Area Obituaries

Gary Milton Solomon

Gary Milton Solomon, 75, a life-long resident of the Brayton Community, passed away Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at home with his loving family at his side. Gary served in the United States Army, and afterwards worked as a mold setter in an automotive factory for over 40 years.  He loved all his children and grandchildren,…

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Jimmy Ruth

Jimmy Ruth, 83, of Brighton, Tennessee died Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at St. Frances Hospital-Bartlett. Jimmy graduated from Chester County High School in 1956 as president of his class.  After graduation he drove a truck for Jack Johnson and Continental Trailways Bus until his accident in 1963. He also drove for AM & M First…

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Craig Thomas Mercer

Craig Thomas Mercer, 63, of Cold Springs, passed away early Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at Cumberland Medical Center.  He was born in Ohio, October 3, 1957. He was preceded in death by his sister, Renee Holbert. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Rita Mercer; parents, Jesse Levon (father) and Sandy Mercer and…

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Richard Allen Haston

Richard Allen Haston, 76, of Pikeville, Tennessee passed away Thursday, June 3, 2021 at his home. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.  His wisdom, love and memory will live on for many generations. Allen was a member of Calvary Freewill Baptist Church, and was an ordained minister. He had a passion for…

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Janet L. Cordell

Janet L. Cordell, 67, of Pikeville, Tennessee died Monday, May 31, 2021. She was a member of Cold Springs Baptist Church. She was a cashier at JJ’s Market for 25 years. She loved to crochet and shared her talent with those she loved. She was well known as Nana by many. She was preceded in…

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Norman Oscar Blankenship

Norman Oscar Blankenship, 82, of Flintstone, Georgia went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, June 2, 2021. He was born in Bledsoe County, Tennessee on June 23, 1938 to the late Jess and Hazel DeBord Blankenship and had lived in the Chattanooga and North Georgia areas for most of his life.…

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Deborah Lynne Bedwell

A Memorial Service is being held Sunday, June 13, for Deborah Lynne Bedwell who passed away March 11, 2021. The service is being held at Mt. Crest United Methodist Church at 2:00 p.m. Deborah worked as the Unit Clerk at Erlanger Bledsoe for 25 years and part time at The Bledsonian-Banner as a typesetter. She…

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Katie Jane Michaels

Katie Jane Michaels, 79, of Frostbite, Spring City, and Bledsoe County, Tennessee passed away early Thursday morning, May 27, 2021, at her home. She was born in Medulla, Florida, on August 13, 1941, the daughter of the late Benjamin Franklin Pollock and Cora Alene (McKay) Pollock. She was also preceded in death by her daughter…

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Anne E. Patton

Anne E. Patton, 83, passed away Sunday, May 23, 2021 at the Soddy Daisy Healthcare Center. She was born in Bledsoe County and was the daughter of Joe and Willie Grace Patton of Pikeville. Anne was a member of the Church of Christ, graduated from Bledsoe County High School, Tennessee Tech University with a BS…

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Michael Lee Dyer

Michael Lee Dyer, 40, of Pikeville, Tennessee died Friday, May 14, 2021. He is survived by his children, David Dyer, Kara Dyer, James Dyer, Travis Dyer, and Caitlyn Dyer; parents, Robert and Wanda Dyer; brother, Newt (Cassie) Dyer; nieces and nephews, Phoebee, Alayna, Lucas, and Emmanuel. Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 19, at 1:00…

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