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Ella Francis Granger Callihan

Posted on Dec 18, 2014 in Obituaries | 1 comment

Ella Francis Granger Callihan

Age 63

Of Athens

Passed away Thursday, December 18, 2014

At Starr Regional Medical Center of Athens

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James “Red” Buckner Jr.

Posted on Dec 16, 2014 in Obituaries | 1 comment

James “Red” Buckner Jr.

Age 65

Of Athens

Went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, December 16, 2014

At Starr Regional Medical Center of Athens


A native and lifelong resident of McMinn County, he was a son of the late Jim and Nell Roberts Buckner and was preceded in death by a sister, Melvinie Phillips; a niece, Amber Duncan. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Riceville.


Survivors include two sisters and brothers-in-law,

Katie and Roscoe Duncan of Vonore

Alice and Roger Duncan of Vonore

One brother and sister-in-law,

J. L. and LaShell Buckner of Englewood

Three nephews,

Jason Buckner of Englewood

Tim Duncan of Vonore

Jeff Duncan of Vonore

Two nieces,

Lisa Wattenbarger of Sweetwater

Jennifer Buckner of Englewood


Graveside services will be 1 pm Thursday in Hampton Cemetery with the Rev. Jimmy Lewis officiating.


Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.


The family will receive friends 11:30 am- 12:30 pm Thursday at the funeral home.


If you are unable to attend the visitation or service, sign the guest registry at www.zieglerfuneralhome.com.


Ziegler Funeral Home has been entrusted with the care of James “Red” Buckner Jr.

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Clyde “Junior” Thompson

Posted on Dec 14, 2014 in Obituaries | 7 comments

Clyde “Junior” Thompson

Age 60

Of Niota

Passed away Sunday, December 14, 2014

At Sweetwater Hospital.

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Bobby Ray Thurman

Posted on Dec 14, 2014 in Obituaries | 4 comments

Bobby Ray Thurman

Age 63

Of Decatur TN.

Passed away Sunday, December 14, 2014 after a lengthy illness

At his home.

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Rebecca “Becky” Ann Holt Lee

Posted on Dec 13, 2014 in Obituaries | 4 comments

Rebecca “Becky” Ann Holt Lee, Age 57, Of Niota TN

Passed away December 13, 2014 At her home.

A native of Sweetwater and lifelong resident Niota, she was a daughter of the late Archie “Arch” and Hazel Shutt Holt and was preceded in death by a sister Pat Thomas. She was of the Christian faith.

Survivors include:

Husband of 33 years Mike Lee of Niota, TN

Daughter: Rachel Michelle Lee – Niota, TN

Son: Michael Christopher Morrison – Lafayette TN

3 grandchildren:

Destiny Summer Lee

Madison Brooke Edgmon

Erika Cheyenne Edgmon

2 sisters:

Lucy Oden – Athens TN

Mary Stockton – Athens TN

2 Brothers and sister in law:

Archie and Teresa Holt of Kingston, TN

Tony Holt of Knoxville, TN

Funeral services will be 7 PM Monday in the chapel of Ziegler Funeral Home with the Brother Phyllip Averette officiating. Burial will be 10 AM Tuesday in Sweetwater Memory Gardens.

Pallbearers will be: Curtis Sorrells, Keven Potts, Patrick Lee, Mark Black, Nick Black, and Rich Nibarger.

The family will receive friends 5 to 7 Monday at the funeral home.

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