January 9, 1950May 7, 2018

Kathy Lynne Barton Long, 68, of Ooltewah, Tennessee, passed away Monday, May 7, 2018.

Kathy was born on January 9, 1950 to the late Leo and Floetta Barton. She was preceded in death by her brother, Gary Barton.

She was a faithful member of East Brainerd Church of Christ.

Kathy had a bachelor’s degree in history from Harding University and two master’s degrees in history and geography from Florida State University. She went on to teach at Central High School and Vashti Industrial School for Girls in Thomasville, Georgia and retired after 27 years as a professor at Chattanooga State Community College.

Kathy was a life-long learner and loved teaching students. Besides teaching, she loved gardening with her dog Millie by her side. She also loved to travel. Her favorite trips were to Europe with her students from Chattanooga State.

Survivors include her daughter, Kelli (Brad) McCormick of Chattanooga, Tennessee, nieces, Mary Prickett from Athens, Georgia and Caroline Schmidt from Boston, Massachusetts, sister-in-law, Gloria Barton of Athens, Georgia and dog, Millie. The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 10, 2018 in the Valley View Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. central time on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Lynn Cemetery in Lynn, Alabama.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society at or the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation at

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Arrangements are under the care of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 7414 Old Lee Highway, Chattanooga, TN 37421.


  • Visitation Thursday, May 10, 2018
  • Graveside Service Saturday, May 12, 2018


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Laura Carrano Franklin

May 12, 2018

Prayers and condolences to Kathy Barton Long family, she was a wonderful teacher I just loved her, I remember how she would not only be your teacher but your best friend and shared her life and love to all her student. She even told us she was moving and getting married that's when I truly lost my favorite teacher and best friend. Thank you Mrs. Barton for everything that you had done for us at Central High Yellow Jackets you will always be remembered. RIP Mrs. Barton

Ronald Barton

May 10, 2018

I remember all the Lynn family reunions we shared and the visits to Alabaster as cousins up growing up. Celebrate her life. Best to Family I know you have many great memories.
The Barton's in south Florida

Michelle Cooper

May 10, 2018

She was a wonderfully smart and very pleasant teacher. I was in her class when she announced she was getting married and would be Mrs. Long. I am saddened to hear she has passed. She was very sweet, kind and fun.

Kristin Roach

May 9, 2018

Kathy was one of my top favorite teachers that I ever had. She made history and geography fun, while being down to earth and treating her students like colleagues. I learned so much from her, and would give anything to have another trip to Europe with her by my side! She was a wonderful woman, an amazing mom, and a fantastic teacher. I am blessed to have been given the chance to know her.

Christopher Mobley

May 9, 2018

Kathy was a colleague and friend. She was dedicated to Chattanooga State, learning, and her students. We talked on campus recently and she was so happy. I know that I will be indebted to her and she will be missed by all.

Becky McCormick

May 8, 2018

Whenever I think about Kathy, the word "lovely" comes to mind. I've seen that many of the tributes pouring in for her on Facebook and through texts, have used that same word. Dignified, hard working, faithful, all describe this woman that we have been privileged to know as a friend, and then as a family member. I am so sad that we will not be having more time to share, getting to know each other even better. But, I'm so glad for the time we had, and for the legacy she has left, especially through her precious daughter, Kelli. We will always be grateful to Kathy for giving us a beautiful new family member, sharing her daughter with us. We will never forget her and will share stories about her with our grandsons who also enjoyed being a part of her life. We love you, Kelli and Brad and are incredibly sad for you. We loved Kathy too, and so much wanted her to have some more time here, but are happy that she is now healed.