John Sevier Chapter is working in coordination with the families to honor our lost Compatriots
Likely to be honored at the Sylar Cemetery
Likely a joint ceremony with John Echerd
Likely a Fall 23 ceremony
Ceremony is in final planning stage
Please share any information on these Patriots with the John Sevier Webmaster
Pvt James Gowdy - PA P-168684 and A-046751
Capt. Abraham Stout - NJ P-299020 and A-110663
Capt. Isaac Thayer - MA P-303399 and A-113978
Scout, CPL Jacob Persinger - VA P-268993 and A-089554
Capt. John Boswell Johnson - VA P-225303 and A-063418
Capt. (Navy) Moses Lippitt - RI P-237069 and A-069669
Capt. James Deering - VA P-146375 and A-031289
Ancestor Patriot being researched
Sgt. Joseph Johnston - VA P-227775 and A-064024
Pvt. John Wilhoite - VA P-320114 and A-125470
Maj. David Starr, Jr. - CT P-296294 and A-109094
Capt. Isaac Ross - SC P-282042 and A-098428
Gene Franklin Johnson, born September 3, 1942, went to be with the Lord while at home with his spouse, Betty Jean, and his beloved pet beagle, Clark Kent Super Dog, by his side on January 16, 2020.
Mr. Johnson, age 77, was preceded in death by his parents, Curren Buell and Nellie Katharine Lovell Johnson; a sister, Nell Johnson Roark; his first spouse, Beverly Ann Pittman Johnson; brother Leon Mitchell “Phillip” Johnson; a niece, Sharon Roark Lovell, all from Harrison, TN and daughter, Dena Hammack Boles (Stuart), New Port Richey, FL.
Survivors include his current spouse Betty Jean Fry Hammack Johnson, Harrison, TN, and sons Christopher Brett (Mallory) Johnson and grandson, Curren Birch, Sacramento, CA; Tyler Mitchell Johnson, Hoover, AL; Justin Ray Hammack (Rebecca), Huntsville, AL; nephew, Robin (Melaine) Johnson and nieces, Vicki Roark Lee, and Phyllis Johnson Hickman; all from Harrison, TN.
Gene was raised and grew up in the communities of Birchwood, Friendship and Harrison, TN. He graduated from the University of Alabama and spent 33 years in the banking business. He had authored several books and was currently writing his own autobiography “Reflections”. He was well-known for his research abilities in establishing family roots and recording their history in the communities of Birchwood, Friendship, and Harrison, TN
Gene was a member of Maple Grove Baptist Church, Harrison, TN. He was also a member of the Roark-Conner Association and the TN Sons of the American Revolution Society.
The family wishes to express their heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the staff of the East Team of Hospice of Chattanooga for their care and kindness. In lieu of flowers, please celebrate Gene’s memory by donating to Hospice of Chattanooga, 4411 Oakwood Drive, Chattanooga, TN 37343.
In keeping with Gene’s wishes for not having a formal visitation or memorial service, the family request you not dwell on the sadness of his passing but remember the good times you shared with him throughout his lifetime.
Arrangements are by Hamilton Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 4506 Hixson Pike, Hixson
John is survived by his wife of 71 years, Kathryn Sylar Echerd; son, Hartly Echerd (Rona); daughters, Amy Fowler (Jimmy) and Cynda Holmes (Dale); grandchildren, Ian Fowler, Laura Echerd Slayton, Elisha Fowler, and Jameson Sylar Holmes and four great-grandchildren.
A World War II veteran, he served for 41 years and retired as a Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserves.
John worked at TVA for 33 years and retired as Chief of Personnel for the Division of Power.
He was a 71-year member of Ooltewah Baptist Church where he taught Sunday school, sang in the choir and was deacon emeritus.
He was especially proud of his 30 years of service with the Sons of the American Revolution, serving as registrar and president of the John Sevier chapter, president of the Tennessee Society and attending state and national conferences throughout the country. He served on several state and national committees, was a national trustee and served as chairman of the Friends of the Library committee for 15 years.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Friends of the SAR Research library, 809 W Main St., Louisville, KY 40202 or Hospice of Chattanooga, 6148 Lee Hwy 107, Chattanooga, 37421
The family will celebrate his life at a private graveside service.
Eras Anthony “Tony “ Mines died peacefully at home on Sunday morning, October 13, 2019, after a valiant battle against acute myeloid leukemia. Tony was currently serving as the president of the National Art Materials Trade Association [NAMTA], an Advisory Board member for the Charles H. Coolidge National Medal of Honor Heritage Center and an elder at Lookout Valley Presbyterian Church. He was a member of the John Sevier Chapter, National Society Sons of the American Revolution, the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter # 203 and the Disabled Veterans of America, Robert Loveday Memorial Chapter, # 6.