Pinson, Willie Hugh, Sr.

World War II Veteran Owned Margaret's Retaurant For 30 Years

Thursday, November 30, 2017
Hugh Pinson
Hugh Pinson

Willie Hugh Pinson, Sr., 93, of Chattanooga, passed away on Wednesday, November 29, 2017. 

Hugh was born in Cartersville, Ga., on April 4, 1924. He entered World War II after he graduated from High School. He was in the United States Navy/Marine Corp until 1946. He moved to Chattanooga in 1947 and went to work for the Chattanooga Times. He soon went into the restaurant business (Margaret’s Restaurant) that he owned and operated for 30 years. In 1981 he closed the restaurant and was an insurance agent for Commonwealth Insurance Company until he retired after 10 years of service. Hugh was a member of Cross Path Church of East Ridge (formerly East Ridge Baptist Church).

He was preceded in death by his father, Isaac Pinson; mother, Bertie Blalock Pinson; first wife, Margaret Pinson; sisters, Mildred Pinson Arnold, Nancy Pinson Jenkins; brothers, C. J. Pinson and Hutcheson Pinson.

Hugh is survived by his wife of 35 years, Opal Ladd Pinson; children, Glenda Pinson Moore (Mike) of Chattanooga; Willie “Will” Hugh Pinson, Jr. of Chattanooga; granddaughters, Melissa Moore, Lynette Pinson, Dianna Moore; great-grandson Colton Smith; sister, Clarkie Pinson Grant (Bob); and brothers, Carl Pinson (Sara), Charles Pinson (Alice), Alton Pinson (Bernice), Walter Pinson, Marvin Pinson (Barbara).

The family will receive friends on Sunday, Dec. 3, from 2-4 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral services will begin at 4 p.m. in the East Brainerd Chapel with Reverend William Jacques and Dr. Ronnie Mitchell officiating. 

Interment will be at Chattanooga National Cemetery on Monday, Dec. 4, at 10 a.m.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Brandon and Michelle and all the staff at Hearth Hospice and to the Staff at Elmcroft for their great care. 

Arrangements are by the East Brainerd Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 8214 East Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421.

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