John Robert "JR" Whitt of Lookout Valley passed away January, 11, 2022 at the age of 75 years. John was born in Athens, AL (1946), raised on a very large cotton farm with 7 siblings in Huntsville, AL, and permanently moved to Chattanooga, TN in 1967. John was employed at Sherman & Reilly, Inc. which specializes in powerline and fiber-optic cable installations with major utilities, utility contractors and telecommunications companies. Retired as Senior Vice president, his 44 year career took him to 25 different countries, and he served on several committees and boards in the powerline industry. He was largely seen as a knowledge authority and expert in the field.
John was preceded in death by his son John Anthony Whitt, his parents, Ervin and Mary Whitt, and siblings Edward (b), Larry (b), Sue (s), and Wanda (s). He is survived by his sons Sean (and Sally) Whitt of St. Louis, MO, Trey Burger of Trenton, GA, sisters Shirley (and Bob) Blackwell of Southside, AL, Pat Pendergraph (and Sam) of Greensboro, NC, and Mary Ann Bright of Columbia, AL. John was a loving and fun grandfather (Hunter, Riley, Sam) and uncle to several nieces \ nephews.
Johnny or JR (as his friends and family called him) was of the Southern Baptist faith and was strongly patriotic. He never forgot his roots and simple upbringing. He often shared his experiences and stories as advice and guidance to others and motivation for his professional pursuits. He immensely enjoyed playing golf with his large group of friends, and he was a proud member of the Tiftonia Golf Associate (TGA). JR was also an Alabama football diehard and never felt sorry for Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, or Auburn fans when they experienced losses - especially if the loss was against the Tide. ROLL TIDE ROLL.
Visitation services will be conducted 10AM-1PM, EST, Saturday, January 15th at Chattanooga Memorial Funeral Home located in Tiftonia. Private burial will be held at Valhalla Cemetery in Huntsville, AL.
Buddy Blevins, Rick Smith, Jeff Townsend, Don Matthews, Wayne Tims, Jr. and Ray Smith, Jr will serve as pallbearers. The TGA membership will serve as honorary pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Hospice of Chattanooga.
Arrangements by Chattanooga Memorial Funeral Home 144 Browns Ferry Road Chattanooga, TN 37419. 423-591-7777
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