McDonald and Son Funeral Home and Crematory

Tammy Waddell

( June 09, 2018 )

Tammy Layne Waddell, 58, passed away peacefully at Northside Forsyth surrounded by family on June 9, 2018.  Tammy was born November 17, 1959 to GE and Barbara Meadows in Duluth, GA.  She devoted the past four decades of her life to being the loving wife of Mike, the proud mother of BJ and Kevin, the compassionate mother-in-law to Lori and Jackie and most notable, the adoring “Nana” to Caroline, Ansley, Lily Kate and Ryder.


Tammy served the children and community of Forsyth County for thirty years as a paraprofessional and elementary teacher in Forsyth County Schools.  She had a passion for literacy and believed that every child deserved an opportunity to learn.  She was a National Board Certified Teacher and in 2003 was recognized as the Forsyth County Schools Elementary Teacher of the Year.  She left a legacy in the hallways of Sawnee Elementary & Primary Schools, Cumming Elementary School and Haw Creek Elementary School.  Those around her recognized Tammy by her generosity, selflessness and unconditional love. Though her achievements and accolades are numerous, none are greater than the many lives that she changed over the course of her three decades in education.


Additionally, Tammy was a member of the Rainbow Girls, a division of the Masons, and a member of the Forsyth County Volunteer Fire Department Station Four Ladies Auxiliary.


Tammy loved to read, visit the Great Smokey Mountains and spend time with her grandchildren. Tammy was adored by both her students and colleagues; however, she was loved by none more than her friends and family.  She will be missed dearly.


Tammy is survived by her beloved husband of 41 years, Mike; two sons: BJ (Lori) and Kevin (Jackie); grandchildren: Caroline & Lily Kate, Ansley & Ryder; mother: Barbara Meadows; brother: Joey (Teenna) Meadows; honorary son: Adam Norrell; father-in-law: Robert Waddell; brothers-in-law: Rickey (Jean) Waddell, Billy (Melissa) Waddell; sister-in-law: Patsy (Frankie) Dodd; nephews:  Michael (Chelsea) Meadows, Caleb Waddell, Jason Dodd, Randy Dodd; nieces:  Kristina (Mark) Esposito, April (Kevin) Rogers, Brandy Meadows, Robin Waddell, Hannah Waddell, Kasey (Dalton) Keys, Emily Waddell and several great nieces and nephews.


A celebration for Tammy’s life will be held Wednesday, June 13, 2018, at 11 o’clock in the morning at McDonald & Son Funeral Home. 


Visitation will take place at McDonald Funeral Home on Monday, June 11th from 4-8pm, Tuesday, June 12, 2018 from 9 am – 9 pm and Wednesday, June 13, from 9 am – 11 am. 


In lieu of flowers, please bring backpacks filled with school supplies to honor Tammy’s passion for children in need or make a donation in memory of Tammy Waddell to


Project Connect
c/o Forsyth Central High School

131 Almon C. Hill Drive
Cumming, GA 30040



Condolences may be expressed at


Arrangements by McDonald and Son Funeral Home, 150 Sawnee Drive, Cumming, GA 30040 (770) 886.9899