TERRY, Mary Hammett
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Mary Hammett Terry of Austell died on Friday, March 29th after a prolonged illness. She was born in Cowpens, South Carolina and attended Cowpens High School. She received a degree in Chemistry from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina and Masters in Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She met her future husband, Sam Jones Terry of Chattanooga, Tennessee, while in Chapel Hill and stated she “would never date that man because he talks too much.” Despite his wordiness, she realized there was much to him. She fell in love and they married in Woodruff, South Carolina. After a short stay in Chattanooga, they moved to Austell and raised a family. As a dedicated mother and wife, she insisted on home-cooked meals and quality family time. She raised her family in the church with love and a firm but gentle hand. She was generous in opening her home and treated all as family. She had a passion for education and taught science in middle and high school for over 20 years spending her last 11 years at McEachern High School before retiring in 1993. She was an active member of the Ray White Sunday School Class and the Edna McGrady Circle at Bethany United Methodist Church. She enjoyed sewing and traveling the world with Sam. She is preceded in death by her husband Sam to whom she was married for 43 years. She is survived by her sons; Dr. Roy Terry of Lebanon, Tennessee and Dr. Jeff Terry of Gainesville, Georgia; daughters; Mary Lynn Jones of Atlanta, Georgia and Jane Terry of Alexandria, Virginia; and 13 grandchildren; Mary Claire Jones, Walker Jones, Caroline Terry, West Jones, Crawford Terry, Sarah Terry, Jake Jones, Abigail Terry, Forrester Terry, William Terry, Ella Jones, Robert Terry and Mary Katherine Binnie. She is also survived by her sister; Margaret Hammett of Cowpens, South Carolina; and brothers; John Hammett of Chesnee, South Carolina and Gene Hammett of Houston,Texas. The family also wishes to express our deep appreciation for Ny Kim Thok, Ben Rotschafer and John Clonts. Her last few years were blessed by their dedication, compassion and love. The family will receive guests at Carmichael Funeral Home on Saturday, March 30th, 6-8pm. Funeral Services will be held 10:30 AM at Bethany United Methodist Church in Smyrna on Monday, April 1st. She will be interred at Forest Hills Cemetery in Chattanooga, Tennessee and there will be a short graveside service. Donations may be made in Mrs. Terry’s memory to Bethany United Methodist Church, 760 Hurt Road, Smyrna,Georgia, 30082.
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Mamie L. Lockett
March 30, 2013
My sincere condolences to the entire family in the loss of your loved one.

Ms. Terry and I worked together at McEachern High School and I, as well as the faculty and students, had the highest regard for her mastery of her subject and for her professionalism.

She was indeed one of McEachern's B E S T!!!


Mamie L. Lockett
Marti Vaughan Bauman
March 31, 2013
Mary was one of the first people I met about 35 years ago in Georgia. I was teaching her youngest son and we rode together to Stone Mountain. She invited me to Bethany UMC where I worked with her fixing suppers. She was a dearly loved Christian mother and friends. To all her family, you were blessed. I send my deepest sympathy as you put Mary to rest. God is with you!

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