OBITUARY

Edward Lindsay Ryon Sr.

March 11, 1923January 1, 2021
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Edward Lindsay Ryon, Sr., age 97 of East Brainerd, passed away Friday, January 1, 2021 at his home of natural causes.

He was born March 11, 1923 in Chattanooga to the late Ethel and James Clark Ryon, Sr.

He attended Tyner High School and graduated in 1941. During high school, he was active in varsity football where he served as a co-captain.

He was a Scout Master and leader.

He joined the United States Army Air Corps at the age of 20. He served as a Martin B-26 Marauder Pilot, also known as “The Widow Maker”. Edward was with the 394th Bomb Group and flew 46 missions.

After the war, he returned to Chattanooga and started working for Southern Bell and retired after 40 years of service.

He attended Concord Baptist Church from the age of two. He became a Christian and joined the Church at the age of ten and has been a member of Concord Baptist for 87 years. As a member of Concord, he and his wife, Margaret, took an active part in all phases of the church. He was an ordained deacon, was a Sunday School teacher for twenty years, and worked with the youth. He also served as a trustee and helped write the bylaws and constitution of the church.

He always liked the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. For many years, he raised and trained bird dogs as well as beagles. At home, he enjoyed working outdoors and woodworking.

He attended the University of Chattanooga at night, majoring in civil engineering. As time permitted, he became active in community affairs. He was involved with the Telephone Pioneers and the Brainerd Optimist Club where he served as a trustee. He taught in the Chattanooga Literacy Movement and taught conversational English to immigrants. He assisted in fund-raising for the Walter E. Boehm Birth Defects Center at T. C. Thompson Children’s Hospital for twenty-five years. His wife, Margaret was Executive Director during that time. He also raised funds for the National Foundation for the March of Dimes for fourteen years.

Mr. Ryon wrote the book “Bombs Away” on his life and training as a B-26 pilot. It has sold over 400 copies to date. He received several local write-ups and recommendations for his book.

He received the 2015 “Distinguished Veteran Award” from the Chattanooga Freedom’s Foundation. He recently had the privilege of being recognized by the “Honors Air Program” out of Knoxville, Tennessee where he was flown to Washington, DC for the day.

Edward Lindsay Ryon, Sr., believed “God, Family, and Country” should always be the priority for every individual.

He married the love of his life for 68 years Margaret Fullam Ryon until God called her home in 2012. He was also preceded in death by his brother, James Clark Ryon, Jr. and sister, Margaret Wofford.

Survivors include his son, Edward Lindsay (Kaye) Ryon, Jr. of Farragut, TN; daughter, Janice (Bill) Lane of Chattanooga, TN; brother, Robert (Betty) Ryon of North Carolina; sister, Jenieve Peak of Chattanooga; four grandchildren, Melody (Paul) Gentry of Lenoir City, TN; Janna Leigh Ryon of Maryland; Ryon Lane of Knoxville, TN; and Rebecca (Vince) Swingle of Knoxville, TN; four great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, January 12, 2021 from 10-11:30 a.m. funeral home. Funeral services will begin at 11:30 a.m. in the East Brainerd Chapel with Rev. Bob Segrest, Jim Rechel, and Dr. David King officiating.

Interment with military honors will follow at Chattanooga National Cemetery.

Due to Covid-19, all guidelines of social distancing set in place by the CDC must be followed. Hamilton County requires face coverings for anyone attending services and visitation.

Memorial contributions may be made to Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home, Chattanooga Campus, 6623 Lee Hwy., Chattanooga, TN 37421.

Arrangements are by the East Brainerd Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 8214 East Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421.

Please share your thoughts and memories at www.ChattanoogaEastBrainerdChapel.com.

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Lori Striffler

January 13, 2021

I was so very sorry to hear of the passing of my friend, Mr. Ed. He was truly, a gentle man. It was not hard to love such a kind soul. I will always remember his smile.
My heartfelt condolences go out to Janice and the rest of the family.
RIP Sir.

Trisha Miller

January 12, 2021

I had the pleasure of know Mr. Ryon for just about 2 years, but in that short time he became one of my Heros. I work where Mr. Ryon lived, and we would always joke around. There isn't enough space for me to tell you about all the laughs we had.
I Thanked him every time I saw him for his service and told him he was a Hero because he helped save the world.
Our world is smaller with Mr. Ryon gone, but now he is with the love of his life, and he left a beautiful legacy behind.
Trisha Miller

Ginger Greene

January 12, 2021

Ed was a dear friend and someone I looked up to. It was a joy any time I could see him! He was always encouraging, funny, and inspirational. He loved to talk about the Bible and what he was currently studying. Even these last years as his body was failing, his mind and spirit were very much alive. He was always interested in others and loved the Lord Jesus with all of His heart. I will miss him greatly. Ginger Greene

Jim Greeson

January 11, 2021

Mr Ryon was a wonderful role model for many people. I have many good memories of him as a neighbor, my first baseball coach and Boy Scout leader. A life well lived. Our thoughts and prayers for all of his family during this time. Jim and Barbara Greeson

Ben Perry

January 10, 2021

Dear Janice and Bill
I remember both your mother and father fondly. They were very nice people and I am so sorry for your loss. He was part of greatest generation and his obituary proves just how great he was. My deepest sympathy for an enormous loss to all of us. Ben

Melanie Segrest Robinson

January 10, 2021

Your precious Dad was one of the first people we saw in the lobby this past Summer when Dad (Bob Segrest) moved to Garden Plaza after losing our Mom. It was such a comfort knowing he’d have a good friend out there! Both your parents were such lovely Christian examples. We appreciate your family’s love & support over the years. My parents adored your parents! We are praying for you all during this difficult time. Love, Melanie, Ward, & Bob

Patti Richie Taylor

January 9, 2021

Mr. Ryon and his late wife Margaret were dear friends of my parents, the late Albert and Jessie Richie.

Mr. Ryon was a wonderful friend and pal to my Dad for many years after their wives passed. Both Ed and my Dad lived at Garden Plaza Independent Living Center.

My sincere condolences to Ed's family on his passing. He was a very kind, considerate gentleman of strong character and principles who lived and exemplary, Christian life. Patti Taylor

Janice White

January 9, 2021

To all the family,
My heartfelt love, prayers, and sympathy are with each of you. It is never easy to lose the ones we love , especially parents. I know you all feel blessed in having him with you for so long. The joy of having the grandchildren and great grandchildren know their Grandfather and Great Grandfather and have memories to share is so dear. And you all know the joy you brought to him throughout his life!!
I am sorry that I can’t be there to celebrate his life with you. I will be praying for all of you. My love to all of you, especially to you, Lindsay and Janice. God is our refuge and strength! Xoxo

Ed Lowe

January 4, 2021

A life well lived. Work at Garden Plaza, Ed’s last earthly home. So admired his grit and determination, humor, and his unshakable faith! He will be so dearly missed, but our nation celebrates that such a man as Ed Ryon walked (and sometimes) flew amongst us.

Earl and Carol Marler

January 4, 2021

Ed Ryon lived a beautiful Christian life and he served as a testimony
To the grace of Jesus Christ. He will be an everlasting special friend
To a wide circle of friends. We are thankful to God for our friendship.
Earl and Carol Marler

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Biography

Edward Lindsay Ryon, Sr., age 97 of East Brainerd, passed away Friday, January 1, 2021 at his home of natural causes.

He was born March 11, 1923 in Chattanooga to the late Ethel and James Clark Ryon, Sr.

He attended Tyner High School and graduated in 1941. During high school, he was active in varsity football where he served as a co-captain.

He was a Scout Master and leader.

He joined the United States Army Air Corps at the age of 20. He served as a Martin B-26 Marauder Pilot, also known as “The Widow Maker”. Edward was with the 394th Bomb Group and flew 46 missions.

After the war, he returned to Chattanooga and started working for Southern Bell and retired after 40 years of service.

He attended Concord Baptist Church from the age of two. He became a Christian and joined the
Church at the age of ten and has been a member of Concord Baptist for 87 years. As a member of Concord, he and his wife, Margaret, took an active part in all phases of the church. He was an ordained deacon, was a Sunday School teacher for twenty years, and worked with the youth. He also served as a trustee and helped write the bylaws and constitution of the church.

He always liked the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. For many years, he raised and trained bird dogs as well as beagles. At home, he enjoyed working outdoors and woodworking.

He attended the University of Chattanooga at night, majoring in civil engineering. As time permitted, he became active in community affairs. He was involved with the Telephone Pioneers and the Brainerd Optimist Club where he served as a trustee. He taught in the Chattanooga Literacy Movement and taught conversational English to immigrants. He assisted in fund-raising for the Walter E. Boehm Birth Defects Center at T. C. Thompson Children’s Hospital for twenty-five years. His wife, Margaret was Executive Director during that time. He also raised funds for the National Foundation for the March of Dimes for fourteen years.

Mr. Ryon wrote the book “Bombs Away” on his life and training as a B-26 pilot. It has sold over 400 copies to date. He received several local write-ups and recommendations for his book.

He received the 2015 “Distinguished Veteran Award” from the Chattanooga Freedom’s Foundation. He recently had the privilege of being recognized by the “Honors Air Program” out of Knoxville, Tennessee where he was flown to Washington, DC for the day.

Edward Lindsay Ryon, Sr., believed “God, Family, and Country” should always be the priority for every individual.

He married the love of his life for 68 years Margaret Fullam Ryon until God called her home in 2012. He was also preceded in death by his brother, James Clark Ryon, Jr. and sister, Margaret Wofford.

Survivors include his son, Edward Lindsay (Kaye) Ryon, Jr. of Farragut, TN; daughter, Janice (Bill) Lane of Chattanooga, TN; brother, Robert (Betty) Ryon of North Carolina; sister, Jenieve Peak of Chattanooga; four grandchildren, Melody (Paul) Gentry of Lenoir City, TN; Janna Leigh Ryon of Maryland; Ryon Lane of Knoxville, TN; and Rebecca (Vince) Swingle of Knoxville, TN; four great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, January 12, 2021 from 10-11:30 a.m. funeral home. Funeral services will begin at 11:30 a.m. in the East Brainerd Chapel with Rev. Bob Segrest, Jim Rechel, and Dr. David King officiating.

Interment with military honors will follow at Chattanooga National Cemetery.

Due to Covid-19, all guidelines of social distancing set in place by the CDC must be followed. Hamilton County requires face coverings for anyone attending services and visitation.

Memorial contributions may be made to Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home, Chattanooga Campus, 6623 Lee Hwy., Chattanooga, TN 37421.

Arrangements are by the East Brainerd Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 8214 East Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421.

Please share your thoughts and memories at www.ChattanoogaEastBrainerdChapel.com.