OBITUARY

Carolyn Austin Kirby-Mahaffey

April 2, 1935February 17, 2021
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Carolyn “Charlie” Kirby-Mahaffey, 85, of Ringgold, GA., passed away on Wednesday February 17, 2021. She was of the Church of God faith. Carolyn retired after many years as store manager of the Benton Oil Co. One of her favorite hobbies was gardening, but she also loved canning and cooking. Carolyn also loved “the Facebook Marketplace”, but her absolute favorite pastime was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Mahaffey, daughter, Janice Carol Weaver, grandson, David Young, great-grandson, Ashton, her parents, Oscar and Mary Austin, and sisters, Vinney McDowell and Wilma Jean Austin.

Left behind to cherish Carolyn’s memory are her children, Billy (Natalie) Kirby and DeRenda (Eddie) Kirby-Combs, 9 grandchildren, April Williams, Brad, Michael, Matt, and Max Kirby, Zachary Weaver, Randy Kirby, Helena Marlborough, and Easton Hamilton, 12 great-grandchildren, Cassidy, Austin(Celena), Christian, Coleson, Haygan, Everly, Zaine, Emma, Landon, Caden, Braxton, Peyton, Eli and Lil David, brothers, Tommy, Gerald, and Dewayne Austin, several nieces, nephews, cousins, and many dear friends.

A Celebration of Carolyn’s Life will be held in the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home on Sunday February 21, 2021 at 4:00 pm. The family will receive friends at the funeral home prior to the service beginning at 2:00 pm. Carolyn will be laid to rest in the Chattanooga National Cemetery with her husband, Richard.

We respectfully request that all current mandates set forth by the CDC and the Hamilton County Health Department be adhered to. This includes “social distancing” and wearing masks at all times while on the premises.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105

Arrangements are under the care of Chattanooga Funeral Home Crematory and Florist East Chapel, 404 South Moore Rd. East Ridge, TN 37412.

Please share your thoughts and memories at www.ChattanoogaEastChapel.com

Services

  • Visitation

    Sunday, February 21, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Sunday, February 21, 2021

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Joseph Starr

February 19, 2021

I’ll always remember Carolyn as kind friendly an very very sweet. She always had a kind word. I set an talked at loudermilk family reunion when she would come with her brother Tommy Austin. I’ll always miss an love her. To her family I’m very very sorry. May God place his loving hands on all of u. U need me u contact me. Luv always Joseph an Mary Starr. An Eli trew

Tammy Young

February 18, 2021

I have so many memories that she and I shared together, we’ve laughed and cried together . She helped me along life’s journeys and I will never forget her. My picture of her is her standing at the top of those stairs and her standing in her duster looking at the door saying “there’s my Tam Tamm.””

Pam Freshour

February 18, 2021

Carolyn Kirby the sweetest woman I know. Always there for me with whatever I needed advice or just a shoulder to cry on. I love you Mama Carolyn. RIP.

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