Samuel Tipton Jones II

August 5, 1947May 15, 2020

Samuel Tipton Jones II, 72, who practiced law in Chattanooga for more than four decades, passed away on Friday May 15, 2020 at his home surrounded by his wife of 28 years, Dottie, and the family he cherished. After fighting – and beating – cancer several years ago, the disease recently reemerged.

Sam, as he was known, was a free spirit, a passionate snow skier, and a fierce litigator. He was devoted to his family and especially to his grandson, Dylan Epperson and to a close group of sisters and cousins. As a young man, he was an Eagle Scout and an officer in the United States Army, but also displayed his convention-defying nature by – upon passing the Tennessee bar exam – immediately leaving for a lengthy skiing hiatus and work as a craps dealer in Lake Tahoe. Always very much an individualist, he was known for wearing sandals without socks at formal gatherings and sporting a dramatic bushy moustache.

He established his law practice in Chattanooga, specializing in medical malpractice and was known for his painstaking work on behalf of his clients. “Sam was an excellent lawyer,” said Andy Lewis, a colleague who frequently worked on cases with him. “He had earned and deserved the respect and admiration of other lawyers, his clients, judges and even people who were adversaries in his cases.” He was a graduate of Tennessee Military Institute in Sweetwater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University Of Tennessee School Of Law. He was an elder at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church of Chattanooga and a trustee of the Presbytery.

Sam was in the fourth-generation of a prominent Sweetwater family, going back to the mid -19th century. His paternal grandparents were Oliver King and Byrd Browder Jones, and he was a long-time board member of Crescent Sock Company in Niota, which is the surviving element of the Jones family textile business in partnership with the Burn family. His maternal grandparents were Lulie and Erskine McKinley and his parents were Jackson T. and Sally McKinley Jones.

In addition to his wife, Dottie Bramble Jones, he is survived by his step-daughter, Melissa Heard, grandson, Dylan (Madi) Epperson, great-granddaughter, Aspen Epperson, step-son, Pete (Leigh Ann) Heard, grandson, Peyton (Kaitlyn) Heard and granddaughter, Molly Heard, and great-grandson, Benton Heard. Sam is also survived by his sisters, Lulie (Herbert) Thomas, Tish Jones (Alex Rom-Roginski), and Sarah Jones (Tait Owens), special niece, Julia (Jason) McCoy, nephews, Holden (Chey) Thomas, Jackson (Haley) Thomas, Newton (Gemma) Thomas, and great nieces and nephews, and by a close knit group of cousins and kin: John M. Jones IV, Alex S. Jones, Gregg K. Jones, Edith S. Jones, Sarah Harbison, Chip Jones, Mary Underwood, Frank and John Mills, Marion “Pixie” Brown, Bo Benedict, Laurie Jones, Susannah Benedict, devoted friends, and his assistant and special friend of many years, Kay Bush. “We were born nine months apart, and all our lives we were like brothers,” said his first cousin Alex S. Jones. “He was unique, both colorful and sweet natured, and he will be deeply missed.”

Due to COVID-19 a Celebration of Sam’s Life will be held at a later date to be announced.

The family asks that memorial gifts in memory of Sam be sent to First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1505 North Moore Road, Chattanooga, 37411 or to the YMCA of Chattanooga, 301 West 6th St., Chattanooga, 37402.

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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John Yantis

May 19, 2020

Dottie, Diana and I are so sorry to hear about Sam. I go back to law school with Sam and he used to live near our first house in Red Bank. I had the pleasure of calling him a friend and a valued colleague. I worked together with him on several legal matters over the years. We learned a Lot from each other. I valued his advice, whether it was legal or otherwise . He was always interested in how my family was doing . I will miss his “free spirit”. Our prayers are with you and your family. John

Beth Peacock

May 19, 2020

Dottie, I remember your phone call about Sam. You were the perfect one for him, and swept him off his feet pretty quickly, as I recall.
I am so sorry for your loss. May the prayers of family and friends and your wonderful memories lift you up at this difficult time. Sending you hugs and love.

Pamela Rymer O'Dwyer

May 19, 2020

Though I loved Sam for all the reasons that his colleagues loved working with or against him; I am sending this memory about Sam from my mother Sunny Paty who would have given voice to her respect for him and her own love to all of Sam's family and friends. He and his wife ended up living in our old family home on Missionary Ridge and Mother would often say it was a comfort to her to know that they were there enjoying what she had so loved as a home for her own family. Mother turned to Sam when she handled medical Mal-practice cases and assuaged her own feelings that the law had made it too difficult to seek justice for the victims she cared for in the same personal way Sam cared for his own.

Pamela Rymer O'Dwyer

Pam/Steve Dantzler

May 18, 2020

Dottie, Dylan and all family,

We had a special opportunity to meet and get to know you and Sam at East Hamilton with Dylan. His devotion to Dylan was what I loved so much about Sam. Every football game or event, the two of you were there, supporting him. Steve and I enjoyed knowing both of you and will forever hold the times we were all together as wonderful memories. Peace be with you......

Julie Fleming Barringer

May 18, 2020

Dottie - I knew Sam from Second Presbyterian Church and always thought he was just such a great man. I remember when you came into his life. I knew he had found a good one because you and I knew each other from my time at Petty and Landis and when you worked for Reid Henson. Years go by, but you never forget the good people that have blessed your life. May your memories comfort you . May you be filled with God's peace.

Amy Fleming

May 18, 2020

Dottie, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your precious Sam. He was one of the good ones. We met at Second Presbyterian Church years ago and I had the pleasure of serving on the Session with him. He also shared our family's church pew. Such a lovely man and a great confidante when I needed one. I remember when he met you too. I don't know that he ever stopped smiling from that point forward. I loved running into him at the recycling center on a Saturday morning. I introduced my daughter to him at Riverbend one night. He told her I was an incredibly strong woman. I remember being so touched by his comment. I'll remember his quick wit and infectious smile. You are in my thoughts.

Mike Carter

May 18, 2020

Sam’s family,
Met him at the Y decades ago. Casual friends who always spoke. He was a very nice guy. Sorry for his friends and his family’s loss.
Mike Carter

Joe Williams

May 17, 2020

Sam was always up for a challenge. When I first met him I realized he was ready to litigate if not arm wrestle. I have observed his life from afar lately but always heard that he was a strong representative of the legal profession.
He will be missed by all. Sam, you fought the fight well. Rest in Peace.
Joe V Williams III

Charlotte Gooden

May 17, 2020

Dottie and family, we are thinking of you during this difficult time, and our prayers are for peace and comfort for all.
Sam was fun-loving and unique. Please know others share in your sorrow.

Red Bank High School Class of 1967

Linda Maffett

May 17, 2020

I'm so sorry to hear about Sam. I remember when you met him and
how he immediately had your heart . I'm so glad you found the love you were looking for and I am saddened that he is gone. You have always been on my mind even though we've been out of touch. Please know that you and the kids will always be in my thoughts and prayers. I love you, my friend.


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