Annie Lea was born Oct. 7, 1884. She was the daughter of John Bell Lea and Emily Elizabeth Holmes.  After school she enrolled in Pryor Institute to be a teacher.  She taught on Lookout Mountain. On weekends she would hike down the mountain to be with her family and would return up the mountain for another week of teaching. After she married she retired from teaching.


Robert Porter was born Apr. 1, 1883 in Dade County, Georgia. He was the son of Sarah Elizabeth Fowler and William S. Porter. As a young man he enjoyed playing baseball on the weekends.


They married in Feb.1909 and raised a family of six children in Chattanooga and Dade County. Their oldest child was Ollie Frances born Nov. 25, 1910 in Chattanooga. She was married to Alfred William (Happy) Boyd . He died in a cave-in while loading sand to build a new home in Apr. of 1953. Frances graduated from the University of Chattanooga. She attended Washington University while working in Washington D.C. during World War II. She received her Master’s degree and taught elementary school in Hamilton County until she retired. She died in January 1983.


Annie Bell was named for her mother and her grandfather. She was born Jan. 7, 1913. She married Clarence Alvin Carroll Sept.1, 1934. Clarence died Feb. 28, 1978 and she died Mar. 29, 2000 (see Annie Bell and Clarence Carroll). They are buried at Sarah’s Chapel.


Sarah Emily Elizabeth was born Oct. 18, 1916 in Chattanooga, TN. She graduated from Chattanooga High School. She took secretarial and nursing training in vocational school. She married Joe Dale Brown on Jan. 9, 1937. She and Dale ran Brown Brothers Grocery. She then worked at D. T. Brown and Sons Lumber Co. Dale worked in the timber end of the business. They have one son, Dale Thomas, who retired from the Georgia State Patrol as a Major. He is married to Bess Annie Dew. He has one daughter, Shannon Michelle, who is married to Raleigh (Trey) Bacon and they have one daughter, Sydney Michelle.


Dale died June 12, 1997 and is buried at Bethlehem Cementary.


Robert Byron, Jr. (the only son) was born June 3, 1921.  He graduated from Dade County High School. He served in the U.S. Army in Europe during World War II. He trained as a mechanic and worked in that field for many years. He trained to become a preacher and served as a pastor in Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky until his retirement. His wife is Evelyn Ruth Ford from Whiteside, Tn. They have one daughter, Charlotte Ann. She graduated from Trevecca Nazarene College where she met and married Thom Houseman. Most of their married life they have lived in the Holland, Michigan area and taught school. They have two children, Christopher and Rachel Leigh.


Their fifth child was Mary Lou Ethel born Sept. 25, 1924 in Chattanooga. She graduated from Dade County High School. She died June 19, 1949 at her parents home at Wildwood. She is buried at Sarah’s Chapel Cemetery.


Martha Lea is their youngest child. She was born Sept. 9, 1926 in Chattanooga. She graduated from Dade County High School. She worked at Oak Ridge, Tn. where she met and married James Enoch Rogers. They have four children; Jennie Lea, James Enoch,Jr. (married Debra-2 children: Brittany, Nicole, Dereck and Enoch), Robert Bronch (married Jean-1 son, Joshua Shane) and Paul Edward (married Jeannie-2 sons: Jonathan Tyler and James Adam Logan).


Annie died Dec. 23, 1958. Robert died Jan. 27, 1981. They are buried at Sarah’s Chapel Cemetery. (Submitted by Janie Mahan)

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