Obituaries

Robert Austin Stubblefield, 51, Rock Spring, Ga.

Robert Austin Stubblefield of Rock Spring passed away Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at the age of 51.

He worked with the Blue Bird Corporation for several years before the plant closed its doors, at which time he acquired his CDL license and HAZMAT license and he took much pride in trucking over the years. He enjoyed cooking on the grill and sharing his creations with his family and friends. Robert was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents; his paternal grandparents; his father, James "Stub" Stubblefield; his stepfather, Jack Ware; and nephew, Ethan Gerrells.

He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Karen Stubblefield of Rock Spring; one son, James Lee Austin Stubblefield of Rock Spring; daughter, Jeanna Danielle Stubblefield; grandson, Harley Austin Stubblefield of Whitwell, Tenn.; mother, Sandy Ware; brother, Mike Stubblefield of Pensacola, Fla.; sister, Jackie Gerrells of Ringgold; stepmother, Sharon Stubblefield; stepsister, Angie (Jack) Winesbourgh; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services: 2 p.m. Tuesday, December 19, 2017 in the Wilbanks Memorial Chapel with Pastor Shane Craven officiating.

Interment: LaFayette Memory Gardens.

Pallbearers: Jeremy Lowry, Kyle Steele, Brandon Steele, Chris Beard, Jacob Gerrells, and James Walton.

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

Arrangements are by Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.

Charles "Charlie" Franklin Branch, LaFayette, Ga.

Charles "Charlie" Franklin Branch of LaFayette was born on September 17, 1972 and passed away at his home Saturday, December 16, 2017.

He was preceded in death by his dad, Frank Branch; stepdad, Joel Dendy; maternal grandparents, Woody and Fleetle Whitten; and paternal grandparents, Douglas and Lorene Branch.

He leaves behind his loving mom, Elmyra Whitten Branch Dendy; and cousins and friends.

Graveside service: 2 p.m. Monday, December 18, 2017 in the LaFayette City Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Stacey Higdon, Dale Montgomery, Jason Travillian, Tim Hicks, Brian Whitten, and Frankie Jones.

Visitation: 1 – 1:45 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Arrangements are by Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.

Jerry Don Wallin Sr., 69, Rossville, Ga.

Jerry Don Wallin Sr., age 69, of Rossville passed away Monday, December 18, 2017.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lee Pangle Wallin; and daughter, Julie Michelle Buckner.

He is survived by his fiancée, Barbara Pangle; daughters, Tess Wallin Johnson of Nahunta, GA, and Tonya Wallin Williams of Folkston, GA; sons, Jerry Don Wallin Jr of Rossville and Ronnie Parrish of Soddy Daisy, Tenn.; granddaughter, Shannon Vandergriff; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; sister, Suzanne Stewart of LaFayette; brother, Bruce Wallin of Trion; and several nieces and nephews.

Jerry’s wishes were to be cremated. There will be no services.

Arrangements are by Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.

June Johnson Gasque, 84, LaFayette, Ga.

Mrs. June Johnson Gasque, age 84 of LaFayette passed away Monday, December 18, 2017.

June was born on November 03, 1933 to James "Jim" Polk Johnson and Sally Mary Boone Johnson in Sandersville, Georgia. After graduating from Sandersville High School, she received her nursing degree in 1953. In 1954 she married Randy Gasque, Sr., and they resided at Clemson University until Randy graduated in 1958. They then moved to LaFayette in 1963. June worked at the Walker County Health Department from 1963 until she retired in 1995. June was a member of the First Baptist Church of LaFayette where she was an active member of the Cheerful Doers Sunday School Class and the Mary Christian WOM. She was a member of the LaFayette Crochet Club, a member of the Walker County Historical Society, and a member of the Friends of the Library. She was also a past member of the LaFayette Woman’s Club.

She was preceded in death by husband, Randy Gasque, Sr.; son Randy Gasque, Jr.; and her parents.

Survived by daughter and son-in-law, Lynn and Stan King of LaFayette; granddaughter and future grandson-in-law, Randi King and Caleb Mariakis; and grandson, Stan King.

Funeral from the LaFayette First Baptist Church at 2p.m. Thursday, December 21, 2017 with Dr. Warren Moorhead officiating.

Interment in LaFayette City Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Jacob Mariakis, Josh Mariakis, Keith Mariakis, Andy Kemp, Henry Gilbert, and Marty Huggins.

Honorary pallbearers are the members of the Cheerful Doers Sunday School Class and the Mary Christian WOM.

Visitation Wednesday, December 20th from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Flowers are welcome or contributions may be made to the LaFayette First Baptist Church or to a charity of your choice.

Arrangements by Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.

Jay Ingram, 53, LaFayette, Ga.

Jay Ingram, age 53, of LaFayette passed away Monday, December 18, 2017 at his home.

He was a member of Community Baptist Church on Lee Mason Road.

Jay was preceded in death by his father, Clarence Jerry Ingram and brother, Tony Ingram.

Survived by his mother, Corrine (Jerry) Wallin of LaFayette; two half- brothers, Kirby and Kerry Ingram; two step brothers, Jerry Wallin, Jr, and Tim Wallin; and one step sister, Trecia Rackley; several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral service: 2 p.m. Friday, December 22, 2017 at Community Baptist Church on Lee Mason Road with Rev. W.C. Pence officiating.

Interment: The church cemetery.

Pallbearers: Jerry Wallin, Tim Wallin, Andrew Smith, Edward Smith, Junior Carroll, and Neal Johnson.

Visitation: At the church on Friday from 12 noon until hour of service.

Arrangements are by Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.

William "Bill" Taft Abernathy, 37, LaFayette, Ga.

William "Bill" Taft Abernathy, age 37, of LaFayette passed away Tuesday, December 19, 2017.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Taft Abernathy and Mr. and Mrs. William Watts.

He is survived by his parents, Hugh and Linda Abernathy of LaFayette; sisters, Carleene (Mike) Norman of Grayson, GA, and Lisa (Glen) Johnson of Chattanooga; brother, Dr. Paul (Claudia) Grady of Woodruff, SC; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial service: 2 p.m. Saturday, December 23, 2017 in the Wilbanks Memorial Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Chattanooga CARES at 1000 E. 3rd Street, Chattanooga, TN 37403.

Arrangements are by Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.