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Obituaries 11-13-14

Posted on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 10:35 am

JOHNSON, MORGAN, JACKSON, age 81, of Altamont passed away at his home with his family near.  He was a coalminer for 45 years, Custodian at Tracy City Elementary and Preacher of the Gospel of Jesus Christ at many Congregational Methodist and Baptist Congregations in the area. He was born in Tracy City on May 9, 1933 to Morgan and Beulah Carrick Johnson who preceded him in death along with his wife and mother of his children, Alene Gipson Johnson; sister, Betty Sue Johnson; brothers, Elbert, Loys, Wes, Bill and Barney Johnson. He is survived by his wife, Rachel Rollins Johnson; son, Jeff (Roxanne) Johnson; daughters, Jackie (Donnie) McBee and Kendra (Stephen) Frederick; sisters, Mary “Duck” Nunley, Ruby Curtis and Josephine Caldwell; step-children, Debbie (Jeff) Broadway, Anthony (Cheryl) Tate, Jerry Tate and Tammy (Dennis) Sons; 9 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; a host of loving step-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Saturday in the funeral home chapel with Ministers Dal Barrett and Ikie Slatton officiating. Burial followed in the Gregg Cemetery.

Arrangements were made by Layne Funeral Home, Altamont, TN.


GRIFFITH, RACHEL, SLATTON,age 82 of the Griffith’s Creek Community, went home to be with the Lord, Sunday November 9, 2014 with her family at her side.  She was of the Methodist faith and retired from Signal Knitting Mill in Chattanooga.  She was born in Palmer on June 21, 1932 to Huke and Bertha Kilgore Slatton who preceded her in death along with her husband of 66 years, William Griffith Jr. who passed away October 23, 2014; sisters, Elsie Slatton, Margie Smith and Dorothy Higgins; brothers, Evertt, Frank, Johnny, Bill Curg and Wallace Slatton. She is survived by the children of her heart, Jeannie (Buddy) Richardson, Jeremy (Marie) Robinson, Rebekah (Wally) Nolan and Norman (Tisa) Robinson; sister, Norna Mae (Rod) Campbell; brothers, R.B. (Carolyn) Slatton and Horace Ray (Zella) Slatton; a host of nieces and nephews. A special thanks to NHC of Dunlap and Amedisys Hospice for their special care.

Funeral services were held Wednesday in the Layne Funeral Home, Chapel with Pastor Jeremy Robinson officiating. Burial followed in the Griffith’s Creek Cemetery.

Arrangements were made by Layne Funeral Home, Palmer, TN.


SMARTT, GINA, LYNN,age 41, of Beersheba Springs passed away at her home Sunday November 9, 2014.  She was born in McMinnville on October 31, 1973.  She was a 1991 graduate and cheerleader at Grundy County High School.   She is survived by her daughter, Samantha M. Meeks; granddaughter, Marlie Meeks; father, Robin Sr. (Diane) Smartt; mother, Lola Tate Harding; brother, Robin Smartt Jr.; nieces, Mirrandie, Desaray and Kylie Brook Smartt.

Funeral services were held Wednesday in the funeral home chapel. Burial followed in the Altamont Cemetery.

Arrangements were made by Layne Funeral Home, Altamont, TN.