These are obituaries published in the Wednesday, June 21, 2017, editions of the Walker County Messenger and Catoosa County News.

Jimmie Loretta Abbott, 78, LaFayette

Jimmie Loretta Abbott, of LaFayette, Ga., passed away Friday, June 9, 2017, at Cornerstone Medical. She was 78.

She was born Feb. 2, 1939, in LaFayette to the late Shannon Kirk and Mae Barton Ponder.

Prior to retirement, Jimmie worked as a machine operator for Queen Carpet.

Along with her parents she was preceded in death by her son, Lamar Abbott; brother, John Kirk and sister, Yvonne Willingham.

Survivors include: son, Terry (Vickie) Abbott of LaFayette; grandchildren, Brooke (Allen) Smith, Shannon Abbott, Jerome (Cindy) Templeton; great-grandchildren, Hayden, Tanner, Logan, Sable; sisters, Maxine McAlister and Cathy (LaGary) Hewitt all of LaFayette and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation: at the funeral home Sunday from 5 p.m.- 8 p.m.

Funeral service: 5 p.m. Monday, June 12, in the Wilbanks Memorial Chapel with Pastor David Thompson officiating.

Burial: in LaFayette City Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Jerome Templeton, John Kirk, A.J. Carroll, Tim McAlister, LaGary Hewitt, Lonnie Gilreath and Allen Smith.

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Arrangements: Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.

Mackie Jean Young Tarvin, 88, Chickamauga

Mackie Jean Young Tarvin, of Chickamauga, Ga., passed away Thursday, June 15, 2017, at her residence. She was 88.

She was born in Chattanooga, Tenn., to the late Dock Harvey Young and Jeannie Mary Elizabeth Henry Young. She had resided in the Wallaceville and Chickamauga area since 1939. She was a graduate of Rossville High School - Class of 1946.

She was the owner/operator of Mackie’s Beauty Salon from 1950’s through the 1970’s.

She was a member of Oakwood Baptist Church in Chickamauga, Ga.

She enjoyed working crossword puzzles and was avid in doing so.

Along with her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Thomas William Tarvin and their daughter, Brenda Joyce Tarvin Barton.

Survivors include: her son, Thomas Stephen "Steve" (Jennifer) Tarvin of Chickamauga, Ga.; daughter, Michelle Lynette Tarvin Ervin of Lenoir City, Tenn.; sister, Barbara Ruth Young Brown of Rossville, Ga.; brother, James R. "Jim" (Peggy) Young of Rossville, Ga.; grandchildren, Thomas Lance (Lori) Tarvin, Amy Michelle Tarvin (Stuart) Phillips, Larry Brent (Tia) Barton, William Heath Ervin, Jason Michael Ervin; great-grandchildren, Cole Tarvin, Sadie Tarvin, Lennon Lowery, Jack Lowery, Emma, Sam, Jenna and Kelsie Phillips, Zach Barton, Sydney, Shea and Will Ervin; several nieces and nephews.

Visitation: The family will receive friends Saturday from 5-8:00 p.m. and Sunday after 1:00 p.m. until to the funeral.

Funeral services: will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, June 18, in the chapel with Reverend Terry Burns officiating.

Burial: will be in Lakewood Memory Gardens-South, Rossville, Ga.

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial donations made to T. C. Thompsons Children’s Hospital at 910 Blackford Street, Chattanooga, Tenn. 37403.

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Arrangements: Wilson Funeral Homes – Chickamauga Chapel.

Christina Doris Fair "Chris" Hays, 99

Christina Doris Fair "Chris" Hays, was born in Magazine, Ark., on June 2, 1918.

She died June 6, 2017, in Haralson County, Ga., in the home of her daughter Sorrel Doris. She was 99.

She is predeceased by her husband, John Walter Earnest Hays and her parents, Lewis Willis Fair and Lillie Agatha Sorrels Fair.

Christina and Ernest married in 1935, beginning their life together in San Francisco. After the birth of their son, John, they moved to Memphis where children Sorrel and James Ray were born. In 1944 Earnest was sent to Chattanooga to manage a plant for Stewart Fine Foods on Main Street. The family lived in the Patten Hotel for months while searching for a house, scarce during WWII. They lived in Rossville and finally built a house in East Ridge. The children attended Central High School and the University of Chattanooga. Ernest started Hays Real Estate, and Christina and son John joined him in the Rossville business. The couple were lifelong members of McFarland Memorial Methodist Church. Ernest and Christina lastly moved to Chickamauga, Ga., across from the Park Tower. Ernest died in 1994.Christina then lived in Dalton, Ga., at Royal Oaks retirement community for 11 years. She bought a house in Tallapoosa, Ga. in 2007, to be near her daughter Sorrel, and lived independently until she was 96. She designed an apartment in Sorrels cabin home on a woodsy lake, and lived there until her death ,enjoying bird life and ripples on the water and clouds above the tree line.

Christina's family includes the children, John Lewis Hays of East Ridge, Tenn., Sorrel Doris Hays of Haralson County near Tallapoosa, Ga. and James Ray Hays, of Houston, Texas, and their spouses, Judy Hays, the late Marilyn Ries and Karen Lawson Hays; ten grandchildren and spouses (Chris and Darla Hays of Ocala, Fla., Heather and Jeff Roberts of Dallas, Texas, Rik and Michelle Hays of Atlanta, Robin Hays of Chattanooga, Ron Hays, Will and Callie Hays of Houston, Seth and Morgan Hays of Singapore, Josh Walter Earnest Hays of New York City, Ronald Troy Lawson Hays of Houston and John Pierce Ellis Fair Hays of Houston and nine great-grandchildren (Emmy and Lily Roberts of Dallas ,Westley and Jefferson Hays of Houston, Alli Hays of Pensacola, Fla., Liya Elliott Hays of Singapore, Gabrielle Hays Conover and Aaron Conover of Chattanooga and Hilton Head, and Tyler Hays and step-granddaughter, Tamsey Moore and step-great-grandson James Lawrence Jay Moore, III, of Richmond, Va. Christina told her children that all she ever wanted growing up was to be a homemaker, an aspiration in which she excelled. She cared for her husband, her children, their companions and offspring, and the sundry others whose lives intersected the family. When something did not suit or meet her standards she would simply give a small smile, and say, Oh, well, then move on with life. She was beautiful to the end, with family members visiting her in her last days.

Graveside services: will be held Saturday, at 12:00 noon, at Tennessee-Georgia Memorial Park.

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Arrangements: South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home & Crematory, at the end of historic Missionary Ridge, Rossville.

Harlan Richard Holmes Jr., 84

Harlan Richard Holmes Jr. passed away Friday, June 9, 2017, at Summit View of Farragut with Hospice care after fighting a battle with cancer. He was 84.

Born April 2, 1933, in Dalton, Ga., to the late Harlan Richard Holmes, Sr. and Hattie Mae Patton Holmes, Richard grew up in Ridgedale of Chattanooga and graduated from Chattanooga High School in 1951. Richard was a Sgt. First Class in the Army Reserve and tank commander during the Korean War Era and retired from Norfolk-Southern RR in 1996 after serving 37 years. He was a past master of Ridgedale Masonic Lodge 660 and a member for over 50 years. Richard worked with the Boy Scouts over 37 years with heading up local council tours to Philmont Scout Ranch, N.M. in 70s and 80s, as well as a Cub Scout leader and camp director. He was a past BSA Commissioner and Chairman in the Eastern district. He was a leader in the Royal Ambassadors of East Ridge and Central Baptist Churches. He was a VIGIL Honor member of The Order of Arrow. He was a past Patron of Mission Ridge Order of the Eastern Star. As a member of the Hiram Council he was the past High Priest. He was an amateur radio operator, call sign W4FGI, and served with the U.S. Army MARS Program as a HAM operator. In November 1955, Richard married Edna Virginia Loretta Green and had 2 children.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Harlan Richard Holmes Sr. and Hattie Mae Patton Holmes and his wife, Edna Virginia Loretta Green Holmes.

Survivors include: his children, Cheryl Lynn Holmes Rudd and Harlan Richard Holmes, III (H.R.); grandchildren, Adam Rudd, Jennifer Rudd Tidwell and Morgan Holmes; a step granddaughter April Jeffery Cantrell and her 2 children; sister, Shirley Holmes Leonard; nephew, Stephen Leonard. For the last 20 years, Richard was associated with Christine "Cricket" Thompson and family of Dalton, Ga.

Visitation: The family will receive friends 4-8:00 p.m. Monday at the South Crest Chapel.

Funeral services: will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 13, in the South Crest Chapel.

Entombment: will follow in Lakewood Memory Gardens, East.

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Arrangements: South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home & Crematory, at the end of historic Missionary Ridge, Rossville.

Dorton Lee Harris, 60, Rossville

Dorton Lee Harris, of Rossville, Ga., passed away Thursday, June 8, 2017, at his residence. He was 60.

A native and lifelong resident of the north Georgia area, Mr. Harris was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was a self-employed roofer. He enjoyed playing the guitar, fishing, and spending time with his family. Dorton was of the Baptist faith and was preceded in death by his parents, Albert Dorton and Anna Marie Harris; son, Steven Cantrell and one sister.

Survivors include: his wife, Robin Mines; sons, Danny (Vanassa) Lynn, Jeffery Lynn and Paul (Kelly) Cantrell; daughters, Robin Harris and Danielle Shook; daughter-in-law, Holly Cantrell; step-children, Jed, Joe and Deanna Holt; grandchildren, Paul Cantrell, III, James Cantrell, Jasmine Cantrell, Alexis Lynn, Kiley Cantrell, Hayley Perkins, Darian Lynn, Arianne Lynn, Roger Lee Cantrell, Danny Lynn, Jr., Daniel Lynn, Alan Ramsey, Laney and Eli Jones; great-grandson, Mason Cantrell.

Visitation: The family will receive friends Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. at the South Crest Chapel.

Funeral services: will be held Wednesday, June 14, at 1:30 p.m. in the South Crest Chapel with burial to follow in the Chattanooga National Cemetery with full military honors.

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Arrangements: South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home & Crematory, at the end of historic Missionary Ridge, Rossville.

Deborah Christine Shedd Porcarello, 63, LaFayette

Deborah Christine Shedd Porcarello, of LaFayette, GA., passed away Wednesday, May 24, 2017. She was 63.

She was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Dwayne Harold Shedd; her parents, Darrell and Sara Shedd.

Survivors include: sister, Donna Lancaster of LaFayette; several nieces and nephews also survive.

Visitation: Family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday, from 6-8:00 p.m.

Funeral service: from the Wilbanks Memorial Chapel, Thursday, June 1st at 12 p.m.

Burial: in the Georgia National Cemetery Thursday at 2:30 p.m.

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Arrangements: Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral home, LaFayette.

Robert Augustus Wiegand, Rock Spring

Robert Augustus Wiegand of Rock Spring, Ga., and formerly of Lopatcong, N.J., passed away Thursday, June 8, 2017, after a brief illness.

Robert was born Nov. 11, 1950, in Chicago Heights, Ill., to Robert Augustus Wiegand Sr. and Dominica (Ferrara) Wiegand. Bob, as he was known to those close to him, grew up in Chatham Township, N.J. He served in the United States Army, where he served with the 82nd Airborne Division during the Vietnam War, and then later, with the National Guard in Phillipsburg, N.J. He married Gale Noel Merrill May, 14, 1982, in Westfield, N.J. Bob and Gale raised their family in Lopatcong, N.J. before relocating to Georgia in 2005.

A graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University, Bob received his B.S. in Chemistry in 1994.

Bob was an avid hobbyist, with interests including historical reenactments and producing historically accurate accoutrements, fly tying and fly fishing, woodcarving and woodworking, model airplanes, and cycling. Bob was a skilled musician, not only playing the guitar and mandolin but building them as well.

Bob is survived by his wife of 35 years, Gale Merrill Wiegand and two children, Christopher Robert Wiegand, 33, of Portland, Ore. and Kathryn Merrill Wiegand, 30, of Ga.; brother, Richard Wiegand of Brighton, Mich.; sisters, Janet Atkinson of West Palm Beach, Fla. and Laurie Wiegand-Jackson of Mount Laurel, N.J.

Memorial donations in memory of Bob can be made to the American Heart Association.

Graveside services: will be held at the Chattanooga National Cemetery 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 16.

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Arrangements: LaFayette Chapel of Wilson Funeral Homes, LaFayette.

Mildred Duggar, 100, Chattanooga, Tenn.

Mildred Duggar, 100, of Chattanooga, Tenn., passed away on Saturday, June 10, 2017, in a local health care facility.

Visitation: The family will receive friends Saturday, June 24, from 4-6 p.m. at the South Crest Chapel.

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Arrangements: South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home & Crematory, at the end of historic Missionary Ridge, Rossville.

Winona Williams Lewis, 96, Rossville

Winona Williams Lewis, 96, of Rossville, died Saturday, June 17, 2017 in a local health care facility. She was a lifelong resident of Rossville, Georgia, and was a devoted member of Fort Oglethorpe First Baptist Church. She had worked at Peerless Mills, and retired after 10 years at the Georgia Department of Labor.

She was the sole surviving child of the 9 children of Thomas Wesley and Rosa Yates Williams, and is survived by a son: William T. Lewis, Rossville, and 3 grandchildren: Christina Thornton, Nathan Lewis, and Melissa Reyes, and 4 great-grandchildren: Hayden Thornton, Aggie Lewis, Gibson Lewis and Jaylan Reyes.

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Funeral services: 2:00 pm Tuesday with Rev Jason Thomas officiating. Interment will be in Tennessee-Georgia Memorial Park.

Visitation: 4-8 PM Monday at Heritage Funeral Home & Crematory, Battlefield Parkway.

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