Della Rae Barnette Solsbee of Athens, and formerly of Niota, 97, entered her heavenly home on Aug. 1, 2019. She leaves behind to cherish her memories two daughters and one son-in-law, Evelyn Robinson and Wanda (Ronnie) Lingerfelt, all of Athens; four grandchildren, Jennifer Raper, Kim Dorman, Angelia Clark and Amy Greene; two step-grandchildren, Wendy Gentry McJunkins and Chad Lingerfelt; six great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Inez Barnette. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred Frank Solsbee; her mother and father, Virgil and Kitty Barnette; four siblings, Suvella “Bid” Barnette, James “Bud” Barnette, Hobert Barnette and Mary Faye Trentham. Della Rae loved and devoted herself to her family. She was an avid sewer and loved to embroidery pillowcases. She loved her Lord and was a member of Union Grove Baptist Church. Funeral services will be 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at Union McMinn Baptist Church in Niota with the Rev. Doug Alexander and Patrick Wooden officiating. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, at Foster Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Jacob Greene, Edward Barnette, J.L. Barnette, Dwight Walden, Chad Lingerfelt, and Dwayne Rogers. Honorary pallbearers will be Rick Campbell, Brandon Williams and Herb Carithers. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday prior to the service at the church. The family would like to thank all those that have had a part in the care of Della and many thanks to Hospice of Chattanooga, Mary Ellen Lovingood, Donna Evans and Herb Carithers. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice in memory of Della. Those unable to attend may send condolences at Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home of Athens is in charge of arrangements.

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