Laverne Patterson
B: 1932-11-25
D: 2021-04-08
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Patterson, Laverne
Ila Key
B: 1934-02-05
D: 2021-03-26
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Key, Ila
AT Gillahan
B: 1917-01-17
D: 2021-03-24
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Gillahan, AT
Mary Lyons
B: 1937-03-02
D: 2021-03-24
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Lyons, Mary
Beecher Tallent
B: 1942-12-26
D: 2021-03-19
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Tallent, Beecher
Mildred Lusk
D: 2021-03-18
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Lusk, Mildred
George Strickland
B: 1919-09-24
D: 2021-03-04
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Strickland, George
Patricia Alexander
B: 1936-05-06
D: 2021-02-27
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Alexander, Patricia
Ann Downie
D: 2021-02-25
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Downie, Ann
Teresa Pannell
B: 1964-06-26
D: 2021-02-21
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Pannell, Teresa
Ruth Webb
B: 1937-04-26
D: 2021-02-20
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Webb, Ruth
Jane Donovan
B: 1946-06-07
D: 2021-02-11
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Donovan, Jane
Patricia Horton
B: 1942-08-14
D: 2021-02-07
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Horton, Patricia
James Hines
B: 1938-08-05
D: 2021-02-01
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Hines, James
Josephine Brady
B: 1923-12-29
D: 2021-01-30
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Brady, Josephine
Danny Fisher
B: 1945-06-21
D: 2021-01-28
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Fisher, Danny
Peggy Gann
B: 1941-02-26
D: 2021-01-27
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Gann, Peggy
Verdine Thompson
B: 1941-12-03
D: 2021-01-16
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Thompson, Verdine
Robert Ballew
B: 1963-12-29
D: 2021-01-15
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Ballew, Robert
Melissa Rhodes
B: 1976-09-09
D: 2021-01-14
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Rhodes, Melissa
Harry Newman
B: 1940-04-02
D: 2021-01-10
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Newman, Harry


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Laverne Patterson

November 25, 1932 - - April 08, 2021

Laverne Elrod Patterson, 88, of Athens, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday , April 8, 2021 surrounded by her family. She was a lifelong resident of McMinn County and was the daughter of the late Fred and Bertha Torbett Elrod. She was also preceded in death by her husband Jack H. Patterson, and a great grandson Hayes Matthew Dodson. Laverne was a member of Eastanallee B ...

Ila Key

February 05, 1934 - - March 26, 2021

Ila Blan Parks Key, 87, of Athens, passed away Friday, March 26, 2021 at her residence. She was a lifelong resident of McMinn County and was the daughter of the late Walter and Elma Carmichael Parks. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Fred L. Key, and daughter Karen Walker. She was a member of Mt. Harmony Baptist Church #2 in Riceville and was a member of the Athen ...

AT Gillahan

January 17, 1917 - - March 24, 2021

AT Gillahan of Athens, TN, originally from Danville, TN and formerly from Salem, MI, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 23rd, in Hastings, MI. AT was 104 years young,aformer 1st Sergeant in the United States Army, and a WWII Pacific Theater Veteran. AT was a lifetime member of the Athens, TN VFW Post 5146, a member of the Hiwassee Post for The Sons of the American Revolu ...

Mary Lyons

March 02, 1937 - - March 24, 2021

Mary Ford Lyons, 84, of Athens, passed away on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at her home. She was a native of Union City, Ohio and longtime resident of Athens and was a daughter of the late Fred and Zola Watts Ford. She was also preceded in death by her son Doug Lyons and a sister Linda Cox. Mary was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. She is survived by her husband of 65 ...

Beecher Tallent

December 26, 1942 - - March 19, 2021

Beecher E. Tallent, 78, of Athens, passed away Friday, March 19, 2021 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was a lifelong resident of McMinn County and was a son of the late Ray and Edna Brown Tallent. He was also preceded in death by a brother Arnold Tallent. Beecher was a member of Grove Baptist Church in Kingston. He was a graduate of Etowah High School. He ser ...

Mildred Lusk

March 18, 2021

Mildred Lusk, of Chattanooga and formerly of Athens, TN went to be with God on March 18, 2021. She was a native of Englewood, TN. Mildred was the daughter of the late Gordon Kinser and Ada Dailey Kinser and was the 2nd oldest of ten children. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Frank Lusk; three sisters, Grace, Mary Ellen Kinser, Sarah Lois Axley, and four br ...

George Strickland

September 24, 1919 - - March 04, 2021

George "Kelley" Strickland, 101, of Athens, passed away Thursday morning, March 4, 2021at his residence. He was a native of McMinn County, and was a long time resident of Nashville, TN and was a son of the late George Washington and Edith Gertrude Underdown Strickland. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Polly Walters Strickland two brothers, Hoover and Wayne Strickland ...

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