Obituaries

Marion Jefferson "Jeff" Brown, 83, Chickamauga, Ga.

Marion Jefferson "Jeff" Brown, age 83, of Chickamauga passed away Friday, October 13, 2017.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a long time farmer in the Cedar Grove Community.

Jeff was preceded in death by his son, Robert Bruce Brown; sisters, Virginia Minter and Martha Fields; brother, Jim Brown; parents, Henry and Madge Blaylock Brown; and daughter-in-law, Debbie Brown.

Survived by daughter and son-in-law, Susie (Andy) Hames; sons and daughter-in-law, Jeff Brown, and Ben (Renee) Brown; brothers, Walter Brown, Burton Brown, Joe Brown, and Bob Brown; grandchildren, Jeremy (Crystal) Garrett, Megan Brown, and Emily Brown; great grandchildren, Savannah Garrett, Holly Garrett, Sydney Garrett and Valerie Hames; several nieces and nephews also survive.

Graveside service: Sunday, October 15th at 2 pm in Old Antioch Cemetery with Pastor Glen Roberts officiating.

Arrangements: Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.

Debbie Hendrix Thornton, 58, Lakeland, Fla.

Debbie Hendrix Thornton, age 58, of Lakeland, Florida (formerly of LaFayette) passed away Monday, October 16, 2017.

Prior to her move to Florida, she was a member of the Community Baptist Church on Lee Mason Road. Debbie had a passion for music and a love of helping others and was active in many outreach ministries throughout her life.

She is survived by her husband, Robert "Shot" Thornton; daughter, Renee (David) Griffin of LaFayette; sons, Robert Thornton and Jamie Thornton both of LaFayette; grandchildren, Nicholas, Olivia, Jazmyn, Abigail, Georgia, Morgan, and Megan; mother, Nelva Allmon of Lakeland, Fla.; sisters, Sherri Dampier and Vicki Foreman both of Lakeland, Fla.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial service: 4 p.m. Saturday, October 21, 2017 in the Wilbanks Memorial Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the ministry of your choice.

Arrangements: Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.

Barbara Ray McDaniel, 89, Ringgold, Ga.

Barbara Ray McDaniel age 89, of Ringgold, passed away Wednesday, October 19, 2017.

She was a member of Clearview Baptist Church and the Senior Citizens Sunshine Club.

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Cassie Elliott; husband, E.S. "Shirley" McDaniel; brothers, J.T. and Junior Elliott.

She is survived by her children, Linda Watkins, Jerry (Carolyn) McDaniel, Deborah (Jack) White, Thomas (Karin) McDaniel; sister, Wanda Yates; brother, Ken (Brenda) Elliott; 9 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers please make memorial contributions to Clearview Baptist Church, 2183 Dietz Rd. Ringgold, GA 30736.

Samuel Wesley Ott Jr., 84, Jasper

Samuel Wesley Ott Jr., 84, of Jasper, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on October 19, 2017.

Mr. Ott was born on August 16, 1933 and resided in the Lookout Valley and Jasper area for several years. He was a member of Riverside Baptist Church in Lookout Valley and the Lookout Valley Lodge # 673 and Temple Lodge #430 F&AM. He previously worked at Combustion Engineering and retired as an inspector from the State of Tennessee.

He is preceded in death by his wife Christine Ott, parents Samuel and Florence Ott and two brothers J. W. Ott and Larry Ott.

Survivors include, sons Mike Ott, Randy (Sherry) Ott, Bradley Ott (Traci), daughters Tina (John) Rogers, Lorna Croft, step son Kenneth (Jeannie) Smith Jr., step daughters Ann (Stan) Dickert and Jane Merritt, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral services: 1:00 PM on Sunday, October 22, 2017 in the South Crest Chapel with Reverend Dylan Knox officiating.

Interment: Lakewood Memory Gardens – West.

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

Visitation: 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM on Saturday, October 21, 2017 in the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home and Crematory, at the end of historic Missionary Ridge, Rossville.

Martha Ann Wampler Abbott, 1941-2017

Martha Ann Abbott was born on May 10, 1941, to Roy and Hazel Wampler. She was the first of two children.

Martha Ann felt a calling into Christian education. She attended Hiwassee College for two years, then two years in Scarritt, where she met Ron Abbott, whom she would eventually marry.

Martha was a dedicated spouse and served in the churches, through Sunday school, women’s ministries, and choir, as Ron served the Methodist church in ministry for 41.75 years, serving 4 appointments in the Tennessee Conference and 5 in the Holston Conference. Martha was very active with the churches, even during the years where she dedicatedly cared for her son, David, who had cerebral palsy.

After David, as an adult, moved into a home where he could receive necessary care, Martha began work at Pathway Bible Book Store, then Precept Ministries, where she served for several years in a number of different positions. Shortly after Ron was forced to retire due to his muscular dystrophy, Martha retired in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, and stayed actively in contact with her many friends from different churches. David passed away in 2007 and Ron passed away in 2008.

Martha died on October 17, 2017, after her health declined. Her body will be laid to rest in Winchester, Tennessee, at Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church, in the family plot next to her husband and son.

She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Marilyn and Norman Hankins, her son Bill Abbott; her daughter and son-in-law Melanie and Chris Royse; and ten grandchildren.

Submitted by her oldest son, Bill Abbott

Margaret "Alene" Adair, 82, Cocoa, Fla.

Margaret "Alene" Adair, 82 of Cocoa, Florida, passed away on Thursday, October 12, 2017 with her husband Melvin by her side. She was born on November 2, 1934; to the late Luther and Cecil Loggins in Chattanooga, TN.

She will be greatly missed by her husband Melvin of 63 years, sister Dean Loach (Gene), daughters Cindy Montgomery and Becky Strain (Phil), grandson Jason Lee (Misty), granddaughter Susan Laursen (Chris), and great grandchildren JC, Mackenzie, Lily, Christa, and Kayla.

Memorial service: on Friday, October 20th at 6:00 PM with a reception following at the First United Methodist Church of Port St John, 1165 Fay Blvd., Cocoa

In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions may be made in the name of Margaret Alene Adair to:

Tampa General Hospital Foundation (for Heart Transplant Research)

P.O. Box 1289, Tampa, FL 33601-1289 OR https://www.tgh.org/foundation/giving-opportunities.