She 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; and paternal grandparents, Joe and Mattie Norton.
She was a wonderful, retired cook having worked in several different restaurants in the area and also at the Lee University cafeteria for several years. She was a member of the Pine Ridge Baptist Church in Benton.
She is survived by her daughters: Kaye Elrod and her husband, Walker, Linda Johnston and Pat Lowrance, all of Dalton, Ga., and Dana Holmes of Cleveland; her sons: Marty Johnston and his wife, Brenda, and Greg Hasty, all of Dalton, David Johnston and his wife, Betsy, of Ringgold, Ga., and Benny Brown of Arkansas; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; her sisters: Clara Thomas and Veronica Jewel, both of Dalton; her brother, Vincent Norton of Sugar Valley, Ga.; and several nieces and nephews.
A Remembrance of Life service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, March 31, 2014, at the Wildwood Chapel of the Jim Rush Funeral Homes with the Rev. Floyd Boggess officiating.
Interment will follow 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 funeral home.
We encourage you to share your memories and or condolences with Mary’s family by going to her memorial page at www.jimrushfuneralhomes.com.