Obituaries

Sandra "Nanny" Faye Fortune Snider, 68, LaFayette, Ga.

Sandra "Nanny" Faye Fortune Snider, age 68, of LaFayette passed away Sunday, December 3, 2017. She was a lifelong member of the LaFayette Church of God.

She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Mike Snider; sons, Scott (Mary) Snider, Dewayne (Pam) Snider, and Jeffery (Angie Avalos) Snider all of LaFayette; 11 grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; brothers, Glenn Fortune of Ill., Hoyt Fortune of TX., and Thomas Fortune of Trion, GA.; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service: 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at the LaFayette Church of God with Pastor Josh Edwards officiating.

Interment: LaFayette City Cemetery.

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

Arrangements are by Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.

Branson Vance Jackson, infant, LaFayette

Baby Branson Vance Jackson, of LaFayette passed away on Wednesday, December 06, 2017.

Survived by father, Mark Jackson and mother, Savannah Massengale Jackson; brother, Charlie Jackson; grandparents, Christa Robinson, Patty Jackson and Roger Jackson; great grandfather, Ed Massengale and William Bobby Jackson; and aunt, Tiffani Robinson.

Graveside service: 4:30 p.m., Sunday, December 10, 2017 at McIntyre Cemetery, with Rev. Carl Jackson officiating.

Visitation: Sunday from noon to 4p.m. at the funeral home.

Arrangements are by Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.

Raymond Edward McGarvey, 55, Chattanooga, Tenn.

Raymond Edward McGarvey age 55 of Chattanooga, TN passed away Tuesday November 21, 2017.

Raymond graduated from Ooltewah High School and was a member at Silverdale Baptist Church.

Raymond was an outdoorsman who enjoyed deer hunting and fishing. Raymond also enjoyed spending time with his family, friends and his dog Buddy.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents Raymond and Grace McGarvey, and Cicero and Stella Green.

He is survived by his sons, Joshua McGarvey, Matthew (Shelby) McGarvey and Timothy McGarvey; Grandchildren Mason and Baylee McGarvey; Parents Joe and Lorena McGarvey; Brother Billy McGarvey; Sister Debbie Crawley; Niece Alison Chippoletti; Nephew’s William (Amanda) McGarvey and Aaron Chippoletti.

Family gathering: 11 a.m. Monday, December 11, 2017 followed by a Celebration of Life service at noon in the Wilbanks Memorial Chapel.

Private burial of cremains: Naomi Cemetery.

Arrangements are by Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.

William Stanley Sisk, 65, Rossville, Ga.

William Stanley Sisk, 65, of Rossville, passed away on Monday, December 11, 2017 at his residence.

Mr. Sisk was born in Chattanooga on December 24, 1951 to the late William E. and Annie Mae Sisk. Mr. Sisk was employed with US Pipe in Chattanooga for 30 years as a welder and later worked with Shaw Industries in Dalton for 6 years. He was of the Christian faith and was always known for being a hard worker and enjoyed working on cars as a hobby. In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by his son, Wendell Eugene Sisk.

Survivors include his wife, Rebecca R. Sisk, grandson, Wendell S. (Jessica) Sisk, great-grandson, Westan Layne Sisk, several nieces and nephews.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared at lane-southcrestchapel.com

Funeral services: 2:00p.m. Friday, December 15, 2017 in the South Crest Chapel.

Interment: Tennessee- Georgia Memorial Park.

Visitation: Friday from 11:00a.m. until the service hour.

Arrangements are by the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home and Crematory, at the end of historic Missionary Ridge, Rossville.

Thomas Allen Browning Sr., 79, Ringgold, Ga.

Thomas Allen Browning Sr., 79, of Ringgold, passed away on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at his residence.

Mr. Browning, a native of Ashville, N.C. was born on May 20, 1938 to the late A.O. and Gladys Browning. He retired as a supervisor from Textile Rubber Co. of Dalton with 20 years of service in the shipping/receiving department. Mr. Browning was of the Baptist faith and enjoyed spending time with his family and making yard decorations out of metal. Mr. Browning will always be known for being an outspoken person and for his practical jokes.

He was preceded in death by his son Thomas Allen Browning Jr.

Survivors include his wife, Martha Sue Browning, daughters, Candice L. (Gene) Hunt, Susan Porter, Etta Faye Murray and Patricia Elaine (Tim) Maharrey, son, Michael Daughtery, eleven grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

Graveside service: Noon on Sunday, December 17, 2017 at Shelton Cemetery, Sale Creek, Tennessee.

Visitation: 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM on Saturday, December 16, 2017 in the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home and Crematory, at the end of historic Missionary Ridge, Rossville.

Doris A. Strickland, 79, Ringgold, Ga.

Doris A. Strickland, 79, of Ringgold, went home to be with her Lord on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at her residence.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. C.F. Strickland.

Funeral services: Monday at 10:00 a.m. in the South Crest Chapel.

Burial: Chattanooga National Cemetery.

A complete obituary will be forthcoming.

Visitation: Sunday from 2 - 4 and 6 - 8 p.m. at the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home & Crematory, at the end of historic Missionary Ridge, Rossville.

Thomas Randall "Randy" Young, 62, LaFayette, Ga.

Thomas Randall "Randy" Young, age 62, of LaFayette passed away Sunday, December 10, 2017.

He had worked as a supervisor for Crystal Spring Bleachery in Chickamauga. Randy was a licensed HAM Radio Operator and his CB handle was KR4UA.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jason Young; brother, Tony Young; sister, Deborah Tate Jones; and sister-in-law, Beth Young.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Judy Young of LaFayette; daughter, Amanda (Chris Anderson) Young of LaFayette; mother, Esto Ellison Young of LaFayette; grandchildren, Jacob and Austin; sister, Marilyn Tate Houser; brother, Mark (Gloria) Young of OK; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services: 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 13, 2017 in the Wilbanks Memorial Chapel with Pastor Tim Dennison officiating.

Interment: LaFayette Memory Gardens.

Pallbearers: Steve Ezell, Steve Willingham, Troy Chapman, David Hooper, Mike Sherman, and Chris Anderson.

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

Arrangements are by Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.

Kelli Michele Patterson, 48, LaFayette, Ga.

Kelli Michele Patterson, age 48, of LaFayette passed away Wednesday, December 13, 2017.

She was a member of Rock Bridge Community Church in Dalton Georgia. Kelli dedicated 28 years of her life working with the developmentally challenged. She loved animals, was a Georgia Bulldog fan, loved going to the beach and watching the sunsets, and she never met a stranger.

She was preceded in death by her father, James Robert "Bobby" Patterson Sr.; brother, Robbie Patterson; and grandmothers, Hazel Millican and Flora Mae Patterson Mitchell.

She is survived by her daughter, Lindsey (Matt) Swinson of LaFayette; mother, Dianne Patterson of LaFayette; sisters, Melanie (Mike) Lillard of LaFayette, Stacey (Eric) Wooten of Flintstone, and Becky Patterson of Rossville; special great nephew, Landon Dewey; niece, April Patterson; nephew, Cole Lillard; and several cousins and close friends.

Funeral services: 2 p.m. Saturday, December 16, 2017 in the Wilbanks Memorial Chapel with Pastor Matt Evans officiating.

Interment: Trinity Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Larry Forkner, Cole Lillard, Mark Lemons, Ben Byrd, Steve Snyder, and Rick Smith.

Visitation: 6 – 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Arrangements are by Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.

Stanton E. Pratt, 95, LaFayette, Ga.

Stanton E. Pratt passed away Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at the age of 95.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 73 years, Quilla Wheeler Pratt. He is also preceded in death by his parents, Edsel and Lizzie Rose Pratt; brother, Robert Pratt; sister, Beverly (Hamilton) Boothby; sister, Katherine (Wesley) Goding; nephew, Carson Goding; and brother-in-law, Leon (Margaret) Wheeler.

He is survived by his brother, Eugene (Muriel) Pratt; his daughter, Linda (David) Derrick; two grandsons, Chas (Kathy) Peppers; and Ben (Lana) Peppers; and three great-grandchildren, Samuel, Lily, and Tait. He is also survived by eight nieces and nephews and their families.

Stan was born and grew up in the same family home in which his mother was born in Turner, Maine. His father owned and ran the rural community feed and general store across the street from their home, and Stan attended a one-room school for eight years before attending and graduating from Leavitt High School. In 1942, he enlisted in the army and trained at Camp Sibert in Attala, AL where he met the love of his life, Quilla Wheeler and married her just days before being sent to serve as an infantry sergeant in Europe for the next 2 years during WW II. Upon returning home, they lived in Maine for several years before moving to Quilla’s home, LaFayette, GA in 1951 where they resided for the rest of their lives. They were members of the First Baptist Church LaFayette.

Stan was a man of strong principles with a strong work ethic. He was a contractor and carpenter and leaves a legacy of numerous homes, schools, government buildings, commercial facilities and churches that he built in the North GA area. He was very proud that his two grandsons inherited his talent for building and are carrying on his legacy as a contractor and architect. He tried retiring at age 62, but retirement was not for him and he learned to be a machinist and worked at Whitten Machine until he was 85. His carpentry skills then became a hobby that he enjoyed in his wood shop.

His rural New England upbringing gave him a determined spirit to never give up. At age 64, he developed oral and neck cancer that he fought for 31 years as it slowly took his ability to eat solid food and speak. But he never gave into it, and cancer did not win. He died a peaceful death from pneumonia.

Stan was an avid outdoorsman, hunter, and fisherman. Since he has outlived all his hunting and fishing friends, the family has asked their sons to serve as his pallbearers along with his neighbors. He was also a life-long learner and avid reader. When his health no longer allowed him to participate in other hobbies, he still read daily. Donations can be made to the First Baptist Church LaFayette Library Fund, 201 N Main St., LaFayette, GA 30728.

The family would like to thank Stan’s neighbors, Joan Butler and Beacher Garmany, and his Home Health nurse, Debbie Queen for their care and attention that enabled Stan to remain independent in his home until his death.

Visitation: Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, 121 W Villanow St., LaFayette, GA on Saturday, Dec. 16 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm.

Service: Sunday, Dec 17 at 2:00pm in the Wallis-Wilbanks Chapel with Dr. Warren Moorhead officiating.