Brenda Hafley

Hamilton County

Brenda Kay Black Hafley, left this earth and entered heavens gate on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012.After graduating from Red Bank High School, Brenda entered the Chattanooga Police Academy. She graduated and served the city of Chattanooga as a Police Sergeant for 25 years. As an officer, she attended Chattanooga State College and University of Tennessee at Knoxville cohort studies.Brenda served the children of the City School System as a DARE instructor. She served as the Tennessee State DARE treasurer for three years. She was a member and treasurer of the International Brotherhood of Police Officers for five years. Brenda had a love and respect for her fellow officers throughout the years. Brenda was a member of the Red Bank Class of '81 Alumni reunion Committee for 20 years. Brenda took great pride in her Native American Heritage, and she was active in the Native American Indian Association. She spent much of her time educating young people on this topic and assisting in the restoration of the Trail of Tears on the Southside.She shared her life with many friends. She always greeted you with a smile. She was "Adopted" by numerous loving families and loved the outdoors, fishing the beach and horses.She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Lester Martin and Nell Martin Wilson, William and Juanita Black, Florence "Flo" Horton; her mother, Peggy L. Black; sisters, Cerine Haden and Verine Nutter.Brenda is survived by her husband, Charles E. Hafley; daughter, Charla K. Hafley, the "Light of her life"; and mother, Jennie Wells, all of Chattanooga; father, Geobel W. Black, Paris, Ky.; brothers, Mark Black, Dunlap, Lester Black and Jessie Black, Chattanooga; sister, Anita Black Perry, Denver, Colo.; extended family members, David and Ruth Hafley, Chattanooga; William Hafley, Nashville; James Hafley, Red Bank; Jenny L. (Eddie) Hafley, of Georgia; uncle, John and Marilyn Black, Paris, Ky.; aunts, Connie (Garnett) Dunn, Georgia, Judy (Denny) Hullender, Alabama; several nieces, nephews and other family.Special thanks to her dear friends, Janie Fossett, Dave and Cindy Matthews and to all caregivers in Brendas life.Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Silverdale Baptist Church with the Rev. Tony Walliser, the Rev. Janice Robbins, the Rev. Ann Weeks and the Rev. Jimmy C. Ball officiating.Interment will be in Hamilton Memorial Gardens with Rick Ingle of the Native American Association officiating. Honorary Pallbearers will be all Law Enforcement Officers.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Forgotten Child Fund, Julie Jacks Scholarship or the Tim Chapin Scholarship Funds.The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday.Arrangements are by Hamilton Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 4506 Hixson Pike, Hixson, TN 37343. 423-531-3975.

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