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, and Lucille Watson, all of Englewood; brother, E.L. Derrick and wife, Alma Rae, of Madisonville; sister-in-law, Velma Lee Derrick of Englewood, a brother-in-law, Curtis Gibson; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and other extended family members.
The funeral will be held at 8 p.m. today, Oct. 11, 2013, from the chapel of Serenity Funeral Home of Etowah with Pastors Kevin Cummings and Rick Patterson officiating.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. today.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at Mars Hill United Methodist Cemetery with Bill Clark, Cecil Reed, Jack Powers, Bill Moses, 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, P.O. Box 189, Englewood TN or to St. Jude’s 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.