Posts made in June, 2015

Carol Lynn Mannie Blackwelder

Posted on Jun 30, 2015 in Obituaries | 3 comments

Carol Lynn Mannie Blackwelder

Age 54

Of Athens

Passed away Tuesday, June 30, 2015

At her home.

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George Tate Sitzlar

Posted on Jun 30, 2015 in Obituaries | 6 comments

George Tate Sitzlar

Age 80

Of Athens

Went to be with Jesus on Tuesday morning, June 30, 2015

At Starr Regional Medical Center of Athens

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J.B. Cate

Posted on Jun 27, 2015 in Obituaries | 1 comment

J.B. Cate, Age 91, of Athens, TN, Passed away Friday evening, June 26, 2015, at his home.

He was born in Athens on July 2, 1923 and was a lifelong resident. He was a son of the late Arnold and Sally Green Cate, and was preceded in death by his wife Joyce Violet Rodgers Cate; Brothers: Johnny Cate, Howard Cate and Harold Cate; a sister: Avis Cate. J.B was a long time McMinn County Dairy Farmer, served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and attended Rocky Mount Baptist Church.

Survivors include:

Two daughters and one son-in-law

Rose Wyrick of Athens

Clara and Warren Blankenship, Jr. of Athens

Three sons and two daughter in laws:

Bob and Paula Cate of Athens

John and Debbie Cate of Athens

Rick Cate of Athens.

Four Grandchildren:

Holly and Alan Hitt of Athens

Emily Blankenship of Athens

Cindy Bowers of Athens

Bobby, Jr. and Amy Cate of Athens


Donnie Martin of Athens

Denean and Justin Seaborn of Riceville

Delisa Wilcox of Riceville

Daralea and Gary Fairbanks of Athens

A Brother: Kenneth Cate of Athens

Several great-grandchildren along with several nieces and nephews

Funeral services will be 7 PM Monday in the chapel of Ziegler Funeral Home with the Rev. Jimmy Lewis officiating. Burial will be 11 AM Tuesday in McMinn Memory Gardens.

Pall bearers will be: Warren Blankenship, Jr., Alan Hitt

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

Ziegler Funeral Home has been entrusted with the care of J. B. Cate.

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Karen Marie Jones Ledford

Posted on Jun 27, 2015 in Obituaries | 4 comments

Karen Marie Jones Ledford, age 58, of Athens, went to be with her Lord on Saturday, June 27, 2015, at her home. A native and lifelong resident of Athens, she was a daughter of the late Clarence Jessie and Joyce Marie Hicks Jones. She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Debbie Louise Jones and Sandra Kay Ledford and one brother, Ronnie Hawkins. Karen was employed with Athens Products for several years and was a member Hilltop Baptist Church in Riceville.

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Billy Wayne Kugler

Posted on Jun 27, 2015 in Obituaries | 10 comments

Billy Wayne Kugler, age 76, of Athens,

Passed away on Saturday June 27th after a brief hospital stay in Hilton Head, SC. He was recently diagnosed with lung cancer and the chemotherapy treatment was more than his system could tolerate, he spent his last days surrounded by his family.

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