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Ruth Ann Wellman, a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, age 75 of Unicoi and formerly of West Williamson, W.Va., died Tuesday, March 1.
Born Sept. 29, 1935, at Cinderella, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Theodore Roosevelt and Okie Marie Smith Lowe.
In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. John C. “Bill” Wellman; and one sister, Peggy Goble.
She was a homemaker and a dedicated and faithful Christian for many years. She was a member of the West Williamson Freewill Baptist Church and attended the New Hope Freewill Baptist Church in Tennessee.
Survivors include three daughters, Donna (Eddie) Hatfield of Lenore, W.Va., Shelia (Jackie) Phillips of Gray, and Angela (Danny) Johnson of Unicoi; one son, John Mark (Darlene) Wellman of Goody, Ky.; one brother, Haskell (Ann) Lowe of Norfolk, Va.; her grandchildren, Chad (Kristen) Hatfield, Jonathan (Nina) Hatfield, Jackie (Melissa) Cline II, Ryan Phillips, Melissa (Jordan) Simmons, Christopher Wellman and Savannah Wellman; great-grandchildren, Chase, Max, Molly and Jenna Hatfield and Brady and Carter Simmons; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral services were conducted Friday, March 4, at noon from the West Williamson Freewill Baptist Church with Eddie Hatfield and Earsel Ray Taylor officiating. Burial followed in the Fairview Cemetery in West Williamson.
Active pallbearers were Chad Hatfield, Jonathan Hatfield, Jackie Cline II, Ryan Phillips, Christopher Wellman and Joey Hatfield. Honorary pallbearer was Norman Miller.
Hatfield Funeral Chapel of Toler, Ky., was in charge.