Mary Mead


Mary Frances Rymer Lemons Mead, 76, of Birchwood, passed away on Thursday, June 25, 2020, in a Chattanooga hospital.

She was of the Pentecostal faith and a member of the Victory House of Prayer. Before her retirement, she had worked at American Uniform and Sears Security.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Jessie Doyle Lemons; parents, Andy Sylvester Rymer and Ollie Stamey Rymer; one brother, Jerry Rymer; and a niece, Misty Rymer Thompson.

She is survived by her husband, Riley Mead of Birchwood; daughter, Crystal Diane Fox and husband, William (Bill), of Old Fort; brothers: Larry Rymer and Andy “Micky” Rymer and wife, Brenda, all of Cleveland; sisters-in-law: Kathy Rymer of Cleveland, and Joyce Lemons Bius and husband, Danny, of Murphy, N.C.; special stepchildren: Nina Parker and husband, Eddie, of Cleveland, and Brian Stringham of Cleveland; three special godsons: Eric, Shawn and Kevin Bramblett; and several nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind two special granddogs, Rocky and Lacey.

A Celebration of Her Life will be held at 3 p.m. on Monday, June 29, 2020, in the chapel of Ralph Buckner Funeral Home, with the Rev. Mitchell James and the Rev. Micky Rymer officiating.

Interment will follow in McInturff Cemetery, with Shane Rymer, Brian Faulkenberry, Zane Moore, Robby Cross, Nat Cross, Eric Bramblett and Joe Lemons serving as pallbearers. Micky Rymer and Larry Rymer will serve as honorary pallbearers.

A white dove release ceremony, and the playing of bagpipes, will conclude the service, which will be live-streamed on Ralph Buckner Funeral Home’s Facebook page for you to view.

The family will receive friends from 4 until 7 p.m. today, at the funeral home.

We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Mead family guestbook at


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