Elizabeth "Faye" Crawford Abney, 73, Ringgold

Elizabeth "Faye" Crawford Abney age 73, of Ringgold, Georgia passed away Thursday, August 24, 2017.

She was born in Ringgold, GA to the late Tom & Martha Crawford. After graduation from Edmondson Business College, she spent her career working in the medical profession. She served as office manager to the late F. Jones Smiley, M.D. for 35 years and later with Chattanooga Women’s Specialist until her retirement in 2011.

A lifelong resident of the Ringgold area, she was a member of the Ringgold First Baptist Church and a member of the Pioneer Sunday school Class, who will be serving as Honorary Pallbearers. Also serving as Honorary Pallbearers will be "The Globetrotters" so named by Faye’s mother when these girls were teenagers. This group of girls have been active life long best friends since grade school and have been devoted to Faye during her illness.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth J. "Ken" Abney; mother and father, Tom and Martha Crawford; siblings, Gene Crawford, Kenny Crawford, Joyce Crawford Kettles and Charlotte Crawford Abney.

She is survived by her devoted children, Paige McBryar of Atlanta, Keith Abney of Atlanta, and grandson, Julian Ritchey, also Alyce Abney Sullivan and Megan Sullivan.

Funeral services: 2:00 P.M. Saturday August 26, 2017 at the Ringgold First Baptist Church with Rev. Eric Kennedy and Dr. Dan Whitaker officiating.

Burial: Anderson Cemetery.

Visitation: Friday from 5-8 P.M. and Saturday until 1:30 P.M. at the funeral home.

Arrangements: Wilson Funeral Home Wallis-Stewart Chapel Ringgold, Georgia.

An online register book may be signed at

Nancy Lou Harris Dover, 65, LaFayette

Nancy Lou Harris Dover, age 65, of LaFayette passed away Thursday, August 17, 2017.

She was preceded in death by her twin sons, Donald Wayne Dover and Walter Lee Dover; parents, Jack Harris and Louise Masters Harris; and brother, Richard Harris.

She is survived by her daughter, Angel (Tracy) Mitchell of LaFayette; son, Michael (Katie) Dover of Virginia; previous husband, Don (Susan) Dover of Ohio; seven grandchildren; sisters, Charlotte Cannon of North Carolina and Donna (Richard) Morefield of Tennessee; sister-in-law, Shirley Harris; several nieces and a special niece, Jackie (Mike) Kelly and several nephews.

Funeral service: 2 p.m. Sunday, August 20, 2017 in the Wilbanks Memorial Chapel with Pastor Chris Spears officiating.

Burial: Naomi Cemetery.

Visitation: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Arrangements: Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.

Christeen Carnes Scoggins, 73, LaFayette

Christeen Carnes Scoggins, age 73, of LaFayette passed away Saturday, August 19, 2017.

She was a member of Fairview South Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Terry Scoggins; parents, William "Dub" Carnes and Alma Cook Carnes; brother, Fairley Carnes; and daughter-in-law, Julie Scoggins.

She is survived by son, Terrell Scoggins of LaFayette; grandchildren, Trei Scoggins and Marshall Scoggins; sisters, Liz (John) Young of Summerville, Jo (Eddie) Wallin, Sue (Charlie) Gilbreath, Ann (Jerry) Williams, and Elouise Cantrell all of LaFayette; brothers, Gene Carnes of Chatsworth and Charles "Bud" (Pam) Carnes of LaFayette; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service: 2 p.m. Thursday, August 24, 2017 in the Wilbanks Memorial Chapel with Pastor Lowell Cantrell officiating.

Burial: Wesley Chapel Cemetery.

Visitation: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Arrangements: Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.

Amanda Jones Lanier, LaFayette

Amanda Jones Lanier of LaFayette passed away Sunday, August 20, 2017.

Amanda was a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, teacher, and friend. Even at the young age of 40, she lived her life to the fullest. She had a strong faith and love for Jesus Christ that shined through everything she did or said. She wanted to share her testimony with everyone she came in contact with. She wanted everyone to know the love and life they could have in Christ. From the very beginning, she said "this is not about me. Someone needs the Lord and if this is what it takes to get them there, I'm okay with that." She was so selfless. You could talk to her about anything and knew that she would listen or give you the best advice ever. You could be as open and honest with her as you wanted and know that she was still gonna love you anyway.

She is survived by her husband, Ray Lanier; sons, Sebastian Lanier and Carson Lanier; parents, Bob Jones and Kathy Jones; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Billy and Millie Oliver; sisters, Pam Jones, Tam (Jamie) Colbert, and Shea (Corey) Haggard; brothers, Bo (Sherrice) Jones and Tim (Jennifer) Jones; sister-in-law, Ann Wallin and Tina (Frank) Goodwin; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Celebration of Life service: The family would like for everyone that loved and adored Amanda to please join in the Celebration of Life service, 2 p.m. Saturday, August 26, 2017, at Parkway Baptist Church in Fort Oglethorpe with Pastor David Sampson officiating.

Private burial: LaFayette Memory Gardens.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Parkway Baptist Church 65 Stuart Rd, Fort Oglethorpe, GA 30742.

Arrangements: Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.

Barbara Floyd Gulledge, 75

Barbara Floyd Gulledge, 75, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Thursday August 24, 2017 at 1:40 am.

Born May 26, 1942, Barbara spent most of her life in the East Ridge and surrounding areas, with a brief time in Lexington, KY and Spartanburg, SC. She was a 1960 graduate of Central High School and retired from Mueller Company in 1985. She was a devout Christian and had devoted the past 23 years of her life serving at South Seminole Baptist Church.

Barbara was preceded in death by father Brayton Floyd, mother Claudia Floyd, husband Joe H. Gulledge, sister, Naomi Lankford, brothers Brayton Floyd and Raymond Floyd.

Barbara leaves behind brother, James S. (Shann) Floyd SMSGT USAF (ret.) of Hixson, TN, sisters, Joyce Ramsey of Gross Ile, MI, Brenda (Doyle) Camp of Harrison, TN. Three children; Chris (Debbie) Clark of Soddy Daisy, TN, Cara (Marty) Frizzell of Graysville, TN, & Tony (Lucretia) Clark of Flowery Branch, GA. Barbara had five grandchildren; Rebecca (Jason) Branum, Rachel (Tim) Wilson, Alicia Clark, Brandon (Sarah) Clark, Kayla Clark and also five great grandchildren; Cierra Edwards, Waylon Wilson, Preston Branum, Ashton Hill, & Ella Clark. Barbara also leaves behind many loved nieces and nephews.

Celebration of life service: 2:00 PM on Friday, August 25, 2017 in the South Crest Chapel with Pastor Ron Perry officiating.

Burial: Lakewood Memory Gardens South.

Visitation: Friday from 11:00 AM until the service hour at the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home and Crematory, located at the end of historic Missionary Ridge, Rossville.

Artie Eugene Byrd, 54, Flintstone

Artie Eugene Byrd, 54, of Flintstone, passed on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 in a local hospital.

Artie was born in Fort Oglethorpe on March 24, 1963 to the late Lester Leon Sr. and Kathleen G. Byrd and has resided in the Flintstone area for several years. He previously worked with Campbell’s Insulation as an installer. He attended Battlefield Ministries Community Church and enjoyed playing pool, playing guitar and fishing. In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by three brothers, Lester "Big Boy" Byrd, Michael "Free Bird" and Billy Leon Byrd and two sisters, Ruth Ellinger and Deloris Byrd.

Survivors include his brother, Clarence (Helen) Byrd; sisters, Charlotte Guinn, Marilyn (Michael) Davis, Angela (Chris) Millican and Lorene (Tim) Morris; several nieces and nephews and special friend, Brenda Moody.

Graveside services: 2:00 PM on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at Old Lookout Cemetery with his brother-in-law, Chris Millican officiating.

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Visitation: 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM on Friday, August 25, 2017 at the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home and Crematory, at the end of historic Missionary Ridge, Rossville.

Michael Brown, 19, LaFayette

Michael Brown, age 19, of LaFayette passed away Tuesday, August 22, 2017.

He is survived by his father, David (Tonya Prichett) Brown; mother, Melissa Brown; fiancé, Stephanie Brown; son, Brantley Brown; sisters, Sandra Brown, Mariah Brown, Miley Brown, and Traver Brown; brother, Gayland Brown; grandparents, Wayne ( Liz) Milsaps and Gayland Brown; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Funeral service: 4 p.m. Friday, August 25, 2017 in the Wilbanks Memorial Chapel with Pastor Ed Hise officiating.

Burial: LaFayette City Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Dewayne Barrett, Drew Barrett, Steve Ford, Coy Cannon, Tucker Detty, and Tyler Detty. Honorary pallbearer: Chris Brown.

Visitation: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Arrangements: Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.