Posts made in March, 2015

Michelle Lynn Guffey

Posted on Mar 25, 2015 in Obituaries | 5 comments

Michelle Lynn Guffey, age 29, Of Athens, passed away Wednesday morning, March 25 2015.

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Lisa Ann Griggs Barton

Posted on Mar 24, 2015 in Obituaries | 16 comments

Lisa Ann Griggs Barton, age 56, Of Athens passed away Tuesday morning, March 24, 2015, At her home. A native of Huntsville, AL, she was a lifelong resident of McMinn County, and was a daughter of the late Charles Marcus Griggs. She had worked for many years at CPQ Color Labs in Cleveland TN and was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by her husband: Keith Barton of Athens TN

Son and daughter in law: Marc and Jessica Barton of Athens

Her Mother: Ida Lou Wilson Griggs of Athens TN.

Sister and brother in law:  Karen and Terry Maughon of Johnson City TN.

Father in law: Frank Barton of Athens, TN

Brother and sister in law: Rex and Kay Barton of Athens, TN

Several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Special Friends: Norma Henry, Anita Case, Lacey Puckett, Annie Hutsell, and Karen Allen.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 pm Thursday, March 26, 2015 at Ziegler Funeral Home.

Terry Maughon will provide the eulogy.

Special thanks to the Hospice of Chattanooga staff for their care of Lisa.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the American Cancer Society

Care of: Faye Forgety, 120 CR 447, Athens, TN 37303.

Ziegler Funeral Home, Athens, TN has been entrusted with the care of Lisa Ann Griggs Barton.

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Paul T. Matthews

Posted on Mar 23, 2015 in Obituaries | 25 comments

Paul T. Matthews

Paul Thomas Matthews, 85, Of Riceville, died peacefully Monday morning, March 23, 2015,

Surrounded by his family.

He was born August 24, 1929. He was the son of the late W.T. and Bonnie Wade Matthews. He was preceded in death by his brothers: David William Matthews, Howard Allen Matthews, and Sister in law; Betty Matthews.

He was a dedicated member of the Spring Creek Church of Christ where he served as an elder.

He served 30 years with the McMinn County Board of Education as a bus driver. His relationships with the students have lasted a lifetime. He also worked more than 20 years with the State of Tennessee in The Department of Weights and Measures; He also served on Farm Bureau and ASCS Boards, along With several others. He was the happiest working on the family farm with his brothers, son, and three grandsons, enjoying the visits of the cast of characters that stopped by the shop or sawmill to tell tales and share laughter of the memories of the good ole days. All will have more than a lifetime of memories to cherish.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years: Mary Ruth Varnell Matthews

Son and daughter in law: Bill and Jan Matthews

Daughter and son in law: Susan and Jim Buttram

Four Grandchildren: Will Matthews, Brooke Matthews, Matthew Buttram, Nicholas Buttram

Sister in law: Ruby Matthews, and Several Nieces and Nephews

Funeral services will be 11 AM Thursday March 26, 2015 at the Spring Creek Church of Christ with Minister Larry Jelly officiating. Interment will follow the service in the Upper Spring Creek Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Larry Lane, Larry Arnett, John Forgety, Jeff Cunningham, Chuck Pickens, Rocky Kennedy, Claude Womac, Tracy Brown, and Eddie Malone.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Jerry Deal, Jim Brown, Lloyd Matthews, Doris Brown, George Brown, Jr., and his former co-workers in the weights and measurement department.

Honorary Guests will be the Spring Creek Church of Christ congregation.

Congregation singing will be led by Doug Matthews.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 pm Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at Ziegler Funeral Home in Athens.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations be made to the Upper Spring Creek Cemetery Trust Fund. C/O Marshall McKinney, 174 CR 115, Athens TN 37303

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Geneva Sue Knox Axley

Posted on Mar 14, 2015 in Obituaries | 1 comment

Geneva Sue Knox Axley

Age 84

Of Athens

Went home peacefully to be with the Lord on Saturday, March 14, 2015

At NHC Healthcare Center of Athens

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Jennie Louise Sherrill Ruth

Posted on Mar 9, 2015 in Obituaries | 0 comments

Jennie Louise Sherrill Ruth

Age 84

Of Cleveland

Passed away Monday evening, March 9, 2015

At Bradley Healthcare and Rehab in Cleveland


She was born in Evensville, TN and lived in Cleveland for the last 40 years, she was a daughter of the late Cleo and Jennie Vaughn Sherrill and was preceded in death by her husband, Leroy Ruth; two infant sons, Tony Roper and Gary Roper; one son, Terry Roper; one daughter, Susie Fortune. She raised and sold cocker spaniels and chihuahuas. She retired from Hardwick Clothing and was of the Baptist faith.


Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law,

Stella and Owen Duncan of Decatur

One son and daughter-in-law,

Jessie and Shelia Long of Cleveland

10 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren

Several special nieces and nephews.


Funeral services will be 3 pm Thursday in the chapel of Ziegler Funeral Home with Speaker Owen Duncan officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Grove Cemetery.


The family will receive friends 2-3 pm Thursday at the funeral home.


If you are unable to attend the visitation or service, sign the guest registry at


Ziegler Funeral Home has been entrusted with the care of Jennie Louise Sherrill Ruth.

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