Graves, Mary Lou (Dunlap)

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Mary Lou Graves,of Dunlap, died quietly on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017.

She was the beloved wife of 66 years to Dr. Charles Graves and the treasured mother of Dr. Charles Graves (Denise), Louella Freeman (Tim), Nancy Billington (Brad) and Dr. George Graves (Melanie) as well as nine grandchildren and five, soon to be seven, great-grandchildren.

Mary Lou was born in Loma Linda, Ca. to Dr. Leslie and Lula Ekvall. She had two younger brothers, Dr. David Ekvall (deceased) and LTC Charles Ekvall Retired (Terri). Mary Lou grew up traveling the world as her family followed Dr. Ekvall'S medical Navy career wherever it led. Her world experiences ignited Mary Lou's passion for people, places and new adventures.

She graduated as a nurse from Loma Linda University where she met and married Charles Graves on June 11, 1951. She supported Dr. Charles in his dream to serve the medical needs of a small town in his home state of Tennessee. They moved to Dunlap in 1955, working together to eventually expand Sequatchie General Hospital to a 49-bed facility. Mary Lou worked as Nursing director, floor nurse, Operating Room supervisor, Emergency Room RN and taught numerous Nursing Aid Courses in the community. Later, Mary Lou was an independent nursing consultant preparing area hospitals and Home Health organizations for Joint Commission inspections so they would qualify to receive funding.

During those busy years, Mary Lou sparked the love of adventure in her children with cross-country road trips to National Parks, the Alaska Highway to Anchorage and through Mexico to Acapulco, as well as wild river rafting expeditions. She was a leader in many areas at the Seventh-Day Adventist church and school. Mary Lou brainstormed the idea of teaching kids how to swim for VBS at the Graves family pool and she personally taught this vital life skill for four decades.

Her talents extraordinaire are too numerous to list. Mary Lou's love and creative life reflected God's awesome love and her absence dims our lives. We look forward to our reunion with our beloved Mary Lou when Jesus returns. It is well with our souls.

Visitation will be on Friday, Nov. 3 from 2-8 p.m. at Ewton Funeral Home, 6936 Hwy. 28 in Dunlap.  Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 4  at 2 p.m.

Pentz, John Frederick (Ringgold)

John Frederick Pentz, 90, of Ringgold, passed away on Thursday, May 24, 2018.  Arrangements will be announced by Heritage Funeral Home & Crematory, Battlefield Parkway. (click for more)

Towns, Joseph Allen (Rising Fawn)

Joseph Allen Towns, age 85, passed away May 23, 2018.  He was of the Baptist faith. He was preceded in death by his wife, Polly Towns; great-grandson, Wyatt Walraven; parents, Dee and Evelyn Towns; sister, Mary Privitt; and brother, Howard Towns. He is survived by his daughter, Loretta (Jerry) Floyd, of Rising Fawn; sons, Carleton Towns, of Rising Fawn and Jeff (Kathy) ... (click for more)

MaryAnn Vidal

MaryAnn Vidal, 60, of Chattanooga passed away on Thursday, May 24, 2018. A native of Northampton, Ma., Mrs. Vidal retired from Orange Grove Center after many years of service. She was a member of St. Stephen Catholic Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ricardo Vidal, and parents, Robert and Dorothy Laflam. Survivors are her three daughters, Kelly ... (click for more)

Gayle Rollins Hudson

Gayle Rollins Hudson, 78, of Chattanooga died on May 25, 2018.  She was a graduate of Central High School and attended the University of Chattanooga. She was retired from the Tennessee Valley Authority after 36 years. She worked as a budget officer in the Division of Fossil and Hydro. She was a devoted member of the First Centenary United Methodist Church and the Morgan ... (click for more)

Jury Finds Donaldson Guilty Of Second-Degree Murder In Killing Of Son-In-Law

A Criminal Court jury late Friday afternoon returned a verdict of guilty of second-degree murder against Glen Donaldson in the killing of his son-in-law, Adam Levi. He is facing 15-60 years in state prison. Judge Don Poole will set the sentence at a sentencing hearing on July 12.  He has been free on bond, but was taken into custody after the verdict. The jury deliberated ... (click for more)

1st Vote On Controversial Signal Mountain Grocery Proposal Set June 13; Town To Choose Either Tennessee American Or Waldens Ridge For Water Service

The next steps in rezoning 617 Cauthen Way were discussed at the Signal Mountain work session Friday afternoon. Since the last council meeting, Town Manager Boyd Veal created a list of conditions to include in the zoning ordinance relating to the proposed commercial development designed to assure that there is no negative impact to the surrounding properties or to the interest of ... (click for more)