Pauline P Stophel

January 27, 1927May 14, 2018

Pauline Phipps Stophel of Chattanooga died on Monday, May 14, 2018. She is survived by her beloved grandson, R. Hunter (Chelsea) Bethea and great-grandson, Will Bethea, of Franklin, Tennessee. Also surviving are her former son-in-law, Richard (Mildred) Bethea and her nephew, William Gammon, both of Chattanooga, Tennessee. She was predeceased by her husband of more than sixty years, John C. Stophel, a prominent Chattanooga attorney, and by her children, Phyllis Stophel Bethea and Nathan C. Stophel. She was also predeceased by her parents, Chester and Verd Phipps of Bristol, Tennessee, her brother, Reeves, and her sister, Elizabeth Gammon. Mrs. Stophel was a vital and significant partner with John in their many civic, professional and church activities. She was active in Sunday School, and was, for many years, a teacher of girls in Sunday School at Brainerd Baptist Church, where she was a member for more than sixty years. She was, for several years, an active participant in the auxiliaries of the Chattanooga Bar Association and the Tennessee Tax Institute. She ministered to the residents of a local nursing home for several years, regularly visiting with them and reading books to those who could not see well or who just wanted to have someone read to them. During the past three years, she has resided at Elmcroft Hamilton Place in the memory-care center. A memorial service will be held at the Chattanooga Funeral Home Crematory & Florist-East Chapel, at 404 South Moore Road in Chattanooga at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 17, 2018, following visitation from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Interment will be at the Forest Hills Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family invites friends to donate to the building fund at Brainerd Baptist Church, 300 Brookfield Avenue, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37411 in Mrs. Stophel’s memory. The family wishes to express appreciation to the staff of Elmcroft for the watchful care they gave Mrs. Stophel during her stay with them


  • Visitation Thursday, May 17, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, May 17, 2018
  • Burial Thursday, May 17, 2018

Pauline P Stophel

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Ashley Hutcheson

May 15, 2018

It breaks my heart to hear of her passing. I got the honor of working with Pauline at elmcroft and she instantly became my favorite resident on my first day! When I walked in her room she looked up at me and said good morning and told me she loved me. From then on she had my heart. She was the kindest lady I have ever met. Her sweet smile was so contagious. I loved her so so much like she was a part of my family and I will always remember her!! I am so lucky I got the pleasure of meeting such a sweet loving woman like her! I love and miss you Pauline!!

Rae Bond

May 14, 2018

Pauline was a beautiful, loving, encouraging friend to us from the very day we arrived in Chattanooga. She was always interested in our children and in our lives, and she was faithful to pray for us throughout the years. It was a blessing to have her as a neighbor as well as a friend. I will miss her amazing sense of humor, her warm hugs, and her quiet assurance. We were blessed to call her a friend.
With thankfulness for her life and with love in Christ,
Bill and Rae Bond