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TATE, HARLEY, CLEVELAND, “H.C.,” died Tuesday, February 5, 2013. He was a US Navy Veteran and a member of the American Legion. He was born in Gruetli-Laager, Tennessee on August 8, 1932 to Harley and Bessie Bradey Tate who preceded him in death along with his sister, Laverne Ables. He is survived by his wife, Joan Fletcher Licht Tate; sons, Gary, Grant, Gerald, Joey and Glen Tate; daughters, Felisha (Kapen) Totherow and Lisa Rector; sister, Dola Scissom; grandchildren, Destiney, Gavin, Bailey, Kylie, Alexa, Chasmine, Sierra, Anthony, Jeremy, Mary, Grant and Michael; 2 great grandchildren; loving nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Friday, February 8 in the funeral home chapel with Minister Clayton Jones officiating. Burial was in Fall Creek Cemetery with military honors provided by the Sequatchie Valley Honor Guard. Arrangements were made by Layne Funeral Home, Palmer, TN.
MYERS, THOMAS, LAWSON, 80, of Beersheba springs, TN, passed away on Monday, February 4, 2013. He was a graduate of Grundy County High School and served in the Army during the Korean War. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Etheleen Myers; stepson, Mike Myers. Survivors include his son, Gene (Jackie) Myers of Ooltewah; stepson, Tommy Mers of East Ridge; grandchildren, Jessica, Gene, Jr. and Jordan Myers. A memorial service was held on Friday, February 8 at St. John United Methodist Church in Chattanooga. Mr. Myers donated his body to the University of Tennessee Anthropological Center. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name may be made to the American Heart Association, 519 E. 4th St., Chattanooga, TN 37403. Arrangements were made by Legacy Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., Soddy Daisy, TN.
O’NEAL, J.D., 87, died Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at his home with his family. He was a US Army veteran of WWII, a member of the Barkers Cove Community Church, the Carpenters Union local 74 in Hixson and retired from TVA. He was born in Palmer on September 29, 1925 to Jim and Dora Kilgore O’Neal who preceded him in death along with his sister, Viola Lockhart Stampli; brothers, Perry, Martin and Kelso O’Neal; great grandson, Christopher Hargis. He is survived by his wife of 66 years Billie Anderson O’Neal; daughters, Weedy (Larry) Birdwell, Carol (Waymon) Roberts and Joan (Dwight) Hargis; grandchildren, Jay (Rhonda) and Eric (Felicia) Birdwell, Robbie Roberts, April (Rodney) Boyd, Sandra (Charlie) Anderson and Craig Hargis; great grandchildren, Justin, Drew, Talya and Jayce Birdwell, Taylor, Morgan and Laura Thomas, Devin Morrison; a host of loving nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Friday, February 8 in the funeral home chapel with Ministers Jamey Pack and Riley Anderson officiating. Burial was in Brown’s Chapel Cemetery with military funeral honors provided by the Sequatchie Valley Honor Guard. Arrangements were made by Layne Funeral Home, Palmer, TN.
HOOPER, BOBBY, GENE, 67, passed away Saturday, February 9, 2013. He was a retired businessman, government employee, truck driver and farmer, a Vietnam veteran of the United States Marine Corps and a member of the New Life Ministry Church in Altamont. He was born in Cruso, North Carolina on March 30, 1945 to Zach and Ruby Rickman Hooper who preceded him in death along with his brothers, Merle and Homer Hooper; sisters, Betty Creasman, Thelma Thomas and Carolyn Horstman. He is survived by his wife, Zelda Deitz Hooper; daughters, Angie (Chris) Oaks and Cindy (Tommy) Golden; grandchildren, Chelsea, Erica, Cheyenne and Camden; brother, Sammy (Janice) Hooper; loving nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 12 in the funeral home chapel with Minister Mack Hampton officiating. Burial was in Hooper Cemetery in Skymont. Arrangements were made by Layne Funeral Home, Altamont, TN.
SIMON, JUNE, MARIE, age 76, of Monteagle, Tennessee passed away Saturday, February 9, 2013 at her home with her family by her side. She was born in Tracy City, a daughter of the late Charlie Peter Sitz and Viola Isabell Perry Sitz. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Simon; brothers, Charles “Bud” Sitz and Perry “Cotton” Sitz; sisters, Juanita Bracken, Evelyn Townsend, Barbara Ann Meeks, Francis Tate and Dorothy Wiggins. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star #266 at Tracy City and attended Myers Hill Church. She worked as a bookkeeper for Myers Office for many years before her retirement. Survivors include her children, John H. Simon, Jr. of Eagleville, TN and Lisa Mercure of Commerce, MI; grandchildren, Anthony and Courtney June; sister, Betty Jo Cyr of Monteagle; brother, Alvie Leon Sitz of Greenville, TN; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were Tuesday, February 12 in the funeral home chapel with Reverend Buddy VanDyke officiating with an Eastern Star service before the funeral service. Burial was in Fall Creek Cemetery in Gruetli-Laager. Online condolences may be made at www.cumberlandfuneralhome.net Arrangements were made by Cumberland Funeral Home, Monteagle, TN.
PICKETT, JACK, WILLIAM, 68, passed away at his home Monday, February 11, 2013. He had served in the Tennessee National Guard and was born in Gruetli-Laager, Tennessee. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Irene Johnson Pickett; brother, Mack Pickett. He is survived by his sisters, Peggy (David) Palmer, Della (Willie) Smith, Doris (Leonard) Tidwell, Sue (Charles) Taylor, Mary (Roy) Nunley and Debbie Pickett; brothers, Tom (Thelma), Joe and Ralph (Melissa) Pickett; several nieces and nephews. Graveside funeral services were held Tuesday, February 12 at the Bonnie Oaks Cemetery with Minister Tony King officiating. Arrangements were made by Layne Funeral Home, Palmer, TN.
VANDERGRIFF, MILDRED, LOU, passed away Sunday, February 10, 2013. She was of the Church of God faith and was preceded in death by her father, Robert White; mother, Maude Land Glisson; step-father, Bedford Glisson; husband, Russell H. Vandergriff. She is survived by her step-son, James O. (Barbara) Vandergriff, Sequatchie, TN; sister, Gladys Pickett, Gruetli-Laager; step-grandchildren, April (Mark) Hulvey and JuLee Vandergriff; step-great grandchildren, Wyatt and Dillon Hulvey; loving niece and nephews. Funeral services were held Wednesday, February 13 in the funeral home chapel. Burial was in White Cemetery. Arrangements were made by Layne Funeral Home, Palmer, TN.
LAYNE, FANNIE, CLAIR, 93, passed away Monday, February 11, 2013. She was born November 10, 1919 to Isier and Frances Malinda Bowman Layne who preceded her in death along with her brothers, Albert “Alb” Layne and Gilliam Layne; sisters, Vernie Shrum, Alice McDaniel, Lillie Doss, Ethel Adams and Rosie Doss; daughter, Opal Layne. She is survived by a host of nieces and nephews. Graveside funeral services were held Wednesday, February 13 in Griffiths Creek Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.laynefuneralhome.com Arrangements were made by Layne Funeral Home, Palmer, TN.