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Mary Sutherland

Mary Ola Hixson Sutherland, of Dunlap, passed away Sunday, March 24, 2013 in a Chattanooga hospital. 

She was preceded in death by her husband and love of her life, Milton Sutherland; sons, Jimmy and Jerald Sutherland; grandson, Garen Spangler; parents, Foster and Nola Graham Hixson: sisters, Margaret Kelly and Inez Hixson; brothers, J.A., Louis, Earl and Howard Hixson; and niece, Carol Kelly Terry.

Survivors include her daughter, Janis Sutherland Spangler of Dunlap; nieces, Jean (David) Wattenbarger of Naples, Idaho, and Sue Cates of Whitwell; great-nieces, Cathy Cates of Whitwell, Karen (Fred) Bryson of Charleston; great-nephews, Mike (Samantha) Cates and Billy (Jena) Thomas of Whitwell and Jay Wattenbarger of Fairbanks, Alaska; great-great-nieces, Kayla (Mickey) Perry and Jenna Bryson of Charleston; great-great-nephews, Ben Thomas of Whitwell and Lance Bryson of Charleston; and several cousins and other special nieces and nephews.

She was born in Dunlap at a house that was built by her daddy’s own hands. They were farmers, that would explain the green thumb. She loved to work in her flowers and she loved birds, especially blue birds and humming birds. She worked at Markum’s Stone in Dunlap, Atlas Paper in Chattanooga, Spartan Industries and was retired from Sequatchie Farmers Co-op for 25 years. 

She was the third generation to belong to Chapel Hill United Methodist Church were she was a member for over 50 years. She was married to Milton for 55 years and loved taking care of her grandson.

Growing up during the depression was hard because she had to walk, ride a mule or a row boat just to get to school. 

Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 27 in the Ewton Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Tom Tucker officiating. 

Burial was in Chapel Hill Cemetery. 

An online guestbook is at

Ewton Funeral Home of Dunlap was in charge of arrangements.

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