Capt. Frank William Davey, 67, of Soddy Daisy, died on January 7, 2019 while piloting his private plane.
Frank was born December 26, 1951 in Nashville, the son of the late William Norman Davey and Ellen Schoen Bergan.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Linda Ellen Wittkamper.
He is survived by his adoring wife of 48 years, Janet Vickery Davey, a precious daughter, Laura (Tony) Willingham, a beloved son, William Stuart (Elizabeth) Davey, grandchildren, Emma Cate Willingham, Garrett Sharp Willingham, Benjamin William Davey and Caroline Elizabeth Davey as well as a host of nephews, extended family and friends.
Frank was a 1970 graduate of Tyner High School, a 1974 graduate of University of North Carolina ~ Chapel Hill, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree on an ROTC scholarship. He then went on to complete a master’s in education from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California and an MBA from the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga. In 1974, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps and proceeded to flight school in Pensacola, Fl., where he obtained his gold Naval Aviator wings in 1976. He was stationed primarily in MCAS Tustin, CA where he flew the CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopter and also spent time in Japan and Korea. He flew as a test pilot at Aerospatiale Helicopter Corporation flying aerospace helicopters in Grand Prairie, Tx., and also served the FAA as an air traffic controller, serving at the DFW and ATL centers before retiring.
Frank taught school at Notre Dame High School for most of his teaching career but also at Sale Creek High School and Sequatchie County High School and several branches of Chattanooga State as an adjunct professor. He was very involved in youth sports where he coached soccer and baseball. He also served as an official for TSSAA in football, volleyball and for nearly 25 years as a baseball umpire.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Marine Toys For Tots Foundation.
A visitation will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 15, from 4-8 p.m. at Lane Funeral Home ~ Ashland Terrace, and also from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16, with a funeral service to follow at Hixson Presbyterian Church with Reverend Robert Johnson and Reverend Steve Boon officiating.
A procession will follow for a 1:30 p.m. interment at Chattanooga National Cemetery.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Lane Funeral Home, 601 Ashland Terrace, Chattanooga, Tn. 37415, www.lanefh.com, 423 877-3524.