Family and friends remember plane crash victims


HAMILTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF) — Crews recovered the plane that crashed into Chickamauga Lake, as family and friends remember the victims.

There was a somber tone at Hamilton Heights as students and faculty mourned the loss of former teacher Lynda Marinello.

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“She was full of life and every day she was a smile, she was just the person that students loved and she loved her students,” said Jason Miller, the assistant principal at Hamilton Heights.

Marinello and Frank Davey were killed in a plane crash on Monday. On Thursday, crews located the two along with the aircraft. On Friday, they recovered the plane and then loaded and secured it.

Bruce Hagemeyer captured this video of crews getting the plane out of the water:

Davey had years of flying experience and was retired from the Marines. Laura Davey Willingham remembers her father as a fun and caring person.

“He would take the kids flying and my brother’s kids mostly. We used to have a boat growing up and all of the kids in the neighborhood and all of my friends, it was just the place to go. I had a friend comment that he was just a cool guy and that is just really a good way to describe him. He was a cool guy,” Willingham said.

Friends say he made lasting impressions.

“He was the kind of person that if you ever met him you would never forget him. His love of flying was always there, but he also loved kids,” Richard Cox said.

They say Davey would not want people to be sad.

“He would want you to celebrate life because he considered every day a gift,” Cox said.

Back at Hamilton Heights, they are thinking of Marinello’s family.

“Just knowing that she is not out there in the world anymore the world is a lesser place,” Miller said.

Marinello’s celebration of life ceremony will be at 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday at the Urban Lawn.

Davey’s visitation will be at Lane Funeral Home on Ashland Terrace from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday. His funeral service will be at Hixson Presbyterian Church on Wednesday. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and the service will start at noon.