John Francis Mawhinney, 74, of Hixson, died on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 in a local hospital after a courageous battle with cancer.
A native of Janesville, Wi., Mr. Mawhinney was the son of the late Harold and Marcella McNally Mawhinney. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served during the Korean War.
Mr. Mawhinney retired as assistant Vice President of Mortgage Associates, now part of Bank of America, after many years of service in Milwaukee. He made his home in the Hixson area in 1988.
He was a member of Hixson United Methodist Church and loved volunteering with the Meals on Wheels program. In the past he volunteered as a Boy Scout leader and a swimming teacher at the YMCA. Mr. Mawhinney was an active blood donor, donating over 16 gallons to Blood Assurance in Chattanooga, as well as heading up many blood drives in Wisconsin.
He is survived by his wife, Ann Mawhinney; daughter, Kathy Appel (Paul) of Huntsville, Al.; sons, Jim Mawhinney (Chris) of Janesville, Wi., Tim Mawhinney of Milwaukee, Wi., and Mike Mawhinney of Mishawaka, In.; ten grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brother, Bob Mawhinney (Bobbie) of Janesville, Wi.; sisters, Mary Staller (Larry) of Janesville, Wi., and Marlene Turner of Waukesha, Wi.; numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Saturday, at Hixson United Methodist Church with Rev. Randy Martin officiating. A graveside service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday at Rosehill Cemetery in Rockmart, Ga.
The family will receive friends for visitation on Friday from 5-7 p.m. at the church.
The family would like to extend their gratitude to the Upper Room Sunday School Class.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Hixson United Methodist Church or to donate blood at Blood Assurance.
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Arrangements are by Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist; 5401 Highway 153.