Hoole, Martha DuBose (Dalton)

Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Martha DuBose Hoole
Martha DuBose Hoole

Martha DuBose Hoole, known to friends and family as Marcia, passed away on March 23, 2020 at Hamilton Medical Center in Dalton, Georgia. She was 84.

Martha is survived by her son, Eugene Stoddard Taylor of Atlanta; daughter, Elizabeth (Betsy) Taylor Archer; son-in-law, Alan Archer; grandchildren, Hannah and James Archer of Signal Mountain, Tn.; sister, Dr. Elizabeth (Betsy) Hoole McArthur: brother-in-law, Hugh McArthur of Dalton; nephew, Hugh and his wife Nancy McArthur of Tallahassee, and their son and daughter-in-law Dr. Nathaniel and Jessica Amos of Fort Myers, Fl.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Martha Sanders Hoole, and her father, Dr. William Stanley Hoole, a renowned author, librarian, Fulbright Scholar, and dean at the University of Alabama.

Born Sept. 20, 1935 in Birmingham, Al., Martha spent her childhood in Denton, Tx., and Tuscaloosa, Al. As a student at the University of Alabama, she was a member of Chi Omega Sorority, participated in two swim teams, and was active in many student organizations. Because of her outstanding participation and leadership in student activities, she was selected for membership in the prestigious Mortar Board honor society. She was graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and classical languages, and subsequently earned the Master of Science degree in library science from Florida State University.

During her long and illustrious career Martha worked with Atlanta Public Library, Emory University, Dalton City Schools, Whitfield County Schools, Dalton-Whitfield County Public Library, and Northwest Georgia Regional Library. In conjunction with her work at Emory, and because of her expertise, she was selected for advanced training by the National Archives on archival document management. She also pursued graduate study in genealogy at Samford University in Birmingham, Al.

With her excellent abilities, professional training, and superior work ethic, Martha served in many roles and filled many library positions, including instruction, communications, public service, community outreach, special collections, reference, funding grants, adult services, and administration. Over the years she served as librarian at Varnell Elementary School, as chairman of the Dalton-Whitfield Library Board, as director of the local Dalton-Whitfield County Library, and as director of the Dalton Regional Library System (Northwest Georgia Regional Library System, including Whitfield, Murray, Gordon, and Catoosa counties).

Martha was an accomplished scholar and life-long learner. She loved books, research, and excellence in scholarship. Her interests were diverse, often focusing on history, literature, and genealogy, but she was always eager to read another book or pursue another challenge. She was an enthusiastic member of Lesche Literary Club and served as president for two years.

Martha also maintained a keen interest in outdoor sports. She loved swimming, and over the years taught many adults and youngsters swimming and life-saving skills. She was a certified scuba diver, and enjoyed both canoeing and kayaking.

Martha was an enthusiastic world traveler and treasured her many visits inspired by her love of history. She appreciated the beauty of nature, loved dogs, adored classical music, delighted in herb gardens, and enjoyed many fun-filled summers on Lookout Mountain. Confirmed in the Episcopal Church at age 12 in 1947, Martha was a faithful and committed Christian all of her life. She lived life to the fullest and treasured her family and many friends. All who knew her, loved her. She will be greatly missed.

The family extends sincere appreciation to long-time friends Stella and Herman Pratt and their entire family, the staff of Royal Oaks and The Gardens, Hamilton Primary Care, Hamilton Cardiology, and the many doctors and nurses of Hamilton Hospital System. Her life was made richer and longer because of their friendship, kindness, compassion, and care.

Per Martha’s wishes, and because of concern for the health of friends and family under present conditions, no formal memorial services will be held. Instead, the family will hold a graveside memorial service at a later date at the Hoole burial site in Grove Hill Cemetery in Darlington, S.C., the family’s ancestral home for over two centuries.

If desired, memorial contributions may be made in Martha’s memory to the archive library that was created, nurtured, and named for her father, the W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa; or, if preferred, to a charity of choice.

You may leave the family a message of comfort at www.julianpeeples.com.

Julian Peeples Funeral Home, 2801 Cleveland Rd, Dalton, Georgia (706) 259-7455 is in charge of arrangements.


Ford, Karen Michelle (Chickamauga)

Massengale, Ray Preston (McDonald)

McIntosh, Jerry (Cleveland)


Karen Michelle Ford, 44, passed away at her home in Chickamauga on Friday, April 3, 2020. She was a graduate of Ringgold High School and studied nursing at Dalton State College. She was ... (click for more)

Ray Preston Massengale, 96, of McDonald, passed away on April 6, 2020. He was born on July 17, 1923 to the late James and Lydia Massengale. Ray was a lifelong resident of this area and he was ... (click for more)

Jerry McIntosh, 65, of Cleveland, passed away at his residence on April 5, 2020. Jerry was born to Charles and Edna McIntosh on Nov. 30, 1954 in Booneville, Ky. He was a beloved dad, ... (click for more)




Area Obituaries

Ford, Karen Michelle (Chickamauga)

Karen Michelle Ford, 44, passed away at her home in Chickamauga on Friday, April 3, 2020. She was a graduate of Ringgold High School and studied nursing at Dalton State College. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Clarence “Buddy” and Virginia Jo Ford and Bill and Mae Wright. Survivors include her mother, Debra Ford, of Ringgold; father, Mike Ford, of Dalton; ... (click for more)

Massengale, Ray Preston (McDonald)

Ray Preston Massengale, 96, of McDonald, passed away on April 6, 2020. He was born on July 17, 1923 to the late James and Lydia Massengale. Ray was a lifelong resident of this area and he was currently the oldest member of Antioch Baptist Church. Ray was an extremely hardworking man who spent his entire career in the furniture business, working for Jacksons Mfg. for many years before ... (click for more)

Obituaries

Sarah Louetta Layne

Sarah Louetta Layne, 93, of Chattanooga went safely to the lord on April 7, 2020. She was preceded in death by husband, Carl H. Layne, Sr. She was born on Sept. 19, 1926, in Jackson, Tn. She is survived by her brother, Richard Arnold, daughters, Dianne (Boyd) Hixson, Deborah (Kurt) Storch, and Vicki Layne, son's Emory (Debbie), John and Tom Layne and several grandchildren ... (click for more)

Donald Walker "Hoot" Smith

Donald Walker "Hoot" Smith passed away April 1, 2020 in Kingman, Arizona. He was a pharmacist for over 60 years, a 1950 graduate of Central High School and a 1956 graduate of Southern College of Pharmacy with honors - leading the class. He and brother John owned Smith Brothers Pharmacy in Ridgedale, a neighborhood drug store that saw six pharmacists come from the Ridgedale community. ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Georgia Has Big Jump In Coronavirus Cases, Up To 9,156; 348 Have Died

Georgia state health officials said Tuesday that 348 people in the state have died of the coronavirus - up from 294 on Monday. The confirmed cases are now at 9,156, up from 7,558 on Sunday. Officials said 1,899 have been hospitalized in Georgia with the deadly virus - up from 1,393 on Monday. Whitfield County has 21 cases and a second death - a 78-year-old man. Walker ... (click for more)

Tennessee Has 7 More Coronavirus Deaths, Including 3 From Nashville; Hamilton County At 94 Cases With No New Deaths

Tennessee now has 72 coronavirus deaths - up seven since the Monday report. Cases have gone up from 3,802 to 4,138. Officials said 408 people have been hospitalized in the state from coronavirus. Becky Barnes of the Hamilton County Health Department said there are now 94 cases of COVID-19 in Hamilton County. There were no additional deaths from Monday’s tally. Of those, ... (click for more)