OBITUARY

Tony Mines

June 22, 1948October 13, 2019
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Eras Anthony “Tony “ Mines died peacefully at home on Sunday morning, October 13 after a valiant battle against acute myeloid leukemia. He was born on 22 June, 1948 in Winchester, Tennessee to Kenneth Dowell Mines and Flora Lille Mae Farmer Mines. He is survived by his beloved wife, Linda Moss Mines, a son, Jason Anthony Mines and a daughter, Jessica Eras [Raz] Mines Dumitru and her husband, Michael Dumitru; and four grandchildren, Sarah Claire Mines, Jason Anthony Mines, Jr., Noah James Amos Dumitru and Lorelei Eras Dumitru. He was preceded in death by his parents, his maternal grandparents, Jessie Eras and Mary Anna Akin Farmer, his paternal grandparents, Maurice Cleveland and Fronia Virginia Adcock Mines and three brothers, Kenneth, Ellsworth and Ronnie Mines.

Mines was a graduate of Chattanooga High School, Class of 1967 and attended East Tennessee State University. In 1968, inspired by his family’s tradition of military service to our nation, Mines volunteered for service in the United States Army, completed his basic training at Fort Bragg, N.C., AIT at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Md. and NCO School in Ordinance, prior to his deployment to the Republic of South Vietnam. Upon his arrival in the Mekong Delta region, he was advanced to E5 Sergeant, Ninth Infantry, 709 Service and Evacuation Unit, where he served his tour of duty. When Mines returned to the United States, he was stationed at Fort Knox in a Service and Evacuation Unit before becoming battalion career counselor, serving with commendations.

Upon completing his three-year service, he returned to Chattanooga and in 1973, he opened Art Creations, currently headquartered at 201 Frazier Ave., in the same building where he had worked during his Chattanooga High School days with George Little. His children, Jason and Jessica, assumed leadership of Art Creations upon his hospitalization last December, comforting him that his legacy would continue. Some of his greatest joy came from working with professional and amateur artists, art teachers and the thousands of art students he counseled. Through the years, Mines was active in the Hamilton County civic community as a member of the Chattanooga Jaycees, President of the East Ridge Jaycees, Chairman of the East Ridge Council of the Chamber of Commerce, Board Member of the Chattanooga Chamber, Chairman of the Hamilton County Young Republicans, Treasurer of the Tennessee Young Republicans, Hamilton County Chairman of the Reagan-Bush Campaign, Chairman of the East Ridge Merchants Association, Board of Trustees, Moccasin Bend Hospital, member of the Northshore Merchants Association, member of the Chattanooga Public Arts Committee and many other service groups. He served as the Southeast U. S. National Board Member and Secretary to the Board of the National Picture Framers’ Association, also having served as National Vice-Chair of the Public Relations and Marketing Council. Mines was currently serving as the President of the National Art Materials Trade Association [NAMTA], an Advisory Board member for the Charles H. Coolidge National Medal of Honor Heritage Center and an elder at Lookout Valley Presbyterian Church. He was a member of the John Sevier Chapter, National Society Sons of the American Revolution, the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter # 203 and the Disabled Veterans of America, Robert Loveday Memorial Chapter, # 6. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Chattanooga Funeral Home, S. Moore Road. Visitation will occur from 3-8 pm on Tuesday, October 15 and for one hour prior to the funeral at 11 AM Wednesday in the Funeral Home Chapel. Services will be conducted by Grady Davidson, Pastor of Lookout Valley Presbyterian with assistance from George Woodruff, Chaplain of VVA, Chapter # 203 with burial at the Chattanooga National Cemetery. The Honor Guard of VVA # 203 will serve as pallbearers with special escorts including Ray Adkins, Charlie Hobbs, Bill Norton, Bud Alley and John Bennett. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Charles H. Coolidge National Medal of Honor Heritage Center, the Erlanger Health Systems Foundation or Lookout Valley Presbyterian Church, Family Center Building Fund. The family would like to thank the faithful friends who provided love and support during his almost one-year hospitalization and acknowledge the sustaining love and faithfulness of our eternal Father. To God be the praise. Please share your thoughts and memories at www.ChattanoogaEast Chapel.com.

  • DONATIONS

  • Charles H. Coolidge National Medal of Honor Heritage Center
  • Erlanger Health System Foundation
  • Lookout Valley Presbyterian Church Family Center Building Fund

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Tuesday, October 15, 2019
  • Visitation Wednesday, October 16, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, October 16, 2019

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Burial

Memories

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Lise King

October 23, 2019

My Sincere Condolence for your lost.
Tony sunny, happy go lucky personality will surely be missed by me, and all of his friends at Namta. He will surely be missed by us all. I am so glad to have met Tony and his daughter at Namta, and cannot be more touched to read that his children will carry his legacy. May you rest in peace dear friend…

God Bless!
Lise King

Moe Mitchell

October 20, 2019

To the Mines Family:
I shall never forget Toney's gentle demeanor and passionate concerns for other persons needs and personal concerns. His flow of conscience was calming and reassuring and when he spoke to you, you felt he really cared about you as a person and not just another customer.
He was bright, articulate and a stand up guy.
Tony's concern for humanity was beautifully refreshing. He will be truly missed. God Bless you and your family.
Maie & Marty Mitchell

Ed Flax

October 16, 2019

As I ascended the bimah (alter) in synagogue on Yom Kippur, honored to recite a prayer for our soldiers, I touched the small Vietnam veterans lapel pin, given me by Tony Mines a few years ago. No one I know was more dedicated to the cause of veterans and especially Vietnam vets than Tony, years after the conflict that affected so many lives of our generation.

Ironically, I write this from Da Nang while traveling in Vietnam, on my first trip there since my service in 1966. When I heard the news of Tony’s passing I could only think of the many lives that he touched with his kindness, support, warm greetings and smiles among the community of veterans and in every walk of his life.

Rest easy my friend.

Julie Conyer

October 16, 2019

Tony was a bright light in this world! He served this place well and will be missed greatly. I am so thankful for his support during the period before my son's adoption was finalized (2016). It was a tough time for my spouse and me - never knowing whether we were going to get to be Eli's parents. Tony prayed for us and remained positive - he gave me confidence and further instilled hope. Even after the adoption was finalized, Tony continued to ask about Eli and how he was doing. Tony was just that kind of person; he was an immediate friend.

Gary & Arlene Johnson

October 16, 2019

Our deepest sympathy on your loss. In the few times we were with you we always enjoyed our time together and our visits with Tony. He was a great individual and a patriot who loved his country.

God's Blessings to your family and we will keep you in our prayers as we celebrate his life and his entrance into God's Kingdom.

Gary & Arlene

Beth Bates

October 15, 2019

Linda and Raz, you have been such as inspiration throughout these last months. Our condolences, Beth and Virginia Bates DAR

Robin Hayes

October 15, 2019

I was very saddened to hear the news of Tony’s passing. He was a sweet man who always greeted you with a friendly smile. It was a pleasure seeing him each year at NAMTA and his welcoming nature will be greatly missed by the art industry and those of us at Chroma who had the pleasure of knowing him. Our deepest sympathy goes out to his family for their loss.

HAYLEY PRENDERGAST

October 15, 2019

Tony always had a sweet smile and welcoming character that will not be easily forgotten. I always looked forward to seeing him each year at NAMTA and know that all of us will miss his enthusiastic, friendly nature. Our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time.
He will be missed greatly by his friends at Grafix.

rick english

October 15, 2019

Our prayers to Linda and the Mines family. What a warrior our friend Tony was, never giving up and always with that smile and handshake greeting everyone he met. I told Linda I'm a better person for knowing my friend Tony. He brought out the best in everyone he knew. God Bless you my friend, Our Lord got a good one in you. Prayers Sarah and Rick English. Franklin, Tn

Lisa Newman-Daniel

October 15, 2019

You will be missed my friend. Your warm smile and always a hug. You always made people feel special. Whether you were meeting someone for the first time or the hundredth time, you always did it with such enthusiasm, that it made them feel better. Your laugh was contagious. There is a special veteran angel, who will help all our veterans get home.

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Biography

Eras Anthony “Tony “ Mines died peacefully at home on Sunday morning, October 13 after a valiant battle against acute myeloid leukemia. He was born on 22 June, 1948 in Winchester, Tennessee to Kenneth Dowell Mines and Flora Lille Mae Farmer Mines. He is survived by his beloved wife, Linda Moss Mines, a son, Jason Anthony Mines and a daughter, Jessica Eras [Raz] Mines Dumitru and her husband, Michael Dumitru; and four grandchildren, Sarah Claire Mines, Jason Anthony Mines, Jr., Noah James Amos Dumitru and Lorelei Eras Dumitru. He was preceded in death by his parents, his maternal grandparents, Jessie Eras and Mary Anna Akin Farmer, his paternal grandparents, Maurice Cleveland and Fronia Virginia Adcock Mines and three brothers, Kenneth, Ellsworth and Ronnie Mines.

Mines was a graduate of Chattanooga High School, Class of 1967 and attended East Tennessee State University. In 1968, inspired by his family’s tradition of military service to our nation, Mines volunteered for service in the United States Army, completed his basic training at Fort Bragg, N.C., AIT at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Md. and NCO School in Ordinance, prior to his deployment to the Republic of South Vietnam. Upon his arrival in the Mekong Delta region, he was advanced to E5 Sergeant, Ninth Infantry, 709 Service and Evacuation Unit, where he served his tour of duty. When Mines returned to the United States, he was stationed at Fort Knox in a Service and Evacuation Unit before becoming battalion career counselor, serving with commendations.

Upon completing his three-year service, he returned to Chattanooga and in 1973, he opened Art Creations, currently headquartered at 201 Frazier Ave., in the same building where he had worked during his Chattanooga High School days with George Little. His children, Jason and Jessica, assumed leadership of Art Creations upon his hospitalization last December, comforting him that his legacy would continue. Some of his greatest joy came from working with professional and amateur artists, art teachers and the thousands of art students he counseled.
Through the years, Mines was active in the Hamilton County civic community as a member of the Chattanooga Jaycees, President of the East Ridge Jaycees, Chairman of the East Ridge Council of the Chamber of Commerce, Board Member of the Chattanooga Chamber, Chairman of the Hamilton County Young Republicans, Treasurer of the Tennessee Young Republicans, Hamilton County Chairman of the Reagan-Bush Campaign, Chairman of the East Ridge Merchants Association, Board of Trustees, Moccasin Bend Hospital, member of the Northshore Merchants Association, member of the Chattanooga Public Arts Committee and many other service groups.
He served as the Southeast U. S. National Board Member and Secretary to the Board of the National Picture Framers’ Association, also having served as National Vice-Chair of the Public Relations and Marketing Council.
Mines was currently serving as the President of the National Art Materials Trade Association [NAMTA], an Advisory Board member for the Charles H. Coolidge National Medal of Honor Heritage Center and an elder at Lookout Valley Presbyterian Church. He was a member of the John Sevier Chapter, National Society Sons of the American Revolution, the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter # 203 and the Disabled Veterans of America, Robert Loveday Memorial Chapter, # 6.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Chattanooga Funeral Home, S. Moore Road. Visitation will occur from 3-8 pm on Tuesday, October 15 and for one hour prior to the funeral at 11 AM Wednesday in the Funeral Home Chapel. Services will be conducted by Grady Davidson, Pastor of Lookout Valley Presbyterian with assistance from George Woodruff, Chaplain of VVA, Chapter # 203 with burial at the Chattanooga National Cemetery. The Honor Guard of VVA # 203 will serve as pallbearers with special escorts including Ray Adkins, Charlie Hobbs, Bill Norton, Bud Alley and John Bennett.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Charles H. Coolidge National Medal of Honor Heritage Center, the Erlanger Health Systems Foundation or Lookout Valley Presbyterian Church, Family Center Building Fund. The family would like to thank the faithful friends who provided love and support during his almost one-year hospitalization and acknowledge the sustaining love and faithfulness of our eternal Father. To God be the praise.
Please share your thoughts and memories at www.ChattanoogaEast Chapel.com.