Palmer – Mrs. Nellie Ruth Layne, 75, passed away, Sunday December 17, 2017 at the Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga. She was born in Barkers Cove near Palmer, Tennessee on August 11, 1942 to Fred J. and Rosa Schoenmann James who preceded her in death along with her sister Marion Marie Schlageter; infant siblings, Carl and Shelvy Jean James.
As a child she attended the Barkers Cove School and was a Graduate of Sequatchie County High School. She was a member of the Laager Congregational Methodist Church for over 50 years also serving as Sunday school secretary for many years before her mothers health declined and she had to stay with her. She worked at Basham Sports Wear in Coalmont for over 30 years and in Dunlap at garment factories in the early years. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother and was instrumental in helping raising her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She loved to cook and enjoyed feeding her family and anyone that sat at her table.
She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Charles D. “Steamboat” Layne; her devoted and caring daughter, Rolanda and her husband Joe “Jody” Summers; son, Dale and his wife, Emily Pittman Layne; grandchildren, Amber (Johnny) Hendon, Kelly (Michael) Jones, Kyra Summers, Sara and Oliver Layne; special great granddaughter, Khloe (Dale’s Patty) Jones; loving great grandsons, Brayston, Sam and Hank Hendon; sister, Arrietta Layman; several loving nieces and nephews
Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Wednesday in the funeral home chapel with Minister Matthew Meeks officiating with burial to follow in the Palmer Cemetery. Visitation: 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM Tuesday at Layne Funeral Home, Palmer, Tennessee. www.laynefuneralhome.com