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Willie Esther Ray was born May 23, 1943 in Eutaw, AL to the late Woodie Amerson and Senior Bell Anderson. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Bertha Bailey.

She was educated in the Greene County Training Schools in Eutaw Alabama.

Esther accepted Christ at an early age. She was a member of Mount Canaan Baptist Church of Chattanooga, TN where she remained until her death.

In search of work, she decided to relocate to Chicago, Illinois, where she resided for 28 years until she returned to Chattanooga to care for her mother. Over the years Esther was employed at several companies, including O’Hare Airport in Chicago where she worked as a TSA security officer. She also worked at the Chattanooga Choo Choo in Chattanooga Tennessee until she became ill.

Of the many things Esther enjoyed doing in life, some of her favorites were spending time with family, cooking, watching General Hospital, Days of Our Lives and basketball. She remained a loyal Chicago Bulls fan.

Esther peacefully made her transition on April 25, 2017

She leaves to cherish her precious memories her sister, Eloise Cherry of Eutaw, Alabama, Paulette Thomas Strong of Lawtey, FL; brothers, Charles and Woodie Amerson, Jr., of Cleveland, OH, Hezekiah Thomas of Tampa, Florida; aunts, Annie L. Williams of Chicago, IL, Lizzie Mae King of Chattanooga, TN, Laura Townsend of Chicago, IL;  Godson, Jabari Benn of Sylvester, GA;  and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 11:30 am at Mt. Canaan Baptist Church. Interment: Greenwood Cemetery. There will be no public visitation. Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Ave. 622-9995


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  • Tuesday, April 25, 2017
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ John P. Franklin Funeral Home
  • Friday, April 28, 2017
    I'm sorry to hear about your recent loss. These are moments no one should have to endure. May you find some comfort in the words of Psalms 46:1 which reads:"46 God is our refuge and strength, A help that is readily found in times of distress." Our Loving God cares about each one of us and has made the SURE promise that there will be a resurrection right here on earth when it is restored into a paradise ( Acts 24:15; Psalms 37:9-11, 29). What a joy to welcome back to life our loved ones. Accept my deepest sympathies and find out more about this resurrection online at JW.ORG
    ~ Rose L   Miami, FL
  • Saturday, April 29, 2017
    So very sorry to see that your loved one has passed away. May the fond memories that you have of Willie King comfort the family at this most difficult time. Please know that others care and most importantly God cares and provides comfort from the scriptures. Revelation 21:3-5 records a guarantee that soon God will eliminate pain, mourning and death from the human race. For additional information and comfort from the scriptures please visit jw.org.
    ~ T Lampkin
  • Friday, April 28, 2017
    I'm sorry to hear about your recent loss. These are moments no one should have to endure. May you find some comfort in the words of Psalms 46:1 which reads:"46 God is our refuge and strength, A help that is readily found in times of distress." Our Loving God cares about each one of us and has made the SURE promise that there will be a resurrection right here on earth when it is restored into a paradise ( Acts 24:15; Psalms 37:9-11, 29). What a joy to welcome back to life our loved ones. Accept my deepest sympathies and find out more about this resurrection online at JW.ORG
    ~ Rose L   Miami, FL
  • Tuesday, May 02, 2017
    I'm sorry to hear about the passing of your love one. May God keep you and your love ones close to him. I know this is a sad time for you but time and prayer will heal all pain. May God keep you and bless you doing this troublesome time. Geraldine
    ~ Geraldine Hendley   Chattanooga, TN