Eric Steven Rose

July 18, 1959January 12, 2020

Eric Steven Rose, 60, of Ringgold, GA, died peacefully on Sunday, January 12, 2020 after a long illness. He was born July 18, 1959 to the late Henry and Nadine Rose of Newton, NC. He was the loving husband of 28 years to Deborah Marsh Rose of Ringgold, GA and proud father to Alec Rose of Ooltewah, TN, and stepfather to Jason (Vanora) Burns of Chattanooga, TN, Shauna (Steven) Graham of Franklin, TN, and Grace Dykstra (Mike Pettengill) of Chattanooga, TN. He was preceded in death by his mother-in-law Judith Marsh of Ringgold, GA. Eric (aka “Papa E”) adored his grandchildren Ethan Burns, Sidney Burns, Chloe Graham, Clementine Graham, Addisyn Burns-Shattuck, Oliver Dykstra, and Rubi Dykstra. He leaves behind his beloved brother Tommy (Cynthia) Rose of Maiden, NC, nephew Anthony (Rebecca) Rose of Mechanicsburg, PA, father-in-law Johnny Marsh of Ringgold, GA, sister-in-law Kara Henderson (Rick McMasters) of Ringgold, GA, brother-in-law Johnny (Misty) Marsh of Washington, IN and several nieces and nephews. Eric cherished his family above all else, and loved to spoil his sweet dog Mila who was always by his side. He was passionate about sports, was an accomplished high school and collegiate tennis player, and eventually a club tennis professional. He loved cheering on his favorite football team, the Oakland Raiders, but he was happiest all the years he spent practicing baseball with his son Alec and watching him play. Eric earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of North Carolina Charlotte and moved to Chattanooga in 1984 with two long-time dear friends Terry Clemmons of Chattanooga, TN and Mike Mason of McDonald, TN to start a business venture together. Eric was the owner of Rainbow Vacuum Distributors of Chattanooga from 1984 to 2015. There will be a celebration of Eric’s life on Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 5:00 pm for family and close friends at the family home. Please share your thoughts and memories with the family at Arrangements are by the East Brainerd Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist, 8214 E. Brainerd Rd., Chattanooga, TN 37421.


26 January

Celebration of Life

5:00 pm

The Family Home

Ringgold, Georgia


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Ray Hendren

January 22, 2020

I had the great pleasure of knowing Eric for over 40 years. We were roommates in college at UNC-Charlotte. I can't remember ever even having a single disagreement with him. Today there is a hole in my heart with him gone.

Staying in touch through the years, we would laugh at our crazy antics in college but conversation would always lead to family. Eric was proud of the family unit Deborah and he created. I know the family will miss "Papa E".

As I spread the sad news to our UNCC brothers, please rest assured that Eric was loved,respected and a big special part of our young lives. We find comfort now knowing he out of pain and with our Lord and Savior. Sleep well my brother!

Keith Whitt

January 20, 2020

Eric was a college classmate of mine and within the few years we experienced together, developed a brother bond that has carried over through the years. I have so many great memories of Eric and and our “posse” (Ray, Sath, Mike...) that it sounds book worthy when they’re mentioned! Eric was a great, loved and trusted friend, and will be truly missed. My sincere condolences to all of his family and friends. Rest In Peace brother.

Richard Hollar

January 16, 2020

Remember Eric from the ol high school days with that big head of hair. He was a great tennis player and crazy guy in a very good way. May he rest in peace.

Melonie Humphries

January 16, 2020

Eric was a sweet ,kind classmate of our 1977 NCHS class. All his classmates will miss him.
Prayers lifted for the family for peace.Peace surpasses all understanding.

Chet Brooks

January 15, 2020

Just found out about Eric's passing, and I want to extend my deepest condolences to all of you who loved him. (How could one not) I met him in the 6th grade and though I haven't seen him in a while, it will never change my fondness and friendship for Eric. He was one of the funniest people I've ever known, and he had a heart of gold. This occasion even made me remember his parents. I just don't have the words to convey how highly I regarded Eric. To his family and loved ones please let me just say how truly sorry I am and I know the world will have a little less joy and humor to go around without Eric. May God put his arms around you and give you comfort and healing. Chet Brooks

Ben and Connie Moyer

January 14, 2020

Debbie, you and your family will be in our prayers. So very sorry for your loss. Eric was a good guy.