Katie Qualls

Katie Qualls

Thursday February 22nd, 1923 - Saturday September 19th, 2020
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Mrs. Katie Lee Qualls was born on February 22, 1923 in Leighton, AL to Fletcher and Eva Freeman.
She transitioned on September 19, 2020 in a local hospital after an illness. Katie spent her early childhood growing up in Leighton. After her union with the love of her life, Cotrell Leon Qualls, and his return from the military, they relocated to Chattanooga, TN. To this union was born 7 children, 6 boys and 1 girl.

Shortly after arrival to Chattanooga, Katie joined the Greater St. John Missionary Baptist Church. Her
ministry was sharing God’s word and serving others. She served faithfully as a Sunday school teacher, president of the St. John Missionary Society, president of the Culinary Committee, member of the senior choir, member of Mother’s Board, and a diligent member of the Chattanooga Hamilton County Baptist Mission and Education District Association. She volunteered at the Hamilton County Nursing home for many years. She was a true servant and received many accolades.

Katie was a dedicated wife, loving mother and friend. She reared her children in the admonition of the
Lord and she taught them the importance of family. After working long hours, she would always make
sure her family had a hot meal with her famous sweet tea. Not only did she prepare for her family, her
table was open to whomever stopped by. She was known to serve those who just wanted or needed ahot meal. Katie’s working career spanned 30 plus years at Medical Arts Pharmacy, Dr. David Isbell’s dental office, and Provident Insurance Company. She found her perfect job when she began her employment at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 1971. After several position progressions, she became supervisor of the game room, located in the Student Center. This was the perfect job for her charismatic personality. She became surrogate mother for many. Upon her retirement, some of the students sponsored a celebration in her honor to acknowledge her importance in their lives. She maintained many of these friendships throughout retirement.
She was proceeded in death by her loving husband, Cotrell L. Qualls; son, William K. Qualls; parents, Fletcher and Eva Freeman; sister, Lyda Bernice Wade and brother, Eddie Vinson Freeman.

Katie leaves to cherish loving memories a devoted daughter, Carol Loveless (Atlanta, GA); devoted sons, Edward Leon (Loretta) Qualls, San Diego, CA; Thomas Qualls; Richard (Linda) Qualls; Bernard (Velicia) Qualls; Anthony Qualls all of Chattanooga, TN; 14 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild. Other dedicated and caring family and friends are: nieces, Lizzie Young, Orlando, FL; Linda Sendaula, Helotes, TX; Delois King, Flint, MI; nephews, George Wade, Ponnie Mastin (Monica), Larry Wade all of Chattanooga, TN; son-in-law, Paul Loveless, Atlanta, GA; daughter-in-law, Vnita Qualls, Atlanta, GA; cousins, Gwendolyn Miller and Ussery Ray, Town Creek, AL; care-giver, Linda Parrish; like a son, James Cunningham, neighbors, Luther and Rachel Shockley; lifelong friend, Rebecca Miree all of Chattanooga,and a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

“Give her the fruit of her hands, and let her own works praise her in the gates.” Proverbs 31:31 (NKJV)

A public viewing will be held 2:00 - 6:00 pm Monday, September 28, 2020 at the funeral home. A private funeral service will be held. Interment: Chattanooga National Cemetery (Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 1:30 pm)

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  • Visitation

    Monday September 28th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    Monday September 28th, 2020 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    John P. Franklin Funeral Home
    1101 Dodds Avenue
    Chattanooga, TN 37404
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  • Chapel

    Tuesday September 29th, 2020 | 12:00pm
    Tuesday September 29th, 2020 12:00pm
    John P. Franklin Funeral Home
    1101 Dodds Avenue
    Chattanooga, TN 37404
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Barbara Richardson Willis

Posted at 12:42pm
To Carol (My friend and Spelman sister) and Family, We're thinking of you, wishing you hope in the midst of sorrow, and comfort in the midst of pain. Miss Katie was a beautiful loving, caring, Christian lady whose kindness was contagious. She was a gift to her family and this world. Remember,
" A mother holds our hands when we are little but holds our hearts forever. " John 14:27 Peace I leave with you ,my peace I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. We are here for you.. Love you dearly..Barbara Richardson Willis, Kimberly Willis Mitchell and Barry Juitt Willis

Patricia Crutcher

Posted at 12:23pm
I remember Mrs Katie saying to my sister, tell Patricia she can stick her head through the door sometime and say hello.tell Patricia she don't need an invitation to come by, and when I did see her it was always a pleasure to see her. The smiley face,The love she showed me from my first visit to my last, is beyond words I can express. May the angels shield you and God arms hold you forever Mrs Katie, i love you always.. Patricia Crutcher / (Sarah Jane)

Posted at 08:23pm
My deepest condolences to your family. I know this is the hardest thing you will ever have to do. I pray for each of you that God will hold you close as you say “Good Bye” to the most important person in your lives. Ms Katie will be missed by many. She mothered and supported her family and community loving everyone she met. She touched the lives of all she knew. A truly amazing woman

Kristie Crutcher

Posted at 05:52pm
Sending my condolences to the family. Mrs. Katie was such a sweet lady she reminded me of my grandmother who I lost before I was 17 years old. I loved her greens! So tasty! I'm going to miss her beautiful smile and grace. God bless your family.
Kristie Crutcher (Linda Parrish's daughter)

Richard White

Posted at 01:31pm
With heartfelt condolences, Pastor Pope and the Encanto Southern Baptist Church Family
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