March 29, 2014

Mary Jo Brown

— Mary Jo Brown, 75, a resident of Cleveland, Tenn., passed away Thursday, March 27, 2014, in a Chattanooga hospital. 

Mrs. Brown was the daughter of the late Fletcher Norton and Edith Norton Fountain. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Darbin Brown; a son, Terry Hasty; a brother, Tommy Norton; granddaughter, Rachel Marie Johnston; maternal grandparents, Jobe and Emma Higgins; paternal grandparents, Joe and Mattie Norton.

Mary was wonderful retired cook having worked in several different restaurants in the area and also at the Lee University cafeteria with several years of service. She was a member of the Pine Ridge Baptist Church in Benton, Tenn.

She is survived by her daughters, Kaye Elrod and her husband Walker, Linda Johnston, Pat Lowrance, all of Dalton, Dana Holmes of Cleveland; her sons, Marty Johnston and his wife Brenda, Greg Hasty, all of Dalton, David Johnston and his wife Betsy of Ringgold and Benny Brown of Arkansas; 10 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; sisters, Clara Thomas, Veronica Jewel, both of Dalton; her brother, Vincent Norton of Sugar Valley; several nieces and nephews.

A Remembrance of Life service will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the Wildwood Chapel of Jim Rush Funeral Homes with the Rev. Floyd Boggess officiating. 

Interment will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens with Barry Elrod, Shane Lowrance, Jared Fowler, Blake Miller, Terry Holmes and Cody Holmes serving as casket bearers. 

The family will receive friends Monday from 11 a.m. until service time at the Wildwood Chapel of the Jim Rush Funeral Homes. Share your memories and or condolences with Mary’s family by going to her memorial page at