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Rev. Phillip Michael Beasley

Posted on Jul 21, 2016 in Obituaries | 1 comment

Rev. Phillip Michael Beasley, Age 67, Of Athens, went home to be with the Lord early Thursday morning, July 21, 2016 at his home.

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Ron L. Miller

Posted on Jul 20, 2016 in Obituaries | 5 comments

Wednesday, July 20, 2016, Ron L. Miller went home to be with our Lord Jesus Christ, he was 73, during his life he graduated McMinn County High School, he went on to attend TWC. He took a job at Beaunit Fibers, then took a job at Athens Police Dept. starting as a patrol officer, moving on up to a Detective Sargent, he then went to work at Bowater Southern Paper as an EMS/Security Officer where he retired.

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Roy Lee Thurman

Posted on Jul 19, 2016 in Obituaries | 1 comment

Roy Lee Thurman

Age 67

Of Decatur

Passed away Tuesday evening, July 19, 2016

At his residence.


A native of Athens and long resident of Meigs County, he was a son of the late Wesley and Martha Wilson Thurman and was preceded in death by one brother, Ernest “Buddy” Thurman; nephew, Jeff Thurman; two great nieces, Sylvana Johnson and Angel Faith Thurman; father-in-law and his wife, Charles and Jean Crittenden; mother-in-law, Louise Runions; two sisters-in-law, Debbie Crittenden and Vandra Runions; aunt, Ruby Wilson; best friend, Jim Watson. He retired from Texas Hydraulics after 20 years of service and attended Mount Olive Methodist Church.


Survivors include his wife of 35 years,

Rosemary Crittenden Thurman of Decatur

One son and daughter-in-law,

Ben and Sharon Thurman of Englewood

Two grandchildren: Cheyenne Webb and MaKenna Thurman

Two sisters and one brother-in-law,

Barbara Kile and Jerry Gable of Decatur

Sandra and Bill Parker of Decatur

Five brothers and four sisters-in-law,

R.J. “Jake” and Mildred Thurman of Athens

Roger and Carolyn Thurman of Ooltewah

Steve Thurman of Decatur

Rickey and Gail Thurman of Decatur

Tim and Pam Thurman of Athens


Lisa Allen and Scott Huffman of Blue Ridge, GA.

Sandra Lambertino and her husband, John of Tunnel Hill, GA.


Randy Crittenden and his wife, Holly of Tunnel Hill, GA.

Several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends whom he loved as family.


Special thanks to Dr. Wallace Burroughs, Dr. John Jaggers III, Dr. Rickey Hutcheson and all their staff, along with Avalon Hospice and Guardian Home Health.


Funeral services will be 10 am Saturday in the chapel of Ziegler Funeral Home with Pastor Bill Faulkner officiating. Burial will follow in Short Creek Cemetery.


Pallbearers will be Jack Watson, Todd Watson, Jason Thurman, Chase Miller, John Runions, Justin Crittenden, and Justin Miller. Honorary pallbearer will be Rick “Moe” Kile.


The family will receive friends from 5-7 pm Friday 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 Roy Lee Thurman.

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Danny Edmond Joyner

Posted on Jul 15, 2016 in Obituaries | 0 comments

Danny Edmond Joyner

Age 55

Of Chattanooga and former resident of Athens

Passed away Friday, July 15, 2016

At Erlanger Medical Center

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Frances Wright Roderick

Posted on Jul 12, 2016 in Obituaries | 2 comments

Frances Wright Roderick, Age 97, Of Athens Passed away Sunday, July 10, 2016 At Life Care Center of Athens.

A native and lifelong resident of the Sanford community near Riceville, she was a daughter of the late James Oliver Wright and Lillie Mae Moses Wright. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Arlie Roderick, infant son, Donald Edward Roderick, two sisters, Laura Atchley and Lucy Couey, six brothers, Charles Wright Sr., Ed Wright, Arlen Wright, John Wright, Dave Wright and Fred Wright and a granddaughter, Teresa Roderick. She was a member of Mount Harmony Baptist Church in Riceville.

Survivors include:

Two sons and a daughter-in-law:

Mancel Roderick and wife, Betty of Athens

Kenneth Roderick of Etowah

Four grandchildren:

Tim Roderick and wife, Michelle of Englewood

Nola Collins and husband, Chris of Niota

Michael Roderick of Athens

Chris Roderick of Athens

14 great-grandchildren

6 great-great-grandchildren

Several nieces, nephews and friends

Funeral services will be 7:00 pm Wednesday, July 13, 2016, in the chapel of Ziegler Funeral Home with Rev. Garry King officiating. Burial will be 11:00 am Thursday in Upper Spring Creek Cemetery. Grandsons and nephews will be serving as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends Wednesday from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm prior to the service at the funeral home.

Ziegler Funeral Home has been entrusted with the care of Frances Wright Roderick.

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