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Friday, June  4, 1999

The Chattanooga (TN)Times & Free Press
Charles L. BUCHANAN, 98, Dies; Opened 1st Penney Store Here

Charles Lee Buchanan, who opened the first JC Penney store in Anniston, Ala., in 1922 and the first JC Penney store in Chattanooga in 1937, died Thursday, June 3, 1999, in Anniston, Ala. He was 98.
Mr. Buchanan had been with the JC Penney company longer than any employee  ever, with the exception of James Cash Penney himself.
Mr. Buchanan and his wife, Emmajohn Buchanan, lived in Chattanooga from 1937 to 1950. The family attended First Baptist Church where Mr. Buchanan was a deacon.
Mr. Buchanan -- "Buck" to his friends -- was born Sept. 23, 1900, in Temple, Texas. His parents were Charles R. and Gertrude Griscom Buchanan. His father was an employee of the JC Penney company.
When Mr. Buchanan was about 7 years old, the family moved to Ardmore, Okla., and then to Nowata, Okla., which was in American Indian territory and not part of a state. The area was developing rapidly because of oil strikes under the direction of the Spindletop Group of Texas. About that time the territory was opened to settlers, resulting in a full-scale land rush that ultimately led to Oklahoma becoming a state.
In 1912, Mr. Buchanan joined the second troop ever formed of the Boy Scouts of America. Pictures were made of him in the first BSA uniform.
In 1916, Mr. Buchanan went to work for JC Penney in Nowata. He swept floors, stocked merchandise and helped customers. He met Mr. Penney there, and they became fast friends. He traveled with Mr. Penney on many trips and opened other stores in the region, including stores in Texas and New Mexico.
He married Sara Graham of Blue Mountain, Miss., in 1922, and moved to Anniston. The JC Penney store he opened that year was one of the first opened east of the Mississippi River.
In 1950, he moved back to Anniston after 13 years in Chattanooga and built a new JC Penney where he served until his retirement in 1960. He remained in touch with Mr. Penney, whom he met often at meetings and conventions to offer advice and exchange stories of old times.
He was preceded in death by a son, Charles Graham Buchanan, who died in Mobile, Ala., in 1997.
Burial will be Saturday in Anniston.
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Woodall, Imogene Carrie

Imogene Carrie Woodall, 77, of Ringgold, died Sunday, June 19, 2005, in a local hospital.

She was a former resident of Keota, OK, before moving to Ringgold. Mrs. Woodall was a member of the Lighthouse Church of Rossville and was retired from Halliburton after 25 years of service.

She was preceded in death by her husband, L. T. Woodall.

She is survived by her daughters and son-in-laws, Danna and Robert Allen, Memphis, Jani and Rev. Fred Santana, Ringgold, Andra and James Preston, Duncan, Oklahoma; brother, Kenneth C. Coffey, Kingman, Arizona; grandchildren, James Allen, Conway, AR, Kasey Allen, Hot Springs, AR, Josh Santana, Chattanooga, Amy Sanders, Lawton, Oklahoma, Jacob Santana and Aaron Santana, both of Ringgold; great-grandchildren, Brooklyn Santana, Atlanta, Lydia Allen, Conway, AR, Carrie Sanders, Duncan, OK, and Anabella Santana, Chattanooga.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Lighthouse Church with Rev. Fred Santana officiating. The body will be taken to Hart Wyatt Funeral Home in Walters, OK, for further services and interment.

Condolences may be sent at www.heritagefh.com.

Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Heritage Funeral Home, Battlefield Parkway.


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King, Susan Driscoll
Design Principal At Charles King Architecture, Inc.
posted on chattanoogan.com  August 16, 2005

Susan Driscoll King, 54, died on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2005, in a local hospital in the company of her loving family.

Susan was born in Norman, OK, and grew up in Charlottesville, VA, and Nashville. Susan met the love of her life, Charlie King, at the UT School of Architecture and they later married.

Following architecture school, Susan and Charlie moved to Memphis, where they began their architectural career. In 1982, they returned to Charlie’s hometown of Chattanooga, where they resided on Lookout Mountain and continued their careers in architecture. Susan was a principal in Charles King Architecture, Inc., where she headed the design division of the firm.

She was a member of the Junior League of Chattanooga, a member of the American Institute of Architects and the AIA of Chattanooga, and a community volunteer with various Chattanooga community organizations, including Room at the Inn. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church.

Susan was preceded in death by her infant son, Charles Arthur King.

Susan is survived by her beloved family, husband of 27 years, Charles Ordway King; daughters, Mary Elizabeth King and Christine Corey King, of Chattanooga; parents, Mary Nell and Arthur Driscoll, of Nashville; sister and brother-in-law, Kathleen Driscoll and Hugh Holloway; niece, Lauren Holloway, all of Dothan, AL; sister and brother-in-law, Jane Ann Driscoll and Robert Amyx; nephew, James Amyx, all of Sugarland, TX; and father-in-law, Joseph Gilbert King, of Signal Mountain.

Condolences may be sent at www.heritagefh.com .

Memorial contributions may be made to the Memorial Hospital Foundation, Cancer Research/Care; the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265; Maine Medical Center, Portland, Maine; or other charity of choice.

The family wishes to express their heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the many health care professionals, including the staff of the H. Clay Evans Johnson Cancer Center of Memorial Hospital and the Chattanooga Heart Institute, for the loving care which was given to Susan during her illness.

Gratitude is expressed to the many friends who have given their love and support to Susan, Charlie, Mary Elizabeth, Christine and all other members of the family.

The family will receive visitors from 12:30-2 p.m. Tuesday, at First Presbyterian Church on McCallie Avenue, Chattanooga.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at the church at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Rankin Wilbourne officiating.

A private burial will be at Forest Hills Cemetery.

Honorary pallbearers are Dr. Hugh Holloway, Robert Amyx, John W. B eard and Roy C. Maddox Jr.

Arrangements are by Heritage Funeral Home, 7454 East Brainerd Road, Chattanooga.

Submitted by Connie Baumann [email protected]

Tilley, Jack Murray
posted March 1, 2006 at http://www.chattanoogan.com/

Jack Murray Tilley, 74, of Summer Shade, Kentucky, died Tuesday, February 28, 2006 in a Glasgow hospital.

The Oklahoma native was a son of the late Walker and Maude Tilley and was retired from the U. S. Army.

He is survived by his wife, Lois Turner Tilley; daughters, Sharon Ambrose, Atlanta and Karen Davis, Chattanooga; son, Jack Tilley Jr., Georgia; step-son, David Ray, Summer Shade, Kentucky; sisters, Mary Nye and Betty Flippo, both of Oklahoma; six grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday in National Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent at www.heritagefh.com.

Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Thursday at Heritage Funeral Homes and Crematory, Battlefield Parkway.

Submitted by Connie Baumann [email protected]

Holland, Walter Thomas, Sr.
posted March 7, 2006  at http://www.chattanoogan.com/

Walter Thomas Holland Sr., 90, of Chattanooga, died on Saturday, March 4, 2006, at Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga.

Mr. Holland was born Aug. 19, 1915, in Rhea County, TN. He was a member of Grace Mont Baptist Church in Tulsa, OK. Before his retirement, he worked as a boiler maker with TVA and was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James Franklin and Martha Holland; first wife, Reba Fine Holland; second wife, Cornelia Long Holland; brothers, Luther and Henry Travis and Frank Holland; and sisters, Stella James, Viola Holden, Amanda Blaskay, Betty Bean, Imogene Knight, Bell Gothard and Katherine Gordon.

He is survived by his daughter, June Holland Gholdston, of Dayton, TN; sons, Norman Ray Holland and wife, Jo Ann, of Hixson, Walter T. Holland Jr. and wife, Kathy, of Tomball, TX; sisters, Tina Thompson, of Chattanooga, Marjorie Powers, of Chattanooga; grandchildren, Richard Leslie, of Mount Juliet, TN, Cindy (Jon) Ray, of Weimar, CA, Steve (Jana) Leslie, of Thompson Station, TN, Pam Schultz, of Chattanooga, Keith (Michelle) Holland, of Hixson, Timothy (Jodie) Holland, of Stillwater, OK, Jennifer (Rusty) Woolley, of Houston, TX, Kristen Holland, of Tomball, and Katelyn Holland, of Tomball; great-grandchildren, Harrison and Lindsay Leslie, of Murfreesboro, Whitney Schultz, of Chattanooga, Ian and Isaac Ray, of Weimar, CA, Sloan, Grant and Morgan Leslie, of Thompson Station, Hunter and Cole Holland, of Hixson; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 8 p.m. Wednesday, in the chapel of Evans Mortuary with the Rev. Charles Kelley officiating.

Graveside service and interment will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, in Oak Grove Cemetery in Rockwood.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday at the Evans Mortuary.

Evans Mortuary of Rockwood is in charge of arrangements.

Submitted by Connie Baumann [email protected]

Hatfield, Velda Harris
posted July 1, 2006 at www.chattanoogan.com

Velda Harris Hatfield, 82, of Chattanooga, died on Friday, June 30, 2006, in a local hospital.

She was a native of Long Beach, CA, and she was the daughter of the late Tillman Ernest and Maude Bates. She spent her childhood in Custer City, OK. She left Oklahoma at 19 and took the civil service exam, and she worked in Washington, D.C., and Newark, N.J., before moving to Chattanooga in 1947.

She was a longtime board member with the Girls Club of Chattanooga, and she served on the board of the Setenga Chapter of the Mulitple Sclerosis Society, having been the founder of their largest fund-raiser, the Art Auction/Fashion Show Luncheon.

She was awarded the designation of an honorary initiate by the national Chi Omega Sorority. She was a member and past officer of the Missionary Ridge Garden Club.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Dawson Bailey Harris, Jr. and B. Eugene Hatfield.

During her marriage to D.B. Harris, they were members at First Baptist Church, Chattanooga, for 30 years where she served as president of the WMU at the church. After the death of D.B., she married Eugene Hatfield and they were members of Highland Park Baptist Church for 25 years, where she was a member of the Mary Martha Missionary Circle.

She is survived by three daughters, Lyn Harris, of Chattanooga, Joan Hatfield Record, of Chattanooga, and Amy (Jerry) Hatfield Regenbogen, of Charlotte, N.C.; two sons, Eugene A. (Carol) and Robert B. (Maggie) Hatfield, both of Atlanta; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, at the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home with the Rev. Bob Circeo officiating.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday prior to the service at the funeral home.

Interment will be in Forest Hills Cemetery.

The family is grateful to Pat Renfro and Marilyn Miller for their special loving care.

Memorial contributions may be made to Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, #1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28201-0001; or to Chi Omega Foundation, 3395 Players Club Parkway, Memphis, TN 38125.

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Arrangements are by the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist, 404 S. Moore Road, Chattanooga, TN 37412.

Submitted by Connie Baumann [email protected]

posted at http://chattanoogan.com

Lucian Durmont Smith, age 91, of Chattanooga, passed away Friday morning 10/20/06 at Colonial Hills Nursing Center in Maryville, Tennessee. He was a long time member of South Seminole Baptist Church. He received a BA in Education from Northeastern Oklahoma State Teaching Collage in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, and later a MA in Education Administration from Peabody College in Nashville, Tennessee. Beginning his teaching career in a one-room school in eastern Oklahoma, he later taught math in Tennessee at Johnson City Junior High School. Moving to Chattanooga in 1953, he held several teaching and principal positions in the Chattanooga school system, before retiring in 1981.

Lucian was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who is survived by his wife of 67 years, Mary Frances (Willis) Smith, son Joe Ben Smith of Greenback, TN, granddaughters Karen Sutton and Kim Livingood of Chattanooga, granddaughter Amy Wiesner of Asheville, NC, grandson Brian Smith and granddaughter Carrie Smith of Charlotte, NC, and great-grandchildren Will Sutton, Weston and Carter Livingood and Hazel Wiesner. He was preceded in death by their son Ronald Durmont Smith.

Funeral services will be held Monday October 23, 2006 at 3:00 p.m. in the East Chapel with Rev. Ron Perry officiating. Interment will follow at Lakewood Memory Gardens, East. The family will receive friends from Monday from 2:00 p.m. until the hour of service. Arrangements are by Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist, 404 South Moore Road, Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Submitted by Connie Baumann [email protected]


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