Etowah, Tennessee
423-263-6700



Service: 02/07/2015
Funeral services will be conducted at 7p.m. Saturday, February 7, 2015 from the chapel of Serenity Funeral Home with Reverend Charles Cassady officiating.
A graveside service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday February 8, 2015 from Buttram Cemetery with her grandsons serving as pallbearers. A white dove release ceremony will conclude the services.
The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.
We invite you to visit the guestbook of Laquata Head and send a message of comfort.
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Death: Thursday, February 5, 2015
Laquata Joyce Head, age 80, of Madisonville, passed away Thursday, February 5, 2015 at a Knoxville hospital. She was a native of Rhea County and spent the majority of her life in Monroe County. She was a beautician for over 45 years in the Madisonville area and was the owner of Fashionaire Beauty Mart. She enjoyed taking care of animals and spending time with family and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, Archie and Gladys Freeman Foster; husbands, John Patton, Jr. and Harold Head; and great-grandson, Andrew Land. She is survived by two daughters, Pam Land and Shawn(Mike) Martin; four grandchildren, Allen Land, Jaime Borden, Sylas Martin, and John Martin; step-grandson, Steve Martin;and five great-grandchildren, David Land, Clara Beth Land, Ayda Borden, Roscoe Martin and Anna Martin all of Madisonville. Several other extended family members and friends also survive.
Service:
A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.
We invite you to visit the Graap family guestbook and send a message of comfort.
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Death: Monday, February 2, 2015
Robert “Bob” Graap, age 67, of Calhoun, passed Monday evening, February 2, 2015, at a local hospital. Born in New York, he had spent the last five years in McMinn County. He was retired from International Paper and was of the Lutheran faith. He enjoyed landscaping, traveling, and spending time with his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, Hilda Peters Graap. He is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Kathy Miess Graap of Calhoun ;sons, Jeff Graap of Buffalo, New York, John Sniatecki of Gainesville, Georgia, and Dean Sniatecki of Hutto , Texas; grandchildren, Saylor Sniatecki, Isabelle Sniatecki, Jenee Graap, Jenelle Graap, Jeffrey Graap, Jr., and Queintin Graap; father, William “ Bill” Graap ; and sister Kathy Allford of Indian Trail, North Carolina. Several other extended family and friends also survive.
Service: 02/03/2015
A Masonic service followed by a funeral service will be conducted at 7p.m. on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 with Pastor Wendell Pruitt officiating.
The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday prior to the services.
We invite you to visit the Maher family guestbook and send a message of comfort.
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Death: Saturday, January 31, 2015
David H. Maher, age 56, of Palm Bay, FL, went peacefully in to the arms of Jesus on Saturday , January 31, 2015. He died at the home of his parents in Etowah surrounded by family and close friends. David lived and breathed for scouting where he received many achievements and awards to include the Order if the Arrow and he was n Eagle Scout. He earned his Eagle Scout by constructing a play ground at Rockledge Methodist Church in Florida. He went through high school in Rockledge, Fl and then attended college at the Citadel. He had spent the last 24 years working overseas including England, Korea, and Japan under government contract. He was a life member of the Beach Lodge in Florida. He is survived by his wife Susan ; parents, Arnold and Helga Maher ; son Kelly; step-daughter Chimbie Choat and husband Adam all of Etowah; granddaughters, Emmaliegh and Gracyn; brother Mark Maher and wife Susan of Kempner, TX ;sisters Monica Losh and husband Rocky of Etowah and Lydia Young of Walland, TN. Several nieces, nephews and other extended family members and close friends also survive.
Service: 02/02/2015
A celebration of Melanie’s life will be conducted at 7p.m. Monday, February 2, 2015 from the chapel of Serenity Funeral Home with Pastors James and Ruth Thomas officiating.
A committal service will be held at 11a.m. Tuesday February 3, 2015 at Green Hill Cemetery with Coker Smith, Quincy Smith, Chris Sharp, Ray Sharp, Benny Hunnley, and Tyrone Santos serving as pallbearers.
The family will receive friends from 5-7p.m. Monday at the funeral home prior to the service.
We invite you to visit the guestbook of Melanie Sharp and send a message of comfort.

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Death: Thursday, January 29, 2015
Melanie Boyd Sharp, age 51, of Etowah, passed away Thursday morning, January 29, 2015 at her residence. A native and lifelong resident of McMinn County, she was a member of Real Life Ministries in Chattanooga. She worked many years with the public and never met a stranger. She was a former employee of Bi-Lo, KFC, and Hardees in Etowah. She was a loving wife and mother children and loved her grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Annie Mae Boyd; and mother-in-law and father-in-law, Charles and Louise Sharp She leaves behind to cherish her memory, her loving husband of 34 years, Cedric Sharp ; son and daughter-in-law, C.J. and Tabatha Sharp ;daughter, Tash Sharp; four grandchildren, Malik, Chauntee, Chablee, and Whitney Sharp; three sisters, Faye Browder, Mary Boyd, and Charolette Hawkins all of Etowah; brother and sister-in-law, Lee and Sonya Boyd of Athens; two brothers-in-law, Chares Sharp and wife Charlotte of Lexington, TN and Andre Sharp of Maryville; three sisters-in-law, Patricia Hunnley of Maryville ,Deborah Benford and husband Melvin of Chattanooga, and Regina Woods of Maryville; and a Special Friend, Annetta Boyd of New York. Several nieces, nephews, and other extended family and friends also survive.
Service: 02/02/2015
Graveside services will be conducted at 11a.m. Monday, February 2, 2015 from the Double Springs Baptist Church Cemetery. There will be no formal visitation at the funeral home.
The family would like to thank Angela Young for compassionate care over the past year.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider memorial contributions to the Double Springs Baptist Church Cemetery.
We invite you to visit the guestbook of Jeannette Armour and send a message of comfort.
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Death: Thursday, January 29, 2015
Helen “Jeannette” Armour, age 80, of Athens, passed away Thursday morning, January 29, 2015 at her residence. Born in South Georgia, she spent the majority of her life in Ruskin, FL before moving to McMinn County in 2006. She was a member of Double Springs Baptist Church. She is preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Daisy Almand; daughters, Dana Driggers and Deborah Caldwell; brothers, Robert Almand and Kenny Wilson; and sister, Alice Wilson. She is survived by her devoted husband of 42 years, Joseph “Joe” Armour of Athens; and sons, Duke Driggers of Meigs, County and Dean Driggers of Ruskin, FL. Several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and other extended family and friends also survive.
Service: 01/27/2015
A Celebration of Peggy’s Life will be conducted at 8p.m. Tuesday, January 27, 2015 from the chapel of Serenity Funeral Home with Rev. Mark Latham officiating. Interment will be private.
The family will receive friends from 6-8p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
We invite you to visit the guestbook of Peggy Sue Huff Prater and send a message of comfort.
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Death: Saturday, January 24, 2015
Peggy Sue Huff Prater, age 46, of Athens and Niota, passed away Saturday morning, January 24, 2015 at her residence. Born in Indiana, she had lived the last 21 years in McMinn County. She was an excellent cook, enjoyed sports and spending time with her family and friends. She was of the Baptist faith and was a loving mother and grandmother who will be greatly missed. She was preceded in death by her father, Diamond Huff, Sr. and brother, Diamond Huff, Jr. She is survived by her husband of 23 years, David Prater of Niota; sons, Christopher Meade and wife Janial of Athens and Evan Prater of Athens; mother, Patricia Nelson Huff; siblings, Donna Henson and husband Tim of Athens, Glen Russell Huff , Cathy Jo Vance, and Kelly Jean Allen all of Floyd County ,KY and Deborah Ann Huff of Ohio; favorite Aunt Rose Taylor of Hindman , KY; grandchildren, Christin and Cali Meade of Athens and several nieces, nephews, and other extended family members and friends.
Service: 01/27/2015
The family will receive friends Tuesday, January 27th from 12-2 pm at Serenity Funeral Home. Funeral service follows at 2 pm and will be conducted by Brother Robbie Combs (Pastor at The Warehouse Church of Etowah). Committal will be at Greenhill Cemetery immediately following funeral services.
We invite you to visit the Burris family guestbook and send a message of comfort.
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Death: Saturday, January 24, 2015
Sadie Horton Burris, 84, of Etowah went home to be with the Lord on January 24, 2015. A longtime resident of McMinn County she held posts in many local enterprises prior to her retirement from Morgan Manufacturing. She was well regarded for her strong work ethic and counted gardening as well as home improvement among her many pastimes. In addition to her more physically demanding hobbies, Mrs. Burris also enjoyed porcelain doll collecting and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren whom she affectionately referred to as her "little Tojo's." Mrs. Burris was of Christian faith and a member of Friendship Baptist Church. She is preceded in death by her parents Hobart and Ibba Horton, husband Verlin Burris, sister Ruby Pearman, brothers Eastly Horton, Wade Horton and son-in-law Harold Dean Curtis. Survivors include sons E.L Burris(Carolyn), Ron Burris, daughters Geraldine Eaton, Irene Curtis, Glenda Jones(R.L.) , Debbie Cole. Grandchildren Nathan and Marquita Burris, Jason Eaton(Jennifer), Kim Turner(Jason), Heather Curtis, Mandy Winebrinner(Mike), Wesley Curtis(Sharon Li), Michele Johnson, Jamie McDonald, Chris Cole, Deidre Young(David). Fourteen great-grandchildren. The family of Sadie Horton Burris would like to express their deep appreciation to the nurses and staff of Spring City Care and Rehabilitation Facility for their compassionate care and support.
Service:
A funeral mass will be held at a later date in Fryburg, PA.
We invite you to visit the gustbook of Jeannette Long and send a message of comfort.
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Death: Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Jeannette Allison Long, age 25, passed away Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at her home. A native of Pennsylvania she had spent the last ten plus years in the McMinn County area. She was a graduate of McMinn County High School and enjoyed taking care of animals and spending time with her family and friends. She is survived by her mother, Debbie Desmond of Pennsylvania; father, Greg Long of Florida, and four siblings as well as a host of family and friends
Service:
Memorial services will be announced at a later date.
We invite you to visit the guestbook of Mr. King and send a message of comfort.
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Wayne Edward King, age 87, of Reliance, passed away Tuesday morning, January 20, 2015, at a local healthcare facility. A native and lifelong resident of Polk County, he was retired from Magic Chef and was a member of Pine Ridge Baptist Church of Benton. He was a United States Navy Veteran, serving during World War II and the Korean Conflict. He is preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Charity King; wife, Bonnie Farmer King; and all of his siblings. He is survived by two step-children and several step-grandchildren as well as other extended family and friends.
Service:
Private family services will be held at a later date.
We invite you to visit the Baucom family guestbook and send a message of comfort.
Birth:
Death: Monday, January 19, 2015
Mark Baucom , age 49, of Madisonville, passed away Monday, January 12,2015, at a local hospital. A native of Gastonia North Carolina, he had spent the last 3 years in Monroe County. He enjoyed motorcycles, fishing and spending time with family and friends. He enjoyed traveling to the Florida Keys and attended the Monroe Christian Center. He is survived by his wife Tonia Courson of Madisonville; daughters, Catherine “ Kayti” Baucom of Boca Raton , Florida and Heather Baucom of Lowell, North Carolina; step-daughter, Madison Parton of Sweetwater; step-son, Taylor Parton of Belmont, North Carolina; grandson, Colby Baucom; sister, Judith Matthews of Cherryville, North Carolina; and brother, Mike Baucom of Gastonia, North Carolina. Several other extended family members and friends also survive.

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