Degler, Wayne Aaron, Jr.

Held Long Career With Norfolk Southern

Thursday, January 18, 2018
Wayne Degler
Wayne Degler

Wayne Aaron Degler, Jr. of Chattanooga, Tennessee, died peacefully at his residence on Tuesday, January 16, 2018.  Mr. Degler was 89.

Mr. Degler was born in Chattanooga, on Feb. 7, 1928.  He graduated from Chattanooga High School, where he was a very proud Dynamo, and attended the University of Chattanooga.  After that, he began a career with Southern Railway, which later became Norfolk Southern, and that career continued for the next 42 years, both in Chattanooga and in Roanoke, Va., where he relocated with his wife, Dorothy in 1983.  Wayne also served in the Tennessee National Guard.

For over 30 years, Wayne was a very active member of First Baptist Church in Chattanooga, where he met and married Dorothy, raised his children, Mark and Marcia, served as a deacon, sang in the choir, taught Sunday School, and coached and played in hundreds of softball games.  After moving to Virginia, he and Dot continued their active participation at First Baptist Church and Bonsack Baptist Church in Roanoke.  Then, after returning to Chattanooga in 2006, Wayne and Dot became a part of the White Oak Baptist Church family. 

Wayne and Dot were married in 1957, and shared a wonderful life together for over 56 years.  Wayne was a loving, giving, dedicated and caring husband, father, brother, grandfather, great-grandfather, coach and friend.  Simply put, he was one of the nicest men you could ever meet, whose acts of kindness to others are too voluminous to list. 

Wayne was preceded in death, by his wife, Dorothy, his parents, Wayne and Carla Degler, his brothers, Paul, James and Daniel, and his daughter, Marcia Anne Degler. 

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Vicki Degler, his grandchildren, Bradley and Brooklyn, and several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Chattanooga Funeral Home, North Chapel, and the funeral service will be conducted immediately thereafter at 4 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Dr. Tony Wilson officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Partnership for Families, Children and Adults, 1800 McCallie Avenue, Chattanooga, Tn. 37404, White Oak Baptist Church, 310 Memorial Drive, Red Bank, Tn. 37415, or the charity of your choice.

Please feel free to share your thoughts and memories at www.ChattanoogaNorthChapel.com.

Arrangements are by the Chattanooga Funeral Home Crematory & Florist, North Chapel, Highway 153, Hixson, Tn. 37343.



Jones, Roderick Cardell, Jr.

Roderick Cardell Jones, Jr., 36, of Chattanooga, passed away on Saturday, May 12, 2018. He will lie in state on Friday after 1 p.m. at Taylor Funeral Home. Funeral services will be on Saturday at 11 a.m. in the chapel with Pastor Jimmie Ingram as the eulogist. Burial will be in Highland Memorial Gardens.   (click for more)

Eversley, Frances Jean

Frances Jean Eversley, 79, passed away on May 18, 2018, in Marietta, Ga. She was born to the late James Smith and Ruby Lindsey. Frances was born and raised in Chattanooga and was a 1959 graduate of Howard High School. She was a lifelong member of Bethel AME Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, James and Nathaniel Lindsey; sisters, ... (click for more)

Lakins, Sylvia Blanche (Cleveland)

Sylvia Blanche Lakins, 78, a longtime resident of Cleveland, Tennessee, passed away on Monday, May 21, 2018, in a Chattanooga hospital. Blanche was born on June 20, 1939 in Corner Brooke Newfoundland Canada a daughter of the late James & Mary Pelley. She has made the Cleveland area her home since 1954. Blanche was of the Christian faith. Blanche worked at Bowater prior ... (click for more)

Baxter, Shirley Bernice (Old Fort)

Shirley Bernice Baxter, 82, a resident of Old Fort, Tennessee, passed away on Monday May 21, 2018. She was born on Nov. 1, 1935, to the late Jewell and Hattie Keller. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, and making crafts, but more than anything, she loved her family. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, ... (click for more)

Man Shot Thursday Morning When Suspects Attempt To Rob His Residence

Ryan Crowe, 22, was shot Thursday morning in the 600 block of Ashland Terrace, when suspects made entry into his residence and demanded money from him. A witness stated to police that while Mr. Crowe attempted to fight off the suspects, he was shot by one of them. The Chattanooga Police Department responded to a call about the shooting at 2:06 a.m. Thursday.  Upon arrival, ... (click for more)

Unemployment Rates Drop In Every County Across Tennessee In April

Governor Bill Haslam and Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips on Thursday announced that county unemployment rates decreased in all 95 counties across Tennessee in April and all counties are at or below five percent. “Our investments in education and workforce development are showing results in all corners of the state and to have such low ... (click for more)