John Kenneth Spain Sr.

March 29, 1931September 8, 2020

John Kenneth Spain, Sr., 89 of East Ridge, passed away on Tuesday September 8, 2020. He graduated Central High School in 1951 and then joined the military.

John served his country in the United States Air Force and was a veteran of the Korean War. He was of the Baptist faith. John worked for Carta for over 36 years. He started out driving buses and retired as the Chief Supervisor.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Mabel Spain and 5 siblings.

Left behind to cherish John’s memory are his loving wife of 46 years, Mildred, son, John K. Spain, Jr., daughter, Rhonda Stiles, grandchildren, Scott (Michelle) Higgins, Misty Bowman, and Jamie Stiles, several great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.

A Celebration of John’s Life will be held graveside in the Chattanooga National Cemetery. The USAF Honor Guard and the American Legion Post 95 will conduct military honors.

We respectfully request that all current mandates set forth by the Department of Veteran’s Affairs be adhered to. This includes “social distancing and wearing masks at all times while on the premises.

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Arrangements are under the care of Chattanooga Funeral Home Crematory and Florist East Chapel, 404 South Moore Rd. East Ridge, TN 37412.

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Sandy Skipper-Koss

September 11, 2020

Mildred and John (Kenny),
My parents (Billy and Edna Skipper) and I lived across the street on Lazard St. at 4313. I am sorry to learn of John's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during your grief. This pic is exactly how I remember him.
Sandy Skipper Koss

Denise Gilbert-Harris

September 11, 2020

Kenny, or John, So sorry to hear about your Father's passing. You were gracious to come by when my Mom, Martha Fay, passed away at the hospital and I'm sorry I can't come by to show my respects for your family in the same way. I know you will surely miss your Dad. It's been almost 15 years since Mom passed and her memory is still very vivid. You will carrying the memories of your Dad in your heart for ever. Prayers for you and the family in the coming days.
May God hold you and your family in his arm and give you comfort and peace. Our families should be closer. I know that's what Uncle Jim and Mom and Grand Dad Eunice and Grand mother Ruth & all the Browder's family would want. Hope to visit with you over better circumstances. Again, my sympathies to you all. Sincerely, Denise


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