Thursday, July 2, 2015

Mrs. Martha Faye Tomlinson; Services will be Private.



MRS.  MARTHA  FAYE  TOMLINSON,  age,  74,  of  Rome,  Georgia  formerly  of  LaFayette  passed  away  Tuesday, June 30, 2015.

Survived  by  husband  of  53  years  Billy  C.  Tomlinson  of  Rome;  daughter  Charlotte  Lynn  Green  of  Rome;  son  and  daughter-in-law  Billy E. & Havi Tomlinson.   of  Savannah,  Ga.;  granddaughter  Ashton  Green  of  Rome;  other  grandchildren  and  great  grandchildren  also  survive.

A  private  memorial  service  will  be  held  for  the  family.

Private  Interment  in  the  Concord  Cemetery.

In  lieu of  flowers    donations  may  be  made  to  the  ARF  Animal  Rescue  of  Rome/Floyd  County  P.O.  box  682  Rome,  Ga., 30162.

The  arrangements  are  by  Wallis-Wilbanks  Funeral  Home,  LaFayette.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Mrs. Margaret Mavity; Visitation Sun. 7/5 from 5-8pm at the funeral home; Serv. Mon. 7/6 at 2pm at the LaFayette First Bapt. Church



Margaret Porter Mavity died June 28 after a long illness. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of almost 67 years, Leonard Kenneth Mavity. She was also predeceased by her father, Paul C. Porter; mother Margaret Johnson Porter, sister’s Lillian Ottinger and Celeste Goodwin, and brother Paul C. Porter.
She was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil to missionary parents July 5, 1923 and lived there until she was 19. She moved to the United States to attend college at Furman University where she received a BA in music in 1945. She met her husband Kenneth Mavity while studying for a master’s in religious music. They married after a short romance on August 9, 1948. She accompanied her husband to Mexico for mission work from 1957 to 1961. They then returned to the United States where she taught high school math (especially geometry) and Spanish at LaFayette High School in LaFayette, GA from 1965 until her retirement. She was much beloved by her students.  In 1974 she earned a Masters in Mathematics from Auburn University and later received a Specialist Certificate.  She enjoyed studying math problems for recreation even after her retirement.
In addition to her love for Mathematics, she was a wonderful violinist.  She began playing at the age of 9 and was soon playing in church. In college she studied with a student of Jascha Heifetz who helped her develop her unique bow style and huge, rich sound.  She played in both the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra and the Rome Symphony Orchestra for many years, as well as playing for services at many of the area’s churches and teaching violin and piano. She played for weddings and funerals, and in addition sometimes entertained her geometry classes with skillful renditions of "Turkey in the Straw".  She played chamber music with her 4 daughters regularly, passing to them her love of music as well as teaching them musical theory.  She continued to play beautifully until she was 89 years old.
She was a skillful seamstress and made all her daughters’ clothing for many years, in addition to making wedding dresses and bridesmaid dresses for several of them. She also was skilled at counted cross stitch and enjoyed quilting.
She spoke Portuguese, English and Spanish and spoke all three with native fluency. She will be missed by her many family, friends and students.
She is survived by her four daughters, Cleta Mavity Gibson, Julia (Eddy) Mavity-Hudson, Celeste (Clay) Matthews and Erika (Mitchell Crump) Mavity, 6 grandchildren, Emily (Clyde) Gibson-Roberson, Zachariah (Shauna) Gibson, James Matthews, Holly Matthews, Gregory (Breanna) Mavity, and Jesse Crump, 2 great grandchildren, Jeremiah Skinner and Oliver Roberson, and her brother Nathan Porter as well as many beloved nieces and nephews and innumerable friends.
Funeral  from  the  LaFayette  First  Baptist  Church  Monday, July 06, 2015  at  2:00  P.M.  with Dr. Nita Crump officiating.
Interment in the LaFayette City  Cemetery.
Pallbearers  are  her  grandchildren.
Family will receive friends at the funeral home Sunday, July 05, 2015 from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M.
Arrangements are by Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Patricia Richardson; Visitation Tues. 6/23 from 6-9pm at the funeral home; Service Wed. 6/24 at 2pm in the funeral home chapel



MRS.  PATRICIA  ANN  RICHARDSON,  age,  57,  of  LaFayette  passed  away  Sunday,  June 21, 2015.

Survived  by  daughters,  Valeria  Bowling  and  Anna  Bowling  both  of  Chattanooga;  son  and  daughter-in-law  Chris  (Misty)  Bowling  of  LaFayette;  3  sisters  and  3  brothers;  10  grandchildren;  several  nieces  and  nephews  also  survive.

Funeral  from  the  Wallis  Memorial  Chapel  Wednesday,  June 24  at  2:00  P.M.  with  Rev.  Tommy  Richardson  officiating.

Interment in  the  LaFayette  Memory  Gardens.

Family  will  receive  friends  at  the  funeral  home  Tuesday  from  6:00  to  9:00  P.M.

Arrangements  are  by  Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral  Home,  LaFayette. 

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Virginia Dare Ellison; Visitation Sat. 6/20 from 6-9pm at the funeral home; Service; Sunday 6/21 at 2:30pm at the Gospel Light Fellowship Church



MRS.  VIRGINIA  DARE  ELLISON,  age,  63,  of  LaFayette  passed  away  Saturday, June 20, 2015.

Preceded  in  death  by  her  father  “A.P.”  Ellison;  step-father  Willie  Childers  and  sister  Allene  Ellison.

Survived  by  mother  Lucille  Edwards  Childers;  daughter  and  son-in-law  Teri  (Andy)  Vincent  of  LaFayette;  son  Shane  Eaton  of  LaFayette;  sisters  Patsy  (David)  Ellison  Craig  of  Summerville,  and  Ruth  Ellison  Pendergraft  of  LaFayette;  brothers  Gene  Ellison  of  Chattanooga,  and  Rex  (Carolyn)  Ellison  of  LaFayette;  grandchildren  Joshua  Barras,  Jason  Barras,  Tyler  Bailey,  Cheyenne  Roberts  and  Brooklen  Roberts;  sveral  nieces  and  nephews  also  survive.  Special  thanks  to  her  caregivers  Carrie  White,  Bill  Little  and  Mike  Eaton.


Funeral  from  the  Gospel  Light  Fellowship  Church  Sunday, June 21  at  2:30 P.M.  with  Pastor  Chris  Spear  and  Pastor  Ray  Caldwell  officiating.

Pallbearers  are  Rocky  Blalock,  Matt  Craig,  Dustin  Craig,  Joshua  Pendergraft,  Justin  Ellison,  and  Michael  Ellison.

Honorary  pallbearers  are  Joshua  Barras,  Jason  Barras  and  Tyler  Bailey.

Interment  in  the  Shaw  Cemetery.

The  family  will  receive  friends  at  the  funeral  home  Saturday, June 20  from             6:00  to  9:00 P.M.

Arrangements  are  by  Wallis-Wilbanks  Funeral Home, LaFayette.