Obituaries

Helen C. Gladden, 88, LaFayette, Ga.

Helen C. Gladden, age 88, of LaFayette passed away Thursday, November 23, 2017.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of LaFayette and the Ellis-Walraven Sunday School Class. Helen retired with over 30 years of service as a switchboard operator for the CDC in Atlanta, Georgia.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Oliver Gladden and Maude DeBord Gladden; sister, Anne Hammontree; and brother, Max Gladden.

She is survived by her beloved nieces, Marsha (Bart) Carter, Jennifer (Dewayne) Hardin both of Chickamauga, and Dana (Tommy) Hitchcox of Chattanooga, and family.

Funeral service: 2 p.m. Monday, November 27, 2017 in the Wilbanks Memorial Chapel with Dr. Todd Gaddis officiating.

Interment: LaFayette City Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Bart Carter, Dewayne Hardin, Tommy Hitchcox, Kenny McGill, Billy Callahan, Breck Parker, and Mark Hixon.

Visitation: Monday from 12 p.m. until hour of service at the funeral home.

Arrangements are by Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.

Marvin Aaron Spurlin, 67, Rock Spring, Ga.

Marvin Aaron Spurlin, age 67, of Rock Spring passed away Friday, November 24, 2017.

Marvin is a member of The Gathering Church in Ringgold and was retired from Tuftco Corporation in Chattanooga with 45 years as a machinist.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Marvin Clyde Spurlin and Lucy Colbert Spurlin; granddaughter, Sarah Siobhan Kaitlin Hinkle; and his brother, Charles "Eddie" Spurlin.

He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Sheila Spurlin; daughter and son-in-law, Heather (David) Hinkle; grandchildren, Emily and Anna Hinkle; sisters, Polly Tucker, Becky Dunn, Cathy Lewis, Virginia Williams, and Martha Barrett; several nieces and nephews also survive.

Celebration of Life service: Sunday, November 26, 2017 at 2 p.m. at The Gathering Church 2501 Pine Grove Rd. Ringgold, Ga. 30736, with Dr. Darrell Henry and Rev. Mike Woody officiating.

Visitation: At the church from 12:30 p.m. until service time.

Arrangements are by Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.

Doris "Dot" Hall Baker, 91, LaFayette, Ga.

Doris "Dot" Hall Baker, age 91, of LaFayette passed away Saturday, November 25, 2017.

Dot loved to sing and, and in her teen years, could be heard on the local radio station WLFA singing with her sister; she also sang with her daughter and niece in the gospel group "Jenerations". Dot was a 1943 graduate of LaFayette High School and attended Bob Jones College in Cleveland, Tennessee, and Shorter University in Rome, Georgia. She was a teacher for Linwood Elementary School and for Lee School located south of LaFayette. She worked 25 plus years for Dixie Savings Stores where she was an accounts receivable cashier. She served as Queen Mother of her Red Hat Society group and as president of the Senior Neighbors in LaFayette and was a member of Ridgeview Baptist Church. Dot found beauty in everything she saw, never met a stranger, and was a big fan of John Wayne.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, William "Bill" Baker; six sisters; and two brothers.

She is survived by her daughters, Billie Baker and Jana Baker Heiskell both of LaFayette; son, Thomas "Tom" Baker of Ooltewah, Tenn.; grandchildren, Kristin Cooper, Amber (Jay) Ellis, and Devin Baker; great grandchildren, Ethan Cooper and Lucy Ellis; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service: Noon Thursday, November 30, 2017 in the Wilbanks Memorial Chapel with Pastors Jeremy Smith and Terry Burns officiating.

Interment: 2 p.m. in the Chattanooga National Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Tom Baker, Jay Ellis, Greg Arnold, Corey Arnold, Andy Arnold, and Joe Littlejohn.

Visitation: Wednesday from 4 – 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Arrangements are by Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.

Laura Beth Shattuck, 93, LaFayette, Ga.

Laura Beth Shattuck, 93, of LaFayette passed away peacefully Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Cozy Manor Assisted Living Home.

Laura Beth and her husband Frank owned Shattuck Farm and Home Center in LaFayette. She was a member of First Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents Watson and Jewell Houston, husband, Frank Shattuck Jr., son, James Shattuck, granddaughter, Nicki Shattuck, nephew, Mike Smith and brother-in-law, Glen Smith.

She is survived by sons Maurice (Harriet) Shattuck, Phil (Anita) Shattuck of LaFayette GA; David (Susan) Shattuck of Cleveland, GA; daughter, Elizabeth (Steve) Bridges of Canton, GA ; daughter-in-law, Jan Shattuck of LaFayette, GA; grandchildren Jeff, Jason, Will, Cole and Brandon Shattuck, Steven, Will and Laura Bridges, Jenny Caheely, Jessica Adams and Ashlee Bradley and nine great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Susie Smith of Minneapolis MN. Nieces and nephews also survive her.

Service: Wallis Wilbanks Chapel, Monday, November 27, 2017 at 11 a.m. with Pastor Kenny Roach officiating.

Visitation: 10 a.m.

Interment: LaFayette Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers make a donation to your favorite charity.

Wallis-Wilbanks in charge of the arrangements.

James Harrison Neal

James Harrison Neal passed away Sunday, November 26, 2017 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in West Armuchee Valley, LaFayette, Georgia on January 9, 1923. He is survived by his loving wife, Audrey Millican Neal of 69 years, son, J. Lamar Neal (Susan), daughter, Melanie Pinion Neal (Ragan), 2 grandsons, James Robert Neal (Tracy), Benjamin Barrett Neal; 2 great grandchildren, James Robert Neal, Jr, and Ragan Jewel Neal; sister, Ezma Pettyjohn, several nieces and nephews.

During WWII, he served in the United States Army in the Medical Core for 4 years. James worked for the Dupont Corporation for 30 years. He loved fishing with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He spent many hours telling stories of his childhood and time overseas.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Myrtle Storey Neal and A.P. Neal, Sr.; brothers, A.P. Neal, Jr., Frank P. Neal, and Windom Neal; sisters, Sarah Ford, Muriel Maxey, and Ruth Neal.

Visitation: Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church in Summerville, Georgia on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 from 2-4 pm.

Funeral service: 4:00 pm.

Interment: In the church cemetery.

Pastors: Joel Miller and Judge Clarence Shattuck.

Honorary pallbearers: The Sam McConnell Sunday School Class, Hixson United Methodist Church.

Pallbearers: Henry Gamp, Brian Neal, Brian Smith, Kevin Pettyjohn, Kent Pettyjohn, and Jomont Ware.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Chattanooga 4411 Oakwood Drive, Chattanooga, TN 37416, Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church Building Fund 4686 West Armuchee Road, Summerville, GA 30747, or Hixson United Methodist Church 5301 Old Hixson Pike, Hixson, TN 37343.

Arrangements are by Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.

Wilma Baker Daniels, 77, Chickamauga, Ga.

Wilma Baker Daniels, age 77, of Chickamauga was born on July 13, 1940 to Pauline and Stanley Baker and passed on November 29, 2017 at an area hospital.

Wilma Daniels played a big role in getting the Lamar Simmons Veterans Park rededicated to the Young Men of Walker County. She was known as Granny to many and Aunt Granny Wilma to some. She was a beloved mother, friend and neighbor. Wilma was a faithful member of The Church of Christ at Lookout Hall.

Wilma was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Daniels Sr.; her father, Stanley Baker and her mother, Pauline Crisp Baker; her beloved sister, Nan Baker; and her son, Cecil Daniels Jr.

Wilma has two daughters Dr. Lisa Gail Daniels of Auburn Ala., and Debbie (Justin) Daniel of Ft. Payne Ala.; two grandsons, Josh (Lydia) Daniel and Jared (Lindsay) Daniel; four great grandchildren; four step great grandchildren; two brothers, George (Marilyn) Baker and Stanley (Barbara) Baker both of LaFayette GA; one sister, Elsie (Bennie) Colley of Henagar Ala.; and many nieces and nephews and many great nieces and nephews.

Funeral service: 4 p.m. Saturday, December 2, 2017 in the Wilbanks Memorial Chapel.

No interment.

Visitation: Friday from 5 – 9 p.m. and Saturday from 2 p.m. until hour of service at the funeral home.

Arrangements are by Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.

James "Jim" Monroe Ellis Jr., 80, LaFayette, Ga.

James "Jim" Monroe Ellis Jr., 80 of LaFayette, passed away peacefully, Thursday, November 30, 2017 surrounded by his loving wife of 54 years and their five children.

Jim was born in Summerville, Georgia to the late, Monroe & Mary Ellis and was raised in Valley Head, Alabama. He graduated from Jacksonville State University and then served in the United States Army for more than 6 years. He moved to the North Georgia area over 40 years ago and was a member of First Baptist Church in LaFayette, where he was an active member of Dannis Hood Men’s Sunday School Class. He served as a Personnel Manager for several large corporations before starting his own business in 1980, "Lost & Found Baggage" which he operated with his wife, Linda for more than 35 years before passing it on to their son Jay. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather who will be truly missed by all who knew him. He was also preceded in death by his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Roy & Georgia Shelton.

Survivors include his loving wife of more than 54 years, Linda Ellis; children, Tracey & Josh Mounts, Sherri Porter, Kelley & Randy Bull, Haley Saks and Jay & Amber Ellis; brother, Richard & Myra Ellis; 12 grandchildren, Brendan, Colin, Mary Mounts, William, Miller, Mary Lowry Porter, Raley, Alex, Nic Bull, Ella, Sally Saks and Lucy Ellis; nieces, Sandra & Bunt Helton and Tabitha & Dennis Hamby and nephew, Frederick & Janine Shelton and numerous extended family & friends.

Funeral services: 11:00 a.m. Monday, December 4, 2017 in the LaFayette Chapel with Bro. Richard Ellis officiating.

Burial: LaFayette City Cemetery.

Visitation: After 2:00 p.m. Sunday and prior to the service on Monday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers please make contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org.

Online guest book at www.wilsonfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Wilson Funeral Homes, LaFayette Chapel, LaFayette, GA.