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Willie Jean Slaton Lawrence

Willie Jean Slaton Lawrence, 79, of Signal Mountain died Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at her home. She was a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church for over 30 years.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Velma McClendon Slaton; father, William Jink Slaton; first husband, Merrill Rains; second husband, Bill Lawrence; sisters, Mary Washburn and Leath Childers; brother, William “Dub” Slaton; stepsons, Devere Lawrence and James “Butch” Lawrence.

She is survived by her granddaughter and caregiver, Misti (Eddie) Rains; son, Reggie (Ginny) Rains; brothers, Aaron (Pat) Slaton and Danny (Gail) Slaton; grandchildren, Brian (Misty) Henry and Matt (Jessica) Cate; great-grandchildren, Adam Alexander, Mercedes Henry, Jodi Reno and Riley Cate; stepson, Larry (Phillis) Lawrence; family friend, Gail Rains; and a host of other grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Thursday, January 13, in the funeral home chapel.

Burial was in Lawrence Lake Property.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

An online guestbook is at

Ewton Funeral Home of Dunlap was in charge of arrangements.

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