Mildred Geraldine McCosh Wallis, 95, of Niota went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, at her residence. A lifelong resident of McMinn County, she was the daughter of the late Bill and Loula Coffer McCosh. She was a member of Pond Hill Baptist Church and was a loving mother and wife. She loved gardening, canning and flowers, and was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, James Wallis (Feb. 22, 2001); three brothers, Herbert McCosh, Gene McCosh, and Billy McCosh; one sister, Agnes Richardson; daughter-in-law, Eva Sue Maples Wallis; and two sons-in-law, James Howard Kennedy Jr., and Gerald Martin. Survivors include five children and spouses, J.W. and Crystal Wallis of Cleveland, Barbara Kennedy of Niota, Dennis and Dianne Wallis of Sweetwater, Judy Martin of Niota, and Kenny and Julie Wallis of Niota; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, in the chapel of Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home with the Rev. Bryan Coffey and the Rev. Howie White officiating. The graveside service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at Pond Hill Cemetery. The pallbearers will be Colton Wallis, Doug Wallace, Ronnie Kennedy, Tim Wallis, Josh Watson, and Will White. Two honorary pallbearers are Rodney Lunsford and Kevin Hudson. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home before the service. Those unable to attend may send condolences at Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home of Athens is in charge of arrangements.

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