Ora "Claude" Derrick
Oct 9, 2013
Ora \"Claude\" Derrick
Oct. 9, 2013
Ora \"Claude\" Derrick, 84, of Englewood, went to be with his Lord on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, at his residence.
A native and lifelong resident of McMinn County, he was born to the late Charlie and Vennie Johnson Derrick on Oct. 28, 1928. He was an avid fox hunter and gardener, and was a longtime member of Englewood First Church of God. His passions in life were his faith, his family and friends.
He was preceded in death by sisters, Donnie Derrick and Sue Gibson; and brothers, Richard, Robert and Curtis Derrick.
He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Emma Ingram Derrick; daughters, Rosa Doss and husband, Steve, of Niota, Loretta Laney of Englewood, and Teresa Crabtree and husband, Barry, of Cleveland; grandchildren, Amy Melton and husband, Don, Amanda Moore and husband, Anthony, Rachel Laney, Brittany Crabtree, Benjamin Crabtree, and Nicholas Crabtree; great-grandchildren, Chase, Max and Samuel Melton; sisters, Ruth Torbett and husband, Greely, of Englewood, and Lucille Watson of Englewood; brother, E.L. Derrick and wife, Alma Rae, of Madisonville; sister-in-law, Velma Lee Derrick of Englewood; and brother-in-law, Curtis Gibson. Several nieces, nephews, cousins and other extended family members also survive.
Funeral services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, in the chapel of Serenity Funeral Home with Pastor Kevin Cummings and Pastor Rick Patterson officiating.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday.
Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at Mars Hill United Methodist Cemetery with Bill Clark, Mike Dingess, Kenneth Gay, Randy Daugherty, and George Carroll serving as pallbearers.
The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, you consider memorial contributions to the Englewood First Church of God Building Fund at P.O. Box 189, Englewood, TN; or to St. Jude Children\'s Research Hospital at www.stjudes.org/donate
We invite you to visit the Derrick family guest book and send a message of comfort to www.serenityfunerals.com
Serenity Funeral Home and Cremation Center of Etowah is in charge of arrangements.