Rhea Class of 1981 Ends Five Year Reunion With Tragedy

Classmate Wes Crawford Killed in Auto Accident after Leaving Five Year Class Reunion on August 9, 1986 It was the first time that the Rhea County High School Class of 1981 had been together since their graduation ceremony. The class gathered for their 5th year reunion at the Loft in Chattanooga on August 9, 1986.

Lou Billingsley-In Memory

The Billingsley’s Open Dayton’s First Laundry Service in 1929 Taking a moment to remember one of our citizens who has gone on before us. Lou Henderson Billingsley was born June 8, 1893, on Dayton Mountain near the Friendship Church. Lou met her husband John M. Billingsley, when she was a student at the one room

Charles Benton Signs With the University of Tennessee 1983

Rhea County’s Charles Benton Trades Green and Gold For the “Big Orange” The week of February 9, 1983, was buzzing with the news that Rhea County Golden Eagle’s All-State defensive back Charles Benton had made the decision to further his education and football career by signing with the University of Tennessee Vols. Benton had stated

Robert M.”Bobbie” Bankston-In Memory

Bobbie Bankston of Dayton dies from stab wound received in a fight that resulted over a pinball game Let us take a moment to remember 18-year-old Bobbie H. Bankston, a local taxi driver who bled to death from a knife wound he received in a fight with 35-year-old Walter Clingan next to Charley’s Place on

Rhea County Sheriff Fred Mullins & The Love of His Life

Reminiscing back upon a special couple from our little town of Dayton, Fred & Ida Mullins. Fred met Ida McClure at a community get-together in the Bogle’s Chapel community in 1923. On July 4, 1925, Fred, who was 19, took Ida, who was 18, to be his bride. This was a special day of celebration,

Historian David Gray- In Memory

David Henry Gray, a recognized authority on the history of Chattanooga, Hamilton, and Rhea County, died on Tuesday November 8, 1988. A native and longtime resident of Hamilton County, Mr. Gray had lived in Coulterville, Sale Creek and Graysville, Tennessee. He attended school in Bakewell and went to the old Soddy High School, graduating in

Dr. Theodore Mercer Bryan College

In Memory of Dr. Theodore Mercer Former Bryan College President Dr. Theodore Mercer, a Spring City native, was named Bryan College’s new President on July 1, 1956. Mercer came to Bryan with 13 years of experience in college administration. He did his undergraduate work at Bob Jones University, from which he also holds the Master

Sgt. Major William A. Smith-In Memory

Retired Sergeant Major William H. Smith passed away at his home on December 5, 1931. His death came as a shock to the community. He had only been ill a short time. In the beginning of the war with the United States and Spain he enlisted with the Tennessee Volunteers and continued serving in the

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