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Obituaries – February 7th Issue


John Thomas “Tommy” Gilbert Jr., 79 of Trenton, passed away Friday, Jan. 26, 2024.

Mr. Gilbert was a retired saddle maker and enjoyed spending time watching bird’s at his feeder.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John Thomas and Lulabelle Walker Gilbert; infant children, David Gilbert, John Martin Gilbert, twin girls, Faye and Jean Gilbert; wife of 52 years, Betty Gilbert; second wife, Shirley Stevens; son-in-law, Charles Eddy Cloud; sisters, Wanda Walker and Alice Mae Buse.

Survivors include his children, Patsy Cloud, Donna Hester (William), Eddie Gilbert (Felicia); grandchildren, Amy Parker (Gene), Wendy Pritchett (Jason), J.J. Gilbert, Joshua Gilbert (Nacole), Kimberly Gilbert (Tyler Whittening), Labron Hester, Megan Hester, Tiffany Hester, Tyler Gilbert; numerous great-grandchildren; brothers, Billy Gilbert and Ronnie Gilbert; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Sunday, Feb. 4, at Corner Stone Funeral Chapel with Bro. Jason Pritchett officiating. Interment was in New Canaan Cemetery.

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Arrangements by Corner Stone Funeral Chapel, Ider, Ala.



Leslie “Les” Ferrell Parker, 82, of the West Brow community on Lookout Mountain, passed away Saturday, Feb. 3, 2024. He was born in Atlanta on Nov.11, 1941, and was of the Free Holiness faith. He met his future wife Jane Parker, which he married in 1961, in homeroom and later graduated from Chamblee High School class of 1960. Mr. Parker was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force serving from 1961 until 1964. After leaving the Air Force he moved to Albany where he was employed by Beneficial Finance from 1968 until 1977, later joining CSX Railroad from 1977 until his retirement in 1988. He then moved to Lookout Mountain in 1998 and worked for the Dade County Transit. He enjoyed fishing, sports, city league softball, going to church, and spending time with family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Parker and Louise Neyendorf; son, Phillip Parker.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Jane Parker; son, Bill and daughter- in- law Michele Parker; grandchildren, Kaley, Matthew, Michael, and William (Kelsey); great-grandchildren, Piper Rae and Maverick.

Memorial donations may be made in honor of Parker to the National ALS Foundation.

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Funeral services will be at 1 p.m., today, Feb. 7, in the funeral home chapel with Bro. Dean Smitherman and Bro. Phil Culpepper officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Lookout Mountain.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m., until service time at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Ryan Funeral Home and Crematory, Trenton.



William “Bob” Robert Webb, 93, of Ringgold, passed away Friday, Feb. 2, 2024.

He was born Feb. 8, 1930, in Chicago, Ill., to the late Russell and Helen Webb. He served his country proudly in the U.S. Marines during the Korean War. Mr. Webb was the owner of Webb’s Auto Parts in Trenton for more than 20 years. Bob enjoyed watching the Chicago Bears, Blackhawks and Tennessee Vols. He was a member of the New Heights Baptist Church and loved cheering on his kids and then grandkids in their sporting events.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Lester Webb and sister, Kay Seery.

Survivors include his wife of nearly 65 years, Ann Webb; sons, David Webb, Richard Webb, Mark Webb and John Webb; daughter, Laura Joyner; brothers, Alan and Gary Webb; sister, “Cis” Ellen Noble; 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Monday, Feb. 12, in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow at Chattanooga National Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 3-6 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 11, at Heritage Funeral Home and Crematory, Battlefield Parkway.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Global Faith Mission, C/o:  Life pediatric clinic/ Vida Nueva, 3505 Brainerd Road #7, Chattanooga, TN 37411 or at

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Arrangements by Heritage Funeral Home and Crematory, Ft. Oglethorpe.

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