Death – Mildred Lawrence Jones –

Death – Obituary

Mildred Lawrence Jones of Chattanooga, Tennessee, passed away on Friday, January 7, 2022, at the age of 91. 

She was born on Sept. 5, 1930, in Chattanooga to the late Millard and Carria Lawrence. Mildred was a licensed cosmetologist, and owner of Lawrence Grocery Store and Brown’s Restaurant. She was an active member of the Shepherd Community Action Council.  She was a faithful member of New Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church.

Mildred was preceded in death by her parents, Millard and Carria Lawrence; sister, Juanita Lawrence Simmons; niece, Johnessa Barnes; and spouses Nathaniel Brown and Cleghorn “Clay” Jones.

Mildred is survived by her devoted daughter, Wonda Hickman and husband, Paul Hickman;  grandchildren, Paula (David) Kinnard, Sharon (Cyril) Rogers and Mark Hickman;  great-grand-daughters, Allison Kinnard and Sierra Rogers; nieces Donna Gail Willis, Caramita Brown, Odis Ann Noris and Tody Faye Lewis; bonus children, Aloha Pope, Levi Brown, Ervin (Cathy) Cousin, Glynn (Mary) Jones, Cleghorn Jones, III, Gary Jones, Tony Jones, Jackie Johnson, Robin Denise Jones and Tracey Steward; along with several more relatives and friends.

Mildred will lie in state on Monday, Jan. 17, at 9 a.m. at Taylor Funeral Home. 

Funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. in the chapel with Pastor Walter Lindsey as the eulogist.

Burial will be on Tuesday, Jan. 18, at 11 a.m. in Lakewood Memory Gardens, East.

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What Is An Obituary

In national newspapers an obituary (obit for short) is a news article that reports the recent death of a prominent person. Although it tends to focus on positive aspects of the subject’s life this is not always the case. According to Nigel Farndale, the Obituaries Editor of The Times: “Obits should be life affirming rather than gloomy, but they should also be opinionated, leaving the reader with a strong sense of whether the subject lived a good life or bad; whether they were right or wrong in the handling of their public affairs.”

In local newspapers, an obituary may be published for any local resident upon death. A necrology is a register or list of records of the deaths of people related to a particular organization, group or field, which may only contain the sparsest details, or small obituaries. Historical necrologies can be important sources of information.