James “Jim” Edward Chattin, 86, known to family and friends as Pop or Poppa, of Chattanooga, passed away Sunday, June 17, 2018. A lifelong resident of the Chattanooga, East Brainerd area, he served in the U.S. Army, where he served in the Korean War.
He retired from Combustion Engineering after 42 years of service, then went into construction for another 20 years and later developed COPD and heart failure.
Jim was a loving husband, father, step-father, grand and great-grandfather and friend to all, and a giving person. He served as deacon for 13 years at Pathway Baptist Church and then moved on to New Haven Baptist Church, where he was a faithful church goer and member.
Jim loved flea markets, yard sales, sports, camping, cookouts and cooking for family and church socials.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Cleo Bell Wilson Chattin; first wife, Carolyn Griffith Chattin; son, James Michael Chattin; daughter, Kaye Thomas; step-son, Tony Stephens; and sister, Evelyn Allen.
He is survived by his wife, Mildred “Mickey” Schmitt Chattin, of Chattanooga; two daughters, Kathy Chattin, of Chattanooga and Stephanie Chattin, of Knoxville; step-son, Robin (Ruth) Stephens, of Chattanooga; step-daughter, Crystal (Phil) Blanton, of Rome; sister, Ann Chattin, of Chattanooga; brother, Donald Chattin, of Chattanooga; twelve grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held 12:30 p.m. Thursday June 21 in the funeral home chapel, with Rev. Bill Broom and Tommy Broom officiating. Interment will follow at Chattanooga National Cemetery. The family will receive friends 3-8 p.m. Tuesday, 3-8 p.m. Wednesday and until funeral time Thursday at the funeral home.
Arrangements by Wilson Funeral Home-Ringgold Chapel.