Donald G. Lewallen-CDR John David Lewallen, Sr

Dorothy Campbell - Nov 5, 2009

Found these Lewallens on FAG in Arlington National Cemetery.
Does anyone know them?

Donald G. Lewallen
CDR John David Lewallen, Sr

Wanda M Lewallen (wife of CDR John David Lewallen, Sr-Above)

Clete Ramsey - Sep 24, 2012


I believe the below-listed obituary is for John David Lewallen, Sr., one of a number of like-named Lewallen men, you noted “Find A Grave” reporting as having been buried at Arlington National Cemetery.   I’m comfortably certain that the second obituary, for James Franklin Lewallen, is the brother mentioned in US Navy Commander John David Lewallen’s obituary.   James Franklin Lewallen’s obituary was submitted by his daughter, Connie (Lewallen) Roach (   As an Air Force retiree, I note both Lewallen men served their country.

Regards from Virginia,



CMDR. Lewallen Dies At 47; Navy Veteran

Cmdr. John David Lewallen, 47, formerly of Chattanooga, died Tuesday at his Virginia Beach, VA., home.

He was a 30-year Navy veteran and had planned to retire soon.   He is survived here by his mother, Mrs. Bessie Lewallen; his brother, J. F. Lewallen; and an aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. B. K. Hartline of Chattanooga.

Others surviving are his wife, Mrs. Wanda Lewallen; a daughter, Debbie, and a son, John D. Jr., both of Virginia, Beach, and a sister, Mrs. Dorothy Anthony of Boaz, Ala.

The funeral was Thursday at 11 a.m. at Similli Funeral Home, Virginia Beach.   Burial was 2 p.m. Friday at Arlington National Cemetery.

Chattanooga Times, 8-19-1967


James Franklin Lewallen

LEWALLEN, James Franklin - Mr. Lewallen, 46, of 7721 Nautical Way, died Sunday morning in a local hospital.   He was very active in the Westview Cumberland Presbyterian Church, a veteran of the Korean War and was scoutmaster for the Boys Scouts of America for a number of years.

He was a lifelong resident of Hamilton County. Mr. Lewallen is survived by his wife, Mrs. Linda Lewallen, Chattanooga; two daughters, Mrs. Connie Roach, Mrs. Linda Wofford, both of Chattanooga; one son, Steve Franklin Lewallen, Chattanooga, one grandson, Anthony Todd Roach, Chattanooga; mother, Mrs. Bessie M. Lewallen, Chattanooga; sister, Mrs. Dorothy Anthony, Gadsden, Alabama.   The body will be in the North Chapel of the Chattanooga Funeral Home and Funeral Arrangements will be announced.

Chattanooga Times, September 16, 1974

Dorothy Campbell - Sep 25, 2012

Clete, thanks for posting this material, good find. Appreciate it.,


Clete Ramsey - Sep 25, 2012

Out of curiosity, I did a little more searching about brothers John David Lewallen and James Franklin Lewallen, with interesting results.

The uncle mentioned in John David Lewallen’s 1967 obituary was Barnum K. Hartline.   Mrs. B. K. Hartline was Mamie Grace (Mitchell) Hartline (1894-1972), the Lewallen brothers’ maternal aunt.

Mamie was a daughter of David S. Mitchell (b. 1866, TN; d. 1933, TN) and Mary Matilda (--?--) Mitchell (b. 1866, TN; d. 1913, TN).   Mamie’s mother appears on the 1910 census not as Mary or Matilda, but as Lillie Mitchell (43, b. TN).

John and James Lewallen’s mother was Bessie Mae (Mitchell) Lewallen.   She appears on the 1910 census in D. S. Mitchell’s household as Bessie Mitchell (8, b. TN).

John and James Lewallen’s father was James Franklin Buckhanon Lewallen (b. 1893, AL; d. 1937, TN).

James F. B. Lewallen’s father was John Preston Lewallen (b. 1848, AL; d. 1928, AL).   James’ mother was Tennessee Adaline (Lovelady) Lewallen (b. 1859, AL; d. 1935, AL).

John P. Lewallen’s father was Madison Lewallen (b. 1823, AL; d. 1882, AL).   His mother was Sarah “Sallie” (Taylor) Lewallen (b. 1820, AL; d. 1902, AL).

Madison Lewallen was a brother of my late mother’s great-grandfather, Monroe Washington Lewallen (b. 1824, AL; d. 1895, AR).

Additons, corrections, or comments are welcomed.

Billie Harris - Sep 26, 2012

Good genealogical information, Clete.  

I know you've researched your line thoroughly but seeing the same given names of your line with the descendants of Richard Lewallen (who was born Prince Edward County) and died in Anderson County, TN, there has to be a connection somewhere.   Richard was the son of Daniel who died in P.E. County and Daniel is a name we find in Jackson County, Alabama.   We don't have all the names for Daniel (d. P.E. Co) so do you think it's possible your earliest ancestor was a son of Daniel's?  

Just a thought.