Lamar Dietz


The Rev. Lamar Dietz, D.Min, 87, of Ringgold, Ga., received his eternal reward on Sunday, May 30, 2021.

Lamar was born to the late Otis and Malinda Dietz on March 17, 1934, on Dietz Road in Ringgold near where he ended his journey on this earth.

Lamar was a minister of the gospel for over 62 years, receiving two bachelor of ministry degrees in 1983 and 1984; two master of theology degrees in 1983 and 1985; and his doctor of ministry in 1989 from Covington Theological Seminary.

Among the churches he served, he was the beloved pastor of Clingan Ridge Baptist Church in Cleveland for 16 years and retired from Gospel Way Baptist Church in Ringgold after 27 years of service in October 2020.

Lamar was a simple man and loved his family well. He also loved farming, gardening and riding his tractor. He referred to his relaxing as “upholstering his recliner.” He always had a joke ready and kept his quick wit until the very end.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 61 ½ years, whom he spoke of as “The Best Part,” Sarah Ozelle Arendale Dietz; his son, Daniel Lamar Dietz; and sister,  Faye Martin.

Those left behind that will dearly cherish his memory are his children: Edward Nolen (Waynette), Hank Nolen (Barbara), Nancy Stitt (Bill), Joy Bolton, (Jim), and  Christine Littlejohn (Robbie); daughter-in-law, Starla Dietz; brother, O.C. Dietz; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

He would leave you with one piece of advice: Knowing Jesus as your Savior is all that really matters. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” KJV (of course).

The family  thanks Gospel Way Baptist Church for all its love and support for Lamar and Sarah.

The Celebration of Lamar’s Life will be held on today, June 2, 2021, at Gospel Way Baptist Church, 31 South Bowling Lane, Ringgold, Ga. 30736, at 3 p.m., with the Rev. Darrell Henry officiating.

The family will receive friends from 12 to 3 p.m. prior to the service.

Burial will immediately follow the service in the Dietz Cemetery in Ringgold, Ga., with Billy Paradise, Steve Mozingo, Bill Langston, Jerry Smith Jr, Matt Helton, Steve Garverick and Brad Dietz serving as pallbearers.


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