John Henry Vandagriff

March 14, 1930January 5, 2019

John H. Vandagriff, 88, passed away at his home on Saturday, January 5, 2019. He was the son of George Calvin Vandagriff and Alta Mai Davis Vandagriff. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Jean Vandagriff Fuston, and infant daughter Debra Sue Vandagriff. He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Barbara Sue (McAfee) Vandagriff, sons John M. (Sharon) Vandagriff and William Dale (Lynda) Vandagriff. He is also survived by grandsons Brian Jeffrey (Holly) Vandagriff, and Brandon (Jessica) Vandagriff; granddaughters Lauren Ashleigh Dieckhaus (Jeff) and Katherine Leigh Sanders; 6 great grandsons, 3 great granddaughters, and one nephew. He was born in DeKalb County, TN before moving to Chattanooga as a teenager. He graduated from Chattanooga Central High School in 1949. He retired from Combustion Engineering in 1991 after serving there as a Nuclear Estimator for several years. After his retirement, he continued to work as an independent contractor on numerous construction and remodeling projects. He enjoyed flying and refurbishing old airplanes and automobiles. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and friend. He devoted the last few years of his life to caring for his loving bride. He was an active member of Westside Baptist Church until his health prevented him from attending any longer. The family will receive friends at Chattanooga Funeral Home North Chapel on Thursday, January 10th from 12:00PM – 2:00PM with a graveside service immediately following in Greenwood Cemetery. Pastor Garry Moore of Westside Baptist Church will officiate the ceremony. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Chattanooga or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital


  • Visitation Thursday, January 10, 2019
  • Graveside Service Thursday, January 10, 2019

John Henry Vandagriff

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Tom Cheatham

January 9, 2019

I met John at Westside Baptist Church, in the summer of 2007. My wife Pat and I sat next to John and Miss Sue every time we could. I was really drawn to them, and he was always there to help in any way he could. John was a mentor to me. I learned a lot about living a Godly life from him. We got together a lot and spent a lot of time on the phone. I could go on and on about him as most of you could that knew him. His conversations were spellbinding! He had a great mind. He was a great role model. Our prayers for the family. He will be sorely missed. Well done thou good and faithful servant.
We love and miss you.

Susan Hinton

January 9, 2019

John is the brother of my dear, Aunt Jean Fuston, his sister, and a dear friend of the family. We remember so many wonderful times spent in Chattanooga. John had a smile that would light up a room. He loved God, his family, and friends. He was so proud of his children and grand-children and loved to share pictures whenever he could and tell what each were doing. We loved spending time with the whole family and John will be remembered fondly. John just received a promotion and is back with many loved ones who have gone on before him. Our prayers to the family.
Susan Frazier Hinton (Jerry)
Frances Fuston Frazier (Edward)

Alan Clark

January 7, 2019

I remember John and his entire family fondly, having grown up next door to them in East Ridge. We thoroughly enjoyed the time we were able to spend in that neighborhood! More recently, I developed a new appreciation for John and the way he was so willing to help my mom after the untimely death of my father way back in 1981. He was a quiet, caring and sharing man, and demonstrates to all of us what it really means to live a life as a servant. I know he will be missed, but memories of his life will sustain his family members. I believe he is in a better place now, no pain, only smiles, laughter and praising God! Rest in peace, old friend.

John Spain

January 7, 2019

I went to school with John and we have remained friends all these years. He will be missed greatly. Please accept my condolences for your loss. With deepest sympathy, John K. Spain