John T. Williams
John T. Williams, of Temple Hills, Md., died Dec. 9, 2000. He was 60.
Born April 25, 1940, in Dayton, Mr. Williams was baptized at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Dayton and later joined Cornerstone Baptist Community Church in Temple Hills.
A devoted husband, father and grandfather, he retired in 1982 from Marriot Corporation in Bethesda, Md.
He was preceded in death by his loving son, John Thomas II; father, Jesse Thomas Williams; and brother, Harold Otis Williams.
Survivors include his loving, devoted wife of 36 years, Evelyn Vanessa Thigpen of Temple Hills; daughter and son-in-law, Geravia L. (Buffy) Williams-Williams and Theodore E. Williams of Temple Hills; grandchildren, Keith, Kevin, John and Donnita Williams, all of Temple Hills; mother, Mildred Avery of Chattanooga; brothers, Robert L. Williams of Oakland, Calif., and Jesse W. Williams of Dayton; sister, Margaret Swafford of Dayton; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were conducted Dec. 16 at Cornerstone Baptist Community Church. Burial followed in Washington National Cemetery in Suitland, Md. Coulter-Garrison Funeral Home in Dayton was in charge of the local announcement.
William Howard Chastain
William Howard Chastain, of Dayton, died Thursday, Dec. 21, 2000, at Spring City Care Center. He was 68.
Born Dec. 1, 1932, in Tennessee, Mr. Chastain lived in Rhea County most of his life.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Beulah Mae (Griffin) Bishop Chastain.
Survivors include his stepsons, Bobby, Billy, Jimmy and Carl Bishop, all of Dayton; step-daughter, Margie Nevela, Kathy Higgenbottom, Dorothy Reed, Alice Hernandez and Stella Hughes, all of Dayton; 20 step-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; stepson, Jesse Bishop of Pikeville; stepdaughters, Peggy Thomas of Chattanooga, and Geneva Webb of Pikevile.
Funeral services were conducted Friday in the chapel of Vanderwall Funeral Home with Rev. John Fields officiating. Burial followed in Dayton City Cemetery. Vanderwall Funeral Home in Dayton was in charge of the arrangements.
Park Hughes Hale
Park Hughes Hale, of Spring City, died Thursday, Dec. 21, 2000, at Spring City Care Center. He was 87.
Born in Polk County, Mr. Hale was one of nine children born to the late Walter and Rebecca Hughes Hale. A 1932 graduate of Polk County High School, he attended Bryan College and moved to Spring City in 1950.
Mr. Hale retired in 1978 after 45 years of service from Tennessee Valley Authority as a senior switchboard operator.
A member of Rhea Springs Masonic Lodge #310 F&AM, he was past worshipful master of Andersonville-Lake City Lodge in the 1940s. He served as a member of the Spring City Commission and as the mayor for two terms in the 1980s.
An active member of Spring City United Methodist Church, he served in the past as lay leader of the Cleveland district. Mr. Hale was an avid woodcraftsman and gardener.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Barbara Howard Hale of Spring City; daughter, Linda H. Mays of Centerville, Tenn.; grandson,, Robert Melvin Mays of Centerville, Tenn.; brother, Earl Hale of Benton, Tenn.; sisters, Evelyn Hickman of Chattanooga, and Lillie Jo McDonald of Augusta, Ga.
Funeral services were conducted Saturday at Spring City United Methodist Church with Revs. Don Allison, Ron Goodman and Dennis Davidson officiating. Burial followed in Benton Station Cemetery in Benton, Tenn.
Memorial contributions may be made to Spring City United Methodist Church. Vaughn Funeral Home in Spring City was in charge of the arrangements.
Frank Anderson Eidson
Frank Anderson Eidson, of Dayton, died Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2000, at his home. He was 71.
Born July 25, 1929, in Fulton County, Ga., Mr. Eidson lived in Dayton since 1990 and previously in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. A graduate of Georgia Tech in engineering, Mr. Eidson retired as bank president of Florida National Bank in Ft. Lauderdale. A long-time rotarian, he was an avid golfer and a private pilot.
Mr. Eidson was also a member of the National Guard Army and of New Union Baptist Church in Dayton.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Virginia (Pair) Eidson; and parents, Herbert Clark and Sadie (Ferguson) Eidson.
Survivors include his wife, Susan Eidson of Dayton; sons, Richard Eidson of Atlanta, Ga., Rev. David Eidson of Jonesboro, Ill.; and two grandchildren.
Funeral services were conducted Saturday in the chapel of Vanderwall Funeral Home with Dr. Danny Ruehling and Alan Winkler officiating. Burial followed in Rhea Memory Gardens in Dayton. Vanderwall Funeral Home in Dayton was in charge of the arrangments.
Lorraine G. Hixson
Lorraine G. Hixson, of Sale Creek, died Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2000, at her daughter’s home in Spring City. She was 88.
Mrs. Hixson was of the Methodist faith.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil (Bill) Hixson; and sons, Milton and Almus Metcalf.
Survivors include her daughters, Sue Grant of Atlanta, Ga., Carolyn Mainord of Sale Creek, and Doris Leffew of Spring City; son, William Hixson of Hixson; sisters, Maye Iuppa of Rochester, N.Y., and Franeis Copper of Ft. Worth, Texas; 11 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were conducted Saturday in the chapel of Williamson and Sons Funeral Home in Soddy-Daisy with Rev. Kenneth Bolton officiating. Burial followed in Foster-Hixson Cemetery. Williamson and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Charles Paul Monday Sr.
Charles Paul Monday Sr., of Spring City, died Thursday, Dec. 21, 2000, at his home. He was 81.
Born in Rhea County, Mr. Monday graduated from Spring City High School and was a car salesman for Brown Chevrolet in Dayton and several other car dealerships. He owned and operated Monday’s Grocery Store in Spring City and was a dispatcher for the Spring City Police Department. Mr. Monday was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Grandview.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Grover Cleveland and Minnie Ann Loden Monday Sr.; brothers, Richard, Cordell, Junior, Dennis and Lowell Monday; and sister, Imogene Blevins.
Survivors include his wife, Albra Evans Monday of Spring City; daughters, Marjorie Zimmerman of Spring City, Wanda Monday of Chattanooga, and Linda Wright of Spring City; son-in-law, Lloyd Wright of Spring City; sons and daughter-in-law, Paul Monday Jr. and Wendell Monday, both of Spring City, and Hugh and Donna Monday of Muscle Shoals, Ala.; brother, Ed Monday of Spring City; sisters, Stella Reed of Rockwood, Tenn., Opal DeRossett of Hendersonville, Tenn., and Betty Dye of Grandview; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were conducted Sunday in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with Rev. Randall Dye officiating. Burial followed in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Grandview. Vaughn Funeral Home in Spring City was in charge of the arrangements.
Woodrow (Woody) Dixon
Woodrow (Woody) Dixon, of Red Bank, died Monday, Dec. 25, 2000, at his home. He was 85.
A native of Rhea County and a graduate of Rhea County High School, Mr. Dixon had lived in Red Bank for the past 60 years. He was a member of Red Bank Baptist Church, the Fellowship Sunday School Class and the Senior Adults and the Red Bank Lions Club.
Mr. Dixon was a manager of the Home Store on Vine Street and later the manager of Goodletts Food Market on Rossville Boulevard.
He was preceded in death by his sisters, Ada Matherley, Sally Helton, Marie Hendrix and Robbie Jewel; and brothers, Bob and Bill Dixon.
Survivors include his daughters, Alice Minyard of Columbia, Tenn., Sandra Morelock of Nashville, and Debbie Jennings of Clinton, Tenn.; seven grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were conducted Thursday at Red Bank Baptist Church with Dr. Fred Steelman and Revs. Bill Harvey and Dallas Roscoe officiating. Burial followed in Hamilton Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to Red Bank Baptist Church, 4000 Dayton Boulevard, Red Bank, TN 37415. Lane Funeral Home, Coulter Chapel, in Chattanooga was in charge of the arrangements.
Charlie W. Kelly
Charlie W. Kelly, of Dayton, died Monday, Dec. 25, 2000, at Rhea Medical Center in Dayton. He was 91.
A lifelong resident of Rhea County, Mr. Kelly retired from Kayser-Roth Hosiery Company and worked with his daughter in real estate. He was a member of Trinity Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James Asbury and Mary Ellen Painter Kelly; sisters, Winnie Gallagher, and Hazel and Amy Crawley; brothers, Earl, Lester, Elmer and Shipwreck Kelly; and granddaughter, Kelly Streets.
Survivors include his wife, Naomi Fine Kelly of Dayton; daughters, Katie Wisthoff of Minot, N.D., and Mary Ellen (Pug) Martin and Brenda Marler, both of Dayton; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were conducted Friday in the chapel of Coulter-Garrison Funeral Home with Steve Wisthoff officiating. Burial followed in Buttram Cemetery in Dayton. Coulter-Garrison Funeral Home in Dayton was in charge of the arrangements.