CHICKAMAUGA — Mary Nelma Hicks Costner, 76, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021.

She was born in Winchester, Va., on Jan. 24, 1945, to the late Nelms Kyle and Mary Hammerly Hicks and had lived in the North Georgia area for most of her life. She was a member of Philadelphia Baptist Church in Ringgold where she loved to sing in the choir. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend who possessed a sweet and loving disposition and cared deeply for her family and friends. She will be truly missed. She was also preceded in death by her granddaughter, Jennifer Gass.

Survivors include: her loving husband of more than 25 years Roger Costner, Sr.; children, Leanne Brown, Alan Lowery, Ginger (John) Hise, Cristine Hill, Tonya Curtis, Rod (Kelly) Costner; sister, Jenny (Tim) Waters; grandchildren, Amanda (Adam) Dillinger, Matthew & (Susie) Sane, Lucy Brown, Eric Brown, Melissa Gass, Katie Costner, Trey Costner, Brandi Dixon and Bryan Baughn and Crystal Sane; nieces, Amy Gawler, Kimberly Waters, Katie Waters; and nephew, Joey (Kathryn) Waters; great-grandsons, Noah, Owen and Luke Dillinger and numerous extended family & friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Monday, Nov. 22, 2021, in the Fort Oglethorpe Chapel with Bro. Rob Borders officiating. Burial will follow in the Tennessee-Georgia Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday and prior to the service on Monday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to: North Georgia Animal Alliance, P.O. Box 5484, Fort Oglethorpe, GA 30742 (706) 937-2287 or Philadelphia Baptist Church, 1065 Pine Grove Rd., Ringgold, GA 30736 (706) 891-5683.

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Arrangements by W.L. Wilson & Sons Funeral Home Fort Oglethorpe, GA