Carldine B. Rox

December 11, 1935November 14, 2020

Carldine Butcher Rox, 84, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 14, 2020, almost a year to the day after her beloved husband Jim passed. The daughter of Carl and Geraldine Butcher, she was born and raised in La Follette, Tennessee. She graduated from La Follette High School in 1954. A tall girl who eventually reached 5’10”, she excelled at basketball for the La Follette Owls. She attended Tennessee Tech from 1954 to 1958. She graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 1973. However, she always told people that Tech was her school, and it was. Her first teaching job was at East Ridge High School. She was the first women’s basketball and volleyball coach there, coaching both high school and junior high, and she helped pick the school colors and team name. She left teaching upon the birth of her son Jimmy in 1960 and became a full-time homemaker. In 1967 she began what would be a 34-year career at Orange Grove Center, starting at the original campus on Main Street. She held many positions at the school, from classroom teacher to administrator. She truly put her heart into Orange Grove and the children it serves. She was married to James Davis Rox for over 60 years, and they had one son, James Jr. She was a devoted wife, mother, and Nana. Although she took her husband’s church when she married and was a devoted Episcopalian, spiritually she remained close to her Baptist roots. She enjoyed her son’s friends into their teens and twenties and was a wise advisor to many. She loved people, and she let you know it. Her great enjoyments in life were first and foremost her grandchildren and all their activities, her many dogs through the years, cooking, sewing, trips to the beach, keeping up with friends and neighbors, going to the Y and volunteering at church. She particularly enjoyed annoying her son and staying in his business, which he is going to miss terribly. She was a great soul, and the best mother a son could ever have. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband James Davis Rox; sister Irene McCullough; and brothers Jack Butcher and Earl May. She is survived by her son, James Davis Rox, Jr., and his wife, Ann Crisman Rox; granddaughters Julia (Cory) Davis Rox Goad and Margaret Frances Rox; aunt Armistine Shepherd of Knoxville; nieces and nephews; and close friends Sue Myers and Nancy Meyers. Memorial donations may be made to Orange Grove Center, 615 Derby Street, Chattanooga, TN, 37404. A funeral service and burial will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 2:00 PM, and is limited to family. A visitation open to all will be held on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Chattanooga Funeral Home, North, 5401 Highway 153, Hixson TN. The funeral home requests that masks be worn, and social distancing observed. Please share your thoughts and memories at



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Luci Stone

November 23, 2020

Jim, Ann, and family-
I wanted to express my sincere sympathy over the passing of precious Carldine as I cannot be at the visitation. She was a dear friend of my mother's (Peggy Shoemaker). They enjoyed some wonderful times together at the YMCA as well as in the Amberbrook neighborhood. My mother so enjoyed her company. I'll never forget sitting with Carldine in my mother's walk-in closet going through my mother's clothes when she was sick. She wanted Carldine to enjoy and wear her clothes since they were about the same size. Carldine was so gracious in doing that. She always talked about "Jimmy, Ann, and the girls." She loved you all so much! I know you will miss her terribly. Hugs and prayers for you all during this difficult time.
With sympathy, Luci (Shoemaker) Stone and family

William Varnell

November 19, 2020

I worked at Orange Grove in the 1970s in the Vocational Department and knew Mrs. Rox well. I admired and respected her as an excellent teacher of a difficult group of students. She handled her classes extremely well, and was admired and respected by her fellow teachers and staff. Her students responded well to her; and I suspect she will be greatly missed by all who knew and/or worked with her. I saw her name in this morning's paper and immediately remembered her, even though I have not been in contact with any of the Orange Grove staff in years. Her name brought back lots of wonderful memories of my time there.

Thank you, Carldean, for being a wonderful co-worker, and friend.
William (Bill) Varnell
Missouri City, Texas

Karen Wilson

November 19, 2020

Caroline you will be missed by so many. You touched so many people's lives in your lifetime. I loved you as a friend, a mentor and adopted mother. I am so thankful that I was blessed to have you in my life. I loved you and I will miss you.

Nancy Wilhoite

November 19, 2020

I am heartbroken to hear of the passing of Carldine. She was much more than a boss to me back in day when we all worked together at OGC. There was a group of teachers and support staff that thought so highly of her and we would have done anything for her. She demanded we work hard and do our job but we also had a great time doing it. I am not the only one who stayed close to her and enjoyed spending time with her after her retirement. I have lost a friend and she will truly be missed.

Gealdine Armour

November 19, 2020

My heart goes out to the family: I work with Mrs Rox for many years at Orange Grove in Children Service, she was an outstanding person, made everyone’s
day, was a great listener.. She always made time for you, no matter what was going on. She will be missed!


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