Mayme W. Thurman
Mayme W. Thurman, of Dayton, died at her home Friday, Feb. 19, 1999. She was 79.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilker Thurman, and two sons, Randall Thurman and Wallace Thurman.
Survivors include two daughters, Jean Thurman and Loretta Wood, both of Dayton; two sons, Jerry Thurman and Albert Thurman, both of Dayton; sister, Naomi Thurman of McDonald, Tenn.; seven grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were conducted 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 22, 1999, in the chapel of Coulter Garrison Funeral Home with Rev. James W. Shannon officiating. Interment followed the services in Worthington Cemetery. Coulter Garrison Funeral Home in Dayton was in charge of arrangements.
Karen D. Durham
Karen D. Durham, of Spring City, died Wednesday, Feb. 17, 1999, at Rhea Medical Center as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. She was 26.
A lifelong resident of Rhea County, she worked as a machine operator at La-Z-Boy of Tennessee in Dayton. She attended Bogle’s Chapel Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by a brother, Kelvin Reed.
Survivors include her mother, Pauline Thurman Reed of Spring City; son, Joseph Durham of Spring City; daughter, Danielle Durham of Spring City; grandparents, Winford and Jean Thurman of Spring City; sisters, Susan R. Beck and Krystal Reed, both of Spring City; brother, Scott Reed of Grandview; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, 1999, in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home. Interment will follow the services in Reed Cemetery in Grandview. Vaughn Funeral Home in Spring City is in charge of arrangements.
Mary Emma Shaver
Mary Emma Shaver, of Dayton, died Wednesday, Feb. 17, 1999, at her home. She was 82.
She was retired from Oster Corporation after many years of service. She was preceded in death by her husband, David Shaver.
Survivors include her son, Owen Shaver of Dayton; and two grand-daughters, Melissa Mary Shaver and Jolynn Shaver, both of Dayton.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Coulter Garrison Funeral Home in Dayton was in charge of arrangements.
Dorothy G. Wright
Dorothy G. Wright, of Dayton, died at her home Tuesday, Feb. 16, 1999. A member of New Union Baptist Church, she was 65.
Survivors include her husband, Spencer Wright of Dayton; mother, Virginia Garris of Mount Airy, N.C.; six sisters, Ella Mae Poindexter of Dobson, N.C., Martha Absure of Austin, N.C., Katie Darnell of State Road, N.C., and Eleanor Wilkerson of Booneville, N.C.; three brothers, Leo Garris of Elkin, N.C., Ted Garris of Dobson, N.C., and Perry Garris of Jonesville, N.C.
Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, 1999, in the chapel of Kennedy Funeral Home in Elkin, N.C. Interment will follow the services in Crestwood Memorial Gardens in Elkin, N.C. Coulter Garrison Funeral Home in Dayton is in charge of local arrangements.
Emma "Besse" Chattin
Emma (Besse) Chattin, of Dayton, died at her home Sunday, Feb. 21, 1999. She was 99.
A lifelong resident of Rhea County, she was retired as a teacher in the Rhea County school system. She was also a Gray Lady at Rhea Medical Center for many years and was a member of Spring City United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest F. Chattin.
Survivors include her nephew, Bob Taylor of Dayton; grand niece, Angie Taylor, and grand nephew, Charlie Taylor, both of Dayton; and several cousins.
Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, 1999, in the chapel of Coulter Garrison Funeral Home with Rev. Doug Brown officiating. Burial will follow the services in Spring City Cemetery. Coulter Garrison Funeral Home in Dayton is in charge of arrangements.
Franklin Elmore Glass
Franklin Elmore Glass Sr., of Dayton, died Wednesday, Feb. 24, 1999, in a Chattanooga hospital. He was 87.
Mr. Glass was a Dayton resident for over 50 years and was the publisher and owner of The Dayton Herald for 40 years. He purchased Dayton’s newspaper in 1941 and remained its publisher until 1981.
Mr. Glass served as president of the Tennessee Press Association from 1950 to 1951 and was one of a long line of newspapermen in the family. He was very active within the community as a member of the Dayton Lions Club, Dayton Rotary Club, Men’s Bridge Club and the Dayton Jaycees. Mr. Glass was preceded in death by his parents, John Purnell and Willie (Elmore) Glass of Wetumpka, Ala., and brother, John Purnell Glass.
Survivors include his wife, Mary S. (Stewart) Glass of Dayton; two sons, Frank Glass Jr. of Florence, Ariz., and Charles S. Glass of Roanoke, Va.; daughter, Winifred Rogers of Chester, Va.; brother, T. Gunter Glass of Mt. Vernon, Ill.; 10 grandchildren, Steven Glass of Cookeville, Tenn., Christine Glass Williams of Martinez, Ga., and John P. Glass of Oxford, Ga., all formerly of Dayton, Joan Rogers, Ralph Rogers, both of Chester, Va., Janet Coley of Conway, S.C., Ruth Barbour of Sagaponack, N.Y., William Rogers of Portland, Ore., and Michael and Marshall Glass, both of Roanoke, Va.; nine great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews and cousins.
No services are currently scheduled. His body was cremated and a memorial service will be held at a later date to be announced. The family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Rhea County Nursing Home, c/o Kate Swafford, administrator, 7900 Rhea County Highway, Dayton, TN 37321. Coulter Garrison Funeral Home in Dayton is in charge of arrangements.
Audrey Faye Harwood
Audrey Faye Harwood, of Graysville, died Saturday, Feb. 13, 1999, at Rhea Medical Center in Dayton. She was 62.
Born Aug. 11, 1936, on Graysville Mountain, she lived in Graysville all her life where she was a homemaker. She was a member of Graysville United Methodist Church and was considered a “nanny” to many.
Mrs. Harwood is survived by her husband, Johnny Harwood of Graysville; two daughters, Rhonda Hillian of Dayton and Wendy Rogers of Graysville; son, Mark Harwood of Graysville; four sisters, Betty Reel, Loretta Tucker, Sherron Sims and Brenda Knox, all of Graysville; five brothers, Arthur Knox of Grandview, Bill Knox and Tony Knox, both of Graysville, Ricky Knox of Evensville and Mike Knox of Graysville; two grandsons, Brad Rose of Graysville and Logan Rogers of Graysville; two step-grandsons, Allan Hillian and Russ Hillian, both of Dayton; special niece, Pam Knox of Graysville; and several other nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were conducted 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, 1999, in the chapel of Vanderwall Funeral Home in Dayton with Rev. Jim Hillian and Rev. Gene Norman officiating. Interment followed the services in Pleasantview Cemetery in Graysville. Vanderwall Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
F. Blanton Govan
F. Blanton Govan, of Dayton, died Saturday, Feb. 13, 1999, at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga. He was 55.
Born March 15, 1943, in Memphis, Tenn., Mr. Govan was the son of Eaton Pugh Govan and Vinette Blanton Govan. He lived in Dayton since 1986, and lived previously in Hamilton County for many years. He held a bachelors degree in mechanical engineering and worked as project control engineer for the Tennessee Valley Authority at Watts Bar. He was a former president of the Chattanooga Gideons and a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Nathan Bedford Forest Camp. He was also a member of Military Order of Stars and Bars and was a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church PCA in the East Brainerd community in Chattanooga.
Survivors include his wife, Sherry Govan of Dayton; two daughters, Jennifer Govan of Dayton and Margaret Amanda Govan of Virginia Beach, Va.; and two brothers, Eaton Pugh Govan of Cleveland, Tenn., and William Patrick Govan of Murphreesboro, Tenn.
Funeral services were conducted 11 a.m. in the chapel of Vanderwall Funeral Home in Dayton with Dr. Render Caines officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Covenant Presbyterian Church in East Brainerd. Vanderwall Funeral Home in Dayton was in charge of arrangements.
Virginia Henley Rhodes
Virginia Henley Rhodes, of Sale Creek, died Thursday evening, Feb. 25, 1999, in Chattanooga. She was 84.
She was a member of Sale Creek Independent Presbyterian Church, where she participated in the Women of the Church. Prior to her move to Sale Creek, she had been a lifelong member of Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church, where she was active in the Women of the Church and served as a Sunday School teacher. For many years, along with her husband, Edward L. Rhodes Sr., she was involved in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Chattanooga Boating Club. Together they taught classes in boating safety and swimming. An avid gardener, she actively shared her love of nature with those around her. In her 70s, she took up ceramics, and her creations included a number of award-winning pieces.
She was preceded in death by her husband and her son, Edward Leavitt Rhodes Jr.
Survivors include her brother, F. Guy Henley Sr. of Dalton, Ga.; two daughter, Avis Rhodes Allen of Washington, D.C., and Anne Rhodes of Signal Mountain, Tenn.,; daughter-in-law, Barbara McKissick of Signal Mountain; three grandchildren, Carla Rhodes Park of Signal Mountain, Tenn., Edward Leavitt Rhodes III of Fayetteville, Ga., and Laura Grace Allen of Washington, D.C.; three great-grandchildren, and seven nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be conducted 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, 1999, at Northminster Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Fred Fife officiating. The family will receive friends at the church following the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Sale Creek Independent Presbyterian Church, 15017 Dayton Pike, Sale Creek, TN 37373; to Cedine Bible Camp, 333 Cedine Camp Road, Spring City, TN 37381; or the American Lung Association. Vanderwall Funeral Home in Dayton is in charge of arrangements.
Franklin "Sonny" Springs
Franklin (Sonny) Springs, of Dayton, died Tuesday, Feb. 23, 1999, in a local hospital. He was 66.
A Korean War veteran, Mr. Springs was retired from the Tennessee Valley Authority after 32 years of service. He was a faithful member of First Christian Community Church and was preceded in death by his father, Lomas Springs, mother, Madge Springs, and sister, Alberta Wilkerson.
Survivors include his wife, Edna Springs of Dayton; four daughters, Ella Springs of Dayton, Cathy McAdoo of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Sandra Springs, both of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Cythania Roberson of Chattanooga; stepson, Clyde David Jones of Dayton; sister, Lena Freeman of El Paso, Texas; nine grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, 1999, in the chapel of Coulter Garrison Funeral Home with Revs. Donald Daniels, Virchum Walker and Charles Johnson. Interment will follow the services in Dayton City Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, 1999, at the funeral home. Coulter Garrison Funeral Home in Dayton is in charge of arrangements.
John R. Cofer
John R. Cofer, of Rockwood, died Sunday, Feb. 28, 1999, at Cumberland Medical Center in Crossville, Tenn. He was 88.
Mr. Cofer was a retired dock hand with ICX Trucking Co. in Chicago. He was a member of the Church of God of Prophecy in Harriman, Tenn. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alex C. and Amanda Wilkey Cofer; wife, Mary Ruth Cofer; daughters, Erma Dalphene Cofer, Mary Frances Cofer and Jewell Darlene Fisher; brothers, James Cofer, Robert Cofer, Ed Cofer, Owen Cofer, Bill Cofer and Clifford Cofer; and sister, Haggie Eaton.
Survivors include his daughters, Iva Shadden of Prattville, Ala., Johnnie Hughes of Evensville, Betty Cofer of Texas and Kittie Sue Allred of Prattville, Ala.; sons, Glen Cofer of Bedford, Texas, Charles Ray Cofer of Rockwood, Tenn.; 23 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren, nine great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were conducted 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, 1999, from the chapel of Evans Mortuary of Rockwood with Rev. Howard Scott officiating. Interment followed the services in Smyrna Cemetery. Evans Mortuary in Rockwood was in charge of arrangements.