Carl R. Athearn Jr.

December 4, 1919January 5, 2011

Carl R. Athearn, Jr, 91, of East Ridge, passed away on Wednesday, January 5, 2011.

Mr. Athearn was the son of the late Margaret and Rev. Carl Athearn, Sr. He was a graduate of Oakdale High School and a graduate of Tennessee Wesleyan College and retired computer programmer for TVA. He was also a WWII US ArmyAir Corps veteran, a member of Jones Memorial United Methodist Church where he was a member of the choir, and past commander of American Legion Post 95.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Elinor Jeane Athearn and two sisters, Esther and Elfrieda.

Surviving are his daughter, Carole and her husband Greg Millard and nieces, Rita Carter, Sue Swinney and Virginia Bowling.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 PM on Thursday, January 6th at the funeral home.

Funeral Services will be at 1 PM on Friday, January 7th at Jones Memorial United Methodist Church with Rev. Larry Dial officiating and visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Chattanooga National Cemetery with military honors provided by American Legion Post 95.

Memorial contributions may be made to Jones Memorial UMC, 4131 Ringgold Road, East Ridge, TN 37412.

Arrangements are by the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory, and Florist. 404 South Moore Road. Please share your condolences at


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Bessie Headrick Eble

January 8, 2011

We at Oakdale United Methodist Church were sadden to hear of the passing of Rhea. He seemed to have a special place in his heart for Oakdale and he was special to us. We always enjoyed when he visited our church. Please know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Your friends at Oakdale United Methodist Church

Harriet McCrary

January 8, 2011

Carole, I loved being with your Dad in choir and will miss hearing him sing, but I know he is singing with the angels now. Please know you and Greg are in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Harriet

Frank Franer III

January 7, 2011

I am sorry for your loss. I really loved your daddy and he was always like a second father to me when I was young. Ya'll are in my prayers.

Merrie Youngblood

January 7, 2011

I worked with your dad for several years at TVA. He was a close friend and buddy. We shared the same birthday and always joked about our ages. I know you will miss him greatly! He was a good man.

Ginny Bowling

January 6, 2011

Uncle Rhea was always a kind and gentle man. We were blessed to have him for 91 years.


Rita Carter

January 6, 2011

Uncle Rhea we'll all miss you. Am happy for you & sad for us! Rita