times paper, April 22,1920
ROBERT WILLARD, the 3-year-old son of Mr.and Mrs. R.M.Moore, died at the home of his parents, 4008 Avenue L ., East Lake, yesterday morning at 10 o'clock, following a short illness.   Funeral services will be held at the residence at 3:30 o'clock this afternoon, the Rev. W.E. Davis officiating. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

From the Chattanooga Times paper, April 22, 1920.
MRS. SETH C. PARTRIDGE, 65, of Greenville, Michigan, died on Southern passenger train No. 24, a few minutes out of this city at 7 o'cock last night.Mrs.Partridge and her husband, a prominent farmer and sheep grower of Greenville, Mich., were driving through
from Florida where  they had spent the winter,and when their machine broke down at Huntsville, Ala., they took the train to complete the journey.She had been in ill health for several months, it was said, but her death came unexpected. She is survived by her husband, two sons and two daughters, all of Michigan.  The body was removed to Wann's to be prepared for shipment to Rockford, Mich., for funeral and interment.

From the Chattanooga Times paper, April 22, 1920.
Sweetwater, Tenn. April.21 --- Mrs.Martha Barr,an elderly and highly esteemed woman of Sweetwater, died yesterday at the residence of her brother-in-law, G.W. Bailey, from the after effects of influenza.  Funeral services will be conducted  from the First Baptist church, of which she had long been a member, at 2:30 o'clock today, the services, in the absence of her pastor, being in charge of the Rev. F.Y. Jackson, followed by intement in West View cemetery.  Among the survivors of Mrs. Barr are her nieces, Misses Lizzie and Ella Bailey, of Sweetwater; Mrs.Frank Welch of Chicago; and Jonas Bailey, of Chattanooga, in whose home she died and to whom she had stood as a mother since the death of their own mother.

From the Chattanooga Times paper, Sept. 12, 1923
Barney Powell, aged 44, was found dead in bed at his home, 24 Shallowford road, yesterday morning at 5 o'clock.  He is survived by his wife and a son, Barney Jr.  He was a member of the First Presbyterian church and Woodman of the World Camp No. 6.   The body was moved to Wann's, where the funeral will be held.  The Rev. John W. Inzer officiating.   Interment in Forest Hills cemetery.

From the Chattanooga Times paper, April 27, 1920.
Funeral Of Mrs. Moore.
Dayton, Tenn. April.26 --- Funeral services for Mrs. Mandy Moore were held Friday afternoon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. N.J. Tallent, conducted by the Rev. G.W. Brewer. Interment at College Hill.  Mrs.Moore was (5)62 years of age and had been an invalid for several years.  She is survived by three sons, Frank and Ernest, of Dayton, and Robert, of Chattanooga, and two daughters, Mrs.
Tallent, of this place, and Mrs.John Wyatt, of Rockwood.

From the Chattanooga Times paper, Sept. 7, 1923.
Mrs. Emma Vann
Huntsville, Ala., Sept.6
 Mrs. Emma Vann, 28, wife of Ernest Vann, died yesterday after an illness of three weeks. She is survived by her husband, a small son, and her mother and father.

From the Chattanooga Times paper, Sept. 7, 1923.
Huntsville, Ala. Sept.6 -- Michael E. Leary, prominent cotton mill man of this city, is dead after an illness of several weeks, aged 69 years.  For thirty years he had been a member of the Dallas Manufacturing company's executive family, and was held in high esteem by the management. He is survived by his widow, a daughter, Mrs.Rena Burks, of Louisville, and two grandchildren, Miss
Iva Louise Oliver and William Leary.  He was a Mason, and the officers and members of Helion Lodge No.1 will conduct the funeral Friday.

From the Chattanooga Times paper, Sept. 4, 1923.
Gen.Hannah's Mother Dead.
Nashville, Tenn. Sept.3. -- Mrs. R.H. McFerrin, 75, mother of Gen. Harvey Hannah, chairman of the Tennessee railroad commission, died Sunday night in a Birmingham (Ala) hospital, according to news received here today.   The interment will be at Oliver Springs, Tenn., her home, Wednesday.

From the Chattanooga Times paper, Sept. 4, 1923.
John Schaich, well-known citizen of East Ridge, died at a local sanitarium at an early hour yesterday.  He is survived by his wife, three sons, Tom, John and Herbert; three daughters, Mrs.Emmalee Cleghorn, Mrs. Ida Cordell and Miss Hazel Schaich.  The body was removed to Wann's and prepared for burial.Funeral arrangements will be announced later.

From the Chattanooga Times, June 13, 1946.
Retired County Educator, Bryan University Trustee.
Dayton, Tenn. June 12 ----- Joe F. Benson veteran retired Rhea County educator and secretary of the board of trustees of Bryan University here, died this morning in Phoenix, Ariz., after an illness of several years.   He was 74.  Mr.Benson had taught in the Rhea County schools for 39 years and was principal of Rhea County High School here before his retirement about 10 years ago.
He was the twin brother of K.M. Benson of Dayton and the brother of Edgar Benson and Misses Maggie and Bell Benson. He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs.James M. Benson of Dayton.  Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

From the Chattanooga Times paper, July 10, 1922.
Paul F. Buffington, aged 5, died at the residence, 204 West Thirty-ninth street, St.Elmo, at 3:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon.  He is survived by his parents, Mr.and Mrs. P.F. Buffington; one infant brother, J. Lynn Buffington, and grandmother, Mrs. Elizabeth Fricks.  Funeral services will be announced later.

From the Chattanooga Times paper, Oct. 6, 1979.
HARDY -- Mrs. Vee, of 4450 Lilac Lane, formerly of 1001 I Street, Alexander City, Ala., passed away Oct.1, 1979, at a local hospital. Funeral services will be held at 1p.m.  Saturday at the Sinai Baptist Church.  Burial will be in Sinai Cemetary, Alexander City, Ala.  Announced through the courtesy of Hardwick & Sons Funeral Home.

From the Chattanooga Times paper, Oct. 6, 1979.
JORGENSEN - William David, 78, of 4712 St.Elmo Ave, died Tuesday an a local hospital.  Mr.Jorgensen attended St. Elmo
Avenue Baptist Church and was a resident of Chattanooga for many years.  Services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday in Forest Hills Cemetery with the Rev. Donald A. Givens officiating.

From the Chattanooga Times paper, March 14, 1973.
Mrs. Lucy Philpot, died at a local hospital Tuesday morning after an illness.   She was a Pioneer citizen of the Fort Cheatham community.  She is survived by her son, Marvin Hall, Milwaukee, Wis.; sister-in-law, Mrs. Luella Hudson, Chatt.; nieces and nephews, Raymond Hudson, Mrs. Frances Hudson, Mrs.Mildred Gant, Mrs. Mable Gray, Miss Sarah Hudson; other nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends. Graveside rites will be held Thursday morning at 11 o'clock in Highland Cemetary, the
Rev. E.E. Meadows officiating.  The body will be in the Central Avenue Chapel until the funeral hour.  Arrangemets are by Franklin-Strickland.

From the Chattanooga Times paper, March 14, 1973.
Mrs. Willie Ellis, of Route Box ?, Ooltewah, Tenn., 101 years old, died at the residence Tuesday, March 13, after an illness.  She was a member of Faith Temple Church.  Funeral arrangements will be announced by Crombie's Funeral Service.

From the Chattanooga Times paper, March 14, 1973.
Isaac Elmer Price, 79, Star Route, Dunlap,Tenn., died early Tuesday. He was a veteran of World War 1. Surviving, wife, Mrs.Beulah Hickey Price; four daughters, Mrs. Freida Seals, Mrs. Frank Land, Mrs. Edmond Sims, Mrs. Johnny Lewis; son Landon Price, all of Dunlap; five granddaughters; five grandsons; two sisters, Mrs. Myrtle Bryant, Daus(?), Tenn., Mrs. Sally Thatch, Georgia.  Funeral will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. CST at Fredonia Church of God with the Rev. Billy Dean and the Rev. L.U. Davis officiating. The body will lie in state at the church 30 minutes prior to service interment in Camp Cemetery.   The body is at Putnam-Standifer Funeral Home, Dunlap.

From the Chattanooga Times paper, March 25, 1952.
ANDERSON -- Funeral services for Chester M. Anderson, 29, Chattanooga boilermaker, who died Saturday from injuries received in an accident while working in the wind tunnel at the Arnold Engineering Development Center at Tullahoma, will be held at 1:30 o'clock
this afternoon at the Chapel of J. Avery Bryan Company.  Interment, with full military honors, will be in the National Cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be David J. Hartman, Arnold W. Eaves, Allen B. Crowe, Walter Hartman, Leonard Ritchie, and Elbert Hartman.
Honorary pallbearers are James H. Skillern, Raymond E. White, Charles Hicks, W.O. Oliver and Henry Hartman.  The body is at the residence, 2606 Broad Street.   Funeral arrangements are in charge of J. Avery Bryan Company.

From the Chattanooga Times paper, Dec. 14, 1948.
COFFEY --- DAVID GREEN, age (it's hard to tell if it's an 8 or 6) 80, passed away at his daughter's residence  at 4212 Dodds Avenue, late yesterday afternoon.  He is survived by his wife, Mrs.Beulah Coffey; three daughters, Mrs. E.V. Henegar, Mrs. J.D. Massengale, Jr. and Mrs. W.M. Johnson, all of Chattanooga; one sister, Mrs. Donia Harvey of Madison County, Alabama; two
brothers, Jess and William Coffey of Birmingham, Ala., and also seven grandchildren.  The body will be at his residence on Birmingham Highway after 10:30 this morning.  Funeral arrangements will be announced by Cosmopolitan Funeral Home.

From the Chattanooga Times paper, Dec. 14, 1948.
GREEN ---- MRS. JANIE, age 38, died at an early hour Monday morning in a local hospital.  She is survived by her husband,
John M. Green; two daughters, Virginia Robinson and Juanita Robinson; one son, Carl Robinson; father, Mr. Cleave Ellis; three sisters, Mrs.Madge Oliver, Mrs. Alice Hall and Mrs. Gladys Oliver; seven brothers, Windel, Henrix, Jasper, Clifford, Hoyt, Leslie and Deward Ellis, all of Chattanooga; also five step-children.  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon at the
Friendship Baptist Church with the Rev. W. Woodrow Ramey officiating.  The body will remain at the Funeral Home until the hour of service. Interment will follow in the Friendship Cemetery.   Arrangements are by the R.J. Coulter Funeral Home.

From the Chattanooga Times-Free Press paper, July 24, 1963.
HOLLAND ----- BILL RAY, age 9, of Flat Rock Ala., Route 1, accidentally drowned abou 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.  He is survived by his mother and father, Mr.and Mrs. Nelson Ray Holland; three sisters, Wanda Dale, Nora Lee and Shirley J. Holland, all of Flat Rock; one brother, Johnny M. Holland, of Flat Rock; his grandfather, Will Wall, Trenton, Rt.2.  Funeral sevices will be held at 2:30 p.m.
CST Thursday at Payne Chapel, Shiloh, Ala.  Burial will be at the adjoining cemetery.  The body is at the residence in Flat Rock.  Moore Funeral Home, Trenton, Ga., in charge of arrangements.

From the Chattanooga Times paper, Sept. 3, 1923.
Louisville, Ky., Sept.3 ---- J. Campbell Cantrell, of Georgetown, a representative from the Seventh Kentucky district, and democratic nominee for governor, died at a hospital here today after an abdominal operation.  Mr. Cantrill was chosen in the primary Aug. 4, as the standard bearer of his party at the next November election over Alben W. Barkley, of Paducah, representative from the First congressional district.   His health failed during the pre-primary campaign and several times he was reported on the verge of collapse. Shortly after his nomination he went north to a Wisconsin summer resort in an effort to recuperate.  He was brought to Louisville about a week ago and taken to a hospital, where physicians advised an operation.   Immediately thereafter, his condition
became grave. Subsequently he rallied, and considerable hope was entertained for his recovery.  Saturday, however, Mr. Cantrill began to sink, and died within twenty-four hours.  Mr. Cantrill was 53 years old. His political career in Kentucky began in 1897,
when he was elected to the lower house of the Kentucky general assembly.  Subsequently he was chosen state senator.  In 1904 he declined the nomination for congress from the Seventh district, even though nomination was regarded as equivalent to election, in
order to devote his energies to organization work among Kentucky tobacco growers.  He was elected to the Sixty-first congress
and since has served continuously.  A candidate to succeed him as the head of the democratic ticket at the approaching election will be selected at a meeting of the democratic state central and executive committees at Louisville, Sept. 11.

From the Chattanooga Times-Free Press paper, Oct. 6, 1979.
GIRDLEY -- KENNETH RAYMOND, of 1118 Cranbrook Dr., died Friday evening in a hospital here. He was retired from Combustion Engineering after 21 years, where he worked as a grinder.  He was a member of the North Hamilton Church of Christ. He was a member of the United Mine Workers and Boiler Makers Local No. 656.  He was the son of the late John L. and Lula Wately Girdley.
He is survived by hs wife, Mrs. Lila Lodema Hoodenpyle Girdley of Chattanooga; two sisters, Mrs. Rachel Turner of Dunlap, and Mrs. Earlene Pursley of Hixson; two brothers, James R. Girdley of Hixson, and Jerry B. Girdley of Milwaukee, Wisc., and several nieces
and nephews.  Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the North Chapel of the Chattanooga Funeral Home. on Hwy.153 at Hixson.

From the Chattaonnga Times paper, April 18, 1954.
Mrs. Elizabeth Nix Bucholtz, of Dayton Blvd., Red Bank, who was associated with the late Mrs. Richard Hardy as an educational worker with the Chattanooga Humane Educational Society for a number of years, died in a local hospital Saturday morning.   Mrs. Bucholtz was a member of the First Church of Christ Scientist and Country Women's Club.  She was hostess at the Country Women's Club and officers of the club will be honorary pallbearers.  She is survived by an aunt, Mrs. Judy Owens, Athens,Tenn., and a number of cousins.  Funeral services will be held Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the chapel of J. Avery Bryan Co.   Interment in Forest Hills Cemetary. Pallbearers will E.D. Bohr, F.E. Passnacht, Tom Hilton, Wilkes T. Thrasher, Kemp Hickey and
J.L. Steele.  The body is at the funeral home of J. Avery Bryan Co.

From the Chattanooga Times paper, April 18, 1954.
Funeral services for Mrs. Julia L. Atchley, will be held at 3:30 Sunday afternoon from the chapel of the National Funeral Home,
with the Rev. V. Wayne Tarpley officiating.   Interment will be in Chattanooga Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Charles Bookout, Roy (Ray) Hollandsworth, Eugene Foster, Andy Wilson, Herbert L. Walker, W.O. Walker.  The body is at the funeral home.

From the Chattanooga Times paper, April 18, 1954.
Mrs. Minnie Lee Colwell, died at her home in St.Elmo, Rt.4., Saturday afternoon.  She is survived by her husband, William
Colwell; foster son, Eugene Rambo, Orange Grove, Calif.; two brothers, Vester Henderson, Chattanooga, and Will Henderson, Carthage, Tenn.   Funeral arrangements will be announced by the National Funeral Home.  Palbearers: I.A. Coppinger, M.T. Coppinger, Kenester Coppinger, Leonard Layne, Luther Bowlin and Luther Moody.