Obituaries

George Francis Loyack, 77, Ringgold, Ga.

George Francis Loyack, 77, of Ringgold, Georgia passed away Thursday, October 5, 2017.

A native of Pittston, Pennsylvania, he has lived in the North Georgia, Chattanooga area for the past 52 years. George was a Veteran of the U.S. Air Force, was a member of the American Legion Post #95 and was of the Baptist faith.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Michael George and Margaret Ann Connell Loyack; sister, Rose Mary McKinney; and brother, Michael Loyack.

He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Barbara Ann Hayslip Loyack of Ringgold, GA.; four children, George (Anita) Loyack of Ringgold, GA., LaDonna (Larry) Connell of Chattanooga, TN., Margaret (Bart) Lunsford of Lakeland, FL., and Joseph (Tammy) Loyack of Boaz, AL.; sister, Judy Wagner of Gambrills, MD.; five grandchildren, Matthew Loyack, Kristen Loyack, Kyna Lunsford, Sebastian Lunsford, and Logan Loyack; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services: 1:00 P.M. Tuesday, October 10, 2017 in the funeral home chapel with Bro. Dennis Chambers officiating.

Interment: Chattanooga National Cemetery.

Visitation: 6-8 P.M. Monday and 9 A.M. until funeral time Tuesday at the funeral home.

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

An online register book may be signed at www.wilsonfuneralhome.com.

Susan Hope Hayes, 60, Chattanooga, Tenn.

Dr. Susan Hope Hayes, 60 of Chattanooga, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, October 4, 2017.

She was born in Gadsden, Alabama on September 11, 1957 and had lived in the Chattanooga area for most of her life. She was a graduate of Westminster High School Class of ’75 and then received her medical degree from the University of Alabama Medical School on June 2, 1985. She served her internship in pediatrics at Erlanger Hospital and then worked her entire career as a pediatric doctor in the Chattanooga & surrounding areas. She was a loving and devoted daughter, sister and wife who will be truly missed by all who knew her. She was preceded in death by her father, Levearl Hayes.

Survivors include her husband, Brad Yates of Chattanooga, TN; mother, Sarah Hayes; brother & sister-in-law, Ronald & Deana Hayes all of Gadsden, AL; niece, Katelyn Hayes and aunt, Betty & Richard Brooks and numerous extended family & friends.

Memorial services: 3:00 p.m. Sunday, October 15, 2017 in the Walnut Park Community Church on Wilson Street in Gadsden, AL.

Burial will be private and there will be no visitation at the funeral home.

Online guest book at www.wilsonfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements: W. L. Wilson & Sons Funeral Homes, Fort Oglethorpe, GA.

Opal Tucker Johnson, 81, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga.

Opal Tucker Johnson, 81 of Ft. Oglethorpe and formerly of Ider, AL, passed away on Wednesday October 4, 2017.

She was a member of The Church of God at Rossville. Chickamauga and East Ridge Church of God of Prophecy were also a big part of her life. Opal loved her Savior and her family most of all and also enjoyed reading, Southern Gospel Music and cooking for her those she loved.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Charlie and Gertrude Tucker; husband, Clarence "C.L." Johnson; daughter, Karen Johnson Simpson; two sisters; five brothers; mother-in-law, Geanell Johnson Evans.

Survivors include her children, Felicia Johnson, Tammy (Rick) Harmon and Steve (Kathy) Johnson; sisters, Nina Sarratt, Betty Shankles, Polly Morris and Dortha Steele; 10 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren; 4 great-great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Funeral service: Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 1:00 PM in the chapel with Pastor Lawrence Munoz officiating.

Burial: Tennessee Georgia Memorial Park.

Visitation: At the funeral home Friday, October 6, 2017 from 3-9 PM and Saturday until the service at 1:00 PM.

Frances Juanita Davis Reese, 86, Menlo, Ga.

Frances Juanita Davis Reese, age 86, of Menlo passed away Tuesday, October 3, 2017.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilkes Reese Sr.; parents, Marshall Davis and Susan Hood Davis; great grandson, Colin Shropshire.

She is survived by her daughter, Gwen Chambers of LaFayette; son Wilks Reese of Menlo; grandchildren, Pixie Honeycutt, Tamberlyn Reese, Stephanie Mitchell, Melissa Chambers, and Taralytia Chambers; eight great grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and special friend, Donnie (Devon) Mathis.

Funeral service: 3 p.m. Sunday, October 8, 2017 in the Wilbanks Memorial Chapel with Pastor Duane Stamper officiating.

Interment:: Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.

Avis Jeanette Loughridge Thomas, 96, LaFayette, Ga.

Avis Jeanette Loughridge Thomas, age 96, of LaFayette, GA passed away Sunday, October 1, 2017 at Baptist Village, Waycross, GA after an extended illness.

She was born July 10, 1921 to the late William Benjamin Loughridge and Maggie Wheeler Loughridge. She was a longtime member of First Baptist Church of LaFayette, where she served for many years as Treasurer as well as assisting weekly in the church library. She was a retiree of the Bank of LaFayette and supported many organizations and causes during her retirement.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Willard Emory Thomas; brother, Benjamin Ross Loughridge; sister, Betty Genelle Roberts; and daughter, Margaret Lynn Thomas Bennett.

Survivors include: son, William Stephen Thomas and wife Eve of Alma, GA; daughter, Avis Jeanette Thomas Rogers and husband Brad of Johns Creek, GA; son-in-Law Rowell Bennett of Rome, GA; sister Doris Charlene Potts, of Peavine, GA; sister in law Mary Alice Thomas, of LaFayette, GA; 8 grand-children: Bill Bennett and wife Lauren of Portland, ME, William Ty Thomas and wife Elyse of Lawrenceville, GA, Stephen A. Dubbberly and wife Amanda of Johns Creek, GA, Bradley E. Dubberly of Waycross, GA, Maggie E. Thomas of LaFayette, GA, Katherine Rae Thomas of Alma, GA, Andrew Thomas Rogers of Atlanta, GA, Sara Catherine Rogers of Greenville, SC; 9 great grand-children and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service: Thursday October 5th at 11 am at the First Baptist Church in Lafayette, GA with Dr. Warren Moorhead officiating.

Interment: LaFayette City Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Ty Thomas, Bill Bennett, Andrew Rogers, Bradley Dubberly, Stephen Dubberly and Glenn Gunnells.

Honorary pallbearers: Members of the Ellis-Walraven Sunday School Class.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the church of individual choice.

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

Arrangements: Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.

Ruby Tumlin Trammell, 82, LaFayette, Ga.

Ruby Tumlin Trammell, age 82, of LaFayette passed away Tuesday, October 03, 2017.

She was passionate about helping others and taught Sunday school throughout her lifetime. Ruby was a member of Linwood Baptist Church. She began her working career with E.T. Barwick Mills and was later employed by LaFayette Health Care as a Nursing Assistant. She was a loving mother, sister, friend, and a dedicated Christian.

She was preceded in death by her parents, T.L. Tumlin and Leona Wilkerson Tumlin; and sisters, Betty June Russell and Rebecca "Becky" Mahan Buchanan.

She is survived by her son James "Tony" Trammell of LaFayette; sisters, Susie T. Smith and Joyce T. Hall both of LaFayette.

Graveside service: 2 p.m. Thursday, October 5, 2017 in the LaFayette City Cemetery with Pastor Jon Alverson officiating.

Pallbearers: Mike Alpha, Seth Alpha, Ethan Haney, Jared Haney, Zac Moore, Ray Martin.

No visitation.

Arrangements: Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.

Richard Eddie" Gilreath, 68, Chickamauga, Ga.

Richard "Eddie" Gilreath, age 68, of Chickamauga passed away Wednesday, October 04, 2017.

Eddie was an avid deer hunter who loved the outdoors and fishing. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Gilreath and Josie Sweet Gilreath; sisters, Betty Parker and Sherry Neal; brothers, Tommy Gilreath, Frank Gilreath, Ravin Gilreath, and Raymond Gilreath.

He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Mary Surrett Gilreath; daughters, Melissa (David) Estus and Amy (Greg) Barrett; grandchildren, Brooke (Rusty) Massey, Tripp Cheatham, Tyler Barrett, Bailey Arthur, Becca Cheatham, and Madison Barrett; great grandchildren, Kenna Massey, Eli Massey, Paizley Cheatham, Ayden Barrett, Kruz Tucker, Bella Barrett, and Bryer Cheatham; sister, Lucille O’Donald; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service: 2 p.m. Friday, October 6, 2017 in the Wilbanks Memorial Chapel with Will Bradley officiating.

Interment: Old Antioch Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Barry Smith, Don Smothers, Leroy Cross, Casey King, Bobby Cheatham, and Joe Arthur.

Honorary pallbearers: Ronnie Millican and Johnny Smith.

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

Arrangements: Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.

Laura Ruth Strickland Wilson, 71, LaFayette, Ga.

Laura Ruth Strickland Wilson, age 71, of LaFayette passed away Wednesday, October 04, 2017.

She was a member of the LaFayette Presbyterian Church. Laura was a graduate of LaFayette High School class of 1965 and the McKenzie School of Business. She retired from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee.

She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Harold Wilson; daughter, Brandy (Keith) Ferris of Athens, GA; grandchildren, Abigail Ferris and Anderson Ferris; sister, Jane (Phil) Shelton of LaFayette; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service: 2:30 p.m. Saturday, October 7, 2017 at the LaFayette Presbyterian Church with Rev. Cathy Meyer officiating.

Interment: LaFayette City Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Nick Wilson, Shelton Forester, Nick Terry, Andy Weaver, David Boyle, and Roy Cochran.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in her honor to Westminster Christian Academy 1640 New High Shoals Road, Watkinsville, GA 30677.

Visitation: 1 p.m. until hour of service Saturday at the church.

Arrangements: Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.

Roland Lee Espy, 89, LaFayette, Ga.

Roland Lee Espy, age 89 of LaFayette passed away Wednesday, October 04, 2017.

He enjoyed fishing, attending bluegrass festivals, and had a love for baseball. Roland leaves behind many friends and neighbors at Town Creek Apartments and the Handy Mart whom in jest referred to him as the Mayor of Town Creek Apartments.

He was preceded in death by his daughters, Tina Brock and Vickie Sweeney; granddaughter, April Stacy; parents, Clifford Lee Espy and Annie McGill Espy; sister, Martha Taylor; and brother, Bud Espy.

He is survived by his grandchildren, Brittany (Anthony) Brock Woods, Joshua Wade Williams, and Heather (Billy) Hathorne; great grandchildren, Easton Autry, Tuesday Hathorne, Danielle Hathorne, and Trista Hathorne; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral service: 4 p.m. Friday, October 6, 2017 in the Wilbanks Memorial Chapel with Pastor Jeremy Smith officiating.

Interment: LaFayette City Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Jim Lindsey, Wayne Peppers, Johnny Arnold, Jeff Deering, and Jerry Hughes.

Honorary pallbearers: Bernie Whitman, Verl Carr, and Wesley Dalton.

Visitation: 2 p.m. until hour of service Friday at the funeral home.

Arrangements: Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.

Eunice Violet Rooks Hicks, 97, LaFayette, Ga.

Eunice Violet Rooks Hicks, age 97, of LaFayette passed away Wednesday, October 04, 2017.

She was a member of Second Baptist Church. Violet retired from Medi-Thrift Pharmacy.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin Jackson Hicks; infant daughter, Barbara Annette Hicks; grandson, Mark Alvin Gass; brothers, Thomas Rooks, Lloyd Rooks, and Raymond Rooks; sister, Beatrice Sowell; and son-in-law, Bob Gass.

She is survived by her daughters, Lynda (Leon) Valdes of Jacksonville, Fla., Judy Gass and Teresa Fahrubel both of LaFayette; son, Alvin (Andria) Russell Hicks; five grandsons; two granddaughters; 12 great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; sister, Virginia (Bob) Ferrell of Chattanooga; and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside service: 1 p.m. Saturday, October 7, 2017 in the Lakewood Memory Gardens South with Pastor Mike McRae officiating.

Pallbearers: Chris Gass, Stephen Valdes, Chad Fahrubel, Curtis Garvin, Matt Brown, and Beau Hicks.

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

Arrangements: Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.