Carolyn Barker Scott Lonas, 77, of Chattanooga, died peacefully at her
home early Saturday morning, October 6, 2012, surrounded by her family.
Born in Thomaston, GA, Carolyn spent her early years near Perry, GA
before moving to Anniston, Alabama, and graduating from Anniston High
School. While there, she distinguished herself as a student, an
orator, and a swimmer. She attended Agnes Scott College where she
majored in English and Bible and met her first husband, Bill Scott, a
student at Georgia Tech and a Chattanooga native. They married in 1957
and moved to Milton, FL, where Bill was stationed as a flight
instructor for the U.S. Navy and she taught fifth grade. She and Bill
soon moved to Chattanooga, and Carolyn continued to teach fifth grade
at G. Russell Brown. Throughout the next 20 years, she substituted
at Bright School, taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School at
Hixson Presbyterian Church, where she served as president of Women in
the Church. At First Presbyterian Church, where she was a member at
her death, she taught a variety of women’s Bible Studies and served as
a member of the PCA Women’s Advisory Board. In addition, she served
for many years on the Academic Advisory Board of Covenant College.
Always eager to learn, Carolyn earned a Master of Arts in English and
Writing from UTC after the death of her first husband. She joined the
Lookout Rowing Club, where she assisted Bill Raoul as an instructor on
the river. An avid outdoors woman and excellent wingshooter, Carolyn
also enjoyed water-skiing and swimming throughout her life. She loved
God’s creation and treasured her daily walks in the woods, teaching
herself the names of the flora and fauna, especially birds, of her
beloved Hillocks. A voracious reader of fiction, non-fiction, poetry,
and drama, Carolyn appreciated the written word and shared her
enthusiasm for literature intelligently. Her passion, however, was for
the Bible, which she read, studied, memorized, and taught for over
After her marriage to Jack Lonas in 1983, she realized her lifelong
dream of traveling throughout the world as an ambassador for Christ.
She and Jack spent time in Haiti, France, Ireland, Germany, The
Netherlands, Belgium, Hungary, and India before moving permanently to
England, where they lived for nine years working with World Harvest
Mission to plant a church in Southall near London. There, Carolyn
helped equip women from Pakistan, India, and Sri Lanka with English
language skills as she loved and welcomed them into her home.
Defined by her ability to transcend and ignore the social position or
culture of others, Carolyn directly influenced and impacted people
wherever she went in an authentic and Godly way.
She was preceded in death by her husband of twenty-four years, William
Downing Scott, her parents, Thomas and Martha Barker, and her sister
Diane Woodfin Barker.
She is survived by her husband of 28 years, Jack Lonas, her
five children, Kathaleen Scott (David) Hughes of Chattanooga, Carolyn
Scott (John) Cain of Ocala, Florida, Jennifer Scott Henley (Michael)
Ward of Chattanooga, William D. (Angie) Scott, Jr. of Lookout Mt.,
Georgia, and Laura Lonas (Tom) Hughes of Chattanooga; thirteen
grandchildren, David and Scott Hughes; Elizabeth Hope and Mary Scott Cain;
Carolyn Claire, Eric, and Locksley Henley; Rachel and Spencer Ward;
William and Lily Scott; and Natalie and Allison Hughes; sister, Martha
Barker Rogers of Anniston, AL, brother and sister-in-law Mack and
Sarah Ann Lonas of Chattanooga, sister-in-law Sue Odom Scott of Signal
Mountain, and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive frineds Sunday, October 7, from 4-6 p.m . at
Chattanooga Funeral Home, North Chapel and also on Monday, October 8
at 2 p.m. until the time of service at First Presbyterian Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to World Harvest Mission, Harvest
International, Ocala, FL, Harvest USA, First Presbyterian Church World
Arrangements are by Chattanooga Funeral Home Crematory and Florist,
North Chapel, 5401 Hwy 153, Hixson, TN, 37343. Please share your
thought and memories at www.chattanooganorthchapel.com.