Hugh L. Worthy, 82, of Lookout Mountain, Georgia, died on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at a local hospital.
He had lived most of his life in Knoxville, and had lived the past 20 years in the Chattanooga and North Georgia area. He was a United States Navy veteran and a 1967 graduate of the University of Tennessee receiving a bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering.
He was the owner and operator of the Lewis M. Crowe Co. in Knoxville. Mr. Worthy was a member of the Chattanooga Bicycle Club, the Chota Canoe Club, the Tennessee Valley Canoe Club, and the TSRA. His passions in life were his family, bicycling, paddling, and enjoying the outdoors and his cabin on Citico Creek where anything and everything could happen. Hugh was an avid outdoorsman and an adventurer, and a reformed hunter and fisherman…he said one time that he used to take pride in hunting but then he realized it was at the expense of the animals, so he quit and never did it again. Hugh had a way of teaching those he was around that a man has to do what needs to be done. No one else is going to do it for you. He would also teach that life is long and one could lead many lives during that time, so enjoy your time on earth. The next time you see Hugh rolling down the road on a summer evening, head bent over the handlebars, legs cranking, heart pounding, watch him very closely. At some point, he’ll start to blur a little bit as the light reflected from his body redshifts. He’s not on a bike anymore; he’s on a time machine. And as he is riding, he is going backwards in time. Don’t slow down, Hugh!
He was preceded in death by his mother, Lola Mae Wright; grandmother, Alice Ann Toole; and brother, James E. Worthy, Jr.
Survivors include his wife, Daisy C. Blanton; two daughters, Janet A. (Mike) Scruggs of Panama City, Fla., and Linda S. Worthy of Panama City; two grandchildren, Samantha L. (Matt) Kennedy of Knoxville, and Courtney M. Scruggs of Brandon, Fla.; and two nephews, Eric Worthy of Baton Rouge, La. and James E. Worthy, III of Oak Ridge, Tn.
Condolences may be sent to www.lane-southcrestchapel.com.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at 7625 Hamilton Park Dr. #22, Chattanooga, Tn. 37421 or to Hospice of Chattanooga at 4411 Oakwood Dr. Chattanooga, Tn. 37416.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
Arrangements are by the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home and Crematory, located at the end of Historic Missionary Ridge, Rossville.