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Mrs. Cornelia Mae Johns, 103, of Dalton, departed this life Saturday, July 29, 2017, at the local hospital. Cornelia was born Sept. 13, 1913, at Prater's Mill farm in Varnell, a daughter of the late James Kenneth and Vienne Cole Spann. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Hubert Lafayette Johns, who died Aug. 21, 1998. She was also preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Jane Johns; her sisters, Winola Clark, Lucy Johns, Katherine Powell and Gene Bagley; and her brothers, Ernest Spann, Fred Spann and J.K. Spann.
Cornelia was a devoted wife, loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and a true Christian lady. She was a member of Five Springs United Methodist Church and had attended since she was 3 years old. Her life was dedicated to Christ and loving and caring for her family. She loved cooking, gardening and working in her flower beds.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Joy and Joe Fleming of Calhoun; sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Peggi Johns of Dalton and Ronald N. and Sabrina Johns of Ooltewah, Tenn.; grandchildren, Tony and Lori Johns, Wendy and Kevin Buttrey, Jason and Amanda Johns, Amanda and Rory Vaden, and Christopher and Erin Johns; great-grandchildren, Anna Johns, Marylee Johns, Luke Johns, Neely Buttrey, Kinsley Buttrey, Jameson Johns, Isla Johns and Jasper Vaden; special caregivers, Sandra Speer, Michelle Cleary and Connie Chapman; several nieces and nephews.
Services to celebrate the life of Mrs. Cornelia Mae Johns will be today at 1 p.m. at Five Springs United Methodist Church with the Rev. Ann Fleming, the Rev. Sandra Franklin and the Rev. Tom Mosley officiating. She will be laid to rest at Ponders Whitfield Memorial Gardens with Rory Vaden, Jason Johns, Christopher Johns, Tony Johns, Luke Johns, Kevin Buttrey and Kenneth Spann serving as pallbearers.
The family received friends at Ponders Melrose Chapel on Monday and will again at her church after noon today until the service hour.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.pondersfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are by Ponders Melrose Chapel, 138 Melrose Drive, Dalton; (706) 226-4002.
Published on July 30, 2017
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