Chattanooga Times Free Press : 2019-02-11



›Monday, February 11, 2019 BREAKING NEWS: 423-757-NEWS B2 • •• TIMESFREEPRESS.COM The Land Trust for Tennessee or the Tennessee River Gorge Trust. You can learn more about these organizations, and where to donate, through their websites. We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Powell family guestbook at Arrangements are by Hamilton Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 4506 Hixson Pike, Hixson (423)-531-3975. Ida Hanns Jim Silcox HAMILTON COUNTY Ida Hanns, 83, away Feb. 6, 2019. She was preceded in death by her parents, Neal and Ida Bell Whatley; son, Roger; sisters, Carrie and Elizabeth. Survivors include daughters, Ruby (Micheal) Douglas and Rosezell; sons, Carl (Johnetta) Hanns and Darrell; seven grandchildren; four great grandchildren; a host of other relatives and friends. The body will lie-in-state today from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed immediately by a funeral service at 1 p.m. in the chapel. Interment: Greenwood Cemetery Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Avenue, 622-9995. passed DAYTON — Jim Silcox, 68, of Dayton died Saturday. Funeral service Monday at 7 p.m. at Vanderwall Funeral Home. Visitation Monday after 4 p.m. Hamilton County Georgia James Ables James Ables James Benford Lebron Dumas Ida Hanns Judith Lingerfelt Esther Marsh Monte Matheney Joyce McKenzie Sam Powell Flora Smith Milton Stewart Eleanor Uptain Charles Bean Frances Howard Robert McNabb James Henry Ables, 76, of Soddy-Daisy, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. He moved to the Lewis Chapel Community in 1973 and was a member of Mowbray Church of God. James worked for Clements Antiques for 42 years. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed deer hunting and fishing. If he was on his tractor or his lawn mower he was happy. James is preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Mary Ables and his brothers, Amos Ables, Willard Ables and Gernie Ables. Survivors are his loving wife of 57 years, Betty Sue Holloway Ables; daughters, Sheila Vickers (David) and Tammy Wilson (Gary); son, Terry Ables (Misty); sister, Mona Sharp; grandchildren, Logan Wilson, Kylie Ables Cooley (Shawn) and Spencer Ables; several nieces and nephews and his best friend for life, James Grant. Visitation will be on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Services will be on Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. with Rev. Grant Chauncey and Rev. Everett Holloway officiating. Burial will follow at Granny Walker Cemetery. Condolences and memories can be shared at www. Arrangements are by Williamson and Sons Funeral Home, 8852 Dayton Pike, Soddy-Daisy, Tenn. 37379. Alabama Lois Janney GEORGIA Charles Bean ROSSVILLE — Charles Everett Bean, also known as “Bo” to his family and close friends, 73, of Rossville, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. He was a lifelong resident of Rossville and attended Philadelphia Baptist Church. Charles retired from US Pipe and Foundry in 2004 after more than 37 yrs. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother, who will be greatly missed. Charles was preceded in death by his parents Velda P. Harris & Charlie M. Harris; and sister, Velda Ann Britton. He is survived by his loving wife, of 47 yrs., Lois Hale Bean; children, Amanda M. (Bill) Barclay and Charles Nathan (Diana Peardon) Bean; sisters, Marlyn (Johnny) Pike and Susie (Mickey Brock) Phillips; grandchildren, Kenzie and Becca; and several nieces & nephews. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, in the funeral home chapel, with Pastor Rob Borders officiating. Interment will follow in Lakewood Memory Gardens, South. The family will receive friends from 12 noon to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, and prior to the service on Wednesday. Arrangements by W.L. Wilson & Sons Funeral HomeFt. Oglethorpe. Tennessee Billy Jordan Glen Long Jim Silcox Flora Smith Flora Smith, of Chattanooga, passed away Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, at her residence. Arrangements will be announced later by Taylor Funeral Home of Chattanooga, Inc. Obituaries printed in today’s edition are submitted by funeral homes. The newspaper prints the notices as provided. The first 25 words are free. A charge of 75 cents per word is made for each word after that. The photo charge is $25. For information on an individual obituary, contact the appropriate funeral home. The deadline for obituaries is 3 p.m. daily. For more information about obituaries or to order a laminated memorial bookmark, call 423-757-6348 or go to To place an In Memory ad, contact the classified advertising department at 757-6200. EDITOR’S NOTE: › Milton Stewart Judith Lingerfelt Milton Bernard Steward, Sr., 74, a resident of Signal Mountain, passed away Feb. 10, 2019. Survivors and funeral arrangements will be announced by Hamilton Funeral Home. › Judith “Judy” Ann Lingerfelt, 70, of Chattanooga passed away Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. She retired from Wackenhut Security Co. for McKee Bakery in Chattanooga where she was a security guard. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Bryant Little and Bernice Williams Little; and brother, Terry Little. She is survived by her husband, Hugh Lingerfelt of Chattanooga; sons, Gary W. Keith of LaFayette, Stephen B. (Allison) Keith of Ringgold, and Brent Keith of LaFayette; sisters, Gina Clark of Summerville and Kathy Smith of LaFayette; grandchildren, Jeremy Keith, Amanda Keith, Bryant Keith, Chloe Keith, Taylor Collins, and Stella Silvers; great granddaughter, Emma Hill; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be held at 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, in the Wilbanks Memorial Chapel with Pastor Josh Edwards officiating. Visitation will be held prior to the service starting at 1 p.m. Interment at LaFayette City Cemetery. Arrangements are by Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette. Preservation of the environment was very important to Sam and in addition to the many other groups he was active in he served on the Tennessee State Committee on Off-Highway Vehicles and the Tennessee Riverpark Advisory Committee which oversaw Hamilton County Parks for many years. On Signal Mountain he served as chairman of the Parks Board, was an environmental monitor for the construction of Shackleford Ridge Recreational Park, obtained grants and led development of four miles of hiking trails within Shackleford Ridge and directed the building of a trail system connecting Green Gorge with Rainbow Lake and the Cumberland Trail. Sam spearheaded the building of two bridges in the Green Gorge section of the Mountain. Other groups Sam was active in included: the Chattanooga Engineers Club, the Association of Energy Engineers (International) and the International Cogeneration Society. He served as president of the Chattanooga Audubon Society for two years and for 16 years was Scoutmaster to Boy Scout Troop 130 on Signal Mountain. He even assisted the Signal Mountain Police department as an auxiliary officer for many years. Awards given to Sam included: the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Lifetime Environment/Conservation Achievement Award for 2002, the Tennessee Governor’s Greenways and Trails Award for 1999, the Cumberland Trail Award for 1998, the Chattanooga Engineers Club People-To-People Award for 1990, the Tennessee Division of Forestry Friend of Forestry Award for 1986, the Signal Mountain Junior High Fatherof-the-Year Award for 1982, the Tennessee Trails Association Trails award for 1980 and the Boy Scouts of America Award of Merit and Eagle Scout. In honor of Sam’s dedication to his community, the town of Signal Mountain dedicated “Sam Powell Trail” as a new road through Shackleford Ridge Park. It is now the official address for Signal Mountain Middle High School. He is survived by daughter Julia Powell Rafter, her husband Michael and son Jaden Powell Rafter of Milton, Ga.; sisters-in-law Nancy Ervin Powell, Wartrace, Tenn., and Susan Ervin Callis, Findlay, Ohio; brother-in-law Nat Ervin and his wife Bonnie of Ashland City, Tenn.; and Judy Ervin (wife of brother-in-law Kimery Ervin), Columbia, Tenn. He is predeceased by sisters Marie Powell Bragg, Tullahoma, Tenn., and Rose Powell Clinard, Shelbyville, Tenn.; brother Robert Stone Powell; and brothers-in-law Larry Callis, Carey, Ohio and Kimery Ervin, Columbia, Tenn.. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 12 p.m. (noon) on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in the chapel of Hamilton Funeral Home with Bro. Richard Floyd officiating. Military honors will conclude the service. His family will receive friends from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, and from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. (noon) on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, at the funeral home prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions to one of these charities that were all very important to Sam: Cumberland Trails Conference, Joyce McKenzie Joyce McKenzie, 79, of East Ridge passed away unexpectedly on Jan. 7, 2019. She was preceded in death by her parents, and two brothers. Left behind to cherish her memory are her children, Natalie Goodner, Karen Reddick, and Kevin (Sabrina) McKenzie, six grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and a brother, Bob Ensley. A private family memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the care of Chattanooga Funeral Home Crematory and Florist East Chapel, 404 South Moore Rd. East Ridge, Tenn. 37412. Please share your thoughts and memories at Eleanor Uptain Eleanor Ruth Uptain, 89, of Chattanooga, passed away on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019. Ruth was born in Albertville, Ala. and has been a longtime resident of the Chattanooga area. She was a member of Lupton Drive Baptist Church. Ruth was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Mann Uptain and a grandson, Matthew Allen. Ruth is survived by her two children, Diana (Clay) Allen and Randall (Ruth) Uptain; grandchildren, Randall (Megan) Uptain, II, Emily (John) Strange, Alan Uptain and Angela (Nic) Gonzales; granddaughter-in-law, Molissa Allen; four great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, February 11, at the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home. A graveside service will follow at 1 p.m. on Monday, at Hamilton Memorial Gardens with Reverend Randy Bell officiating. Memorial contributions may be made in Ruth’s name to Lupton Drive Baptist Church, 859 Lupton Drive, Chattanooga, Tenn. 37415. Arrangements are by the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist, 5401 Highway 153, Hixson, Tenn. 37343. Please share your thoughts and memories at Frances Howard James Benford ROSSVILLE — Frances Howard, 78, of Rossville, Ga. , passed away on Saturday evening, Feb. 9, 2019. She was a lifelong resident of Rossville and retired from Shaw Industries. She was a graduate of Rossville High School class of 1958. She is preceded in death by her Mother, Willie Meadows and brother, William Proctor. Survivors include her daughter, Sandy Reagan, Nashville, Tenn.; sister, Norma Coulter, Rossville, Ga.; nieces, Debbie Thomas and Lisa Proctor; nephew, Billy Coulter. Graveside services will be held Monday, Feb. 11, at 1 p.m. at Crestlawn Memorial Park. To share expressions of sympathy, visit The family will receive friends Monday, Feb. 11, from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at Ryan Funeral Home & Crematory, Trenton. James Weldon Benford, 80, of Chattanooga, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, at his residence. He played the trumpet in Howard High School’s Marching Band and graduated in the class of 1956. James was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He received his Associate Degree in Business Management and Administration. He was a member of the Chattanooga Gospel Orchestra, Spectrum Jazz Band, UTC Cadez Community Band, and American Legion Band Post 95. He was employed by Norfolk-Southern Railroad for many years. James retired from Kenco Inc. after 31 years of service. He was a member of Mt. Canaan Baptist Church where he sang in the Male Chorus. James was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Ida Benford; brother, Walter Benford; sisters, Tommie McKinney, Olivia Benford, and Pauline Benford. Survivors include his wife, Betty Benford; daughter, Sandra Stegall, of Chattanooga; sons, Anthony Benford, of Chattanooga, Michael (Gwendolyn) Benford, of Powder Springs, Ga., and Ramon Benford, of Chattanooga; 12 grandchildren; several nieces; nephews; cousins; a host of other relatives and friends. He will lie-in-state Tuesday at 9 a.m. at Taylor Funeral Home. Funeral service will follow at 12 noon in the chapel with Pastor Ternae Jordan, Sr., as the eulogist. Burial in Chattanooga National Cemetery. Esther Marsh Sam Powell Esther Marsh, 95, passed away Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, in Chattanooga. Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Avenue, 423-6229995. Sam H. Powell, 86, of Signal Mountain, who devoted his whole life to the building of hiking trails, conservation and improvement of the environment, died on February 8, 2019. He was married to the late Emilie Ervin Powell for 61 years. A native of Tarpon Springs, Fla., he was the son of the late William Marshall Powell and Margaret Harvey Bomar Powell. He grew up in Fla. and Haley, Tenn., and served in the U.S. Army 195354 during the Korean War. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville (UTK) in 1958. He worked his entire life in the electric utility industry, starting as a lineman with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) in West Tennessee and Kentucky in 1951. Following graduation from UTK, he came to Chattanooga in 1959 to join TVA where he worked 40 years, retiring in 1994 as manager of co-generation and small power production. He was active in the UT Alumni Association for many years, serving as president of the Hamilton County Chapter, was a two-term member of the General Alumni Board of Governors and in the 1960s led a group of UT Alumni in Hamilton County to contact Dr. Andrew Holt, president of the University of Tennessee (UT), to ask that UT establish a campus in Chattanooga. Working with Third District legislators and Paul Kinser, the governor’s representative in Hamilton County, the group was able to get the University of Chattanooga to become the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 1968. Sam served a term on the UTC Chancellor’s Roundtable. Sam was a member of the Tennessee Conservation Commission for five terms (15 years), he was a founding member of the Cumberland Trail, which runs from Signal Mountain 300 miles across the state to Cumberland Gap. This trail continues to grow with additional parts that spin off to connect various parks. In addition, he was chairman of the Cumberland Trail Conference, and was a founding member and longtime director of the Tennessee River Gorge Trust. Monte Matheney Monte Lee Matheney, 80, of Hixson passed away Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, in a local hospital. He was born Nov. 17, 1938, in Chattanooga to the late Horace & Ernestine Matheney. Mr. Matheney was retired from Southern Company Nuclear Power Division. He is survived by several close friends and family. A graveside service will be held Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. at Hamilton Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. prior to the service at the North Chapel. Arrangements are by the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 5401 Hwy. 153, Hixson, Tenn. 37343. Please share your thoughts and memories at Robert McNabb FARIVIEW — Robert Lee “Bob” McNabb, 82, of Fairview passed away Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019. He was born in Chattanooga, but lived most of his life in the Rossville area. Bob was born to Robert and Thelma Langston McNabb. He served his country in the U.S. Army Airborne Infantry as a Parachutist during the Korean War. Bob was a 32 nd degree Mason with Thompkins Lodge. His career was with Tuftco Corporation over 36 years until his retirement. Bob cherished his family, loved to tour Fort Oglethorpe visiting all of his friends, hunting and making Bird Houses. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Roberta McNabb Poteet, infant son Ronnie Charles McNabb. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Doris Spangler McNabb; sons Bobby (Emily) and Scott (Angie) McNabb; daughter, Kristi McNabb (Keith) Argenbright; grandchildren, Jamie Lee McNabb (Elliott) Willocks, Lori Ann McNabb (Landon) Carver, Daniel Scott McNabb, Karson Lee and Kayla Marie Argenbright. Condolences may be sent to Graveside services will be held Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, at 11 a.m. at Chattanooga Memorial Park with Military honors and officiated by TENNESSEE Billy Joe Jordan EVENSVILLE — Billy Joe Jordan, 88, of Evensville died Saturday. Graveside Monday at 11 a.m. at Rhea Memory Gardens. Vanderwall Funeral Home. Glen Long GRAYSVILLE — Glen was a longtime active musician and a veteran of the U.S. Army. He is preceded in death by his parents, Edgar and Ruth Garren Long, two sisters; Sherry and Audrey Burton, and two brothers, John and Chris Long. Survivors include his sister; Becky Cagle of Dayton, and several nieces and nephews. The family wishes to thank to his special caregiver, Judith Haase. Funeral Service will be Monday Feb. 11, 2019, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Coulter-Garrison Funeral home with Rev. Don Richards officiating. Interment will follow at Rhea Memory Gardens. The Family will receive friends Monday Feb. 11, 2019, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Arrangements Coulter-Garrison Home, Dayton, Tenn. To share online condolences, please visit Lebron Dumas Lebron Michael Dumas, 64, of Chattanooga, passed away Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, in a local hospital. Funeral: Today at 12 noon in the chapel of Taylor Funeral Home with Brother Darrell Wyke as the eulogist. Burial in Highland Memorial Gardens. IN MEMORY ADS Honor loved ones today with an In Memory Ad in the Chattanooga Times Free Press. MEMORIAL BOOKMARKS We now offer Specialty Bookmarks of your In Memory Ads or Obits as commemorative keepsakes. Subscribe TODAY OBITS Did you know you can get Double Photos and New Emblems, like Military Service Emblems, with your Obit placement? are by Funeral For pricing or placement information call 423.757.6348. Call 423-757-6262 | | | MORE SPORTS LIFE NEWS Continued on next page

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