Mary Wheat

    Mary Lee Wheat, 76, of Murphy, passed away Monday, May 21, 2018, in Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga, Tenn.
    Mary Lee was born in Rocky Mount, Va., on May 6, 1942. She moved to Sarasota, Fla., at age 11.
    Mary Lee was a loving mother and homemaker. She worked for several years at Darby Buick in Sarasota. Her last position was with Barnett Bank as a mortgage processor.
    Mary Lee and Richard enjoyed attending the Chattanooga Theater Center, Chattanooga Symphony and Opera, and Tennessee Aquarium.
    A member of Peachtree Memorial Baptist Church, she loved her church family and enjoyed taking part in church activities.
    Mary Lee was an active gardener, golfer and decorator of the home. If it weren’t for Mary Lee, Richard says he would have a very dull house.
    She was the daughter of the late John Levi and Mary Helen Holland Altice. She was preceded in death by her first husband, John C. Elslander Sr.; and two brothers, David Allen and Donald Keith Altice.
    Surviving are her loving and blessed husband of 12 years, Richard H. Wheat; three daughters, Monica Lynn Adami and husband Larry of Sarasota, Fla., Patricia Wheat Royal and husband Henry of Orlando, Fla., and Pamela Wheat Lusk and husband Les of Apopka, Fla.; two sons, John C. Elslander Jr. and partner Christina Bowman of Sarasota, and James Richard Wheat and wife Helen of Mount Dora, Fla.; a brother, Ronald Kenneth Altice of Sarasota; five grandchildren, Colton Adami, Jonathan Royal, Daniel Royal, Joshua Lusk and Matthew Lusk; a great-grandchild, Londyn Adami; and many nieces and nephews.
    A Celebration of Life service will be held at  11 a.m. Saturday, June 2, in Peachtree Memorial Baptist Church with Dr. Chester Jones and the Rev. Chris Furl officiating. A private Celebration of Life also will be held in Sarasota, Fla.
    Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy, is in charge of arrangements.
    An online guest register is available at

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