OBITUARY

Fred Cornelius Walpole

October 16, 1921September 20, 2021
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Fred Cornelius Walpole, age 99, of Chattanooga, formerly of Memphis, passed away Monday, September 20 2021 at his home.

He was born in Atwood, TN on October 16, 1921. He was the son of Lillie Mae and John J. Walpole and one of five sons. He lived his life in an upbeat way, in spite of losing two sons four years apart, when they were just teenagers.

Fred was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, his wife of nearly 60 years, Joyce Milstead Walpole, and sons Ray and Joe Walpole. He is survived by his devoted son, Mark Walpole who has steadfastly ensured the safety and well-being of his dad since he moved to Chattanooga seven years ago. He also leaves several nieces and nephews who cherish his memory.

Fred lived most of his life in Memphis, where he met Joyce when the two were working at the US Army Corps of Engineers. Before that he served in the Navy during World War II. The navy sent Fred to Duke University for engineering and later he earned his degree from the University of Tennessee. He was a bridge and construction engineer for the Corps, did consulting, and was partner in a Memphis construction company.

Fred lived his faith, spending his life giving back to others. He delivered Meals on Wheels to the elderly and homebound people: served on the foster care board in Memphis; and supported the food bank.

He won more medals than he could recall as a swimmer in Senior Olympics and represented Tennessee in his age group in the national competition several times. He often joked he won because he outlived everyone else in his age group.

Fred had a generous heart and a twinkle in his eye and found the good in almost every situation. After moving to Chattanooga he loved to go dancing at the senior center every Monday. He drove himself there until he was 96. He continued to lift weights until he was 97.

He especially loved his great niece, Gracie Gilbert and great nephews Nathan and Caleb Sexton and his special friend Dainese.

Fred was a long time member of Colonial Park United Methodist Church in Memphis and attended Faith Community Wesleyan Church here.

We hoped we would be celebrating his 100th birthday next month, but are so thankful for his long life and loving spirit. The family will receive friends Thursday, September 23, 2021 from 3-4 p.m. (EDT) with the service beginning at 4:00 p.m. (EDT) in the East Brainerd Chapel.

Interment will be held Monday, September 27, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. (CDT) at Memorial Park Funeral Home & Cemetery (5668 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN 38119). Memorial contributions may be made to the Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home, (6623 Lee Hwy., Chattanooga, TN 37421) www.tennesseechildren.org. Arrangements are by the East Brainerd Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 8214 East Brainerd Rd., Chattanooga, TN 37421. Please share your thoughts and memories at www.ChattanoogaEastBrainerdChapel.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Lillie Mae & John J. Walpole, Parents (deceased)
  • Joyce Milstead Walpol, Wife (deceased)
  • Mark Walpole, Son
  • Ray & Joe Walpole, Sons (deceased)
  • Gracie Gilbert, Great-Niece
  • Nathan & Caleb Sexton, Great-Nephews
  • Dianese, Special Friend

Services

  • Receiving Friends

    Thursday, September 23, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, September 23, 2021

  • Interment

    Monday, September 27, 2021

Memories

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Laurie Walpole

September 25, 2021

I have known Uncle Fred all my life because he was my father's brother. That beautifully written obituary captures him perfectly: he was an upbeat, fun-loving, giving person. He was an important part of my life, especially after my father died. I will miss hearing his hilarious stories about growing up in Atwood. I'm just so happy he got to live with Mark, and that he lived well until the end. Mark, I hope you're doing well, and I can't wait to see you.

-Laurie

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High school basketball 1936

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Fred with puppy 1926

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Fred 1939

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Big brother Fred with nephew Dick Walpole on shoulders and little brother Gene, 1937

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Fred in US Navy, 1942

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High school basketball 1936

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Fred with puppy 1926

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Fred 1939

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Big brother Fred with nephew Dick Walpole on shoulders and little brother Gene, 1937

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Fred in US Navy, 1942

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Biography

Fred Cornelius Walpole, age 99, of Chattanooga, formerly of Memphis, passed away Monday, September 20 2021 at his home.

He was born in Atwood, TN on October 16, 1921. He was the son of Lillie Mae and John J. Walpole and one of five sons. He lived his life in an upbeat way, in spite of losing two sons four years apart, when they were just teenagers.

Fred was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, his wife of nearly 60 years, Joyce Milstead Walpole, and sons Ray and Joe Walpole. He is survived by his devoted son, Mark Walpole who has steadfastly ensured the safety and well-being of his dad since he moved to Chattanooga seven years ago. He also leaves several nieces and nephews who cherish his memory.

Fred lived most of his life in Memphis, where he met Joyce when the two were working at the US Army Corps of Engineers. Before that he served in the Navy during World War II. The navy sent Fred to Duke University for engineering and later he earned his degree from the University of Tennessee. He was a bridge and construction engineer for the Corps, did consulting, and was partner in a Memphis construction company.

Fred lived his faith, spending his life giving back to others. He delivered Meals on Wheels to the elderly and homebound people: served on the foster care board in Memphis; and supported the food bank.

He won more medals than he could recall as a swimmer in Senior Olympics and represented Tennessee in his age group in the national competition several times. He often joked he won because he outlived everyone else in his age group.

Fred had a generous heart and a twinkle in his eye and found the good in almost every situation. After moving to Chattanooga he loved to go dancing at the senior center every Monday. He drove himself there until he was 96. He continued to lift weights until he was 97.

He especially loved his great niece, Gracie Gilbert and great nephews Nathan and Caleb Sexton and his special friend Dainese.

Fred was a long time member of Colonial Park United Methodist Church in Memphis and attended Faith Community Wesleyan Church here.

We hoped we would be celebrating his 100th birthday next month, but are so thankful for his long life and loving spirit.

The family will receive friends Thursday, September 23, 2021 from 3-4 p.m. (EDT) with the service beginning at 4:00 p.m. (EDT) in the East Brainerd Chapel.

Interment will be held Monday, September 27, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. (CDT) at Memorial Park Funeral Home & Cemetery (5668 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN 38119).
Memorial contributions may be made to the Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home, (6623 Lee Hwy., Chattanooga, TN 37421) www.tennesseechildren.org.

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

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