Woodrow C. "Woody" Atherton

April 22, 1934October 26, 2013
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Woodrow C. “Woody” Atherton, Jr., 79, of Chattanooga, TN, passed away Saturday. October 26, 2013. A lifelong resident of the Chattanooga area, he was the son of the late Woodrow C. and Gertrude Knittle Atherton, Sr. and was a retired Fireman from the City of Chattanooga with 26 years of service. He was a Veteran and Staff Sergeant of the U.S. Army and a member of the Tyner United Methodist Church. He was a graduate of Central High School Class of 1952 and was an avid sports fan of baseball, football, basketball, and a big NASCAR fan. He also loved taking cruises and enjoying life. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Billie Jane Atherton; two daughters, Karen Prunty, Ooltewah and Lisa Atherton, Chattanooga; son, Chris (Denise Ann) Atherton, Marietta, GA; three grandchildren, Kelli Atherton, Jason Atherton and Zackary Callahan; one great-granddaughter; sister, Myrna (Don) Mondy, Ooltewah; nephew, Donald Mondy, Jr.; two cousins, Barbara Roberts and Carolyn Caldwell. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be greatly missed by many. The family would like to thank the staff at Tennessee Oncology, Robin, Amanda and Lisa for their love and care. Also to Dr. Deanna Duncan, Nurse Fran and Chaplain Fisher at Hearth Hospice for all of their love, care and support. In lieu of flowers, the family ask memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society at; Hearth Hospice at or to the Tyner United Methodist Church, 6805 Standifer Gap Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday in the Valley View Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home with the Rev. Charles Harrison and the Rev. Charles Lippse officiating. Interment will be in the Chattanooga National Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the Valley View Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 7414 Old Lee Highway


  • Funeral Service Friday, November 1, 2013
  • Visitation Wednesday, October 30, 2013

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October 30, 2013

Mr. Woody was a kind man and I am glad and honored that I knew him. God has him now. RIP Mr. Woody. Much Love to the Atherton Family.

Carolyn & Milton Clark & Family
Chattanooga, TN

M. L.

October 30, 2013

A close family friend. So sorry to see him go. He will be greatly missed.
- Michelle Stafford Smith (daughter of Captain Eddie Stafford)

Cheryl Scenic City Dentistry

October 30, 2013

Billie, I was so saddened to hear about Woody. He was one of my favorite patients. I will miss him. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

October 28, 2013

Karen, I prayed for God to heal your dad and make him well. But instead, he chose to make him perfect. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Psalm 30:5--...Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. Sharon Fowler Hasting

Charlotte Mathis

October 28, 2013


I would like to offer my condolence and deepest of sympathy to your family.

I know you love him but God loves him best.

Continue as you are and you will see him again.

Charlotte Mathis

Janice Dobrow

October 28, 2013

Mom and I are so sorry to hear the news. We know he will be greatly missed. Much love to all.

David McBurnett

October 28, 2013

Thanks for your service in the Army for our Country and your years of service with the Chattanooga Fire Department. ~ Capt. David McBurnett
Chattanooga Fire Department