The Tennessee Society Sons of the American Revolution award for the greatest number of new members; Overall Chapter Winner
The Tennessee Society Sons of the American Revolution award for Large Size Chapter Winner
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1st VP Bryan Beck presents the SAR Flag Certificate to USMC Veteran Sean Phillips 8 MAR 2020
Members to be added
John C. Echerd
Lewis Sylar, III
Arthur Purcell, Jr.
Andrew Riley, Jr.
Mr. Larry Underwood
Mr. Terry Siler
Mr. Tim Adams
The Patriot Medal awardee (TNSSAR's highest award to be bestowed on a compratriot)
Mr. James Moore
Past TNSSAR President
Mr. William Eubank, III (picture coming soon)
Past TNSSAR President
Mr. Charles Dammann
Past TNSSAR President
The chapter reports annually on all of our activities supporting the missions and goals of the SAR to State. Please take a look at how we compete with our brother chapters.
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.
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