John Shearer Offers Tour Of Infamous Chattanoogans Buried In Forest Hills Cemetery

Thursday, October 22, 2015
Ryan Lowery, founder of Chatt Aspie History Hunters, at famous baseball promoter, Joe Engel's gravesite in Forest Hills Cemetery
Ryan Lowery, founder of Chatt Aspie History Hunters, at famous baseball promoter, Joe Engel's gravesite in Forest Hills Cemetery

Journalist John Shearer knows where the bodies are buried.  Join this fascinating journalist on a walk through Chattanooga history in Forest Hills Cemetery, 4016 Tennessee Ave., St. Elmo. This event is open to the public and free, we’ll meet at the front gate at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 31, for a tour of some of the resting places of some of Chattanooga’s most interesting characters. 

Forest Hills houses the gravesites of Civil Wars officers, entertainers, industrialists, and even a United States postmaster general. However, Forest Hills is more than a burial ground. It is also a monument of history and art. 

Mr. Shearer worked for the Chattanooga News Free Press as a writer and is an avid collector of interesting stories of the history of Chattanooga and the area. In his job he covered everything from obituaries to sports. He now lives in Knoxville and continues to write as a freelance sports, news and feature writer for Knoxville News Sentinel, as well as the and the Mountain Mirror. ‘Printer’s ink’ has remained in my system all these years,” says Mr. Shearer as he continues to write and publish books. 

For more information, contact Ryan Lowery, Chatt Aspies History Hunters, at 320-0665 or visit

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