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Bobby Joe Car­pen­ter, 63, Chicka­mauga

Bobby Joe Car­pen­ter age 63, of Chicka­mauga, Ge­or­gia passed away Fri­day, July 7, 2017.

He was born in Chicago, Illi­nois to the late Wes­ley Lee and Martha Elaine Davis Car­pen­ter. He had resided in the Chicka­mauga area since child­hood. He had worked in trans­porta­tion most of his life. He was the owner/op­er­a­tor of Car­pen­ter Courier with DHL. He was a mem­ber of the Ten­nessee Truck­ing As­so­ci­a­tion – “Once a cap­tain, al­ways a cap­tain.” He had at­tended First Bap­tist Church in Chicka­mauga and was a mem­ber of the Craw­fish Springs Ma­sonic Lodge F&AM #300. He en­joyed spend­ing his days work­ing in his yard, es­pe­cially mow­ing and run­ning er­rands around town with his dog – “Levi.”

He is sur­vived by his for­mer wife: Cyn­thia Denise Cald­well Car­pen­ter and their chil­dren: Josh (Julie) Car­pen­ter, Matthew (Colby) Car­pen­ter all of Chicka­mauga, GA, wife: Vickie Lynne Par­rett Car­pen­ter of Chicka­mauga, GA, and daugh­ter: Ni­c­hole Michelle Thomas of Fort Oglethorpe, GA, brother: John (Elaine) Car­pen­ter of LaFayette, GA, eight grand­chil­dren, sev­eral nieces and neph­ews.

Visi­ta­tion: Tues­day from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm at the funeral home.

Funeral ser­vices: 3:00 pm – Tues­day - July 11, 2017 grave­side at Chicka­mauga Ceme­tery.

Ar­range­ments: Wil­son Funeral Homes – Chicka­mauga Chapel.

On­line reg­is­ter book at www.wilson­fu­ner­al­home.com.

Denise Rae (Wolfe) Wil­liams

Denise Rae (Wolfe) Wil­liams, who was born Septem­ber 27, 1953, passed away in her sleep on July 3, 2017, af­ter a long ill­ness.

She was sur­rounded by those that she loved. It was her faith in God that sus­tained her through the tri­als of life and her long ill­ness. She rests in the hope of the res­ur­rec­tion.

Denise was born in Detroit, Michi­gan to par­ents Ray­mond and June Wolfe. The fam­ily lived in sev­eral dif­fer­ent Michi­gan cities and fi­nally set­tled in Con­klin, Michi­gan. Denise at­tended Coop­ersville High School and later earned her as­so­ciate’s de­gree in Ap­plied Sci­ence and also her Para­le­gal de­gree through Den­ver Com­mu­nity Col­lege. She de­vel­oped a 20 year telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion and para­le­gal ca­reer. Denise loved to travel and her work al­lowed her to live in many dif­fer­ent states through­out her years.

She lived in Ring­gold for sev­eral years and has fam­ily in the Ring­gold area.

Denise had a pas­sion for stick­ing up for the un­der­dog, lov­ing fiercely, and a Har­ley David­son al­ways put a smile on her face. She was fondly known as “Grandma Ruby” to her grand­chil­dren and found great plea­sure in be­ing around those she loved.

Denise was pro­ceeded in death by her pre­cious daugh­ter Hope, her par­ents and step par­ents Ray­mond (Martha) Wolfe, June (Gary) Ol­son, her younger brother Day­mond Wolfe, and her sis­ters Sherry Thompson and Kaye Gril­lette Reed.

Denise is sur­vived by her twin sons Gavin Reinsma and Travis (Breck) Reinsma, thir­teen pre­cious grand­chil­dren and one great-grand­child on the way. Also sur­viv­ing her is her brother Ray­mond Wolfe, sis­ters Danette (Tim) Um­lor, Lisa (Steve) Wier­sum, Diane Robi­nette, and Mitzi Thompson.

Me­mo­rial ser­vice: July 15, 2017 at 4 pm with food and fel­low­ship to fol­low. Coop­ersville Sev­enth Day Ad­ven­tist Church, 16429 40th Av­enue, Coop­ersville, Michi­gan 49404.

Mary El­iz­a­beth “Liz” Pickard, 75, LaFayette

Mary El­iz­a­beth “Liz” Pickard, age 75, of LaFayette passed away at her home Mon­day, July 10, 2017 with her fam­ily by her side. Liz was born in LaFayette in 1941 to the late Clif­ford Bar­rett and Mary Ella Ray. She was a mem­ber of Emanuel Bap­tist Church.

She was pre­ceded in death by her hus­band, Her­shel Larry Pickard; and daugh­ter, Sheila Davis.

Sur­vivors are daugh­ter, Lisa Ritch of LaFayette; sons, Steve (Wendy) Pickard and Larry (Rita) Pickard all of LaFayette; grand­chil­dren, Dav­ina Ritch, An­gel Ritch, Trina Roach, Brandy Davis, Jeremy Pickard, Joshua Pickard, and Joy Woolums; nine great grand­chil­dren; sis­ters, Reva Corbin of LaFayette and Re­becca Pet­tit of Summerville; brother, Steve (Penny) Bar­rett of San An­to­nio, TX; and sev­eral nieces and neph­ews.

Funeral ser­vice: 2 p.m. Thurs­day, July 13, 2017 in the Wil­banks Me­mo­rial Chapel with Pas­tor Mike Wallin of­fi­ci­at­ing.

Burial: LaFayette City Ceme­tery.

Pall­bear­ers: Steven Swan­son, Chris Bar­rett, Richard Skin­ner, Joshua Pickard, Ja­cob Lawrence, and Jeremy Pickard. Hon­orary pall­bear­ers: Ma­son Roach, Travis Roach, and Joe Woolums.

Visi­ta­tion: At the funeral home Wed­nes­day from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Ar­range­ments: Wal­lis-Wil­banks Funeral Home, LaFayette.

Dale Lee Ri­d­ley, 67, LaFayette

Dale Lee Ri­d­ley, age 67, of LaFayette passed away Satur­day, July 8, 2017 with his lov­ing wife, Judy Walker Ri­d­ley by his side. He was of the Bap­tist faith.

He was pre­ceded in death by his par­ents, Clarence Allen Ri­d­ley and Mate­lene Dun­woody Ri­d­ley; and niece, Dana Stiles.

Along with his wife, he is sur­vived by his daugh­ter, Na­thena (Calvin) Blay­lock and chil­dren, Lind­say Ri­d­ley and Austin Blay­lock all of LaFayette; son, Brian (fi­ancé Jenny Bor­den) Ri­d­ley and chil­dren, Brit­tany, Ca­dyn, and Tyler (fi­ancé Daylin) and his chil­dren, Jack­son and Cam­bree all of Dal­ton; sis­ters, Judy (Dale) Stiles and Jackie (Don) Dun­can all of LaFayette; brother, Allen (Betty) Ri­d­ley of LaFayette; and sev­eral nieces and neph­ews.

Funeral ser­vice: 6 p.m. Mon­day, July 10, 2017 in the Wil­banks Me­mo­rial Chapel with Pas­tor Jimmy Weaver and Pas­tor Mar­shall Kel­lett of­fi­ci­at­ing.

Burial: Corinth Bap­tist Church Ceme­tery.

Visi­ta­tion: At the funeral home Mon­day from 4 p.m. un­til time of ser­vice.

Ar­range­ments: Wal­lis-Wil­banks Funeral Home, LaFayette.

David Tinker, 48, Ring­gold

David Tinker, 48, of Ring­gold, GA went home to be with the Lord Thurs­day, July 13, 2017.

He was a life­long res­i­dent of Ring­gold, and of the Church of God faith. He was em­ployed with NGEMC as a fore­man, and loved hunt­ing, fish­ing, and rac­ing.

David was pre­ceded in death by his son Jonathan Tinker, and mother Bet­tye Tinker.

Sur­vivors in­clude his fa­ther Carl Tinker (Elaine), daugh­ter Emily Tinker, broth­ers Mike (Jody) Tinker and Chuck Tinker, sis­ters Ar­lene (Bryan) Hay­worth and Delinda (Barry) Wal­lace, grand­chil­dren Lilly Tinker and Zoie Tinker, and sev­eral nieces and neph­ews.

Funeral ser­vices: 2 PM Satur­day in the funeral home chapel.

Burial: Wood­sta­tion Ceme­tery.

Visit www. her­itage­bat­tle­field.com to share con­do­lences with the fam­ily and view me­mo­rial trib­ute.

Visi­ta­tion: Fri­day 5-8 PM and Satur­day 10-2 PM at Her­itage Funeral Home, Bat­tle­field Park­way.

Wayne J. Burke, 80, Flint­stone

Wayne J. Burke, 80, of Flint­stone, passed away on Wed­nes­day, July 12, 2017 in a lo­cal hos­pi­tal.

A na­tive of Trion, Ge­or­gia, Mr. Burke had lived the past 15 years in Flint­stone and at­tended the Chat­tanooga Val­ley Pres­by­te­rian Church. He was em­ployed as an elec­tri­cal line­man with Union 613 and re­tired as a self­em­ployed car­pen­ter. Wayne served his coun­try in the United States Air Force, en­joyed gardening, fish­ing, guns, old cars and wood­work­ing. He was pre­ceded in death by his par­ents, Paul & Or­lean Burke, daugh­ter, Cyn­thia Burke Canoy, sis­ter, Wanda Burke, and brother, James Burke.

Sur­vivors in­clude his wife, Clau­dine Burke; chil­dren, Richard “Ricky” Burke, Penny Burke, Dawn Burke (Brian) Moyer, Bobby Wayne Burke, Paul Dou­glas (Joy) Burke, Car­rie El­iz­a­beth Burke, & Nor­man Everette (Jen­nifer) Burke; mother to his chil­dren, Faye Roper; sis­ter, Linda (Jim) Bryant; step-chil­dren, Don­nie (Va­lerie) Thoma­son, Michael (Cheri) Thoma­son, & Deb­bie (Tony) Har­ri­son; seven­teen grand­chil­dren; sev­eral nieces & neph­ews.

Funeral ser­vices: Satur­day at 11:00 a.m. in the South Crest Chapel with Pas­tor Dan Gilchrist of­fi­ci­at­ing.

Burial: Lake­wood Mem­ory Gar­dens, South.

Ex­pres­sions of sym­pa­thy may be shared at lane­southcrestchapel.com.

Visi­ta­tion: Fri­day from 4 – 8 p.m. at the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home & Cre­ma­tory, at the end of his­toric Mis­sion­ary Ridge, Rossville.

Mary Kate Braden, 91, East Ridge, Tenn.

Mary Kate Braden, 91, of East Ridge, passed away on Thurs­day, July 13, 2017 in a lo­cal health­care fa­cil­ity.

Mary was a na­tive of Rainsville, AL and was born on Oc­to­ber 3, 1925 to the late John Luther and Jen­nie Bolden Richey. She has lived most of her life in the Chat­tanooga area. She re­tired from Buster Brown where she worked in the knit­ting de­part­ment. She loved her fam­ily and en­joyed shop­ping. In ad­di­tion to her par­ents, she is also pre­ceded in death by her hus­band, Carl Wes­ley Braden, brother, Hugh Richey and sis­ter, Au­drey Gunter.

Sur­vivors in­clude her daugh­ters, Linda Bor­den and Kathy Braden, grand­son, Hunter Bor­den, sis­ters, Birch McCurdy and Vi­vian Smith, broth­ers, Ken­neth and Bobby Richey.

Grave­side ser­vice: 2:00 PM on Satur­day, July 15, 2017 at Lake­wood Mem­ory Gar­dens South with Pas­tor Karl Aber­nathy of­fi­ci­at­ing.

Ex­pres­sions of sym­pa­thy may be shared at www.lane­southcrestchapel.com

In lieu of flow­ers, me­mo­rial con­tri­bu­tions may be made to Hospice of Chat­tanooga, 4411 Oak­wood Dr, Chat­tanooga, TN 37416 or to the Alzheimer’s As­so­ci­a­tion, 7625 Hamilton Park Dr # 22, Chat­tanooga, TN 37421.

Visi­ta­tion: From 4-8 PM on Fri­day, July 14, 2017 in the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home and Cre­ma­tory, lo­cated at the end of his­toric Mis­sion­ary Ridge, Rossville.

Robert Charles Brock­smith, 81, Ring­gold

Robert Charles Brock­smith, 81 of Ring­gold, went home to be with the Lord Mon­day, July 10, 2017. He was a na­tive of Ever­glade City, FL, and a son of the late Louis Charles and Mary Anita Liller Brock­smith. He has been a res­i­dent of north Ge­or­gia since 1972 and was of the Bap­tist faith. Mr. Brock­smith was a mem­ber of the Moose Lodge in Okee­chobee, FL, and loved to fish and gar­den. He was re­tired from Flav-O-Rich Dairy af­ter 33 years where he served as district man­ager.

Sur­vivors in­clude his lov­ing wife Bar­bara Brock­smith, sons, Don­nie Pep­pers, East Ridge, Robin Brock­smith, Ben­ton, TN, and Robert C. Brock­smith, Ben­ton, TN; daugh­ter, Con­nie Mel­ton, Ring­gold; broth­ers, Gary Louis Brock­smith, Okee­chobee, FL, David Alan Brock­smith, Greenville, NH; sis­ters, Ethel Kay Gwalt­ney, Kitty Hawk, NC, Sarah Lee Ja­cobs, Rich­mond, VA; half-sis­ter, Mary Alice Thorn­ton, Kitty Hawk, NC; 5 grand­chil­dren; and 6 great-grand­chil­dren.

Funeral ser­vice: A pri­vate me­mo­rial ser­vice.

Visit www. her­itage­bat­tle­field.com to share con­do­lences with the fam­ily.

Ar­range­ments: Her­itage Funeral Home & Cre­ma­tory, Bat­tle­field Park­way.

Ernest Spence Branam, 72, Ring­gold

Mr. Ernest Spence Branam, age 72, of Ring­gold passed away on Fri­day, July 14, 2017 at his res­i­dence.

Ernest was a man of strong faith and char­ac­ter who cher­ished his fam­ily. He proudly served his coun­try in the U. S. Army dur­ing the Viet­nam War and worked as a pro­gram­mer for the Ten­nessee Val­ley Au­thor­ity in Chat­tanooga for 31 years. Ernest was an avid fol­lower of many sports, but he per­son­ally ex­celled in ten­nis and bowl­ing. He cap­tained sev­eral USTA league and tour­na­ment teams in the Chat­tanooga area and bowled for many years in the TVA league at Hol­i­day Bowl.

Ernest was pre­ceded in death by his fa­ther, John Henry Branam; mother, Lou Dunn Branam Tru­elove; step­fa­ther, W. A. Tru­elove; broth­ers, J. R., Roy, and Spence Branam; sis­ter, Ruby Carver; broth­ers-in-law, Ernie Carver and Leon Pritch­ett; and sis­tersin-law, Praise Branam Cald­well and Gla­dys Branam.

Sur­vivors in­clude his wife, Brenda Wha­ley Branam; son and daugh­ter-in-law, Brian & Shan­non Branam of Chatsworth; grand­daugh­ters, Mor­gan and Ki­ley Branam of Chatsworth; brother and sis­ter-in­law, Win­ston & Mil­dred Branam of Ring­gold; sis­ters and broth­ers-in­law, Dorothy & James Cro­nan of Cov­ing­ton, GA, Bird­ell Pritch­ett of Chatsworth, Ruth & Richard Ham­mon­tree of Chatsworth, and Jo Ann & Nor­man McCullough of Cony­ers, GA; sis­ter-in­law, Geneva Branam of Crossville, TN; Brenda’s sib­lings and their spouses, Larry & Judy Wha­ley of Beaverdale, Paul Ed­ward “Ed­die” & Tanna Wha­ley of Cleve­land, TN, and San­dra & Glenn Shults of Dal­ton; and sev­eral dear ex­tended fam­ily mem­bers.

Funeral ser­vices: 1:00 pm on Mon­day, July 17, 2017 in the chapel of Peeples Funeral Home with Rev. Chris Alt­man of­fi­ci­at­ing. In­ter­ment will fol­low at Mur­ray Me­mo­rial Gar­dens. Mil­i­tary hon­ors will be pro­vided by Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 167 of Chatsworth.

Visi­ta­tion: At the funeral home on Sun­day from 4:00 un­til 9:00 pm.

Flow­ers or me­mo­rial gifts to the Na­tional Parkin­son Foun­da­tion at www. parkin­son.org will be greatly ap­pre­ci­ated.

Ar­range­ments: Peeples Funeral Home of Chatsworth, Ga.

Ricky “Rick” Chap­man, 69, Rossville

Ricky “Rick” Chap­man, 69, of Rossville passed away Fri­day, July 14, 2017 at his res­i­dence. He was a life­long res­i­dent of Walker County and a 1968 grad­u­ate of Rossville High School. Mr. Chap­man was a United States Army vet­eran and he at­tended the Covenant Life Wor­ship Cen­ter in Chicka­mauga. Mr. Chap­man re­tired from Gor­don Lee Schools Main­te­nance in 2009 with four­teen years of ser­vice. His pas­sions in life were his fam­ily, spend­ing time with his chil­dren and

grand­chil­dren, and his dog, Chico.

He was pre­ceded in death by his par­ents, James A. Chap­man and Mil­dred Chap­man; and brother, Jimmy Chap­man.

Sur­vivors in­clude his wife of 46 years, Doris Chap­man; two chil­dren, Kevin (Jessica) Chap­man of East Brain­erd and Kelly O’Shields of Rossville; brother, Dan (Patty) Chap­man of Hen­der­son­ville, NC; sis­ter, Mar­garet Chap­man of Plant City, FL; four grand­chil­dren, Kasey O’Shields, Kennedy Chap­man, Kayleigh Chap­man, and Kam­brey Chap­man; and sev­eral nieces and neph­ews.

Con­do­lences may be sent to www.lane­southcrestchapel.com.

Funeral ser­vices: Mon­day at 11:00 a.m. in the South Crest Chapel with Pas­tor Bob Cheli and Pas­tor Joe Brown of­fi­ci­at­ing.

Burial” Lake­wood South Mem­ory Gar­dens.

Visi­ta­tion: Sun­day from 2-6 p.m. at the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home and Cre­ma­tory, lo­cated at the end of his­toric Mis­sion­ary Ridge, Rossville.

Rickey “Pe­abody” La­mar Pat­ter­son, 60, Chicka­mauga

Rickey “Pe­abody” La­mar Pat­ter­son, age 60, of Chicka­mauga passed away at his home Wed­nes­day, July 12, 2017.

Born in He­na­gar, Alabama in 1956, Pe­abody had a pas­sion for over-the-road truck driv­ing. He ac­quired the CB ra­dio han­dle “Last Rebel on the Road”, which his fam­ily has now added “for­ever now a free­bird”. He adored his dog Ch­ester and re­ferred to him as his ca­nine guardian an­gel.

He was pre­ceded in death by his fa­ther, Noland Pat­ter­son.

Sur­vived by his daugh­ter, Rosa McGill of Rock Spring; son, Ce­cil Pat­ter­son of Rossville; grand­chil­dren, Keirstan McGill and Drew McGill; mother, Mary Smoth­ers Pat­ter­son of Chicka­mauga; sis­ter, Sue Maxwell of Alabama; brother, Jimmy Pat­ter­son of Chicka­mauga; and niece, Becky Mar­ler.

In ac­cor­dance with his wishes, no visi­ta­tion or funeral ser­vice.

Ar­range­ments: Wal­lis-Wil­banks Funeral Home, LaFayette.

Ernest Branam

Rick Chap­man

Denise Wil­liams

Mary Braden

Dale Ri­d­ley

Wayne Burke

El­iz­a­beth Pickard

Ricky Pat­ter­son

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