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John Joseph “Jack” Carney III, 75, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, passed away and went to our Lord on Wednesday, September 21, 2022.
Jack was born in Danville, IL, on February 11, 1947, the son of the late John Joseph Carney, Jr. and Margaret Mary Ewing Carney. He proudly served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He earned his wings in 1968. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross for his heroism in Operation Lam Son 719. Jack enjoyed spending time with the remaining members of the 48th Assault Helicopter Company every November. After his military service, Jack became a hospital engineer in Kansas. Jack retired from a career in real estate development after many years of service. Jack was a member of Chattanooga Elks Lodge No. 91 and served in multiple leadership roles for many years, including as their Exalted Ruler in 2011, and later as Tennessee Elks State President for 2019-2020. He was a member of the American Legion Post #95 of East Ridge. He was a parishioner at Saint Stephen Catholic Church. Jack loved his family and socializing. He enjoyed being a mentor to others and serving his community. Jack was an avid Oklahoma Sooners fan. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Darlene May.
He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Dale Carney, whom he married on November 20, 2004; two children; stepdaughter, Kimberly Bateman; stepson, Jeffrey Spaide (Crystal); three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; five step-grandchildren, Tommy Bateman, Kelsey Bateman, Cassie Spaide, Hannah Bateman, and Christian Spaide; brother, Robert “Bob” Carney (Kathy); a sister, Debbie Grosso; and a brother-in-law, Michael May.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, Oct. 2, at 4 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home. Interrment will be held on Monday, Oct. 3, at 12:30 p.m. in Chattanooga National Cemetery with military honors.
Visitation will be held Sunday, Oct. 2, from 2 p.m. until the service hour at Heritage Funeral Home.
Flowers will be accepted, or memorial contributions may be made to Chattanooga Elks Lodge No. 91 Nursing Scholarship or Veterans Fund at 1067 Graysville Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421.
Visit the online obituary www.heritagechattanooga.com to post tributes and share memories.
Arrangements are by Heritage Funeral Home, East Brainerd Chapel.
January 13, 1945 – March 29, 2022
William M. “Bill” Reed, age 77 of Paris, TN, died Tuesday, March 29, 2022, in Paris.
He worked for Ellis Heating Company for 45 years as a plumber, pipefitter, and construction foreman. He was an active Jaycee for many years and served as treasurer of the World’s Biggest Fish Fry and General Manager. Bill was an active member of the Paris Elks Lodge 816 for 55 years. He served in numerous capacities including Exalted Ruler of the Paris Lodge, President of the Tennessee Elks Association, and Trustee of the local lodge. He was very active in the Elks Hoop Shoot and served as Ritual Judge for Elks for 20 years. He was Baptist by belief.
Bill was born January 13, 1945, in Dukedom, KY, to the late Monroe Alfred Reed and the late Stella Ferrell Reed.
He was married March 22, 1968, to Patsy Baldridge Reed, who survives, of Paris.
Along with his wife, he is also survived by his two sons, Eric Reed (Jennifer Ellis) of Martin, TN, and Ean Reed (Mandy Glass) of Paris; and four grandchildren, Emily Reed and Abigail Reed both of Paris, and Autumn and Will Ellis both of Waverly, TN.
Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap Street/PO Box 788, Paris, TN 38242. Memorial visitation will be Friday, April 1, 2022, from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm at Ridgeway Funeral Home, with the memorial service beginning at 7:00 pm at Ridgeway Funeral Home with Danny Robbins officiating.
Memorials may be made to the Elks National Foundation, ATTN Paris Lodge, PO Box 816, Paris, TN 38242.
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April 17, 1945 – February 11, 2022
James Kenneth Birdsong (Jim) was born April 17, 1945, to Charlie Wilson (Billy) and Mary Ellen Moore Birdsong of Prospect, Tn. He graduated from Elkton High School then attended North Alabama College of Commerce and Maryland University. Jim had two tours of duty in Vietnam while serving in the U.S. Air Force from 1965-1977.
He is a 26-year member of the Pulaski Elks Lodge 1827. Jim held several offices in the Elks at the local, State and national levels. Jim is a Past State President of the Tennessee Elks Association and is a member of the Tennessee Elks Association Hall of Fame. He enjoyed family gatherings, was an avid Tennessee Volunteers fan and always enjoyed a game of golf and karaoke.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, February 16th from 11:00 to 2:00pm in the chapel of Bennett-May & Pierce Funeral Home.
The funeral service will follow at 2:00pm.
Burial will follow at Giles Memory Gardens with full military honors.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers: Rodger (R.D.), Harold and Bobby.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Paulette. Son, James Kenneth Birdsong, ll (Jennifer) of Denton, TX, daughter, Andrea' Lynn (Andi) Birdsong of Pulaski. Grandchildren: Janesse Birdsong of Tempe, AZ, James Kenneth Birdsong, Ill of Lewisville, TX, Gabrielle Brooke Tuck-Hayes (Josh), Jacqueline Elizabeth Tuck, Augustus James Tuck and Bobbi Birdsong all of Pulaski. He is survived by brothers Benny and Joe of Pulaski. Also surviving are sisters-in law Joyce Birdsong and Barbara Birdsong of Pulaski along with several nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
In lieu of flowers donations for the Tennessee Elks Trade Scholarship Program to the Tennessee Elks Charitable Trust. Mail donations to Wanda Shook, 279 Old Jackson Hwy, Loretto, TN 38469
Bennett-May & Pierce Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of the funeral services for James Kenneth “Jim” Birdsong.
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