Laferna Young


JASPER Frances Laferna Fox Young, 78, eased into the arms of her precious Lord Jesus, while surrounded by her loving family on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013.She was born in Chattanooga in the spring of 1935. She was the seventh child born into a large family that would eventually grow to a family of eleven children. Although she was the seventh, she was the first of her family to be born in a hospital and to graduate from high school.Preceded in death by parents, John C. Fox and Nettie Lou Brackett Fox; brothers, Roy, Paul and Lebron Fox; and sisters, Edith McCormick, Robbie Spuhler, Louise Ellis, Gertrude Lukshis and Carolyn Fox.Survived by: husband of 58 years, Chuck; daughters, Sherry (Mark) Wesson, of Ooltewah, and Sheila (Jeff) Watson, of Apison, Tenn.; brothers, James B. (Imogene) Fox, of Chattanooga, Herman (Lynn) Fox, of Bryant, Ala.Grandchildren are Chris Wesson, Greg Wesson, Matt Wesson and Rachel Watson; great-grandchildren, Aiden, Chloe, Ellie, Silas, Nathan, Louis, Abby and Cora Wesson; many nieces, nephews and extended family and loving caregiver Trish Brophy.She grew up in the Chattanooga area and then moved to California when she was 15 and lived with her older sister, Louise and her husband, Bill Ellis. While in California she attended and graduated from San Leandro High School with top honors and offers of numerous scholarships. She chose to enter the 9-5 work world instead of pursuing a college degree and soon married. She resided in California with her family until 1965 when they moved back to the Chattanooga area.After having children, she was a homemaker and kept a meticulously clean house and loved all the tasks and responsibilities a stay-at-home mom of the fifties, sixties and seventies required. When she went back to work she was an executive secretary working for Vencap Investments and Media Central Inc. in Chattanooga. She moved with her husband to Marietta, Ga., for a short time and then worked for Diodati Const. Co. as office manager. Upon retirement she moved back to their Jasper, Tenn., home and enjoyed her role as homemaker once again.She was a loving, giving, hard-working wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved being surrounded by her family. She loved cooking for her family and always made sure no one ever left her home hungry.She was an avid collector of antique glassware, and enjoyed treasure hunting in antique stores and yard sales.She was a believer in Jesus Christ and now is in the presence of her Lord and Savior and is walking the beautiful Streets of Gold with her friends and loved ones that preceded her.The family will receive visitors from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. CDT today, Sept. 14.Funeral will be at 2 p.m. CDT Sunday, Sept. 15, with the Rev. Mark Smith officiating.Interment at Sequatchie Valley Memorial Gardens.To send online condolences visit www.tatefh.comArrangements with Tate Funeral Home, Jasper, Tenn.

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